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Several Tire questions

RUsum1 9,544 1,696 August 2, 2015 at 04:24 PM
I need some new tires for my car. I know I purchased tires from a slickdeal a few years ago but now I can't find that thread. While I keep trying to find the previous thread, I'll make this post to hopefully get some things answered.

I am a Union Electrician so I would like to buy a Union-made tire if possible. I found this article [aflcio.org] explaining how to know if your tire is Union-made.

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DOT requires that each tire sold in the United States carry a code that looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX. The two letters or numbers that follow the DOT identify a particular factory
Is it possible to see this DOT code when shopping for tires online? Do those companies that are listed on the link even make any tires that are not union made where I would have to worry about getting a version that is non-Union?


When tire shopping before I remember finding a site that gave a huge list of tires with ratings and reviews which helped me decide on the tire that I wanted. Now when I type "tire reviews" into Google, I'm pretty much only directed to TireRack and DiscountTireDirect. Is there a better source that gives actual tire rankings instead of only customer reviews? Something similar to sleeplikethedead for mattresses or tomshardware for computer components.

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The full DOT code isn't typically listed online. However, if you go to Tire Rack and click on a particular tire of interest, then scroll down and click 'Specs', all the way to the right is the country of manufacture. Not the full information you are looking for but if these manufacturers only have union plants, then you can deduce it's a union made tire.
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The full DOT code isn't typically listed online. However, if you go to Tire Rack and click on a particular tire of interest, then scroll down and click 'Specs', all the way to the right is the country of manufacture. Not the full information you are looking for but if these manufacturers only have union plants, then you can deduce it's a union made tire.
Thanks for the tip on TireRack

That's what I was hoping someone could chime in with and help. I notice that Goodyear has most tires made in USA but does have some that are manufactured in Chile. Even the same tire but a different size shows multiple countries. So then it makes me wonder if even if it's a USA tire, if it's from a union factory. I'm paying the same regardless of where it's from so I might as well get an American-made, union-made tire.
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Last edited by RUsum1 August 8, 2015 at 07:17 PM
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