Are these necessary steps to take when buying tires?

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  1. krmcg

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    OK, not a Prius - but it shouldn't matter.
    I am buying new tires for my 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Changing tires because of age, not mileage. The car has only 17,500 miles on the odometer. But I have noticed some cracking on the shoulders of the tires.
    I ordered a set of Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 tires. And given what I have read about Bridgestone having several different factories and not always having matching tread patterns. Also I needed to make sure that the tires are "fresh" because they will age-out before they wear out.
    So, after being notified that the tires had been delivered to Costco I hot-footed it down to the store ahead of my installation appointment to examine them.
    After an awkward conversation to justify my request I was allowed to examine the tires. Turns out they are all the same and were made in the 22 week of 2019. Now I can rest easy.
     
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    Tires manufactured and stored "keep" pretty good. I've had fresh and not-so-fresh, and both worked out.

    Did you notice the country of manufacture? That said, if they're all the same they're all the same.

    This really ticks me about the EP422 btw. Someone here buying 4 tires, managed to get 2 MEX and 2 US, with noticeably different tread pattern, different number of rows.

    One thing I always do with Costco, since I dislike green valve caps, is take off the caps just before handing over the car (or loose wheels).
     
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    I will do the same. my Avalon has metal stems and caps...
     
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    I've heard about metal caps rusting on. Maybe not so much in California? Maybe more so with long running neglect, ie: never checking pressures.
     
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    I spent about 5 years in the retail tire business. So I am a little obsessive about checking the air. So, not an issue for me.
     
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    I intend to have the tires mounted so that the full DOT information is on the outside so that I will be able to see that information (and no date-switching takes place).
     
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    I remember getting home after a set of 4 Michelins were installed on my VW Microbus in the '80s. Checking the pressures, I discovered that 3 were French and one was from elsewhere - I think Irish (or Scottish?). Still drove well once they were run-in.
     
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    Manufactured in Wilson, North Carolina
     
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    Usually aluminium caps on brass valve stems due to galvanic corrosion and exacerbated by tightening with a spanner to prevent theft.
     
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    Yeah plastic is simpler. Our OEM caps are plastic but silvered, look metal. Again, I took them off before getting new tires last fall, they live on. (y)
     
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    We have black caps as standard, replaced with new black caps at tyre depots unless they fill the tyres with nitrogen, then they use the green ones.
     
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