How To Keep Your Tires In Shape
Checking your tire pressure regularly to make sure they are properly inflated helps keep wear evenly distributed across each tire. But did you know it could even help increase gas mileage by 3% – 4%? You can find the recommended inflation level on the Certification Decal or Tire Decal, usually located on the driver’s door or door pillar, or in the glove box. This information may also be in the navigation under Vehicle Basics.
Having your tires rotated regularly helps keep wear evenly distributed. We generally recommend rotating them every 5,000 miles, and since that involves elevating your vehicle, your local Ford or Lincoln Dealership is a convenient place to have it done.
These operations help keep your tires in full contact with the road. You may need an alignment if you notice your vehicle pulling to one side while you are driving straight. Since balancing and alignment involve using precision equipment on your wheels and suspension system, this is also a good job for the technicians at your local Ford or Lincoln Dealership. Check your Owner Guide for how frequently this should be done.
If your tires are more than six years old or if you notice any of the following signs, it may be time for new tires:
- The tread has worn down to less than 3/32"
- Wear bars (narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tire tread)
- Bulges in the tire
- Cracking in the tread grooves
- Punctures, cuts, snags or separation in the tire tread or sidewall
- Sudden loss of tire pressure
- Poor handling or traction on slippery surfaces
- Sudden vibration while driving
If you find any of these signs of wear, or if your tires are more than six years or 50,000 miles old, it may be time for a new set. Your local Ford or Lincoln Dealership has the right tires for your vehicle for any situation, plus they’ll beat any competitor's advertised price on the name-brand tires they sell, including Goodyear, Continental, Michelin and more.
They’re also the best place for any other service your vehicle needs, including tire rotations, wheel alignments and more. Their Genuine Parts & Service experts can do it all in one stop, and they’ll make sure your tires are inflated to the proper level too.
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Sources: fueleconomy.gov, ftc.gov, epa.gov, drivingskillsforlife.com.
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