Purchasing new tires for your car or truck can be a hassle and nobody ever wants to pay for new tires. It’s one of the worst parts about owning a vehicle. At Sturman and Larkin Ford, we can guide you through your next tire purchase and ensure that you make the best investment for your situation and vehicle.
Why is it important?
Having fresh, good quality, tires on your car or truck ensures maximum traction and stopping ability. Proper tire tread will also ensure maximum fuel economy.
Do you need new tires?
There are a few good rules of thumb to check if you need new tires.
- Wear Bars: If your tire tread is even with the wear bars, you probably need new tires.
- The Penny Test: Place a penny with the top of Lincoln’s head toward the tire. If you can see all of his head, you probably need new tires.
- 2/32″: If you feel like getting exact… measure them. Tires with tread less than 2/32″ need to be replaced.
If you want to ensure the maximum lifetime for you tires, follow these quick tips:
Check your owner’s manual or the inside of your door frame for the proper PSI of your tires. Having the right amount of air in your tires will help keep even tread wear and maximize fuel economy.
Regular Tire Pressure Checks
Check your tire pressure every month. Check more often when the outside temperature changes drastically. Cold weather will decrease tire pressure and can cause lost fuel economy and uneven tire wear.
Regular Tire Rotation
The front tires of your car will generally wear faster than the rear. This happens because the front tires are responsible for steering your car and providing most of the stopping power, or grip, when you use the brakes. This is especially the case when driving the hills of Pittsburgh. See our tire rotation page for more information.
Check Wheel Alignment
Proper wheel alignment is another factor in proper tire wear. Bumping a curb, hitting a pothole, or just regular use can throw off wheel alignment. It is a best practice to check your wheel alignment every 30,000 miles. Doing so may save you money in the long run.
When to check your tires
Have one of our Ford Certified technicians take a look if you experience any of these situations:
After hitting a pothole or curb
One of the most common reasons for tire damage or a misaligned wheel is hitting a major obstruction. Even a seemingly minor incident can damage a tires integrity, increasing the risk of sudden deflation or even a blowout. If you hit your tire on something, have us inspect it for you.
If you notice a vibration in the steering wheel, or in the car overall, as you are driving, it may be an indication of tire damage.
Reduced Traction, handling, stopping ability
A bad tire can also cause some dangerous handling issues. As the only point of contact for your vehicle on the road, your tires’ condition has an immediate impact on your ability to maneuver and avoid a dangerous situation.
Uneven Tread Wear
If you take a quick look at your tires and notice that the tread does not seem to be even across the face of the tire, have them looked at immediately by one of our trained professionals.
Cracking or cuts in the sidewall of your tire can cause a blowout. Visible sidewall damage is a clear indication that a tire needs to be replaced immediately.
Reduced Fuel Economy
If you notice that you are not getting the miles per gallon or per tank that you used to, it may be a tire issue. The first item to check would be tire pressure. If that seems fine, have one of our technicians take a look to see if there is something more going on.
What about All-Wheel Drive systems?
Tire rotation and maintenance is especially important in AWD vehicles. Because of the way that the traction control system constantly adjusts power to each wheel based on tire rotational speed, having unevenly worn tires may damage the system.
Want more information? Contact the service advisers at Sturman and Larkin Ford today and let us show you why we are Pittsburgh’s best car and truck service department.