Tire Tips from Ford Tire Experts
Proper tire care and maintenance is one of the many ways to extend the life of your tires. Here are some tips from the ones who know your Ford best.
Rotating tires means moving tires from one position to another. For example, putting the rear tires in front and moving the front tires back. Doing so ensures even wear to give your tires a longer life and can save you money. Refer to your vehicle’s owner manual to find out the recommendation on how often tires are to be rotated and you can always ask your Ford technician about timing.
A properly inflated tire will last longer, and give you a more responsive, smoother ride. Proper inflation may even optimizes fuel efficiency so it could save you money too. Check your tire pressure at least once a month and make sure each tire is at the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch), which can be found in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb.
Tire Mobility Kit
Your Ford vehicle may come with a Tire Mobility Kit if you don’t have a spare tire. This lets you reinflate a tire that has lost pressure or seal a punctured tread. The Tire Mobility Kit has an air compressor to reinflate your tire, a pressure gauge to check that the tire is properly inflated, and a canister of tire sealing compound. The Tire Mobility Kit provides a temporary fix until you can get your tire repaired.
Correct wheel alignment may maximize your Ford’s performance, tire life, and gas consumption too. Everyday driving, especially on bumpy roads or over potholes, can throw your alignment off causing your vehicle to pull to one side or your steering wheel to vibrate. When the alignment is off, your tires may wear unevenly, decreasing their lifespan. If something seems off while you’re driving, have your Ford technician check your vehicle’s alignment.
Tire Maintenance Questions
When you purchase tires at your Ford dealer, our expert technicians will keep service records to let you know of any necessary tire maintenance, but feel free to ask your technician any of the following questions when you come in for service.
- Is the tread depth acceptable?
- Are there any cracks or signs of wear and tear on the sidewalls?
- Is the air pressure at the recommended level? (This can found in your owner’s manual or on the door jamb.)
- Do the tires need rotating? (This is usually done when you change the oil or switch from winter to summer tires.)
- Did you check the wheel alignment and tire balance? (Be sure to ask this if you feel your vehicle pulling to one side as this can be an indicator that the alignment is off.)
- Is the spare tire in good condition (if you have one)?
Maintenance Protection Plans
Ford Maintenance Protection Plans cover Ford-recommended scheduled maintenance including inspection and tire rotation. Protect your investment and get peace of mind for the road ahead.
Winter, spring, summer, and fall – Canada has them all, and all seasons come with their own driving challenges. In winter, colder temperatures can cause tire pressure to decrease so be sure to check your tire pressure regularly.