Most of us don’t give the condition of our tires much thought until it’s too late and we’re stranded on the side of the road. Though tires are usually an afterthought when servicing your vehicle, a well selected and maintained tire can contribute greatly to the overall performance of your car. Tires can lead to better safety, increased fuel economy, handling and stopping power in all road conditions, as well as providing greater comfort and ride quality.
Typically, car owners will need to replace their tires a few times over the course of the life of the vehicle. Consumer Reports states the exact number of times can all depend on the type of vehicle you drive, what type of tire you put on the vehicle (such as all-season or high performance), driving aggressiveness, and even road and weather conditions. A great tip provided by the folks here at our Lebanon Ford Service Department is to rotate your tires every 5,000- 7,000 miles to ensure that they all wear at the same rate. Doing this will help get the most out of your investment and ensure all 4 tires will be ready for replacement at the same time. To help you navigate the confusing tire buying experience, we put together a quick guide for you to follow when purchasing your next set of tires (AOL Autos).
Tips For Buying Tires
- Do you actually need new tires? Walk around your car every once in awhile and inspect the condition of your tires. Is there any tread left? Do they have any bulges or discoloration? Even if you you pride your self on seeing how long you can keep a set of tires, don’t. Tires begin to break down when they are exposed to oxygen and will need to be replaced at least every 10 years.
- Is your car in good shape?: Keeping your car in good working condition can help save your car’s tires from experiencing excessive wear and tear. This includes maintaining a good alignment and checking your suspension regularly. Check for signs like more wear on the inside or outside of the tire vs. an even wear pattern across the entire width of the tread.
- Check your owner’s manual: Make sure when it comes time to replace your tires that you choose the right size and type of tire recommended by the manufacturer.
- Consider the wheels: When it does come time to replace those all important tires, do a quick check of your rims to make sure there isn’t any structural integrity issues. Changing worn or damaged wheels can help save you money by decreasing the amount of wear and tear on your tires.
- Buy a full, matching set: Though most of us cut corners by replacing only the most worn tires first, modern suspension technology is actually designed to work best with a matching set of tires. Replacing all 4 tires can also leads to a longer tire life and thus more saving in the long run.
- Check on your spare: This is a great time to take a look at the condition on your spare and replace it if necessary. If your car uses a full size spare try replacing it with the same make, model and size as all the rest of your tires. You can also talk to your tire guy to try to replace it with a high quality used tire which could help you save big.
- Break in your new tires carefully: During the manufacturing process of your tires a release agent is used which can leave a residue on the treads of new tires. This residue can effect the grip of your tires giving you less control of your vehicle in certain situations. It’s recommended to allow 500 miles of break in time before you push your tires to hard cornering, and just to be safe give your self a little more than usual breaking distance.
- Maintaining your new tires: The best way to ensure you get the most out of your tires and fuel economy is to ensure proper inflation. Maintaining proper inflation and keeping up a consistent rotation schedule can all lead to improving the longevity of your tires.
Looking for more information on our extensive tire selection? Contact our team toll-free at (855) 367-9095 or visit us our Cincinnati Ford Dealer website.