As the only part of your Ford that actually touches the ground, your tires are very important. They help determine how well your vehicle performs as well as how safe it is. So, it’s important that you know when to replace a tire.
Generally, a set of well-made tires will last between 40,000 and 50,000 miles. There are, however, a number of factors that can cause this number to change. The condition of the roads in Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte, and your driving habits are just a couple of them. To help you be better prepared for a tire replacement, the service team here at The Lake Dealerships created this guide.
Signs to Watch Out For
From helping you accurately maneuver through a turn to ensuring you stop in time, a healthy set of tires can improve the overall handling of your Ford. On top of that, a good set of tires will help you maintain better fuel economy.
These are a few signs you should be on the lookout for:
1. Tire Pressure Warning Light
Most modern Ford models are equipped with a tire pressure warning system. If one or more of your tires go below the recommended inflation, it’ll trigger a dashboard light. If this happens once in a while, simply refill all your tires to the recommended pressure. When this starts to be a regular occurrence, however, your tires may need to be replaced.
2. Feathered Edges
When tires get feathered edges, they resemble saw teeth in the way they look and feel. It’s usually caused by an alignment issue. In addition to having your tires replaced, you may also want to ask one of the technicians at our service center about getting an alignment. It may help you avoid this issue in the future.
When this happens, there will be irregular wear patterns in the center portion of your tire. Cupping is usually caused when there’s an excessive amount of bouncing, due to improper balance or worn shocks. Both issues can be addressed when you get your tires replaced.
4. Bulging or Blisters
These may appear as a result of weak spots in the tire’s sidewall. These may eventually lead to cracking and a possible blowout. So, it’s important to have these blemishes addressed as soon as possible.
Use the Penny Test
As your tire treads wear down over time, your tires will need to be replaced. Luckily, there’s an easy way to tell if your tread depth is too shallow to provide you with enough grip, and it’s called the penny test!
All you need is a spare penny. Once you find one, simply flip it upside down and stick it into your tire tread. If Lincoln’s head is buried, then you’re good to go. On the other hand, if your tire treads aren’t touching the top of his head, that means you have less than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. In other words, it’s time to schedule a tire replacement.
Get Ready for Some New Tires!
Now that you know when to replace your tires, you’ll be more confident on your next drive through Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte. You’ll also have peace of mind in knowing that you can come to The Lake Dealerships when you’re in need of a tire replacement.