Are you one of the first to put your winter tires on in the fall and the first to take them off in the spring? Do you drive on your all season tires all year round? Are you guilty of driving with those winter tires well into the warmer months? When is the last time you put air in them? Let’s admit, most of us tend to neglect one of the most important parts of our vehicle – our tires. Here is a brief guide to the best tire maintenance practices to not only extend the lifetime of your tires, but ensure that you are prepared for the appropriate road conditions.
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When To Swap Your Tires
The rule of thumb for this question is when the weather is consistently above 7 degrees Celsius, that is when the winter tires should come off. That’s because winter tires are specifically designed to perform at full potential when it is below 7 degrees Celsius. If you want to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your winter tires – don’t procrastinate.
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Tire Care Tips
1. Regular Check-ups – This should become a habit. You never know when you might drive over a rusty nail. At least once a week you should be doing a walk around.
2. Rotation – In vehicles with front-wheel drive, the front tires do most of the work and rotation of your tires helps give them a break. Since your front tires handle the driving, steering and braking, be sure to rotate them based on your Ford owner’s manual for your vehicle.
3. Under Pressure – Goodyear Canada advises that if your tires are underinflated, it “increases tread wear on the outer edges, and generates excessive heat, which can age tires faster.” As for the opposite, when your tires are overinflated, “too much air pressure causes the center tread to carry most of the car’s weight, leading to faster deterioration and uneven wear.”
4. Appropriate Capacity – As mentioned in #3, too little or too much air ruins your tires. Be sure to check your owner’s manual to only pump exactly what your tires require. Check out this guide by CAA breaking down air capacity
5. Watch Your Speed – Driving at high speeds can affect your tires in 2 main ways. The friction will cause heat which effects your tires. Also, high speeds can cause your tires to lose air or even blowout. Especially if you do a lot of highway driving, be extra careful with tire checkups.
Before you go, check out Ford’s Tire Finder Tool to see exactly which tires your vehicle needs.
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