Maintaining the Life of Your Tires
In order to get the most out of your new tires, make sure you take care of them!
Tire Rotations – When performed at the appropriate intervals, tire rotations preserve balanced handling and traction and even out tire wear. Tire rotations can even provide performance advantages.
Many tire mileage warranties require tire rotation to keep the warranty valid. When should tires be rotated? We recommend that tires are rotated every 8,000 km even if they don’t show signs of wear. To keep things easy, tire rotations can often be done with oil change intervals while the vehicle is off the ground.
Tire Wear – Beware of tire wear! Excessive wear on your tires is not only harmful, but driving can become extremely dangerous in many conditions. Watch for the warning signs: excessive wear on the inside, outside, or shoulder of the tire; patchy or diagonal tread patterns; cord or fabric showing through the rubber; punctures, cuts, and irreparable damage. Each of these issues requires a different solution and your Service Advisor at Capital Ford will gladly help you find the right one.
Cleaning Tires – Most tire manufacturers recommend only using soap and water to clean your tires. Other compounds may contain ingredients that are actually damaging to rubber.
Tire Storage – Tires should be stored away from sources of electrical fields, such as motors and generators, and must not come into contact with petroleum products which can harm rubber. Even if your vehicle is parked for an extended period of time, the tires can lose air pressure; be sure to check your vehicle and inflate to the proper psi (as indicated in the owner’s manual or inside the vehicle, usually the driver side door frame). Capital Ford offers seasonal tire storage at an affordable price.