How do I care for and maintain the tires on my Ford?

Proper tire care and maintenance are some of the best ways to extend the life of your tires. Here are some tips from Ford tire experts. 

Tire Rotation

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 Owner's Manual to find out the recommendation on how often tires are to be rotated or ask your Ford Dealer

Tire Pressure

A properly inflated tire will last longer and give you a more responsive, smoother ride. Proper inflation may even optimize 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 pounds per square inch (PSI), which can be found in your Owner’s Manual or on the driver’s side door jamb label

Tire Inflator & Sealant Kit

Your Ford vehicle may come with a Tire Inflator & Sealant Kit if you do not have a spare tire. This lets you reinflate a tire that has lost pressure or seal a punctured tread. The Tire Inflator & Sealant 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. Refer to Tire Inflator & Sealant Kit for more information. 

Wheel Alignment 

Correct wheel alignment may help maximize your Ford’s performance, tire life, and gas consumption. 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 dealer, we keep service records to let you know of any necessary tire maintenance. However, 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?
  • Do the tires need rotating? 
  • Did you check the wheel alignment and tire balance?
  • Is the spare tire in good condition (if you have one)?  

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