How often should I get my wheels aligned?
Your car’s alignment can be affected by everyday driving conditions like potholes, hitting curbs, and dirt roads. When your vehicle’s alignment is affected, the wear and tear of your tires is affected too. To keep your vehicle performing at its best you should have your tires aligned every other oil change, or when you get new tires. If it’s been a long time since you’ve had your tires aligned, bring your car in and our tire experts will get it taken care of for you.
How long can I drive on a spare tire?
Spare tires should not be driven on any more than 50 miles. You should also never go over 50mph on a spare. Fixing or replacing a tire is quick and easy at Velde Ford, and it should be done as soon as possible.
How do I know what my tire PSI should be?
Your vehicle’s recommended PSI can be found on the inside of the driver’s door and in your owner’s manual. You should never follow the PSI that’s printed on the side of your tire. This is the max PSI that your tire can hold, and could greatly change your driving habits and decrease the life of your tires. If you’re ever unsure of your tires’ PSI, bring your car into our service center and we’ll check it for you.
Why does my tire pressure light go off when it’s cold outside?
When it’s cold outside the air in your tires compresses and sets off the tire pressure light on your dashboard. A lot of times, the light will turn on in the morning when the temperature is colder and go off in the middle of the day when it gets warmer. If you’re ever worried about your tire pressure, you can bring your vehicle into our service center and we’ll check out your tires to ensure they’re filled to the right PSI.
How do I know which tires to buy?
If you only need one or two tires replaced, try to get the same ones you already have on you vehicle or get them as close as possible. If you need to replace the entire set of tires you have two possible options. If the set of tires you had worked well for you, your first option is to replace them with the same brand. If you didn’t like how the tires performed, talk to one of our tire experts at Velde Ford. We’ll be able to tell you which tires will work best for your driving style and needs.
Why are tire alignments important?
Regular tire alignments keep your tires parallel to each other and perpendicular to the road. This ensures that each tire is wearing evenly. With routine tire alignments, your vehicle will have optimized fuel efficiency and keep your tires from swerving too far left or right on the road.
When should my tires be replaced?
If you’re not sure when your tires needs to be replaced look for these warning signs:
- Irregular or severe tread wear
- Unusual bulges
- Cracks in your tires’ sidewall
To check the wear of your treads, you can use the “penny test” (See next FAQ). By keeping up with routine tire rotations and proper inflation you’ll increase your tires’ life expectancy.
How can I check my tire’s tread?
The ‘penny test’ is a super simple and quick way to check your tires’ treads. Follow the instructions –
- Find the lowest tire tread groove and stick a penny in it with Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tire.
- Move the penny along the groove.
- If any part of Lincoln’s head is NOT covered by the tread, your tire tread is very worn. This means your tire cannot get the grip it needs on the road when you’re driving. If your tire failed the “penny test” you should bring your vehicle into our service center so we can get the tire replaced.
Why is it important to have the right tire pressure?
Having the correct tire pressure improves the overall performance of your vehicle. The right tire pressure will give you a better handling of your vehicle, help your tires last longer, and increase your fuel-efficiency.
How often should I get my tires rotated?
Our tire experts at Velde Ford recommend that your tires get rotated every 6,000 miles or every other oil change. If you avoid getting your tires rotated they can wear unevenly.
What is the main cause of tire damage?
Improper inflation is the main cause of tire damage. This is why it’s crucial that you’re checking the air pressure of your tires regularly. You can check your tires with a tire gauge, or you can stop by our service center and we’ll check it for you.