What is the main cause of tire damage?
Improper inflation can be a main cause of damage to your tires, however there are other situations like an object puncture or a faulty tire that can cause a flat tire or tire damage. We recommend regularly checking the air pressure in your tires to ensure proper inflation. If you need your tires checked, inflated, or repaired bring it by North Brothers Ford and we’d be happy to take care of it for you.
When should my tires be replaced?
Any noticeable or irregular tread wear, or “bald tires” could be an indication your tires need to be replaced. Improper inflation or lack of tire rotations on a regular schedule can cause uneven tread wear. A simple way to test your tire’s tread at home is the popular “penny test” (Check out our FAQ on Tire Tread Testing below for directions). Any abnormal bulges or cracks in the sidewall of the tire are signs that replacement may be needed. If you have any concern driving in inclement weather, you should have your tires checked.
How do I check my tire’s tread?
An easy and popular method to check your tire’s tread is the “Penny Test”. Follow the steps below on your tires to determine if you may need new tires.
- Place your penny in the lowest tire tread grooves with the head of Lincoln pointing downward or upside down.
- Move the penny along the groove.
- If at any point while moving the penny Lincoln’s head isn’t covered by the tread, it means your tread is extremely worn and your tires aren’t equipped well enough to grip the road properly. This can be especially dangerous in winter weather.
If you discover very worn tire tread, you’ll want to have your tires inspected by our service experts to evaluate whether you need to replace them.
Why is it important to have the correct tire air pressure?
Having the correct air pressure in your tires helps you save on fuel, can help enhance your handling of the vehicle and can help extend the life of your tires. If you aren’t sure of the correct air pressure for your tires, you can find the recommended PSI in your owner’s manual or on the sticker in your driver’s side door. You can use a tire gauge to check yourself or bring your vehicle into our service center to have checked.
How do I know what the correct PSI is for my tires?
Your vehicle’s recommended PSI (pounds per square inch of air pressure) for it's tires is typically listed on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door. If you can’t find it there, refer to your owner’s manual. Use the PSI listed on the inside of the door or owner’s manual and not the one listed on the tire itself as it’s the max PSI which can change the handling characteristics of your vehicle and decrease the life of your tires. Suggested PSI is usually between 30-35 PSI for optimal tire performance. If you’re unsure about the PSI measurements, consult our expert tire techs at North Brothers Ford in Westland.
How long can I drive on a spare tire?
Every situation is different, but it’s good to keep your distance under 50 miles on a spare and never go over 50 mph. Getting your tire replaced or patched is a simple fix that we at North Brothers Ford would be happy to take care of. Getting it done as soon as possible is necessary for your safety on the road.
How often should I get my wheels aligned?
Common conditions like potholes, driving on dirt roads, hitting the curb, and regular driving wear can affect your vehicle’s tire alignment, which can in turn affect the wear on your tires and your safety. Properly aligned wheels means optimal performance, proper fuel-efficiency, even wear, and cost savings in the long run. If it’s been awhile since your car has had a tire alignment, let us know and we can perform an alignment at your next oil change. If the conditions above sound similar to your regular driving circumstances, then it can be wise to get a tire alignment every other oil change to extend the life of your tires. Additionally, if you have a new set of tires installed on your vehicle, you’ll also want to have an alignment performed.
Why are tire alignments important?
Routine tire alignments are important because they ensure your tires remain perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other, which will allow even tread wear and better handling overall. With the proper tire alignment and tire pressure you can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and you can drive confidently knowing you are safe because your vehicle won’t pull to one side or another.
How often should I have my tires rotated?
Having your tires regularly rotated will help extend the life of them by creating even tread wear. We typically recommend that you rotate them every other oil change. If you neglect your tire rotations, they can wear prematurely.
Why does my tire light go on when it’s cold outside?
Cold air naturally compresses, meaning the air in your tires will too. The sensors in your tires are designed to signal the tire light to go on when PSI measurement is below normal. So, when the air in your tires compresses in cold weather it causes the PSI measurement to decrease. This is why sometimes you’ll notice the light will go off during the daytime when air temperatures warm up. If your tire light is illuminated, you can bring your vehicle into our service center to ensure your tires are inflated to the optimal level. Having your tires properly inflated also means optimal fuel efficiency.
How do I know what kind of tires to choose?
If you’re replacing just one or two tires, you should match the new tires as close as possible to the other tires you already have for the best handling and even tread wear. If you need a full set of new tires, you can ask for the same brand that you had before or ask about new tires. If you didn’t like the tires you previously had, we can help you explore the tire types to find the right tires that fit your needs and budget.