Tire Care & Maintenance

What kind of roads are you traveling on?

If you’re like a majority of U.S. motorists, you’ve experienced very challenging road conditions lately. A study from TRIP, a national transportation research group, shows that 33 percent of major U.S. roads are in poor condition. Driving on these roads costs motorists an average of $377 in extra vehicle repairs.

Knowing this, you want to make sure your vehicle’s tires are in optimum condition to handle the roads. The experts at Santa Margarita Ford Service are here to help.

Ford Motor Company is reminding motorists of its recommendation to replace tires, even unused tires, after six years regardless of tread wear; vehicle owners should also check tire tread wear and pressure at least once a month

  • Ford research shows tires break down over a period of time due to several factors including weather, storage conditions and type of use
  • Improper or inadequate vehicle maintenance can result in abnormal or excessive tread wear, as well as cracking and cuts to tires

Check the last four digits of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Tire Identification Number, located on the tire sidewall, to determine the week and year it was manufactured. The last two digits show the year the tire was made

  • Watch for DOT Tire Identification Numbers that end in three digits. Those tires were manufactured prior to 2000 and need to be replaced
  • Check for signs of aging, such as cracks on the tread and sidewall, as well as any deformation to a tire’s exterior
  • Remove objects – such as stones, nails or glass – that can become wedged in the tread grooves
  • Check valve stems for holes, cracks or cuts that can cause air leakage

Check sidewalls for cracks, cuts, bruises, bulges or excessive wear; if internal damage to a tire is suspected, the tire should be removed and inspected for potential replacement How driving behavior impacts tire wear A motorist’s driving can have an impact on tire wear and safety. Hitting potholes and curbs can result in tire damage and changes in a vehicle’s alignment. If a vehicle seems to pull to one side while driving, this could indicate the wheels are out of alignment – resulting in uneven and rapid tire tread wear. Ford recommends vehicle owners:

  • Observe posted speed limits, avoid potholes and objects in the road, and take care when parking not to run over curbs or allow tires to come in contact with a curb
  • Periodically have tires balanced to avoid uneven wear, and seek assistance from an authorized dealer to check for and correct any wheel misalignment or other mechanical problem if tires do show uneven wear
  • Rotate tires at the recommended intervals indicated in the scheduled maintenance section of the owner’s manual. This helps tires wear more evenly and will lead to better performance. After rotating, tire inflation pressures must be checked, and adjusted if needed, to the level indicated on the safety compliance certification label, which can be found on either the driver’s-side door hinge pillar, the door latch post, or where the door edge meets the door latch post

Tire risks in the winter months Changes in temperature can have an effect on tire inflation, with a 10-degree drop in temperature causing a corresponding drop of 1 psi in tire pressure. It is particularly important during the winter that vehicle owners check their tires at least once a month, and – when necessary – adjust tire pressure to the proper level of inflation indicated on the safety compliance certification label.

Santa Margarita Ford Service Technicians and Your Tires.

If you are in the market for a new set of tires, turn to Santa Margarita Ford Service. We have the latest equipment to make sure your tires are installed correctly and are well maintained. Choose from 13 name-brand tires and get the assurance of our Low Price Tire Guarantee†. Why buy tires anywhere else, when Santa Margarita Ford Service has all of this?


*Sources: fueleconomy.gov, epa.gov.

†Valid on dealer-installed retail purchases only. Requires presentation of competitor's current price ad/offer on exact tire sold by dealership within 30 days after purchase. See participating dealership for details.