Ford research has determined tires degrade over a period of time due to such factors as weather, storage conditions, and type of use including load, speed and inflation pressure.
Heat or frequent high load conditions can accelerate a tire’s aging process. Signs of aging include cracking of the tread and sidewall rubber. As not all signs of tire aging are visible, we recommend all tires, including an unused spare, be replaced after six years regardless of wear due to the possible effects of aging.
We also recommend that vehicle owners inspect the tread of their tires for uneven or excessive wear at least once a month. Built-in tread wear indicators also known as wear bars, appear on the tire when the tread reaches one-sixteenth of an inch, or 2 millimeters. Wear bars look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread grooves. A tire should be replaced if its tread is worn down to one-sixteenth of an inch.
When inspecting your vehicle tires, keep these tips in mind:
- 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
- Check your tires’ tread depth using a tread gauge (pictured to the right) a 4 or lower needs immediate attention and should be replaced regardless of tire age. Be sure to place the gauge in the deepest tread to get an accurate reading. (The classic “penny test” works well too)
If your tire is damaged, has low tread, or is deformed in anyway be sure to replace your tires immediately. Replacing tires is a much more cost effective alternative then risking driving on worn, faulty, or damage tires and putting your entire vehicle, or even worse, your family at risk.
If you need new tires we are offering up to 150$ in rebates on top brands. We also have a PRICE MATCH guarantee on any tires. Even if you do not purchase from us, you and your family’s safety is important to usand we will perform an inspection for FREE!
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