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Tire Basics:

 

What should I inflate my new tires to?

 

Air pressure for your new tires should be set in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer's specification if it's the same as the size originally equipped on your vehicle. The vehicle manufacturer's recommendation can usually be found in the owner's manual, on the door jamb or in the glove compartment.

 

When should I rotated my tires?

 

Tires should be rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. When this is done consistently, the tires are more likely to maintain good handling and traction and deliver maximum tread life. However, it's important to remember that tire rotation alone cannot guard against rapid or uneven wear if your vehicle has faulty mechanical parts or improper tire inflation pressure.

 

When should I replace my tires?

Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch in order to prevent skidding and hydroplaning. An easy test: place a penny into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you're driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, you should buy a new tire.

 

What can happen if my car is out of alignment?

Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread-wear and should be corrected. Front-wheel-drive vehicles, and those with independent rear suspension, require alignment of all four wheels. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicles' owners manual or whenever you have an indication of trouble such as "pulling" or vibration.

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