Following these tips for proper tire maintenance is an important part of staying safe on the road.
Inflating Your Tires
Every day before you drive, check your tires. Remember that a tire can lose up to half of its air pressure without appearing flat. At least once a month and before long trips, inspect each tire and check the tire pressure with a tire gauge (including spare, if equipped).
Follow these step to ensure your tires are properly inflated:
- Make sure the tires are cool, meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile.
- Remove the cap from the valve on one tire, then firmly press the tire gauge onto the valve and measure the pressure.
- Add enough air to reach the air pressure recommended by Ford. Check the tire label on the B-pillar or the edge of the driver's door for this information.
- Replace the valve cap.
- Repeat this procedure for each tire, including the spare.
- Visually inspect the tires to make sure there are no nails or other objects embedded that could poke a hole in the tire and cause an air leak.
- Check the sidewalls to make sure there are no gouges, cuts or bulges.
We encourage the purchase of a reliable tire pressure gauge, as automatic service station gauges may be inaccurate. We recommend the use of a digital or dial type tire pressure gauge rather than a stick-type tire pressure gauge.
For more information about properly inflating your tires and a new system available in many new vehicles that automatically checks your tire pressure, visit the Check My Tires website.
Weather Changes Affect Tire Pressure
When weather temperature changes occur, tire inflation pressures also change. A 10F (6C) temperature drop can cause a corresponding drop of 1 psi (7 kPa) in inflation pressure. Check your tire pressures frequently and adjust them to the proper pressure, which can be found on the tire label or certification label.
Inspect Your Tires
Inspecting Your Tires—Periodically inspect the tire treads for uneven or excessive wear. Tires that are damaged or show signs of excessive wear should not be used because they are more likely to blow out or fail.
- Remove objects such as stones, nails or glass that may be wedged in the tread grooves.
- Check for holes or cuts that may permit air leakage from the tire and make necessary repairs.
- Inspect the tire sidewalls for cracking, cuts, bruises and other signs of damage or excessive wear. If you suspect there is internal damage to the tire, have the tire demounted and inspected by a tire professional.
Improper or inadequate vehicle maintenance can cause tires to wear abnormally. Inspect all tires, including the spare, frequently, and replace them if one or more of the following conditions exist:
- When the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch (2 mm), tires must be replaced to help prevent your vehicle from skidding and hydroplaning. Built-in treadwear indicators, or "wear bars," which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread, will appear on the tire when the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch (2 mm).
- If damage to the treads and sidewalls, such as bulges in the tread or sidewalls, cracks in the tread groove or separation in the tread or sidewall is observed or suspected, have the tire inspected by a tire professional. Tires can be damaged during off-road use, so inspection after off-road use is also recommended.
If a tire is more than 6 years old, it is generally in need of replacement. Tires degrade over time, even when they are not being used. Heat caused by hot climates or frequent high loading conditions can accelerate the aging process. You should replace the spare tire when you replace the other road tires due to the aging of the spare tire.
Replacing Your Tires
Only use replacement tires and wheels that are the same size and type (such as P-metric versus LT-metric or all-season versus all-terrain) as those originally provided. Use of any tire or wheel not recommended by Ford can affect the safety and performance of your vehicle, which could result in an increased risk of loss of vehicle control, vehicle rollover, personal injury and death. Additionally, the use of non-recommended tires and wheels could cause steering, suspension, axle or transfer case/power transfer unit failure.