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Your tires are literally where the rubber meets the road, and keeping them maintained should be a top priority for any Ford owner. The consequences for not maintaining your tires can be as mild as poor fuel economy or as severe as a roadside blow-out that can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere.

For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned. If all of these variables line up properly, you have a great foundation for safer driving.

Air pressure can be checked at almost any gas station. Simply use a pressure gauge on the air pump for an accurate reading. Compare that number to the recommended air pressure for your tires by looking on the inside of your door for a small chart. Do this for all four tires as well as the spare.

Tread depth refers to the recesses in your tires. These deep grooves provide traction and help your car keep control in wet conditions. If the tread on your tire is barely visible then you have what is called a "bald" tire and it should be replaced immediately. An easy way to check the tread depth on any vehicle is to insert a quarter into a tread groove with the top of Washington's head facing down if the top of his head is not visible, your tires have at least 4/32" of tread and are fine for continued use.

Tire balance refers to the amount of vibration your tires experience at higher speeds. If your car vibrates more than you think it should, take it into your local Beach Ford to have it inspected. The fix could be as simple as balancing your tires.

Similarly, ensuring your wheels are aligned to vehicle specifications can help maintain fuel economy and the overall life of your tires. If your fuel economy has been dropping steadily or is not close to what is advertised, you may want to have your alignment inspected.

Maintaining your tires will pay dividends down the road, remember to perform visual inspections for wear and cracks in the rubber at least once a month. If anything seems amiss, bring your car to Beach Ford and we can help get you back on the road safely.
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