Tire Shopping Survival Guide

SHOULD I GET THE SAME TYPE OF TIRE MY VEHICLE CAME WITH?

Ford original tires are designed to make the most of your vehicle’s performance, so it’s generally a good idea to stick with them. Other replacement tires may not align with your car’s characteristics and could lead to a less comfortable and efficient ride. However, there are times when your driving conditions might require options better suited to your specific needs. Our service technicians can help you troubleshoot.

DO DIFFERENT TIRES LAST LONGER?

All-season and touring tires generally have longer tread lives than performance tires. Other factors, such as vehicle type and driving tendencies (driving hard often will cause tires to deteriorate faster), also play a role in their lifespan. Either way, always keeping them inflated properly will help.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT A TIRE’S “TREADWEAR RATING”?

Theoretically, the higher a tire’s wear rating is, the longer it will last. Certain high-rated tires are expected to last 80,000 miles, for example. But some tire characteristics come at the expense of others; while a tire may emphasize longer wear, it may not have dependable winter traction. It all depends on what you’re looking for.

WILL I GET A BETTER RIDE OUT OF SOME TIRES THAN OTHERS?

That also depends on what you’re looking for. Certain types of tires, such as all-season and touring, are designed for comfort and stability while on the road. Conversely, performance tires provide higher speed capability, improved handling and maximum dry road grip. Speak to a Ford Service Advisor about driving habits and conditions for guidance.

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