Tires are an essential component of a vehicle and need to be maintained properly in order to provide a safe ride. Check out our list of five signs that you should get new tires for your vehicle.
Shallow tread depth
The standard minimum depth for tire tread should be at 2/32 of an inch, but some experts claim that 4/32 of an inch is even better for traction and control. To test your tires, take a quarter (upside-down) and place it in the tire tread. If you can see the entirety of Washington’s head, it’s time for new tires.
You can see the indicator bar
Some tires, especially newer ones, have a built-in way to measure tread depth. Once the tread has worn down to a certain point, an indicator bar that is embedded in the tire will start to show. When you see the bars, the tires have to go.
Your tires are cracked
Cracks in your tires could cause a leak and an eventual flat tire. Fortunately, cracks in the sidewalls of your tires are easy to spot with the naked eye; simply look for little cuts or grooves.
You can see bulges or blisters
Sometimes, the edges of your tires will start to bulge or develop blisters, which is a point of pressure in the tire that could eventually blow if left alone. Definitely replace your tires if they are bulging.
Your car is vibrating
If your tires seem fine, but you feel a disproportionate amount of vibration while driving, this could be a sign that your tires are misaligned, imbalanced, or just plain need to be changed.
Stop by our service department at Stoneham Ford and we’ll be sure to check your tires and ensure you’re safe behind the wheel.
The leaves are changing color, which is a sign that it’s not only time to get ready for Thanksgiving, but it is also time to prepare your car for fall. As the temperatures get colder, there is certain routine maintenance that should be done to your car. Here are 5 fall service tips that will keep your car running in top condition.
Change your wiper blades.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to remember to change your windshield wipers until you actually need to use them. Rather than suffering with a streaky windshield (and bad visibility), change your windshield wipers when the season changes.
Check your tire pressure.
As the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure. Cold air condenses, which means your tire pressure is probably lower than it should be. Check all four tires and your spare to ensure that each one is in top-notch condition. Bad tire pressure can not only affect your fuel economy, but it can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Remember to top off fluids.
There are a number of fluids in your car that should be double-checked before winter comes rolling in. These includes windshield wiper fluid, which should be replaced with a solvent that won’t freeze in cold weather; coolant, which helps your engine from overheating; and brake fluid, which can be done by your local auto body shop.
Replace your old battery.
Cold weather doesn’t just affect tire pressure; it also affects the performance of your battery. If your battery is older than five years, it’s likely time to replace it. After all, no one wants to get stuck on the side of the road in the freezing cold with a dead battery.
Get a new air filter.
Fall is a time for allergies, so why make things worse with an old air filter? Instead, change your car’s air filter, which should be done twice a year. Doing so will help keep your car running smoothly and your allergies less bothersome.
Feeling overwhelmed? Always know that our service techs are here for you. Schedule a service check-up at Stoneham Ford today!