Take care of those tires!

We know you take care of your vehicle, washing and buffing and polishing it to eternity, but how well do you take care of the tires it rolls on? Just to make sure you're giving them enough attention, we'd like to bring up the following points:

Check your tire pressure! The manufacturer has strict guidelines for a reason, and not following those guidelines can seriously affect the tire. And the wheels, even the vehicle. A tire pressure monitoring system can help, but they often don't signal a reminder until the pressure is already too low. So check your pressure once a month. Tire Rack has a number of gauges than make it really easy. Read more, then search our selection.

Keep those wheels aligned! Alignment has everything to do with the way your tires contact the road, which means it also influences the way your vehicle drives. If either of these two things feel off, then your tires are in danger of wearing inefficiently. Read more.

Rotate, rotate, rotate! Each wheel position poses a different demand on the tires you've installed. Rotating them often assures even and efficient treadwear, which means your tires will last that much longer. The owner's manual in your vehicle should indicate the appropriate rotation pattern. Read more.

Keep in mind the above from the get-go, and you'll get the most out of your tires. Need to start over? Search our inventory of tires by vehicle and you'll be riding on something new in no time.


Sunday, April 11, 2010 by jim

just purchased 2010 taurus limited with goodyear rs-a 255/45/19's.sidewall says 51lbs max.what would be the best pressure for max tire life?would higher pressure affect mpg?i understand more air means harsher ride.thanks for any feedback.
Monday, April 12, 2010 by TireRack.com Team

We recommend following the vehicle manufacturers recommendations for tire psi. The information can be found in the owner’s manual, door jam, or fuel door. Our records show Ford recommends 32 PSI front and Rear on the 2010 Taurus with 19" wheels. The 51 psi on the sidewall is the maximum cold psi for which the tire is engineered and is not recommended for normal use. Higher PSI does not necessarily improve wear. Disadvantages of Overinflation An overinflated tire is stiff and unyielding and the size of its footprint in contact with the road is reduced. If a vehicle's tires are overinflated by 6 psi, they could be damaged more easily when encountering potholes or debris in the road, as well as experience irregular tread wear. Higher inflated tires cannot isolate road irregularities as well causing the vehicle to ride harsher and transmit more noise into its interior. However, higher inflation pressures reduce rolling resistance slightly and typically provide a slight improvement in steering response and cornering stability. This is why participants who use street tires in autocrosses, track events and road races run higher than normal inflation pressures. Our full tech article can offer more specific information on PSI: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=1

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