Tire Service at Bob Moore Ford Commercial
To keep an automobile in good overall condition and safe to drive, tires must be tested and maintained on a regular basis. Although some aspects of tire repair can be done by car owners, the majority of tire maintenance should be done by a professional. If you live in the Oklahoma City, Edmond, or Norman areas, stop by Bob Moore Ford Commercial and have one of our service professionals inspect your tires right away!
Tire Pressure Info
Tire inflation should be done according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Overinflated tires become stiff and inflexible, reducing the contact area. This can lead to a bumpy ride. It may also result in uneven tire wear, with the center wearing down faster than the sides. Conversely, underinflated tires flatten and make more contact with the road. This may cause “shoulder wear,” or premature tire wear. Underinflated tires also decrease fuel economy. Most newer model commercial vehicles now have tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), which inform the driver when a tire’s pressure is low. Even if your car has TPMS, it’s a good idea to have a tire pressure gauge in the glove compartment.
Importance of Tire Rotations
Tire rotation is an important maintenance practice since it increases tire life and enhances driving safety. Tire rotation is the process of repositioning tires on a regular basis to ensure even tread wear. Tire rotation should be done on a regular basis to ensure balanced handling and traction while also promoting even tread wear. Varied wheel placements might result in different tire wear rates and types. To avoid uneven tire wear, rotate your tires every 5,500 to 7,500 miles.
The only thing that actively links your commercial vehicle to the ground is its tires. The tread grabs the road as you drive. If it isn’t deep enough, your car will lose traction and require more frequent braking. Shallow tire grooves make driving the car more difficult in wet conditions, increasing the risk of aquaplaning. The following are the two main sources of tread wear:
Improper Inflation Pressure – Under-inflated tires are more prone to wear unevenly and quickly. The front and rear tire inflation pressures are set by vehicle manufacturers not just to increase ride comfort, handling, and fuel efficiency, but also to account for tire deterioration. The distribution of vehicle load, accelerating, braking, and cornering forces is aided by proper tread inflation pressure. If the tire pressure is too low, or even too high, the contact patch of the tire tread will not be optimized to manage the wide range of jobs it is asked to do.
Out of Spec Tire Alignment – Tire alignment is the process of adjusting the steering and suspension components of a vehicle, as well as the system that connects and controls the motion of the wheels. It’s not a matter of the tires or wheels. The angles of the tires and their contact with the road must be adjusted in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines for all parameters for proper alignment.
Contact our service department if you have any questions about tire service or think that your tires may be in need of services, get in contact with us today!