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Four warning signs for tire maintenance and replacement

SPONSORED BY: JOE RIZZA FORD

Updated: June 16, 2014 12:02PM



Although passenger tires last far longer today than they did 40 years ago, most are replaced every three to five years because of wear, according to a report by the Transportation Research Board. Many motorists may take their tires for granted, but there's a good chance they need special care or replacement.

Here are four ways to determine when it's time to take care of your tires, or see a mechanic for help maintaining and improving their condition.

Been a while since your last rotation?
In general, tires should be rotated at least every 7,000 miles, with some manufacturers recommending rotations every 3,000 miles. If you haven't rotated your tires in quite some time, stop by your dealership or garage to take care of this crucial detail.

Check your tread depth
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that lower tread depths play a significant role in pre-crash conditions. Check your tread depth. If it's between 0 and 4/32 inches, your chances of being involved in a vehicle accident are greater than by chance alone.

Proper inflation is key
Underinflated tires can increase the likelihood of an accident and your gas costs. Consult your dealer to find the proper tire pressure for your tires, or consult your owner's manual. A yellow sticker inside the doorjamb can also tell you the proper tire pressure.

Bubbles in your tires
A tire bubble usually occurs in the sidewall and indicates the internal structure of the tire is failing. While you can drive for short periods of time on a tire with a bubble in it, it's likely to fail when you hit a pothole, or drive at higher speeds. It's a hazard to avoid.

Do you think its time to replace your tires? Joe Rizza North Ford Orland Park is located at 8100 W. 159th St. in Orland Park. Call (800) 314-1625 or visit fordop.rizzacars.com.

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