Tire Maintenance 101

Tire Maintenance

Well-maintained tires are an important part of safe driving. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your vehicle’s tires.

Proper pressure

Properly inflated tires are critical to your vehicle’s ride, handling, and fuel economy. Check your tire pressure monthly, and before long road trips. Always check the tire pressure when the tires are cold — heated tires may show a falsely-elevated pressure reading.

Tread depth

Tire treads help your vehicle maintain traction, even in slippery conditions. Therefore, it’s important to monitor your vehicle’s tire tread depth.

To check the tread depth, flip over a penny and place it into several tread grooves.

If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, the tires are still safe to drive on.

Regular rotation

To get the most out of your tires, have them rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles. This ensures a proper wearing pattern. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for the correct rotational pattern, or bring it to our service department at L&L Motor.

Wheel alignment

A wheel alignment prevents excessive, uneven tire wear, improves your gas mileage, and gives you a smoother ride. If your vehicle pulls to one side, has a shaky steering wheel, or your vehicle has uneven tire wear, it’s time for a wheel alignment. Also, you should have this service performed whenever you purchase new tires or suspension parts. Otherwise, have your vehicle’s wheels aligned every 12-18 months.

If you have questions or need help maintaining your tires, bring your vehicle to our service department at L&L Motor.