How to Take Care of Your Car’s Tires | Washougal, WA


When you think of your vehicle's health, the tires are probably not the first component to come to mind, but they are essential to keeping your car healthy and on the road for as long as possible. And keeping them in tip-top shape is easier than you may think. In fact, the service experts at Westlie Ford in Washougal, WA have put together this handy guide on how to take care of your car's tires.

If you have any questions before continuing, give our team a call at (360) 602-6524.

 

Check Tread Depth

To guarantee your vehicle has proper grip on the road while driving, you need to make sure your vehicle's tires have plenty of tread. As you drive, the tread on your tires gets worn down and eventually needs to be replaced.

Checking the tread depth is one of the easiest ways to determine when to change tires on your vehicle. If you don't have a tread depth gauge, that's okay! All you'll need is a penny. Take a penny and insert it, Lincoln's head facing down, into the tire tread grooves. If you can see Lincoln's hair but not the top of his head, you have between two and four 32nds of an inch of tire left and should keep an eye on them as you'll need to replace them soon. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, you should replace your tires as soon as possible to ensure you stay safe when on the road.

 A Ford technician working on a set of tires 

Manage Tire Pressure

Just like tread depth, tire pressure is another important component of your vehicle's health. Maintaining adequately inflated tires ensures that your tires wear evenly, your car uses fuel as efficiently as possible, and tailpipe emissions are kept low. To check your tire pressure, use a quality tire pressure gauge. You can find the maximum pressure your tire can tolerate printed on the sidewall, as well as listed in your owner's manual.

 

Inspection & Repairs

Even when you've recently checked your tires' tread depth and pressure, you should still inspect your tires about once a month and before long trips to make sure there are no scrapes, bulges, punctures, debris, or other damage to your tires. You should also check that the treads of your tires are wearing evenly. If it looks like they're not, it may be time to rotate your tires. If you also notice continuous pressure loss in one or multiple tires, they should be dismounted and inspected by a professional to determine if it can be repaired or if a tire changing is in order.

 

Order Tires at Westlie Ford

At Westlie Ford, we offer nothing but the best tire care advice to our customers. Properly maintained tires are essential to the safety and health of you and your vehicle, so if it's time to replace your tires, schedule an appointment with our team of service experts at our Ford dealership in Washougal, WA. Don't forget to check out our service specials to see if you can save on your next tire purchase or auto service at Westlie Ford. If you have any questions about our best tire changing practices or other tire care, give our team of service experts a call at (360) 602-6524.

A Ford Technician working under a car
  • *Sources: fueleconomy.gov, epa.gov.
  • **Excludes spare tire.
  • Valid on dealer-installed retail purchases only. Requires presentation of competitor's current price ad/offer on exact tire sold by dealership within 30 days after purchase. See participating dealership for details.
  • BUY FOUR SELECT TIRES, GET A $70 REBATE BY MAIL. PLUS, GET ANOTHER $70 WHEN YOU USE THE FORD SERVICE CREDIT CARD.*

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    Expires: 12/31/18

    * Dealer-installed retail purchases only. Limit one redemption per customer. $70 tire rebate and $70 credit card rebate by prepaid debit card. Complete purchase must be made on the Ford Service Credit Card for $140 maximum rebate. Subject to credit approval. Offer valid 10/01/18 to 12/31/18. Submit rebate by 1/31/19 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Cannot be combined with any other tire manufacturer-sponsored or Ford Service Credit Card rebate/offer. See Service Advisor for vehicle applications and rebate details. Offer valid with coupon.

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  • BUY FOUR SELECT TIRES, GET A $70 REBATE BY MAIL.*

    View All Offers

    Expires: 12/31/18

    *Dealer-installed retail purchases only. Limit one redemption per customer. $70 rebate by prepaid debit card. Offer valid 10/01/18 to 12/31/18. Submit rebate by 1/31/19 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Cannot be combined with any other tire manufacturer-sponsored rebate/offer. See Service Advisor for vehicle applications and rebate details. Offer valid with coupon.

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  • LOW PRICE TIRE GUARANTEE*

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    Expires: 12/31/18

    *Valid on dealer-installed retail purchases only. Requires presentation of competitor's current price ad/offer on exact tire sold by dealership within 30 days after purchase. See Service Advisor for details.

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  • GET A $25 REBATE BY MAIL WHEN YOU USE YOUR FORD SERVICE CREDIT CARD TO MAKE A QUALIFYING PURCHASE OF $250 OR MORE (BEFORE TAX).*

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    Expires: 12/31/18

    *Subject to credit approval. Rebate valid on qualifying purchase of $250 or more before tax; not valid on prior purchases. Complete purchase must be made on the Ford Service Credit Card. Offer valid 10/01/18 to 12/31/18. Submit rebate by 1/31/19 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Limit one $25 mail-in rebate per visit. Rebate by prepaid debit card. Cannot be combined with other Ford brake or battery offers. Card is issued by Metabank,® Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Metabank or Visa does not sponsor or endorse Ford Service Credit Card. Ford Service Credit Card is issued by Citibank, N.A. See Service Advisor for details.

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  1. Westlie Ford

    40 South Marina Way
    Washougal, WA 98671

    • Sales: 360-602-2490
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Westlie Ford

40 South Marina Way
Directions Washougal, WA 98671

  • Sales: 360-602-2490
  • Service: 360-602-2510
  • Parts: 360-602-6524

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  • Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
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