Service Spotlight: How to Check Your Tires

April 10 2018,

Service Spotlight: How to Check Your Tires

Tires can undergo serious wear as a car racks up miles, but they can also be easy to neglect. Unfortunately, that neglect can put a vehicle’s occupants at risk. Bartow Ford, sellers of used cars in the Lakeland FL area, often notice dangerous tire conditions on trade-ins, which makes it clear that some drivers may not realize just how important it is to regularly maintain a car’s tires. Here are a few checks you can do in a matter of minutes the next time you prepare to drive your own vehicle:

Use the Penny Test

Measuring tire treads can be complicated, especially if you don’t have the right tool. Fortunately, you can conduct a quick check using nothing more than a penny. Place the penny, Lincoln-side facing you, into the tread of one of your tires, making sure Lincoln’s head is upside down. If you can see the top of his head then it’s time to replace that tire.

Conduct a Visual Inspection

Once you’ve verified that the tread on all four tires is still good, perform a thorough visual inspection of the outside of each tire. Search for signs of a nail being embedded in the tire or damage to the sidewalls. If your tires are more than ten years old, most tire manufacturers recommend you replace them to avoid wear that you might not be able to see. You should also make an effort to regularly check the air pressure in your tires, even if your car alerts you to issues. You can detect slight signs of over or under inflation during a visual inspection, but usually it requires a quick test using an air pressure gauge, which can be done at any gas station.

Dealers of used cars in the Lakeland FL area want you to remain safe, whether you’re driving around town or taking your vehicle on a road trip. Through regular rotations and monthly monitoring, your tires will likely provide many more miles for your car, truck, or SUV. Although your own checks are no substitute for routine maintenance, they can help you detect signs of trouble when you don’t have time to go to the dealership.

Browse Our Used Car Inventory

Other articles to read

Jumpstarting Your Car Battery

July 19 2018,

Jumpstarting Your Car Battery

Everyone who drives a car should be at least familiar with the idea of jumpstarting your battery. Even if you have roadside assistance, you don’t want to have to wait hours on the side of the road for them to arrive and take care of your issue. With these tips from your Winter Haven area Ford dealership, Bartow Ford, all you’ll need are some jumper cables and a helpful person with a car or... View More Details
Coming Soon: The 2019 Ford Raptor

July 17 2018,

Coming Soon: The 2019 Ford Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor has always been a popular vehicle for its off-road capabilities, and the 2019 version, which is coming soon, will continue that trend while also enhancing on-road driving. Find out what to expect when the 2019 Ford Raptor arrives at your local Lakeland area Ford dealership, Bartow Ford. Suspension with Fox Racing Live Valve Shocks The biggest enhancement for the 2019... View More Details