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FAQ- Tires

Will you match competitor’s prices?

Downey Ford will match a competitor’s price on a National Brand tire!

What is alignment?

We at Downey Ford recommend an alignment check at every tire rotation. Tire or Wheel alignment is an adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension which is the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle. It keeps your car from swerving to the left or right. Your vehicle is properly aligned when all suspension and steering components are sound and when your tire and wheels are running straight. Getting an alignment is necessary for even tread wear and accurate steering.

How do I know when I need new tires?

Here at Downey Ford Saint John, we do a courtesy tire inspection on all our vehicle walk-arounds on your service visit. Start by checking the tires for any bulges, gouges, or cracks. When a tire starts to deflate it will usually bulge at the sides. This could be a sign of low tire pressure or an air leak. Second, check your tread wear. Most modern tires have wear bars that go across the groove, and if that pattern is worn down to the bar, you’ll need to replace the tire. Lastly, check for vibration when you are driving.

What’s the difference between winter, all-season and all-weather tires?

All-season tires are best suited for traction in dry and wet road conditions. They are best used for spring, summer and fall but once the temperature drops to 7 degrees C, they start to lose traction.
Winter tires are designed with a compound that allows the rubber to stay flexible in cold temperatures so it will improve traction and grip.
All-Weather tires are a mix of all-season and winter tires. They provide better winter performance than all-season, as well as a good performance in mild weather. They are best suited in regions with a milder climate and minimal snowfall.

Do my driving habits affect the life of my tires?

Yes, they can! A few tips to get a longer life out of your tires are:

  1. Slow down! Speeding can generate excessive heat, which can lead to more wear on your tires.
  2. Avoid quick turns around sharp corners
  3. Avoid quick stops as much as possible
  4. Avoid potholes, curbs, and edges of pavement.

How do I know how old my tires are?

Each tire has a required Department of Transportation number on the sidewall which begins with “DOT” and may contain up to 12 additional letters and numbers. The first and last digits are the most important, the first two letters/numbers identify the tire’s manufacturer and plant code. The first two digits represent the week of production and the last two represent the year. So 1022, would mean the tire was produced in the 10th week of 2022.