TIRE MAINTENANCE

TIRE PRESSURE:

  • You should be checking your tire’s pressure at lease once a month and always before a long trip.
  • Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold, even driving a mile will cause your tire’s pressure to increase giving you an inaccurate reading.
  • If you are wondering: What is my correct tire pressure? – Then see our tire facts page to find out how to find out your correct pressure.

 

 

DO I NEED NEW TIRES? – HOW TO CHECK MY TIRES:

  • There are two popular ways to check for signs of tire tread wear. One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.

penny test

  • Another way is to look at the tread wear indicator bar that’s molded into your tires. The bars are located at the bottoms of the tread grooves in several locations around the tire. When a tire is so worn that these bars become visibly flush with the adjacent tread ribs, it’s time to replace the tire.

tread wear indicator bars

 

I AM BUYING TWO NEW TIRES – DO I PUT TWO NEW TIRES ON THE FRONT OR BACK?

When installing two new tires they should always be put on the rear of the vehicle! This is to minimize the risk of hydroplaning. If new tires are mounted on the front the back will hydroplane first and the car will fishtail. If the new tires are mounted on the back and there is a loss of traction on the front tires then the driver will feel it through the steering wheel, they can then make the necessary speed and or steering corrections to reduce the likelihood of spinning out of control.

Check out this Michelin video to see what happens when you mount on the front and on the rear:

 

 

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