With a history that dates all the way back to 1903, Ford has been out in front on many innovations in the automobile industry. They were the first to build an affordable car for the American worker and to this day continue to provide the most cost effective ways for Americans to continue driving their beloved vehicles.
For the best prices on tires for your Ford, check out Fordservicespecials.com. There you can connect with the closest dealer and have exclusive deals and discounts text right to your phone for buying tires for your car, truck or SUV. You may also want to check out owner.ford.com for great deals like $100 rebates, buy 3 get 1 free and 25% off or more on new tires when booking through your local dealer.
Another tip to save money is to buy a set of winter tires (if you live in a norther state) during spring and summer. They are offering 30%+ off of Michelin X-Ice tires, now is the time to buy them and put the in the garage until fall comes calling.
When it comes time to get a set of new tires, drivers have a lot of options. Traditionally, the safest option is to return to the dealership. Dealers will replace worn tires with original-equipment tires. This option is crucial for maintaining the performance and efficiency of your vehicle.
Another option is the discount tire retailer. These wholesale tire distributors sell tires at extreme discounts. In addition to low prices, they are often just a phone call or a mouse click away.
Ordering The Right Size Tire
Perhaps the most confusing part of tire buying is figuring out what those numbers on the sidewall of the tire mean. They are part of a simple standardized code that is required by federal law in order to describe tires, and to identify them in case of a recall.
You can read more in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online brochure, but here’s a quick primer:
Example of tire sidewall markings — P215/65R 15 95H M+S
- First up is a letter or letters, indicating the tire’s purpose: “P” for passenger cars or “LT” for light trucks are the most likely letters you’ll see.
- Next is a three-digit number. This is the tire’s width (in millimeters) from sidewall edge to sidewall edge.
- Then, a two-digit number which is the tire’s aspect ratio, or the ratio of height to width. The smaller the number, the shorter the sidewall.
- Next, a letter, probably “R,” which indicates radial construction. Almost every tire you encounter will be a radial nowadays, unless you’re buying tires for a classic car.
- Then, another two-digit number, which is the diameter of the wheel that the tire is intended to fit.
- Next, an optional two- or three-digit number. This is the tire’s load index number, and its inclusion is not required by law. The load index number corresponds with the tire’s load-carrying capacity. A site for discount tires has posted a handy chart with the load index numbers and loads. Simply put, don’t install a tire with a lower load index number than your manufacturer recommends. AOL Autos: Tire shopping lessons
- Next, a letter. This is the tire’s speed rating. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendation. You should only need to upgrade to a higher speed rating if you have modified your vehicle for track use, or if you are heading to Germany to drive on the Autobahn.
- Next, some more letters, usually “M+S” or “M/S.” This stands for mud and snow, and applies to most radial tires sold in America.
Remember when needing new tires, price can fluctuate quite a bit between national chains, local shops and online retailers. Be sure to do your research to ensure your are getting the best deal possible.
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