My Ford dealer says I need new tires. I have a 2010 Escape 4x4 XLT. It has 48,000 miles on it. The tires do not look worn at all. Does anyone have any info about tire life on this Ford?
Most factory tires are rated at 36,000 mile tread wear out. Put a penny, upside down into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head it's time for new tires. Also inspect the tires for dry rot. This is seen as small cracks, usually on the side of the tire, if you see this it's time for new tires as well. HTH. -Jim
Keeping in mind that ALL car dealerships make the bulk of their revenue on SERVICE rather than CAR SALES, I would get another opinion from a place like Pep Boys, Goodyear, Tires Plus Total Car Care (if they are in your area). Mr Tire, etc. I had to have my tires replaced due to dry rot on my '06 Volvo, but not until the 4 year mark.
It's a three year old truck with 48,000 miles. Are those the original tires?
My Tribute, same as an Escape had tons of cracks on the sidewalls of the original continential tires. Tread was still good, but they road hard and were noisy, that was at 45K. I went with Firestones LE's.
yes, original tires
I would probably agree with the Ford dealer. Most tires won't last over 40,000 miles and depending on how you or whoever drives the vehicle, scraping curbs, spinning the tires in the winter time on snow and ice can take a toll on tires. If the tires are original to the vehicle, then YES, that vehicle is OVERDUE for a tire change and make sure you get an alignment too with those new tires. All Ford dealers sell tires now and can usually give you a competitive price on the tires though I'm not sure on the labor charge as new car dealers have super high labor rates. A trip to a tire shop might be your best bet. Kenny/MrBlueOval
Correct me if I'm wrong but your vehicle came with Michelin Cross Terrain's...that's a 65,000 mile tire... I personally have 57,400 on my originals...I'm Just now breaking into the cross bars that distinguish time to go get new tires....you might have a bad alignment or have the tires filled over the recommended 30ish psi (look inside the front driver door frame for the sticker)
yeah go to pep boys or firestone because they have no interest in selling you tires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tires are covered by tire mfg warranty not the vehicle
if they show any signs of dryrot they will tell you that the tires need changed , that's my cue , donut time
Small cracks are not rot, Dealers will say they recommend tires or other parts, just tell them to put in writing it is bad and unsafe also take a picture of the tires and the person at the dealer, have then give back the old parts also, if they are willing do that you get a full filled out invoice say those things, they will change their story and say well its not to bad j b they will back off. Bad is if the small cracks are cuts, you will find your old tires on their used tire rack if you leave them there. also check to see if its a recall item or campaign notice on it. they like to sell you things that they are fighting in court before its ordered to be recalled. keep all invoices as tire rot and other part are found to be a manufacture problem and reimbursement will be offered if you have the paperwork as they lost theirs.
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