Ford Escape: Tire wear - Tire care - Tires, Wheels and Loading - Ford Escape Owner's ManualFord Escape: Tire wear

When the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch (2 mm), tires must be replaced to help prevent your vehicle from skidding and hydroplaning. Built-in treadwear indicators, or “wear bars”, which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread will appear on the tire when the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch (2 mm).

When the tire tread wears down to the same height as these “wear bars”, the tire is worn out and must be replaced.

Damage

    Inspecting your tires and wheel valve stems
    Periodically inspect the tire treads for uneven or excessive wear and remove objects such as stones, nails or glass that may be wedged in the tread grooves. Check the tire and valve stems for holes, ...

    Damage
    Periodically inspect the tire treads and sidewalls for damage (such as bulges in the tread or sidewalls, cracks in the tread groove and separation in the tread or sidewall). If damage is observed or ...

    See also:

    Department of transportation uniform tire quality grades
    The following tire grading categories were established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The specific grade rating assigned by the tire’s manufacturer in each category is ...

    Compass calibration
    1. If a “C” is displayed in the compass window, the compass needs to be calibrated. 2. Drive the vehicle in a circle at 5 mph (8 km/h) or less until the display reads a direction. 3. You ...

    Locking and arming the alarm
    CAUTION: No modifications or additions should be made to the anti-theft system. Such changes could cause the system to malfunction. There are two levels of security: - Single locking. With all d ...