Let’s face it the Ford Escort is an economical car that was created to get from point a to pint b without much hassle. The car was designed for dependability and to save gas and not for performance or speed. For this reason a basic car like the Escort does not need performance tires. That would be a big dose of overkill now wouldn’t it.
So what do we look for when shopping for replacement tires? Very simply out you can go with something basic that will cover the task of giving you decent traction and dependability without paying for the high cost of a luxury tire like you might for your Cadillac. The Escort is a light weight economical car that is not fussy. Generally a tire rated with a traction rating of A B or AA is fine, Mileage can be as low is 440 (which is approx a 40,000 mile tire) an example would be a Dunlop SP 60 which is roughly $60.00 each, This tire is actually rated at 600 for mileage which is a 60,000 mile tire.
The point here is that you do not need to go to the extreme with tires for this car as you will more than likely be wasting your money since the car will not perform to the standards of the more expensive Fethiye Escort tire. The standard tire size on this car is 185-65-14 and that is the tire we are concentrating on in this writing. Some models however such as the Escort GT or the ZX2 may have an alternate size such as a 185-65-15 so make sure you check your tires size before ordering your tires. The bolt pattern in case you are also replacing wheels ins generally 4×100 on base models however there are a few models in the later years from 1998 on that did have a 4×114.3 bolt pattern so keep this in mind.
The Ford Escort because of it being a compact does go out of alignment and tends to go through tie rods. Therefore it is important when replacing tires that you have an alignment done on the car. This will prolong the life of your new tires.