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Tires

We love to talk tires. We’ll even sell a few from time to time too. Our Tire Discounter warehouse is literally in our back yard. So we have access to an incredible amount of rubber. We can help you decipher what brand and type of tire best suit your vehicle, your driving habits, and the conditions you drive in and on. Call, click or drop in we’re happy to help.

*Safety Note* Transport Canada reports that severe adverse handling conditions could result when two new tires are installed on the front axle and the partially worn tires are left on the rear. "Best to the Back" is recommended. For best vehicle performance they strongly recommend that all four tires be replaced at the same time. Transport Canada also recommends installing FOUR winter tires. "To assist you in controlling your vehicle in winter conditions, always install your winter tires in sets of FOUR only." (Visit www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety for more information)

Also, If it was necessary to have the tires removed from your vehicle to facilitate a service or repair please note that we hand torque all wheels (we do not use torque sticks). It is our opinion that this is the better, safer and more reliable way. We have our torque wrenches calibrated regularly. In all cases, the best practice is to have the wheels rechecked within 80 to 100kms.

 

 

Storing tires

Tire manufacturer's recommend that off season tires should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, heat (such as black asphalt or heat generating appliances) and ozone sources (such as hot pipes or electric motors). Be sure the surfaces they will be stored on is clean and free of grease, gasoline or other substances that could deteriorate the rubber. Store tires so there is no danger of water collecting inside of them. When storing tires flat (one on top of the other), stack them so that the bottom tire is not crushed and will retain its shape.

What the sidewall of your tires are telling you. (Courtesy of www.coopertire.com Tire Safety) The sidewall of your tire tells a story from when that tire was manufactured to where, what and how it should be used. We can help you figure it all out, to find the right tire for fit, form and function for your driving habits.

Tire Rotation

These are examples of typical recommended tire rotations. Tires are expensive to replace, rotating your tires at regular intervals will help increase the life and performance of your tires. (Courtesy: www.betiresmart.ca)

TPMS

Seasonal tire change overs and flat repairs require special knowledge and training if your car is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS. Our technicians have the training and experience required to service this technology. Below is a typical TPMS sensor and valve stem unit and tool. (Courtesy Schrader International)

Tire cross section

This is an example of a cross section of a typical passanger tire. This particular example is using a Cooper Zeon tire. Construction may vary depending on size and type of tire. (Courtesty: Cooper Tire & Rubber company)

Alignments

A wheel alignment is a simply description for a relatively complicated, complex process that brings your vehicles suspension back into proper positioning by adjusting those components. A correctly aligned vehicle will avoid driveability and control problems, especially in heavy rain, snow or icy conditions. Performing a wheel alignment requires special knowledge, training and a large investment in equipment. We have the skill and the equipment to perform this service for you. Below are some examples of tire wear and (exaggerated pictures) of how a miss-aligned vehicle looks.

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