Tires: New, Used and Repairs

Tire Tips & Suggestions | Questions:

It's time to change back to your summer tires!

Ever wonder when to replace your worn tires? The most obvious suggestion is to have your mechanic inspect your tires periodically. One way to check and see if your tires need to be replaced it to take a penny and place it upside down in the tread. If you can see all of the head on the penny, you likely need new tires. There is also a tread wear indicator on your tires, they are smooth rubber bars between your treads, when they are visible, it indicates that your tires need to be replaced.

Driving on worn or damaged tires can be quite dangerous. There is less traction on the road, especially in wet conditions.

Repairs on tires should be done properly. You should routinely check to see if there have been puncture marks or damage to your tires. Some damage can be easily repaired with the proper patch and plug combination, but your tire should be removed and checked to make sure the damage is repairable.

You might notice that your steering seems to be a little heavier. Your tires could start squealing when you are turning corners. You should look at your tread wear. Too much air or too little air in your tires could also create problems.

Do you notice a vibration while you are driving? It probably means your tires need to be realigned or balanced. Tire rotation will also prolong the length of your tires.

Do you buy winter tires? Do you drive in a lot of snow? Winter tires will help with traction during the unpredictable winter months.

When do you switch your tires to your winter tires and when do you schedule a time to change them back in the spring? Generally in Ontario, when the temperature drops below 7 Degree Celsius most winter tires were designed to work best. Every driver has different patterns and there is always a winter tire that is most suitable for your lifestyle and vehicle. It is best to change to your winter tires before the weather conditions get worse as you don't want to worry about changing them after the first major snowfall. Therefore, in the spring, once the weather consistently goes above 7 Degrees Celsius, it is a good time to consider switching your tires back from your winter tires.

Always check the warranty of the original tire. Check your owners manual on your vehicle for their recommendations. Err on the side of caution if you suspect your vehicle has tires that are damaged or need to be replaced.