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How to Take Care of Your Tires - A1 Tires Unlimited

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be treated with respect,
& grab a set of tires at
the same time!
199 Waterloo St.,
Unit #2
Oshawa ON
L1H 3W9
How to Take Care of Your Tires
Expert Tips on How to Properly Care For Your Tires, by Michelle
As a smart consumer you want to Save Your Tires
& Save Your Money. My name is Michelle and I
operate A1 Tires Unlimited, in Oshawa. I would like
to help you with your tires before we ever meet. I
would rather see you driving safely along the road
of life than for you to have dangerous tire troubles. That’s why I’ve put together Tire Tips Sheet.
Print this and stick it on your Fridge.
1.Maintain Proper Tire Pressure:
• Tire pressure is the volume of air inside the tire,
в—‹в—‹ Low tire pressure often looks like a flat tire.
• Maintain as specified by the tire and/or vehicle
manufacturer. Look at the side of the tire to find the
pressure required in PSI. This can also be found on
the sticker in the door-jam.
• Proper tire pressure is important because:
в—‹в—‹ Helps prevent premature balding and cracks on
the sidewalls, when over-inflated,
в—‹в—‹ Helps prevent belt-shift when under-inflated,
в—‹в—‹ Improves traction and handling,
в—‹в—‹ Improves fuel economy.
2.Rotate Your Wheels Regularly:
• A wheel rotation simply means that each wheel
is moved to the opposite side and opposite end of
the vehicle. Ex.: The rear driver’s tire becomes front
passenger’s tire.
• Rotations allow for even tread wear on all 4 tires.
• Should be every 10,000 Kms (every 2nd oil change).
• Are important in extending the tire’s tread life,
• Helps maintain proper traction and handling, meaning safety and economical fuel consumption.
3.Keep Wheels Properly Aligned:
• Properly aligned wheels help prevent the steering
from pulling to one side, and uneven tread wear.
• Ensure all tires match your vehicle’s requirements:
в—‹в—‹ If FRONT Wheel Drive (FWD): both FRONT
tires must be the same make and model.
в—‹в—‹ If REAR Wheel Drive (RWD): both REAR tires
must be the same make and model.
в—‹в—‹ If ALL Wheel Drive (AWD): ALL tires must be
the same make and model.
• Each manufacturer has their own process for
creating and testing tires. This means many different
shapes, tread patterns and air/rubber volumes, and
differing stress/heat tolerances.
4.Re-balance Your Wheels:
• Unbalanced wheels create a shimmying feeling in
the steering wheel. Re-balancing involves adding
weights to the rim, evening out the centrifugal force.
5.Fix Punctures/Leaks ASAP:
• The moment you realize that you have a puncture,
tear –or anything that allows any kind of leak– is the
moment that you should schedule a repair.
• If left too long, you will end up with a flat tire, which
when driven on will ruin the sidewalls and often
irreparably damage the rim too. Stop as soon as
safely possible when driving on a flat.
• If safely possible, the flat with the spare (typically
called a donut, in the trunk). If unable to do this, do
not drive on the flat. Instead, call a towing service
to help.
• Do not replace a front wheel with a donut.
6.Fix Sidewall Bulges ASAP:
• You can feel the bulge in your steering wheel as a
• Bulges cause the tire to spin unevenly, which creates friction (heat) inside of the tire, expanding the
air, increasing the pressure.
• If you don’t repair it in time the bulge will weaken
and eventually fail “blowing out” the tire. You could
lose control of your vehicle!
7.Inspect Your Tires for Cracks:
• Things to look for when inspecting your tires:
• Dry Rot/Old Age:
○○ The compound in a tire’s rubber tread will eventually dry out over a period of years, resulting in
what is commonly called “dry-rot.”
в—‹в—‹ Dry Rotted tires can fail suddenly because the
friction and heat build-up within the tire increase
the pressure in the dried, weakened rubber.
в—‹в—‹ It is recommended that you immediately replaced
cracked/cracking tires.
• Manufacturer Defects:
○○ Sometimes a manufacturer’s defect in the rubber
can also cause cracks.
в—‹в—‹ If you feel that your vehicle is shifting from side to
side, or you’re experiencing the “blender effect,”
chances are that your tire’s underlying structures
have shifted or are breaking down.
в—‹в—‹ It is recommended that you replace aging tires as
soon as you can.
8.Remove Winter Tires in the Spring:
• Winter tires are made of softer rubber so that they
don’t freeze, giving you better traction in the cold.
• In the warm seasons, that softness will cause your
winter tires to wear down very quickly, and can also
cause the layers within the tire to shift.
• Avoid buying snow tires every season by removing
them each spring and reusing them the next winter.
I hope that you will find this helpful, and that your travels
are always fun and safe! Feel free to get in touch with me
any time, I’d love to hear from you!
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