All About Tires

Seasonal Tire Changeovers

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A good rule of thumb is to change over to your all-season tires is when the average daily temperature is above 10°C. Snow tires are made of special rubber and have tread designs suited to cold weather. At 7°C your snow tires begin to wear, but rounding it to 10°C ensures you don’t get caught in a surprise freeze.

Tire Pressure and TPMS Sensors

Ever see this symbol pop up in your dash console? This symbol is connected to your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) sensors at the wheels of your vehicle. When you see this light, there are a number of things to investigate.

Inspect your tires for any punctures (look for nail/screw heads or other foreign objects, which can puncture your tire).  Potholes and bent rims can also cause of leaking of air from your tires.

If there are no obvious punctures, use a Tire Pressure Gauge to check your tires PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). You can find your tires' required PSI on the inside of the driver's side door of your vehicle for the proper PSI required. Using a compressor you may have at home or at your local gas station fill your tire with air.  Add the appropriate amount of PSI to your tires. DO NOT OVERFILL. (When in doubt, use 33psi and get yourself to a quality automotive technician to inspect your tires thoroughly.)

This symbol can also be a quick indication of a flat (or going flat) tire.  If you do not have Roadside Assistance to help, you can always undertake the task of changing the tire yourself

*NOTE: Fluctuations in temperature and/or malfunctioning TPMS sensors can cause a Low Pressure signal from your vehicle. In any case, these should be addressed as soon as possible.

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