You may decide to replace your original tires with new tires that have different handling characteristics than those that came with your vehicle. Ask a Parksville Tire Centre Certified Service expert at your dealership for help.
Tires are manufactured in a wide array of types and designs, and for every type of vehicle on the road. Getting the best combination of performance and value means understanding the options available to you.
It also means asking the right questions
- What kind of vehicle do I drive?
- What is my driving style?
- Where and how will I use these tires?
- What benefits do I expect from my new tires?
When to Buy New Tires
The lifespan of your tires depends on how they are used: average driving speed and weather, as well as the types of roads driven on. Eventually, even the toughest tires wear out so knowing when to replace them is an important part of proper vehicle care.
The best way to check your tires is to check the treadwear indicators. These will appear when your tires have only 1.6 mm (2/32 of and inch) or less of tread remaining.
Replace your tires if:
- Treadwear indicators are visible at three or more places around the tire
- Cord or fabric is showing through the tire’s rubber
- The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut, snagged deep enough to show cord or fabric
- The tire has a bulge or is split
- The tire is punctured, cut or has other irreparable damage
Wheel (Rim) Replacement
Knowing when to change the entire wheel/rim is also a key element of keeping your tires and vehicle in good shape.
Replace wheel/rim if:
- It is bent, cracked or badly rusted or corroded
- The nuts keep coming loose
- The wheel/rim leaks air
Your Certified Service technician will know what kind of replacement wheel/rim you will need and when you need it. The replacement wheel should have the same load-carrying capacity, diameter, width and offset, and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces.
Buying New Tires
Ready To Replace Your Tires?
What Do You Drive?
Like the vehicles we drive, not all tires are created equally. Light-duty trucks and SUV‘s for example, need tires that will respond to heavy loads and extreme road conditions. The key is to know exactly what type of vehicle you own and what you use it for.
What Do You Want?
Establish what your driving needs are and the benefits you hope to gain from your new tires. How long will you be driving? What are the road conditions? Are you looking for greater fuel efficiency? Greater traction? These are useful questions to help narrow your focus.
What Was There Before?
Certainly the best way to find replacement tires is to know what was there before. Your new tires should be the same size and feature the same load capacity and speed rating as the original tires. If you cannot read the tire markings on your old tires, consult the tire information placard located inside your vehicle, usually located on the inside edge of the driver’s door.
Certified Service Tire Professionals are trained to find the right tires for your vehicle, suited to your driving profile.