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Spring is just around the corner, time to think about your tires!

Spring is just around the corner, time to think about your tires!

Winter is almost over and with the many snow storms we've experienced in Burlington this winter, it's refreshing to think that it will all be over soon. In our industry, temperature changes and seasons passing means it's time to think about seasonal tire changeover. I know, I know, not the most fun thing to tackle on your agenda this spring, but a necessity to ensure your safety and those of others on the road. Since we're pretty good at all things tires and mechanical service, we've prepared a few tips and tricks to help you check this off your spring honey-do list! Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring. Tips to help you with your seasonal tire changeover! You need a nice spring clean up! At The Auto Station, we really pride ourselves with offering the best service to our customers and that means offering a car wash to our customers as they receive service. Make it easy on yourself and sign-up for our Tire Storage program ... read more

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All Weather Tires

All Weather Tires

What`s up with the new All Weather Tires? Will they work in Canada? The idea of “all weather” tires instantly provokes suspicion in many hockey player families across Canada. Is it possible to get your budding Bobby Orr to the rink in small town Ontario in January and get to your tee time in Muskoka on the same rubber? The suspicion of course, is rooted in what has been traditionally marketed by the tire industry as an “all season” tire until now. These tires although relatively effective in most conditions between April and November, have long been considered as ditch digging and clearing devices by most tow truck retrieval drivers in the colder Canadian climes of January. There is little question that All Weather tires are a compromise. There is a trade off between summer performance and winter tire traction. There’s a trade off between summer quiet and a chunky winter snow clearing tread bite. And, there is a balance to be found between the lowe ... read more

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Tire pressure drops with temperature

Tire inflation pressure and temperature Tires must be properly inflated to achieve maximum handling, traction, and durability as designed by the tire manufacturer. It is the air pressure that supports the weight of your vehicle, not the tire itself. Tire pressure should be monitored frequently for safe driving and optimal tire performance. Tire pressure can change with fluctuations in temperature. So, how should you correctly monitor tire pressure as the outside temperature changes? First, it's important to remember that gas expands when heated and contracts when the temperature declines. In Canada, the daily temperatures rise and fall between day and night, as well as seasonally. As the days get shorter and colder during fall and winter, it's especially important to check your tire pressure. Second, it's important to know that the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle (as specified in the owner's manual and the tire placard for the vehicle) are both based on ... read more

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Tire Pressure Light Nights

Tire Pressure Light Nights

TIRE PRESSURE LIGHT NIGHTS Once temperatures drop, your car's computer may be warning you about low tire pressure. The tire pressure monitor light first started showing up in luxury cars in the late 90’s but now is standard in all cars sold in the United States as of Sept. 01, 2007. For those that haven't seen this system in action, it is time to introduce you to the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and the sometimes pesky tire pressure monitor light. Tire Pressure Monitor Light often show up a concern as we come out of fall and winter arrives our temperatures begin to drop drastically over night. When it comes to our cars, steep temperature drops can trigger a sign of fall that we don’t welcome: a yellow or orange low tire pressure warning light. We have good news for you, though. When your light comes on, your car is simply telling you that you need more air in your tire and this time of year, the warning is usually related to chilly nights. Here’s wh ... read more

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Winter Tire Sipes

To better decide what kind of a tire you need, it’s wise to understand how traction works. We would all like a tire that grips well year-round in all conditions, wears well and is inexpensive. That tire does not exist because many of the things that we want in one tire are engineering contradictions. On a microscopic level, a tire is not smooth. The tread face looks like the Rocky Mountains – sharp, jagged peaks and deep valleys between them create a hostile-looking surface. That’s good because the road surface is not smooth, either – it mimics the contours of the tire tread. These two rough surfaces interlock, the tire rotates and there is grip to move the car forward. And to ensure that the rubber fills in the road surface, it needs to be soft.That means the ideal tire is just a big, black, soft rubber ball. But wait – we want the tire to last, so we cannot make it as soft as is ideal. That would be a racing slick: extremely grippy for a very short ... read more

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Winter Tire Minus Sizing gets true cold weather performance

Winter Tire MINUS SIZING Gets true PERFORMANCE FOR OUR WINTER SEASON. Original Equipment tire and wheel sizes have become larger and wider for better looks and performance in the last few years. Unfortunately these new performance based packages are not ideal for winter driving. So if you’re likely to drive your vehicle in the snow during winter, you’ll want tires and wheels in sizes that help put the laws of physics on your side by “minus” sizing. What is Minus Sizing? Minus sizing means using smaller diameter wheels with narrower, higher profile tires (but still maintaining your vehicles original equipment needs). By doing so, better deep snow traction is achieved, and can also result in great savings on Winter Tire & Wheel Packages. In addition, higher profile tire sizes feature taller sidewalls and smaller diameter wheels that resist damages associated with winter road hazards. Benefits of Minus Sizing Minus sizing packages can be created through our ... read more

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Increased safety with working signal and brake lights

The Long and Lighted Road: Lighting and Driving Brake and Turn Signals Automotive Signal Lights Although motorists often complain that some drivers don't know they exist or how to use them, all cars these days come equipped with blinking turn signals letting the car behind you know what you're up to. That certainly wasn't the case with the earliest cars, though. I still remember drivers using standard hand signals into the early sixties — you know, the ones you had to learn to pass your driver's test: for left you put your left arm straight out the window parallel to the ground, for right you rested your left elbow on the window, raising your forearm up with your hand open. And if you wanted to stop you signaled that intention, as well, by putting your left arm out parallel to the road and angling it downward. These hand signals were required whether it was sunny and fair or pouring buckets. Drivers of early historical cars, in fact, still have to know and use ... read more

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Old tires can lead to trouble

Old Tires can lead to trouble Recent news reports about old tires failing has experts asking if tires should have expiration dates the same as many other products. Why? Because old tires are failing and killing people! In a letter released September 22, 2003, a private safety group called Strategic Safety asked the National Highway Traffic & Safety Admin. (NHTSA) to investigate the problem of tire aging. The group says they have documented at least 20 accidents caused by old tires blowing out, 10 of which resulted in fatalities. Most of the lawsuits involving these tread separation accidents have been on tires that were six or more years old. The group says the NHTSA should have a new rule requiring tire manufacturers to put expiration dates on all new tires. REPLACE OLD TIRES Strategic Safety says based on their findings, motorists should replace tires that are ... read more

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How to check tire pressure

Inflating and maintaining proper tire pressure ensures safer, more comfortable driving and better fuel efficiency. Particularly in times of high gas prices; in inclement driving conditions such as heavy rain, snow, or ice; and in vehicles of all sizes, tire pressure can make a major difference in driving, wherever you are. Given the importance of the task, you might think it is complicated, but checking and maintaining your tire pressure is simple, provided you have a good tire air pressure gauge and source of air, both of which are available at many gas stations. Get a Gauge A simple tire air pressure gauge, available at most auto parts stores, for a few dollars, is adequate for the job. You do not necessarily need a digital air pressure gauge. If it is worth the $14 to $15 to you, a digital pressure gauge is easy to read and accurate. However, you should consider whether it will require batteries, and whether this would prevent you from using it. Again, a standard pressure gauge ... read more

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Pot holes

It’s pothole season! Best practices for avoiding damage to your vehicle. April 4, 2016 by Be Car Care Aware Potholes are an inevitable part of living in a multi-season environment which most of Canada experiences. For example, Toronto repairs on average 200,000 potholes a year. Cities with warmer annual temperatures like Vancouver repair on average 32,000 potholes a year. Spring is usually when we see our first crop of these lovely hazards but sometimes they show up sooner especially during milder winters. While their presence can’t be avoided there are a few things you can do to help your car make it through this unofficial season unharmed. Be attentive– potholes can appear very quickly especially after a rainfall and a short freeze/thaw cycle. Drive the speed limit and don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Check your tire pressure. Keeping your tires ... read more

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