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At Automotive Art we pride ourselves in bringing you the best brands at great prices, and the service team to make sure you drive away happy! Whether you drive a car, SUV, rally car or truck, Automotive Art is where you start when looking for the right tyres for your vehicle. From performance tires to durable economy tires to exact-match OEM tires, we have what you're looking for to get you back on the road. Need a specific or unique brand or size? Just ask one of our store managers and we will work to special order your tyre to meet your exact requirements.
Proper tyre care and safety is
simple and easy. We at Automotive Art recommend
taking 15-20 minutes every month to check your tyres, including the spare.
Your Tyre Maintenance
Pressure - Under inflation
results in unnecessary tyre stress, irregular wear, loss of control and
accidents. A tyre can lose up to half of
its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat!
Alignment - A bad jolt
from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and
damage your tyres. Have Automotive Art
check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.
Rotation - Regularly
rotating your vehicle's tyres will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle's owners manual has a
specific recommendation, the guideline for tyre rotation is approximately every
Tread - Advanced and unusual
wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions.
Visually check your tyres for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or
unusually smooth areas. Also check for
signs of damage.
How to Check
- Look for this information in your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle's owners manual for the
proper level of inflation; it may also be posted on the door post or in the
- When you check the inflation pressure, make sure
the tyres are cool - meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile. (Note: If you have to drive a distance to get
air, check and record the tyre pressure first and add the appropriate inflation
pressure when you get to the pump. It is
normal for tyres to heat up and the inflation pressure inside to increase as
you drive. Never "bleed" or
reduce air pressure when tyres are hot.)
- Check inflation pressure once a month and before
- If you overfill the tyre, you can release air by
pushing on the metal stem in the centre of the valve with a fingernail or the
tip of a pen. Then recheck the pressure
with your tyre gauge.
- Replace the valve cap.
- Remember to check the spare. (Note: Some spare tyres
require higher inflation pressure).
Why Check Your
- If your car's suspension system is out of
alignment, your tyres will wear unevenly and you may experience handling
problems. Potholes and rough roads can
contribute to problems with alignment.
- Front-wheel drive vehicles, and those with
independent rear suspension, require alignment of all four wheels.
- Have Automotive Art check your alignment
periodically as specified by your vehicle’s owners manual or if handling
problems develop, such as "pulling."
- Also have your tyre balance checked
periodically. An unbalanced tyre and
wheel assembly may result in irregular wear or vibration.
Why Rotate Your Tyres?
- Each tyre on your car supports a different
amount of weight; this unequal weight distribution causes your tyres to wear at
different rates. By rotating your tyres,
you can extend their useful life.
- If your tyres show uneven wear, ask your tyre
dealer to check for and correct any misalignment, imbalance or other mechanical
problem involved before rotation.
- Refer to your vehicle's owners manual for
rotation recommendations. If no rotation
period is specified, tyres should be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles.
- Sometimes front and rear tyres use different
pressures. After rotation, adjust tyre
inflation pressure to the figures recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
How to Check
- When the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch, tyres
must be replaced.
- All tyres have "wear bars," which are
small, raised bars of rubber in the groove that indicate when tyres are worn
out. If your tread is worn down to the
wear bars, it’s time for a new tyre.
- Visually check your tyres for signs of uneven
wear. You may have irregular tread wear
if there are high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also make sure no nails or other objects are
embedded in the tyre. Consult your tyre
dealer as soon as possible if you see problems.
Car owners should always
endeavour to clean the tyres when washing their car. Many people put layer upon layer of dressings
on their tyres but never clean them. The
result is a “browning” or “yellowing” discoloration. To clean your tyres, use a cleaner formulated
for tyres. Car wash shampoos are too
gentle to penetrate into the tyre’s pores and lift out imbedded grime. Use a recommended degreaser diluted to the
correct ratio to remove excess tyre dressing and grime.
After you’ve cleaned your tyres
you may desire to apply a dressing to achieve that slick, wet look. Products like Meguiar’s Endurance Tyre Gel and
Hot Shine Tyre Spray are designed to provide protection that lasts weeks, not
days and gives a deep gloss black shine that protects against cracking and