Living in a cold weather climates means you likely need more than one set of tires. From all-seasons to the road gripping winter tires, your tires are an essential part of automotive safety. Castlegar Toyota is prepared to help keep you moving and informed. Check out our most frequently asked questions about tires and book your next vehicle service with Castlegar Toyota.
When should you change your seasonal tires?
When you are living in a cold weather climate, we suggest having your winter tires in place when the temperature is predicted to be 7 degrees celsius and lower. Winter tires are designed to give exceptional traction when the exterior temperature dips below 7 degrees and this is the ideal temperature to have them changed over.
What is the difference between the different types of tires?
Tires meant for different weather conditions are comprised of different tread depth and rubber compounds. All these design features are meant to react to specific weather and road conditions.
What tread depth is considered unsafe?
We recommend replacing your tires (especially if wet road conditions are common) when the tread reaches a depth of 5/32". Once you reach the depth of 4/32" to 3/32", it is time to replace or closely monitor your tires wear.
What is my TPM and what do I do when my TPM light is on?
The TPM warning light comes on to indicate that one or more of your tires has a tire pressure under 25% of its recommended pressure. When this happens, it’s time to top up your tires are your local service centre or gas station to ensure your traction and stability are not compromised.
Which tires wear faster on rear wheel drive?If your alignment is correct, the back tires on your rear wheel drive vehicle will wear a little quicker than your front tires. When rotating the tires on a rear wheel drive, move the rear tires to the front but keep them on the same side. Having an expert technician rotate your tires for you is recommended to ensure proper alignment.
Have a question about choosing, maintaining or servicing your tires?
Contact the knowledgeable service advisors at Castlegar Toyota for more information. We can be reached over the phone at (250) 365-7241 or online today.