Tire Sales & Service
Buying tires can be a confusing process, especially with so many different brands and pricing options to choose from. Once you’ve decided which tires you’ll purchase, there’s also the question of who you’ll trust to install them for you. Proper installation and alignment of your tires impacts so much of your vehicle’s performance. From how much fuel it uses, to how quickly it accelerates, to whether or not it has proper traction in snowy conditions – there’s a lot riding on your tires.
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If you’re interested in learning more about tires, here are some of the basics you’ll want to know:
- How do I choose the right tire size for my vehicle?
- How do I know when it’s time to replace my tires?
- What causes tires to become worn out?
- Services we offer for keeping your tires in good working order
How do I choose the right tire size for my vehicle?
If you’re unsure what size tire to buy for your vehicle, thankfully, your vehicle manufacturer has taken the guesswork out of it. You’ll find the exact specifications in your owner’s manual. Most vehicles also have these details on a sticker attached to the inside of the driver’s side door.
Tire sizes look like a combination of numbers and letters. For example, the tire size recommended for your vehicle might look something like this: 215/65R16 98H. Each number and letter tells us something about the tire’s features. This includes the width of the tire, how it was constructed, the maximum load it can carry, and the maximum speed it can achieve.
You always want tires that match the specifications recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. This is a simple and easy way to ensure safety and optimal performance. As with anything else, exceptions to this rule are definitely possible. But it’s important you work with an expert on this sort of thing. Some tire sizes may not be safe or even legal for the type of vehicle you drive. Working with an experienced technician can put your mind at ease and help you feel confident in the tires you choose.
How do I know when it’s time to replace my tires?
You might find there’s no clear-cut guidance for assessing the wear and tear on your tires. Some people recommend replacing your tires after a certain number of kilometres on the road. Others will suggest using the age of the tires as a rule-of thumb. Inserting a dime or quarter into the treads (the grooves in a tire) is another common piece of advice. Many drivers, however, aren’t comfortable making this assessment on their own. And with good reason. The condition your tires are in has a direct impact on your vehicle’s safety.
For the most accurate read on whether it’s time to replace your tires, we recommend speaking with your service technician. Our experienced technicians can tell by looking at your tires if they’re still safe for the road or too worn out. They’ll also be able to advice you on whether you need to replace just two of your tires or all four. (It’s always recommended you replace tires at least in pairs if it isn’t possible to replace all of them at once.)
What causes tires to become worn out?
Your tires’ lifespan depends on a range of factors. This can include your driving style and the weather conditions you most often drive in. Pot holes, extreme temperatures or frequent temperature changes, wet or snowy roads, and excessive salt can all damage your tires.
How well you maintain your vehicle is another important factor. Regularly rotating your tires, getting them aligned, and ensuring the air pressure is never too high or too low are all part of good maintenance. The upkeep of your brake system and suspension also affect tire lifespans.
There’s no denying that some tires are just better quality than others. But keeping your vehicle well-maintained is equally (if not more) important for getting the most use out of your tires.
Services we offer to keep your tires in good working order
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of good tire maintenance. The following are some of the services we offer at Sullivan Automotive to keep your tires – and your vehicle – safe.
Rotating and balancing your tires: rotating and balancing your tires helps to prevent uneven wear and tear. When one or more tires start to wear out unevenly, this affects both the safety and performance of your vehicle. We recommend rotating your tires after every 10,000 km on the road.
Tire alignment: proper alignment of your tires ensures your vehicle won’t pull to one side or another. This, in turn, helps to reduce wear and extend the lifespan of your tires. We offer alignment services when you purchase new tires and recommend aligning them again once every year.
Tire switch-overs: our experienced technicians will not only help you choose and install the best snow and all-season tires for your vehicle and budget. We can also guide you through the best times to get your snow tires put on and taken off.
Other services: optimally functioning tires need optimally functioning brakes and auto suspension. We would be happy to help if either of these systems need to be inspected or serviced.
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Our sales and service technicians all have years of experience with tires. We’re committed to ensuring everyone leaves our shop knowing their vehicle is safe. And we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have. We also know budgets and preferences vary from driver to driver. That’s why we’re continually updating and expanding our inventory of new tires to meet our customers’ needs.
If you’re looking to purchase new tires or need to get your existing tires serviced, we’d love to help.