WINTER WHEELS AND TIRES
Would you build a house on a poor foundation? Your answer to that question is most likely no. Having good tires is like having a solid foundation for your home. They provide the peace of mind knowing that your safety and the safety of your passengers as well as others on the road is secure. Talk to a tire expert at Julie’s Tire and Auto and get the right tire to suit your needs. We don’t just want to sell you tires. We want to sell you the correct tires and educate you on the importance of purchasing the right tire. We also offer post purchase services to help you maintain your investment. Those services include, tire rotations and flat repairs. Here are some common questions we get regarding tires.
Q. Why is it important to rotate my tires?
A. Each tire supports a different amount of weight, causing each tire to wear differently. By rotating your tires you help to extend the life of your tires.
Q. When should I check my tire pressures?
A. You should check your tire pressures regularly, at least twice a month. Check the tires before you start driving. During cold climate check your tires outside and this will give you a more accurate reading. Note that if you store your vehicle in a heated garage, you will lose pressure when you move your vehicle outside to the colder air.
Q. How do I know the size tire I need?
A. Look at the side of the tire as well as your owner’s manual for the correct size. Speak to a Tire Specialist at Julie’s Tire and Auto for assistance. We would be more than happy to assist you with any questions. However below we will offer a little assistance.
On the side of the tire you will see a number similar to this. P205/65R15
The “P” stands for passenger. So this tire is for cars. If the size had an “LT” in place of the “P” the “LT” stands for Light Truck.
“205” means section width. That is the width of the tire from sidewall to sidewall in millimeters. This measurement will vary depending on the width of the rim. A wider rim means the number is larger and smaller on a narrow rim. It is important to speak to a tire specialist to ensure you get the tire that will fit your rims.
“65” is the Aspect Ratio or the ratio of the height of the rim to the width. Which in this case, means that this tire’s height is 65% of its width.
“R” This means how the plies are constructed in the making of the tire. “R” equals Radial. If there is a “B” in place of the “R” this means that the tire is a belted bias construction. A “D” would mean it is a diagonal bias contruction.
“15” is the rim diameter in inches.
Often you will see additional numbers on the sidewall. Example is 89H.
The “89” means the load index or the industry standard load. The maximum load is in lbs. Speak to a tire specialist to ensure you have the correct load criteria.
The “H” is the speed rating. Different letters correspond to different speed ratings. Speak to your tire specialist to ensure you have the correct tire for your needs.
Q. How do I know if my tires are wearing well?
A. Regular rotations at Julie’s Tire and Auto would mean that a trained tire technician would inspect your tires for adequate wear. Some of the signs that your tires are not wearing properly would be; Sawtooth Appearance on the edge. Faster wear on the outside edges than in the middle. Quicker wear on front or rear tires on front wheel drive vehicles. Tire wears excessively on one side. Cups or dips in the tread.
There are a number of causes for premature tire wear which include, improper inflation or balance, misalignment, weak shocks or your vehicle has lose parts (movement) in the front end.
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