At National Tire Wholesale we offer a whole range of services, from oil changes to wheel alignments and much more! Here are a few reasons why you should stop by National Tire Wholesale to get an oil change and why it is important to get your wheels aligned!
As oil collects heat, varnish and carbons during the course of protecting and keeping the engine running smoothly, it eventually becomes less like liquid and more like sludge. No matter how good the oil is, eventually it degrades as the additives get used up. That's when you should have your oil changed.
How often and what kind of oil should be used?
If you don't think you have the time or money to get your oil changed and you choose to wait, eventually the oil will get worse and worse, becoming more like sludge and clog your engine. Engines are expensive to clean, and replacing a worn-out piston is not an auto repair bill you want to receive. Bottom line: It's worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance.
Keep you and and your car safe on the road with a proper wheel alignment.
What causes a vehicle to go out of alignment?
Misalignment conditions occur when the suspension and steering system are not operating at the right angles. The most common cause of this is spring sag and suspension wear on older vehicles. You can also throw your alignment off balance when you hit a pot hole, curb or get into any kind of minor or major collision.
Many automotive warranties require you to produce proof that you have had your wheels aligned regularly, or the manufacturer will not honor them. Virtually all tire warranties are void if the owner neglects to get and document regular wheel alignments.
Keep your tires in great shape by bringing your car or truck to National Tire Wholesale. Our trained technicians are skilled in a wide range of tire services. You can get your tires rotated, repaired, replaced, and more. Your vehicle is a large investment, and it’s worth the proper care.
It’s that time of year again, spring, means only one thing for Canada’s road: potholes. In average cities in Canada have nearly 50,000 potholes formed every spring, which means your vehicle can suffer major damage. Navigating around them is a daily reality and most of the time, you can’t see a pothole until it’s too late.
How potholes are created
Potholes are caused over time initially by a depression or water under the pavement. As traffic passes over the road areas of it gets weaken. If water is present and under a cold temperatures the expansion and contraction of the water freezes, which would cause the road surface to weaken even further. When traffic constantly travels on this area it will breaks the asphalt surface until it expands and a pothole appears. The longer it is left unrepaired the larger the pothole becomes.
Signs of pothole damage
At National Tire Wholesale it is our first priority to keep you safe on the roads. We know that you know a lot about your vehicle but sometimes you need a helping hand with your tires. We’d like to bust some common tire myths that may be tricking you and decreasing your safety on the roads.
Tire Myth # 1: I have TPMS so I don’t need to check my tire pressure
Remember to keep in mind that your tire pressure can fluctuate with changes in temperature so try to check your tires when it is cool outside and before you drive your car. If you’re unsure what the optimal tire pressure is for your vehicle, check the sticker on your side door.
Tire Myth # 2: I have all-season tires so I don’t need winter tires
“All-season” does not mean that your tires are made for winter conditions. Only tires with the snowflake emblem are certified to be winter driven. Certified winter tires are made with a rubber compound that stays pliable in cold conditions, which gives you better traction. In general, “all-season tires” are really only made for spring, summer, and fall driving conditions.
Tire Myth # 3: To save money, I can just leave my winter tires on in the summer
Tire Myth # 4: It doesn’t matter what size my tires are; they’re all the same
There are many more tire myths to cover so watch for them in up-coming blog posts. And remember, if you have any questions about your tires, then contact us!
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year.
Wishing you the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.
The shop will be closed at noon on December 23rd so we all get a chance to enjoy the holidays and recharge for another exciting year. We will be returning to the shop on Wednesday December 28th.
Damage to tire sidewall: This could be in the form of chunks of missing rubber, deep abrasions from hitting curbs, or a bulge in the sidewall. A bulge in the sidewall is likely related to a broken cord inside the tire.
This is a serious condition that will almost certainly lead to tire failure. Any chunking larger than a dime, or abrasion that has exposed the textile cords also warrant further inspection.
2) Check the air pressure in all four tires.
What the heck is siping?
When do I have to have studded tires and when will studless do?
If you’re wondering how to pick the right tires for winter, or whether you need them at all, here are answers to the eight most common questions about winter tires.
But it doesn’t mean they’re adequate for winter driving. In slick conditions, they don’t deliver the traction, control and short stopping distance that you get from a snow tire.
If you want safer driving on packed snow or ice, look for tires made with the right compound and branded with the Mountain Snowflake. This means they’ve actually been tested and certified to perform in winter conditions.
Different compound. Summer and all-season tires are made with a stiffer rubber compound. This helps the tire retain its shape when it’s rolling on hot pavement. Winter tires are made with hydrophilic (that’s “water-loving”) rubber which stays softer and more pliable in winter weather. This more flexible rubber is one reason you get more traction on snow and ice.
Another reason is tread design. Winter tires have a higher “void-to-lug” ratio, meaning there are larger grooves between the blocks of tread (the lugs). The tread blocks also have irregular, sharp edges.
4. “SHOULD I GET MY SNOW TIRES SIPED?”
Most snow tires are already siped, with small patterned slits on the lugs that create extra edges for better road grip. Additional safety siping can be done for a fee on new or used tires. If you’re regularly traveling on slick roads, the added traction from custom siping is a good way to improve starting, stopping and rolling traction.
5. “Is it okay to buy used winter tires?”
A new tire typically has 11/32nds of an inch in tread depth. A rule of thumb is that if there are 6/32nds of an inch or less in tread remaining on a winter tire, it’s about to lose a good deal of snow performance. So think carefully about whether you’re going to get what you’re paying for.
Third, be sure there’s not a problem with uneven wear. Did your tread gauge measurements show any tread depth difference between the four tires? It’s really common for tires to wear differently over time. If the disparity between any two tires is more than 3/32nds of an inch, pass on those used tires. Driving with mismatched tires or putting the wrong size on your vehicle will NOT save you money in the long run. You’re risking big repair bills for your transmission.
It’s also a bad idea to put winter tires on only the front or back. This creates a big difference in traction between your axles. And this will mean less steering control, not more.
Depending on the conditions and your state’s rules, traction controls in snowy areas will range from requiring only the minimum—like M+S tires on the drive axle—up to chains on all tires, including all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles.
Studded tires provide the best traction you can get, even when you’re encountering ice. Studs are lightweight pins that are arrayed across the tread. Like claws on a snowshoe, they dig in to slick surfaces. Note: Extra tread depth is needed to accommodate studs, so studded tire size options are limited. Also, the times of year when studded tires are allowed on the road vary by state.
8. “Should I buy winter tires with rims?”
- Assume you’ll have your snow tires for five years.
- Total up the cost your tire dealer will charge for swapping out tires twice a year (ten times) if they’re not on rims. (Les Schwab will swap out tires purchased at our stores at no charge if they’re mounted on separate wheels.)
- Compare that figure to the price of the rims to see if there are savings.
- Factor in a bit more waiting time, since it takes the shop longer to unmount and remount the tires on the rims each time.
- Weigh whether the tradeoff in any money saved is worth the extra waiting room time.
Also consider the extra wear and tear on your tires that comes with unmounting and remounting tires on only one set of wheels. Especially with low-profile tires, it’s not uncommon for an inexperienced tire tech to damage the inside edge of a tire near the beads, the places where the tire gets pried off and pushed back on.
It’s safe to put your winter tires on while Pumpkin Spice lattes are still in stores – but the longer they drive on warm roads, the faster they’ll wear out, says the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).
There is nothing wrong with getting a head start and putting them on in, say, October. Many people are pro-active about getting their winter tires on a bit earlier so that they are prepared when the first big snow comes.
We recommend you put on winter tires about two weeks before snow’s expected, because they perform best in the winter months in all cold-weather road conditions.”
Tires and tribulations
If your vehicle is wearing winter tires in the summer, or year-round, they are going to wear out a heck of a lot quicker because they are not manufactured to be used during the months other than the winter months.
British Columbia requires winter tires – with the mountain snowflake or with the M+S (mud and snow) symbol – on most highways between Oct. 1 and April 30.
How do winter tires perform when it’s well above 7C? In tests by Consumer Reports, winter tires beat all-seasons in braking on snow and ice. But, they didn’t brake as well as all-seasons when it was warm out.
Whenever you install your winter tires, it’s best to put them on all four wheels. If you don’t, your front and back wheels won’t have the same traction and you could lose control.
But like any major endeavor, a road trip needs some preparation! After all, you’re relying on one thing to get you hither and yon — your trusty metal steed. (That’s your car, of course.) If a tire blows or your radiator overheats, you could be in for some unpleasant scenery as you wait for rescue by the side of the highway. A tow-truck ride is a dispiriting end to an otherwise delightful vacation day!
So before you set out, sit down and make a list. What do you need to do to prepare your car for a road trip?
1) Make sure you have a roadside assistance kit.
Start with the worst-case scenario first. If you do break down by the side of the road, you’ll need to be prepared to wait as long as it takes to get help — even if that’s overnight. Make sure your phone is charged before you set out, that you have a car charger, and that you have what you need in case of a roadside emergency. Your kit should include staples like a first-aid items, a flashlight, gloves and a tire iron, as well as items you may not normally think about, like a space blanket (no, really! Check them out!) and road flares.
2) Inspect your tires.
3) Properly inflate your tires.
This one seems simple, but you’d be surprised how often people forget to do it. Before you start out, get your tire pressure gauge (you do have one, right?), and check the air pressure in your tires. If your tires came with your car from the factory, the recommended air pressure will probably be included in your car owner’s manual. If they’re low, fill the tires up to the correct pressure. This will ensure that all tires are operating evenly, so that you don’t experience alignment problems as your road trip continues.
4) Check all your fluids.
Most people remember to check their oil, but how about checking the rest of your fluids? Coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and window-washing fluid are all vital parts of your car’s operation. (Okay, so window-washing fluid isn’t vital, exactly, but it sure is convenient to have when you’re rolling down a beach road being peppered by bugs.) Make sure all your fluids are properly topped off. If you don’t know how to do it yourself, no problem — it’s an easy, quick fix at National Tire Wholesale!
5) Check your windshield wipers.
If you’ve noticed streaks on your windshield the last few times it’s rained, you probably need new wipers. Not sure? It’s good to double-check. Pick up each wiper and look for signs of discoloration, cracking or jagged edges on the rubber of the wiper blade — the part that actually contacts the windshield. If you need new wipers, don’t wait until you’re at the top of that majestic mountain pass in a thunderstorm to find out! You can replace them easily yourself, or let the experts at National Tire Wholesale do the job!
Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.
Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:
Tall, skinny tires are coming back.
If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also reduce the car’s frontal profile for lowered wind resistance and aerodynamic drag. It isn’t just the BMW i3, either…the Corvette Z51 is going with taller, skinnier tires.
Static electricity can be a problem with tires.
Run-flat tires can make it another 100 miles or more after losing pressure.
Tire manufacturers design run-flat tires to cover 50 miles at 50 mph, but at slower speeds you can get a lot more miles than that out of them. The idea is to lessen the amount of heat generated by the tire and reduce the fatigue in the belts and the rubber. Imagine flexing a paper clip…if you bend it back and forth quickly, it’ll break quickly, but if you flex it slowly, it’ll last longer.
There are more than 200 materials in a modern tire.
You probably know about Kevlar and nylon and rubber and steel, but you probably didn’t know rubber batches also include metals like cobalt and titanium which help the compound bond with the steel belts. Silane (silicon hydride) is being used to help inorganic silica bond with organic polymers for enhanced traction in wet or wintry weather.Silica is a major ingredient in low-rolling-resistance tires, and silica
Change your driving habits
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) speeding and other aggressive behavior behind the wheel can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and five percent during city driving.
Driving the speed limit is always the best option for fuel efficient and safe driving.
Gas mileage decreases quickly when driving more than 50 miles per hour.
Increase speed slowly and brake as slowly and softly as possible.
Watch your weight
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