Tire Service in Mississauga, ON

Tire Maintenance at 401 Dixie Kia

Often taken for granted, your tires are an important part of your vehicle, and the only thing connecting your vehicle to the road, after all. If you’ve ever experienced tires with low pressure, damage, uneven wear or driving the wrong set in the wrong season, you know how important proper tire health is. Tires affect everything from safety to control to fuel efficiency, and should never be overlooked when it comes to regular maintenance. Read on to learn about some of the tire services we offer here at 401 Dixie Kia, as we welcome you in for any repairs or replacements you may need.

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Tire Rotation

Close to all vehicles (even 4WD and AWD models) send different amounts of engine torque to your four wheels, meaning each one of your tires will wear out at a different rate than the others, it’s not an equal process. Thus, regular rotation helps to mitigate this wear and keep your vehicle on as best as equal wear footing as possible.

How Often Should You Get Your Tires Rotated?

  • Our recommendation is to have your tires rotated every 10,000 km, but for a more specific recommendation toward your vehicle, please refer to your owner’s manual for their marked interval suggestion.

 

 

Our Tire Rotation Service Includes:

  • Tire rotation as per manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Tire inspection, looking at proper air pressure, tread life, unusual wear and objects that may have penetrated your tire.
  • Tightening of any wheel bolts to correct torque.

 

 

Wheel Alignment

Having properly aligned wheels not only helps to prolong the life of your tires, but also ensures that all related systems like the suspension and steering are able to work to their top potential. Letting these systems get prematurely worn down causes further problems down the line, problems of course that aren’t just centred on your tires. Wheel alignment is based around the toe, camber and caster settings, ensuring the angles and paths are set to work properly. At 401 Dixie Kia, we offer differential, transfer case and 4×4 drive line alignment services.

When Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?

  • If you notice steering that pulls to the left or to the right.
  • If you notice any uneven tire wear.
  • When new tires are installed.

 

 

 

Wheel Balancing

Due to tire pressure monitoring technology built into your wheels, and with the possibility of uneven assemblies, your wheels and tires can often become imbalanced. To mitigate wobbling at high speeds, wheel weights may need to be installed to counteract these effects. These small weights are stuck to the inner wheel rim or hammered in at the edge of the rim.

When Do Your Wheels Need Balancing?

  • If you need a strong vibration or wobble through the steering wheel.
  • Any time you get new tires or wheels installed.

 

 

 

Tire Pressure

Maintaining the proper pressure in your tires is something that’s often overlooked, and many times only found out about until it’s too late. Thus, it should come as no surprise that approximately 75% of roadside flats and tire failures are caused by under-inflation. It’s not always easy to tell if your tires are low on pressure, but it’s a simple task that anyone can do for basic car maintenance. Tire pressure can have a huge impact on both safety and fuel efficiency.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure?

  • Purchase a tire pressure gauge.
  • Find out your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure PSI. This information in your owner’s manual, or as well on the sticker on the doorsill or outside driver door frame.
  • Take off the valve stem cap on your tire, then firmly press the gauge into the opening to get a reading.
  • If your tires need to be filled, you can purchase a home air compressor for use at home, or use it at a gas station.
  • You should be checking your tires at least once a month, to account for any changes in temperature and season.

Tire Tread Depth

It would be great if your tires lasted forever, but, unfortunately, they’re like anything else and slowly break down and wear away over time. It makes sense, given all of that friction they’re subjected to day-in-and-day-out on hard road surfaces. Tires generally last between an estimated range of 60,000 km to 80,000km, while some newer all-season tires in the right environment/weather situations may last up to 100,000 km. Having multiple sets of tires for the winter and summer is often a must here in Mississauga, and can help you extend the life of your tires by only running them part of the year, and in the conditions they’re specifically designed for.

How to Check Your Tire Tread Depth?

  • Get a ruler, or purchase a tire depth gauge like us pros use.
  • Place the ruler or gauge into one of your tire’s grooves. If the edge of the tread is lower than 1/16 of an inch (1.5 mm), it’s time to look for some new tires.
  • Another way to inspect tire tread depth is to take a look at the wear bars (these are the horizontal bars within the grooves). If these bars are flush with the tire tread, that’s another sign that it’s time to look for some new tires.
  • A good habit to get into is to check your tire tread depth each time you come in for an oil change, or if you notice something out of sorts, like lessened traction or fuel efficiency.

Tire Wear Pattern

Normal wear is to be expected on your tires, but irregular wear is a sign that something else is afoot, perhaps relating to your vehicle’s suspension, steering or wheel systems/settings. Consult our list below and troubleshoot possible issues that may be occurring with your Kia in regards to the type of wear suffered.

Most Common Types of Tire Wear, and What They Mean:

Centre wear on used tires

Centre Wear

A band of greater wear that runs along the centre grooves is a good sign that your tires may be over-inflated.
Outside wear on used tires

Outside Wear

Bands of greater wear that run along the outside grooves is a good sign that your tires may be under-inflated.
Feathering on used tire

Feathering

If your tire tread ribs begin to develop a round edge on one side with a sharp edge on the other that’s a sign that your toe-in placement is off and that you need a wheel alignment.
One sided wear on a tire

One-Sided Wear

If one side of your tires are starting to wear away faster than the other side, that means your wheel alignment is off and you need an adjustment.
Cupping on tires

Cupping

If you notice what are sometimes referred to as “scalloped dips,” in the tread of one side of your tire, that means your suspension parts are being worn out and you need a wheel alignment.

Book Tire Service at 401 Dixie Kia

For any of the above tire service and maintenance jobs you need to be done on your Kia or off-make, our 401 Dixie Kia tire centre can help you with all of your needs. Booking an appointment is easy, and can be done from the convenience of your home with our online process. If you don’t know whether you need an appointment or not and just have a few questions that need to be answered, don’t hesitate to reach out and we’d be glad to answer any you may have.

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