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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.