Tire & Wheel Services

Tire & Wheel Services

New Tires, Seasonal Tire Rotation, Tire Repairs

Tires are the only part of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the driving surface. Because of the unknowns of what is ahead, and the varying quality of driving surfaces- tires wear out, make contact with curbs, potholes and other road hazards which leaves us needing to repair or replace them. In some cases, a tire with a small puncture can be plugged or patched to get you going. Other times replacement is necessary. Contact us today and we can take care any tire need you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when I need new tires?

There are a variety of reasons that tires may need to be replaced. Some of the more common reasons include:

  • Tires have developed weather cracking: This occurs over time from exposure to sunlight and other elements. Check in-between the treads and on the sidewall of your tires periodically to look for signs of weather cracking.
  • Tires have developed flat spots: This can occur from vehicles sitting for an extended periods of time or by aggressive braking or acceleration.
  • Treads are worn out: Tread-life is important for traction in all conditions.
  • Tire has been patched more than once or twice: If you pick up a nail or other road hazard, tires can be plugged or patched to get you going but this type of repair is a temporary fix and replacement should be considered when possible.
How do I know if my wheels are un-balanced?
If you are experiencing vibration or wobbling at high speeds, this could be a sign that you have one or more wheel that needs to be balanced.
What is the difference between winter tires and all-season tires?
The primary difference between a winter tire and an all-season tire is the rubber compound. Winter tires use a softer rubber compound to allow them to maintain their grip in below freezing temperatures. On the contrary, all-season tires harder rubber compound becomes too hard in cold temperatures causing them to lose their grip effectiveness. Think of it as sliding a hockey puck across a sheet of ice, opposed to sliding a sponge puck along that same ice in frozen temperatures.
How to fix a hole in tire?

Small to medium sized holes in a tire tread can be fixed at low cost. Generally a hole is plugged or patched with a compound that seals the hole and mimics the rubber itself. If you find yourself with a flat tire pay attention to the tips below:

  1. If your tire is flat or having trouble  keeping air at a rapid rate, do not drive on it. Driving on a very low tire will comprimise the sidewall of the tire and will make the tire irreparable (ie. you will have to buy a new tire)
  2. If your tire is slowly losing air or you are close to a location where you can fill the tire. Drive it down and it can be repaired with a plug or patch.
Are winter tires important?
Yes, winter tires are important for navigating the slippery and snowy Manitoba roads, especially on vehicles without 4 wheel drive. Winter tires make a significant difference in stopping power and control in temperatures below 5 Celsius. Consider getting studded winter tires for even more traction when stopping or accelerating in icy conditions. Be sure to only use studded tires between October 15th and May 31st as studs are only permitted during that period.

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