Great for kicking; for some reason the urge to ‘test’ a tire by striking it with a kick at its sidewall is something that seemingly nobody can help but do. However, there’s more to tires than Tire-Kickers and their hoofed happy habits. In fact your vehicle's tires are the only piece of your car that touches the road beneath you. With that knowledge it's easy to imagine that tires are an extremely important portion of the vehicle. Every vehicle is designed and fitted with an exact tire size with a specific psi inflation rating and load capacity rating. This information can be found stamped and printed on the driver’s door jam if not removed. The vehicle is designed to operate under those specifications and as such changing tire sizes, inflation or load capacity limitations of tires will cause your vehicle to not operate as expected.
At Lorelli’s we recommend as standard practise that you have a set of both summer/all season tires as well as winter tires. The limitations of tires are such that an all season tire cannot handle the extremes of a northern winter as well as a dedicated winter tire can. Essentially the properties which make the tire viable in the summer are its weakness in the extremes of winter. The popular thinking is that 4 wheel drive or anything of the like replaces the need to have winter tires. The winter tire compound is entirely different than an all season tire/summer tire. The rubber composition in winter tires characteristically is soft and spongy for gripping ice and slush. All season tires are generally fit for up to -10 degrees while winter tires approximately -30 degrees and thus more resistant to hardening. The groves in winter tires are deeper with more of a block heavy tread design resulting in a more aggressive grabbing action.
Tires are very resilient to puncture and abrasion, however : nails, roadside staples, scrap metal and glass are often too much to overcome and a puncture results. Punctures can be fixed if they are spotted early. A puncture that nears too close to the sidewall cannot safely be fixed. If a)the puncture is located appropriately and b) the flat tire was not driven on for long* then a reliable repair is very likely. Removing the tire from the rim and properly sealing the patch over the puncture is paramount. After repairing the puncture it is necessary to also change the valve stem if applicable and then balance the sealed and mounted tire.
Checking your tire pressure is very important as it can tell you if perhaps you’ve picked up a nail or have a slow leak around the rim. Once a month at the very least this should be done and it only takes about 30 seconds per tire. Using Nitrogen to inflate the tires can help keep them at your desired psi. Nitrogen gas is composed of larger particles which prevent less of itself from escaping through the marginally permeable rubber. Use of nitrogen gas will tend to lead to less fluctuation in tire pressure in all temperature settings. Less fluctuations means greater fuel milage from avoiding over/under tire pressures.
At Lorelli’s we have a thorough understanding of tires and the tire needs you may have. We have access to a plethora of tires and can usually access them in under 1.5 hours. Call for pricing today and don't forget to schedule an alignment at the same time. A wheel alignment is the best insurance you can buy for any new set of tires.