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How to Maintain Your Tires

To perform effectively, your tires need the proper inflation, correct balance, and optimum tread depth. If one of these elements is off, it could diminish the safety of your vehicle. Here are some tips to follow to ensure that your tires are doing everything they can to keep you safe on the road: Have your tires properly inflated. Your tires have a sweet spot when the air pressure is not too inflated and not too under inflated. You can determine your tire’s sweet spot by looking at the sticker on your side door that will indicate your optimum tire inflation. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month or before any long road trip to ensure that your tires have not lost any air. Check for abnormal tread wear. Your tires will wear over time but they should never wear on the very edge of the tire; this could mean that your tires are out of balance. Having your tires rotated every 10,000km will help prevent normal tread wear. Check for bulges or cracks. If your tires have a bulge or crack, do not drive on them. Bring them to your local Integra Tire and we will inspect them and change them, if necessary. Feel for unusual rocking and listen for abnormal sounds. If your tires cause your vehicle to shake or rock excessively or if they are very noisy on the road, this could mean that one or more of your tires are out of balance. You can bring your vehicle to your local Integra Tire and we can balance them for you. Get a... read more

Can Your Car Handle the Cold?

Winter is hard on all of us. Our skin is dry, our hair is brittle, and our teeth are chattering but have you ever stopped to think that the cold is hard on your car too? You may only think about this when it sounds like your car just ran a marathon when you try to start it on a cold day. With that in mind, here are some tips for taking care of your car in cold weather: Plug It in When the weather is below -15°C, you should plug your car in. When you try to start a cold car, the oil can be too thick to flow properly and start your engine. This is why it may sound like your engine has no juice left in it when you try to start it and it hasn’t been plugged in. Plugging in your car keeps the lubricants warm so that they can quickly flow through your car and help it start easily. Check under the Hood It’s always a good idea to check everything under your hood when the cold weather hits. First, check that your battery terminals are all properly connected. Then you should also check the charge on your battery. If your battery isn’t holding a charge anymore, it will probably need replacing. Your battery should be replaced every five years. Inspect your battery for corrosion as well. Sometimes, you can clean the corrosion off the nodes and clamps but if it’s too corroded, it may need replacing. Check your belts around your engine to make sure that they aren’t cracking or warn. The last... read more

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage and Save Money

Since Alberta recently implemented the carbon tax, making the price of diesel and gas rise just over 4%, we all want to save some money by improving our fuel efficiency. Here are a few tips to follow to save you some money at the gas pump: 1. Slow Down For safety reasons you should always drive the speed limit but following the speed limit can also help your fuel efficiency. Whenever you can use your cruise control take advantage of it to help you save gas as well.   2. Start and Stop Slowly If you constantly squeal away from a red light and come to a screeching halt at a stop sign, then you are greatly dropping your fuel efficiency. As you approach a light that has been green for a long time, gradually tap on your brake to come to a gradual stop. When the light turns green, gently press on the gas and gradually speed up.   3. Check Your Tire Pressure Check your owner’s manual or side door sticker to determine what the recommended tire pressure is for your vehicle. Test your tire pressure regularly to keep it as close to the recommended value as possible to help improve your fuel efficiency.   4. Clean Out Your Car Do you have unnecessary items in your car that are adding extra weight? Remove it – this means your roof rack as well. The less your vehicle weighs, the more fuel efficient it will be.   5. Have Your Oil Changed Regularly You should have your vehicle’s oil changed once every 5,000 – 10,000km. Doing so will... read more

Biggest Automotive Stories from 2016

We’re saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 so we thought we’d recap some of the automotive industry’s highlights from the past year: Autonomous Driving The race for autonomous driving has been a long time coming but in 2016 many automakers made strides towards it. For example, Ford is creating new prototypes with special sensors on all mirrors to provide a 360-degree view around the car. Tesla also moved towards the practicality of autonomous cars with their new inventions; they have implemented eight cameras in their autonomous cars to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. Many truck companies would like to implement autonomous trucks into their fleets and it seems as though autonomous taxis will be the next rage. It has been reported than the kinks of autonomous driving have been far from worked out so we will have to wait to see where the trend goes in 2017. Electric Vehicles There is a definite push towards being eco-friendly and the automotive industry has been sure to tackle this trend. Automakers are constantly improving electric cars and in 2016 the biggest trend was to increase the distance electric cars could travel on one charge. The Tesla Model X grew in sales as well as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. There’s no doubt that this trend will continue well into 2017. Apps Technology continued to play a huge roll in the auto industry in 2016, especially when it comes to apps. Navigating traffic in your own city or finding your way around a new city got much easier with the help of the Waze app. Installing... read more

What You Need to Know When Buying New Tires

You may think that all tires are the same but, surprisingly, buying tires can be a complicated process. There are many things to take into consideration when buying new tires for your vehicle so we’ve broken down the process here: Know Your Size Tires come in all sizes and every vehicle fits a different size of tire. Tire sizes looked like this: P215/65R15 95 H The “P” is the tire type. A “P” means the tire is made for a passenger vehicle. The “215” is the width of the tire. The “65” is the tire’s ratio of the height to the width. The “R” represents radial, which is the type of construction that the tire has. The “15” is the wheel diameter so look to this number to know what size of wheels you need for your tires. The “95” is the load index of the tire, meaning this is the maximum load it can carry. The “H” represents the maximum speed capacity of the tire. If you look at the sidewall of a vehicle’s tire and compare it to the tires on another vehicle, you’ll see that they most likely have a different combination of numbers and letters so it’s important to consult your Integra Tire specialists to make sure that you’re buying the right tire size.   Know What Type of Tire You Need There are four main tire categories: all-season tires, all-weather tires, winter tires, and performance/summer tires. Consider the climate you live in and the type of driving you will be doing; this will help you determine which type is the best for you. All-Season... read more