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How to Change a Tire

How to Change a Tire

You never know when you will need to change a tire. You could be driving down the highway with your family, on your way to the lake, and a nail punctures your tire. That’s it; you can’t drive any further because your tire is completely flat. Now what do you do? If it’s impossible for a tow truck to get to you right away or to have someone bring you a spare tire, you’ll want to know how to change it yourself. Here are the steps to changing a flat tire: Find a safe location to stop. It is best to find a location where the ground is level. It is also important that you are visible to any other vehicles around you; therefore, be sure that you have not stopped around a curve. Turn on your hazard lights so surrounding vehicles know why you have stopped. Pull your parking brake to ensure that your vehicle will not roll away. Loosen your lug nuts using a lug wrench but do not fully remove them. If you have a hub cap on your wheel, remove it. Place a jack under your vehicle to raise it up. Fully remove your lug nuts. Remove the flat tire. Mount the spare tire onto the lug bolts. Put the lug nuts on and tighten them by hand. Lower the vehicle by using the jack. Replace the hubcap and tighten your lug nuts with the lug wrench. Check the pressure in your spare tire to ensure that it’s at the proper level. You can check your side door sticker to see the PSI (pounds per...
Car Events Around the World

Car Events Around the World

At Integra Tire, cars are our passion. Knowing that the work we do on your car brings safety to your family is why we come into work every day. We also love to know everything we can about cars – that includes the fun stuff. So we thought we’d share some of our favourite car events from around the world that help us to build car knowledge and ignite our car passion! Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, Monterey, California If you love vintage cars, then you’ll want to be in Monterey, California from August 15 – 20, 2017. The week is packed with events that include an auction, a car parade, a road race, a retro auto exhibition and a classic car show. These vintage cars that strut the roads of these events are unlike any that you’ve ever seen. They are some of the most prized antique cars in all of North America. Visitors can even skip the paid events and just tour Monterey to see the owners driving around town. DeLorean Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada The DeLorean is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cars around; this is why Vegas dedicates an entire expo to the Back to the Future icon. Visit Vegas from September 7 – 10, 2017 at the El Cortez Hotel and Casino to see the world’s collection of DeLoreans and hear from the keynote speaker, Micheal Scheffe, who was the construction coordinator on the Back to the Future film franchise. SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada SEMA is the icon of auto show exhibitions. Automakers and car enthusiasts from around the world will take over...
The Great Integra Road Trip

The Great Integra Road Trip

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip. Canada has some of the most beautiful sights and awesome weather in the summer so we decided to take you on a Cross-Canada road trip to visit some of our locations. We’ll be making one stop in each province, so follow us on Twitter to see where we are each week. Week 1 we’ll be heading to the Yukon to visit our location in Whitehorse! Whitehorse is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights but it also has many other great sights to see. For somewhere to stay in Whitehorse, try the Coast High Country Inn. It’s located just off Main Street so you can get a good night sleep while still being within walking distance of Main Street. For some great BBQ in Whitehorse, visit Klondike Rib and Salmon to get a real taste of Canada’s North. We hear that their fish and chips is a must-try! For some rest and relaxation, visit the Takhini Hot Pools. In the early 1940s the first pool was built here by Mr. Bill Rowland for the American Army to use during the war. Now everyone is welcome to experience the 47°C pool. Week 2 we’ll be heading to our location in Oakville, ON.  Oakville is located in between Toronto and Hamilton so you can get a feel for the small town life. For a place to spend the night, try the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Located right near Oakville’s Entertainment District, you’ll be sure to see all the main sights. For some exceptional Italian...
Car Cleaning Tips

Car Cleaning Tips

The summer is the perfect time to give your car a top to bottom cleaning. Here are some tips to get your car looking spotless: 1. De-clutter Grab a garbage bag and throw away any garbage from your car. Next, gather any of your winter equipment that’s been taking up space and put it in storage until the snow falls again. 2. Vacuum Take your car to the carwash or use a shop vac to vacuum your floors and seats. Make sure to remove your mats to get all the rocks and crumbs that could be lurking underneath them. If you only have carpeted mats, consider buying plastic mats as these will absorb water and snow to help keep your carpeting looking clean – not to mention they can be wiped down instead of needing to be steam cleaned. Also get in the crevasses of your weather stripping to remove any rocks that have gotten stuck. 3. Dust Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your dashboard and screens. If you have spills in your cup holders, mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and clean them out. 4. Clean the inside windows Grab a window cleaner and clean the inside of all your windows. You don’t want to look out the windows and wonder why they look dirty after you’ve cleaned the outside of the car. 5. Clean the exterior Most of us like to take our car to the touchless carwash because it’s easier and faster than cleaning it by hand but sometime touchless carwashes don’t remove built up bugs and leave behind soap...
Tips for Towing Your Trailer

Tips for Towing Your Trailer

School is out and it’s officially summer vacation time. As Canadians, we know that most of you will be heading to the lake and towing your boat or trailer so here are some tips on towing your recreational vehicles this summer: Know Your Load Capacity The first thing you need to know if the amount of load that your truck can handle. You can find this on the sticker on your side door. You also need to know the load index of your tires to know the amount of weight they can support; this can be found on your tire’s sidewall. If you’re unsure, your Integra Tire expert can help you out. Set it Up Safely Make sure that your load is balanced so that it won’t sway. Use safety chains and make sure that they are crossed under the hitch in an X pattern. Do an inspection of your load. Check the harness connector and cables. Also check the nut under your hitch ball to ensure that it’s tightened. Save On Gas You can save on gas by dumping your water tanks and sewage before you leave and fill up your tanks close to your destination to help lighten your load. Adjust Your Driving Carrying a load on the back of your vehicle requires you to adjust your driving habits. Make sure to give yourself an increased stopping distance in case you need to come to an unexpected stop. If you can anticipate the stop, make sure to still give yourself ample distance. You also need to understand the speed that you and your load can handle. Understand...
How to Spend #Canada150 in Your Area

How to Spend #Canada150 in Your Area

Every Canadian has been excited for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration since the beginning of the year but now it’s finally upon us! We wanted to share some of the ways that you can spend #Canada150 across Canada: Toronto is celebrating Canada 150 all over the city! You can go to Nathan Phillips Square to see a Vaudeville show in the afternoon. You can visit the Scarborough Civic Centre for fun kids’ activities like face painting. Humber Bay Park West is holding a brass band show. At Mel Lastman Square you can hear the Inuktitut alt-country band, the Jerry Cans, and at all of these locations you can see the fireworks at 11:00pm! Winnipeg is celebrating Canada 150 in true Canadian style with activities like a street hockey tournament, extended patios, and of course – birthday cake! You can also visit the Oak Hammock Marsh for wagon rides, classic Canadian film viewings, and a guided canoe adventure! Regina has a huge list of events for you to celebrate Canada 150 in Saskatchewan’s capital city. You can visit the Wascana Centre for a pancake breakfast, 21 Gun Salute, Metis Fiddlers, the parade of boats, strongman competition, and an old time fair. And don’t forget the fireworks at 11:00pm! You can visit City Square Plaza for a farmer’s market, yoga in the park, and a Downtown Chef Mystery Box Cooking Competition. Edmonton is celebrating Canada 150 in style by revealing a mosaic mural at City Hall. You can also visit City Hall to see the North Stratton Pipe Band, African Drummers, and magician, Brent Cairns. There will also be celebrations taking place...