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How to Winterize Your Car

How to Winterize Your Car

The chill of winter is in the air and you want to make sure that your car is prepped before the snow hits. Here are some steps to take to winterize your car: Install Your Winter Tires Winter tires are designed for temperatures below 7°C. The special rubber that they are made with will stay softer in cold temperatures, allowing them to grip the road and reduce the risk of your vehicle sliding or you losing control of your vehicle. Make sure to have your winter tires installed before the snow falls to ensure your safety. Replace Your Windshield Wipers You can purchase winter wipers for your vehicle that will reduce ice buildup on your windshield. These wipers are stronger than spring and summer wipers so that they can remove heavy snow as well. Check Your Windshield Washer Fluid Ensure that you have winter washer fluid in your vehicle. If you currently have bug wash in your reservoir, you will need to replace it with winter washer fluid because the bug wash could freeze and destroy your reservoir and pipes. It’s also important to keep your fluid reservoir full to keep it from freezing as well. Get a Winter Tire Safety Kit Make sure to have a winter tire safety kit in your car that includes booster cables, a flashlight, a blanket, ice salt, a shovel, and an ice scraper. Keep Your Gas Tank Full Just like your windshield washer fluid reservoir, your gas tank could also build up with condensation and freeze if you let your gas tank get too low. During the winter months you should keep...
10 Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

10 Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

The days are getting shorter, the air is crisp, and the leaves are beginning to fall. It’s the first signs of winter approaching that can remind you to do your fall vehicle maintenance. Follow this check list to ensure that you’re ready once the winter weather hits. 1. Check Your Tires Inspect both your all-season and winter tires to ensure that they have more than 5/32” tread left on them. This can be tested with a tread depth gauge or your local Integra Tire technician can test it for you. Also ensure that there are no cracks or bulges in your tires and that there is no debris stuck in your tires. If you notice anything abnormal with your tires, bring your vehicle in and we can check them for you. 2. Get Your Winter Tires It’s a good idea to get your winter tires put on your vehicle before the snow falls. This will help keep you safer on the road and will save you time – Integra Tires across Canada get very busy once the snow falls so you’ll want to beat the rush and get your winter tires on sooner than later. 3. Check Your Tire Pressure Check your tire pressure periodically to ensure that it is at the optimum level. You can find the PSI that your tires should be set to by looking at the owner’s manual or on the side sticker inside your car door. If your tires are constantly low, you may have a slow leak in them. Bring them into Integra Tire and we can check them for you. 4. Have...
Fun Tire Facts

Fun Tire Facts

Tires – it’s definitely not a word that sparks most people’s interest. People may think that tires are a boring industry but here at Integra Tire they are our passion. We thought we’d share some unique tire facts that make tires sound more fun so you’ll realize that they aren’t so boring after all! Lego manufactures more tires than any other tire manufacturer. They produce approximately 318 million tires per year! They hold the Guinness World Record for largest tire manufacturer per annum. The rubber that tires are made with is naturally white. Carbon black is added to tire rubber to increase the durability and strength of the rubber. It also reduces hot spots on the tires. The World’s largest tire is in Allen Park, Michigan. The tire is 80 feet tall and weighs 12 tons. It was actually built to withstand hurricane-force winds! The tire was sponsored by Uniroyal and served as a Ferris wheel at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and 1965. In the early 1960’s Goodyear decided to develop an illuminated tire. These tires were made with a transparent rubber with lights mounted on the inner rim. During the day they looked a little odd but at night they glowed in the dark! These tires ended up being only a prototype because the rubber was too expensive. It was too expensive to power the bulbs and the lights became invisible once the tires got dirty. Tire technicians have come across many strange things stuck in tires – screwdrivers, bullets, scissors, a deer antler, a car key, and a spoon. Michelin is working on developing...
What is the Difference between an All-Season Tire, a Winter Tire, and an All-Weather Tire?

What is the Difference between an All-Season Tire, a Winter Tire, and an All-Weather Tire?

Tire lingo can be confusing. You may be asking, “If it’s an all-season tire, can it be used in the winter? If it’s a winter tire, can it only be used in the winter? What does all-weather mean?” Well, that’s what we are here for – to answer all of your tire questions. We’re going to explain what each type of tire is so that you can make an informed buying decision. All-Season Tire An all-season tire is meant to be used in any temperature above 7°C; that means that it performs best in warm climates – the spring, summer, and fall. The rubber that an all-season tire is made with is designed to extract water and provide traction whenever the temperature is above 7°C. If an all-season tire is used when the temperature drops below 7°C, then the tire will become stiff and will not grip the road or evacuate ice and snow, leading to an increased risk of sliding. Winter Tire A winter tire is meant to be used in any temperature below 7°C; that means it performs best in the winter months. The rubber that a winter tire is made with is soft and will stay soft in cold temperatures; this means that the tire will grip the road and evacuate snow and ice in any temperature below 7°C. Since winter tires have soft rubber, the tire tread will wear down quickly if you drive on them through the summer. All-Weather Tire An all-weather tire tries to combine the best of both of the properties of a winter and all-season tire. It’s made with softer rubber...
End of Summer Car Maintenance

End of Summer Car Maintenance

We all know it’s coming – the end of summer. Back to school items are on the store shelves and back to school commercials are on TV – it’s everywhere. The end of summer is a good indicator to get some of your car maintenance done before the “S” word hits – snow. Here are a few car maintenance items to get completed before summer is over. Read your owner’s manual to find out about your maintenance schedules. Each car varies on the amount of times per year that you need to get an oil change, have your tires rotated, get your brakes inspected, replace your windshield wipers, etc. Skim through your owner’s manual and put in your calendar when each maintenance item needs to be completed. Check your tires. Before your tires get corroded with snow and grim, check them over to make sure that they look properly inflated and free of debris. Next, pull out your tire pressure gauge and check your tire pressure to ensure that the reading matches the one recommended in your owner’s manual. Have your battery tested. It’s best to check our battery now before it’s too late. Check its voltage or bring it in to your local Integra Tire Auto Centre and we can check to make sure it will last you a long time. Turn on your cooling system and heating system to ensure that they are working properly. With fall around the corner, you never know when you’ll be needing to turn on the heat so make sure that it works. Now is a good time to get your A/C...
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...