Your Next Set of Winter Tires Are Here

Your Next Set of Winter Tires Are Here

In the need of new winter tires? Now’s the perfect time to start your research on the best tire for your vehicle. Not every type of tire will fit every vehicle, so consult with your Integra Tire expert to find out what options you have. Here are some of our favourite picks: Michelin X-Ice® XI3™ With its snowflake certification, the Michelin X-Ice® XI3™ is the ultimate winter tire for family vehicles. It provides superior traction to stop on ice and get you through snow. It has a long-lasting tread that will also provide you great fuel efficiency. Michelin also offers a 60,000km warranty for your piece-of-mind. To find out more details about the Michelin X-Ice® XI3™, click here or visit your local Integra Tire location. Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is the perfect tire to help you conquer snow and ice this winter. It reacts to the elements for confident stopping power on snow and ice and stays pliable in the coldest weather conditions. Its tread acts like microscopic studs that will give you extra grip on the road and give you better traction. The Blizzak WS80 also offers a quiet and comfortable ride. To find out more about the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, click here or visit your local Integra Tire location. Continental VikingContact™ 7 The Continental VikingContact™ 7 has the newest technology to provide you with the best winter resistance. Its silica compound will give you excellent grip and braking performance on snow and ice. Its efficient grooves will evacuate snow to give you great handling on snowy and icy roads. The Continental VikingContact™ 7 has...
Rotating Your Tires – What You Need to Know

Rotating Your Tires – What You Need to Know

  Fall is that in-between time that you may ignore your vehicle maintenance but it’s the perfect time to think about your routine vehicle maintenance. It’s not winter tire changeover time yet but before you get that done, you may need to get your tires rotated. Never thought to get your tires rotated? Here’s everything that you need to know: Getting a tire rotation means to reposition your tires, either from front to back or side to side. Not getting tire rotations on your recommended maintenance schedule, could void your tire warranty. Most vehicles should have their tires rotated once every 8,000 – 10,000km. An easy way to remember this is to get it done whenever you get an oil change. Check your owner’s manual to confirm the recommended kilometers to have the tires rotated on your vehicle. Getting a tire rotation can also give the tire technicians a chance to ensure that your tires are properly inflated, free of damage, and that your wheels are balanced. Tire rotations will also decrease the wear on your tires, ensuring that each tire has even wear. For example, front tires on a front-wheel-drive vehicle will wear faster than the back because more friction is put on the front tires; therefore, a tire rotation will help balance out the wear on the front and back tires. Tire rotations will help even out your treadwear, which will help with traction, handling, braking, and cornering. Vehicles each have a different tire rotation pattern that should be followed; this varies based on if your vehicle has all-wheel drive, front-wheel-drive, or rear-wheel drive. This can also...
How to Do a Pre-Drive Inspection

How to Do a Pre-Drive Inspection

Preventative vehicle maintenance is one of the easiest ways to save yourself money on repairs but did you know that there’s even an easier thing that you can do? You can do a pre-drive inspection! Do this once or twice a month in the morning when your vehicle is cold and you’ll save yourself 1000s of dollars in preventative maintenance. Here are some things that you should check on your morning walk around your vehicle: Walk around your vehicle to ensure that nothing is around or under it that you may hit or drive over. Hitting something could cost you 1000s of dollars in body damage and insurance hikes. Check your tires to confirm that there are no cracks or bulges. You should also inspect them for any debris that might have punctured the tire. Finally, check your tire pressure. You can find your recommended tire pressure level on the placard sticker on the inside of your driver’s door. Having correctly inflated tires that are free of cracks, bulges, and debris can help prevent a tire blow out, saving you 1000s of dollars. Check under your vehicle to verify that there are no puddles under it. A bright orange, green or blue stain could indicate an issue with your engine or antifreeze leaking. A black or brown stain could mean that you have an oil leak. A red oily puddle could occur because of a transmission or power-steering fluid leak. If you see a clear puddle, then this is likely condensation and is nothing to worry about. Finding a puddle can save you money because the issue can be...
Sight, Smell, Sound, and Touch – How to Use Your Senses to Detect a Problem with Your Vehicle

Sight, Smell, Sound, and Touch – How to Use Your Senses to Detect a Problem with Your Vehicle

Did you know that some problems with your vehicle may be easy to detect yourself? If you use your senses, you can detect some issues before they become a bigger problem. Sight – Check for puddles under your vehicle because this could mean that you have a leak. A bright orange, green or blue stain could indicate an issue with your engine or antifreeze leaking. A black or brown stain could mean that you have an oil leak. A red oily puddle could occur because of a transmission or power-steering fluid leak. If you notice any of these problems, bring your vehicle into your local Integra Tire for an inspection of the issue. Smell – Many issues can be detected by an unusual smell. If you smell burning toast, this could be an electrical shortage. A rotten egg smell could be a problem with your catalytic converter. If your engine won’t start and you smell gasoline, this could mean that your engine has flooded or that you have a leak in your fuel line. A chemical odour could mean that your brakes or clutch have overheated. A sweet smell could be from a coolant leak. If this odour occurs with a metallic smell, then this could mean that your engine has overheated. If you smell any unusual smells, it is best not to drive your vehicle and to contact your local Integra Tire immediately. Sound – If your vehicle starts making unusual sounds, then this is a good indication that something is wrong. If your vehicle is squealing, this could mean that you have a worn or loose belt....
Tips for Fall Driving

Tips for Fall Driving

School is back in session, the leaves are changing colour, and there is a crisp tingle to the air. Fall is here. But when you think of fall, do you ever think about the hazards of fall driving? We’ve compiled some tips on navigating the road this fall season: Watch Out for Pedestrians Kids are back to school and parents are back to work so be cautious of pedestrians this time of year, especially weekdays from 7:00am – 9:00am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm. On the weekends, people will be out enjoying the warm weather, the fall foliage, and the farmer’s markets, so be cautious when you approach crosswalks. Beware the Sun The sun is rising later and setting earlier so it can cause many hazards in the fall. Make sure to turn on your vehicle’s lights when it’s dark outside so that your rear lights will turn on because your daytime running lights will only turn on your headlights. Also make sure to have sunglasses accessible because the sun will be the brightest on your way to and from work. Look Out for Wildlife In the fall, animals are preparing for hibernation and starting mating season so they will be more active than others times of year. Make sure to watch the ditches in animals crossing areas and turn on your high beams when you are driving in rural areas at night. If an animal is in the road, veer in the direction that the animal came from as animals will instinctively continue on their path across the road instead of turning around. Slick, Slippery Roads In the fall,...
Tips for Back-to-School Driving

Tips for Back-to-School Driving

Back-to-school season is coming! School supplies, registration fees, new school outfits – are you prepared? Those aren’t the only things to worry about; with back-to-school season, it also means more hazards on the road. Here are some tips on how to navigate the roads in back-to-school season. Beware of more pedestrians Kids will be walking to school for the first time on their own and parents will also be walking their kids to school; this means increased pedestrian traffic this time of year so make sure to slow down. People could cross the street from behind a parked car so it’s important to slow down on busy streets. Furthermore, be aware of pedestrian crossing signs, crossing guards, and j-walkers. Never stop on a crosswalk as this could limit the view of the pedestrian to other vehicles or cause them to block oncoming traffic. Finally, never pass a car that is stopped for a pedestrian. Watch out for busses Bus traffic will increase immensely this time of year so be aware at all times. If the stop sign is out on the bus or its red lights are flashing, ensure that you stop and wait for any children to cross the street and stay at least 20 meters away from the bus. Also be sure not to pass on the right-hand side of a city bus and always give the bus the right-of-way. Be mindful in parking lots If you are picking your child up from school or dropping them off, ensure that you know the pickup and drop-off rules at the school. Whenever you are backing up in a...