The Most Important Vehicle Care Tips From 2022
By Integra Tire Canada
As the end of 2022 approaches, we’re feeling reflective and have been reading through our old blog posts. We thought we’d summarize some of the best tips we’ve brought you over the last year!
Best Tips of 2022
- Tip from “Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Engine Oil?”
- Know the correct oil viscosity to use for your vehicle – When it’s cold, engine oil can get thick and when it’s warm, it can get thin. The oil in your vehicle should be neither too thick nor too thin. When oil gets too thick, it won’t flow through your engine efficiently and could cause metal-on-metal scraping. When oil gets too thin, you lose oil pressure, and the metal parts of your engine will rub on each other, causing them to wear faster.
- Tip from “What Is Retorquing and Why Is It Important?”
- Each vehicle has a unique wheel torque specification – The lug nuts on each vehicle must be torqued according to specific guidelines. Wheel torque specifications are based on a variety of vehicle-related criteria, including bolt size and stud spacing.
- Tip from “Why Should You Follow Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Schedule?”
- Wheel alignments improve the life of your tires – Your tires will wear unevenly and require more frequent replacement if they are not correctly aligned. You should get a wheel alignment once every 2 – 3 years.
- Tip from “DIY Vehicle Service”
- Check your tread depth with a toonie – When your tread depth gets too low, your tires are more likely to get punctured and blow out, but you can quickly check it with a toonie. Put the toonie in the tread of your tire. If the tread only goes about halfway into the letters, you need new tires.
- Tip from “How to Make Sure Your Vehicle is Safe Before Driving It”
- Checking your oil is easy – To check your oil make sure that your vehicle is on a level surface and that the engine is off. Open the hood and locate the dipstick (a stick with a large loop on the end of it). Pull out the dipstick and wipe off any oil with a clean rag. Stick it back in the reservoir and pull it out. The end of the dipstick will have a level indicator that will tell you if the oil is running low.
- Tip from “Tire Myths Debunked”
- Tires have an expiration date – Tires have an expiration date after which they are no longer safe to drive on. Once a tire’s expiration date has passed, the rubber will start to break down; this makes it more likely that you will get a flat tire or have a tire blow out.
Look at the sidewall of your tire to find out when its expiration date is. You will see the letters “DOT” and a series of letters and numbers. The date that your tire was manufactured is shown by the last four numbers. For example, if your tire says “4022” on it, that means it was made in the 40th week of the year 2022. If the current date is more than six years after the DOT, then your tires have expired.
We hope that you have learned a lot from our blog posts and that they help to keep you and your family safe on the roads!
Questions? Our Advisors are Happy to Help!If you have questions about anything you've read in this resource page, contact your nearest Integra Tire dealer for more information. We are passionate in assisting our customers make the best choices to keep their vehicles in tip-top shape and keep their families safe.
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