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Tire Pressure

Studies have show that up to 70% of vehicles on the road today have one or more underinflated tire. Underinflated tires can increase your fuel consumption by 4 to 8%.

Change Your Oil Regularly!

Engine oil traps and holds acids, sludge and other harmful by-products created by your engine in addition to lubricating and cooling all of its moving parts. Follow your vehicle's oil change interval; it is its life blood!

Wheel Alignment + Balance

Wheels not properly aligned "Drag" along the road instead of rolling smoothly. This can cause accelerated tire wear and an increase in fuel consumption of up to 25%.

Common Tire Questions

What should I look for in a tire?

You should look for a tire that best suits your driving requirements. Tires are manufactured for most requirements; wet or dry traction, high mileage, high-speed control, steering response, ride comfort, etc. An OK Tire professional will be able to advise you of product features and benefits.

How can I tell when it is time to replace my old tires?

Most automobile tires have a built-in tread wear indicator in the tread area of the tire. This wear indicator will show when there are 2/32" remaining on the tread. Depending on your driving habits or road conditions, you should replace the tire no later than when the wear indicator is visible.

What's this I hear about rotations? Do I really need it?

Having your tires rotated at regular intervals will help to ensure you receive the maximum mileage from your tires. Most tire manufacturers recommend you have your tires rotated at least every 10,000 kms.

Benefits of Using Nitrogen in Your Tires

There are three primary advantages to filling your tires with Nitrogen:

  • Increased Fuel Efficiency – Correct tire pressure keeps the manufacturer's recommended "contact patch" on the road. This lessens the rolling resistance and maximizes fuel efficiency.
  • Longer Tire Life – When it comes in contact with other materials, oxygen causes oxidation. Oxidation can make rubber brittle and cause it to lose tensile strength. In addition, at high temperatures and pressures, oxygen reacts and damages inner tire liners and belt packages; nitrogen does not.
  • Increased Safety – Under-inflated tires cause 90% of blowouts. Nitrogen provides more reliable pressure for reduced blowout potential.

What is a TPMS?

A Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside all the pneumatic tires on automobiles, aeroplane undercarriage, straddle-lift carriers, forklifts and other vehicles. These systems report real-time tire-pressure information to the driver of the vehicle, either via a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light.

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