Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, Sarnia drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local Sarnia tire store.Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The first... read more
Most Sarnia residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for Sarnia drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high Ontario gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.
There's another danger with un... read more
Tires do a lot of work for Sarnia drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Sarnia . They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible.
There are three keys... read more
What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Sarnia driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in Ontario, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. Ontario drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires... read more
Sarnia drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for Ontario auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many Sarnia drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire... read more
Do you like to shop for shoes in Sarnia ?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?
Sarnia drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passenger... read more
When Sarnia drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Yo... read more
Sarnia drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at LaSalle Auto Centre puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.That brings us to tire rotatio... read more
So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Sarnia drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Ontario roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at LaSalle Auto Centre, it is usually not pe... read more
Shopping for tires in Sarnia can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in Sarnia are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on Ontario roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns... read more