Learn Why Heat And Winter Tires Don’t Mix

Did you know? If you’ve been putting off switching over your winter tires to summer ones, you’re not alone. We are still getting calls to do so! However, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t advise that it is not recommended to leave it this long. Why? Heat and winter tires don’t mix. It can cause unnecessary damage to your winter tires.

Did you know? If you’ve been putting off switching over your winter tires to summer ones, you’re not alone. We are still getting calls to do so! However, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t advise that it is not recommended to leave it this long. Why? Heat and winter tires don’t mix. It can cause unnecessary damage to your winter tires.

So how do you know when to make the change? We’ve compiled a list of our top tips highlighting when and why you should be changing your winter tires:

  • The first sign is temperature, use it as a gauge (no pun intended). The standard rule of thumb is to change out your winter tires once the average temperature exceeds +7C on a regular basis.
  • Winter tires have a softer compound and larger tread patterns built for cold weather. When the temperature exceeds +7C, winter tires get softer and wear a lot quicker. Summer tires and all-season tires are made with a harder compound so they can withstand the heat and not wear as quickly.
  • For the same reasons noted above, summer tires will get better fuel economy than winter tires. Keeping your soft winter tires on during the warmer months of spring and summer will only cost you more at the pump.

Getting your tires changed on time by a professional is the key to making them last. But sometimes finding that time can be tough. At Motor Werke, we offer a comprehensive tire storage package including changeover of the wheels and tires, cleaning of the tires, and storage in our climate controlled facility. No longer do you have to waste your time loading your tires in and out of your vehicle and finding a spot to store them. Instead, let us do the heavy lifting for you. The heat and winter tires shall never meet again!

Contact us today to book your tire service.

Ready For New Rubbers? Winter Tire Tips

You already know that proper tire pressure will extend the life of your tires, and provide you with a safer, more comfortable, fuel efficient ride. Here are a few tips that you may not know:

Snow Wonder People Use Winter Tires!

You already know that proper tire pressure will extend the life of your tires, and provide you with a safer, more comfortable, fuel-efficient ride. Here are a few winter tire tips that you may not know:

 

  • Tires marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall offer the best traction on snow and ice and in cold weather
  • Tires marked with M+S offer better traction than summer tires but are less effective than mountain/snowflake tires in severe winter conditions
  • Tires must have at least 3.5 mm tread depth to qualify as legal winter tires
  • Even if your vehicle has an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive you should still install 4 winter tires. The key is the grip snow tires provides on snow and ice.
  • Install all four winter tires to maintain control and stability (same type, size, speed rating and load index).

Check out this video showcasing the benefits of using four winter tires of the same type. http://www.rubberassociation.ca/wintertirevideos/wintertirevideos.html

  • Change your winter tires when the average temperature reaches  +7 degrees Celsius
  • If you need to put your tires on rims, be sure you use a qualified installer which uses state-of-the-art equipment to avoid damage; Motor Werke has a new, quality mounting machine
  • Looking at your tires for inflation or damage is not enough, place your vehicle on a hoist for an in-depth tire inspection for  irregular wear, cracks, deep cuts or blisters
  • Do not use the tire pressure written on the side of the tire, refer to your owner’s manual or the sticker on the inside of the driver’s door
  • About 50% of cars have at least one tire that is underinflated
  • Check your tire pressure when they are cool, about 3 hours after you have finished driving
  • Many automated tire pressure monitors only report a warning when 25% or more of the tire pressure is lost
  • Don’t forget to check the tire pressure in the spare;  it may be awkward but it is necessary
  • Noisy tires are typically caused by irregularly or uneven wear pattern on your tires

Sources:

Motor Werke
Drive BC
Transport Canada
Tire & Rubber Association of Canada

The Worst Winter Tire Mistakes

Fall is a breathtaking time of year in BC, and especially in Kelowna. Alas, every year it gives way to winter and all of the safe driving challenges that come with it. From slick roads to poor visibility, there’s not much you can do to control the weather. However, you can control the safety features of your car.

Fall is a breathtaking time of year in BC, and especially in Kelowna. Alas, every year it gives way to winter and all of the safe driving challenges that come with it including some serious winter tire mistakes. From slick roads to poor visibility, there’s not much you can do to control the weather but you can control the safety features of your car.

Here’s what you can do to avoid the worst winter tire mistakes:

Assuming Winter Tires Just For Really Snowy Conditions

BC is known all over Canada for its mild winters, and that means that all-season tires should be just fine, right? Wrong! Winter tires used to be known as snow tires, but that was a bit misleading because they’re not just meant for snowy conditions. In fact, winter tires are best used whenever the daytime temperature is below 7°C.

Thinking Winter Tires Are Too Expensive

There is no doubt that having a second set of tires can be a heavy upfront investment. However, there is overall longevity to take into consideration. A set of all-season tires will, under optimal driving conditions, last for around 40,000 kilometers. If you’re driving 20,000 kilometers a year, and the average Canadian does, that means replacing tires every two years. If you are using winter tires for roughly half of the year, the frequency of replacement will be diminished, thus making the cost of winter tires less dramatically than it seems.

Not Complying With The Law

It’s true that on city streets or in and around the Okanagan Valley winter tires are optional. However, it’s a different story on many highways in BC. As of October 1, the Province of British Columbia has passed a law that requires all vehicles travelling on mountain passes to use winter tires until the end of March. Learn more about the specific guidelines surrounding the use of winter tires in this article from the province.

Assuming 4WD or AWD is a Reasonable Alternative

There’s no question that in areas where winter conditions are a fact of life, four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles have a major advantage. That extra torque can really help drivers get out of a jam. However, many winter accidents come from a loss of traction – literally where the rubber meets the road, or more accurately where it doesn’t. Careful driving can certainly help, but winter tires are statistically proven to reduce accidents in places where their use is mandated by law.

Waiting Until It’s Too Late To Switch To Winter Tires

According to Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, winter tires begin to lose their elasticity at around 7°C. A quick glance at the weather forecast for the Okanagan Valley shows that the average temperature in Kelowna falls below that mark at this time of year. Legalities aside, the time to make the switch and avoid winter tire mistakes is now!

Motor Werke specializes in the service of European automobile brands. For a limited time, we’re offering complimentary tire storage when you purchase a new set of winter tires. Book your winter tire service and storage today!