The Best Place in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to Store and Buy Tires.

Call us today to match your vehicle with the tire that best suits your driving habits and needs. Here are some FAQs on tires to help you make the right choice with our tire experts at the Langley Auto Collection.

Q:  If I need to replace just one tire, do I need to match it with the other three existing tires on my vehicle?

A:  You will need to replace that one tire with the same tread design to ensure proper driving performance. With all tire replacements, whether partial or a set, you need to match up the treads of the tires on the same axle. Avoid installing tires with different tread patterns to ensure your safety, drive handling and control.

Q:  How much pressure is the right amount for my tires?

A:  Check your tire pressure at least once a month. All vehicles show the recommended tire pressure. Look for the sticker mounted on the inside of the gas flap or the “B” pillar of the driver’s side of the vehicle. This sticker shows the correct tire pressure required by the vehicle manufacturer. You may also consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q:  When should I rotate my tires?

A:  Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometres. Most tire and vehicle manufacturers recommend twice a year, based on 20,000 average kilometres per year. If you have a second set of winter tires, these two periods occur when we swap out your summer tires for the winter ones, and vice versa. We complete rotation then.

Q:  When should I replace my tires altogether?

A:  3/32nd is the suggested depth that a tire should be replaced. Most passenger tires start at 10/32nd in tread depth. Normal driving in the Lower Mainland will take an average four years to replace your tires. They will last longer if you have a second set of winter tires. Heavier vehicles will replace tires every 25,000 kilometres or two years.

Q:  How do I know the right size for my new tires?

A:  Consult a group of numbers and letters on the side of each tire. These combinations identify the right tires for your vehicle. P235/45R17 94H shows:

P – Passenger Tire (or LT for Light Truck/SUV)
235 – tire width or the track size measured in millimetres
45 – a ratio of the larger first number – 235 in this case – the ratio of the height of the sidewall to the width of the tire
R – ‘R’ denotes a radial tire where layers run lengthwise across the tire – tires with a ‘B’ are bias-ply tires where the layers run diagonally
17 – wheel diameter measured in inches
94 – load index – the greater the load index, the greater the carrying capacity
H – speed rating – the higher the speed rating the better – speed rates of H, V, W or T tell us how fast a tire can go
XL – extra two letters that signal extra load or reinforced side walls allowing for better handling and performance

Q:  Does tire size affect gas mileage?

A:  Tires are pivotal for fuel efficiency. If a tire is overinflated or underinflated, the vehicle uses more fuel to push itself forward. If you drive with winter tires in the summer, the vehicle will use more fuel. If you drive a truck with mud terrain tires on the freeway, the rolling resistance is greater, which then requires more fuel to move your vehicle. There are now low resistance tires to help fuel efficiency.

Q:  When is the best time of the year to switch to winter tires?

A:  The best time in the Lower Mainland is mid-October. Once the temperature hits 7°C, summer and all-season tires lose their ability to provide you with safe driving conditions.

Q:  What do I do with winter tires during the summer?

A:  Most of our retail centres offer low-cost tire storage. Off-site storage space is secure, heated and insured. We can get your tires back to our stores within two business days.

Contact us for availability and specials on tires and seasonal tire storage.