Why is tire rotation important?
It's a known fact that regular tire rotation extends the life of your tires and improves performance. Tires are rotated to achieve a uniform wear for all tires. We will perform a quick steering, suspension and brake inspection when you perform a tire rotation at Eastside. Each tire performs different tasks (such as steering in front- versus rear-wheel drive), therefore tires wear at different rates. Tires should be rotated every 12,000 kms to prevent irregular tire wear.
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It's important to rotate your tires according to the correct tire-rotation pattern. Doing so will prolong the life of your tires and will reduce the risk of sudden tire failure. Front tires encounter different tasks than the rear tires. And a front-wheel-drive car's tires perform different tasks than those on a rear-wheel-drive car. See the Maintenance Schedule section in your Owner's Manual for additional information about your specific vehicle.
What happens if a tire is underinflated?
- Poor handling
- Reduced fuel economy
- Overheating, which could lead to a blowout
What happens if a tire is overinflated?
- Unusual wear
- Poor handling
- Rough ride
- Greater risk of damage from road hazards
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How to check tire pressure
Check your tires at least once a month when the weather is cold (let the vehicle sit for at least 3 hours). The Tire Information Label located on the inside of your doorframe has the recommended cold tire pressure for your vehicle. Do not use the pressure listed on the tire itself, that is the max pressure allowed for the tire. Always use a quality gauge. If you’re near Eastside, drop by and we will check the pressures for you. To make sure you're covered, every check of your tires should include a check of your spare (if available), as well.
What is a tire pressure monitoring system?
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System(TPMS) is designed to warn the driver when low-tire-pressure conditions exist. A sensor measures tire pressures, then transmits data to the tire-pressure monitoring system. If the pressure in one or more of your tires is 25 percent or more below the vehicle manufacturer's recommended cold inflation pressure for tires, a warning indication will alert the driver.
Your Original Equipment TPMS sensor battery can last up to 10 years with normal use. When the TPMS battery fails, the sensor will need to be replaced.
How do you know that air pressure is low or whether the TPMS has malfunctioned?
If the TPMS light comes on and stays solid with a check tire pressure, low tire pressure, or add air to tire message, then check and adjust all tire air pressures to the recommended levels. Next, drive the vehicle the vehicle above 40kph for a few minutes to reset the system. If the system does not reset a visit to Eastside will be necessary.
If the TPMS light appears as a blinking yellow lamp for more than one minute and stays solid, then diagnostic service is needed. If your TPMS is not functioning properly, it cannot detect or signal a low-tire condition.
Inflation pressure maintenance of tires is critical for overall tire and vehicle performance.
Maintaining the correct inflation pressure allows the tire to perform as intended, including for comfort, fuel economy, stopping distance, cornering, traction, tread wear, and noise.
Eastside Chevrolet Buick GMC is located in Markham, Ontario and also serves Richmond Hill, North York, Vaughan, Newmarket, Scarborough, Toronto, Stouffville, Pickering, Uxbridge and surrounding areas.