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Safe driving starts with good tires, especially in the Yukon, where winter tires are a necessity. From snow tires to truck tires, performance tires, and tires to suit lower budgets, Whitehorse Motors has your tire needs covered. At Whitehorse Motors, we carry most tire brands. When it comes to tires and wheels, our certified technicians know just the right ones to keep you securely on the road. From all weather tires to winter tires, our goal is keeping you comfortable and safe.
Buying the right tires for your vehicle and driving style is just the first part of the process. Next, you have to maintain your tires to ensure you get the most from your purchase. At Whitehorse Motors, we offer rotation service, repair services, tire balancing, and tire replacement, nitrogen, studding and tire storage.
When your tires are balanced and aligned they reduce tire wear, last longer, drive safer and perform better. Our technicians can ensure your tires are properly aligned so that your suspension and steering are working correctly. Wheel alignment and wheel balancing are two totally different things, but they are often confused. A wheel alignment is when the angles of the wheels are adjusted so that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground, that proper alignment is crucial to maximum tire life. Wheel balancing, on the other hand, allows the tires and wheels to spin without causing any vibrations.
When there is uneven wear or rapid wear on your tires or if your vehicle drifts to one side, your car is out of alignment. Your wheel is out of balance if it vibrates at higher speeds, or if there are signs of irregular wear on your tires.
Many drivers are unaware that tire rotation helps prolong the life of their tires and makes driving more comfortable. Tire rotation is the process of taking off all four tires and installing the rear ones on the front, and the front ones on the rear.
Each tire on your vehicle is supporting a different weight, which means that some tires are wearing down faster than others. In order to prolong the life of your tires, you should rotate your tires every 10,000 km.
Our certified technicians can perform your rotation, and also check for uneven wear and misalignment, imbalance, or other mechanical problems before the tires get rotated. Even if tires do not show any visible signs of wear, they should be rotated to help extend tread life and promote even wear.
Our certified technicians are happy to help determine if you need to repair or replace your tires, and then advise what type of tire you should be investing in. You can expect expert service, high-quality tires and a wide range of choices for any make or model vehicle.
If a tire is losing its air pressure, it needs to be removed from the wheel and inspected to make sure the tire isn’t damaged. If the tire has been driven on while flat for more than a short distance then it may be damaged beyond repair.
Most punctures, cuts and nail holes can be repaired by our technicians (as long as the damage is tread based). Sidewall punctures are generally not repairable, as are punctures larger than a quarter of an inch.
Properly inflated tires last longer, increase fuel economy and improve handling. Most tire problems are caused by under-inflated tires. A tire that is inflated properly will provide safe driving, maximum traction, good handling and optimum tire life. Nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules. This difference makes it more difficult for nitrogen to escape through your tire sidewalls, allowing your tires to maintain optimal pressure for longer periods of time. Nitrogen is also resistant to changes in temperature so inflation remains constant whether it’s -40C in winter or a hot Yukon summer day.