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TIRE MAINTENANCE

Tire maintenance will help keep your vehicle safe. Learn about tire pressure, tread depth, condition and wear patterns, rotation and wheel balancing.

Tire Pressure

Tire Pressure

Why this is important

The most frequent cause of tire failure is under-inflation. Even extreme under-inflation can be difficult to detect by mere visual inspection - don't depend on it, use a personal tire pressure gauge. Under-inflated or overloaded tires generate high levels of destructive, internal heat, which could cause your tires to blow out. Extreme under-inflation can even unseat the tire from the rim while your vehicle is in motion.

What's included

arrow Measure tire pressure on all four tires, and ensure that it meets the factory specification for the correct size tire/car.
arrow Having an accurate and easy to read tire gauge is the best tool to help ensure that you have the correct tire pressure in your car at all times. Canadian Tire offers many easy to use and read gauges.
arrow Check your owner's manual for the recommendations for your vehicle. They can also be found labeled on door edge or post, glove box or fuel filler doors depending on make/model.

When to have this done

arrow Check tire pressures at least twice a month -- especially after sudden temperature changes. Tire inflation pressure drops 1psi for every 5.5°C drop in outside temperature. Check inflation when tires are COLD: when the vehicle has been driven less than 2km.

Did you know?

Correct air pressure can help improve vehicle safety, fuel economy, tire life and braking distance.


Digital Tire Gauge

Digital Tire Gauge

Quickly and accurately measure your vehicle's tire pressure with this easy to read tire pressure gauge.

arrow Blue backlit LCD
arrow Extra large display
arrow 5-99 PSI in 0.5 resolution
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS):

Why this is important

What's included

arrow A tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, is a warning system that alerts a driver of a 25% decrease in air pressure in one or more of a vehicle's tires. Pressure and temperature sensing transmitters are mounted inside each tire and individually communicates with the vehicle's computer (ECU) for display on the dashboard via radio frequency (RF) waves. These sensors help improve vehicle safety, fuel economy, tire life and braking distance.

The TREAD Act:

arrow The TREAD Act (Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act) was passed June 2002 as a response by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to defective Firestone tires. This act serves to improve driver safety and awareness while on the road. Specifically, the act requires that all vehicles produced after Sept 1/07 have a tire pressure monitoring system (amongst other items).

Did you know?

75% of roadside flats are caused by a slow leak or under inflation.

When would you need to replace these sensors?

arrow The sensor has been damaged.
arrow The battery in the sensor is failing or has failed.
arrow If you are purchasing a new set of winter wheels (tires and rims) and require a Duplicate Set of sensors.
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