Tire Care and Service FAQ
Q: When should I get my tires rotated? A: Owners are advised to see their dealer for a tire rotation every 8000-13,000 kilometres. For the average Alberta driver, this means having your tires rotated at minimum every six months.
Q: Why is tire rotation so important? A: Because each tire on a vehicle performs a different task, they wear at different rates. Regular tire rotation allows tires to wear evenly, maximizing tire life and allowing tires to be replaced in sets of four, which is preferable.
Q: I’ve heard that the first tire rotation is the most important. Why is that? A: Irregular tread wear occurs fastest when tires are new and at full tread depth, thus the first tire rotation has been found to be of the greatest importance.
Q: Is it OK to rotate my tires earlier than 8,000 kilometres? A: Yes, particularly if you notice signs of tire wear.
Q: My GM vehicle has an Oil Life Monitoring System. Can I have my tires rotated when I get my oil changed? A: Yes. For your convenience, you can have both the tire rotation and oil change service completed at the same time, as long as you are rotating the tires approximately every 8,000-12,000 kilometres.
Q: Why is tire pressure important? A: Improperly inflated tires are a leading cause of tire failure. Proper tire pressure helps a tire have optimum tread contact with the road, which improves traction and braking and reduces tire wear. Underinflated tires generate heat, which is the tire’s worst enemy, so maintaining the right amount of air keeps temperatures where they should be.
Q: How often should I check my tire pressure? A: Checking your tire pressure once a month is a good guideline. Be sure the tires are cold (not driven for three hours or driven less than one kilometre), and don’t forget to check your spare tire. You should always use a good-quality tire gauge to check pressure–don’t ever try to “eyeball” tires because they can look fine even when they are underinflated. Remember that tires can lose air pressure in cold weather.
Q: How will I know when I need new tires? A: There are a number of indicators that will tell you when you are ready for new tires. You’ll need new tires if the tread wear indicators–called wear bars–appear. These wear bars look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread and appear when it’s time to replace the tires. You should replace the tires if you can see three or more tread-wear indicators around the tire. Other indicators of tire wear include cord or fabric showing through the rubber, cracks or cuts in the tread or sidewall deep enough to show cord or fabric, bulges or splits in the tire, and punctures or damage that cannot be repaired correctly. The best measure is to use a tire tread depth gauge. When your tread measures a minimum depth of 1.5 mm (1/16 in.), it’s time for new tires. If you have questions about whether your tires need replacing, see your Tire Expert at Western GMC Buick for helpful advice and expert guidance.
Q: There are a lot of places that sell tires. Where should I go to get the right tires for my car at the right price? A: Your Certified Service experts at Wolfe GMC Buick can recommend tires that are right for your vehicle, your driving habits, and your budget. Also, Certified Service offers a 30-day price match guarantee on all tires.
Q: I definitely need new tires. What now? A: You can start searching for new tires right now with our Tire Finder Tool. It’s a quick and easy way to find tires for any vehicle. Once you’ve selected the right tires, Wolfe GMC Buick's Certified Service experts can handle all your tire needs at your scheduled appointment.