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5 Winter Ready Tips for Your Vehicle

Nothing is worse than having to deal with vehicle problems when you’re battling frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and wind.

Inclement weather conditions and freezing temperatures can cause some serious problems for both the roads you travel on and your vehicle. While snow and sleet can be stressful, Tire Discounters wants to help reduce your stress by making sure your vehicle is in a safe condition during the winter season.

Here are 5 tips that Tire Discounters recommends so your vehicle is ready for winter weather:

1 – Check your battery. The frosty weather can quickly take its toll on your battery, often reducing its capacity. Before old man winter officially arrives, stop by your neighborhood Tire Discounters store for a free battery check to make sure yours is ready for the cold temps.  Find a Store

2 – Install new windshield wipers. Depending on the level of use they get, windshield wipers normally need to be replaced every six months. Don’t wait til you have a wintry mess fly into your line of sight to find out that you need a wiper replacement.  How to Protect Your Windshield From Cold Winter Weather

3 – Check your tire pressure and tread. As the temperature drops, it’s common for your tires to lose pressure – on average, one PSI for every 10 degrees. Proper tire pressure is a crucial element of driver safety, as it affects overall traction, cornering, and braking. Check your door jamb for the recommended inflation level and ensure that it stays within safe levels throughout the winter. Our professionals at Tire Discounters can check both with our free tire tread check.

4 - Top off windshield washer fluid and anti-freeze. Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to rinse the salty gunk off your windshield, only to find out that your washer fluid reservoir is empty (c’mon, we know you’ve been there). Not only is this a frustrating problem, it could also be a safety concern. During the winter months, it’s a good idea to top off your fluid and keep an extra jug with you – just in case. The same goes for anti-freeze; this solution, as its name suggests, literally keeps your cooling system from freezing up.

5 - Stock a winter emergency kit. Don’t find yourself stranded in the frozen tundra with nothing to keep you warm. Keep several warm blankets, a heavy coat, a first aid kit, and a cell phone charger – among other things – stowed away in case you need them. Also, a piece of carpet, a bag of salt, or a container of kitty litter in case you need some traction on icy roads.

Tire Discounters is always here to help, so don't hesitate to call us if you have a weather-related emergency!

We can prepare your vehicle for the cold months ahead. Our ASE-certified professionals are trained to review all your vital systems and make sure your vehicle is in a safe condition.

 

Don't Get Caught Unprepared

As the saying goes, "Better Safe than Sorry"

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The speed rating of a tire is based on U.S. Government standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. Typically, a tire with a higher speed rating results in better handling. Speed ratings apply only to the tire itself, and not to a particular vehicle. Putting a tire rated for a certain speed on a vehicle does not mean that the vehicle can be safely operated at the tire's rated speed.

The load range on a tire helps determine its ability to contain air pressure and its overall strength. Ranges are expressed using a number and the higher the number, the stronger the tire. These measurements are primarily for light trucks and SUV’s.

Tread depth is the distance between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire's deepest grooves.  In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch.

A tire’s maximum load is the maximum amount of weight the tire is designed to hold. The tire’s load carrying capacity is directly related to the tire’s size and amount of inflation pressure that is actually used. Each load range has a assigned air pressure identified in pounds per square inch (psi) at which the tire's maximum load is rated.

The total width of the tire, including any raised features on the sidewall. 

This is how many layers of rubber and other materials are in the tire.  

The measurement, in inches, from rim flange to the other rim flange. 

The maximum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto. 

The minimum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto.  

A tire's section width (also called "cross section width") is the measurement of the tire's width from its inner sidewall to its outer sidewall (excluding any protective ribs, decorations or raised letters) at the widest point. 

What makes up a tire; each ply, the sidewall, the tread, and bead.  

This number will tell you how well the tire will disperse heat buildup. 

This is how much weight a tire is rated to hold.

A tire’s maximum inflation pressure (PSI) is the highest "cold" inflation pressure that the tire is designed to contain. When measuring a tire’s max PSI, it is important the tire is "cold," because warmer temperatures can cause the tire pressure to temporarily increase resulting with inaccurate readings. This measurement should only be used when called for on the vehicle’s tire placard or in the vehicle’s owners manual.

The mileage warranty of a tire indicates the number of miles that a tire is estimated to last. If a tire fails to last for the number of miles indicated by the warranty, the customer will be given credit from the tire manufacturer toward a new tire based on how many miles short of the estimate the tire fell. Some restrictions apply. 

TD will repair flat tires as long as it can be done safely in accordance with Tire Industry Association (TIA) Guidelines.  Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.  See store for details.  


National accounts and local fleet not included.

Free Alignment with 4-Tire Purchase

National accounts not included.  Other exclusions may apply.

Our Nationwide Worry Free Guarantee offers FREE unlimited Tire Repairs for the entire life of your tires. If your tire can't be fixed and is over 3/32" tread, no worries, we will give you a replacement tire at any time, up to 3 years. We'll even help get your tire changed by including reimbursement for Roadside Assistance (up to $75) for the first 12 months at no additional cost. Effective: August 24, 2017. For complete details, see our warranty at any Tire Discounters location.

Components of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor wears over time.

A TPMS Service Kit is suggested each time a tire/wheel is serviced. If left unchanged, over time, these components of the TPMS may corrode, leak or fail.

Tire/wheel service is defined as when tire is removed from the wheel.

The represents the smallest and widest size wheels that are recommended by the tire manufacturer for the tire to be mounted on. 

 

 

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Rotation and Balancing $600*

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Tire Repair**  $100

TOTAL = $800


*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000-mile tires. 

**Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Lifetime Rotation $240

Total = $340

*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000 mile tires.