Tire Repair, Inspection & Replacement
Tire Repair, Inspection & Replacement
Are you thinking it might be time for a new set of tires? One way to tell is to insert a dime, head first, into the tire tread. If you can see the queen’s head, it’s time for tires.
Tire tread isn’t, however, the only indicator of problems. If your tires are unevenly worn, you may also have wheel alignment or suspension issues that won’t be solved with a new set of tires.
When you visit Cowichan Auto Repair, our trained technicians will inspect, rotate, and balance your tires, as specified by your car’s manufacturer. And when it’s time to replace them, we will determine the correct size and kind of tire you need for the car and type of driving you do. Finally, we will make sure your new tires are properly installed.
Need a wheel alignment? We’ll take care of that, too. So, come visit us at Cowichan Auto Repair and ask about tire sales and tire repair services. We think you’ll find we’re a good fit. And don’t forget: manufacturer recommended vehicle maintenance typically includes tire services such as tire rotation and wheel alignment.
Common tire services include:
Computerized Wheel Balancing
New Tire Purchase
Tire Repair/Flat Tire Repair
Here are some helpful pointers to keep you and your tires rolling trouble-free down the road.
Have your tires rotated regularly. Your vehicle’s manufacturer has specific recommendations for tire rotation. Keeping to this schedule will help extend tire life. Our expert mechanics will provide you with this information and help keep you on track.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Your tires typically lose 1 psi (pound per square inch) each month. That adds up very quickly. And remember, temperature can have a major impact. A drop of 10°F can also cause a 1 psi loss in pressure. Low tire pressure, in turn, can result in reduced gas mileage and excessive heat build up leading to tire damage.
Check for signs of excessive or uneven tire wear. Uneven wear on the inside or outside could be an indication that other problems are lurking, so make sure your tires are professionally inspected.
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I hear a grinding noise when I step on the brakes. Should I be concerned?Whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to Cowichan Auto Repair, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
My brake pedal feels spongy. Why?If you have to press the brake pedal farther or harder than usual to stop, there could be a hydraulic or mechanical brake problem. We suggest you bring your car in for a brake inspection as soon as you can.
How often should I change my brake fluid?The most accurate answer is as often as your owner’s manual suggests. Some manufacturers recommend new brake fluid as often as every two years. You also need to change your brake fluid if it contains too much copper. Copper is measured in parts per million, and the industry-accepted limit is 200 ppm. Any more than that and the fluid no longer meets design specifications and should be replaced.
The car pulls to the right or left when I step on the brakes. Why?You may have a hydraulic brake problem, a mechanical problem, or a steering or chassis issue. A thorough inspection will tell us for sure.
Do I have to change my brake fluid?You don’t have to change your brake fluid, but consider this: When the brake fluid shows signs of high levels of copper content, the additives in the brake fluid are breaking down. This increases acid levels, and causes erosion of parts and possible damage to Anti-Lock Brake System components. Today’s anti-lock brake systems are expensive – some parts cost thousands of dollars, not including labor. Changing your brake fluid protects this investment.
My car shakes when I hit the brakes. What's going on?It’s possibly a sign that your rotors need attention, but we’ll know for sure once we take a look.
I only have 15,000 kms on my car and my brakes are squeaking. Do I need new brakes already?Probably not, but whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to Cowichan Auto Repair, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
How long do brake pads and rotors last?All brake pads and rotors wear down. The rate at which this happens depends on your driving style. Cars that drive in town with lots of stop-and-goes will consume brake friction material much faster than cars that drive primarily on highways. Vehicle loads are the other factor. The heavier your car is, the more braking power it requires to stop.