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Tires Blog Post

What is a Wheel Alignment And How Often Should You Get Yours Checked?
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What are wheel alignments and how often should you get yours checked? Wheel alignments are an essential aspect of maintaining your car's overall health and ensuring its optimal performance. Simply put, wheel alignment refers to the adjustment of the wheel angles to the manufacturer's specifications. If your wheels are not properly aligned, it can lead to several issues, including...

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6 Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Spring
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6 Tips For Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Spring  Spring is here, and with it comes the opportunity to do some much-needed vehicle cleaning and detailing. After a long, harsh Winter, your vehicle accumulates build up of mud, slush, and salt. These combinations can affect your vehicle's exterior and cause rusting on the body. Get your vehicle ready for Spring with a little TLC using these...

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The Basics On EV Charging
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The Basics on EV ChargingElectric vehicles are becoming more readily available. Companies like Ford are putting a lot of effort into creating more electric and hybrid models. However, many people still have a lot of questions regarding electric vehicles, also known as EVs. What is the difference between the chargers? Are chargers accessible? How do I find a charger?These are just a few questions...

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What is a drivetrain?
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AWD, RWD, 4X4 and FWD: What's The Difference? When shopping for a new vehicle there are many important aspects to consider and many of which could be confusing, especially for a first-time-buyer. One such potentially confusing aspect of a vehicle, is understanding it's drivetrain.  Before we go into the different types, let's briefly go over what a drivetrain actually...

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Do Winter Tires Really Make A Difference?
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Do Winter Tires Really Make A Difference? In a nutshell? Yes, the right tire in the right season impacts your vehicle's performance and safety, but also your wallet. Many people tend to overlook the importance of having a winter set of tires and an all-season or summer set because they drive an AWD vehicle or a 4X4 truck. It's true those vehicles are better designed for handling wet or...

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The Different Types of Tire Damage
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The Different Types of Tire Damage "I've got a bulge!" "Most of us do when we get past fifty." "No, a bulge in my tire - in the sidewall - a bubble!" The Damage is Serious! A bulge, bubble, or break in the sidewall of a tire is an issue requiring immediate attention. Typically, the result of an impact - curb, sidewalk, pothole - that damages the tire's...

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Emergency Kit Must-Haves For Your Vehicle
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves For Your Vehicle It's late at night, and the road is dark and unfamiliar. The wind whips up leaves and debris and making matters worse, you're in a cell-service dead zone. Then, suddenly, the steering wheel twists in your hands, and you fight to keep your vehicle from heading into the ditch.Once stopped, you open the door and step outside. In the light from...

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How To Properly Boost Your Car Battery
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How To Properly Boost Your Car BatteryEven the best battery will eventually show its age and require replacement. And somewhere along the line, it will likely need to be boosted, and there's a proper way to do it!In 1860, Frenchman Gaston Plante invented the first practical rechargeable battery based on lead-acid chemistry. Today, lead-acid batteries come as original equipment in most internal combustion...

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Understanding Tire Warranty
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Understanding Tire Warranty Tires are one of the most important and frequently replaced components on your vehicle. With proper care, a set of tires should last for years, but occasionally, they wear out prematurely. All major tire manufacturers have comprehensive tire warranties to protect consumers from paying full price for a replacement tire resulting from an early demise. Some tire brands...

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How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency
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How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency Canada is a large country with nearly 40,000 kilometers of paved roads. Though many large urban centers have well-designed rapid transit systems, owning a vehicle (for most people) is still a necessity. Statistics Canada estimates that in Canada, we burn approximately 111 million liters of gasoline per day equalling over 40 billion liters of gasoline per...

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Inspecting Your Tires
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Inspecting Your Tires Tires play a huge role in your driving experience and are crucial to your vehicle's safety and overall performance. Think about it: your tires are the only contact your vehicle has with the road surface. The better the tires, the better the control, acceleration, braking and ride. Tires that are badly worn: Have reduced control Poor ride and handling Put unnecessary...

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How Are Tires Made?
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How Are Tires Made? The history on a product that most consider relatively simple, is surprisingly a long and complex story. The development of the tire, as we know it today, dates as far back as 1845! Wow, right? No one individual can be credited with inventing the tire.  In fact, several inventors over several decades contributed to creating the tire and here are just a few: 1845...

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The Difference Between a Spare Tire and a Doughnut
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The Difference Between a Spare Tire and a Doughnut Depending on the vehicle you drive, you could either have a spare tire or a doughnut - aka compact spare. The difference between these two "emergency" tires is significant. Spare Tires Spares are full-size tires that match the existing tires on your vehicle. Ideally, the spare will be the same brand, series, dimension and tread...

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What happens to your vehicle's tires when left parked too long?
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What happens to your vehicle's tires when left parked too long? What happens to tires when a vehicle is parked for an extended period of time? You may think because your vehicle is parked - especially in a garage - that the tires will be fine. But here's something to consider: your tires support the entire weight of your vehicle, and if left in one position, they will eventually lose...

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The Danger of Worn Out Tires
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The Danger of Worn Out Tires Depending upon size and the overall diameter, the average tire will rotate nearly 1000 times in one kilometre. And with every rotation, tire treads gradually wear down, resulting in reduced handling, control, and performance. Over time, tires will become worn out - meaning little or no tread is left on the surface of the tire - a recipe for trouble. New tires typically...

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Understanding Your Tire Size
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Understanding Your Tire Size So it's time to buy tires? You call a few shops and one of the first questions they ask is "What size?" A seemingly simple question yet you'll soon find out it's much more complex than small, medium or large. The first thing you need to find is the tire size for your vehicle. You can refer to your owner's manual or the tag on the door pillar...

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What are Take-Off Tires?
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What are Take-Off Tires? What are Take-Off Tires? So, you're looking for options when it comes to purchasing new tires. You'd like a good quality tire, but you need to keep your budget in mind. Have you considered buying a set of take-off tires? A set of ... what? Take-off tires are tires that have been taken off of a brand new vehicle. This is done when the buyer prefers a different...

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Ford Smart Technologies
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Ford Smart Technologies - Connected and in Control Drive with confidence Wherever you travel in Canada or the continental United States, Roadside Assistance is at your service. Call us anytime and we'll be there. You can also download the Roadside Assistance App * on Android and Apple iOS devices for added convenience at your fingertips. Learn More SYNC® 3 with...

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