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Snow Tires on Buick Cars

snow tiresSnow tires, all weather tires, some other type of tires, how the heck do we know which kinds of tires are best for your Thunder Bay Buick cars in Canada?  There are actually some parts of Canada that mandate the use of snow tires during the winter months, but as we all know, not all parts of Canada are created equally.  “For those that still need reminding, the recommendation to go full snows in winter months is not just a matter of tread patterns. Yes, the typical snow tires’ tread layout is more aggressive than something designed for summer use, but that only tells part of the story.”

There is an important element to review here, called KAL’s testing.  These tests reveal, according to our research done on behalf of your Buick cars service in Thunder Bay, that even a winter tire with 75 per cent of its tread worn has a shorter stopping distance on snow and ice than a new all-season tire. That bears repeating and drives home the point that you may wish to reconsider the option of snow tires when it comes to the safest thing to drive on in your Buick cars for sale in Thunder Bay.  A snow tire that’s quite literally on its last legs will still generate more traction on snow and ice than a brand new all-season.

Why is that?  According to all that we read, “The other advantage of snow tires — and all ‘official’ winter tires have the oft-mentioned mountain peak designation molded into their tire wall — is that their rubber is specially optimized for traction below seven degrees Celsius.” And you may think that is a bit gimmicky, but actually, not at all, “That’s not just a cynical marketing ploy, the change in rubber compound — silica, as well as other compounds, are added to make the rubber more compliant at low temperatures — is as important, if not more so, than their aggressive tread pattern.”  The end result is that the tires are better even without snow when it comes to cold pavement.


Tires on Buick Cars in Canada

winter tiresIn the world of Canada cars, we know that tires can be a bit of a quandary.  What type do you need for your new Buick car in Thunder Bay?  Do all cars in Canada need winter tires?  Not so much.  “Every November, every Canadian — or more specifically, every single Canadian who owns an automobile — ponders the same question: Do I or don’t I?”

Snow tires, that is. Oh, I know that in some jurisdictions — Quebec, most notably — it’s illegal not to have you car riding on “snows” past Dec. 15. So, to begin with, we know the answer is dependent on where you live.  “And that anywhere north of the 50th parallel — that’s pretty much anything north of Regina in Saskatchewan, Winterpeg in Manitoba and Thunder Bay in Ontario…”  It seems in these areas it is a matter of survival, the presence of the right tires on your Thunder Bay Buick cars and people are not offered much of a choice.

However if you are one who lives in a different area, a more moderate climate, for example, such as Victoria, Vancouver and the Greater Toronto area, things may be slightly different, or are they really?  According to the research done on behalf of your Buick cars in Thunder Bay, the needs may be the same with road conditions and tires, though, many are in denial.  “And like pretty much every expert, Yours Truly included, Gardiner still recommends people should have two sets of tires — full snows and a set of all-seasons of performance summer tires for our three months of road construction (Canada’s other season being nine months of winter) — that are rotated every fall and spring.”  It doesn’t all boil down to tread patterns either.  The traditional snow tire tead layout is more aggressive than something that is made for summer use.  For more details on ins and outs of Thunder Bay Buick car tires, stay tuned for further posts on this very subject.

Fluids in Your GMC Trucks

radiator fluidOil is the lifeblood of your new or used GMC Truck in Thunder Bay ON.  Most everyone knows that. So, if you are planning a road trip or just doing your best to diligently maintain your new GMC truck in Canada, you will want to remember to handle all things related to your engine oil.  According to one source found online in our research on behalf of your GMC Truck Dealer in Thunder Bay, “You don’t need to be a car expert to know that oil is critical for an engine. It lubricates moving components like the pistons, crankshaft, and camshaft so they can move smoothly without friction. Oil should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you’ve gotten an oil change within that range, use the dipstick to check the oil condition and fill level. If it’s black, gritty, or below the minimum, get it checked out right away.”

Also, remember that thought the abovementioned standard interval is 3,000-5,000 miles between changes, you will want to check with your GMC Truck dealer or manual for your actual make and model since some will allow you to go even longer that this number of miles before bothering with your next oil change.

Radiator fluid is another key fluid in your GMC Truck in Thunder Bay. “Engines produce a lot of heat and the radiator keeps it cool. Radiator fluid, also known as coolant or antifreeze, works to extract heat from the engine and dissipate it through the radiator.”  If you allow this level to get too low, your GMC truck is in danger of overheating.  It is also advised to have the system flushed every 50,000 miles.  While you are keeping check on your GMC Thunder Bay Truck fluids, don’t forget the brake fluid.  “When you push the brake pedal, fluid—yes, fluid—compresses inside the brake lines, forcing the brake pads to clamp on the rotors and slow your car. If you ever notice that the pedal feels spongy or has extra travel, the fluid may be contaminated. Be sure to top off the brake fluid if necessary, and flush it every 36,000 miles.”