The spring temperatures are (finally) getting warmer and it will soon be time to switch out those winter tires for summer or all-season tires that are made from harder rubber for the summer driving season. The real trick is in knowing when it is the right time to make the change.
David Denning from Fred’s Tire Discounter and Auto Centre says removing your snow tires too early can leave you vulnerable to bad road conditions. He recommends you wait until temperatures reach a consistent 7 degrees Celsius before making the move to change tires, since summer tires can’t get warm enough to grip properly in temperatures lower than that.
Fred’s Tires is a family business that has been serving Orangeville for about 47 years. When original owner Fred Brundle retired a couple of years ago, his son Frank bought the wholesale division of the company and son-in-law David Denning bought the retail division.
The company’s main business is selling tires, but they offer oil changes and do quality mechanical service on struts and brakes, alignments, mechanical and general repairs as well. With 11 bays and 14 employees, Denning confirms that the staff at Fred’s is kept very busy when it is time to switch from winter tires to summer tires or vice versa.
Fred’s wholesale division stocks over 20 different brands of tires at the warehouse and keep about 80,000 tires on hand, so there is sure to be something available to fit every vehicle and suit every budget. You can purchase the tires and make the swap yourself or arrange to have a mechanic do it for you. Fred’s mechanics can accomplish the actual switch fairly quickly if both sets are on their own rims (you may have to wait longer if rims need to be moved from one set of tires to the other), but it is a good idea to make an appointment to ensure that you don’t end up waiting in line. For a modest fee, they can store the “off season” tires for you, too.
If you are a do-it-yourself-er, and plan to switch the tires yourself, make sure that the wheel to be installed and the front of the vehicle hub are clean of dirt and debris. Use fine grit sandpaper or a wire brush to remove corrosion from the steel, but remember that aluminum is a soft metal and wheels made with aluminum need to be cleaned with something softer like a green scrub pad. Why all the cleaning? A clean mounting surface and proper wheel torque will always ensure your rim and tire are properly secured to the vehicle which allows for no movement of the rim to work its way loose or worst, to come off.
If you been wondering how much a new set of tires might cost you, visit Fred’s website fredstirediscounter.ca and try out their new pricing tool. Simply by answering a few basic multiple choice questions about your vehicle, you can receive immediate pricing information on “good, better and best” tire purchase options. And it bears mentioning that there are currently a number of mail in rebates available on new tires offering savings that range from $30 to $200.
Details of the rebates are available on the website as well, or you can drop in and check out the savings in person. Fred’s Tire is located at 220 First Street in Orangeville, just west of Highway 10.
Written by Shelly Sargent