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When new tires are installed your wheels must be re-torqued within 50-100km. Re-torquing involves tightening the lug nuts to help ensure they're not too tight or loose. If they are too tight the nuts can damage the bolt threads, break fasteners or warp new rotors. If they are too loose, your wheel could loosen and potentially fall off when you're driving (although it is incredibly unlikely, it can compromise your safety).
Our team at Prior Tire recommend you rotate your tires every 70,000 - 10,000km and more frequently if you do most of your driving around town or have front wheel/all wheel drive. This simple and inexpensive process follows one of four patterns (see diagram).
Rotating your tires regularly promotes uniform tread wear and will extend the life of your tires. It can also boost your vehicle fuel economy and overall performance.
Improper pressure also affects vehicle handling. Tires lose approximately 1 psi per month under normal weather conditions, and significantly more when the temperature drops or a wheel is damaged. Similarly, low pressure in turn increases heat and can damage a wheel even more. It's important to regularly check your tire pressure with a tire gauge, as low pressure isn't noticeable to the naked eye. Our team at Prior Tire can assist you with all your tire questions and needs.
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