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Winter Tires in Kelowna - Everything You Need to Know!

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Looking for a great, local tire and auto shop to help you with your winter tires before the snow starts to fly?

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Phone: (866) 268-7008
Email: [email protected]
Text: (866) 268-7008

If you're looking for some more information on winter tires in Kelowna, read our full blog post below!

Winter Tires 101

It’s that time of year again… Time to get the winter tires put on your vehicle! Here at Boyd’s Tire and Auto Service in downtown Kelowna, we know that many folks have questions about winter tires, and Chad Abougoush, the owner, sat down to answer some of the most common questions out there.

How do I know which tire is right for me?

One of the best things you can do is to make a list of the things you want from your winter tires. What are your priorities? What do you need them to do for you? Are you going to be doing a lot of mountain driving in the winter, or just city driving? Are you looking for the best traction or the greatest durability? This info will allow us to find the winter tire best suited to your needs.

What is the difference between an all-season tire and a winter tire?

Winter tires are actually constructed from a different compound than all-season or all-weather tires. They also have a totally different tread design. Good winters have extremely deep and small siping. This enables the winter tires to almost suction cup to the ice, while the different compound ensures that the tire stays soft and pliable to much colder temperatures than an all-season can manage.

Can I just put two winter tires on?

Not really, and we do not offer this service. You’ll find that most other tire shops will not offer this service either. The issue is safety. Most folks who enquire about this option want to put two winters on the front of their front-wheel drive vehicles. This is dangerous as it means that all your weight and traction is up front, meanwhile the backend tires will not be able to match the ability of the tires at the front of the vehicle. This is dangerous because the back of your car may swing out when cornering. It is just not a safe practice.

Can I drive on winters year round?

Yes, you can. In fact, we have a few customers who do so. Winter tires behave a little differently to all-season or summer tires, but there’s no reason you cannot ride on your winters year-round. Of course, your winters will wear faster if you go down this route, but if you’re ok with that, keeping your winters on 365 is certainly an option, as long as they are not studded.

Should I get a second set of rims?

It depends how long you plan on keeping your vehicle. If you’re going to be using the same ride for the next three years or more, I recommend getting a second set of rims. If you’re going to sell your car within the next three years, it makes more sense to pay for the changeovers.

That said, when we do changeovers, we have additional time, so we’re also able to cast an eye over your vehicle, checking your brakes and looking for any red-flag issues. In other words, we can take the opportunity to give your vehicle a health check up before winter comes. You don’t want to be stranded on the Coquihalla in the depths of winter!

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Should I have my winter tires studded?

This is completely dependent on the type of driving that you do, but the majority of our customers who drive on studded tires really enjoy it. Basically, we have switched a lot of people over to a studded tire, but we’ve never taken anyone away from them!

The studded tire really show its abilities when the tire itself is 50% worn or more. So with that in mind, if you want to run your winter tires right down, you should definitely consider getting them studded. Just keep in mind that the studding needs to be done when the tires are first purchased, not once they have already been worn down.

Will my car feel/handle differently if I have winters put on?

Yes, you will probably notice a little difference. The amount of difference you will experience when you are driving will depend on your vehicle, the tires you have on, and the quality of the tire installation, etc. The crucial thing is that your car should still drive straight and smooth.

What should I ask the people at the tire shop?

I’d say it is always about quality. Ask them about the value you are getting for the amount you’re spending. Are they just quoting you on the cheapest tire? Does it match your needs? Depending on the storage you have available, you may also want to ask if your tire shop or auto shop offers tire storage. It’s a highly convenient service and saves you having to store 4 bulky tires.

What’s the most important thing to consider when selecting a winter tire?

It’s all about your needs. Make sure you select a tire that fits your lifestyle and the sort of winter driving that you do. Winter tires are a significant investment, and you don’t want to be driving around on ill-suited tires for the next 2-4 years…

Which tires do you recommend?

This really depends upon your specific needs, budget etc. There are many great tires out there, but here are some of my favourites:

  • Yokohama iceGuard
  • Firestone Winterforce
  • Hankook I*Pike
  • Cooper Discoverer M+S
  • Kumho Solus All Weather
  • Federal Himalaya
  • Toyo GSi-5

Need more info?

If you have a question that wasn’t answered above, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us by phone, email or text.

Phone:  (866) 268-7008
Email: [email protected]
Text:  (866) 268-7008

Also, please remember, here at Boyd’s Tire and Auto Service, we do more than just tires… we also do full auto servicing too!

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