How to rotate tires?

How to rotate your vehicle tires

Today someone on WordPress named Jerry27 asked, “How do we rotate tires?” Well today Dignity Repairs has an answer for you Jerry.

First off you need to know if you are rotating directional or non-directional tires. In this blog we will teach you how to rotate both types.

How to Rotate Non-directional Tires: The tread pattern on non-directional tires is done in such a way that the tire can be put on the wheel for any directional rotation. You can switch the side the tires are on when you rotate them.

For rotating non-directional tires, use the cross pattern.  For cars with rear-wheel drive, move the front tires to the opposite sides of the rear: left-front to right-rear and right-front to left-rear. The rear tires are moved straight forward.

How to rotate Directional tires: Directional tires have a one-way tread pattern that are used for the direction the tires rotate on the car. They are made to go either the left or right side. The grooves are angled for handling, and they also do a good job of keeping water out from under the tire on wet surfaces, reducing hydroplaning and improving wet traction.

Little arrows or triangles on the side-wall show the way the tire is supposed to turn.

To rotate directional tires, just use the front right tire for the back right tire, and the front left tire for the back left tire.

Steps to rotate tires

First engage parking brake:  Just for your safety.

Second Loosen the lug nuts on all your wheels: Do not take them off completely yet. Loosening when the car is lifted will make unscrewing them a bit easier.

Third Lift up one wheel with car jack and place jack stand underneath it

Fourth Remove the tires and rotate them to the appropriate pattern for your type 

Fifth Lower the car from the jack stands: Take the wrench and tighten the nuts even more. It’s best to work lug nuts diagonally from one to another. It should look like a star pattern. This ensures even tightening. Unbelievingly tightening the lug nuts can mess up the brake rotor.

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For any of these issues with rotating tires, come to Dignity Repairs in Toronto, conveniently located at 626 Dundas Street West, Dignity Auto Repair will be delighted to help make your vehicle look fabulous again. Contact us today for an appointment.

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Introduction to automotive spring time tutorials

Tips for Spring auto maintenance (1)

Tutorials part 1 

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Would you like to make sure everything on your vehicle is working properly? Dignity Auto Repair is here to help. We offer full auto body repair, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, and auto paint service for your vehicles. We invite you to visit us at Dignity Auto Repair, located 626 Dundas Street West. Toronto, ON. Call 416-977-1400 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Spring time tutorials

Want to know more about how your vehicle works? Here are some helpful videos that will educate you about your car and make you a smarter driver. Enjoy these videos on operating your vehicle that we are sharing from YouTube.

 

How Does Your Internal Combustion Engine Work?

by Anthony Frost

 

 

 

How To Check Your Oil Level and Other Car Fluids?

by expertvillage

 

So be sure to subscribe to these two YouTube channels. They are great and informative on automotive topics.

 

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Would you like to make sure everything on your vehicle is working properly? Dignity Auto Repair is here to help. We offer full auto body repair, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, and auto paint service for your vehicles. We invite you to visit us at Dignity Auto Repair, located 626 Dundas Street West. Toronto, ON. Call 416-977-1400 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

 

Excellent auto repair is all in the process

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Excellent Auto Repair Processes. To the average customer, what they see at an auto repair facility is how well the staff interacts with them, that they drop off their vehicle in one condition, and that they pick up their vehicle in better condition. However, there is so much more that goes into the auto repair process.

From simple mechanical repair to extensive auto body repair,Dignity Repairs is always striving to excel in the following processes: Communication at each step of the repair to keep customers informed. Documented workflow processes to make the repair work more efficient. Check-lists and verification processes with each step of the process.

 

Two way communication with each Insurance company to make certain the customer gets the best possible auto body repair experience. Though we have terrific processes in place, we are always asking questions and exploring new ways to make things better. Our process improvement initiative is what has allowed Dignity repairs  to grow the size of our facility, remodel our waiting area, expand the number of insurance companies that list us as a preferred vendor, and keep a long-established reputation as the premier auto repair facility in the region.

If you want the full customer experience here at Robert’s Collision & Repair, we invite you to schedule an appointment for any of our five auto repair services: Detailing Services Tire and Wheel Alignment Services Mechanical Repair and Auto Body Repair Paint Services Interested in learning more about our processes?

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When do your tires need replacing?

When to replace tires

 

Not sure when you replace your tires? Here are some tips that will help you determine when your tires should be repaired or replaced.

Step 1:

Check your tires periodically for wear. We understand that you probably don’t look at your tires very often, but it’s a good habit to get into. If you look at them regularly, you will have an easier time discerning whether the tires are in good shape or if a problem is developing.

Step 2:

Recognize what’s going on with your tire wear. Do any of your tires look like this?  If yes, it’s time to replace your tires.

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Step 3:

How is the tire tread holding up? If you can stick a penny in between the tire tread and Lincoln’s head is covered, your tires still have plenty of tread. However, if you stick the penny in between the tread and you can clearly see Lincoln’s head, your tires need to be replaced.

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Step 4:

Do you see any signs of bubbling, cupping, or bulging in your tires? If yes, your tires are at risk of blowing out, and that’s very dangerous. Do your best to avoid driving your vehicle until you replace those bubbling, cupping, or bulging tires.

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Step 5:

Look for nails or other debris stuck in your tires. Nails can cause a flat, but often we can repair the flat right away. If your tires have any nails breaking the surface, get your flat tire fixed right away.

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In sum, come and see us at Robert’s Collision & Repair when your tires need to be repaired or replaced. From wheel alignments and tire rotation to installing a full set of new tires, we are happy to help.

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How winter effects your vehicle

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Winter is a tough season, when the cold season begins so do a lot of other problems. First of all it is cold season, people coming in to work sick and getting you sick. YUCK! Next people are leaving their winter coats everywhere. Even though it is winter and you feel like you sometimes can barely see the road. Your kids have you driving all over the place.

Your car doesn’t need to be a problem in the winter.

Here are some problems in the winter you can look to have repaired with a free Dignity Repairs consultation and affordable repair services.

Tire issue

  • When the temperature drops below seven degrees it causes all season tires to lose grip.

Oil issue

  • Oils thicken when cold. Try heating up your vehicle before trying to run a start. This will avoid damage to the vehicle.

Engine issues

  • Your engine runs the least efficiently during the 20 minutes you start it up in the cold. Try leaving the engine started for 20 minutes before setting the heater to go so your vehicle starts more efficiently

 

If you have any of these issues please feel free to contact Dignity Repairs at: 416-710-0361

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