At Cameron Automotive, we want to make sure you get everything out of your vehicle. No matter what your budget or what you’re looking for, though our extensive network of suppliers we can put together a tire and wheel package that is just right for you.
What tires do
Consider this fact: the tire is the only point of contact between a vehicle and the road.
A tire has several important functions:
Steers the vehicle
A tire’s ability to maintain its course affects the vehicle’s ability to drive in a straight path. The tire has to help the vehicle steer regardless of road and weather conditions.
Supports the vehicle
A car tire has to carry more than 50 times its own weight.
The flexibility of a tire helps it to absorb obstacles on uneven road surfaces and provides a stable ride for the driver and passengers while protecting the vehicle.
Tires transmit the engine’s power to accelerate and the braking force to stop.
How well the tire performs these functions depends in part on how well the tire is maintained. See how to maintain your tires.
Selecting the right tire
The tires on your vehicle can affect your safety and your driving enjoyment. Choose tires that match both your vehicle and the way you drive.
How many tires do I need?
All four tires should be identical. If your tires don’t match, you could have handling problems. For instance, one end of your vehicle may not respond as quickly or completely as the other end, making the vehicle more difficult to control.
If you just need to replace one tire that has been damaged, replace it with a tire of the same brand type, size and speed rating. One or two tires that don’t match the other tires on your vehicle could affect your driving safety.
If you need to replace two tires and the remaining two have a lot of tread depth left, replace them with tires that match your existing set as closely as possible. Identical new tires are best but others of the same size and type can also provide good results.
Should I buy a different type of tire?
If you are replacing all four tires, you can explore another category of tires. If you want longer lasting tires, better traction, smoother ride, or better gas mileage there are tires that will help you accomplish this.
What size of tire do I need?
Tires must be able to carry the weight of your vehicle. If a tire is overworked just carrying the load, it will have little reserve capacity to help your vehicle respond quickly and safely. Do not buy undersized tires.
Check your owner’s manual, vehicle door jam or glovebox, to find the size of tire recommended for your vehicle or ask our expert staff.
The other size consideration is overall tire diameter. For cars and vans, stay within a ±3% diameter change. Pick-ups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are usually engineered to handle up to a 15% oversize tire.
Find out more about plus sizing, minus sizing or custom wheels.
What weather and driving conditions will the tires face?
Select a tire that suits the driving conditions you face most often:
Snow or ice: snow tires
Heavy traffic: more responsive tires
Winding roads or in the mountains: a tire that handles well
Extensive highway driving: tires with a smooth, quiet ride
If you face very different driving conditions (heavy snow in the winter and lots of highway driving in the summer), consider selecting two sets of tires. You’ll get better driving performance and longer total wear from your tires.
What kind of ‘look’ do I want?
Think about whether you’re happy with standard tires or you want the added flair of custom wheels or Plus Sizing.
How can I find the best value? Simple fact:
In the long run, cheap tires won’t save you money. They don’t last as long as higher quality tires and may result in a rougher ride and inferior handling.
Your goal in tire shopping should be to find the highest quality tire that meets your specific needs and your budget.
Replace your tires when:
Treadwear depth reaches 2/32″ or you can see the treadwear indicator which shows a solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread, or use a penny to check the depth. To do this, place a penny in the tire tread, if you can see the top of Queen Elizabeth II’s crown, your treads are worn and need replacing.
Evaluate your tires by checking the tire pressure frequently. Also, do a visual check regularly for cuts, irregular wear, bulges or other problems.
Immediately fix punctures. You might be able to save the tire and you will definitely drive more safely.
Don’t mix tires of different sizes or types on the same axle. Never mix radial and non-radial tires on the same axle. The better matched your tires are, the safer the driving.
Have your tires mounted professionally! Improper mounting can lead to serious injury if a tire/rim assembly explodes.
Avoid spinning your tires at high speeds. If you are stuck in snow, ice, mud or sand, excessive spinning of your tires can cause a sudden tire explosion that could harm your vehicle, you and/or bystanders. For best results rock the vehicle backward and forward to free your vehicle.
Custom Wheel Care and Maintenance
Congratulations!! You’ve just bought a sharp, new set of wheels for your vehicle and that “just like new look” is exactly what you hoped for. But without proper care, that look won’t last forever.
Your wheels can be the dirtiest part of your vehicle. Constant exposure to the elements as well as corrosive brake dust, dirt, tar, ocean and road salts can cause damage to the finish on your wheels and it is important to clean them often and properly. Here are a few tips to keep your wheels looking good.
Buff on a coat of wax, or specially made wheel paint sealer upon installation and after washing to protect and prevent dirt and/or brake dust from easily sticking and bonding with the wheels finish.
Wash your wheels with a mild soap and water solution. Harsh cleaners can easily strip away the clearcoat, or cause staining to the wheel.
Never wash a wheel while it is hot. Try cooling them with cold water first.
Stay away from automatic car washes, they may use harsh cleaners or stiff brushes that can easily scratch or damage your wheel.
Wash one wheel at a time so that soap doesn’t dry and bond to the finish.