Frequently Asked Question - Tire Force

Frequently Asked Question

Tire Repairs & Replacements

How often should I replace my tires?

As part of our mobile tire-service in Calgary, we will look at your tread depth and quality of tires. In addition, we will ask you about other factors such as:

  • your driving style
  • how often you rotate your tires
  • how often you check your alignment
  • whether you drive mainly on highways or in the city

How will I know if my tires need to be replaced?

Our mobile tire repair team will advise you to replace a tire if:

  • one tire will not hold air and cannot be repaired
  • if your tread depth is 2/32 or less
  • if you can see wire or cloth through the rubber on any spot
  • if bulges are visible in any spot
  • if cuts or gouges are visible in the sidewall of your tire

If you drive an all-wheel vehicle, we will advise you to replace all 4 tires. On all other vehicles, you will be fine replacing both tires on the same axle.

Should I change my tires when the seasons change?

In the interest of safety and the longevity of the tires, yes. (For more information, click here).

Winter tires are best for snow, ice, and Calgary’s cold winter temperatures. Next, best are all-weather tires, followed by 3-peak Mountain Snowflake tires.

In the summer, true summer tires and all-season tires wear the longest and are designed for warmer temperatures and rain.

How much does it cost to mount and balance tires?

Tire Force’s everyday prices are as follows:

  • Regular tires with aspect ratios of 50 or higher = $167
  • Truck or SUV tires that are taller than 29.25 inches, or low-profile tires (aspect ratios of 40 or 45) or run-flat tires = $207
  • Ultra-low profile tires (aspect ratios of 35 or less) = $227

Off-rim services vary depending on the aspect ratio of the tire, the overall height of the tire, and whether or not it is a run-flat-tire.

Do you need an alignment after replacing tires?

It is not necessary to get an alignment with new tires.

Alignment checks should be done if you feel your car consistently pulling to one side or wobbling, or if you notice uneven wear across the tread of your tires.

Tire Rotation & Balancing

How long does it take to balance and rotate tires?

The short answer is, balancing is done one tire at a time and usually takes less than 5 minutes per tire (after the new rubber has been installed).

Tire rotations for a vehicle take about 30 minutes when done on its own (not in addition to another service already being completed).

Balancing a tire is normally done when new tires are installed or when the off-rim seasonal changeover service is done. A trained technician will require tools, weights, and a balancing machine

Tire rotations involve moving tires around from one position to another on the vehicle where rotation patterns depend on your vehicle.

How long can you drive with unbalanced tires?

Though your vehicle is drivable, unbalanced tires can cause a vibration or shimmy in the handling of your vehicle, as well as increase the rate of tire wear. Lastly, unbalanced tires can affect your fuel efficiency, costing you more money.

Do you need to balance your tires every time you rotate them?

No, you do not need to perform a tire balance every time you rotate them. Tire Force’s trained mobile tire experts can provide more answers.

How much does it cost to rotate and balance tires?

Tire Force’s tire balancing and rotating costs are as follows:

  • Tire balancing only = $15 per tire.
  • Rotating tires only = $10 per tire.

A minimum service charge of $99 would apply if these services were the only services provided.

Is it OK to rotate tires every 10000 miles?

Yes, but the recommendation is a little more frequently.

Tires should be rotated, on average, every 13,000 km’s, or 8,000 miles.

Tire Pressure Sensor Service

Why is proper tire pressure important?

Proper tire pressure is required for safety reasons and for the longevity of the tire.  Over-pressured tires can rupture and also cause uneven wear; under-pressured tires can also cause uneven wear and eventual sidewall damage.

How much does it cost to replace a tire pressure sensor?

If you are just replacing a tire pressure sensor, Tire Force charges $45 per TPMS.  Minimum service charges would apply.

How does tire pressure affect handling?

Steering and grip of the road can be affected by improper tire pressure.  Over-pressured tires can cause less traction, and under-pressured tires can cause sloppy steering.

Can I remove the tire pressure sensor?

Yes, having a tire pressure monitoring system is not mandatory.