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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do your tire prices include installation and balancing?

    ANSWER: Yes, our passenger and light truck tire prices DO include installation and balancing. This is important to know if you are comparing prices at different tire dealers in your area as it makes a difference and can affect your decision-making process.

2. What is the environmental fee that I noticed all tire dealers seem to charge?

    ANSWER: The environmental fee is charged on all new tires that are sold in Saskatchewan and is required as a Tire Recycling Fee (TRF) to comply with Provincial Legislation regulating the disposal of used tires that are removed when the new ones are put on. For more details on the Scrap Tire Recycling Program in Saskatchewan, we invite you to visit the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation's website at www.scraptire.sk.ca.

3. How often should I rotate my tires?

    ANSWER: About every 8,000 to 10,000 km. Value Tire offers free rotation every 10,000 km with the purchase of 4 new passenger tires. It is recommended that you rotate your tires every 8,000 to 10,000 km.

4. Do I need Nitrogen in my tires?

    ANSWER: No. But numerous studies have shown that Nitrogen does help prolong tire life by about 25 - 30% since Nitrogen particles are larger than oxygen and therefore permeates through rubber 3-4 times slower than oxygen. By keeping tire pressure at a consistent rate for a longer period of time, nitrogen also helps improve handling of the vehicle. Studies have also shown that it saves about 4-6% on gas when tires are run at proper inflation. It is important to note that it is still recommended that you check your tire pressure on a regular basis to avoid running on an under-inflated tire as that greatly reduces the life of a tire.

5. What do the numbers mean on the side of my tire?

    ANSWER: The numbers on the side of your tires indicate the type, size, sidewall height, and rim size.
    Example: "P205/55R16 91H"
  • The "P" at the beginning tells you that this is a passenger vehicle tire (can also be LT for light trucks, or ST for trailer tires).
  • The "205" tells us the width of the tire.
  • The "55" tells us the height of the sidewall expressed as a percentage (so this tells us the height of the sidewall is 55% of the width).
  • The "R" tells us that this is a Radial tire.
  • The "16" tells us that the rim is 16 inches in diameter.
  • Lastly the "91H" is the speed rating and load index.

6. Can you explain the speed rating and Load Index?

    ANSWER: The speed rating symbol is a letter that ranges from A to Z and covers speeds from 5 km/h (3 mph) to over 300 km/h (over 186 mph). Passenger car tires typically range from Q to V and Z. Exceeding the safe, legal speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed. It is best to speak to your professional tire dealer if you want to replace your speed-rated tires since the speed rating of the replacement tire must be equal to or greater than that of the OE (original equipment) tire if the speed capability and safety of the vehicle is to be maintained. The load index is a number ranging from 0 to 279 and covers load capacities from the smallest motorcycle tires to the largest earthmover tires. In passenger car tires, the load index typically ranges from 75 to 100, although several of the larger passenger sizes carry higher indexes. In the example above the load index is 91 which corresponds to a load capacity of 1356 lbs or 615 kg. at maximum inflation. Please check with your professional tire dealer to determine the capacity for your particular tire(s).

7. Do winter tires really make a significant difference on traction than all-season tires?

    ANSWER: Yes. Winter tires have special compounds in them to keep them softer in cold weather, also winter tires have special sipes in them to help suction the tires to the ice. There is a significant difference in your stopping and starting traction when using winter tires - once you try it - you'll never want anything less on your vehicle when confronting snow and ice on winter roads!

8. What does TPMS mean? Is it OK to ignore this indicator on my dashboard?

    ANSWER: TPMS is an electronic Tire Pressure Monitoring System which is now mandatory in most new passenger vehicles as it monitors the air pressure in the vehicle’s tires. This is an important safety feature on vehicles equipped with it and it should NEVER be ignored or disabled. The many benefits of the TPMS are: extended life of the tires, save money on fuel by running tires efficiently, save on vehicle downtime and maintenance, and most importantly staying safe on the road by reducing the risk of tire separation due to damaging a tire which is run too low.

This is what the TPMS indicators look like on your dashboard:

This means your tire pressure is low and should be checked.
If the indicator light flashes that means there is something wrong with your TPMS system and you should have it serviced.
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Value Tire: Your Source for Tires, Rims & Auto Repair

The Value Tire group with locations in Saskatoon, Regina and Yorkton provides both tire services and automotive repair and maintenance services. Our customer service representatives will help you find the right tire for your vehicle and our automotive technicians will keep your vehicle running smoothly. Our tire and automotive technicians use state of the art equipment to help diagnose problems and maintain your vehicle. Some of our automotive technicians have over 20 years of experience in repairing and maintaining vehicles. Proudly serving Regina, Saskatoon, and Yorkton, Saskatchewan. 

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