Frequently Asked Questions
Would you like some more clarity on certain aspects of tires, wheels, or our services?
How long is the average tire installation?
Every service can vary in length. The average tire installation of 4 tires going onto a vehicle takes approximately 1h and 5minutes. This factors in the paperwork time and bringing the vehicle in and out of the shop as well. Our handy booking form does have the average times posted in the quantities tab in minutes per unit. The plus and minus symbols increase the quantity which multiplies the time accordingly.
Do you have a waiting room?
Yes. Rapid Revolutions has a beautiful waiting room with leather recliners, TV, and free wifi. Plus you can always wonder around our 8500 sq ft showroom.
Whats the difference between a Touchless Tire Machine and a Standard Tire Machine?
Tire changing machines have been around since the dawn of the automobile. There have been thousands of variations of tire machines of the past 100 years.
The “standard” tire machine principle clamps the wheel from the back with 4 fingers at the outer edge. Then it will have an arm that just kisses the front wheel edge in order to remove the tire. These machines have limitations in wheel size and designs. If the wheel has protruding spokes for instance the arm will hit the spokes and cause damage.
A “Touchless” tire machine is the latest generation in tire machines. They are very complicated machines in comparison to a standard tire machine. They are generally controlled with joysticks and laser limitations. A touchless tire machine does not touch the outside of the wheel at all. The wheel gets held to the machine by the bolt holes just like on the vehicle. This allows the machine to spin the tire and push the tire off without ever touching the majority of the wheel. These machines are the only way possible to install tires on certain types of wheels, without damaging the wheels. Generally these wheels are on high end vehicles and/or aftermarket wheels.
How do I know what type of wheel I have?
This can be a bit complicated. The general norm is if your wheel has a hub cab or is a very plain black design then it is most likely steel. Aluminum wheels are always one piece so there is no second layer that pops off like a hub cap. Generally aluminum wheels are also styled in much fancier designs as usually only higher trim level options come with aluminum wheels. Another more scientific way is steel wheels are magnetic and aluminum wheels are not. However don’t be fooled by plastic hub caps as they also are not magnetic but you can usually see the second layer (steel wheel) behind the hubcap.
How do I know what size my wheel is?
This is very easy all you have to do is read the tire size. Tire sizes are written in the format of 225/60R16 for example. So the last part “R16″ means the wheel is 16” in diameter. There are other numbers on the tires but those are all technical information for the installers generally. There are some exceptions when you get into truck tires or really old wheels.
What is a Tire Pressure Sensor?
Tire pressure sensors (also known as TPMS) came out in the mid 2000s for the most part. They were implemented to advise the driver if a tire was getting low on air. This was designed as a safety feature to both avoid potential tire failure and car crashes as well as saving tires before they became un-repairable. If a tire is driven while its low on air it can damage the side wall and be un-repairable.
How do I know if I need new tire pressure sensors?
Generally if you have tire pressure sensors and you have a warning light on your dash, but all the tires are at correct pressures, then you most likely have a failed sensor. Also if you are purchasing second set of tires and wheels then you would need a second set of sensors as well.
Why do I need to balance my tires?
Balancing your tires is quite important. Not only does it stop annoying vibrations it also effects the mileage you get out of your tires. Also bad vibrations decrease the life span of all the mechanical parts attached to the tires like ball joints and tie rod ends.
Why should I rotate my tires?
The biggest reason to rotate your tires is for longevity of the tires. Vehicles generally have much different characteristics front to back. Plus your front tires do all the steering and have the engine weight on top of them. Not rotating your tires often enough causes irregular wear usually on the front tires first. Rotating your tires is generally recommended every 10,000kms but you can always check with your tire’s manufacturer for their recommendations.
What is Tire Studding and why would I want that?
Tire studding is a way of getting better traction in icy conditions. Traditionally the tire has to be manufactured with holes (indentations) in the tread to accept a stud. We then use a special installation gun that pushes the stud into each hole one at a time. The average tire has between 100 to 200 studs. The studs are made of a super hard metal like carbide usually. This allows them not to wear faster then the tread. Plus they are designed that asphalt roads sharpen them automatically. This means they are always ready to dig in when the tire meets an icy surface.
Can I stud a tire that doesn't have stud holes (indentations)?
Yes it is possible to stud tires that were not manufactured with stud holes (indentations). There are a few variables though that need to be met in order to do so.
1. The tire has to have at least 13mm (1/2″) deep tread.
2. The tread must have solid areas in the tread design at least 1/2″ by 1/2″.
In general we usually do this to truck tires and skid steer tires as they don’t have many winter tire options.
The process is quite time consuming as we have to create all the stud holes with our special equipment. Then we have to install each stud individually. This can take up to 1 hr per tire depending on how many studs are getting installed.
About Our Services
We can install just about any size of tire on any wheel up to 32 inches in diameter. Our state of the art touchless tire machine allows us to do the most complex wheels. We also ensure proper torquing of lugnuts with our digital torque wrenches.
Our cutting edge balancers use lasers with pinpoint accuracy. This ensures a proper balance the first time on your tire and wheel combination.
Our hoists allow us to lift just about any vehicle up to 12,000lbs. This allows us to quickly lift your vehicle and swap all the tires at once.
TPMS Relearn and Programming
Our tire pressure sensor scanner allows us to perform all sorts of procedures. Including talking to your vehicles computer. The computer sometimes needs to be told when the tires have been changed or a new sensor installed. Also if someone with a truck installs better tires with a higher rating they may want the computer to read a higher tire pressure.
We can repair most flat tires as long as they have not been driven on flat or low. We have the tools to repair holes up to 1/2 an inch in size. Side wall damage can not be repaired though. This is due to the fact the sidewalls flex so much and are made so thin the patches will not last for very long.
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