We all know that the best way to prepare for winter driving in Canada is to install four winter tires on our vehicles. But we don't all do it.
Mopar, the aftermarket parts and service division of FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler), has come up with a program that makes it easier to do so.
One of the reasons we don't all install winter tires is that, quite frankly, it's a hassle. Not only is there the need to buy the tires; then you have to get the current tires demounted and install the new ones – often a less-than-simple task with today's fancy alloy wheels and one that may damage them.
Then, of course, the new assemblies have to be balanced before installing them on the vehicle. The whole process can easily use up a half-day or more of your precious time, on top of all the other attendant issues.
Many people chose to buy steel rims for their winter tires to bypass part of that process and to protect their precious alloy wheels from the ravages of salt and other winter hazards but if you're starting from scratch it's still an onerous undertaking. And those aftermarket steel wheels are unlikely to include pressure sensors compatible with your vehicle's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Mopar 's new program can take much of the hassle out of the practice. Complete new Mopar winter wheel assemblies that include a winter tire, steel rim and TPMS, can be ordered for a variety of FCA Canada vehicles. Assemblies.
They are delivered with tires already mounted on wheels and balanced, so installation is a quick and simple matter popping off the current rims and rubber and putting on the winter-appropriate appropriate gear.
Vehicles for which the winter wheel assemblies are available include the Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Charger (AWD and RWD), Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler 300 (AWD and RWD), Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee. The program is scheduled to expand to encompass more vehicle models next year.
Brands of winter tires available within the program include Bridgestone, Goodyear, Yokohama, Pirelli, BF Goodrich, Michelin Continental and more, with more than 1,100 individual fitments offered.
Mopar winter wheel assemblies will be priced around $285 per wheel, depending on the vehicle (dealer installation charge is separate).
To reduce the hassle even further, many dealers offer storage service for the wheels and tire removed during their off-season.