If you are a customer at either dealership it should be no charge. If not they may make a nominal charge for the inspection. Make sure you tell them you are a PCA/UCR member. There are plenty of independent service providers (listed in Provinz) who can perform a DE Inspection. Most will do this atno cost or for a nominal fee to regular customers.
If possible have your car inspected by who you use to service it – assuming they are an approved UCR-DE Inspection Centre. If you have any questions about using a facility that isn’t on our list – for example if you live some distance from an approved centre – then contact our DE Tech Line Chief, Wallace Bradley.
For winter use you need tires that are relatively soft and supple. If more than 1-2 years old used tires will become hard and the difference in traction is huge. 6mm is marginal for winter use. Most new winter tires have around 9-10mm tread depth. Bearing in mind that you will be using these tires for 2-3 years I would recommend buying new.
Do not put winter tires on your present rims unless you plan on leaving them there and finding new rims for your summer tires. The winter salt will be hard on your rims and tires do not fare well when dis-mounted and mounted more than a (very) few times. It stretches the bead which gets less flexible with age and the potential for damage during the whole process is increased.
If possible use Porsche OEM wheels or a recognised TUV certified aftermarket brand. You may not be driving quite as vigourously on your winter tires, but you still need a rim that is built as well as your Porsche and can stand up to the rigors of winter use.
I wouldn’t worry too much about getting compatible TMPS. Buy yourself a good tire pressure guage and save the money!
For winter tires, you should go down a tire width (from stock size) and down a wheel diameter – assuming there are no brake clearance issues. The tire profile can be adjusted to maintain the stock rolling radius. The narrower tyre width helps cut through the snow and slush rather than riding on top of it.
Invest in some really good floor mats or better still floorlinersfor the driver/passenger footwells. Weathertech make excellent products that are custom sized to fit most cars.
Stock up on Windshield Washer Fluid with at least a -40 Deg.C rating and get a decent snow brush and ice scraper. Canadian Tire is your best bet for these.
If you can’t wait for Provinz to arrive, give Brad at Braidan Tire in Markham a call at 905-209-7979.
Welcome to Canada. I’m an UK Expat of 37 years.
There are a number of resources for selecting winter tires & rims. My first suggestion is to go to http://www.tirerack.com There is a wealth of information on this site and you can enter your vehicles information to see what is recommended for winter tires & rims. Whether you buy from The Tire Rack is up to you, but it gives you the information of what to look for locally.
Next up is your local Porsche Dealer. Probably not the least-cost solution, but they do sell winter tire/rim packages and the rims will be Porsche style and quality. Also check out the Tire shops that advertise in Provinz. These guys have plenty of experience with Porsches and can guide you to the best solution for your C4S.
Ron always brightened my day whether it was his jokes or just reading the graphics on his track cars. He contributed so much to our Club and volunteered for many events both within and outside of DriverEd. Ron will be missed by many in our Club. Rest in peace “Crusty”.
There is nothing much for your wife to do at the track and it is about 20 minutes from Belleville. Belleville is a nice country town, although I don’t really know what attractions or shopping is available.
I have it in writing from Shell Canada that there is zero Ethanol in their V-Power Gasoline. I think some of the confusion is because some US States require oil companies to add a certain percentage of Ethanol in their gasoline, so Shell is forced to add ethanol to V-Power in those States.
A couple of years ago my Porsche specialist recommended that I avoid Ethanol if possible for my 1972 911 as he had seen problems with poor running, poor mileage and deterioration of seals in the early cars. I had been using Sunoco Ultra-94 but switched to Shell V-Power and I did notice a slight improvement in my gas mileage and it seemed that the car did run better, especially at the track during DE sessions.