Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism.
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); } //

I am the proud owner of a new Hyundai Veloster Turbo and have purchased a set of winter tires and wheels. Any advice on the best way to store the summer rubber? – Ernie

Whether storing summer or winter tires, the trick is to minimize the aging process. The chief contributors to aging are exposure to the elements and heat.

With that in mind, locate a place that is cool, dry and dark. Now give both wheels and tires a good cleaning with lots of soap, water and a brush. Make sure to dry them off completely before storage.

Story continues below advertisement

This is a great time to preserve those nice wheels as well, taking care to scrub them inside and out thoroughly to get rid of corrosive brake dust. I use a product called Wheel Wax to provide a layer of protection once they are clean and dry.

To help avoid exposure to the elements, especially the nasty rays of the sun, wrap the tires in dark plastic bags taking care to remove as much moisture as possible. I use a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out before sealing the bag.

Now to that cool, dry spot – probably in a basement or area that is at least somewhat climate-controlled or heated rather than an unheated garage or storage shed where there may be wide fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

Avoid putting them anywhere near a furnace, water heater or anything with an electric motor as the ozone it creates is very harmful to the tires.

Ignition issues

I have trouble removing the ignition key of my Integra after turning off engine. I have to try several times on and off before succeeding. Are the ignition tumblers the problem? Also, there is a leak in the rear trunk; could it be from the rubber gasket around the trunk lid or do you think it could leak around the rear window and into the trunk (the car has always been parked outside). – Norm

I am not sure how old your car is, but it has to be at least six years old since they have not made an Integra since 2006. Both problems are likely age-related.

Story continues below advertisement

The ignition key issue might be the tumblers or the parking pawl that locks the wheel when the key is removed, a regulatory issue designed to discourage theft. Depending on the age and condition of the car and your budget, there are two choices – replace it with new parts from your Acura store or swap it for one from a reputable auto junkyard.

In either case, be very careful when working with the steering wheel and shaft as there is an airbag in there along with the attendant sensors etc. If you are not sure how to do this, get the job done by a technician who is familiar with the safe way to do so.

As for the leak, it could be coming from either source. To determine which, wait until the trunk and surrounding area is dry – or dry it with rags and use an air hose or reverse (blower) part of a vacuum cleaner. Then pour water in the crack surrounding the trunk. Take a break, allowing it time to work. Open the trunk and see if it is wet. If not, then try the same thing by pouring water over the bottom of the rear window.

Once you have determined which is the culprit, you can narrow it down by repeating the procedure in smaller areas.

Send your automotive maintenance and repair questions to globedrive@globeandmail.com

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies