If you're driving your car the correct way, you should only have four points of contact with the road—and those are your four tires. This might sound a bit cliché, but that doesn't make it any less important. Everything you do behind the wheel, from accelerating when the light turns green to jerking the wheel to veer around a pothole you just noticed, has a palpable effect on your tires. Your control over your vehicle—and the safety of yourself and others on the road—is directly tied to the quality of your tires and how well they endure your travels.
This is why keeping your tires in the best shape possible and replacing them when the time comes is important; not only do you need to take good care of your tires, but you also need to find a great tire shop that you can trust and rely on. Here at Ralph Honda, we pride ourselves on offering the highest level of care and service for you and your vehicle; whether you simply need a routine tire rotation, or you feel that something is off but aren't sure what the problem is, or it's time for a new set of tires, we are here to help and get you back on the road in great shape.
One of the best ways to properly care for your tires is with routine service and maintenance to keep them in the best shape possible for as long as you can. No matter what you do, the rubber in your tires will naturally break down and degrade over time, so you will have to replace them eventually, but proper maintenance can help keep them in good condition for longer. For starters, it's a good idea to follow the schedule that Honda recommends for your vehicle (in your owner's manual) regarding how often you should rotate your tires; this sees your tires exchanged from front to back and vice versa, swapping your tires to the opposite side of the vehicle to ensure even wear occurs through future use.
It is also a good idea to have your alignment checked—both your tire balancing and the alignment of your suspension. Tire balancing refers to how your tires are positioned to handle the weight of the vehicle as well as the forces exerted while you drive. Meanwhile, the alignment of your suspension affects how your tires are angled—and this can be from multiple directions, like their camber (whether the tops of your tires are angled in or out when viewed from the front) and their toe positioning (inward or outward angle when looking down from above).
Proper alignment and balance ensure your tires wear evenly, so they last as long as possible and make daily driving easier since you do not have to constantly compensate or fight against how your car handles.
We all know that life is full of unexpected occurrences; no matter how carefully you plan or how well you maintain your assets, mistakes and accidents will still occur. Perhaps you are driving down the freeway and a bucket comes loose from a truck ahead of you, swiftly diving toward your front end before you can react. Or maybe you're driving down the street without realizing there was construction recently done in the area and you drive over a large nail or other discarded building materials. These kinds of events can easily damage your tires—but all is not lost!
Modern tires are made of rubber that's incredibly durable and can take a surprising amount of abuse. Minor incidents like these can damage your tire, but—in many cases—it is possible to repair the damage and get you back on the road. It is crucial that you let us handle these sorts of events, because even something as minor as removing a nail from your tire or trying to find damage can make the situation worse or cause you injury. We can inspect your tires, find any damage, and provide you with repairs when possible so you can drive home with confidence.
Even in a best-case scenario where you take perfect care of your tires and never hit an obstacle, they will still wear down with time. Age is always working against your tires, and the rubber in them will degrade naturally—plus, driving on your tires wears them further. Inevitably, you will need new tires for your vehicle, and once again, we here at Ralph Honda are ready to help.
We can handle everything regarding replacing your tires, including removing your old ones, recommending different options that'll best meet your needs, and ensuring the right tires go onto your vehicle. Whether you simply need winter tires to get ahead of changing weather or it's time for a new set of all-season tires, trust our experts to handle everything. Best of all, we can manage your tire replacements along with other work, so if it's time for an oil change or brake inspection, we can take care of everything at once, reducing the number of times you need to interrupt your life to care for your vehicle.
We know it might seem like we're a bit obsessed with your tires, but the argument could be made that they're the most essential part of your vehicle. Nothing else matters if your tires are bad; the most powerful engine in the world will not move a car if it doesn't have wheels. Similarly, your brakes cannot do much to stop you if your tires explode when you need to stop suddenly. Everything depends on your tires being in great shape and doing their job.
That's why we're so passionate about proper tire care and helping our customers keep their tires in great shape. We want to see everyone on the road be as safe as possible so that every driver gets home at the end of the day without worrying about these things. Let us worry about your tires for you; bring your vehicle to our service experts, and we'll take care of everything. Whether you simply need your tires rotated or it's time for a whole new set, we'll ensure you can focus on getting through your workday, preparing for an upcoming road trip, or whatever else matters most to you.