The four tires on your Honda vehicle are the only part of the car that actually come in contact with the road. They play an integral role in steering, braking, turning and overall car control. Honda works directly with tire manufacturers to ensure the original equipment (OEM) tires that come on your new Honda are designed specifically for that vehicle and its performance specifications.
But tires do not last forever. Knowing what to look for in wear, how to handle a flat or blowout, and what to choose when replacing a tire can easily become confusing and overwhelming. Thankfully, our top notch service team here at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk is ready and available to assist with all your tire needs.
Just like the rest of your Honda vehicle, tires require regular maintenance to stay in proper working order. This includes maintaining the recommended air pressure, regularly rotating tires for even wear, keeping the proper alignment and balance on the wheels, and inspecting for damage, especially after incidents like striking a curb or running over a pothole. If you’re not sure about any of these, bring your car in and let our service team check it out for you.
When to Replace
At some point you may have heard of the “penny test” when it comes to checking your tire for wear and unsafe tread levels. Put a penny “head first” into the tread of the tire. If any part of Abe’s head is covered, then the tire still has a safe amount of tread. Tires should also be replaced if there are any signs of uneven wear (tread levels vary significantly), the tread, sidewall or valve caps have any damage, or vibrations are felt when driving that cause a “rough ride.”
Choosing New Tires
Once it is determined that one or more of the tires need to be replaced, choosing the right replacement is important. One size does not fit all in the tire world. There are many different types of tires. From all-season, to summer or winter compounds, and even tires that are manufactured specifically for better handling, performance, ride comfort, towing and traction. Also key is determining how many tires to buy. If you experience a flat tire, the safest option may be to replace two tires, instead of just the damaged one, keeping the tread and wear evenly balanced on both sides of the vehicle.
Managing a Tire Blow-Out
Having a tire blowout while driving can be extremely scary and dangerous. While it’s always easier said than done, the most important factor is not to panic, but stay calm. Follow these basic steps to safely manage a blowout:
- Take your foot off all the pedals – no gas, and no brakes as well
- Allow the drag of the flat tire to slow the car (a blowout causes enough drag on the wheel to slow the vehicle quickly enough that using the brakes is not necessarily needed)
- Do not make any sudden turns or jerk the wheel, keep the vehicle pointed straight
- Once the car has slowed to almost a stop, then gradually pull it over to the side of the road and into a safe location
Changing a Flat Tire
Stuck on the side of the road with a flat is the last place any Honda driver wants to be. Road side services are great for quickly responding and assisting with replacing a flat with the temporary spare. But if the situation requires changing it yourself, here’s a few additional tips to make it a smooth and safe process:
- Make sure you have all the equipment you’ll need: spare tire, jack or inflator kit, lug wrench, owner’s manual
- Double check the owner’s manual for instructions on how to use your vehicle specific equipment, like the jack, and verify the correct location to place it under the frame
- Loosen the lug nuts BEFORE raising the vehicle on the jack
- Raise the vehicle, remove the lug nuts and flat tire, mount the spare tire and replace the lug nuts, lower the vehicle and then tighten the lug nuts fully
- Drive slowly and carefully on the spare donut tire — they are not designed for long term use
- Repair or replace the flat tire as soon as possible
The Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk service team regularly inspects your tires as part of our routine maintenance plans. But in between regular servicing, if you ever have a question or concern about the tires on your vehicle, bring it by the service department. Our trained technicians can answer your questions and ensure the four tires that keep you in control of your Honda are all safe and roadworthy.
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