Tire Rotation and Maintenance, Alignments, and Wheel Balancing Services
Where the rubber meets the road – literally. Your car’s tires provide the link between you and the highway. Proper maintenance is crucial to both performance and safety. Tires should be routinely inspected for proper inflation and wear. In addition, routine tire rotations, balancing, and alignment will greatly enhance tire life and vehicle ride.
What can Richmond Motor Sales and Service do to help keep your tires going?
- Tire Pressure Monitoring: Under or over-inflation can result in irregular wear, lower gas mileage, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat! Please have your tire pressure checked with every oil change. Recommended air pressure is posted on the driver’s door or in the glove compartment of every vehicle.
- Tire Alignment: If your vehicle is pulling to one side or shaking, it may be out of alignment and damaging your tires. Have your vehicle checked for proper alignment periodically, especially if you notice driving irregularities.
- Tire Rotation: Regular rotation of tires promotes more even wear, which in turn prolongs tire life. The general guideline for tire rotation is every other oil change (or every 6,000 to 7,500 miles), unless otherwise directed by your vehicle or tire manufacturer.
- Tire Tread: While the penny test can do the trick if you’re in a pinch (legal tread depth is 2/32 of an inch – the exact distance from the tip of Abe’s head to the rim of a penny), your certified technician can measure this during an inspection with a specialized tool. Note that in many states it is illegal to drive on tires that are below safe tread depth.
This service, like all services performed at Richmond Motor Sales and Service, is advised based on manufacturer’s recommendations, or as needed as determined by our inspection and industry standards.
Performing an Alignment Service will ensure proper handling, straight steering and prolong tire life.
When Do You Need A Wheel Alignment?
- Every 12,000 miles or once a year
- Vehicle pulls to one side or “drifts”
- Need to keep steering wheel turned to drive straight
- Excessive tire wear found
- After changing a set of tires
- After changing suspension and/or steering components
- Trans-axle replacement
2-Wheel vs. 4-Wheel Alignment
- Most vehicles today have independent suspension, even in the rearm and these vehicles should always receive a 4-wheel alignment.
The Wheels/Rims provide the mounting surface to contain the vehicle’s tires. Performing a Wheel Balance will ensure even tire wear, prolong tire life. Our certified technician will inspect the tire tread for wear, properly adjust pressure, balance tires and properly torque the lug nuts.
We Recommend Performing a Wheel Balance once a year or every 15,000 miles.