Tire balancing equally distributes the weight of the tire and wheel assembly to spin smoothly at high speed. Tires can become out of balance with normal tire wear. All four tires and wheels may be balanced during a tire rotation and when new tires are installed.
Special equipment spins the tire and wheel assembly to measure vibrations and the technician installs wheel weights as needed to eliminate the vibrations.
Tire Condition/Tread Depth
Monitoring normal tread wear helps plan for future tire replacement. Uneven or irregular tread wear can indicate problems with tire pressure, wheel alignment, tire balance, or lack of rotation. New tire tread depths typically begin with 9/32″ to 12/32″ of tread. Make sure your tires’ tread depths are sufficient for road and weather conditions.
Properly inflated tires provide the best combination of handling, tread life, and comfort. The air pressure inside the tires supports the weight of the vehicle. Tire pressure is the inflation pressure specification, measured in Pounds per Square Inch (PSI), for a given tire type, size, and application.
The cold tire inflation pressure, PSI, is on the Tire Information Label located on the driver’s side door jamb. Because tires can lose 1 to 2 PSI of tire pressure per month, tire pressures must be checked regularly.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Since 2008, every Honda has been equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that monitors the pressure in all four tires and alerts the driver if pressure in any tire becomes significantly low. Drivers should also regularly check their tires’ pressure using an accurate gauge.
Some Honda TPMS systems have battery powered sensors inside the wheels. Batteries inside these sensors have an expected lifespan of 7 – 10 years. When a battery in any sensor fails, an indicator on the instrument panel comes on and the system will no longer monitor the tire pressure.
During tire rotation, at the time of service, the tire and wheel assemblies are moved from one position to another to more evenly distribute wear and maximize tire life. The rotation pattern depends on the vehicle and tire design. Because the front tires turn and pull the vehicle forward, front tires wear differently than rear tires.
Tire rotation is regular maintenance that should be performed as recommended and is required to maintain the tire’s warranty coverage. (Consult the tire manufacturer’s warranty booklet provided with the vehicle for more details.)
A wheel alignment is the adjustment of angles that the tires make in relation to the road surface and each other. The primary alignment angles are camber, caster, and toe.
A wheel alignment is often performed after replacing tires or suspension components, after an impact with a pothole or curb, or when the following conditions occur: abnormal tire wear, an offset steering wheel, or handling concerns (drifting, pulling, wandering, darting).
Technicians measure alignment angles using sophisticated equipment, then adjust or possibly replace suspension components as needed to set alignment to original Honda specifications.
Why service your vehicle at a Honda Dealership?
Value and Trust
Honda dealerships strive to offer the same things people choose a Honda vehicle for, including reliability, dependability, and value. The Parts and Service Department is committed to earning your loyalty every time you visit and helping you prolong the life of your vehicle.
Dealership Parts and Service personnel are trained professionals and are continually provided leading-edge customer service, process, and technical training. Combine that with up-to-date technical resources, specialized processes, and specific tools for your exact model and year, and you’ve got the right people to help make maintaining your Honda as satisfying as owning it.