Tires are the single most important safety feature on your car. They are the only thing that connects the car to the road, and life-saving technologies like antilock brakes and electronic stability control cannot do their job if the tires don't have a good grip on the pavement.
As the adage goes, nothing lasts forever. Car owners still need to replace their tires a few times or more throughout the life of a typical vehicle. Despite advances in longer-lasting tires, actual tread life will vary by car type, tire type (such as all season or high performance), driving aggressiveness, and even road and weather conditions. Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires.
We offer these services to help you prolong the life of your tires.
Wheel alignment (or simply alignment) is standard car maintenance that involves adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the manufacturer's specifications. The main purpose is to let the suspension and the steering systems operate at their desired angles - this reduces tire wear. Alignment is a complicated process and not all mechanics get it right. To have experts handle your car's alignment, visit Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center.
If you feel excessive vibration in the car, or wobbling of the steering wheel, your tires may be unbalanced. Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center has the professional equipment and technicians to measure the balance of your vehicle's tires and make necessary corrections. Call us at 540-636-4040 if you have questions, or contact us so we can evaluate your tires.
An incorrectly repaired tire could pose a safety hazard to you and your passengers. At Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center, our tire experts will determine whether your tires are able to be repaired, or if they need to be replaced. If the tires are repairable, our certified technicians will make sure they are repaired correctly and get you back on the road.
We Offer Most Major Brands of Tires
At Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center, we understand that tires are an important part of your car. The quality of tires and material used on them highly affects the vehicle's performance. Their main purpose is to protect the wheel's rims and improve vehicle performance. For this reason, we only deal with brand name tires. Also, we offer fleet tire management services to ensure you are getting the best value, fuel economy, and life from your tires.
Once a need for new tires is determined, it is necessary to identify the best tires for your vehicle and driving demands. Look for tires that do well in tests for braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. Winter traction should also be considered, if applicable. Let tread wear, ride comfort, noise, and rolling resistance be tiebreakers. Trust the tire experts at Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center to help you choose the right tires for your vehicle.
We offer most major brands of tires. These are a few of our preferred brands.
Tires Questions and Answers
Q: Is it okay to mix tire brands on a car?A: Sometimes mixing brands and models on your car is unavoidable, but having a complete matching set is best. If possible, use the same tire on the front or rear wheels. While it's not usually advised, you can mix different tire brands on the same car, if you follow a few simple guidelines. Those include: never mix winter tires with all-season or summer tires; and to not mix run-flat tires with non-run-flat tires. For guidelines in the Front Royal area, give us a call at 540-636-4040.
Q: What are the advantages to rotating my tires?A: Get your tires rotated and get an even amount of tread wear on your tires. Evenly worn tires contribute to a smooth and comfortable ride. Rotating your tires consistently can also extend the life of your tires. It can enhance safety by helping to prevent pulling and an uneven grip between the tire and the pavement.
Q: At what mileage interval should I rotate my tires?A: Experts recommend you rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this is a good rule of thumb, your vehicle's exact interval will depend on its drivetrain and your driving habits. More aggressive drivers in the Front Royal area may need to rotate their tires more often. Our experts at Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center can work with you to determine the tire rotation schedule that will work best.
Q: Does my tire warranty influence my rotation schedule?A: Tire manufacturers know that tire rotation is important for even tread wear. Tire mileage warranties are most often set by the manufacturers with tire rotations included. Failing to rotate your tires may void your tires manufacture warranty.
Q: How does snow tire usage influence rotation decisions?A: If you have snow tires check your tire pressure and rotate your winter tires on a regular schedule. Rotating snow and winter tires is important to maintaining even treadwear and preserving maximum traction in icy conditions.
Q: What throws tires out of balance?A: If you hit a curb or pothole your wheel-tire assembly can get out of balance. Everyday wear on tires and wheels can also cause an imbalance. Many experts recommended that you get your tires balanced every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or every 2 years. If you buy a new set of tires, you may find that tire balancing is included in your purchase. At Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center, we can check your tire balance and make any necessary adjustments for you.
Q: How do you check tire pressure?A: First, remove the cap from the air valve on the tire and put it somewhere you won't lose it. Press the tire gauge against the open valve stem for a second or two. Next, read the air pressure gauge. Compare the number on the gage with the recommended tire pressure from your cars owner's manual or the sticker that should be next to the driver's side door opening. Finally, replace the tire's air valve cap.
Q: How do you check tire tread depth?A: Check all of your tires in multiple locations by inserting a penny into the tread groove on your tire with Lincoln's head facing toward you and the top of his head touching the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tires are worn out and you need new tires. Of course, you can bring your vehicle to Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center in Front Royal and our experts can check it for you.
Tom Kane, 01/10/2023
I just wanted to thank the entire staff at Rick's Auto Care for the professional work you all do to keep all my vehicles on the road. My '07 Montego runs like a new car now. You guys are the best! Thank you so much Rick, Jasper, Mark, Ed, & everyone for fixing all my vehicle issues. It's hard to find quality mechanics today, because they all work at Rick's. Been coming here many years & will continue to do so. Thanks again everyone.