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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

September 30th, 2015
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
 
Every 5,000 Miles
• O ...[more]
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Are All-Season Tires Really All-Season?

September 11th, 2015
We frequently get questions about all-season tires when consumers are trying to make the right purchasing decision for  a set of new tires. As the title of the blog asks…”are all-season tires really all-season?”
 
The answer is: it that depends on what part of the country you’re living in.
 
All-season tires are a compromise from the very start. They’re designed for a forgiving ride, low noise, decent handling and good road manners. Maybe not as much as what a good set of grand touring tires can deliver, but pretty respectable…and also with an aggressive tread pattern which 
channels water away from the tire’ ...[more]
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Get Your Kids Back to College in a Reliable Car

September 10th, 2015
College Auto Repair in Roanoke, VABefore you know it, it’s going to be time for your kids to be headed off for fall semester of college. While 18- and 19-year-olds have all kinds of smarts, they might not always be very well-versed in taking care of a car. Often, college students don’t do a lot of driving, except for their trips home…but here are some ideas to make sure that your student’s car is one less thing for you to worry about. 
  • Before that student heads off to school, have the oil changed and the tires rotate and balanced. Make sure that there’s a sticker on the windshield with the date and mileage for the next oil change, and remind him/her to have the oil changed and tires rotated when the odometer hits that reading.
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 27th, 2015
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

August 13th, 2015
We see it all the time…people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.

Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car’s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire’s lifespan. Get a quality tire gauge (the dial type, not the pencil type) a ...[more]
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Who is the Michelin Man?

August 10th, 2015
Tires in Roanoke, VAThe roly-poly figure of the Michelin Man is one of the most recognizable corporate mascots in the world…but what’s his story? How did he originate? 
 
The Michelin Man, actually called “Bim,” goes all the way back to 1898, almost as far as the Michelin brand itself. In 1894, the Michelin brothers spotted a stack of tires that were reminiscent of a man without arms. A few years later, Andre Michelin met with a French cartoonist who had devised an ad for a Munich brewery: a robust man holding a huge glass of beer, with the phrase “Nunc est Bibendum” or “Now is the time to drink.” Michelin suggested redesigning the ad to include a man made of tires, holding a goblet of nails, broken glass and other debris. The new text read, “Nunc est Bibendum! C& ...[more]
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Seven Things You Need To Know About Tires

July 31st, 2015

We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:

·   A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.

·   Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style reasons. It’s important to know low-profi ...[more]

  Tags: tires, tire, tire repair
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Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

July 15th, 2015

Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.

Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not have known:

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11 Things You Didn't Know About Tires

July 10th, 2015

Tires in Roanoke,VAThere’s a lot about tires you probably didn’t know…so get ready to take notes (for those playing at home, get out your score cards)!

  1. The first pneumatic tire was invented in 1845 by Scottish engineer Robert William Thomson; his “elastic belt for carriage wheels and other rolling bodies” was a leather casing around a rubberized-fabric inflatable tube. At the time, natural rubber was prohibitively expensive, making mass production of tires unprofitable. It wasn’t until the popularity of bicycles in the late 19th century that pneumatic tires came into their own.
  2. Rural West Texas is home to several tire testing facilities and test tracks. Bridgestone/Firestone has a 6,000 acre facility in Fort Stockton, Goodyear’s facility is in San Angelo, and Continen ...[more]
  Tags: tires, tire trivia
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What Makes All-Season Tires So Great?

June 30th, 2015

So your closet has a pair of flip-flops for the summer, a pair of heavy boots for the winter, and a comfortable pair of sneakers for most of the rest of the year. If you live in a climate that doesn’t have harsh winters, you might just be able to wear those sneakers year-round...and all-season tires are the equivalent of your comfortable sneakers.

So what makes all-season tires so special?

Winter tires are excellent for severe conditions like heavy snow and even ice. They feature specially-designed tread patterns and “sipes”, hundreds of tiny slits which offer biting edges for traction in snow. This means shorter stopping distances, better handling and better control in winter weather. Winter tires are not d

esigned for temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The dow ...[more]

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