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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Spare Tireand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after using ...[more]
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So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 16th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden mo ...[more]

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4 Things About Tires You May Not Have Known

April 28th, 2016

Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.

Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:

  • Tall, skinny tires are coming back. If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also redu ...[more]
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Don’t Forget Your Spare

October 29th, 2015
Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn’t get much respect. 
 
Today, a lot of vehicles don’t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little “donut” space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded…
Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn’t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are pr ...[more]
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Where the Rubber Meets The Road - Low Rolling Resistance Tires

May 1st, 2015

Tires in Roanoke, VAAutomakers are doing everything they can to comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, and tires definitely figure into CAFÉ numbers.

A great deal of the energy that your car’s engine produces is lost before it makes its way to the road to get your car going. Tires are the final part of that equation; by some estimates, as much as 5 to 15 percent of your car’s fuel is used just to overcome the rolling resistance and friction of tires on pavement. Engineers figure tire pressure, tread formulation, tread pattern and internal construction into low-rolling-resistance (LRR) tire designs. Early LRR tires tended to sacrifice tread life and wet-weather traction, but that’s no longer really the case with newer designs. And as with all emerging technologies, early L ...[more]

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Safe Driving Tips for summer

April 1st, 2015

Auto Repair in Roanoke, VAHere we are in the dead of summer…the kids are out of school, the days are getting hot, you’ve got road trips and vacations planned and have done all the necessary auto repair and maintenance to make sure you’re ready to go.

Not so fast, though.

This may not be directly related to auto repair, but there are some safe-driving tips you need to keep in mind.

  • Watch out for kids: They’re everywhere now that summer’s out, and kids don’t always have the best judgment or awareness of what’s going on around them. We know you’re already a careful driver, but you should be hyper-aware and watchful when it comes to kids in the summertime. Use your car’s rearview camera, if so equipped, and maybe even take a walk around ...[more]
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Are Tires Perishable?

March 1st, 2015

Tires in Roanoke, VALike many other consumer goods, tires are designed to last much, much longer than they did at one time. In the 70s, before radial tires were commonplace, bias-ply tires would typically come with a 20,000 mile treadwear warranty, barely long enough for two years’ worth of service for most drivers. In the 80s, the radial designs available then might last 40,000 miles; today, a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty isn’t uncommon, even with low-priced tires. Treadwear by itself, however, doesn’t tell the entire story.

A tire uses a complex rubber compound composed of natural rubber, various synthetic rubber formulations, carbon black, silica and other elements, which are then molded and bonded to layers of fabric and steel cords. That structure has to retain air under pressure and support a few thousan ...[more]

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Star City Tire-Michelin Rebate

September 10th, 2014

Tire pressure low? Maybe its time for a new set! Come on over to Star City TIre and check out our great manufacturers rebates to save you some well earned money! Michelin is offering a great manufacturers rebate when you purchase 4 tires get $70 back via a prepaid mastercard! So come in today and see us at Star City Tire Roanoke, VA. Hurry in offer ends on September 21!

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Star City Tire-Kumho Rebate

September 3rd, 2014

We are offering some great manufacturers rebates on sets of tires right now at Star City Tire! Come on in today and check out all the offers today here is an example. Kumho Tires is offering with the purchase of 4 select Kumho TIres get up to $100 cash back! So come on in today and let one of our tire professionals help you select the next set of new tires for your vehicle! While your here let us change your oil too for only $21.99! Come see us today Star City Tire Roanoke, VA Hurry offer ends October 31st!

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Summer Heat

July 23rd, 2014
Most of us know tires are one of the most important safety features of any vehicle and want to keep our tires in the best condition possible. However, what you do not know about tire wear and tire pressure could be damaging them the most. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, nearly 200 driving casualties per year occur at the hands of unmaintained tires. Right now it is estimated that 1 in 4 cars on the road are driving with underinflated tires.
 
While summer is the season for vacations, cookouts, and water parks, it is also the season with torturous heat/weather conditions for tires. You can stay ahead of the heat this summer by keeping your tires in their optimum condition with these easy tips and checks. From the beginning, choose tires thoughtfully and always purchase in sets of 2 or 4.   ...[more]
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