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The Latest in Green Tech Innovations for Tires

May 12th, 2016

When it comes to your car, oil isn't the only thing there's a finite supply of. Rubber has its limits too, and it's estimated by 2020, the supply of natural rubber in the world may be outstripped by demand. And of course, tires require a great deal of oil to produce as well. Tire manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to innovate and conserve resources in tire production. Here are some recent advances:

  • Dandelions: Yes, those humble yellow flowers you try to eliminate from your yard. Dandelions actually contain a minute amount of latex in their milky oil, and research shows they can actually produce about as much latex, pound-for-pound, as rubber plants. German scientists have cultivated 1-foot-tall dandelions for just this purpose. This isn't a new development, either -- in WWII, Amer ...[more]
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Spring Is In the Air – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

March 2nd, 2016
It’s March and it may not be warming up just yet, but you know that spring is right around the corner. The buds will be coming out on the trees, flowers blooming, birds tweeting, and it’ll be time to get your vehicle back in shape after the rigors of a rough winter.
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Squeeze a Few More Miles Out of That Gallon of Gas

December 17th, 2015
If you’re past “a certain age,” you might remember when gas was $1.50 per gallon, or $1.00 per gallon, or 59 cents, or what-have-you…but the truth is that everything has gotten more expensive. After all, when gas was $1.00 per gallon, a nicely tricked-out Chevrolet Caprice Classic was selling for about $6,000 brand new. 

 
Now that we’re well into the 21st century, gas prices are likely to fluctuate, but one thing’s for sure: gas is likely to never be “cheap” again. We know that everyone’s trying to get a little more out of every dollar, and whether you’re driving a big SUV or a subcompact, there are things you can do to help your vehicle’s fuel economy: 
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Short Cuts around Minor Car Problems

June 1st, 2015

Auto Repair in Roanoke, VAAt Star City Tire and Battery Service, of course we want your auto repair business…but not everything qualifies as auto repair! We ran across a few fun tips that can make your life go a little easier when it comes to your car and thought we’d share them with you.

  • Over time, the battery in your remote-entry key fob will weaken and the fob won’t be as effective. If you’ve noticed its range decreasing, try holding the fob against your head or under your chin. It sounds weird, but the idea is to couple the fob’s signal with your head; all the capacitance in your skull will serve as a conductor and turn your head into an antenna. It can extend the fob’s wireless range by 10 or 20 yards!
  • A frozen car lock can be a real nuisance – the alcohol in hand ...[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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May is for Mother's Day

May 1st, 2014

If you are like most of the world’s population, you see Mother’s Day looming ahead and have a small panic attack. What do you buy the woman who seemingly Auto Repair Roanoke VAhas everything? These days, you have to be creative when Mother’s Day rolls around. Star City Tire invites you to think beyond the obvious, and get your mom or wife a gift that truly shows her how much you care for her and her safety.

If your wife or mother is like most working moms, she lives out of her car. There are streaks across the windshield from windshield wipers that are long overdue being replaced, cheerios crushed into the carpet, and a gas tank that is perpetually on ‘E’.  Star City Tire suggests treating the special lady in your life to a complete Mother’s Day Car Care package; a serviced vehicle from the outsi ...[more]

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Simple Vehicle Maintenance to Improve Fuel Economy

April 30th, 2014
With fluctuating fuel prices soaring higher each day, we will do almost anything to save money on transportation especially when it comes to conserving fuel.   However, traditional tips such as turning off the air conditioning and driving slowly are not the only ways to conserve gas mileage. In fact there are many simple, painless steps any vehicle owner can take to ensure their car is operating as efficiently as possible with minimal effort. Taking these steps to conserve gas mileage will not only save money, but also build healthy habits for your vehicle to ensure safety and maintain quality of the vehicle.
 
Be conscientious of your tire pressure. Most vehicle owners underestimate the importance of properly inflated tires.  When inflated properly, you can save nearly 4% on gas mileage. Under-inflated tires c ...[more]
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Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? - Star City Tire

November 14th, 2013

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday TravelIs Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. The truth is … long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving, but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Here is a simple check list for preparing your car for Holiday travel.

Two to four weeks before you go

  • Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at least one month, before you travel. That will allow plenty of time for any problems rela ...[more]
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10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

June 28th, 2013

Who doesn’t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.

  • Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire’s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn’t be used as your vehicle’s primary tires.

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