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Things To Look For When Buying a Used Car

September 15th, 2016
Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle's history via the CARFAX report, and a Car for saletechnician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what's going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up. 
 
It's always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it. 
 
-- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. Look out for ripples or ...[more]
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  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Questions To Ask Your Mechanic

May 3rd, 2016
It’s a good idea to be informed before you turn your car over to any auto repair shop. These are all some good questions to ask:
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Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

March 17th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Car questions? Ask them!

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, o ...[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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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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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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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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April is National Car Care Month

April 1st, 2014

When most people hear the term “spring cleaning”, they relate it most to the deep cleaning of your home. Did you know that your car needs spring cleaning as Auto Repair Roanoke VAwell? More than just vacuuming the carpets and polishing the vinyl, there are many vital parts to your car that requires annual checkups.

April is National Car Care Month, and Star City Tire is here to make sure you and your family arrive safely to whatever your summer vacation destination may be. Here are a few tips to use as a checklist while doing spring cleaning on your vehicle!

  • Check fluids! Make sure all fluids, including engine oil, power steering fluid, brake and transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze are topped off! Reminder – brake fluid flush is recommended once a year. What bet ...[more]
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