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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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Summer Driving Tips for your Tires

June 6th, 2016
It’s important to remember that heat is the enemy of your vehicle’s tires, making it extra important to keep up on tire maintenance in the summer months. Here are some important things to remember:
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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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Get The Most Out Of That Set Of Tires

January 28th, 2016
Your tires are a pretty big investment. Even with the cheapest set of tires, you’re going to be spending upwards of $400 on the tires, mounting, balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Since you laid down that kind of money, doesn’t it just make sense to make sure you get the most miles possible out of them? 
Here’s some advice on long tire life:
 
Regularly check your tire pressure. This one is really, really important. Underinflated tires will wear 
unevenly and reduce your fuel economy due to increased rolling resistance. That increased rolling resistance also means more heat, which will break down the tires’ internal structure and sh ...[more]
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Everything You Need To Know About Winter Tires

December 5th, 2015
A generation ago, your dad or grandpa might have had a heavy, noisy set of “snow tires” or “mud grips” on the back of his woodgrain Ford station wagon. Cars have come a long, long way since then, and so has tire technology. Today’s winter tires rival all-season tires or grand touring tires in terms of road manners, but they’re still purpose-built and designed specifically for winter conditions. Are winter tires a necessity in Roanoke, VA? Star City Tire would like to break that down a little bit 
 
Q: How are winter tires different from all-season tires? 
 
A: All-season tires are designed for adequate performance in a wide range of weather conditions. “Adequate,” however, means “n ...[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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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]

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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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Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires

May 28th, 2015

Summer’s going to be here before you know it, and that means time for family road trips! 
 
We know there’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a vacation...money, accommodations, scheduling, keeping the kids occupied in the car...but one thing you definitely should not neglect in those plans is your tires. 
 
Summer road trips are hard on tires. You have to figure you’re in a car that’s likely loaded to the gills, driving for hours and hours to get to your destination in 90-plus-degree weather. That’s a good way to end up with overheated tires, and heat is the enemy of even the best tires. Here are a few things to consider before you load up the car and get going: 
 
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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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