6802 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
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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.
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Winter Safety Tips – Don’t End Up In the Ditch!

January 14th, 2016
Some people love winter. They love the snow, the snap in the air, the short days and cozy nights at home. Others can’t stand it, for many of the same reasons. Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, though, chances are you’re going to have to get out and drive in it at some point. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you through the winter safely: 

Make sure you’ve got a well-maintained car. This includes fresh windshield wipers, proper tire inflation, a strong battery, a properly-maintained cooling system and a fresh oil change. If your tires aren’t up to the job of winter driving, you might consider switching to winter tires for a while – just 
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Winter Tires – Yea or Nay?

December 31st, 2015
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires. 
 
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handling, steering response and road manners that rival grand tourin ...[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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Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
 
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound th ...[more]
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Cold Weather: Hard On People, Hard On Cars

November 5th, 2015
auto repair in Roanoke, VAWinter’s on its way, and while some people look forward to snowball fights and blazing fireplaces, many of us find winter to be a real pain. Winter can be really hard on vehicles as well as people. At Star City Tire in Roanoke, VA, we would like to talk about a few ways that cold weather and winter conditions put an extra burden on your car (and some things you can do to help). 
 
  • Battery: You go out on a cold morning, stick the key in the ignition and hear the engine turn too slowly to start…followed by the dispiriting “click…click” of a fully discharged battery. How did that happen, when your car was starting fine just a couple of days ago? Extreme cold slows down the chemical reaction inside the battery’s cells and ...[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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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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