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Roanoke, VA 24019
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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]

  Tags: tires, tire, tire repair
  Posted in: Tires 101

Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

July 15th, 2015

Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.

Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not have known:

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  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

11 Things You Didn't Know About Tires

July 10th, 2015

Tires in Roanoke,VAThere’s a lot about tires you probably didn’t know…so get ready to take notes (for those playing at home, get out your score cards)!

  1. The first pneumatic tire was invented in 1845 by Scottish engineer Robert William Thomson; his “elastic belt for carriage wheels and other rolling bodies” was a leather casing around a rubberized-fabric inflatable tube. At the time, natural rubber was prohibitively expensive, making mass production of tires unprofitable. It wasn’t until the popularity of bicycles in the late 19th century that pneumatic tires came into their own.
  2. Rural West Texas is home to several tire testing facilities and test tracks. Bridgestone/Firestone has a 6,000 acre facility in Fort Stockton, Goodyear’s facility is in San Angelo, and Continen ...[more]
  Tags: tires, tire trivia
  Posted in: Tires 101