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All season tires from Goodyear

In Tires and Wheelsby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Are you looking for all season tires?

Goodyear offers an assortment of tires that can be used in all types of weather.

They include the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring tire and the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tire.

The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife is another reliable option.

It provides traction in dry and wet conditions, including light snow.

Offering an 85,000 mile treadlife warranty, the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife provides wide grooves and rubber that lasts longer.

This all season tire offers a better value for your money.

The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife also features built-in wear gauges that make it easy to perform tread-depth readings.

Wear Gauges

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Why did my BMW’s check engine light turn on?

In Diagnosticsby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

You’re about to leave for work and you start your BMW.

The dashboard lights turn on, like normal, but you notice that the check engine light stays on.

If it’s blinking, you should go to an auto repair shop as soon as possible. 

A blinking check engine light indicates that there’s a problem with the engine and it may lead to damage to the catalytic converter.

If you own a BMW and your check engine light comes on and stays on, you should have it checked out soon.

There are many reasons why a check engine light turns on. 

It can be anything from a loose gas cap to an internal engine problem.

Other reasons include a circuit problem, the catalyst system working below its threshold, and issues with the coolant system.

BMW repair is one of the services that Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire offers.

If you’re going in for regular BMW service, don’t forget to let your service adviser know if your check engine light comes on or if it turns off and comes back on.

What we do when a car comes in with its check engine light on

When a vehicle comes in with a check engine light on, we start with a visual inspection. During the inspection, we make sure nothing is loose and that the oil and fluid levels aren’t low.

After that, the technicians pull a trouble code, which shows them where they should start the diagnostic testing.

Then, they perform a diagnostic test, through which they are able to isolate the problem.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Off road tire with Kevlar from Goodyear

In Tires and Wheelsby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Are you looking for an off road tire?

The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is a good option for trucks and Jeeps.

Offering all-season traction, this tire is reliable in the rain and snow, and has a 60,000 mile warranty.

It’s made with Kevlar, a heat resistant material that’s used in bicycle tires and bulletproof vests. 

Kevlar acts as a force shield against sticks, rocks and other items that could puncture a tire’s sidewall, whether you’re off-roading or facing debris on the road.

This tire is good in the snow, but is even better on dry and wet roads. And since we mainly get rain around here, this tire is good for driving in Northern Virginia traffic, with knowing you have the capability to go off road.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Having the timing belt replacement done right can save you money

In Uncategorizedby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

When having work done on your vehicle, cutting corners can lead to costly mistakes.

The driver of a 2011 Volvo learned this after bringing his car into Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire.

They expressed concerns about a moaning or clunking sound the car made when traveling at 25 miles per hour. The sound would go away a little when the vehicle accelerated.

While working on the vehicle, the technician discovered that a couple of camshaft seals were leaking oil on the timing belt and serpentine belt.

Surrounding the pulleys, a timing belt makes sure that the timing of the crankshaft and camshaft is correct. 

The serpentine belt runs the power steering and the alternator.

Both belts and the camshaft seals needed to be replaced.

When installing a new timing belt, it’s important to replace the camshaft seals at the same time.

Some auto shops will choose to do the work for a cheaper price and won’t install new seals.

This can lead to massive oil leaks and disintegration parts. It also means that the customer needs to pay for new parts and have the work done all over again.

Cheap doesn’t always equal good. Doing the job right using good, high quality parts will save you in the long run by preventing you from doing the job over or breaking down on the side of the road.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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How can you see what’s wrong with your car while it’s at the repair shop?

In Uncategorizedby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

A few months ago, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire began using digital vehicle health inspections.

Through the digital inspections, our technicians are able to write notes and upload photos about vehicles.

Our customers are then able to see them in an inspection report they can access through their email or texts.

The inspection reports include information about the vehicle, diagnosis and tests, and recommendations.

Depending on the problem, we have a section that explains the purpose of certain components. For example, if there’s a power steering issue, we can add in a video that explains what power steering does.

Before going to the digital inspections, the technicians would fill out a courtesy check sheet and check some items that would fall under the Virginia Safety Inspection.

We decided to change our process, because the digital inspection allows us to take pictures and videos if something is wrong. We’re then able to send it to the customer, so they can see exactly what we’re talking about.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.