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Steve’s Auto Repair invests in new tire machine

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Eventually, tires reach the end of their lifespan, whether from a tire puncture or normal wear (we hope for you it’s the latter).

Steve’s Auto Repair has become even more equipped to address the tire needs of customers. 

Our Woodbridge auto repair shop recently invested in a new tire machine. Last week, our Apprentice Technicians learned about its many features and how to use it.

More rim protection

Many vehicles today are equipped with expensive rims. It’s important that those rims aren’t damaged during the tire replacement process.

The Monty 8800 Tyre Changer from Hofmann offers additional protection for rims, thanks to its touchless system.

Apprentice technicians receive training on new tire machine.

Rims can be damaged by old fashioned metal rim clamps that dig into them, according to Steve Bliss from MP Equipment.

The Monty 8800 Tyre Changer is a center post machine. It avoids rim damage by lifting the wheel onto the center post and holding it in place using an electromagnetic clamp.

Duck heads found on older machines are also potentially harmful. They feature a bar that helps technicians remove the tire.

On our new tire machine, a powermount finger lifts the tire off, preventing other machine parts from coming in contact with the rim.

Other benefits of our new tire machine

Additional rim protection isn’t the only perk of the Monty 8800 Tyre Changer. This Italian-made equipment eases the process for automotive technicians.

Rather than wrestling with a large bar, they can take advantage of the additional arms. These arms push the tire down into the drop center.

It also comes with dual speed, which comes in handy if the tire requires more torque.

Plus, the discs found on the machine are made for more delicate items.

Tire services at Steve’s Auto Repair

Flat tires are a common problem, especially with all of the construction around Northern Virginia. Tire repair is sometimes possible with a patch plug. However, some tire damage isn’t reparable.

Tire replacement is needed if the chords or sidewall cracks are visible. New tires should also be installed if the tire tread is low. We talk more about when to replace tires in this article.

Repairing and replacing tires are among our tire services. We also perform tire balancing, wheel alignments and tire rotation.

So, if your tires are in need of some attention, we’ve got you taken care of.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Lake Ridge, 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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New Goodyear tires, Kelly tires available at Steve’s Auto Repair

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Is the tread on your tires getting low? Have cracks developed in the sidewall? 

These are a couple of signs that your vehicle needs new tires. Harsh winter months are right around the corner, so now is a great time to replace them.

There are plenty of reliable, all-season tires to choose from. During the past year, new Goodyear tires and Kelly tires have been released.

New Goodyear tires

The Goodyear Wrangler Boulder MT Tire.

Goodyear Wrangler Boulder MT Tire. Photo courtesy of Goodyear Tire

Goodyear Wrangler Boulder MT Tire

Some hobbies take travelers beyond paved roads. Adventure enthusiasts can make it through rugged terrain with the Goodyear Wrangler Boulder MT Tire.

Large tread blocks made with TractiveGroove Technology give it plenty of traction over sand, mud and rocks. The all-season, all terrain tire’s offroading capability is aided by big upper sidewalls.

Constructed with Duraply Technology, the Goodyear Wrangler Boulder MT Tire is more safe from tread and sidewall damage. Its large void tread and stone ejectors help push away rocks and prevent stones from getting stuck.

The Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT Tire.

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT Tire. Photo courtesy of Goodyear Tire.

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT Tire

You may face snow if you head to the mountains or other tough terrain.   

The Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT Tire is an all-season tire that’s prepared to take it on. Its tread features biting edges, which provide users with more control. 

Not only is this tire able to take on winter weather, it can also navigate any terrain. The Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT is a tough option that is protected with Durawall sidewall compound. This means that you don’t need to be concerned about tire injuries when offroading. 

Backed by a 50,000 mile warranty, it will be accompanying you on many escapades to come.

The Goodyear Wrangler Streadfast HT Tire.

Goodyear Wrangler Streadfast HT Tire

 

Goodyear Wrangler Steadfast HT Tire

Have you been looking for a strong tire that can handle your exciting activities? The Goodyear Wrangler Streadfast HT Tire might be the right fit for you.

This all-terrain tire is made with DuPont Kevlar, which can withstand heat. It also consists of deep, wide grooves that come in handy when it won’t stop raining.

The Goodyear Wrangler Streadfast HT Tire is meant to last. Its 70,000 mile warranty will last several years for the average driver. Another nice trait? You can stay up-to-date on the tread wear through a built-in Wear Gauge. 

A tread that’s balanced and the sidewall design ensure that car rides are quiet and smooth.

A new Kelly tire

The Kelly Edge Touring A/S Tire.

Kelly Edge Touring A/S Tire

Kelly Edge Touring A/S Tire

Snow and slush could be in the forecast this upcoming winter. Those who choose the Kelly Edge Touring A/S Tire can rest easy if winter weather is heading their way.

Thanks to biting tread block edges, the Kelly tire offers traction in wet and snowy conditions. Sweeping grooves help push water and slush away, improving traction.

A reliable option for commuters, the Kelly Edge Touring A/S Tire has a symmetrical tread that allows drivers to enjoy a smooth ride.

The all-season tire comes with a 65,000 mile warranty.

What to consider when buying new tires

These new Goodyear tires and Kelly tires are just a few dependable options available.

Goodyear Tire, Kelly Tire and Dunlop Tire produce many others that can help you face inclement weather.

When purchasing new tires, it’s important to keep a few things in mind – like the type of vehicle you have, what you use it for, and where you drive it. 

If you aren’t sure what tires are the best choice for you, reach out to a tire shop or automotive professional. They should be able to help you narrow down your choices.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Lake Ridge, 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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TPMS light: What can cause it to turn on?

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Did a dashboard light featuring an exclamation mark turn on? This is the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light, and it can make you aware of or prevent problems.

The TPMS light is triggered by low tire pressure.

This can occur if:

  • You have a flat tire
  • The temperature has decreased
  • There’s a bad circuit board or battery

We will describe each possibility below.

Reasons why the TPMS light comes on

If your vehicle’s TPMS light turned on, you are probably wondering what’s wrong. There a few explanations why the symbol has appeared on your dashboard.

Flat tire

A flat tire is one possible reason why your tire pressure is low. With all of the construction that’s being completed on I-95 and other Northern Virginia roads, it’s very possible to get a nail lodged in one or multiple tires.

This is probably the case if one (or a couple) of them are lower than the rest and you’ve had to fill it with air multiple times.

If you are in need of tire repair, stop by a nearby auto shop. You may just need a patch plug (which is what we use for flat repair). However, your car may require a new tire, depending on the injury’s location and angle. For more information, check out our article about factors that impact tire repair.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire sells all kinds of tires, including Goodyear tires.

Lower temperatures

The weather can play a role in tire pressure, as well. When the temperature outside decreases, so can the pounds per square inch (PSI). This can lead to all of the tires looking a little deflated. 

They may simply need to have their tire pressure checked and be filled back up.

Bad circuit board or battery

There are also deeper problems that can cause the TPMS light to come on.

For direct TPMS systems, all wheels have a sensor in them and are equipped with a circuit board and battery. The TPMS light can come on if the circuit board or battery goes bad.

Indirect TPMS systems, on the other hand, don’t have sensors. Instead, the vehicle reads the ride height. So, if the front right tire is low, it will notice.

Why tire pressure level is important

Making sure that the tire pressure is correct may not seem like a big deal, but it can help you avoid purchasing new tires earlier than you need to.

If a tire doesn’t have enough air in it, you may notice that the sidewalls are wider where it touches the ground. However, it’s possible that you may not see a significant difference between the correct PSI and when it’s too low.

A tire that's a 21.5 PSI compared to 35.5 PSI.For example, in the picture above, you can see a tire that’s at 21.5 PSI and at 35.5 PSI. The lower tire pressure isn’t as noticeable as it may be on other tire or when you have a flat tire. That’s why the TPMS light is so important.

If you wait to fix a tire that doesn’t have enough air in it, the outer edge can wear down more quickly.

You also shouldn’t have too much air, because it can cause damage to the center overtime.

We recommend checking the tire pressure each day and watching for signs that the tires are low. The correct tire pressure should be on the sidewall or the driver’s side door jam.

Make sure to check the tire pressure a couple of times and put the valve stem cap back on when you’re done. 

You may also want to have a personal tire pressure gauge on hand. They can sometimes be more accurate than those set up at gas stations.

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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Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire: Goodyear’s longest lasting tire

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Nowadays, many people want the items they purchase to be worth the investment.

This mindset extends to the tires they choose for their vehicle.

The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire is a good value. It’s one option that we suggest drivers turn to if they are hoping to stretch their dollar.

Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire backed by an 85,000 mile warranty

How does the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire save users money?

The answer can be found in the lengthy lifespan.

Backed by an 85,000 mile tread life warranty, it’s considered Goodyear’s longest lasting tire. 

Depending on the warranty, good tires don’t need to be replaced for a few years. This all season tire could last the average driver 6 and a half or 7 years.

You can thank the rubber compound it’s made with for that benefit.

Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire a reliable all season tire

The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire’s ability to take on many miles is a nice perk. However, it isn’t the only one.

In addition to long lasting, this tire can be trusted across the different seasons. It’s dependable year-round, because it’s designed with TredLife Technology.

The Goodyear Tire also features wide grooves and biting edges, which provide the grip needed to power through various types of weather.

Are you wondering how your tires are wearing? When you have the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire, you don’t have to.

Built-in wear gauges unveil this mystery. These gauges allow you to quickly and easily determine the status of the tire’s tread depth. Plus, a tool isn’t required.

Some tires are made for certain kinds of vehicles. But this one can be found on a variety of vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, crossovers, and trucks.

Other Goodyear Tire options

Do you want to stay in the Goodyear family but feel the Goodyear MaxLife isn’t the right fit for you? There are plenty of other options available.

There’s also the Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire, Goodyear Assurance All-Season Tire, and Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire. We also sell Kelly Tires and Dunlop Tires, which are owned by Goodyear Tire. 

If you need help narrowing down your search, stop by our Woodbridge auto repair shop or reach out to us. One of our team members can provide you with more information about a specific tire. They can also offer recommendations based on your vehicle and driving conditions.

Goodyear rebate available

Goodyear Tire is currently offering a rebate on certain Goodyear tires. So, those interested or planning to buy a set soon could save money.

Drivers can get up to $150 back on four select Goodyear tires when they use the Goodyear credit card.

If you purchase four Goodyear Assurance MaxLife tires, you may get up to $100 back. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

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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Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire offers a comfortable ride

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If you’re looking for new tires, Goodyear Tire is a brand that other drivers may recommend to you. And there’s a reason for that. 

Goodyear produces a large collection of reliable options that motorists have been putting their trust in for years.

​​The Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire is one that drivers shouldn’t disregard. It comes with a ton of awesome features that are beneficial to motorists.

This tire can be used on various types of vehicles, including SUVs and sedans.

Drive comfortably and confidently

When you first hear or read the name, you may notice that it has “comfort” in it. That isn’t just a word that the manufacturer slapped on. It describes a key feature. 

When using the Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire, you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Because it’s made with ComfortFlex Technology, transitions are smoother and any bumps from the road are absorbed.

Driving without feeling the rough road does make it a more pleasant experience. But the benefits don’t stop there. Its tread pattern decreases any noise you hear.

Not only do you feel comfortable behind the wheel, you can feel confident and in control, as well. This all season tire offers superb handling as you’re going around corners.

Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire provides support in wet weather

The control you experience with the Goodyear Tire isn’t limited to those sunny days. You can be assured that it will continue during colder months and when wet weather conditions arise. This trait can be accredited to Evolving Traction Grooves and Tredlock Technology.

Plus, there is a lower chance of hydroplaning, thanks to AquaChannel grooves. In addition to helping you avoid sliding on slick roads, the grooves push away as much water as possible.

The Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire is a tire you can enjoy for quite some time. Backed by a 60,000 mile tread life warranty, it’s able to last as long as four or five years, for the average driver.

Rebate available on select Goodyear Tires

You have a chance to save even more on a set of four Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive tires. Until March 31, 2022, you can get up to $200 back when you purchase four Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive tires with the Goodyear credit card.

Feel free to reach out to us, if you have questions or would like to learn additional information about this rebate.

The Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Tire is one of many tires our Woodbridge tire shop sells. If you’re looking for a Goodyear Tire, but this one isn’t the right fit for your vehicle, there are plenty of others to choose from. The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire, Goodyear Assurance All-Season Tire, and Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire are also solid choices.

One of our staff members would be happy to help you decide which tire would best meet your vehicle’s needs.

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.