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Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire: Who we are and what we do

In Alignment, Inspection, Maintenance, Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has been serving the Woodbridge area for more than 32 years.

We are located at 2603 Hanco Center Drive – off Route 1 and Neabsco Mills Road – and provide a variety of services to meet your vehicle’s needs.

Services offered at Steve’s Auto Repair

State inspections and emissions inspections are among the services we offer.

Our technicians also perform oil changes and tune ups, and take care of your check engine light if it turns on.

During oil changes, they conduct mini state inspections. We will look over your vehicle and point out anything that may be a safety issue, a maintenance issue, or a service we recommend based on its mileage.

If you notice a strange noise or your car is acting strange, we can help with that too.

Steve’s Auto Repair is also able to service vehicles that use Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), including camera and targeted systems.

To keep you updated while your car is at the shop, our technicians perform digital inspections that provide you with photos, videos and information about repairs and recommendations.

Tires and tire services available

Steve’s Auto Repair is an authorized Goodyear Tire dealer. If you’re driving on or past Neabsco Mills Road, you may notice our big Goodyear sign.

We also sell other types of tires, including Kelly, Dunlop and Hankook.

If you’re looking for new tires, our staff is happy to help you find the right fit for your vehicle and budget.

In addition to selling tires, we do mounting, balancing, tire rotations and tire repair.

Our technicians perform wheel alignments, as well.

Pick up and drop off services

There are many ways you can drop off your car for service.

“You can either drop it off in the night owl night service or you can come into the office during hours that we’re open,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner Scott Whitling said. 

We are open between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Staff members are also available to meet you in the parking lot and collect the keys and information.

Need a ride? We also have a free shuttle service that can pick you up or drop you off.

A pick up and delivery service is available, as well. Please give us a call to arrange it.

More about Steve’s Auto Repair

Some repair shops try to hit you for everything at once, because they are concerned you won’t come back.

We want to give a good evaluation of your car, so you know what condition it’s in. We don’t care about getting the sale today, we want to take care of you and your family for many years.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is a family-owned business. 

We support local non-profits and believe in the importance of giving back to our community.

“If you’ve been here before, we really appreciate you coming,” Whitling said. “If you haven’t been here, please give us a try.”

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 Wrangler Duratrac a good tire for off-roading

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Are you a truck driver who does off-roading?

The Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac may be the tire you’re looking for.

We recently installed this tire on a Ford F150.

An all season tire, it features off-road and better winter traction and is severe snow certified.

This tire’s tread design includes wide gaps that enable it to barrel through mud.

Small teeth help provide you with better traction as you travel through mud and snow.

Improved traction isn’t the only perk.

The Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac is a quiet tire that has rim protection. It’s also backed by a 50,000 mile treadlife warranty.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has a wide variety of Goodyear tires, including the Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxLife, the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, and the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady.

To learn more about these tires or others available, give us a call at (703) 670-8005. We are happy to help you find the right tire for your vehicle.

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 is road hazard important?

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Having a flat tire is a problem many drivers have experienced.

Nails can easily be picked up when you’re heading down the highway or going by construction sites.

Whether tires are repairable depends on the location and angle of the injury.

Those on the sidewall or the inner or outer shoulder, for example, can’t be fixed.

The sidewall may also be damaged if you hit an object, pothole or curb.

It’s when the tire can’t be repaired or there are injuries to the sidewall that road hazard comes in handy.

road hazard
tire repair

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire sells a variety of tires, including Goodyear, Kelly and Dunlop.

A nationwide road hazard warranty is available with any you purchase from us.

This warranty can save you money.

Up to 100 percent of the cost of a new tire will be covered if the old tire can’t be repaired and is in the first 33 percent of its treadwear.

After that, the road hazard is prorated. For example, if 60 percent of the tread is left, then the insurance company would cover 60 percent of the amount you paid for the tire.

road hazard
damaged tire

So, how much is road hazard?

Road hazard tire insurance is typically 10 percent of the cost of the tire. The road hazard program that we use is good nationwide if the tire is unrepairable or there’s damage to the sidewall.

The plan is good for three years or until an area of the tire reaches 2/32 of an inch or less.

Considering the cost of not only high performance tires but also regular tires for SUVs, it’s a worthwhile investment.

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 an independent repair shop may be better for your tires than big box stores

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

If you’re thinking about getting your tires from the big box stores – such as Costco, BJs, Sam’s Club, or Walmart – you may want to consider an independent repair shop.

While you may save some money at big box stores, local auto repair shops can take better care of your car’s needs overall.

Let’s face it, these bigger stores are ordering train loads of tires and get better deals than an independent repair shop – hence the cheaper price.

However, they won’t repair your tire if you didn’t buy it from them. We will.

Most likely, you can’t set up an appointment at a big box store. Instead, you may need to wait until someone is available to help. This could encourage you to browse through the store and spend money you weren’t planning to.

At local auto repair shops, you can make an appointment or drop off or pick up your vehicle at your convenience.

If you need a ride in the local area, we can shuttle you both and forth – for free.

Independent businesses, like Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, are not only able to repair and replace tires and provide mounting, balancing and road hazard warranties. We perform wheel alignments, brake repair, and state inspections, as well.

This actually makes us a one stop shop, even if our prices on Goodyear, Kelly and Dunlop are a little higher.

Local auto repair shops take care of basic maintenance, including oil changes, mileage-based services – such as air filter, cabin air filter and fuel filters – and fluid exchanges – like transmission, power steering and engine coolant. 

Some of these fluid exchange services may give you a little extra warranty coverage, depending on the repair shop.

As they work on your car, independent repair shops can keep you informed about the status of your brakes and other parts, which help you plan for needed maintenance and repair and can prevent potential breakdowns.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire does this through digital inspections.

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 is my vehicle swaying from side to side?

In Alignment, Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Is your vehicle swaying from side to side?

It could be a sign that a part needs to be replaced.

This was the case with a 2004 Ford F250 that was dropped off. Our customer, who bought the truck recently, felt like it was wandering. He compared it to the swaying of a boat.

There were no braking problems or steering wheel issues. The driver also didn’t feel any vibrations.

Brian checked out the truck and determined that it needed a new drag link. This part connects the steering gear box and tie rod ends and is usually found on larger vehicles, such as trucks and vans.

Vehicle swaying
New drag link

After the drag link was installed, we performed a wheel alignment.

We recommend having wheel alignments – also known as “tire alignments” – performed once a year, or when you get new tires or steering suspension components.

A bad drag link isn’t the only possible reason why a vehicle is swaying. 

Loose suspension parts, such as ball joints and tie rods, may also cause it to feel unstable.

Tire wear can also impact steering.

In order to pass the Virginia Safety Inspection, the minimum tread depth of a tire is 2/32 of an inch. Manufacturers may recommend replacing the tires between 3/32 of an inch to 5/32 of an inch.

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.