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Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire ready for any conditions

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Inclement weather can sometimes catch us off guard. However, there is one tire that is always prepared.

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire can handle different kinds of conditions you face.

It is able to take on roads that are dry or slippery, a trait that is especially helpful in the snowy winter weather and when thunderstorms pop up during the summer. 

This has become a favorite among many car owners for quite a few reasons.

Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire offers great traction

First off, this all season tire is one that a lot of drivers trust. What makes this all season tire so reliable? The answer can be found in its design.

Featuring an asymmetric tread, the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire is able to provide great traction in wet weather conditions.

The shoulders consist of treadblock blades, which lock with one another as you’re going around corners. This gives you additional support on slick surfaces.

Severe snow certified, this Goodyear tire maintains its grip on icy, wet and snowy roads. No matter what nature hurls at you, you can feel safe and confident in your travels.

Ability to move water away

If you check out the middle of the tire, you will see 3-D treadblock blades and evolving traction grooves. Overtime, the grooves change from deep to wide, enabling them to move water and slush away. 

Some parts of Northern Virginia are prone to collect water during heavy rainfall. Having tires that can push away water helps drivers avoid hydroplaning.

Plus, it works well in hot and frigid temperatures, thanks to soybean oil in its rubber compound. 

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire is able to help you get where you need to go while also providing a comfortable ride.

Built to last for years to come

Purchasing new tires can be expensive, and it may be tempting to choose a cheaper option. But, like many items, you get what you pay for. The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire is worth the investment.

This Goodyear tire has a long lifespan. Drivers who choose it don’t need to worry about replacing it for a while, because it’s backed by a 60,000 mile warranty. So, it can last between four and five years, for those who drive 12,000 to 13,000 miles a year.

Whether you’re a Northern Virginia commuter or an adventure enthusiast, the all season tire should be kept in mind.

If you’re thinking about buying a set of these tires, now is the time to do it. Goodyear is currently offering a rebate on certain tires. Until December 31, 2021, you could get up to $200 back when you buy four Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires using the Goodyear credit card.

To learn more information about this deal, reach out to a local auto repair shop that sells Goodyear tires.

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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Checking tire tread depth: How to tell if you need new tires

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Every few years or so – whether you’re having a state inspection done, you have a flat tire, or during an oil change – you may hear that you need new tires. This is advice that shouldn’t be ignored.

Tires play a key role in protecting drivers and those riding along with them. 

Grooves and siping can be found around a tire and work together to keep it connected with the road. This is especially important during rainy conditions, when hydroplaning is possible.

When you purchase new tires, the tread depth typically ranges from 8/32 of an inch to 14/32 of an inch, depending on the tire. Through everyday use, this decreases overtime.

In order to pass the Virginia safety inspection, the tire tread depth must be at least 2/32 of an inch. (You can read more about what inspectors look for in this article we wrote.)

How to check tire tread

So, how can you tell if the tread depth is too low?

Well, you can try the tire penny test. Here’s out it works: Hold a penny vertically on the grooves so Abraham Lincoln is upside down. 

You shouldn’t be able to see the top of his head. If the top is visible, it’s time for new tires. Part of the head remaining covered indicates that the tire tread exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

If you still aren’t sure, it doesn’t hurt to have the tire tread depth checked at a car repair shop. They will be able to tell you for sure and recommend tires that fit your vehicle and budget.

Checking tire tread depth.

Another way to check it is through a method that most mechanics use – a 32” of an inch gauge. This is where you’re making a determination of where the minimum is for Virginia safety inspection and when it’s time to think about replacing tires. The state minimum is 2/32 of an inch. Most tire manufacturers recommend getting new ones around 4/32 of an inch, mainly due to the ability to move water away from the tire.

It’s a good idea to continue monitoring tire tread. Tires that are experiencing a significant amount of wear in one area can indicate a problem. Uneven tire wear, for example, could mean that you need a wheel alignment.

Buying new tires? Here are some things to consider.

If you’re ready to buy new tires, make sure you don’t just go with the cheapest option – unless you plan to sell the vehicle soon. 

Yes, your wallet may approve of the less expensive choice for the time being. However, cheaper tires won’t have as high of a speed rating and, therefore, won’t grip the road as well as those that cost more. 

Goodyear Tire is a reliable brand that produces all kinds of great options, including the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire and the Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxLife Tire. You also can’t go wrong with Kelly Tire, which has the Kelly Edge A/S Tire.

Road hazard insurance is another expense that you should keep in mind. We offer a nationwide road hazard warranty that kicks in when a tire isn’t repairable. A tire may not be able to be repaired, depending on the injury’s angle and location

The road hazard warranty, which we offer on tires you buy from us, covers up to 100 percent of the cost of a new tire if the old tire can’t be repaired and is within the first 33 percent of its treadwear. It’s prorated after that.

So, even though you are putting more money up front, it could save you on future expenses.

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 Eagle Sport All-Season Tire: A dependable option

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Life brings you to many places – from the day-to-day tasks of work and errands to the activities you look forward to, like celebrations and travel destinations.

As you hit the road, you need a tire you can rely on for protection and endurance.

Goodyear Tire produces many options that keep drivers on the road. The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire is one that does just that.

Whether you’re taking on tight corners, or inclement weather, this all season tire is up for the challenge.

Maintaining control

You should feel confident and in control as you’re driving.

The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire has shoulder blocks, which enable you to manage your commute and any adventures that arise.

If you look closely at the tread, you will see small lines called “sipes” that come in various sizes and are set at different angles. 

Why is this important? Well, these sipes enhance the grip as you travel along curvy roads. 

Great for all seasons

Having a tire that can be used all year round can be very helpful and stress relieving. We also recommend the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire for this reason.

If rainy weather is heading your way, you can be assured that it will help keep you and any passengers safe.

Hydroplaning can happen easily to any driver, especially when an area is experiencing heavy rainfall. Four open grooves located on the Goodyear tire move water away, reducing the chances of this happening.

Its tread is dependable in dry and wet weather and provides improved grip during snowy and icy conditions.

Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire offers long lifespan

The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire can be trusted for many reasons. In addition to being an all season option that provides great handling, it’s also a tire that’s built for longevity. This tire can last as long as 50,000 miles. 

It’s normal for tires, overtime, to see wear from daily use – as long as they aren’t wearing unevenly. When this one experiences wear, it still offers a confident grip. That feature can be attributed to the biting edges its sipes make.

Plus, it does its job while also giving you a comfortable ride.

Rim protection is another nice perk the tire provides. If you accidentally hit a curb, there’s no need to worry. A rim protector prevents damage when these situations occur.

This Goodyear option comes in many sizes and can be found on all kinds of vehicles, including SUVs, trucks, crossovers, and sedans. If you’re considering this tire, reach out to a local repair shop or tire shop near you to see if it’s a good fit for your vehicle.

We offer a wide range of tires – including Dunlop, Goodyear and Kelly – to meet your budget and 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.

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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 Tire a good option 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 Tire may be the tire you’re looking for. We recently installed this tire on a Ford F150.

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tire features

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

Other Goodyear Tires available at Steve’s Auto Repair

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.