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Goodyear winter tires

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Snowy days are right around the corner.

A reliable set of Goodyear winter tires can help protect you and your family while you’re traveling to and from work, school and activities.

The Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter tire is a solid option if you’re in an area that has a lot of snow and ice. 

About the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter tire

This winter directed tire offers directional tread that helps evacuate water from underneath it. 

It’s also pliable, which makes it ideal for wet weather conditions.

The Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter tire is able to stop about 6 feet sooner on snow-covered roads than competing 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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Winter tire from Kelly-Springfield

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Winter will be arriving in less than a month.

To prepare for the inclement weather that comes with it, you may want to consider a set of winter tires.

A winter tire that offers traction control

Kelly Winter Access tires feature traction control that makes them ideal for snowy and icy conditions.

The tread pattern has more of an aggressive stance, allowing it to bite down.

Through its zigzag blades, the winter tire is able to push away water and slush.

A Kelly Winter Access tire’s tread compound is different than an all-season tire. The rubber stays more pliable during colder weather.

If you’re looking for an all season option produced by Kelly Tire, we recommend the Kelly Edge A/S Tire.

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 complicated is a BMW alignment?

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

Potholes, curbs and normal wear and tear can throw off your wheel alignment. Overtime, they can also cause abnormal tire wear, which will shorten the life expectancy of your tires.

Here are a few signs that your BMW needs a wheel alignment:

  • Your vehicle is pulling to one side
  • You notice abnormal tire wear
  • If your Automatic Driver Assist System (ADAS) is engaging when it’s not supposed to 
  • Your steering wheel isn’t centered

Wheel alignments should be conducted annually, and when new tires and steering and suspension components are purchased.

Things to keep in mind when getting a BMW alignment

When performing a BMW alignment, you need to make sure that the auto repair shop has qualified automotive technicians, up-to-date wheel alignment machines, and current software to give your vehicle the best alignment.

On today’s complicated vehicles, one thing that often gets missed is recallibrating the steering angle sensor after performing a wheel alignment. This can affect steering, handling and braking.

Another thing to be aware of is to make sure that you may need to recalibrate the ADAS, which includes lane assist and vehicle avoidance systems. With all of the electronic systems tied together to make sure that everything is safe, a simple tire alignment isn’t so simple anymore.

Discount alignments are not always the best, as you may not have a knowledgeable mechanic working on your vehicle that would know about these systems. Setting the toe and letting it go is not a good alignment.

On many BMW models, there may not be an adjustment for camber and toe, but there are aftermarket parts that can be installed that will bring the alignment into specification. This will help your tires last a long time and allow your vehicle to provide the best handling.

Even when a BMW is new, they are set up to basic specs, but may not have an accurate alignment. After that, it’s recommended that when you get new tires — or every 30,000 miles — you should get your BMW alignment checked. If you live in the Northern Virginia area, your alignment should be checked once a year.

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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Tires and passing Virginia Safety Inspection

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

State inspections are an annual requirement that help keep drivers safe.

Why would my tires not pass Virginia Safety Inspection?

A tire that is flushed with indicators will fail Virginia state inspection.

A tire that is flushed with indicators will fail Virginia state inspection.

There are many reasons why a vehicle’s tires may fail.

Tire problems that won’t pass the Virginia Safety Inspection

Inspectors must follow certain guidelines that are set forth by the state.

When it comes to tires, they will evaluate the tread depth and wearing patterns.

When secondary rubber and steel chords are showing on a tire, it will not pass state safety inspection.

When secondary rubber and steel chords are showing on a tire, it will not pass state safety inspection.

A tire won’t pass if secondary rubber or inner steel chords are showing.

Foreign objects, such as nails or screws, in the tires is another indicator.

 Other signs are if the tread is flushed with indicators or if the tread is under 2/32 inches in three locations.

Foreign object damage, such as nails and screws in tire, will fail state inspection.

Foreign object damage, such as nails and screws in tire, will fail state inspection

Vehicles that have bent or damaged wheels and rims will fail Virginia Safety Inspection. 

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.

Rubber cracking on an older tire.

Rubber cracking on an older tire.

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Reliable Goodyear tires for various makes and models

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

What you use your vehicle for and your daily mileage are a couple factors you should keep in mind when shopping for new tires.

Here are some reliable Goodyear tires that are good for various makes and models.

If you have any questions about these tires or others that we offer at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, feel free to give us a call (703) 670-8005.

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.