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What you should do if you have a flat tire

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

You’re on your way home after a long day when you hear an odd noise coming from your car.

Once you get to a safe spot, you pull over, get out of the car and find … a flat tire.

So, what do you do?

Drivers who are on the interstate and can’t get far enough off the road, should call a tow truck. It isn’t worth changing the tire between your car and the highway. Another option is to change the tire yourself.

Steps for changing a flat tire

Drivers should avoid using fix-a-flat, because it can compromise the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors located in the wheel. If fix-a-flat is used, let the repair shop know, because it’s hazardous and can be harmful to the automotive technician.

If you’re in a safe location and decide changing your tire is the best option, start by setting up safety equipment, such as safety triangles. Make sure the wheels and parking brake are secure and that your spare tire jack is working.

After you get the car jacked up, you need to take the lug nuts off. Once the flat tire is removed, you should put the spare on and tighten the lug nuts.

How to avoid getting stranded

Doing some routine checks can help prevent you from getting stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire.

Each week, check your jack and make sure your spare tire is inflated.

Don’t ignore your TPMS light if it goes on. Tire pressure on vehicles that don’t have a TPMS system should be checked regularly.

You can’t always tell by the naked eye. Some tires may look softer if you turn your wheel a certain way.

Keep in mind that not all flat tires are repairable, especially those with punctures on the inner or outer shoulder or sidewall.

Some injuries in the center third of the tire can be fixed, depending on the angle and diameter. But if a hatchet runs through your tire, we’re not going to be able to repair it.

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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High performance tires — Goodyear may be an option for you

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If you are looking for ultra high performance tires for specialty and original equipment, such as a Corvette, the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2 EMT Tire may be a good choice for you.

The steering responsiveness of this tire — with having a solid center line and large shoulder — helps deliver responsive steering and confident cornering. The run flat technology of this tire allows for driving up to 50 miles on a deflating or deflated tire at a top speed of 50 miles per hour*.

The wet traction capability of this tire is due to the full depth grooves and directional tread pattern that help provide efficient water evacuation for excellent wet traction.

Things to remember when getting high performance tires

When you’re putting new tires on a vehicle it’s a good opportunity to have the wheel alignment checked. This will ensure the longevity of your tire.

When you’re making a decision about high performance tires, give our service center representatives a call and they would be happy to work with you on what the proper and fitment would be for your vehicle.

It’s also a good idea to consider road hazard insurance since the investments of these tires is quite high.

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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Tire pressure should be checked as temperatures drop

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Temperatures are decreasing across the state. And so is the tire pressure of some vehicles.

With the cooler months quickly approaching, drivers are advised to check their pressure of their car’s tires.

When to check tire pressure

Tire pressure should be checked a couple of times a year, or during an oil change, according to Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner Scott Whitling.

“When you check your tire pressure and they’re all equally low, it’s just because of the change of temperature,” Whitling said.

If motorists notice that the pressure of one tire is much lower than the rest, it’s important to have it checked. It could be the result of a leak.

Drivers shouldn’t travel for long distances after their vehicle notifies them of the low tire pressure.

“It causes extra wear on the tires,” Whitling said. “Also, when it comes down to handling and emergency stops, you want those tires performing correctly. You don’t want them being too soft or too flexible, where they’re not able to really do their job.”

Some travelers fill their tires with Nitrogen, which can help keep pressure more consistent than air.

“If it’s needed, you can go ahead and put air in with the Nitrogen,” Whitling said. “When you are able to, go to your service center — like Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire — and we can do the Nitrogen recharge for you.”

Whitling suggests individuals who use Nitrogen to adjust the pressure this time of year because of the temperature change.

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 Endurance Trailer Tire offers higher speed rating

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Goodyear has designed a tire for utility and boat trailers.

Benefits of the Goodyear Endurance Trailer Tire

Goodyear trailer tire.The Goodyear Endurance Trailer Tire offers various perks for users. A higher speed rating is one of them.

“They raised the speed rating from where it used to be only 55 mile an hour and you can take it up to 87 miles per hour,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire owner Scott Whitling said.

Drivers who use a tire that’s rated for 55 miles per hour can cause the tire to overheat and the materials of the tire to wear down.

The trailer tire, according to Whitling, is able to carry 2,039 pounds.Goodyear Endurance Boat Trailer Tire.

“Just make sure you keep the maximum amount of tire pressure in the tire to keep that load rating,” Whitling said.

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 Tire Assurance Comfortred Touring Tire All-season

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Goodyear Tire makes many different kinds of tires. If you are looking for an all-season tire that’s comfortable on the road? Then take a look at the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Tire.

The tire is all-season, so it holds up in a range of weather conditions; even light snow – and is built with comfort in mind.

“It’s actually a very comfortable tire – it offers 20% more cushion for your typical passenger car,” said Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire owner Scott Whitling.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Tire features

Goodyear Assurance All Season Tire

Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Tire All Season

The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Tire has an absorbent rubber layer that helps to reduce road vibration.  The symmetric tread design not only enhances the traction of the tire, but helps to reduce road noise. This helps to make your drive more smooth and comfortable.

 

Not only do you get the powerful traction on wet surfaces that the Assurance line offers. These tires also have ComfortEdge sidewalls that allow for more comfortable handling.

This Goodyear tire also has a polyester cord body and twin steel belts. This enhances the durability and extends the life of the tire.

Steve’s Auto is proud to be a Goodyear Tire dealer, and we carry a full range of Goodyear tires in stock.

We offer tire alignment services, and our team is happy to help you select the product that’s right for you and 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.