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Pick up and delivery service available through Steve’s Auto Repair

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Due to concerns about the Coronavirus spreading, many people are working from home.

Schools across the region are also closing and some colleges are hosting classes online.

Steve’s Auto Repair offering pick up and delivery service

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge is offering a pick up and delivery service within the local area, through scheduled appointments.

“We’ll arrange a time to actually pick up your vehicle, arrange a time to bring it back, take care of everything else in between,” Owner ST Billingsley said.

Our employees will also wipe down the steering wheel and turn signal.

Anyone interested in the service may call Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire at (703) 670-8005.

“Take it easy out there, we want everybody to be nice and healthy; please give us a call if we can help you out,” Billingsley 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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Virginia Safety Inspection: Checking the exhaust system

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Emissions from a car’s engine need a place to go. The exhaust system helps with the process.

The system runs from a manifold on the engine through a catalytic converter and a muffler to reduce the engine noise and push exhaust to the back of the vehicle. It is one component that’s inspected during the Virginia Safety Inspection.

Our technicians also check the exhaust during oil changes. While working on a vehicle, they are able to take pictures and write notes through digital inspections. An inspection report is then sent to customers, who can view them via email or text.

Exhaust system problems inspectors look for

Virginia safety inspectors make sure that a vehicle’s exhaust system is running properly.

Broken exhaust hangers and missing catalytic converters are a couple of items they look for.

Emission parts — such as catalytic converters — are necessary, in order to pass the Virginia Safety Inspection. They decrease air pollution by changing the exhaust emission a car produces.

Inspectors also ensure that bolts on the intake manifold aren’t broken, which can result in exhaust leaks.

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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Are my tires getting old?

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

One of the tires on your vehicle is looking a little low, and you decide to have it checked out.

When you grab your phone — or computer — and Google “Tire shop near me,” many businesses will mostly likely appear. In addition to finding a shop that’s conveniently located near you, it’s a good idea to check out their reviews and services.

Tire repair is one of the services Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire provides.

How often tire replacement should be done

Over time, tires wear out and are in need of replacing.

The latest you should wait to replace your them is eight to 10 years. We recommend that you begin planning for new tires at six years, depending on the climate.

If you live in Northern Virginia, tires tend to last a long time. Those residing near the beach — where it’s saltier — may need to replace them every four to six years.

How to tell if your tires are getting old

You can tell the age of a tire by looking at its date code. A date code tells you the week and the year it was manufactured. This can help you determine if the tire is getting too old.

An example is if the last four digits of the DOT code are 0304. That would mean the tire was produced during the third week of the year 2004.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, which is a Virginia Safety Inspection station, looks at tires during the annual Virginia Safety Inspection.

The minimum tread depth Virginia Safety Inspection specification is 2/32 of an inch, but the manufacturer may recommend that the tires need to be replaced by 3/32 of an inch to 5/32 of an inch, depending on the tire. 

The spare tire may be as old as your vehicle. When getting new tires, you should also consider replacing the spare, even if it hasn’t been used. Spare tires that are stored in a vehicle can deflate over time. Those located underneath vehicles, such as trucks, are out in the open, where they face weather conditions and debris.

Having a wheel alignment performed when you replace your tires and every 15,000 miles is also important.

If you don’t do a regular wheel alignment, your tires can experience premature wear. A tire with a 60,000 mile tread life can decrease to 30,000 miles.

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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All season tires from Goodyear

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Are you looking for all season tires?

Goodyear offers an assortment of tires that can be used in all types of weather.

All season tires available

Some of the all season tires Goodyear produces include the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Tire and the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire.

The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire is another reliable option. It provides traction in dry and wet conditions, including light snow.

Offering an 85,000 mile treadlife warranty, the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire provides wide grooves and rubber that lasts longer.

This all season tire offers a better value for your money.

The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Tire also features built-in wear gauges that make it easy to perform tread-depth readings.

Wear Gauges.

Wear Gauges

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 did my BMW check engine light turn on?

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You’re about to leave for work and you start your BMW.

The dashboard lights turn on, like normal, but you notice that the check engine light stays on.

If it’s blinking, you should go to an auto repair shop as soon as possible. A blinking check engine light indicates that there’s a problem with the engine and it may lead to damage to the catalytic converter.

Reasons why a BMW check engine light may turn on

If your BMW check engine light comes on and stays on, you should have it checked out soon.

There are many reasons why a check engine light turns on. It can be anything from a loose gas cap to an internal engine problem.

Other reasons include a circuit problem, the catalyst system working below its threshold, and issues with the coolant system.

BMW repair is one of the services that Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire offers.

If you’re going in for regular BMW service, don’t forget to let your service adviser know if your check engine light comes on or if it turns off and comes back on.

Diagnostic testing on an engine light

When a vehicle comes in with a check engine light on, we start with a visual inspection. During the inspection, we make sure nothing is loose and that the oil and fluid levels aren’t low.

After that, the technicians pull a trouble code, which shows them where they should start the diagnostic testing.

Then, they perform a diagnostic test, through which they are able to isolate the problem. More information about engine diagnostics can be found in this article we wrote.

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.