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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire wins ‘Best Auto Repair’

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was recently recognized by a Prince William County publication.

The Woodbridge-based shop was named “Best Auto Repair” in the 2018 Prince William Times Readers’ Choice Award.

Through the contest, community members could vote for local businesses and services.

“We are humbled by the recognition,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner Scott Whitling said. “We like participating with and being part of the community.”

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire named ‘Best Auto Repair Shop’

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge has been voted “Best Auto Repair Shop” in InsideNOVA’s 2018 Best of Prince William Awards.

The Best of Prince William contest allows community members to vote for organizations that stand out.

“It’s an honor to be voted ‘Best Auto Repair Shop’ in Prince William County. We really appreciate the people who voted for us and choose to use a local, family-owned business,” Service Manager Jon Connor said. We appreciate the community support and enjoy supporting many community organizations.”

Last year, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was named “Best Automotive Repair Shop” in Virginia Living.

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Meet Jon: Service Manager of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire

In Uncategorized by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has a new team member.

Jon Connor is the repair shop’s new Service Manager.

In his new role, Connor is responsible for overseeing the technicians and service advisers.

He also manages the parts and service that comes through the business.

Before Connor began working at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, he served as a Service Adviser and Service Manager at Passport Infiniti.

He has previously worked at Volkswagen, as well.

Connor has been interested in cars since he was a child.

For a while, he worked in construction. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, Connor decided to leave the industry.

“So, I was just a guy looking for a job, and I got into [the automotive industry] and started to enjoy it and realized that I was good at it” he said.

Outside of work, Connor enjoys spending time with his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

“We spend a lot of time together, and do pretty much everything together,” he said.  

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Jeep alignments impacted by tires, parts used in lift kit

In Alignment by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Jeeps are very popular.

Not only are they rugged, but they’re also one of the easier vehicles to customize.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is equipped to perform alignments on stock Jeeps as well as Jeeps that have lift kits and larger tires.

A lifted Jeep’s alignment can be impacted by the type of tires used. They can give it a pull as it’s driven down the road.

The type of parts used in the lift kit is another factor.  

The higher quality lift kit, the easier it is to bring everything into specification.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire checks the suspension components, such as ball joints and bushings. They also check the steering components, including tie rod ends.

The alignment of a Jeeps should be checked when new tires are put on. It should also be checked once a year.

Jeeps owners who go off-roading should have the alignment checked at least twice a year or when they feel that there’s an issue as they’re driving down the highway.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is asking those who use their Jeeps for off-roading to power wash underneath the vehicle before bringing them in for an alignment.

This allows the repair shop to fix it more quickly.

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Need a New Year’s resolution? Take care of your vehicle

In Maintenance, Safety, Windshield Wipers by Stephanie Tipple

Every year, many of us make a commitment to do better than the year that has passed, making New Year’s resolutions that speak to our larger goals – whether that’s getting more sleep, exercising more, or taking care of something we’d like to achieve during the year.

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While these are all great resolutions, have you thought about making a commitment to taking better care of your vehicle this year?

It’s simpler than it sounds. By committing to invest in some basic maintenance, and getting repair and maintenance work done on a regular basis, you’re not only saving money from a long-term perspective, but you’re also extending out the life of your vehicle as well.

Here are just a few items that will help you make that resolution a reality.

Replace your windshield wipers.

If you’re noticing streaks when you use your windshield wipers, or they’re not effective at clearing things from your windshield, then it’s likely time to replace them.

Windshield wipers keep your windshield clear safety inspection

“There are cheap windshield wipers, and there are expensive windshield wipers. You can get expensive windshield wiper blades, but you should still expect to replace them once a year. You can get cheaper wiper blades, but expect to replace them twice a year,” said Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire own ST Billingsley.

According to Billingsley, your decision on the price point to choose for wiper blades determine on the conditions you’re driving in, and how often you’re driving in your vehicle.

Get your oil changed on a consistent basis.

Everyone knows how important it is to get the oil in your car changed, but it can be a struggle for some to get the oil changed on a regular interval.

Billingsley says that many manufacturers are recommending 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes, depending on the vehicle, but that may not be suitable for cars driving around in Northern Virginia.

“Depending on what kind of oil you use, whether you’re changing the oil filters in between oil changes, and there are many other factors that come into play with these oil change intervals,” said Billingsley.

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Even if your car takes synthetic oil, if you’re driving around in Northern Virginia traffic, Billingsley says it’s ideal to do an oil change every 5,000 miles.

“If you’re out in the Midwest and you’re driving mostly on the highway on your way to work, well I could see 7,500 miles being an okay interval, but around here, that’s just a little too far,” said Billingsley.

It’s also a good time to rotate your tires, if you’re getting an oil change at 5,000 mile intervals.

Replace or recondition your headlights.

Over time, the clear coating on your headlights will start to get worn down, and you may notice that the lights look foggy.

“With all of the road salt, dirt, and highway driving, and everything that goes on around here, the plastic headlights lens covers – the clear part – is essentially getting sandblasted all of the time,” said Billingsley.

In some cases you can restore the headlight covers, and there are different levels of restoration.

“Sometimes you get so many micro-cracks in them, you can try to clean them up, but it just doesn’t work that well and you end up needing to replace them,” said Billingsley.

In addition to taking care of the covers, replacing the bulbs after an extended period can make your headlights brighter, adding visibility during night driving or inclement weather.

Commit to taking better care of your car this year, and not only will you save money in the long run, but you’ll also feel better knowing you’re adding reliability to your drive, and extending the life of your vehicle.