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Steve’s Auto Repair joins Lake Ridge Rotary Club

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Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire is partnering with a community service organization.

Today, we became a corporate member of Lake Ridge Rotary Club.

“Lake Ridge Rotary is doing many good things in Prince William County,” Steve’s Auto Repair Owner ST Billingsley said. “Supporting our community has been a big focus of ours for years. We are proud to be a part of an organization that seeks to do the same.”

Rotary International sign.Established in 1988, the group serves others through a variety of projects. They include providing backpacks for Belmont Elementary School students, raising flags to honor heroes, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and collecting donations in a Done-In-A-Day Food & Coat Drive.

Lake Ridge Rotary Club also raises funds for local non-profits through different events, like its annual Celebrity Luncheon.

Members of the club meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at Clearbrook Center of the Arts, 2230 Tacketts Mill Dr B.

You can learn more about Lake Ridge Rotary Club by visiting its website and Facebook page.

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 sponsoring Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team

In Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Many youth are spending their summer preparing for and competing in swim meets.

Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire is supporting one of the local swim programs. We are a gold level sponsor of the Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team this season.

Attendees of a Lake Ridge Lancers swim meet.

The organization is a part of the Prince William Swim League (PWSL). Those 18 years old and younger who live in the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge areas may participate.

Through the program, swimmers are able to grow in their abilities and strengthen character traits.

Swimming hits close to home for Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire Owner ST Billingsley, who swam competitively during high school. 

“These are experiences that kids will remember and gain from,” Billingsley said. “We are proud to be supporting the Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team, which is helping them master important skills.”

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Dale City, 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 being a Prince William Chamber member benefits businesses

In Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair has been a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for many years.

ST Billingsley, owner of our Woodbridge auto repair shop, recently spoke about one of the benefits of being a chamber member.

You can see the video interview here:

This is the video transcription:

Hi, my name is ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge, Virginia; member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce; board member for the boys and girls club here in Prince William; and also a board member of the Virginia Automotive Association. And one of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is why it’s important to be a member of the chamber. We have worked with the chamber over the years even with the Virginia Automotive Association.

Well – when Ross Snare was here, we would work on certain government issues or maybe there was, you know, a delegate trying to put some laws in or some rules in that we’re actually going to hurt our industry. 

There was one rule that was coming through that had to do with the technicians actually having to stop work at a certain time, and it was actually going to affect their pay. 

The other things we work on things are such as diagnostic labor tax. We were able to get something through for saving the consumer money but also where the small business can avoid penalties through any kind of audit. And this is one of the things that the chamber helps work on. 

And if [what] you’re wondering is like, “What does the chamber do, other than just going and meeting people and making connections?” All that’s very important but also they’re looking out for what is happening legislative wise. 

Also what’s happening in the legislative – legislative wise with the county. If the district supervisors are trying to put rules in that are going to affect the business, that’s one of the things that they work on so we can actually, you know, try to talk to them see what’s going on try to you know you know protect our, you know, protect our businesses so we can actually keep people employed. It’s very important. 

So, that’s one of the reasons why over the years – I don’t remember how many it is, I know it’s probably over 10 by now – that being a member of the chamber of commerce is important.

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 becomes V3 Certified Company

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With its proximity to Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Belvoir, Northern Virginia is full of military members and veterans.

Veterans not only had a role in the security of our country, they also have an active part in the running of our auto repair shop.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has been named a V3 Certified Company. The designation is provided through the Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program. This program seeks to help employers carry out practices based on recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans.

To become certified, staff members completed training that focused on a variety of topics, including information about the United States military, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Skills offered by those who served and strategies for employing and keeping veterans were covered, as well.

A few Steve’s Auto Repair employees are veterans.Apprenticeship program

We have staff members who have served in different areas, like the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, active Army Reserve, Marine Corps and Navy.

One of our technicians, who was in the Army, now participates in our apprenticeship program.

“We appreciate all veterans for their service. Those we have the privilege of working with are an important part of our team,” Steve’s Auto Repair Co-Owner ST Billingsley said. “We are proud to be a veteran owned and operated business and are honored to be a V3 Certified Company.”

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Lake Ridge, 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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Repeat check engine light on Chevrolet Cruze

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Check engine lights are unique in that they aren’t rooted in one cause. They can indicate a number of problems. 

But what happens if the check engine light keeps coming back on?

If you have a repeat check engine light, you should have it looked at by an auto repair shop or automotive professional.

The driver of a Chevrolet Cruze brought their car to Steve’s Auto Repair to have the problem addressed.

Figuring out the cause of a repeat check engine light

The check engine light was off when our technician started working on the Chevy Cruze. However, he found a stored code of P0017, which indicates that the camshaft and crankshaft aren’t lined up correctly. This problem is common when the timing belts are worn or not installed correctly. They can stretch due to age, and may prompt the code and some running problems.

After removing the upper cover, the technician saw what appeared to be the original belt. It was cracking a bit and there were some small chips on the edge. The Chevrolet Cruze has more than 105,000 miles on it, but it’s recommended that the timing belt and spark plugs on this car be replaced at 97,500 miles. 

The timing belt ensures that the crankshaft and camshaft are operating at the same rate. When the belt should be replaced depends on the vehicle. It may be suggested every 60,0000 miles for some, and every 100,000 for others. The technician noticed that the timing gears were off, which would be enough to set the timing code.

Timing gears for a Chevrolet Cruze off.

Timing gears off.

To prevent potential engine damage that could occur if the belt breaks, we recommended replacing the timing belt. It’s also a good idea to change the camshaft seals and crankshaft front oil seal, and install a new tensioner and idler pulley. New spark plugs are needed, if they haven’t already been replaced.

Putting in a new water pump and having a coolant fluid exchange performed were suggested, as well. Your vehicle should get a coolant fluid flush every 30,000 miles – depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations – if there are thermostat problems, or the radiator or water pump are replaced.

Check engine light causes

As we mentioned earlier, a solid check engine light turns on for many reasons. Here are some of them:

  • Engine sensor issues
  • Loose gas cap
  • Problems with the ignition system
  • Low oil
  • Spark plugs going bad
  • Catalyst system not working correctly
  • Evaporative system issues
  • Engine misfire
  • Circuit malfunctioning
  • Bad ignition coils
  • Coolant system problems

Why you should get your vehicle checked out

Other connected codes can pop up the longer you wait, so we suggest having the light checked sooner rather than later.

If the check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive the vehicle at all. That’s because a blinking light indicates an engine problem. Catalytic converter damage may occur if you don’t have it addressed.

Because the potential culprits vary, diagnostic testing is needed to track down the problem. We start ruling out possibilities by performing a visual inspection and then conducting a code scan.

Our technicians look into common issues with the vehicle they’re working on and check out Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs).

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Manassas, 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.