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Getting your vehicle stocked and prepared for winter

In Maintenance, Safety by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Are you prepared if something happens while you’re in your vehicle this winter? It’s important to be prepared for winter, and when it comes to having supplies in your car it’s no exception.

Keeping a small emergency kit on hand in your vehicle is the best way to make sure that you have what you need, whether it’s getting stuck in a snowbank or a dead battery.

Here are the supplies you should keep in your car’s emergency kit:

  • A jumper cable. You may also want to include some flares and a reflective triangle for breakdowns.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • First aid kit with any of your medications included.
  • Formula and diapers (if you have a small child).
  • Non-perishable food items, including canned food and protein-dense foods, and a manual can opener to open any cans.
  • Water. Preferably a gallon of water per person a day. Try to prepare for three days’ worth.
  • Some tools, including a screwdriver and pliers.
  • A radio.
  • Cat litter or sand, to get better traction in icy areas.
  • An ice scraper and shovel to remove snow from your vehicle.
  • Warm clothing or blankets.
  • A cell phone charger.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire wants to make sure that all of our customers are safe and prepared, especially with the winter weather coming. In addition to your emergency kit, making sure to get your car serviced and installing snow tires are a good investment in your safety and your vehicle this winter.

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 donates minivan to automotive program

In Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was proud to donate a minivan and automotive parts to the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Automotive Program, based out of Manassas.

“Steve’s has been loading the van up with starters and air conditioning compressors…a half shaft, a steering rack,” said Gary Phares, an automotive instructor at NOVA.

According to another automotive instructor at NOVA, John Hicks, the program currently has 150 students in day and night classes.

“We train in all eight areas of ASE [certification]…brakes, alignments, suspension, electrical, AC, engine repair, engine performance, automatic transmission, manual transmission,” said Hicks.

How the minivan donation helps

At NOVA there is a 2 year automotive degree program, or a one year certificate program with job placement assistance.

While the program is popular, Hicks and Phares said that they rely mainly on donations from automotive shops, like Steve’s, to get parts they need.

“We use a variety of things in the program, so it’s not so much a question on what we need, it’s what can we get…we pretty much rely on donations,” said Hicks.

Phares said there is especially need for manual transmissions and manual transmission vehicles.

The instructors will pick up any vehicles or parts that are donated to the program, according to Phares.

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.

Do you know the street safety rules around school buses?

In Safety by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

The school year in Virginia has just begun, and that means that school buses will be back out on the road.

Do YOU know the rules for driving and stopping around school buses?

  1. When you see a school bus stopped with flashing red lights and an extended stop sign on the side of the bus, you must stop your vehicle from any direction, if you are on a highway, private road or school road. You must stay stopped until the area is clear, and the bus is moving again.
  2. If a bus is loading or letting off passengers and the signals are not on, you still must stop.
  3. If you are driving on a road in the opposite direction with a road that has a median or a barrier, and the bus is on the other side, then you do not have to stop.

Make sure to follow the rules of the road and be safe this school 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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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates to Hilda Barg homeless shelter in Woodbridge

In Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter sign.

Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter in Woodbridge Virginia.

ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, visited the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge.

After hearing that the shelter was in dire need of pillows for its residents, Billingsley wanted to help.

“Being a part of the community is important to us, and we always want to help when we can. We’re proud at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire to be able to donate these pillows and help out residents in need,” said Billingsley.

He went to deliver a month’s worth of pillows to the volunteers, who were very excited about the donation.

“You don’t realize you need things like that, until you don’t have them,” said a Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter volunteer.

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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The Price and Value of Oil Change Service at Steve’s

In Maintenance by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Oil change service varies from location to location, and so do the prices depending on the area. No matter where you go, you want to ensure that your car is in good hands. So, what makes  Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire the right place to go for your next oil change? Let’s talk about it.

We do so much more than just change your oil.  We offer many different packages to accommodate your personal needs.

Our basic Bronze service starts out at $39.95, and covers up to 5 quarts of motor oil and your filter.

One perk to note when you choose us for an oil change, is that we will do a tire rotation for no charge. Our competitors charge an additional $20 for this service. Why pay more, when you can entrust your car to us, and get it as an added bonus?

The next step up is our Silver service for $59.99, which includes up to 5 quarts of motor oil, a filter and our BG MOA engine oil supplement.

Checking brakes, tires and suspension component during an oil change.

Checking brakes, tires and suspension component during an oil change.

Our premium service, which is called the Gold service – for $79.99 –  includes up to 5 quarts of motor oil, a filter BG MOA engine oil supplement and BG CF5 Fuel supplement.

What we check during our oil change service

Looking for additions to your oil change service that improve the quality and stability of your vehicle? At Steve’s we offer full synthetic oil, for an additional fee, that makes a big difference in the performance of your vehicle.

Checking the brake fluid for moisture content, to much moisture can cause brake pedal fade.

Checking the brake fluid for moisture content, to much moisture can cause brake pedal fade.

During the service, our technicians check all of your vehicle’s vital fluid levels and test their condition. If you’re low, we will top them off for you.  This includes the following fluids:

  • Washer fluid up to 1 gallon
  • Power steering fluid
  • Transmission fluid (dipstick type only)
  • Radiator engine coolant
  • Brake fluid

In addition to the fluids we top off, we also inspect the following during our service:

  • Visual inspection of brake pad and rotor condition
  • Battery corrosion
  • Battery life
  • Belts for cracking and wear
  • Radiator hoses to make sure they are not worn
  • Fluid leaks
  • Tire pressure
  • Lights to make sure the bulbs are all working
  • Maintenance reminder light
  • Exhaust
  • Windshield wipers to make sure they are not torn
  • Inspection sticker to make sure you are not expired or about to expire
Battery terminal corrosion found during and oil change, this can cause shorter battery life and a no start problem.

Battery terminal corrosion found during and oil change, this can cause shorter battery life and a no start problem.

Our goal is make sure your vehicle is maintained properly to help you avoid major costly repairs, so if we see something that may potentially develop into something bigger, we will alert you in plenty of time for you to address the problem before it becomes a major mechanical breakdown.

The Price and Value of Oil Change Service at Steve's

Checking wiper blades and brake lights during an oil change.

So when it’s time for that routine oil change, don’t just go to any shop. Go to a shop that cares, and goes the extra mile to inspect and take care of your car, and stop by Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire for your next oil change.

*Prices subject to change. Prices reflect service on August of 2015.

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.