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Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire ready for any conditions

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Inclement weather can sometimes catch us off guard. However, there is one tire that is always prepared.

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire can handle different kinds of conditions you face.

It is able to take on roads that are dry or slippery, a trait that is especially helpful in the snowy winter weather and when thunderstorms pop up during the summer. 

This has become a favorite among many car owners for quite a few reasons.

Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire offers great traction

First off, this all season tire is one that a lot of drivers trust. What makes this all season tire so reliable? The answer can be found in its design.

Featuring an asymmetric tread, the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire is able to provide great traction in wet weather conditions.

The shoulders consist of treadblock blades, which lock with one another as you’re going around corners. This gives you additional support on slick surfaces.

Severe snow certified, this Goodyear tire maintains its grip on icy, wet and snowy roads. No matter what nature hurls at you, you can feel safe and confident in your travels.

Ability to move water away

If you check out the middle of the tire, you will see 3-D treadblock blades and evolving traction grooves. Overtime, the grooves change from deep to wide, enabling them to move water and slush away. 

Some parts of Northern Virginia are prone to collect water during heavy rainfall. Having tires that can push away water helps drivers avoid hydroplaning.

Plus, it works well in hot and frigid temperatures, thanks to soybean oil in its rubber compound. 

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire is able to help you get where you need to go while also providing a comfortable ride.

Built to last for years to come

Purchasing new tires can be expensive, and it may be tempting to choose a cheaper option. But, like many items, you get what you pay for. The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady Tire is worth the investment.

This Goodyear tire has a long lifespan. Drivers who choose it don’t need to worry about replacing it for a while, because it’s backed by a 60,000 mile warranty. So, it can last between four and five years, for those who drive 12,000 to 13,000 miles a year.

Whether you’re a Northern Virginia commuter or an adventure enthusiast, the all season tire should be kept in mind.

If you’re thinking about buying a set of these tires, now is the time to do it. Goodyear is currently offering a rebate on certain tires. Until December 31, 2021, you could get up to $200 back when you buy four Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires using the Goodyear credit card.

To learn more information about this deal, reach out to a local auto repair shop that sells Goodyear tires.

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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Checking tire tread depth: How to tell if you need new tires

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Every few years or so – whether you’re having a state inspection done, you have a flat tire, or during an oil change – you may hear that you need new tires. This is advice that shouldn’t be ignored.

Tires play a key role in protecting drivers and those riding along with them. 

Grooves and siping can be found around a tire and work together to keep it connected with the road. This is especially important during rainy conditions, when hydroplaning is possible.

When you purchase new tires, the tread depth typically ranges from 8/32 of an inch to 14/32 of an inch, depending on the tire. Through everyday use, this decreases overtime.

In order to pass the Virginia safety inspection, the tire tread depth must be at least 2/32 of an inch. (You can read more about what inspectors look for in this article we wrote.)

How to check tire tread

So, how can you tell if the tread depth is too low?

Well, you can try the tire penny test. Here’s out it works: Hold a penny vertically on the grooves so Abraham Lincoln is upside down. 

You shouldn’t be able to see the top of his head. If the top is visible, it’s time for new tires. Part of the head remaining covered indicates that the tire tread exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

If you still aren’t sure, it doesn’t hurt to have the tire tread depth checked at a car repair shop. They will be able to tell you for sure and recommend tires that fit your vehicle and budget.

Checking tire tread depth.

Another way to check it is through a method that most mechanics use – a 32” of an inch gauge. This is where you’re making a determination of where the minimum is for Virginia safety inspection and when it’s time to think about replacing tires. The state minimum is 2/32 of an inch. Most tire manufacturers recommend getting new ones around 4/32 of an inch, mainly due to the ability to move water away from the tire.

It’s a good idea to continue monitoring tire tread. Tires that are experiencing a significant amount of wear in one area can indicate a problem. Uneven tire wear, for example, could mean that you need a wheel alignment.

Buying new tires? Here are some things to consider.

If you’re ready to buy new tires, make sure you don’t just go with the cheapest option – unless you plan to sell the vehicle soon. 

Yes, your wallet may approve of the less expensive choice for the time being. However, cheaper tires won’t have as high of a speed rating and, therefore, won’t grip the road as well as those that cost more. 

Goodyear Tire is a reliable brand that produces all kinds of great options, including the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire and the Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxLife Tire. You also can’t go wrong with Kelly Tire, which has the Kelly Edge A/S Tire.

Road hazard insurance is another expense that you should keep in mind. We offer a nationwide road hazard warranty that kicks in when a tire isn’t repairable. A tire may not be able to be repaired, depending on the injury’s angle and location

The road hazard warranty, which we offer on tires you buy from us, covers up to 100 percent of the cost of a new tire if the old tire can’t be repaired and is within the first 33 percent of its treadwear. It’s prorated after that.

So, even though you are putting more money up front, it could save you on future expenses.

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 Eagle Sport All-Season Tire: A dependable option

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Life brings you to many places – from the day-to-day tasks of work and errands to the activities you look forward to, like celebrations and travel destinations.

As you hit the road, you need a tire you can rely on for protection and endurance.

Goodyear Tire produces many options that keep drivers on the road. The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire is one that does just that.

Whether you’re taking on tight corners, or inclement weather, this all season tire is up for the challenge.

Maintaining control

You should feel confident and in control as you’re driving.

The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire has shoulder blocks, which enable you to manage your commute and any adventures that arise.

If you look closely at the tread, you will see small lines called “sipes” that come in various sizes and are set at different angles. 

Why is this important? Well, these sipes enhance the grip as you travel along curvy roads. 

Great for all seasons

Having a tire that can be used all year round can be very helpful and stress relieving. We also recommend the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire for this reason.

If rainy weather is heading your way, you can be assured that it will help keep you and any passengers safe.

Hydroplaning can happen easily to any driver, especially when an area is experiencing heavy rainfall. Four open grooves located on the Goodyear tire move water away, reducing the chances of this happening.

Its tread is dependable in dry and wet weather and provides improved grip during snowy and icy conditions.

Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire offers long lifespan

The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire can be trusted for many reasons. In addition to being an all season option that provides great handling, it’s also a tire that’s built for longevity. This tire can last as long as 50,000 miles. 

It’s normal for tires, overtime, to see wear from daily use – as long as they aren’t wearing unevenly. When this one experiences wear, it still offers a confident grip. That feature can be attributed to the biting edges its sipes make.

Plus, it does its job while also giving you a comfortable ride.

Rim protection is another nice perk the tire provides. If you accidentally hit a curb, there’s no need to worry. A rim protector prevents damage when these situations occur.

This Goodyear option comes in many sizes and can be found on all kinds of vehicles, including SUVs, trucks, crossovers, and sedans. If you’re considering this tire, reach out to a local repair shop or tire shop near you to see if it’s a good fit for your vehicle.

We offer a wide range of tires – including Dunlop, Goodyear and Kelly – to meet your budget and needs.

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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Environmentally friendly actions we take

In Uncategorized by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

We believe in helping our community. Part of that support includes doing our part to help protect the place we live and work in.

From the services we offer to the parts that are replaced, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire follows several environmentally friendly procedures.

Old brake rotors.

Recycling products, environmentally friendly tires available

For example, many of the products we replace are recycled. A company is hired by us to process old oil and coolant. Car batteries, brake rotors, and other scrap metal are picked up and recycled, as well.

Recycling these fluids and parts enables us to reduce waste and discard them in a safe and appropriate way.

Tires also play a part in our goal to be eco-friendly.

On top of having tires recycled, we sell and inform customers about eco-friendly tires, which weigh less and require less force in order to move.

You can determine which tires are environmentally friendly by taking a look at the tread depth, which are going to start at a lower number.

When repairing flat tires, our technicians use plugs rather than Fix-A-Flat, which is bad for the environment. Anyone who uses this product is charged a hazmat fee. That way, we can have it recycled like our oil and coolant.

Vehicle next to Emissions Inspection Station and Certified Emissions Repair Facility signs.We offer emissions inspections and repairs

Steve’s Auto Repair is an emissions inspection and repair facility.

When performing Vehicle Emissions Testing – which is managed by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) – inspectors ensure that a vehicle isn’t leaking oil or has any audible exhaust leaks. They also make sure it has a catalytic converter, which is responsible for reducing how much air pollution is produced.

Conducted every two years, an emission test is required on vehicles that are parked in certain localities. Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park are among them.

We can repair problems that would prevent a car from passing the emissions inspection. The numerous issues that would cause a vehicle to fail include engine malfunctions, catalytic converter problems, misfires, and the check engine light turning on.

Our business’ emissions inspection program was recognized earlier this year for following license requirements and completing inspections in a “dedicated and commendable” manner.

Other ways we try to be eco-friendly

To keep our car repair shop clean, our staff uses biodegradable cleaning products. They contain natural substances and aren’t harmful to the environment or animals. 

When the building isn’t in use, we avoid wasting electricity by turning off computers and almost all lights – our security lights are the exception.

Even though we are already taking environmentally friendly actions, our company is considering other options for the future. Installing a waste oil heater is one idea we are looking into.

We are also planning to upgrade our lights, as they burn out, to energy saver lights.

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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Spark plugs and ignition coils: when they should be replaced

In Diagnostics by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

When starting a vehicle, we don’t typically stop to think about all of the components and processes that make this action possible. 

Spark plugs and ignition coils are some of the little guys that are working behind the scene.

So, what do spark plugs do? Spark plugs team up with ignition coils and other components to get your vehicle to start. Fuel that is located in the cylinder head is sparked by the spark plugs. Ignition coils lend a hand by producing the voltage.

When to change spark plugs

How often to replace spark plugs has changed. These components have a much longer lifespan today. They used to be replaced around the 30,000 mile mark. This has been extended to between 60,000 and 105,000 miles. 

However, you should consult your manual for the manufacturer guidelines for your vehicle or feel free to contact your local auto repair shop.

If you’re wondering how to tell if a spark plug is bad, here are some indicators:

  • The check engine light turns on
  • You’re having trouble starting your vehicle
  • Your car runs rough when idle
  • Engine misfires (You may feel that your car is chugging when going up a hill or accelerating.)

With today’s vehicles, with OBDII systems if you feel the vehicle not running correctly and the check engine light is flashing you definitely have a misfire that could be causing catalytic converter damage.

Technician working on vehicle.

Because of all the computer systems and safety systems in cars and trucks, if you have an engine running problem it could impact other safety systems, such as traction control and Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) systems. Since the engine wouldn’t be running correctly, the computer may turn those systems off when you have a problem.

If you are having a misfire, you need to get it diagnosed by your local auto mechanic to actually get to the bottom of the problem. Starting with computer diagnostics and pulling the code that may just show a cylinder misfire doesn’t really help you pinpoint the issue. They may need to perform some testing to determine if it’s a spark plug, coil boot, ignition coil, or an ignition control problem, such as an ECM (car’s computer) or an ignition module.

Types of spark plugs

There are different kinds of spark plugs produced. When replacing them on your vehicle, it’s important that you use the right type and avoid choosing the cheapest option.

We recommend using O.E. manufacturer specific spark plugs over O.E. equivalent, and here’s why:

Certain spark plug manufacturers are associated with specific vehicle manufacturers. For example, Bosch is known for producing parts for European vehicles. Many of these  manufacturers will also make spark plugs for other vehicles, and they may work just fine. However, they also might not for the long haul. This can be for various reasons, like the tolerances being off.

In addition to having spark plugs produced by various manufacturers, you now have different metals being used. There are tips made out of platinum and iridium. This can impact how long a spark plug lasts.

Worn spark plug and carbon buildup on spark plug.

What can cause spark plug problems

There are quite a few issues that can cause a bad spark plug.

Spark plugs could go bad if carbon builds up, which may be a result of dirty air filters or fuel injectors, or if the fuel-air combination is too rich.

The spark plug tip becoming overheated multiple times, and engine oil entering the combustion chamber are other culprits of spark plug failure.

Valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals.

Overtime, the gap will get bigger, due to the metal wearing away from everyday use.

A lot of engines are designed where the spark plug is located in a tube in the middle of the cylinder head. The gaskets and seals can leak into the spark plug tubes. So, in some instances the fix may be replacing the spark plugs and the spark plug boots and also the valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals.

How to tell if ignition coils are bad

If you notice that your car is misfiring or stalling, it could be an indicator of a bad ignition coil. Other symptoms include rough idle, misfire during acceleration, and hard start.

Distributor-less ignition system and ignition coils.

This part may stop working correctly if a vehicle has bad spark plugs or plug wires, or if there is an overload with the voltage.

Like spark plugs, ignition coils can be designed differently. Sometimes, ignition boots come separate from ignition coils.

There are four types of ignition coils: conventional, electronic, coil packs, and coil-on-plug. Without getting too much into the weeds, each type of coil has the same purpose of producing high voltage to the spark plug but are designed differently.

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.