When winter is near, many motorists begin winterizing their vehicles to prepare them for the cold, ice, and snow.

Winterization involves checking and changing many different components. Coolant should be changed to help ensure that liquids do not freeze and prevent the engine from starting. Likewise, the starting and charging system should be checked.

It is important to keep in mind that an old battery is especially prone to failure in winter, because cold weather can slow the chemical reaction required to generate electricity.

Other items that may be checked include the windshield wiper blades. During winter, increased precipitation can hinder visibility. As such, it is good to have working blades.

Under winter driving conditions, balding or worn out tires can be especially dangerous. Many motorists switch their regular tires to all weather or snow tires, which tend to handle winter conditions better than regular tires. Ultimately, during the winterization checkup maintenance, our service staff will make sure that your vehicle is equipped to handle the tough winter conditions.

Schedule a Winterization Service at any one of our Sierra Car Care and Tire Center locations in the Reno area.

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ASE, is short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1972 our independent non-profit organization has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

 

 

ASE promotes excellence in vehicle repair, service and parts distribution. Almost 300,000 Automotive Technicians and Service Professionals hold ASE Certifications. ASE Certified Professionals work in every part of the automotive service industry. ASE certifies automotive technicians and service professionals, not the auto shops.

Why Does ASE Exist?

To protect the automotive service consumer, shop owner, and the automotive technician. We test and certify automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better gauge a technicians level of expertise before contracting the technician’s services. We certify the automotive technician professional so they can offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge. ASE Certification testing means peace of mind for auto service managers, customers.

How Does ASE Certification Work?

In addition to passing an ASE Certification test, automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification.

The tests are challenging. Only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt. To remain ASE certified, professionals must retest every five years to keep up with ever-advancing automotive technology.

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers Promote ASE Certified Technicians

Please bring your vehicle into any one of our three locations of Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers in the Reno area and one of our ASE Certified Technicians will get you back on the road, fast.

 

Zero Fatalities is all about eliminating fatalities on our roadways. Some people may think zero is an impossible goal, but when it comes to your family and friends, what other number would be acceptable? We’re aiming for zero fatalities because everyone matters.

Always Buckle Up

Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective means of saving lives and reducing injuries in crashes (NHTSA, 2014). Not only are you endangering your life, but not wearing your seat belt could lead to traffic fines.

Don’t Drive Impaired

Between 2013 and 2017, 359 people lost their lives and 682 were seriously injured in impaired driving crashes on Nevada roadways. Even what seems like a small buzz can have deadly consequences if you drive. Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and lack of sleep can also impair your ability to drive safely.

Focus on the Road

Stay alert when you’re operating a vehicle—especially in less-than-ideal conditions—and don’t drive when you’re not able to give your full attention.

Stop on Red

Intersections are shared by a variety of users including pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and vehicles. To stay safe at this potential point of conflict, know the laws and know when they apply to you.

Be Pedestrian Safe

Drivers need to watch for pedestrians and yield to them when pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk. Pedestrians also need to pay attention to vehicles on the roadway and obey rules for walking on and crossing streets.

Ride Safe

Motorcycles are a part of the great American tradition. However, there are certain risks that come with riding a motorcycle. That’s why it’s so important to ride safe and take the necessary precautions when you’re riding on Nevada’s roads.

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers stand behind the Zero Fatalities goal on Nevada roads. We are happy to do our part in keeping your vehicle running great in order to minimize problems on the road.

Fall Car Care Month in October is a great time to give your car some extra attention before harsh winter weather sets in. Taking some time for auto care preventive maintenance now can help you avoid the headaches of costly repairs later.

Recommended Preventive Maintenance Check:

  1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  3. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  5. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
  6. Check the engine to make sure it is delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy and producing the lowest level of emissions.
  7. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety reasons, such as defrosting.
  8. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually, including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
  9. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  10. Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

For more information please visit any one of our Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers locations around the Reno area.

Bushings are cushions made of rubber, polyurethane (often shortened to “poly” or “urethane”) or other materials. They’re mounted on car suspension and steering joints to absorb road bumps, control the amount of movement in the joints and reduce noise and vibration. Bushings often take the form of fat, rubbery washers through which suspension components — or the bolts that attach them — pass.

When bushings wear, they allow more movement. The driver may feel a shimmy from the front of the vehicle, or hear clunking or rattling noises on rough roads, when turning the wheel or in hard braking. Drivers may also experience poor handling or loose steering. Failure of rear suspension bushings may be harder to detect as they don’t involve the steering system and may be less affected by cornering.

Bushings are used for control arms, stabilizer bars (also called sway bars), ball joints, tie rods, shock absorber and strut mounts, and other suspension and steering parts, as well as in engine and transmission mounts. They wear and crack from friction, age, heat, exposure to road salt and lubricants, and the stress of frequent movement and weight loads.

Like the cartilage that protects knees and elbows, when bushings wear, it puts more stress on the joints and connected parts. Like bone-on-bone contact, worn bushings can allow metal-on-metal contact. Worn control-arm bushings can allow the vehicle’s front end to slip out of alignment and cause premature tire wear.

What feels or sounds like worn shocks or ball joints, or another suspension problem, may not be the fault of the part itself but the bushing that cushions joints and mounting points. A thorough suspension bushing inspection should reveal which is the culprit. For example, a loose stabilizer bar will allow more body lean (and perhaps noise) in turns, but if the bar isn’t bent or broken, maybe only the bushings need replacement.

On the other hand, repair shops may recommend replacing the part and not just the bushings, because if the are worn, it may indicate the part itself is old and may not last much longer. In addition, many bushings are pressed into a metal sleeve and difficult to remove, which increases labor time and costs. On some cars, control-arm bushings cannot be replaced separately, so the mechanic may have to replace the control arm itself.

A bushing is one classification of the overall category of bearings. A bushing is a thin tube or sleeve that allows relative motion by sliding (our type), as compared to rolling. A bushing might also be called a sleeve bearing. However, the term sleeve bushing would be redundant. Thus, a bushing is a bearing, but a bearing is not necessarily a bushing type.

A bearing is the general term for something that allows relative motion between two components, surfaces, etc.

Because of the amount of labor associated with installing new bushings on some vehicles, the overall cost can be high relative to the bushings themselves. New bushings, though, can markedly improve the ride and handling of a vehicle that’s been in use for several years.

If you feel like your suspension system needs repair, please bring your vehicle into any one of our three locations of Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers in the Reno area and one of our ASE Certified Technicians will take care of you.

When should I change lanes?

Crashes

Fender bender? Move to the shoulder. If there is damage only to a vehicle or other property (no injuries), your vehicle is obstructing traffic and the vehicle can be moved safely, move the vehicle to a location that does not obstruct traffic and then return to the scene.

Emergency Vehicles & Traffic Incidents

Move Over Graphic

Drivers in Nevada have certain duties when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle making use of flashing lights or any type of incident that disrupts traffic, including stalled vehicles.

In the absence of direction by a peace officer, the driver of a vehicle approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or traffic incident must:

  • Decrease the vehicle speed to a speed that is reasonable and proper and less than the posted speed limit.
  • Proceed with caution.
  • Be prepared to stop; and
  • If possible, drive in a lane that is not adjacent to the lane in which the emergency vehicle is stopped unless the roadway, traffic, weather or other conditions make doing so unsafe or impossible.

These apply to all types of emergency vehicles including tow trucks, vehicles from the Nevada Department of Transportation displaying flashing amber lights, stalled vehicles and vehicles under repair.

Slow-Moving Vehicles on Highways

Drivers on controlled-access highways must not drive in the far left lane if being overtaken by a faster vehicle. This law does not apply within the geographical limits or a city or town.

Mopeds  New!

Moped operators have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. However, moped operators have additional responsibilities based on the limitations of their vehicle. Moped operators must remain in the extreme right-hand lane of any road unless:

  • There is a single lane of traffic
  • Preparing to make a left turn (turn must be made within one-quarter mile from entering lane)
  • When driving in the extreme right-hand lane would not be safe; or
  • As directed by a police officer

Bicycles

3 Feet for BikesMotorists passing a bicycle must move into an adjacent lane to the left, if possible. If not, the motorist must pass with at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle.

For more information please visit : NV Traffic Laws

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single best thing you can do as a car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future.

Anyone who’s ever worked on cars or spent a ton of money getting their car repaired will tell you: Don’t ignore preventive maintenance! When you refer to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual, you have everything you need to troubleshoot simple repairs, now and in the future.

The basics, like; changing your oil, checking your tire pressure, and getting scheduled inspections are crucial to extend the life of your vehicle. At Sierra Car Care and Tire Center, our technicians encourage all drivers to take preventive maintenance seriously to extend the life of your vehicle.

Preventive Maintenance Pointers

  • Learn to check your fluids. Even if you don’t ever learn how to change your antifreeze, power steering, coolant, or even your wiper fluid, you should learn how to check those fluid levels for your own safety. In some cases, you can see the tank level directly, but most have gauges or dipsticks you can pull out to check current levels against a notch that indicates optimal levels. Even if your owner’s manual doesn’t have much to say about checking your transmission fluid or antifreeze, don’t be afraid to open the hood and see if you can find it. If you’re running low, add more or get it changed. Most importantly, never ignore a leak.
  • Check and change your oil regularly
  • Get your tires rotated and balanced
  • Replace your cabin and engine air filter
  • Replace your windshield wipers when your view becomes impaired
  • Check your battery and clean the contacts if they start having build-up
  • Inspect and replace your spark plugs and wires regularly, according to your Owner’s Manual

These are just a few things that every vehicle needs, and almost all of them are things you can do yourself. We can’t stress enough the importance of checking your owner’s manual for anything we may have overlooked here, or anything specific to your vehicle. If you don’t have your manual, you can find it pretty easily online. Check with your manufacturer first—they may even have a PDF copy on their website. Here is a resource to find your Owner’s Manaual, Edmunds has a list of online manuals here organized by manufacturer (US only).

If you have questions or think you would rather have an expert ASE Certified Technician take a look under your hood, feel free to stop by any of our Sierra Car Care Reno locations.

FREE BRAKE FLUID FLUSH With Any Complete Brake Service

Not long ago, to keep a car running beyond the 200,000-mile mark would have seemed about as likely as driving it to the moon. But big improvements in powertrain technology, rust prevention, lubricants, and more have led to game changing improvements in reliability and durability. Now, almost any car can make it well into six-figure territory with proper care.

That is good news for drivers, who are keeping their cars longer than ever before; the average age of all cars on the road is more than 11 years, up from about eight years in 1995, according to Polk research. Still, motorists might not realize the long-term financial benefits of keeping a car for 200,000 miles.

Buy a Safe, Reliable Model

You can coax any vehicle to 200,000 miles with enough patience and cash, but that doesn’t make doing so a good idea. The best way to minimize visits to the shop is to start with a model that has a reliable track record. And you don’t have to look far for a source; Consumer Reports compiles comprehensive reliability information.

In addition to choosing a reliable model, make sure to pick a car you’ll want to keep for a long time. Don’t compromise on the features you want or buy less or more vehicle than you think you’ll need. If this is going to be a long relationship, it may as well be a happy one. So choose a vehicle that will fit your lifestyle and that you’ll enjoy driving.

If you’re buying a used car, be on the lookout for signs of neglect or abuse. Check the car for dents, rust, and mismatched body panels. Look for paint overspray, which is often a sign of repair work. Make sure all interior components are in good condition. A mildew smell, discolored carpeting, and silt in the trunk are indicators of water damage. All components under the hood should be free of corrosion and grease. Check the fluids and watch out for damp areas in the engine compartment and under the vehicle, which might point to leaks.

When you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, take it to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic inspection, which costs about $100 to $150. A mechanic can help you spot signs of wear or abuse that you might not see.

Stick to the Schedule

Follow the maintenance schedule in your car’s owner’s manual. It spells out when to take care of every service for the life of your car, including routine oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and more major service such as timing-belt replacement. Even missing one oil change can contribute to premature engine wear or cause damage, and reduce the chances of your car remaining reliable for long.

If you’ve neglected following your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, it’s not too late to get with the program. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle and take care of any apparent problems, no matter how minor. Then introduce yourself to your owner’s manual and start fresh. Even if your vehicle doesn’t make it to 200,000 miles, it will definitely last longer with proper ongoing care.

Following the maintenance schedule has gotten easier over the years because longer-lasting components and fluids have increased service intervals. Today, it’s common to go 10,000 miles between oil changes, and some spark plugs don’t need replacement for 100,000 miles.

Many new models from a wide variety of carmakers make it even easier to stay on top of maintenance, with sensors that take into account your mileage and driving habits to determine the optimum time for maintenance. They monitor the miles driven since the last service and record data such as how much stop-and-go driving is done, the engine temperature during each trip, and the time the engine spends operating at higher speeds. The system then calculates how quickly your oil is breaking down and alerts you when service is due, and can even adjust a car’s complete service interval to compensate for the severity of use.

The End of the Road

No matter how well you choose and care for a car, someday it will be time to move on because it’s costing too much or is no longer safe. Still, saying goodbye can be a tough decision, especially if you’re attached to your car. Here are signs that it’s probably time to find another vehicle:

  • It needs a big repair that will cost more to fix than the car is worth.
  • Rust is compromising the structural integrity.
  • It remains unreliable even with frequent repairs.
  • It has been in a flood or a serious accident.

Be careful not to over-maintain your car, that waste’s money. If you think your vehicle needs a maintenance inspection, see any of our Sierra Car Care Locations around the Reno area for fast, friendly service.

The largest nostalgic car show in the world is back in Reno, NV. Every August brings the rumble of classic engines and well-built hot rods.

Ready for a trip down memory lane or a new adventure? Whichever way you look at it, this nostalgic event has it all.

Don’t forget to stop by any of our three locations around the Reno area to gas up and cruise. Sierra Car Care & Tire Center is one of the last locally owned Gas Stations / Repair Stations in the Reno area. Support local business and shop here first.

Take advantage of our $89.95 A/C Service. Please consult a technician at any of our locations for more details.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

HISTORIC VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA

8am to 4pm
Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Inside Delta Saloon

9am to 3:30pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Classic Car Show-n-Shine along Historic “C” Street

9am to 4pm
Hot August Nights Souvenir Merchandise & Oldies Emporium – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Poker Walk – Check in at the Delta Venue Lot

3:45pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Drawing – Delta Venue Lot Stage

4pm to 5pm
Classic Car Cruise through Historic Virginia City

ENTERTAINMENT – VIRGINIA CITY

Delta Venue Lot
9am to 1pm
DJ’s Steve West & Rich West

1pm to 5pm
Arizona Jones

ENTERTAINMENT – RENO/SPARKS

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Grande Exposition Hall
8pm
America – Tickets from $49.50 Call (800) 687-8733 or go to www.silverlegacyreno.com/event/shows/america

 

HISTORIC VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA

8am to 3pm
Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Inside Delta Saloon

9am to 3:30pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Classic Car Show-n-Shine along Historic “C” Street

9am to 4pm
Hot August Nights Souvenir Merchandise & Oldies Emporium – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Poker Walk – Check in at the Delta Venue Lot

11am to 2pm
Celebrity Judging

3:30pm
Celebrity Show-n-Shine Awards Presentation Delta Venue Lot Stage

3:45pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Drawing – Delta Venue Lot Stage

4pm to 5pm
Classic Car Cruise through Historic Virginia City

ENTERTAINMENT- VIRGINIA CITY

Delta Venue Lot
9am to 1pm
DJ’s Steve West & Rich West

1pm to 5pm
Lady & the Tramp

ENTERTAINMENT- RENO/SPARKS

Grand Sierra Resort
Grand Theatre
8pm
Toto – Tickets from $39.50 Call (800) 501-2651 or go to http://www.grandsierraresort.com

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Grande Exposition Hall
8pm
Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour – Tickets from $49.50 Call (800) 687-8733 or go to www.silverlegacyreno.com

 

RANCHO SAN RAFAEL PRE KICK-OFF PARTY

9am to 4pm
Hot August Nights OFFICIAL Pre Kick-Off Show-n-Shine – Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park – 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno – Free Classic Hot August Nights Poster to the First 200 Classic Car Participants

9am to 3:30pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales

3:45pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales

4pm
Awards Presentation

ENTERTAINMENT
9am to 4pm        DJ Steve West

 

RENO-SPARKS

7am to 11am
Special Hot August Nights Breakfast Buffet $12.99 – Purchase a Buffet Breakfast & receive a Free 2018 Commemorative Hot August Nights T-Shirt – Baldini’s Casino – 865 South Rock Blvd. Sparks

Noon to 7pm
LOCALS ONLY Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Must Present a Valid Nevada Driver’s License to Pick Up Packet – Grand Sierra Resort SILVER STATE PAVILION

Noon to 8pm
Free T-Shirt Giveaway – Atlantis Casino Resort Outside Sports Bar

Noon to 8pm
Parking Lot Golden Ticket – 20 winners winning $25 Peppermill Gift Cards

4pm to 8pm
Kick-Off “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Judging – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Hot August Nights Official Kick-Off Party – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Classic Specialty Cars on display – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Kick-Off “Mill Mile” Cruise – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Cruisin Craft Fair – Atlantis Casino Resort

4pm to 10pm
Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort

5pm to 7pm
Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort

5pm to 10pm
Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort; Free Party Pack

7pm to 8pm
Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Contest Atlantis Casino Resort

8pm
Trike Racing – Atlantis Casino Resort – Sign up at the Information Booth located outside by the Rotunda or by the Outdoor Stage – Must be at least 21 to participate

8pm to 10pm
Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort

10pm
“Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Finalist Awards Casino Lounge at the Peppermill Resort

10:15pm
Cruise of Champions Awards – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

ENTERTAINMENT

Atlantis Casino Resort
Outdoor Stage
5pm to 10pm
The Chromatics and Hot Rod Rebellion

Indoor Cabaret Stage
7:30pm to 1am
Heroes of Rock and Roll

Peppermill Resort
Outdoor Stage
Noon to 10pm
DJ Axel Rocks Your Favorite Classics

6pm to 9:45pm
Beverly Belles & Revival

Download the Events Schedule for the entire week here.

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