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To rotate your tires means to move each tire from one wheel to another and from left to right or back to front, or even diagonally.

Why Rotate Tires?

The front tires tend to wear on the outside edges because the tire leans over when you turn a corner. The rear tires just follow the fronts, so they usually wear more evenly.

If you leave tires in place, those outside edges on the front tires will wear down much faster than the rest. You’ll have to replace the tires thousands of miles sooner. Regular tire rotation helps extend the life of your tires and improve performance.

If your vehicle’s alignment is unbalanced, tires can also cause uneven wear.

Rotating tires keeps them from wearing unevenly. That will make your ride smoother and handling safer for longer. Rotating your tires extends the life of your tires, saving you time and money in the long run.

Tire Rotation Checklist:

  • Each tire and wheel is removed from your car or truck, and moved to a different position.
  • Air pressure should be checked and adjusted as necessary.
  • Brakes should be checked while the tires are off and it’s easy to see and reach them.
  • Alignment should be corrected if unbalanced, to extend the life of your tires.

Recommendations will be given if any wear and tear is deemed dangerous to continue driving with, in its current state. Your well being is our top priority. Sierra Car Care & Tire Center, getting families home safely since 1979.

Please schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in today at any of the following location in the Reno, Nevada area.

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers - Lakeside Service Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers – Lakeside Service
Manager: Rob Wolter
190 W. Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89509
Phone (775) 825-1185

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers – Northwest Service
Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers - Northwest Service Manager: Nile Bremser
1300 W. 7th Street
Reno, NV 89503
Phone (775) 747-1345

 


Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers – Village Service
Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers - Village Service Manager: Larry Yarborough
1101 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
Phone (775) 348-7508

The blistering heat wave covering much of the country can also be catastrophic for roads and vehicles.

With temperatures expected to be near the 100-degree mark and extreme heat advisories, officials are warning drivers to take precautions before heading out. Excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service are currently in effect for Nevada and Arizona.

In case of an emergency, you should always carry water in your vehicle. You may break down in an area that will require you to walk some distance before help may be reached.

It is highly recommended that if your battery is older than 3 years, to have it checked or replaced. Heat is the number one killer of batteries, not the cold.

Tips for Road Trips with a Full Load of Family or Friends

Don’t overload the car: Under-inflation and/or overloading the vehicle will place added stress on your tires in the form of excessive heat build-up. Both of these conditions can adversely affect the vehicle’s handling and fuel economy. Again, refer to your car’s owner’s manual and the information placard on the driver’s door jam for the acceptable load limit. This total includes passenger and cargo capacity. Some cars offer additional inflation recommendations for driving with a full load, which is likely to be the case if you are taking the family on vacation.

Check your tire’s inflation pressure before you go and along your trip to maximize fuel efficiency.

Be sure your spare tire is inflated with the correct amount of tire pressure as well. Sometimes having a spare for a long time – will lower the tire pressure.

That’s the last thing anyone wants when they have a flat… replace their tire with one that doesn’t have enough tire pressure… a flat tire.

Before You Go

Stop by any of our Reno Sierra Car Care & Tire Center locations to inspect your vehicle and top off your fluids before you go.

Summer is Here!

Road tripping has never been easier

Thanks to a few tips our ASE Certified Mechanics would like to share about achieving safe summer travel. While vehicles need maintenance year-round, driving long distances in high temperatures adds more strain to your vehicle.

Hot asphalt is tough on tires, and a faulty radiator won’t last long if tested under harsh conditions. So before you pack up the car and your friends and family to hit the road, take a short break, check a few vitals and make sure your ride is vacation-ready.

We are happy to be your one-stop-shop for quality vehicle repair, performance wheels & tires, and gas. Thank you.

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Tire Alignment

If you’re wondering whether your car needs an alignment, first look at your tires. Uneven tire wear — often, more wear on the outside of some tires — is a prime indicator that your car is likely out of alignment. Here are a few more indicators:

  • your car seems to be drifting to one side, even when you think you’re driving straight
  • your steering wheel vibrates
  • you are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn’t centered

How Does a Vehicle Get Out of Alignment?

As vehicle parts age they get worn out and tend to bend or flex, this creates stress & strain and pulls on the suspension system of the vehicle in different ways. Sudden “jarring” of the suspension eventually forces these pieces to pull out of alignment when being driven.

Wheel alignment can be thrown off by:

  • Pot holes
  • Hitting the curb
  • Bumping into concrete parking stalls
  • Fair wear and tear — as vehicles age, rubber components start cracking or losing their elasticity. Ball and socket joints develop looseness. They start to give a little more, progressively getting slightly worse over time.

What if I Never Check My Alignment?

Wheel alignment and axle repair cost often seem like unnecessary expenses, especially if a car is only a few years old.

Dealing with small alignment problems and minor axle issues immediately, however, keeps repair costs down in the long term and helps make sure you’re always in control.

An alignment check will ensure that your car drives straight and handles properly, making your ride safer. You’ll also get better gas mileage because your tires will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.

At Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center, we recommend an Alignment Check with every other oil change. A lot happens over the course of 6,000 miles.

Video: How to Maintain Your Tires for Best Performance

Snow Tires at MST Tire Center

The upcoming forecast of heavy rain & snow fall, means icy road conditions are not far behind. Keep your automobile running efficiently in the cold weather with these helpful tips from our technicians.

  • Tire Tread ComparisonCheck your fluids: oil, antifreeze, brake, windshield washer.
  • Check your tire tread, low tire tread on ice is hazardous.
  • Replace worn windshield wiper blades.

Our ASE certified technicians excel in auto repair, and professional, friendly service.

If you bring your vehicle in, we’ll perform a Courtesy Winter Vehicle Inspection to ensure your car is fully prepped for the ensuing cold. Winter car care is not a step to be neglected, especially if your car has a lot of miles.

Farmer’s Almanac Annual Weather Summary: November 2016 to October 2017

According to the Farmer’s Almanac winter temperatures will be above normal, with precipitation a bit below normal in the Reno area. The coldest periods will be in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods in late November, early and mid-December, and mid-January.

April and May will be slightly warmer and drier than normal.

Summer will be slightly hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in late June and early to mid- and mid- to late July.

September and October will be cooler than normal, with above-normal precipitation.

Farmer’s Almanac 2-Month Weather Forecast

DECEMBER 2016: temperature 30.5° (1° below avg. north, 4° below south); precipitation 2″ (0.5″ above avg.)

  • Dec 1-4: Snowstorm north, flurries south; cold
  • Dec 5-9: Snow, then flurries, cold
  • Dec 10-13: Sunny, cold
  • Dec 14-17: Snow, then sunny, mild
  • Dec 18-20: Sunny north, snowstorm central, rainy south
  • Dec 21-28: Snow showers, cold
  • Dec 29-31: Sunny; mild north, cold south

JANUARY 2017: temperature 34° (2° above avg.); precipitation 1″ (0.5″ below avg.)

  • Jan 1-4: Snow showers, cold north; sunny, mild south
  • Jan 5-10: Snow showers north, sunny south
  • Jan 11-15: Rainy periods north, sunny south; quite mild
  • Jan 16-18: Snowstorm north, flurries south
  • Jan 19-27: Flurries, turning bitterly cold
  • Jan 28-31: Flurries, mild

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October is Car Care Month. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center would like to remind motorists that as the weather cools, a complete vehicle checkup may be necessary to maintain safety and maximize efficiency.

We have provided a comprehensive checklist for winter car care for those who prefer to complete the inspection independently. Or if you are not so comfortable inspecting your vehicle yourself, you can bring your car into any one of our four locations around the Reno – Sparks area.

Winter Car Care Checklist

Battery and Charging System – A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather. It is recommended to speak with one of our ASE certified technicians who can test your battery and replace it on-site, if necessary. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers Full Service Auto Repair Shops can also test and replace weak batteries.

Battery Cables and Terminals – Make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight. This task can be easily accomplished using a few simple steps:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda with 1 cup (250 ml) of very hot water.
  2. Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the top of the battery to remove corrosion buildup.
  3. You can even dip the ends of the battery cables in hot water to dissolve any corrosion on the cable ends themselves.

Drive Belts – Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib “serpentine” belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals.

Engine Hoses – Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or have an excessively spongy feeling.

Tire Type and Tread – In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage.

There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the penny test.

  1. Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you.
  2. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.

Tire Pressure – Check tire inflation pressure on all four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter. As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures – typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Proper tire pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s side door.

Also, if your tires have been filled with nitrogen, we suggest re-filling with nitrogen as well. You can come into MST Tire Center for Nitrogen Services.

Air Filter – Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a 60-watt light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked by most of the filter, replace it.

Coolant Levels – Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level annually with an inexpensive tester available at any auto parts store.

Lights – Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.

Wiper Blades – The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In regions where snow is common, consider installing winter wiper blades that wrap the blade frame in a rubber boot to reduce ice and snow buildup that can prevent good contact between the blade and the glass.

Washer Fluid – It is best to fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.

Brakes – If there is any indication of a brake problem, have the system inspected by an ASE Certified Technician at one of our four locations around the Reno – Sparks area to ensure all components are in good working order.

Transmission, Brake and Power Steering Fluids – Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.

Emergency Road Kit – Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. The kit should include:

  • Mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services, and car charger
  • Drinking water
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets
  • Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window washer solvent
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

For more information or if you would like to setup a COURTESY WINTER VEHICLE INSPECTION appointment for your vehicle, please just find a Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center location near you.

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Sierra car Care and MST Tire CenterSierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers take pride in offering outstanding customer service. Pair that with ASE certified technicians for auto repair services, a local tire warehouse, and four locations to serve you, and the picture should be getting clearer about how much we value your business. We provide the quality resources you need when looking for new tires or auto repair work.

Yelp Reviews SCC-MSTPlease take a look at our Yelp Reviews to discover what other people think about our service in the Reno-Sparks area. You may find that when researching around town to find the best price, other people recommend us. So why not save time and start here!

If you’re looking for a new set of performance tires or would like to take advantage of our FREE COMPREHENSIVE SUMMER TRAVEL INSPECTION, then stop by Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers.

Stop by our Tire Warehouse on Mill Street in Reno, Nevada to see our large inventory of performance wheels & tires. Give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions or are interested in any other auto repair services.

Steve & Laurie Yarborough Owners

Steve & Laurie Yarborough – Owners

What Makes Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers Different from Competitors?
Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers are locally owned and operated by Steve and Laurie Yarborough. Previously 76 dealers, we chose to become independently branded with the goal of bringing better prices to local customers.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center is a family-run, community-focused, neighborhood service station and full inventory tire warehouse, with 5 convenient locations in Reno/Sparks.

We Care About Your Safety and Your Vehicle’s Maintenance!
If you’re looking for the best auto repair services, then you have come to the right place. All of our locations are staffed with the best mechanics around, ASE Certified Technicians.

Whether it’s a car, truck, SUV, diesel or alternative fuel vehicle, we can help!

Full Inventory Tire Center
Because we have an extensive inventory of more than 4,000 tires in stock, our unparalleled tire selection assures you that we will have the replacement tire for your car or truck.

At MST Tire Center, our tire experts are able to match your tire to your specific driving needs, including factors such as driving terrain, endurance and travel conditions, resulting in the best possible match for your vehicle.

Tire Brands In Stock
MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich®, Uniroyal®, GT Radial, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Pirelli, Yokohama.
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Outstanding Customer Service
We pride ourselves on our customer service and the fact that all automotive repair services are done right the first time. We want to earn your trust and become your go-to auto mechanics and your one-stop-shop for tires.

Industry’s Best Warranty
We are so confident in the superior workmanship from our master mechanics, we’ll stand behind them for 36 months/36,000 miles. Our warranty covers all parts and labor for 36 months/36,000 miles*, whichever comes first. For more information, click here.

Hassle-Free Financing
Need vehicle repairs or new tires, but can’t afford the investment right now? Our 90 days no interest financing from Easy Pay might help you get back on the road. For more information, click here.

Community Involvement – Giving Back to the Community
Steve and Laurie Yarborough have a strong commitment to supporting local charities, personally as well as in business. We believe deeply that we have a responsibility to give back to our community and partnering with charities strengthens all of us.

Shop Local – Buy Local
We know there are a lot of choices out there for auto repair and tires, it is our privilege to serve you and your vehicle. We’re proud of our top notch workmanship and high quality parts. You can take confidence in that when you get back on the road.

Stop by any one of our auto repair locations for affordable deals on car mechanic services or tires, or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

NEWS: Sparks Convenience Store is Sold Sparks Service Station

We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our patrons in the Sparks area for years of commitment, please see any of our four other locations for vehicle repair in the future.

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exclusive 3 years 36,000 mile warrantyAt Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers, we want your car or truck to look its best. We also want you to feel good about driving your vehicle. That’s why having a nice set of wheels or rims is crucial.

The steps below will help guide you through the wheel buying process, ensuring sales, appearance and performance satisfaction.

Alloy Wheels

Think about buying alloy wheels if you do a lot of driving in the mountains or in stop-and-go traffic. Some alloy wheels are designed to encourage cool air flow over the brakes to prevent overheating. The alloy itself can help dissipate heat, too.

Plus-Size Your Rims

If you want to improve performance and add a sportier look, think about plus-sizing your rims. With a larger inner diameter, you’ll find steering is more responsive and your car holds the road better. Purchasing rims that are one or two sizes larger than what you have means you’ll have to buy new tires as well.

Keep The Weight Down

Look for rims that aren’t too heavy for your vehicle. Big, steel rims on a small car can decrease handling ability. Heavy wheels are un-sprung weight–not supported by your car’s suspension– and therefore useless for smoothing out the ride or improving balance in driving maneuvers.

If you’re looking for a new set of performance tires or custom wheels and rims, then stop by Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers. Stop by our Tire Warehouse on Mill Street in Reno, Nevada to see our large inventory of wheels. Give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions regarding rims and wheels or any other auto repair services.

Weather forecaster knew it was coming and warned you about the El Nino storms.

ACCUWEATHER FORECAST
Following a storm system that spread the first flakes to portions of the Western states last week, a new system will bring more accumulating snow across the region through the first half of this week.

The storm has the potential to bring the first blizzard of the season to parts of the High Plains and eastern slopes of the central Rockies, including Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

A storm system will track eastward across the Western states into the Plains by Wednesday. Read more…

PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER NOW
The storms have already started to hit and you need to start evaluating the condition of your vehicle. Check your fluids: oil, antifreeze, brake, windshield washer. Check your tire tread. Make sure all engine lights are off – or have a diagnostics ran of your vehicle’s computer to translate the error codes.  Or if you would rather leave that to a professional, come see Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers at any of our 4 location in the Reno and Sparks area.

FREE COMPREHENSIVE WINTER INSPECTION

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Includes: Full 30 point inspection, battery, antifreeze, tires and wipers. Please see a location near you to schedule a visit or just come on down.

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