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Thank you Ronald McDonald House Charities

You are invited to make someone happy at the 3rd Annual Red Shoe Gala. We are not asking you to make just one someone happy; we’re asking you to make families with children in the hospital happy by keeping them together when it matters the most. We hope that we can count on you to support our cause at the 3rd Annual Red Shoe Gala in your best red shoes.

Red Shoe Gala

Thursday, October 10, 2014- Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, NV

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Best Red Shoes Competition

7:00 p.m. Dinner – Red Shoes Preferred

If you have any questions please contact (775) 322-4663 or info@rmhc-reno.org

To register: http://rmhc-reno.org/html/redshoegala.asp

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada www.rmhc-reno.org

 

flat-tireLet’s take a look at some of the most common roadside emergencies drivers may face.

So, You Have a Flat Tire…
Are you prepared for this? Maybe you ran over a nail at a friends house, or a jagged rock on a dirt road… flat tires happen. But the important thing to think about is: Are you prepared for a flat tire, should it happen to you?

We are in the heaviest part of the travel season and good tires matter, especially with climbing temperatures across the U.S. The last thing you need is less than satisfactory tires when you may or may not have family members with you.

  • Always check tire pressure before any extended driving trips.
  • Make sure you have sufficient tire tread for the trip on or off-road. Try the penny test to measure tire tread. This is especially important for RVs, Campers and Tow Trailers. Search our online tire warehouse for all your tire needs: MST Tire Center | Tire Warehouse

Quick Solutions For a Flat Tire
Important items you will need to repair your flat tire:

  • Spare Tire / Donut
  • Jack
  • Lug Nut Bar

If you are missing any of these items, you had better call a tow truck. (It is recommended to check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated as well, so it’s ready to go when you need it most.)

If you have a nail stuck in your tire, leave it in, until you are somewhere you can either get a tire plug kit (temporary fix) or get your vehicle to a tire repair shop.

Is Your Vehicle Leaking Antifreeze?
Did you get ready to leave only to find a puddle of green below you vehicle? You may have a leak in your radiator. This can cause over-heating, reduced engine performance, and ultimately engine failure if not properly taken care of.

Cars are not supposed to leak antifreeze, also known as engine coolant. The fluid runs from different parts of the engine to others and is always contained. If you see this greenish fluid on the ground or other engine parts, something is broken or split and must be repaired or replaced.

If you are not a trained mechanic even the quick-search remedies online may not help, you may want to see a car care professional, preferably an ASE Certified Technician

Smoke Coming From Under the Hood? This could be caused by a few different things, oil on your engine, accidently leaving the oil cap off and driving, blown head gasket, over-heating radiator, etc. Maybe you took your vehicle to one of those “Express” oil change service stations, and they got oil all over your engine?

There are a number of reasons this may happen, but if you car doesn’t start after cooling and maybe adding some water to the radiator… you may want to get your vehicle towed to the nearest service station.

Did You Turn the Key in the Ignition Only to Find that Nothing Works and Your Engine Won’t Start?

If you are having trouble starting your engine, visit us for a battery replacement service. We will determine if the battery is the cause of the problem and in need of replacement.

If your battery has low voltage, it may just be time for a replacement. On average, a battery will last 3-5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme elements can shorten the life of your car battery.

If your battery is good, then you may need an inspection on your engine starter and/or electrical system.

These are just a few of the most common roadside emergencies drivers face on the road. If you find yourself in need of an expert opinion for you vehicle, just come on by and we’ll take care of you.

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STOP BY ANY OF OUR 5 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS IN RENO-SPARKS

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Lakeside Service

(775) 825-1185
190 W. Plumb Lane & Lakeside
(1 block West of So. Virginia)

Northwest Service

(775) 747-1345
1300 W. 7th & Elgin
(1 block W. of Keystone)

Village Service

(775) 348-7508
1101 California Ave. & Booth
(S. on Keystone to Booth St.)

Sierra Car Care Sparks

(775) 358-6186
800 Prater Wy. & Pyramid Wy.
(1/2 mile N. off I-80 exit)

MST Tire Center

(formerly Mill Street Tire)
(775) 329-6434
3180 Mill Street & Telegraph
(2 blocks East of Terminal)

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra
Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Community
Reno Youth Jazz OrchestraEvery Wednesday this July, we’ll make a ($.01) penny donation to Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, a local nonprofit,  for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers.  And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center.

The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006. Their mission is to assemble, by audition, the top middle and high school Jazz talent in the Reno-Sparks-Carson-Tahoe communities in order to provide opportunities for the performance, preservation, appreciation, and study of JAZZ.

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra PosterFREE CONCERT
Jazz at Bartley Ranch
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
7:30 – 9:30 pm

So, when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesday’s for gas and Saturday’s for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information, please visit:
www.RenoYouthJazzOrchestra.com
www.SierraCarCare.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Email me at: Laurie@USAFleetSolutions.com

Siarre Car Care and MST Tire Center

Best Place to Get a Car Repaired: Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center

Welcome to Reno News & Review’s “Biggest Little Best of Northern Nevada 2014”, the state’s most accurate, most unbiased and biggest popularity contest. Participate in the yearly poll to tell everyone who is the “best-of-the-best” in Reno.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center WOULD LIKE YOUR VOTE!

Sierra Car Care has taken care of Reno and Sparks with valuable ASE certified automotive repair and outstanding customer service. With our 5 full service gas and repair stations around the Reno and Sparks, Nevada area, we are close when you need us!

We are a Full Service auto repair company providing repairs for all ranges of vehicles; from passenger cars and trucks, to RVs and even fleet vehicles. Each store specializes in tires from MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich®, Uniroyal® and many other brands. Our tire prices can compete with Costco and the Tire Rack.

Each year, Reno News & Review chooses a special aspect of Northern Nevada to feature in their poll. This year, they’ve decided to highlight the women of arts, business, politics and culture. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers are owned and operated by Laurie & Steve Yarborough and are an equal opportunity employer.

We would like your vote! Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center would appreciate your recognition for the following Section: Goods & services – Best place to get a car repaired. Hurry voting ends July 25, 2014. Vote Here: http://www.newsreview.com/reno/ballot/bestofreno14

The readers’ poll will be conducted from June 5 through July 25. Published results will be available on Aug. 7th, 2014.

Save Money at The Pump at Sierra CAr CAreThe summer heat is fast approaching and so are rising gas prices.

A few simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and even help protect the environment. With 5 local, full service gas stations in the Reno and Sparks Nevada area, our advisement for gas savings may be worth reading.

What many motorists don’t realize is that fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle maintenance and can impact the amount of gasoline your vehicle uses. Gas prices can climb quickly, but the good news is that you have some control. By properly maintaining your vehicle, you can improve fuel economy while saving money.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center would like to encourage motorists to be car care aware and perform regular vehicle maintenance to improve fuel economy.

  1. Gas Cap
    Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.
  2. Tune-Up
    Keep your vehicle running properly and improve gas mileage by an average of 4%.
  3. Motor Oil
    Improve gas mileage by 1 – 2% by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Air Filters
    Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  5. Tire Pressure
    Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3%.
  6. Fix It
    Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

In addition to vehicle maintenance, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, can also increase fuel efficiency. Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption.

Since 1975, Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center’s have proudly been providing fast, friendly and reliable service along with Quality Guaranteed Auto Repair. If you would like to find out more, please visit SierraCarCare.com for more information.

vp-racing-fuelSierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers is proud to offer VP Racing Fuel. We sell 100 Octane unleaded at our pumps at our Sparks location for Street Performance vehicles including luxury cars and sports cars, collector cars, street motorcycles, etc.  We also sell packaged VP Racing fuel with higher octane for off road vehicles at all of our locations.

When you crave the most power, best performance and must-have fuel consistency, you need VP Racing Fuels.

Why? Because performance fuel is our passion, our lifeblood. It’s not a sideline or hobby, it’s not one department or profit center in a large conglomerate. Since 1975, it’s been the primary focus of everything we do.

And it’s not just “race gas.” It’s performance fuels of all types—racing gasoline, racing methanol, nitromethane, small engine fuels, hobby fuels, storage fuels—essentially any application requiring custom formulation for specific performance characteristics. And the pump gas you’ll find at VP-branded stations? In keeping with VP’s demanding standards, you can be confident it ranks with the best on the market.

Obsessive R&D
VP’s singular focus is reflected in our obsessive dedication to R&D. Our technological developments set us apart from every other racing fuel manufacturer. What other company would focus on developing formulas for even the smallest niches in racing—to the tune of nearly 70 blends?

While VP Racing owns and operates a fully equipped analytical laboratory, we spend most of our time working with racers in their shops, on their dynos and with their vehicles at the track. We’re actively involved in our customers’ success. That’s how most of our blends came about—in response to specific customers’ requests for help. Most of us are racers as well, so we like the thrill of competition. And we like to win.

“World Leading Technology” is a bold claim.
But the facts speak for themselves—in volumes. As if nearly 70 blends weren’t enough, VP has introduced more fuels this year that set new standards for performance in powersports, off-season storage and other applications. And you can expect the technological advancements from VP’s lab to keep on coming.

It’s about winning.
Technology aside, racing is about winning. And the fact is, in racing not subject to fuel rule restrictions, VP fuels more winners than any American fuel company. Consider the NHRA Pro Stock Champions who have made VP their fuel of choice for 34 consecutive years. Or the VP-powered AMA Pro Racing motorcyclists who swept most of the Pro Class Championships over the last decade. Or the Champions of the American LeMans series, who rely on VP to fuel some of the most technologically advanced cars in racing. Even the Champions of the Reno Air Races, where VP fuels the world’s fastest piston-powered airplanes.

So besides winning, what’s behind VP’s passion to stay on the leading edge of performance? It’s a recognition that we’re manufacturing performance parts. And our performance parts can mean the difference between winning and losing.

Race fuel is a performance part.

That’s right—fuel is a performance part, as critical to your program as a camshaft or piston. A race vehicle is nothing more than a collection of parts. And to have a winning race vehicle, you need the best parts—and that includes racing fuel. Racing fuel that is specifically designed to optimize performance in your application, according to your requirements and your fuel rules.

The most cost effective performance gains you can buy.
Because you presumably race to win, you know winning usually requires the best parts—and you get what you pay for.

Formulating race fuel is challenging and complex. Recognizing that race fuel is a performance part, VP seeks out and uses only the best components. And the components that yield the best results are expensive. That’s why VP’s fuels are typically not inexpensive. VP fuels are premium products manufactured with premium components. We take no shortcuts. If you see a lower price on another race fuel, your first question should be “what shortcuts were taken in its production” and “what am I risking or sacrificing as a result?”

vp100-barrelPrice vs. Performance
We encourage you to weigh the price of VP’s fuels against the quality and performance gains they deliver. We’re confident you’ll find they’re among the most cost-effective parts in your arsenal.

As an example, if you switch a drag car from a generic 116 octane fuel to VP’s Q16, you can pick up 30 Hp (and sometimes more) in a 550 in. engine and a .03-.05 gain in your 1/8 mile ET. Even if you’re paying $3 more per pass for Q16, that’s the cheapest horsepower you can buy!

Or say you switch your circle track car from a “standard” 110 fuel to VP113. You’ll find it makes more power, offers better throttle response, burns cleaner and your engine runs cooler. And because it runs cooler, you’ll maintain power through the longest races and harshest conditions. Considering what you spend on your engine, isn’t it worth $1-2 extra per gallon to not only improve your chances of winning but also protect your investment?

Please call us at one of our store locations or contact us online.

air-conditioning

The hot summer heat is never easy on a vehicle and can lead to overheating and damage to your radiator and engine if not taken care of properly.

Your vehicles cooling system is what keeps your engine at the proper temperature. If the engine is too cold, it emits more pollutants and engine components can wear out quicker. If the engine is too hot, it can cause serious damage, or even stop working completely.

Visit Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center today for your FREE COOLING SYSTEM INSPECTION before the heat wave hits ($27 Value). Offer ends July 31, 2014.

At Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center, one of our ASE certified technicians can thoroughly inspect your cooling system for any malfunctions. If any parts are worn out or need replacement, our technicians can quickly and efficiently take care of that for you.

Description of Cooling System

The cooling system primarily consists of:

  • Cooling Fan
  • Water Pump
  • Thermostat
  • Radiator
  • Heater Core
  • Heater Valve

and various other parts that primarily work together to dissipate and remove heat from a vehicle’s engine.

The antifreeze is also responsible for keeping other engine fluids from boiling or freezing. After the antifreeze flows through the engine, it cycles back to the radiator, where the excess heat escapes through the radiator’s walls. The antifreeze is cooled by the cooling fan and readied to be re-released into the engine to dissipate additional heat.

Benefits of Cooling System Repair

Over time, antifreeze breaks down and loses its efficiency. If not drained and replaced, old antifreeze can lead to corrosion.

During a cooling system flush and fill, our staff will drain the antifreeze from the radiator, flush the cooling system, and fill the radiator with  new antifreeze.

Proper cooling system maintenance will help keep your vehicle running cool all Summer long.

Cooling System Inspection Includes: 

During an inspection of the cooling system service, our experts will check the cooling fan for damage and the fan belt for cracks. Because the radiator is responsible for cooling the antifreeze as it circulates throughout the cooling system, a leak or a broken radiator hose can lead to major engine failure.

A radiator pressure test is one way we can check for potential leaks or radiator damage.

Ultimately, neglecting basic cooling system and radiator maintenance can lead to a potential radiator replacement and major engine or radiator repairs down the road.

Set up your appointment online or give Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers a call at  (775) 525-2420 today to schedule your next Cooling System maintenance appointment.

 

Millicent Momma Don't Cry Just Smile

GAS FOR GOODNESS PROGRAM

Every Wednesday in May, we’ll make a ($.01) penny donation to Millicent’s Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street.

Join our community in supporting this cause by participating in the Poker Run and Show-n-Shine this Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Car Show starts at 9am at Sparky’s on East Prater, proceeds to support Millicent.

Poker Run Millicent's Fight CAR SHOW

Click for PDF of event flyer.

Enjoy the classic cars and even win prizes. Best of all support a local cause and help Millicent’s Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).

A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support Millicent’s Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For More Information:

Millicent’s Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis Web Site

Tonne Carr (775) 224-8562

Kim Young (775) 544-3949

Cheryl Lackey (775) 750-9467

David Lyson (775) 742-2744

Thanks for supporting our community!

ASEBlueSeal200x180-01-e1335835858656ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
One way to determine if a repair shop is qualified to maintain and repair your vehicle is the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. It should be proudly displayed, as this achievement is not easy to accomplish.

What is the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence?
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (or ASE) is an independent, non-profit organization that tests and certifies auto repair & service professionals. Since 1972 ASE has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals and providing certification for many facets of automotive service.

Certification in a given category requires passing an exam and two years relevant work experience. For example, an ASE Master Technician shall have passed exams in each of eight categories (Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission and Drive Trains, Suspension & Steering, Brakes, Electrical Systems, Heating & Air Conditioning, and Engine Performance) and have two years experience servicing each of those systems.

 

 

We-employ-ase-certified-professionalsHow Does ASE Certification Help Gain Trust?
Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center’s ASE Certification promotes our dedication to excellence in automotive repair and service. ASE certifies our automotive technician and service professionals, not the auto shop(s).

Why Does ASE Exist?
To protect the automotive service consumer, shop owner, and the automotive technician. ASE will 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. ASE certifies 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 exams are not easy. Only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt. To remain ASE certified, professionals must be retested every five years to keep up with advancements in automotive technology.

Peace of Mind with our ASE Certified Technicians
At Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center we are proud to provide our customers with ASE certified technicians that excel in auto repair, and professional, friendly service. When you need a professional and experienced technician to service your vehicle, contact Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center.

Here, at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers, we want our customers to be in the know about how to properly care for their car or truck. We provide an extensive range of auto service repair / maintenance services, including:

  • Belts and HosesCar Tune-up from Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center
  • Brake Repair
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Lube, Oil, and Filter Change
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Exhaust System Repair
  • Climate Control Systems
  • Cooling System Repair
  • Tire Services
  • Wheel Services
  • Axel, CV Joint, Driveshaft Repair
  • Diesel Engine Repair
  • Differential RepairASE Certified Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Engine Diagnostics and Performance
  • Four Wheel Drive System (4WD)
  • Nitrogen Inflation
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Starting, Charging, and Batteries
  • Steering and Suspension System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Transmission Repair

Hopefully, with the following helpful car care tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and reduce tire wear when driving in and around Reno, NV and Sparks, NV. We also hope this helps you understand when and why your car needs to be serviced by the professional ASE Certified Technicians at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers full service auto repair shop.

Car Maintenance and Care

  • Change your fluids on time, every time.
  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular, 5,000 miles for synthetic oil.
  • Change antifreeze fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Change brake fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Schedule a maintenance check every 15, 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.
  • Replace your air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first).
  • Replace your fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Tire Maintenance and Care

  • Tire Tread Comparison MST Tire Center or Mill Street TireRotate your tires every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
  • Check your tire pressures approximately once a week. Low tire pressures can affect fuel economy, handling and comfort. To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least three hours after driving.
  • Always make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Badly aligned wheels will again lead to dragging of the car on the road.
  • Check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated so it¹s ready to go when you need it most.
  • Use the penny trick to determine if the tread on your tires is worn to low. Take a penny and put Abraham Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves of the tread. If part of his head is covered by the tread, you’re OK. If you can see all of his head, it’s time to replace the tire. When the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch, tires must be replaced.

Gas Mileage Tips

  • gas_savingsCheck and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.
  • Don’t top off. Don’t bother topping off when filling your car’s gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out.
  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car’s gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing, or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.
  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.
  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car’s gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

  • Always check for potential problems before they happen. Following these recommendations will help keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. However, please refer to the required maintenance schedule provided by your vehicle’s manufacturer for the intervals specific to your vehicle.

So, give Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers a call at (775) 525-2420 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

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Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Community

Cystic_Fibrosis_Walk_LogoEvery Wednesday in April, we’ll make a ($.01) penny donation to a local charity for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street.

All donations in April will support the CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION – Nevada Chapter.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.

We need the public’s continued support to fulfill our mission of finding a cure and improving the quality of life of those with the disease.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION – Nevada Chapter by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

Walk in Great Strides today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.

For more information,visit:
http://www.cff.org/chapters/nevada/
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cysticfibrosisfoundation
Thanks for supporting our community!

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