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The steering and suspension system on your vehicle is responsible for maintaining comfortable riding conditions and driving performance. It also helps drivers remain in control of their vehicles at all times.

When the power steering fails, the wheels of the car become extremely difficult to turn. The wheels will turn, but the force required to make this happen can be unpredictable, creating an unsafe scenario. If power steering failure occurs while a car is in motion, an accident may result.

How Does the Power Steering System Work?
In a power steering system, movements made on the steering wheel cause fluid pressure inside the hydraulic pump to move to one side or the other of the pump. This pressure causes a piston to move, and that piston directs the gears to steer the car. The device that senses the force on the steering wheel is called the rotary valve.

The key to the rotary valve is a torsion bar. The torsion bar is a thin rod of metal that twists when torque is applied to it (torque is a force that tends to rotate or turn things). The top of the bar is connected to the steering wheel, and the bottom of the bar is connected to the pinion or worm gear (which turns the wheels), so the amount of torque in the torsion bar is equal to the amount of torque the driver is using to turn the wheels. The more torque the driver uses to turn the wheels, the more the bar twists.

The torsion bar also turns the output of the steering gear, connecting to either the pinion gear or the worm gear depending on which type of steering the car has. As the bar twists, it rotates the inside of the spool valve relative to the outside. Since the inner part of the spool valve is also connected to the steering shaft (and therefore to the steering wheel), the amount of rotation between the inner and outer parts of the spool valve depends on how much torque the driver applies to the steering wheel.

Components of your Power Steering System Include:

  • Power Steering Pump
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Rack and Pinion
  • Steering Gear
  • Belt
  • Rotary Valve
  • Torsion Bar

How Does the Suspension System Work?
The suspension system converts forward energy created by bumps in the road into vertical energy that travels up into the vehicle frame. Suspension system components, like coil springs and shock absorbers, help to dampen the impact of this road force. While the individual components comprising each suspension system may vary, all suspension system components will weaken over time through stress applied during normal driving conditions. Similarly, off-road driving and erratic driving can wear down suspension components more quickly.

Signs of Power Steering Failure
Knowing the signs of power steering failure can help drivers fix problems preemptively, thereby preventing accidents and potential problems on the road.

  • Steering wheel feels stiff, jerky, or unpredictable in movements
  • Whining or squeeling noise while turning
  • Steering wheel vibrates excessively while idling

Regardless of your driving preferences, Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center have the necessary equipment to identify and correct any issue plaguing your steering and suspension system. Our staff is trained to inspect the steering and suspension components in order to determine whether your service will entail a minor adjustment or a replacement.

Shaky, unsteady, off-center, and stiff steering are all cause for getting a steering system inspected and repaired. Excessive bouncing or swaying during bumps and intermittent control while driving and braking are cause for a suspension system inspection. Uneven tire wear is also a potential sign of a suspension problem, though this may also point to alignment issues

Have you Hit a Pothole Recently?
Potholes can also damage steering and suspension components if you’re not careful. Worn suspension components will reduce the stability of the vehicle and the control of the driver. Because suspension system components combine into one working unit, suspension issues that go untreated have the potential to increase the wear on other suspension components, which may result in more extensive repairs down the road.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, please contact us online or by phone today. Give Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers a call at 1-775-525-2420 to schedule your Steering and Suspension Inspection.

 

Just in the past 50 years the automotive industry has revolutionized the way vehicles are designed and manufactured, including more technology than ever before. These technological additions put extra strain on the standard vehicle battery, because the battery itself was not designed to withstand this amount of continual load on top of generating the power needed to run smoothly. The amount of integrated technology may even reduce the life of the “standard” battery altogether. In conclusion, battery innovation is a necessary milestone as we add even more gadgets to the vehicles themselves.

A significantly improved battery would also change the face of the electric vehicle (EV) market. The battery is the one current drawback for most consumers when considering an EV. In addition to a better battery life, it also has a weight advantage that would be more than suitable for the EV market currently holding a battery that is very heavy. So together, an EV would not only weigh less and perform better, but it would cost less, too.

And the solution is coming to Nevada.

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Construction on Tesla’s lithium-ion battery factory has started East of Reno.

“This is great news for Nevada. Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty years. I am grateful that Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada. These 21st century pioneers, fueled with innovation and desire, are emboldened by the promise of Nevada to change the world. Nevada is ready to lead,” stated Governor Brian Sandoval.

The company is expanding its manufacturing footprint into other areas, including in Tilburg, the Netherlands, where it has an assembly facility, and Lathrop, California, where it has a specialized production plant. To reduce the costs of lithium ion battery packs, Tesla and key strategic partners including Panasonic have begun construction of a gigafactory in Nevada that will facilitate the production of a mass-market affordable vehicle, Model 3.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said his company will start producing the car, priced at about $35,000, in 2017. He says the gigafactory—intended to double worldwide lithium-cell production—will cut battery costs by more than 30%, helping make the new car affordable. Tesla’s current Model S starts at about $70,000.

Battery production at the gigafactory is supposed to begin in 2017 and peak battery production should be reached when the gigafactory is fully complete in 2020. When finished, he says, the building will likely total between five and six million square feet—nearly as big as the Pentagon. By 2020, the gigafactory will produce more lithium ion cells than all of the world’s combined output in 2013. The gigafactory is expected to cost $5 billion and employ about 6,500 workers.

Tesla owners enjoy the benefit of charging at home so they never have to visit a gas station or spend a cent on gasoline. For long distance journeys, Tesla’s Supercharger network provides convenient and free access to high speed charging, replenishing half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. Superchargers now connect popular routes in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Tesla’s vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, previously home to New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. The Tesla Factory has returned thousands of jobs to the area and is capable of producing 1,000 cars a week.

The gigafactory will also produce battery packs intended for use in stationary storage, helping to improve robustness of the electrical grid, reduce energy costs for businesses and residences, and provide a backup supply of power.

Musk has said Tesla plans to generate all the power for the project from renewable sources, including geothermal energy, and he hopes to make the battery plant a “net zero-energy factory.” Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation.

For more information about Tesla Motors click here.

What is a Lithium-Ion Battery?
A lithium-ion battery (sometimes Li-ion battery or LIB) is a member of a family of rechargeable battery types in which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge and back when charging. Li-ion batteries use an intercalated lithium compound as one electrode material, compared to the metallic lithium used in a non-rechargeable lithium battery. The electrolyte, which allows for ionic movement, and the two electrodes are the consistent components of a lithium-ion cell.

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect, and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, LIBs are also growing in popularity for military, electric vehicle and aerospace applications.[6] For example, lithium-ion batteries are becoming a common replacement for the lead acid batteries that have been used historically for golf carts and utility vehicles. Instead of heavy lead plates and acid electrolyte, the trend is to use lightweight lithium-ion battery packs that can provide the same voltage as lead-acid batteries, so no modification to the vehicle’s drive system is required.

Other Battery Alternatives
There is a lot of research being done to create the ultimate battery, but that end-all be-all in battery technology still eludes us. There have already been announcements that there are more efficient options than even the Lithium-Ion Battery: Lithium-Sulfur Battery Design.

What Does This Mean for Gas Powered Vehicles?
Battery innovation is great news for the world and comes when energy is emerging as a global crisis and renewable energy sources are becoming a real alternative. Does this spell the end for gas powered vehicles? Not in the near future. This marks the beginning of the transition from gas to electric power in the next 10-20 years though.

One thing is for certain, you can count on Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center to keep your vehicle on the road, now and in the future. Big changes may be coming, and we’ll be ready and here to help!

battery_trouble_winterCold temperatures can make your vehicle act like a lot of things could be wrong.  Sometimes the battery is the last thing checked, but the first on the problem list.

During winter, due to freezing and below freezing temperatures, it slows the chemical reaction inside of the battery, wreaking havoc. Though batteries can function under a plethora of conditions, the cold weather tends to degrade the quality of your battery and may even render some batteries useless.

Your vehicle’s battery loses 33 percent of its power when the temperature dips below freezing, and over 50 percent of its power when the temperature falls below zero.

Avoid Battery Problems
At Sierra Care Care and MST Tire Center we offer a STARTING & CHARGING SYSTEM CHECK that can provide valuable insight for your entire starting system.

The starting and charging system is responsible for getting an engine to run and for keeping different components charged. Using energy from the battery, the starter uses a gear to interact with the engine. Without a starter, an engine would be inoperable. The starting system involves a number of parts, including:

  • Ignition Switch
  • Starter
  • Flywheel

The charging system play’s an equally important role, which includes:

  • Battery
  • Alternator
  • Voltage Regulator

The battery is needed to send electricity to the starter. The alternator powers all the electrical components by generating electrical currents, and the voltage regulator ensures that the output of the alternator does not over- or under-charge the components dependent on the electrical current. Together, the starting and charging systems interact with one another to keep a vehicle operating for its driver.

Starting & Charging System Check offered at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center
The various components that make up your starting and charging system are not impervious to failure from constant use and wear. Warning signs for a starting and charging system problem include:

  • Dashboard Warning Lights
  • Dim Headlights
  • Clicking or Growling Noises
  • Trouble Starting Engine
  • Inconsistent Idle

During a starting and charging system service, our staff will review the voltage level of your battery, test your alternator, and look over your starter. An inefficient starting and charging system can lead to engine failure, which makes routine maintenance extremely important. Some components, like the battery, may give little warning before they fail. Our service staff combines the proper tools with extensive automotive knowledge to test and repair the components of your vehicle’s starting and charging system.

So, give Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers a call at 1-775-525-2420 to schedule your Starting & Charging System Check.

COMMON FACTORS OF BATTERY FAILURE

Battery Age
If the battery is more than five years old and there’s any sign of struggle to start the car, get it replaced. A battery has an average lifespan of four years under “normal” conditions. “Normal” in this case means the battery goes through full charge cycles, isn’t subjected to extreme temperatures, is attached to a reliable and consistent charging system and isn’t providing power for a ton of accessories. See, normal just isn’t normal. In the real world, temperature extremes, vibration, short trips down the street and an ever-increasing array of MP3 players, GPS receivers and other devices take a toll on the battery. Getting your battery replaced when you know it is the problem is better than as a roadside emergency.

Corrosion on Battery Terminals
Corrosion can prevent a car from starting just as much as a worn-out battery. Corrosion is caused by a faulty connection that allows battery acid to escape and corrode surrounding areas. Regularly inspect the battery to keep the connections clean. Carefully clean away any corrosive residue that has formed using a toothbrush and baking soda and also make sure the battery is correctly seated. Excessive vibration/moving can cause a weaker connection as well.

Battery Load
Switch off everything electrical and dip the clutch to reduce the load on the battery when you start a cold car. Do not start the car with the heater and the radio on. They can use up the power coming from the car’s alternator and prevent the battery from charging. Do not leave the heat and the radio on while the car is idling. Otherwise the car will not be putting out enough power for the alternator to charge the battery and power the electrical systems. When you park for the evening check to make sure all electrical items have been switched off – even an interior light, boot light, or radio left on overnight can kill a battery when it’s cold.

If you do not own a load tester, our staff would be happy to test the load of your battery and provide recommendations depending on the result of the test.

Install Battery Blanket or Trickle Charger to Prolong Battery Life
If you mostly do short journeys or leave the car standing for days at a time, invest in a modern battery conditioner/intelligent charger. These can be left connected to the battery indefinitely and can prolong its life without overcharging it.

A battery blanket is used to wrap around the battery and fit inside of the battery cover. A cord with a plug runs from the blanket to a wall outlet. The blanket can produce enough heat to keep the battery fluid from freezing. A trickle charger can also be mounted on the battery. It will deliver enough power to the battery while the vehicle is off to keep it from freezing.

If your vehicle will be stored in a garage for the winter, disconnect the battery. Certain devices, such as clocks and alarm systems, continue to drain battery power when the vehicle is off. If your car will not be driven enough to recharge the battery, keep it disconnected when the automobile is being stored.

Winterization Checklist
To maximize protection against cold-weather conditions, now’s the time to make sure you not only winterize your battery, but your vehicle too. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers recommend that you have one of our ASE Certified technician’s inspect the following items on your vehicle for a safe winter:

  • Replace worn windshield wipers every 12 months.
  • Check all fluids.
  • Make sure the heater and defroster are in good working condition.
  • Inspect all bulbs and lights for proper operation.
  • Check condition of tires, including the spare.
  • Change oil every 3,000 miles.
  • Examine exhaust system for leaks.
  • Flush and refill cooling system with a 50/50 mixture.
  • Check drive belts, clamps and hoses.
  • Starting & charging system check.

If you live in an extremely cold region of the country, we recommend you carry emergency gear in your vehicle at all times, such as:

  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Tire Chains
  • Battery Booster Pack
  • Cell Phone
  • Blankets
  • Flares
  • Flashlight
  • High-Energy, Non-Perishable Snacks

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Exciting changes are coming to Sparks Service Station.

We are expanding our convenience store at the Prater & Pyramid Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center location. We will remain open during renovations, please pardon our dust. As of October, the Sparks vehicle repair shop will be closed. We would like to say Thank You to all of our patrons in the Sparks area for years of commitment, and would like to refer you to any of our four other locations for vehicle repair in the future. And, please enjoy the expanded food & beverage selection at our Sparks Service Station.

Visit us online at SierraCarCare.com or at one of our locations:

 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)

ASE Certified Technicians, AAA

 

The tires you choose need to fit your vehicle, quite literally, but also fit your driving behavior and most frequented driving terrain. Don’t worry, this is our specialty.

The Best Tire Brands in Reno and Sparks, NV
Here at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers, we carry many name brand tires for our customers in Reno NV, Sparks NV, and Carson City NV. Our tire prices are some of the lowest in the Reno and Sparks, NV area.

Benefits For the Life of the Tires:exclusive 3 years 36,000 mile warranty

  • FREE Mount and Balance
  • FREE Tire Repair
  • FREE Rotations

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. Featuring tires from MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich® and Uniroyal®, Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers also carry tires from manufacturers such as GT RADIALS, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Pirelli and Yokohama.

We suggest rotating your tires every 5,000 miles, or every other oil change. Even better, save time and hassle by scheduling a tire rotation WITH your oil change at any of our 5 Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers.

We have passenger and performance tires. At MST Tire Center, our tire experts are able to match your specific driving needs, including factors such as driving terrain, endurance and travel conditions, resulting in the best possible match for your vehicle. You may also shop from home via the online tire finder by inputting your vehicle’s make, model and year.

Not Sure Which Tires are Right for Your Vehicle?
Then please browse through our Online Tire Catalog. We offer one of the largest inventory of tires in Reno and Sparks. Still have questions or need help with other Reno, NV auto repair services? Then stop today!

Tire Catalog
Use our Consumer Tire Guide to learn more about tire type, tire width, aspect ratio, construction, wheel diameter, load index and speed rating. Find out how these basic tire traits can help you choose the right tire for your vehicle. Browse our tire catalog full of the best brands in the industry.

Click here to browse our Tire Catalog

Tire Type
Designates the type of vehicle the tire is designed to fit: passenger (P), light truck (LT), temporary spare (T), and special trailers (ST). No letter indicates that the tire is euro-metric.

Here are some general Tire Care Tips.

Industry’s Best Warranty Coverage

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. Click Here for more information.

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Steve & Laurie Yarborough Owners

Steve & Laurie Yarborough – Owners

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.
> Browse Online Tire Catalog

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.

GREAT NEWS: Sparks Convenience Store Expansion Sparks Service Station

We are expanding our convenience store at the Prater & Pyramid Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center – Sparks Service Station. We will still be open during renovations, please excuse the dust. As of 10/6/14, the vehicle repair shop will be closed. 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. And enjoy the expanded food & beverage selection at our Sparks Service Station!

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ENGINE MAINTENANCE SPECIAL $189.95 + Tax
Improves Fuel Mileage and Performance

Includes the following: Fuel Induction Service, Engine Flush, Oil Change + High Grade BG Oil Additive. *Most vehicles. Not valid with any other offer. Must present coupon at time of inspection.
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Offer Expires: November, 30 2014 | Mention coupon code: ENGINE

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As the mornings have grown colder, I’ve noticed my heater isn’t putting out hot air. With winter approaching, I’d like to get this fixed soon.

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The method used to warm a car’s cabin isn’t very different from the one used to keep the engine cool. In fact, it’s all hooked together and runs on the same circuit. Coolant circulates through the engine and absorbs engine heat, which is exchanged with the outside air by way of the radiator. A much smaller radiator called the heater core uses the same hot coolant to keep the cabin toasty. In general, there are two things that can go wrong with this setup.

Here are the two main culprits of reduced heat output in your vehicle’s cabin:

1) The first item to check is the engine temperature. To help cold engines warm up fast, the flow of coolant is restricted by way of the thermostat—a thermal valve that opens when it’s hot and closes when it’s cold. When the thermostat wears out, it remains stuck open or shut, which leads to either overheating or cool operation.

A worn-out thermostat might be preventing the coolant from getting warm enough to heat the cabin. Replacing the thermostat can be a 20-minute job or a real hassle. Check your service manual to see how involved the replacement is or stop by any of our 5 convenient locations in the Reno-Sparks area.

2) If the thermostat is fine, the flow of coolant in the heater core may be restricted by built-up goop. Sediment and grime can accumulate between coolant changes and collect in the heater core.

A flush can be done by disconnecting the heater hoses at the water pump (when the car is cold) and using compressed air to push the coolant and gunk backward, out the inlet hose. Be sure to capture all the old coolant and dispose of it properly. Follow that with a few rounds of filling the core with tap water and flushing it out in the same way, then refill the core with mixed coolant and reattach the hoses. None of these fixes are hard, but the heater-core flush is messy, so you might want to take your car to a shop for service.

Properly maintaining the cooling system is key for the heating system of your vehicle to work efficiently. Having the coolant in your engine flushed regularly and re-filled with the clean coolant/water mix is very important along with repairing any leaks that occur in your cooling system. We recommend having your cooling/heating system inspected on a regular basis with each oil change, so that you are aware of any issues and can have them repaired while they are still small.

To schedule an appointment for a FREE COOLING SYSTEM INSPECTION good until 9/31/14, or regular service, please visit any of our 5 full service repair stores:

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Sierra Car Care - Lakeside ServiceSierra Car Care – Lakeside Service
Manager: Rob Wolter
190 W. Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89509

Phone (775) 825-1185
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Sierra Car Care – Northwest Service
Manager: Richard Blasey
1300 W. 7th Street
Reno, NV 89503

Phone (775) 747-1345
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Sierra Car Care – Village Service Sierra Car Care - Village Service
Manager: Larry Silva
1101 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509

Phone (775) 348-7508
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Sierra Car Care – Sparks Service
Manager: Jacob Koerber
800 Prater Way
Sparks, NV 89431

Phone (775) 358-6186
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Mill Street Tire Mill Street Tire
Manager: Larry Yarborough & Lisa Smith
3180 Mill Street, Suite A
Reno, NV 89502

Phone (775)329-6434
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and then there’s us: a service station.

That means we’re more focused on keeping your car running its best than sending you out the door with a soda and a pile of reheated, spicy mystery meat. Each Sierra Car Care station is full-on about full-service, meaning we offer brake service, suspension and alignment, cooling system repair, computer control diagnostics, transmission repair, and, well, you get the idea. As we see it, an efficient car is far better for you than a day-old burrito. Thank you.

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Sierra Car Care Locations

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)

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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.

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