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Oil Change SyntheticDoes oil change with the weather?
Your engine depends on the free flow of oil through all working parts. When the weather gets colder your oil will thicken and take longer to flow between those moving parts, which may cause damage to and/or reduce the life of your engine.

When should I get an oil change?
You should change your oil when the weather begins to get colder or hotter by approx. 10-20 degrees. Motor oil thins as it heats and thickens as it cools. So, with the right additives to help it resist thinning too much, an oil can be rated for one viscosity when cold, and another for when it’s hot.

At Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers we recommended that you get an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles depending on the year and model of your vehicle. If you live in the city, with a more stop-and-go driving routine, we recommend a change every 2,000-3,000 miles.

Is oil important for the engine?
Without oil to lubricate and cool moving parts, keep them clean and help to seal the pistons in the cylinders, the engine would seize almost immediately. So, yes, oil is important.

Recommended Oil Types 
The weight or viscosity of oil recommended for your vehicle should be located in your owner’s manual, or you can just ask one of our ASE certified Technicians. Changing your oil and filter according to this schedule can save you big $$ and reduce the need for repairs down the road.

After determining the correct viscosity, the next choice in motor oil is what type? Higher mileage blends can benefit engines over 75K miles. Synthetic blends and full synthetics can bring additional protection and often flow more easily during severe cold than conventional oils.

If you are not sure, just ask! We have trained professionals at all of our 5 locations in the Reno and Sparks area. We are more than happy to assist you, for appointments or walk-ups.

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.
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SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Oil Change, Get One FREE!
Come in for an oil change and receive a free oil change voucher good for up to one year. Pass it to a friend, loved one, or keep it for yourself.
Offer Expires: September 30, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: FREE OIL
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Charity Logo'sAt Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center we feel  that community support is important for our city’s growth and success. Good community support promotes business and job growth in a range of fields. That is why we are passionate about giving back to the community and people within our city.

Every month we donate a portion of sales from the pump at our Sierra Car Care locations, and a portion of new tire sales from MST Tire Center (formerly Mill Street Tire), to benefit a local charity.

Our Gas for Goodness Program provides awareness and exposure for the chosen non-profit over the course of one month. The charity is featured on all of our social media sites by displaying photos/videos and information about the charity.

There are so many worthwhile causes and we at MST/SCC feel very strongly about giving back to the community.

You can help local charities too, just by purchasing from Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center.

If you are a charity or would like to nominate a charity for us to consider for Charity of the Month, please submit your suggestion to us at our Main Office through our online form.

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

For more information,visit: www.SierraCarCare.com

Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

Sierra Nevada Donor AwarenessCome out and enjoy a 2 mile walk around the beautiful Sparks Marina to raise awareness for the tremendous need for organ and tissue donations. Give the gift of life and give back to our community.

Location: Sparks Marina

Dates: Sunday, Sep. 15 2013, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Address: 300 Howard Dr, Sparks , NV 89431

*Registration includes a goody bag, water and raffle tickets, entertainment and a great family event.

Web site for sign-ups, donations and more info: Sierra Nevada Donor Awareness

Charity Logo's

There are so many worthwhile causes and we at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center feel very strongly about giving back to the community. You can also support a local charity by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information,visit: www.SierraCarCare.com

Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

Share the Road Safely with MotorcyclesDuring the summer months there are more vehicles traveling on the road, which includes motorcycles and bicyclists. Due to the heavier traffic during these months, safety becomes an issue, which is why every precaution should be taken when practicing safe driving.

Motorcyclists are at a huge risk while on the road, as their vehicles offer less stability, less protection, and they are less visible on the road. With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist safety is an important public health concern.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVER’S
Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a motorcycle rider’s right-of-way, here are some tips for safe maneuvering:

  • Stay back. When riding behind a motorcycle,  increase your following distance. Leave an extra buffer zone for safety.
  • Let them swerve. This is necessary for bikers to miss potholes and other road debris which may not seem important in a car, but can mean life or death for a biker.
  • Double-check when turning. Please, look twice and save a life! If you are looking out for small vehicles, you are sure to see everything else.
  • Share the road. Bikers can only do so much to protect themselves, so make a mental note to keep a look out for them.
  • Practice defensive driving techniques when motorcycles are on the road.

Let’s keep our rider’s safe. They are our friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers. Follow these motorcycle safety tips, share the road, and please, drive safely!

SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDER’SShare the Road Safely
When you ride your motorcycle, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Watch your speed. Motorcycles accelerate the fastest of all vehicles, so exercise caution when passing other vehicles.
  • Wear protective clothing. Leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries. Upper body clothing should also have bright colors or reflective materials, so other motorists can see you more easily.
  • Avoid tailgating and watch for driver’s blind spots.
  • Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.
  • Always ride with your headlights on.

SAFETY INSPECTION
Before setting out on your journey, take a good look at your vehicle and/or motorcycle to ensure everything is in good running order. If you have any questions or concerns bring your vehicle into any of our Reno or Sparks locations for a FREE Vehicle Inspection.  Includes: test antifreeze, battery,  charging system, belts, hoses, fluids, and tires!

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.
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SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Oil Change, Get One FREE!
Come in for an oil change and receive a free oil change voucher good for up to one year. Pass it to a friend, loved one, or keep it for yourself.
Offer Expires: July 31, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: FREE OIL
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Charity Logo'sAt Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center we feel  that community support is important for our city’s growth and success. Good community support
promotes business and job growth in a range of fields. That is why we are passionate about giving back to the community and people within our city.

Every month we donate a portion of sales from the pump at our Sierra Car Care locations, and a portion of new tire sales from MST Tire Center (formerly Mill Street Tire), to benefit a local charity.

Our Gas for Goodness Program provides awareness and exposure for the chosen non-profit over the course of one month. The charity is featured on all of our social media sites by displaying photos/videos and information about the charity.

There are so many worthwhile causes and we at MST/SCC feel very strongly about giving back to the community.

You can help local charities too, just by purchasing from Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center.

If you are a charity or would like to nominate a charity for us to consider for Charity of the Month, please submit your suggestion to us at our Main Office through our online form.

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

For more information,visit: www.SierraCarCare.com

Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

Carefree vacation time

Here are a few vehicle maintenance tips to keep your family on the road, while saving you money this summer.

Whether you choose to perform minor check-ups  and repairs yourself or you prefer a professional mechanic look it over, here are a few tips that  can keep you safe before you hit the road.

We want your journey to be as carefree as your vacation.

Tire Pressure
Check tire pressure to make sure all tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and have been rotated. You will benefit by getting higher gas mileage and a decreased chance of blowout.

Also, if your tires have been filled with nitrogen, we suggest re-filling with nitrogen as well. You can see our MST Tire Center (formerly known as Mill Street Tire) for Nitrogen Services.

Tire TreadTire Tread Comparison MST Tire Center or Mill Street Tire
Check the tread depth of all your vehicle and trailer tires before you go.Put a penny in the tread and if you can’t see Lincoln, you are safe to hit the road. But if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tire tread is likely too low.

You may need to invest in new tires before any long road trips or off-roading. Go to any of our  5 locations for new tire recommendations and check out our current tire specials here.

Brakes
Do your brakes squeak, squeal, or grind, or does your pedal feel “soft”? If the last inspection was more than 24,000 miles or 12 months ago, you may need your brakes inspected by a professional ASE certified technician.

Oil
Make sure the oil in your vehicle is filled up to the fill line and you can still “see through” it. An oil change is recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But, if the oil is black, that is usually an indication you need to change the oil and filter.

We offer a Buy one, Get one oil change FREE Deal. See the yellow coupon below for details.

Transmissions and Gear Boxes
Are you hauling a trailer or any toys, like; boats, ATVs, or motorcycles?  You may want to check and/or change the transmission fluid in your vehicle before you make that long haul.

Lights and Windshield WipersWindshield Wipers at Sierra Car Care
Walk around the vehicle and make sure all lights are in working order and your light casings are clean. If your wiper blades are worn out, they may need replacing.

Learn more
In many cases, early detection of engine or tire problems can be the difference between $ and  $$$. Bring your vehicle into any of our Reno or  Sparks locations for a FREE Vehicle Inspection. Includes: test antifreeze, battery, charging system, belts, hoses, fluids, and tires!

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com
for a location nearest you.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Oil Change, Get One FREE!
Come in for an oil change and receive a free oil change voucher good for up to one year. Pass it to a friend, loved one, or keep it for yourself.
Offer Expires: June 30, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: FREE OIL
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Gas for goodnessScoutreach Boy Scouts of America

Every Wednesday in June, we’ll make a 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 June will support Scoutreach. This sponsorship will allow 45 boys to go to day and overnight summer camps that would not be able to attend otherwise.

The Scoutreach Division gives special leadership and emphasis to urban and rural Scouting programs. Scoutreach is the Nevada Area Council’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background.

“I think that being a scout is good for learning about sportsmanship, responsibility, and team work.  Some skills that I have learned being a scout are tying knots, jamboree, and teamwork.”  Andy,  Anderson Elementary

“Cub Scouts is helping me in everyday life because it has taught me about team work.  It teaches me to how be a leader, and I just like it because we learn to work together as a team.  That is why I like being a cub scout.”  Jordan D.,  Alice Maxwell Elementary

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

For more information,visit: www.Scoutreach.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

Check engine light

We’re often asked, “What’s a coolant flush, and do I really need one?”

In short, yes! Here’s why…

The name coolant is misleading because it does more than heat or cool your engine, and protect your engine from freezing in the winter.

Coolant keeps your car running and prevents expensive bills like replacing radiators, head gaskets, and heater cores.

These repairs could run you $400 -$1500. But a simple coolant flush done every 2-5 years can help you avoid those high bills.

How Coolant Works
Today’s engines run hotter than older cars. And to meet government fuel mileage regulations, manufacturers make most engine parts out of aluminum. This includes your cooling system, radiator, and heater core.

The problem is, aluminum corrodes easily, especially when heated. So, our hotter-running cars mixed with aluminum parts combine to break down your engine coolant faster.

Engine coolant contains inhibitors that protect metals from eroding and corroding. It does this by raising the boiling point and lowering the freezing point of your engine’s cooling system.

So, just like the carton of milk in your refrigerator, engine coolant breaks down over time and needs changing.

When Should I Change My Coolant?
If you want to avoid hefty car repair bills, change your coolant regularly. It’s best to have a professional check your coolant and recommend your next change.

So come into any of our 5 full service auto repair stations in the local Reno Sparks area to have one of our ASE certified technicians give youexclusive 3 years 36,000 mile warranty
a FREE Vehicle Inspection.

Includes: test antifreeze,
battery, charging system,
belts, hoses, fluids,
and tires!

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com
for a location nearest you.

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SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE $60 off a Complete Coolant System Flush
Only $109.95 for most cars and light trucks
(Plus tax and $3.95 environmental fee)
Offer Expires: May 31, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: COOL
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Please Meet…. 

Katie FrazierKatie Frazier, Account Manager
Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center – Reno

“I’ve been working for Steve and Laurie for over 12 years and I can honestly say that I love my job and the people I work for and with. Steve and Laurie are committed to customer service and building customers for life. They also feel that way about their employees. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Sierra Car Care team.”

Gas for goodnessSAFF education is the present

Every Wednesday in May, we’ll make a 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 May will support Sierra Association of Foster Families (SAFF).

SAFF in Reno, Nevada, a 501c3 non-profit organization, focuses on the education of children and teens in foster care, as well as that of their birth parents and foster parents, by creating and facilitating educational programs for reducing the catastrophic statistic of:SAFF success is the future

  • 85% of adults in American federal and state prisons
    DO NOT have a high school diploma and…
  • 70% of those adults were once-upon-a-time children
    and teens in foster care.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local Sierra Association of Foster Families by visiting any of our
5 locations on Wednesdays for gas
and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street
location only).

For more information,visit: www.EducateFosterYouth.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

shocks and struts for all vehicle typesIf you feel like your car is bouncing and rocking too much on rough roads or turns, it may be time for
new shocks and struts.

A quick way to tell is by giving it the old “bounce test.” Push down hard on the bumper or body of your car. If it bounces more than twice after letting go, your shocks or struts are worn out and need replacing.

Surefire signs they need replacing:

· The nose dips when braking.

· The body rolls or sways too much when cornering or driving in heavy winds.

· The suspension bottoms out when backing out of the driveway or hauling extra weight (or people).

· Failed bounce test

Look for signs as well:

If you’re wondering when to replace your shocks and struts, examine your vehicle for signs of problems. If there are noticeable fluid leaks; if the shocks, struts or mounts look dented or damaged; or if your tires show unusual wear patterns, like cupping, it may be time to replace them.

Because in addition to driving performance,
worn out shocks increase other risks:

· Increased risk of skidding on wet or slick surfaces

· Requires more braking distance on rough roads

· Increased suspension wear

· Faster tire wear

Stop by any of our five locations and as a courtesy, we will gladly
inspect your shocks and suspension for no charge.  

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.

Gas for goodnessThe Solace Tree Logo

Every Wednesday in April, we’ll make  a 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 Solace Tree.

The mission of the Solace Tree is that all  children, teens and their family members have the freedom to express their feelings  associated with death in a safe and loving environment. Our peer support programs and educational opportunities help children and teens learn to cope and adjust to the changes in their lives.

In 2002, while teaching at an elementary school and finishing his Masters degree in school counseling, Emilio Parga discovered he had cancer. He was also assisting students  who had lost parents to suicide, accidental death and cancer. In his attempt to provide these children with emotional support, he realized that many kids and teenagers in Northern Nevada had lost a parent, sibling or caregiver throughout the year, and that there were no grief support programs for them. Knowing all too well a child or teen’s need for support when a family member or caregiver dies, Emilio decided there was no time to wait and he created the Solace Tree in 2004.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local, the Solace Tree by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information,visit:  www.SolaceTree.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

Sierra Car Care/MST Tire CenterTune your radio to 96.1FM and/or 1270AM at 10:00AM tomorrow (Saturday) morning to find out more about why you should shop local with Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers.

We are being interviewed on “The CarBuyer Advisor” and would like to remind consumers of what to keep in mind when choosing the right car care center.

We will be discussing The Consumer Bill of Rights for car repair facilities, the benefits of ASE certified technicians, and the many products and services our shops provide every day.

We will also be discussing “Gas for Goodness,” a local charity donation program we started. We will be asking the community to share their favorite local non-profit and how we can help.

So, listen in and we’ll announce an ON AIR DISCOUNT for you loyal customers who are interested. Just remember to tune your radio tomorrow morning at 10:00AM to 96.1FM and/or 1270AM. Thank you for your continued support.

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Also, we will have a booth at the 2013
Nevada Women’s Expo, Are you going?

Nevada Womens Expo 2013 Logo

March 23-24th, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center

It’s not just for the ladies – we have prizes for every driver!
So tell your friends, family, and loved one’s to come and see
what all the excitement is about.

We also have entrance coupon discount tickets
for the Nevada Women’s Expo available at our 5 locations
in Reno and Sparks, if you are interested. Just visit
www.sierracarcare.com for a location near you.

We hope to see you there!

Car Tune-up from Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center

Much like your body, your car needs a regular check up to keep it running smoothly and prevent big problems.

That’s the job of a tune-up.

Depending on the mileage and type of car, a tune-up generally includes replacing
a few small parts that don’t
cost much, but they wear down easily and lower your car’s performance. And these parts can cause very expensive damage when they’re worn.

Typical tune-ups include replacing spark plugs, fuel induction service, changing the air filter and fuel filter, as well as inspecting other system components for wear or damage.

If you’re not sure when your car needs a tune-up, check your owner’s manual for a schedule. Or call us for advice.

Like your health, it’s a lot less expensive and much easier to do a little preventative maintenance now, than pay to fix a bigger problem later.

Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.
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SPECIAL OFFER: INSTANT $25 OFF a Full Ignition Tune-Up
Keep your car running smoothly and reliably for many years ahead.
Offer Expires: March 31, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: IT25
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Please Meet…. 

Jake Koeber - Manager Sierra Car Care in SparksJake Koeber, Store Manager
Sierra Car Care – Sparks
(on corner of Prater and Pyramid Way)

“I work for Sierra Car Care because it’s a local shop where the big boss knows your name and truly cares about your family. You can’t ask for more than that in today’s world, where it’s everyone for themselves. Here at Sierra Car Care we are about the customer, the customer comes first.”

Gas for goodnessShakespeare Animal Fund

Every Wednesday in March, we’ll make a donation 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 March will support the Shakespeare Animal Fund.

For many elderly and disabled their animals mean everything in the world to them, and when their animals become ill or injured they have no money for emergency veterinary care. That’s where Shakespeare Animal Fund steps in.

Founded in January 2004 in memory of a dog named Shakespeare, the organization’s mission statement is to stop the suffering of animals by paying emergency veterinary bills for elderly, disabled and other low income individuals. And to date the fund has paid out more than $275,000, most in the northern Nevada and northern California areas. A registered 501©(3), all donations are tax deductible.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local, Shakespeare Animal Fund by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information,visit: www.ShakespeareAnimalFund.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

Auto mechanic checking car battery

If your vehicle’s electrical system seems to be haunted, turning devices on and off, or creating problems on start-up, you may need to speak to a professional.

The electrical system is powered by, and dependent on, the car battery and alternator. If the battery is not charged, or the alternator is not producing enough power, your vehicle and devices may not run properly or perform correctly.

What are some causes of electrical problems?

  • Insufficient battery charge (or defective battery)
  • Starter or alternator
  • Bad spark plug and/or wires
  • Blown fuses or bad sensors
  • Bad master control unit

Intermittent electrical issues are the most difficult to find and fix yourself. When a fuse “blows”, circuits lose their continuity and devices stop functioning. We can check any code using our advanced electrical diagnostic equipment. Save time and money by starting at the root of the problem.

Why service your electrical system?

  • May increase gas mileage
  • Ensures smooth running engine and inside components
  • More powerful performance

In many cases, early intervention can be the difference between a small problem $ and a big one $$$. Bring your vehicle into any of our Reno or Sparks locations for an electrical diagnostic check. Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your car running safely and efficiently.

SPECIAL OFFER: FREE BATTERY CHECK / TEST!
Check battery charge and inform you if battery is in good condition
or needs replacing. Offer Expires: February 28, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: TEST

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.


Gas for goodnessNorthern Nevada Childrens Cancer Foundation

Every Wednesday in February, we’ll make a donation 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 of February’s donations will support the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

When you donate to Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, you join our cause to support children in our community. A gift of any size will greatly benefit a family whose child is undergoing cancer treatment or suffering late effects from treatment. When a child is stricken with cancer, the needs are great.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local, Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information,visit: www.NVchildrenscancer.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Please see details here.

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