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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.

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