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The “check engine” or “service engine” light is a sure sign that your engine should be looked at by an expert sooner rather than later.

Most of the time, your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostics System will detect an engine issue and store the corresponding repair code, which can be accessed by a member of our service staff. Slow-cranking, rough idling, stalling, knocking, or pinging while accelerating are all signs that you should seek engine repairs or engine diagnostics to determine the full extent of your engine trouble.

A decrease in gas mileage and detectable loss of power during acceleration are also signs of an impending engine tune-up or engine repair service. Engine warning lights help alert drivers to minor issues before they become major repairs.

Be sure to follow up with our staff once your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostics System detects a problem with your engine.

Description of Engine Diagnostics and Performance

Discrepancies in performance levels are reported through your vehicle’s computer system. Once the “check engine” or “service engine” light is displayed, your next step should be to seek out an engine diagnostic service or an engine tune-up.

Engine diagnostics allow our staff to gather helpful information about the operating condition of your engine. The insights obtained during an engine diagnostic will determine the extent of suggested engine repairs. The most common diagnostic trouble codes are generated in response to malfunctions in the power-train.

Ultimately, regular engine tune-ups are necessary to optimize engine performance. A tune-up is also one of the most effective ways to prevent unexpected engine trouble.

During an engine tune-up, our staff may replace the spark plugs, spark plug wires, air filter, fuel filter, and distributor cap and rotor in your vehicle. Our experts will also check emission levels, fuel lines, and belts and hoses. Engine diagnostics and regular engine tune-ups can help extend the life of your vehicle and improve the health of your engine.

To learn more or to setup an appointment with one of our ASE certified technicians please click here. Or feel free to give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions regarding Engine Diagnostics.

Sierra car Care and MST Tire CenterWe 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.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS:

• Call us right away,
(775) 525-2420 and let us know how we can help.
• Describe the issue, so we can better diagnose it.
• If you can, schedule an appointment while the problem is occurring.
• No need to bring your paperwork, we already have your maintenance records on file.

WE WILL GO OUT OF OUR WAY TO:

• Road test, inspect and diagnose your vehicle.
• Call and keep you informed at all times.
• And finally, repair any issues to have you back on the road as soon as possible.

IF YOU ARE OUT-OF-TOWN & NEED ASSISTANCE:

• Call or e-mail for details on how we can help!
• Need help from the road? Our nationwide warranty service may be beneficial. Call (800) 457-0019 and describe the problem, we can refer you to a local shop that can help.
• Nationwide warranty extends 24 months/24,000 miles on all parts and labor.

WARRANTIES COVER THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF REPAIRS AND SERVICES:
(subject to the exclusions listed in Terms & Conditions)

• Air Conditioning, heating and climate control systems
• Brake system
• Engine cooling system
• Electrical system, including the starting and charging systems
• Engine performance, drivability services and repair
• Exhaust system
• Fuel system
• Ignition system
• Electronic engine management system and on-board computer systems, (engine, body, brake and suspension computers)
• Cruise control system
• Steering/suspension system, wheel bearings, CV joints, U-joints,
• Half-shafts and drive-shafts
• Other minor repairs

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers warranty most repairs for 36 months or 36,000 miles from the mileage/date of service on the invoice against any defective parts and/or labor, provided the vehicle has been properly driven and maintained since the date of the service per manufacturers guidelines. There is a 30-day warranty on all used parts. Warranty includes defective parts and/or labor only. This warranty does not include any exclusion written on the original work order, and any friction materials (belts, etc.), re-manufactured or used parts. We are not liable for any additional repairs or maintenance needed beyond the defective materials. Specifically excluded are any engine, transmission, clutch, or differential repairs, associated gaskets and seals, or assembly replacement of the same. Commercial vehicles are not covered.

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.

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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LIMITED TIME OFFER
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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.
Find Location Near You >

Offer Expires: November, 30 2014 | Mention coupon code: ENGINE

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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)

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.

We care about your safety and your vehicle’s maintenance!

Sierra car Care and MST Tire Center

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

Our warranty covers all parts and labor for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

We know there are a lot of choices out there for auto repair, 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.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS: 

  • Call us right away, (775) 525-2420 and let us know how we can help.
  • Describe the issue, so we can better diagnose the problem.
  • If you can, schedule an appointment while the problem is occurring.
  • No need to bring your paperwork, we already have your maintenance records on file.

WE WILL GO OUT OF OUR WAY TO:

  • Road test, inspect and diagnose your vehicle.
  • Call and keep you informed at all times.
  • And finally, repair any issues to have you back on the road as soon as possible.

IF YOU ARE OUT-OF-TOWN & NEED ASSISTANCE:

Need help from the road? Our nationwide warranty service may be beneficial.

  • Call (800) 457-0019 and describe the problem, we can refer you to a local shop that can help.

Nationwide warranty extends 24 months or 24,000 miles on all parts and labor.

*Terms of warranty available at all service locations and on the web at: www.sierracarcare.com

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently, to keep you
on the road.

Wishing you happy holidayspresent for Christmas

Having a hard time shopping for friends
and family?

RECEIVE 10% OFF GIFT CARD PURCHASES

Buy any $100 Gift Card for only $90 or any
$50 Gift Card for $45 until December 31, 2013.
See any of our 5 locations for details.

1Driver safety is a priority in rough weather conditions and starts with having the right equipment for your vehicle. When driving in the snow and ice, you may want to think about some extra tire protection, like; snow chains or snow cables.

What is the difference between Snow Chains vs. Snow Cables for your tires? Is one better than the other?

Although snow chains and snow cables perform a similar job, there are several differences between them, enough to affect which one you should ultimately choose:

  • Snow Chains are made of large and heavy steel links and are often used for 2WD vehicles. Although snow cables are effective, snow chains seem to provide more traction.
  • Snow Cables are made of steel aircraft cable, encased in alloy traction coils, and are often used for 4WD vehicles. Due to their makeup, snow cables are lighter in weight than snow chains and are easier to apply/remove. They are also less expensive than snow chains.

To find out if your tires can be equipped with chains, check your vehicle’s maintenance or owner’s manual to verify that it contains no warnings advising against the installation of snow chains.

Some cars and trucks have very little clearance between the tire and other internal components, which may restrict your options to cables only.

If you have any questions or would like assistance shopping for snow chains or cables, please see a location near you and one of our Tire Specialists  will be happy to help you.

Not sure what to gift friends and family for the holidays?

We have GIFT CARDS available for Repairs, Smogs, and  Gas. Finally, a gift card YOU KNOW WILL GET USED! Just ask the cashier at any one of our five locations in the Reno and Sparks area!

STOP BY ANY OF OUR 5 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO ENTER
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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)

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

ASE Certified Technicians, AAA

Here comes Winter and with it comes weather that can change quickly. We are here to help you be prepared and stay safe.

Jeep_Wrangler_on_snow_1949For this region, we recommend drivers consider replacing their Summer or All-Season tires with Winter or Snow tires, now. Plus, at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center all new tire purchases are guaranteed for 3 years or 36,000 miles by warranty*.

Don’t be left out in the cold, shop for tires today!exclusive_3-years_36000_mile_warranty-01

Our Winter tires use softer compounds and dedicated tread patterns to provide better traction and performance once the roads are covered in snow.

  • Winter tires perform well on all winter road conditions, not just ice, like studded snow tires.
  • Snow tires stop faster than any other type of tire on ice in freezing temperatures.

Are you debating between a Winter Tire vs. Snow Tire? We’ve got you covered.

Enter for your chance to win $1,000 for completing a tire survey, just shop for tires here. The rules and regulations are detailed.

If you have any questions or would like assistance shopping for tires, please see a location near you and one of our ASE Certified Technicians will be happy to help you.

Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Communitysparks strong Logo
Every Wednesday in November, 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 November will support SPARKS STRONG to benefit the victims of the Sparks Middle School shooting on October 21, 2013.

The purpose of this charity is to help the families affected by the middles school shooting in Sparks, who may not be in a position to pay for their hospital bills themselves. As a community we should come together to help these families that have been impacted by this horrific event.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center will also be donating some vehicle services and gas cards to benefit the charity fundraiser.

Also, donation bins will be available for SPARKS STRONG at our 5 locations around the Reno/Sparks area to benefit the families affected.

An account has been setup at Wells Fargo for the money donations. Go to any Wells Fargo and ask to donate to SPARKS STRONG.

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

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

This Sunday we would like to encourage you to attend the Sparks Strong Concert, Bike, and Car Show Fundraiser to help support the victims of the Sparks Middle School shooting that happened October 21, 2013.

Sparks Strong Fundraiser for Sparks Middle School ShootingThe purpose of this fundraiser is to help the families affected, who may not be in a position to pay for their hospital bills. As a community we should come together to help these families that have been impacted by this horrific event.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center will be donating some vehicle services and gas cards to benefit the fundraiser. Also, donation bins will be available for SPARKS STRONG at our 5 locations around the Reno/Sparks area to benefit the families affected.

SPARKS STRONG has also been named our “Charity of the Month,” which means that we will 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 SPARKS STRONG.

The event details are as follows. Anything helps!

SPARKS STRONG CONCERT, BIKE AND CAR SHOW FUNDRAISER
Benefiting: Sparks Middle School Victims

Location: Summit Racing, 960 E. Glendale, Sparks, NV 89431

When: Sunday, November 3, 2013

What: Music / Rock Show FREE for the kids
SILENT AUCTION/RAFFLE
Car / Bike Show $10 buy-in or donation of raffle item
Entertainment for kids: Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Art, Games and More!

Food $5 suggested donation per plate. Kids eat FREE.

100% of the proceeds go to the victims and their families. An account has been setup at Wells Fargo for the money donations. Go to any Wells Fargo and ask to donate to SPARKS STRONG.

Volunteers are still needed. If you are interested please contact:
Jerry Baker at 775-233-9819
Rob at 775-287-8675
Keia at 775-324-5433

Here is a link to the SPARKS STRONG benefit on Facebook

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