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exclusive 3 years 36,000 mile warrantyAt Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers, we want your car or truck to look its best. We also want you to feel good about driving your vehicle. That’s why having a nice set of wheels or rims is crucial.

The steps below will help guide you through the wheel buying process, ensuring sales, appearance and performance satisfaction.

Alloy Wheels

Think about buying alloy wheels if you do a lot of driving in the mountains or in stop-and-go traffic. Some alloy wheels are designed to encourage cool air flow over the brakes to prevent overheating. The alloy itself can help dissipate heat, too.

Plus-Size Your Rims

If you want to improve performance and add a sportier look, think about plus-sizing your rims. With a larger inner diameter, you’ll find steering is more responsive and your car holds the road better. Purchasing rims that are one or two sizes larger than what you have means you’ll have to buy new tires as well.

Keep The Weight Down

Look for rims that aren’t too heavy for your vehicle. Big, steel rims on a small car can decrease handling ability. Heavy wheels are un-sprung weight–not supported by your car’s suspension– and therefore useless for smoothing out the ride or improving balance in driving maneuvers.

If you’re looking for a new set of performance tires or custom wheels and rims, then stop by Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers. Stop by our Tire Warehouse on Mill Street in Reno, Nevada to see our large inventory of wheels. Give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions regarding rims and wheels or any other auto repair services.

Nevada WolfPack

The Nevada Wolfpack is back on the gridiron and Sierra Car Care & Mill Street Tire Centers back the pack! Want to see a game on us? Just drop by any of our 5 locations in Reno and Sparks and enter free to win reserved seat tickets!

We’ll draw a winner from each store prior to every home game. That’s five winners for every home game! Enter every day at every store for your best chance to win. Don’t forget to upgrade your tires for winter. We’re ready to help with special deals on the best brands. GO WOLFPACK!

Mill Street Tire
Manager: Larry Yarborough & Lisa Smith
3180 Mill Street, Suite A
Reno, NV 89502

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

Phone (775) 825-1185

Sierra Car Care – Northwest Service
Manager: Richard Blasey
1300 W. 7th Street
Reno, NV 89503

Phone (775) 747-1345

Sierra Car Care – Village Service
Manager: Larry Silva
1101 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509

Oxygen (O2) sensors play a vital role in maintaining peak engine performance. If you think your oxygen sensor is malfunctioning, there are a few factors to consider. Continuing to drive while your O2 sensor is not performing correctly can cause a 15% decrease in mileage. That can really add to your cost at the gas pump!

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What is the function of the O2 Sensor?
The O2 sensor is mounted in the exhaust manifold to monitor how much unburned oxygen is in the exhaust, as the exhaust exits the engine. Monitoring oxygen levels in the exhaust is a way of gauging the fuel mixture. It tells the computer if the fuel mixture is burning rich (less oxygen) or lean (more oxygen).

How long does an O2 Sensor typically last?
An oxygen sensor can last anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 miles depending on type and vehicle. When the O2 Sensor malfunctions your “Service Engine Soon” light will come on and a diagnostic trouble code(s) will be stored.

There may be multiple codes stored for a sensor. A fuel delivery malfunction can be the reason for an oxygen sensor to fail. A fuel injector malfunction could be the root cause for the sensor failure. Just replacing the sensor may not be a long-term solution.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center can help!
Bring your vehicle by any of our 4 Full Service vehicle repair and tire stations around the Reno area. One of our technicians can check your engine codes to see if there are any issues and provide solutions to get you back on the road quick.

Don’t try smog your vehicle with a malfunctioning O2 Sensor
A malfunctioning O2 sensor will not pass a smog test.

Also, if your vehicle runs from a main computer and you have just replaced your O2 sensor, your computer codes have been reset. This means that now you need to drive 50 – 75 miles without turning your vehicle off, before your computer will log any new data. After the new data has been logged, then you should proceed with a smog check.

If you go to a smog check station, typically you will be charged a fee (sometimes smaller fee than a regular smog check fee) even if your vehicle does not pass the smog test.

So, save yourself the hassle and get your vehicle looked at if you suspect your O2 sensor is not functioning properly. Visit SierraCarCare.com for locations and more information.

Pumping Air

The changing seasons and elevation will affect your tire pressure. But, if you suspect a slow air leak in your tire you should come into any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers 4 Full Service Vehicle Repair and Tire Stations to have your tire inspected. You may have debris, like, a nail in your tire, that should be repaired before causing further damage.

Air filled tires
If your tires are filled with air, then your tire pressure deflating is a seasonal event. Seasonal changes and altitude changes create a rise or drop in air pressure (for every 10 degrees change in temperature, tire air pressure changes 1 psi).

The concept is known as the ideal gas law.  PV equals nRT.  The “P” is pressure.  The “T” is temperature.  If the “V” (volume) the “n” (amount of gas, in “moles”) and the “R” (the “ideal gas constant,” which is sort of like pi) remain the same, a drop in temperature necessarily results in a drop in pressure.

The Benefits of Correct Air Pressure
Experts agree that keeping the correct air pressure in your tires is as important for your vehicle as an engine tune-up. In fact, the economic benefits may be greater as well. With the right amount of air pressure, your tires will:

  • Wear Longer
  • Save Fuel
  • Enhance Handling
  • Prevent Accidents

Failure to maintain the correct air pressure can result in poor gas mileage, reduce tire life, affect vehicle handling, and cause vehicle overloading. If you consider these factors, a routine tire pressure check would benefit the life of your tires and wheel components.

What are the benefits of Nitrogen filled tires?
Nitrogen is a beneficial alternative to air in tires. Rubber expands when heated, allowing tiny air molecules to escape, which may eventually lead to low tire pressure. Oxygen oxidizes when it reacts with other gases, like hydrogen. This means if hydrogen sneaks into your air-filled tire, water will form, and even the smallest droplets of water can lead to wheel corrosion and rust.

Nitrogen is a gas that does not support moisture, which means your wheels may experience less corrosion if you choose to fill your tires with nitrogen.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers 4 Full Service locations in the Reno area can offer nitrogen for you tires > Nitrogen Tire Inflation.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spare Tire / Donut
  • Jack
  • Lug Nut Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lakeside Service

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

Northwest Service

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

Village Service

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

Sierra Car Care Sparks

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

MST Tire Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Siarre Car Care and MST Tire Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Race fuel is a performance part.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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