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Extreme weather can do a number on your vehicle. In the Summer, beyond making your legs stick to your leather seats, the heat can cause serious problems for drivers. It’s important to prepare for the hot weather months ahead.

Here are five safety tips to help ensure that you, your family, pets and vehicle handle summer safely:

  1. Monitor tire pressure: Check tires before and during long trips. For an accurate result, use your gauge when tires are cold, usually before driving in the morning or after you’ve been parked for a while. Tire air pressure increases as the temperature goes up. Scientists have figured out that for every 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) that the temperature rises the tire pressure will increase by one pound per square inch (PSI). Doesn’t sound like much but there’s typically only 30-35 PSI in the tires of passenger vehicles.
  2. Fuel Economy: Gas evaporates quicker in a hot vehicle than it does in a cold one. Keeping your car in a garage or shade as much as possible will improve your fuel economy.
  3. Check fluids: Flush and fill the vehicle’s cooling system on schedule to prevent overheating. Check the level, condition and color/concentration of coolant regularly. Be careful around the radiator cap. Don’t touch or remove it until the engine is cool.
  4. Vehicle Battery: Hot weather can drain the life out of your car’s battery. When the temperature gets particularly high, the battery fluid can evaporate, meaning that damage can occur to the internal structure. 
  5. Professional checkup: For automobile safety, there’s no substitute for regular automotive checkups and fluid checks. Your mechanic should also inspect drive belts, hoses and clamps. At Sierra Car Care we offer a complimentary inspection to let you know how your vehicle is doing. We will recommend any work we see as vital and let you know about the overall general health of your vehicle. Click here for coupons.
  6. Use window shades to deter hot surfaces: Test vinyl seating surfaces and metal parts like safety belt buckles to prevent burns before placing your child in the car. Car shades are inexpensive, effective solutions to keep cool in extreme heat.
  7. Child and pet safety: Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the car windows down. The interior temperature in a car or truck increases rapidly on hot days. It can soon exceed 100 degrees in the car. Be careful even when parked at home. Make sure to take your child and animals indoors with you, and don’t allow them to wait for you in the car. You could get a phone call, lose your keys temporarily or experience some other delay and forget them.

When you need auto repair come into any of our three Sierra Car Care locations around the Reno, NV area.

Pumping Air

Your vehicle’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) continuously monitors the air pressure in your tires.

When there is an instance of low tire pressure, or if the tire pressure drops below the manufacturer’s recommended level of tire pressure, the TPMS will detect and report the discrepancy by illuminating an indicator light on the dashboard of your vehicle.

When the TPMS light flashes on the dashboard, you should check your tire pressure, inflate the affected tire to the level indicated by the manufacturer, or bring your vehicle into one of our three locations so that the issue can be remedied by our expert staff.

During a TPMS maintenance service, our service staff will run a series of tests to ensure that the system is operating both correctly and at maximum efficiency.

If our technicians uncover damage to the system or its accompanying components, they may need to replace valve cores, valve nuts, seals, seal washers, or valve caps.

If you are in need of TPMS repairs, maintenance, or replacement services, or if you are in need of a TPMS installation service, then contact us today.

What is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?

Tires operating below inflation standards put the overall performance of your vehicle and the safety of your passengers at risk. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps increase your safety on the road by improving your vehicle’s maneuverability, decreasing the tread wear of your tires, reducing your vehicle’s braking distance, and improving your vehicle’s fuel economy.

There are two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems in existence today—Direct and Indirect. A Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System uses sensors on the inside tire assembly to transmit tire pressure information to your vehicle’s computer.

An Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System gauges tire pressure through your vehicle’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) by using speed sensors to measure the rotational speed of each wheel (as tire pressure decreases, the rolling distance decreases, and the rotational speed increases).

All TPMS systems require regular maintenance in order to meet maximum performance standards, which requires all vehicles to be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions regarding your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) or any other auto repair services.

While it is always wise to conserve natural resources, the recent price of gasoline has made even the most wasteful people think twice. No matter what your motivation is, here are some gas saving tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Monitor tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.

Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage.

Consolidate trips and errands. Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.

Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.

Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.

Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.

Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on-assuming that the system is in good working order. But turn the air conditioning off in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.

Keep your engine “tuned up.” A well-maintained engine operates at peak efficiency, maximizing gas mileage. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner’s manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.

These conservation tips will not only save gasoline, they’ll help extend the life of your vehicle. Win-win, indeed.

For ASE’s Glove Box Tips, click here.

If you would prefer an experienced ASE certified technician take a look under your hood, just visit any one of our locations around the Reno-Sparks area.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

Here are a few simple tire tips to keep you safe on the road…

Rotate Every 3,000-5,000 MilesTire Tread Comparison MST Tire Center or Mill Street Tire
Because your front tires bear so much burden, you should rotate your tires from front-to-rear several times during their life cycle.

This lets all four tires wear evenly, which can:

  • Increase gas mileage
  • Improve ride comfort
  • Give you maximum life for each tire
  • Improve handling during sudden stops or turns

Watch Your Pressure
Having your tires even slightly over inflated or slightly under inflated can:

  • Increase your chance of a flat or blowout
  • Prevent you from stopping in time
  • Severely shorten the life of your tires.
    You’ll end up buying new tires earlier
    than you expected.
  • Lower your gas mileage

Proper Tire Care Will:

  • Improve tire performance
  • Increase tire life
  • Improve ride smoothness
  • Increase your safety

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.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Please Meet…. 

Rob Wolter, Store Manager Sierra Car CareRob Wolter, Store Manager
Lakeside Sierra Car Care
  (on Lakeside and W. Plumb)

“I like solving car problems for customers. Especially when they come in feeling like it’s the end of the road and we fix their problem easily and get them back on the road faster than they expected. I also keep every part of the store clean, so you feel comfortable leaving your car with us. The way I see it, we’re like doctors for your car. You wouldn’t trust a doctor with a messy exam room, would you? Well, I believe you shouldn’t trust a messy mechanic either.” 

Gas for goodness

Every Wednesday in September, 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 September’s donations will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, you join our cause to support children in our community. It’s not just a donation; it’s an

Big Brothers Big Sisters

investment in a child’s future. Mentoring impacts children’s educational and social skills and sets them on a positive path for life. Be part of something big.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires.

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

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

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