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Here, at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers, we want our customers to be in the know about how to properly care for their car or truck. We provide an extensive range of auto service repair / maintenance services, including:

  • Belts and HosesCar Tune-up from Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center
  • Brake Repair
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Lube, Oil, and Filter Change
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Exhaust System Repair
  • Climate Control Systems
  • Cooling System Repair
  • Tire Services
  • Wheel Services
  • Axel, CV Joint, Driveshaft Repair
  • Diesel Engine Repair
  • Differential RepairASE Certified Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Engine Diagnostics and Performance
  • Four Wheel Drive System (4WD)
  • Nitrogen Inflation
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Starting, Charging, and Batteries
  • Steering and Suspension System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Transmission Repair

Hopefully, with the following helpful car care tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and reduce tire wear when driving in and around Reno, NV and Sparks, NV. We also hope this helps you understand when and why your car needs to be serviced by the professional ASE Certified Technicians at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers full service auto repair shop.

Car Maintenance and Care

  • Change your fluids on time, every time.
  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular, 5,000 miles for synthetic oil.
  • Change antifreeze fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Change brake fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Schedule a maintenance check every 15, 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.
  • Replace your air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first).
  • Replace your fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Tire Maintenance and Care

  • Tire Tread Comparison MST Tire Center or Mill Street TireRotate your tires every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
  • Check your tire pressures approximately once a week. Low tire pressures can affect fuel economy, handling and comfort. To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least three hours after driving.
  • Always make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Badly aligned wheels will again lead to dragging of the car on the road.
  • Check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated so it¹s ready to go when you need it most.
  • Use the penny trick to determine if the tread on your tires is worn to low. Take a penny and put Abraham Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves of the tread. If part of his head is covered by the tread, you’re OK. If you can see all of his head, it’s time to replace the tire. When the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch, tires must be replaced.

Gas Mileage Tips

  • gas_savingsCheck and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.
  • Don’t top off. Don’t bother topping off when filling your car’s gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out.
  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car’s gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing, or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.
  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.
  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car’s gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

  • Always check for potential problems before they happen. Following these recommendations will help keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. However, please refer to the required maintenance schedule provided by your vehicle’s manufacturer for the intervals specific to your vehicle.

So, give Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers a call at (775) 525-2420 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

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Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Community

Cystic_Fibrosis_Walk_LogoEvery Wednesday in April, 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 April will support the CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION – Nevada Chapter.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.

We need the public’s continued support to fulfill our mission of finding a cure and improving the quality of life of those with the disease.

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

Walk in Great Strides today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.

For more information,visit:
http://www.cff.org/chapters/nevada/
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cysticfibrosisfoundation
Thanks for supporting our community!

Vehicle InspectionMaintenance lights are the 1st warning. Has it been a while since your last service? Is your vehicle making weird noises, having electrical issues or has your check engine light come on? You should bring it down for a Vehicle Maintenance Inspection.

Vehicle repairs are usually at the back of our minds and ASE Certified Technicians, AAAseem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Why not be proactive about your cars maintenance and prevent any possible big surprises down the road?

Regular scheduled maintenance is an important part of your vehicles long term health. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape can have many benefits.

  • Better gas mileage and efficiency
  • Smoother running engine
  • More eco-friendly
  • Prevent tire blowouts and other mechanical failures, costing big $$ to fix
  • Ensure safety for all riders in the vehicle

At Sierra Car Care, our Quality Assurance Vehicle Inspection will be conducted by one of our ASE Certified Technicians. They will thoroughly inspect the condition and appearance of your vehicle. So come in today and make sure your vehicle is in good running order.

During your vehicle inspection our mechanics will check to ensure proper functioning:

Vehicle Interior

  • Door locks
  • Headrests
  • Seats
  • Ashtrays
  • Mirrors
  • Door jams
  • Seat belts

Vehicle Drive Systems 

  • Steering rack and linkage
  • Bushings
  • Controls arms
  • Dust boots
  • Drive and axle shafts
  • Fluid levels, including differential fluid
  • Tire tread depth

Vehicle Lighting

  • Warning lights
  • Headlight
  • Tail lights
  • Brake lights
  • Backup lights
  • and Turn signals

Additional vehicle inspections offered by Sierra Car Care include:

Insurance Inspection
insurance inspectionAn insurance inspection is done to verify that a vehicle actually exists before an insurance policy is written on it. Also to verify that damage that is reported to insurance for payment of repairs actually exists. Learn more

State Emissions Inspection
emissions inspectionMost cars and light-duty trucks are required by the Nevada DMV to have an emissions inspection once per year. This state emissions inspection program ensures compliance with federal air-quality standards to help protect our environment. Learn more

 State Safety Inspection
safety inspectionMany states require state safety inspections. Emissions inspection may also be required as part of the vehicle inspection. When done correctly, safety inspections can prevent vehicle failure on the roadways. Learn more

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: October 31, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: FREE OIL
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GAS FOR GOODNESS: Supporting Our CommunityNSET Logo

Every Wednesday in October, 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 October will support Northern Sierra Endurance Training (NSET).

NSET_Handing_CheckNSET’s mission is to provide a venue for individuals to meet other people training for endurance events in the Truckee Meadows. By promoting the benefits of endurance sports, like walking and running, in the Truckee Meadows, NSET hopes to improve individual’s health and performance as a result of positive, supportive group association.

NSET is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting physical fitness through activity in the surrounding community. The organization strives to foster an environment of fellowship and good will and exemplify key attributes of being friendly, professional and morally supportive of other athletes goals and achievements, no matter their level of success.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local Northern Sierra Endurance Training 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!

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