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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

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.

Windshield Wipers: Don’t wait for failure
As the seasons change, we enter again into another cold and wet winter. When you are visiting family or taking a trip, the worst time to realize you need new windshield wiper blades is while traveling in the rain or snow. If you know your windshield wipers need maintenance, don’t wait for failure.
Windshield Wipers at Sierra Car Care

Ninety percent of all driving decisions are based on a clear unobstructed view of the road. This means good visibility is a priority, especially during wet weather when vision may
be impaired by water, road splash, sleet or snow on
the windshield.

Our recommendation is to change your windshield wiper blades every spring and fall. Over time wiper blades will build up with dirt, grime, and are affected by the sun’s harsh UV rays – even if the wipers aren’t used much. This causes the soft rubber edge to break down or deteriorate.

There are two options for replacement of your windshield wipers:

  • Replace rubber insert for your existing wiper blades
  • Replace entire windshield wiper blades

Replacing the whole blade helps avoid problems caused by improperly fitting inserts, which can increase noise, scratch your windshield or create a safety hazard. Some vehicles have different sized wiper blades for driver and passenger sides. Please see your owner’s manual to determine what size and connection you need if replacing yourself.

If you bring your vehicle to any of our Sierra Car Care service stations or MST Tire Center, we can determine what size blades you need and will top off your windshield wiper fluid FREE with the purchase of any 2 new windshield wiper blades. Our goal is to provide performance products and quality customer service.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.

Gas for goodnessTahoe Players Miracle on 34th Street the Musical

For the month of December we are donating to Tahoe Players and Evelyn Mount.

Tahoe Players Association is a community theatrical company with a primary focus on quality theater performance. The company utilizes actors, singers, dancers, and musicians of all ages spanning northern Nevada and California.

Evelyn Mount (since 1976) has provided holiday meals to thousands of Reno and Sparks families through the Community Outreach Food Drive. This wonderful program accepts food, gift cards from local grocery stores, clothing and monetary donations at 2530 Cannan St. in northeast Reno. There is also a food donation bin at the the Sak-n-Save  grocery store at 1901 Silverada Blvd., off Oddie Blvd.

We would like to encourage everyone to take joy in the small moments that fill our lives. Let us help give back to others this holiday season by sharing our time, talents or treasures.

We’ll be making 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.

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

For more information,visit:
www.TahoePlayers.org
www.EvelynMount.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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