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Studded snow tires literally have metal studs embedded within the tread. These small, strong pieces of metal are designed to dig into ice, which provides added traction. When the driving surface isn’t covered in ice, studded tires can damage the road.

The use of studded tires is said to cost taxpayers millions of dollars in road wear every year. Additionally, as studded tires chip into the concrete, they eventually cut ruts in the road that will fill with water to create a hydroplaning hazard when it rains. This has prompted states to prohibit studded winter tires completely or restrict them to seasonal use. Check with local law enforcement officials to confirm restrictions in your area.

Stud Insertion

Tire studs consist of two primary parts. The tungsten carbide pin is the element that protrudes beyond the tire tread and contacts the pavement surface. The outside part of the stud is a cylindrical metal jacket or body that is held in the tire tread rubber by a flange at the base.

Typically 80 to 100 studs per tire are inserted into holes molded in the tire’s tread design. A special tool spreads the rubber and inserts the stud.

This illustration shows a stud hole molded into the tread when manufactured, as well as studs properly installed, inserted too shallow or too deep.

Stud Insert Diagram

All-season tires are built to handle a variety of road conditions – dry roads, wet roads, and in many cases, light snow. The tread compound of all season tires can harden in low temperatures, so there’s less traction between the road and your tires.

Winter tires are built specifically to perform in winter conditions like low temperatures, ice, slush, and snow.  Winter tires use special rubber compounds that stay pliable in the cold, giving them better grip and improved braking, even in extreme conditions.

What Does Tire Quality Matter if My Vehicle Has AWD or 4WD?

It matters! All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive improve traction by sending power to all four wheels when you accelerate (instead of just two wheels, as in front- or rear-wheel drive). But 4WD or AWD doesn’t help at all once you put on the brakes. Winter tires improve traction whether you’re accelerating, turning, or braking.

What Does the Symbol “Mountain / Snowflake” Mean on Winter Tires Sidewall?

A sidewall mark of M+S (or M/S, M&S, MS) means that you have an all-season tire that has been approved for use in mud and snow by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA). These tires will provide traction in light snow, but we wouldn’t want to be caught in a blizzard with a set of M+S tires.

The mountain/snowflake symbol (shown here) on the sidewall means that a tire has been approved for “severe snow service” by the RMA. These tires are tested to be sure they meet the RMA’s standards for snow traction.

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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 have passenger and performance tires as well as studded, winter and all-season 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.

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We would like to remind you that no matter where you’re going, if you need our services we’ll be here. Whether it’s tires, an oil change or something more, our ASE certified technicians will keep your vehicle running strong.

3 Safety tips we encourage drivers to keep in mind before any long distance travel.

1. Emergency kit. Be sure to keep a winter emergency kit in the car including a flashlight (check to make sure it works and has extra batteries), booster cables, tools, duct tape, and emergency rain coats (ponchos). Extra supplies to think about packing in the trunk are: snow brush and/or scraper, gloves, water, cloth or paper towels, blankets and extra winter clothing. An emergency meal is not a bad idea as well; MRE or Meal-Ready-to-Eat or other non-perishable snacks.

2. Maintain your vehicle. Always make sure your vehicle is up to date with its maintenance, especially for winter.  If the battery is more than 3 years old, it should be tested. Windshield wiper blades are critical for clearing the windshield for a clear view. Consider replacing your worn out wiper blades with winter or all-season. Remember to keep your washer fluid reservoir full. We are currently offering a FREE Courtesy Winter Vehicle Inspection (click link for related coupon information).

3. Snow tires. If you’re considering getting snow tires, make sure you install them on all four (not just two) wheels.  Otherwise, the front (or back) of your car will respond differently to the road and ice than the other resulting in possible steering difficulties. See this related article for more information about whether to choose Winter Tires vs. Snow Tires.

 

 

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
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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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*.

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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!

Why switch to a winter or snow tire during the winter months?
Winter time presents the most challenging driving conditions drivers will face throughout the year. In addition to the reduced hours of daylight and colder temperatures, drivers must combat winter’s wet, slush, snow and ice-covered roads.Driving in Snow

Having the best tires for these conditions can mean the difference between a slightly stressful journey and ending up in a ditch. Due to the high elevation mountain ranges throughout the state that receive snow on a regular basis, winter in Nevada requires a more reliable tire.

Winter Tires
Winter tires are designed for winter road conditions, including ice, snow, and slush, as well as cold temperatures. Winter tires use softer compounds and dedicated tread patterns to provide better traction and performance once the roads are covered in snow. Benefits of winter tires:

  • They perform well on all winter road conditions, not just ice, as studded snow tires do
  • Deeper tread means that slush and snow fall out of the tire as it rotates, meaning less build-up
  • Noise levels are the same as for all-season tires

Snow Tires
Snow tires are often thought to have the best grip, so many drivers choose them in case they get caught in a slippery situation. This is not always the case. The grip of studded snow tires is best only on ice and when temperatures are near or below freezing. Benefits of studded snow tires:

  • They stop faster than any other type of tire on ice in freezing temperatures
  • Studded snow tires chew up the ice on the roads, creating friction that benefits drivers with non-studded tires

So with a snow tire, you still get chunky tread, a bit less stability on the highway and more noise from the studs, but you do get excellent snow traction. Nevada Law permits the use of studded snow tires from October 1st – April 30th each year.

Stop in for a FREE tire inspection and we’ll top off your windshield wiper fluid.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Charlie Before Adopt A Vet Dental

Charlie Before Adopt A Vet Dental

Gas for goodness

Veteran’s Day is November 11th. But we’re supporting our local vets all month long. Every Wednesday in November, 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, or $4.00 for every set of four on Saturdays at our Mill Street location. All of November’s donations will support Adopt a Vet Dental Program.

AAVD provides free dental care to Northern Nevada’s low-income veterans who are in critical need. Although most of these veterans fought bravely for us in the front lines, they do not qualify for treatment at the VA Dental Clinic.

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

Charlie After AAVD with Dr. McElhinney

Charlie After AAVD with Dr. McElhinney

For more information,visit: www.AdoptaVetDental.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

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