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Which Type of Tire Tread Do You Need?

August 25th, 2016
There are so many tire designs on the road -- all-season, high performance, touring, light truck -- and even within a specific tire design, there may be several Different types of tire treadchoices of tread patterns. What differentiates them, and what are the pros and cons of each tread design? 
 
-- Directional tread has a pattern of grooves and chevron shapes, all pointed in one direction. This design makes it easy to direct water away from the tire's contact patch and prevent hydroplaning in wet weather, and also offers low noise and great road manners. The directional design means tires can only be rotated front-to-rear and not side-to-side or diagonally. 
 
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  Posted in: Tires 101

Tips On How To Keep Your Car Organized!

August 11th, 2016
For some, the idea of an "organized car" is almost blasphemous, but having your vehicle set up so you can actually find things can be pretty nice. The bigger the vehicle -- minivans, SUVs -- and the more people they haul, the more disorganized they can get. Don't let your minivan turn into a rolling dumpster -- here are some great ideas for keeping it organized. 
 
-- While newer vehicles have come a long way in terms of driver and passenger ergonomics and an abundance of cubbies and cupholders, you can use a simple shower caddy across the back of a seat and make it easier for back seat passengers to keep toys, snacks, and other stuff within easy reach. 
 
-- Doesn't it always seem like you have way, way too many plastic grocery bag ...[more]
  Tags: tips
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

A Brief History of the Tire

July 28th, 2016
The tire is such a commonplace item -- it's on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It's easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every other technology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures. 
 
In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for "tires" on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you'd expect. In later years, they were shod with strips of natural rubber, which was an improvement but was still problematic. Solid rubber still rode pretty rough, and the natural, uncured rubber would get gummy in hot weather and shrink and harden in cold temperatures. Charles Goodyear was able to help with the invention of vulcanized rubber, but the mode ...[more]
  Tags: tires, tire, tire technology
  Posted in: Tires 101

2016 Demolition Derby Recap

July 27th, 2016

Remember everyone - DON'T DERBY AT HOME!

We are so glad that so many people showed up at the Demolition Derby last night.  Our team had a great time and hopes that you all did too even through it was hot hot HOT out there..  Here's a recap of the derby winners!

Our very own Corey Rader was both a Heat Winner and he Qualified as 2nd Place Winner Overall!  Congratulations Cory!

Another memeber of The Tire Shop's team, Andrew Esposito, was also a Heat Winner!

... and last but not least, Jim Abbott, our dedicated Service Manager took Best Mechanic at the Derby!

T ...[more]

  Posted in: Community

The Tire Shop Sponsors 2016 Demolition Derby

July 22nd, 2016

Have we mentioned that we love to sponsor fun events around the community?  This month we are sponsoring the Demolition Derby at the Loudoun County Fair.  For details on dates and ticket prices please visit the Loudoun County Fair Website.

We're doing more than just sponsoring...


We have three of our own participating in the Demolition Derby this year: Cory Rader, Danny Manning, and Richard "Turbo" Hunter and are looking forward to watching them work the crowd with some amazingly good 'bad' driving (kids don't try this stuff at home).
 

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What's Leaking From My Car?

July 14th, 2016
You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good feeling. What could it be? 
 
Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down. 
 
Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that's just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there. 
 
For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it's still not hard to figure out -- antifreeze has a sweet- ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

A/C Problems Demystified

June 30th, 2016

Believe it or not, the A/C system in your vehicle is fairly simple in principle and design. Like your refrigerator, it operates on a cycle of compression and expansion of a gas, known as refrigerant. The compressor turns the gas into a liquid, and as the gas evaporates it provides cooling. Like your refrigerator, its main components are: 
 
  • Compressor
  • Condenser 
  • Receiver/dryer
  • Thermostatic expansion valve
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant
  • Blower 
The good news is most automotive A/C systems have become very robust and reliable compared to cars from a generation ago. Most of the time, poor performance is due to low refrigerant levels due to leaks in the system arou ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 16th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden moves, just get over to the sh ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

2016 Mini Soccer Supporter

June 1st, 2016

The Tire Shop of Leesburg, VA Supports the Loudoun Soccer Mini Soccer Program

Year after year we have supported events in our community to build better relationships by giving back. This goes a long way toward making and keep our community and yours strong. This year we are doing it again. We have decided to once again support the Local Mini Soccer Program.

The Mini Soccer Program takes place for several weeks from Fall 2016 through Spring 2017. Children ages 3 through 6 will be participating in a Saturday training program with a Professional Trainer from Darryl Gee Soccer Academy. For seven week the kids will get a chance to have 45 to 60 minutes of fun while learning teamwork, that is age appropriate, to help build the foundation for playing soccer.

”Being part of a team, making new ...[more]
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Regular, Synthetic or Blend...What Kind of Oil Do I Need?

May 26th, 2016

At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:

  • Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work at various viscosit ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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