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!

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  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