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  1. maintenance May 31, 2017

    Everything you need to know about timing belts

    From crankshafts to camshafts, this article will explain how a timing belt works and why it needs to be replaced

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  2. safety January 06, 2017

    Preparing Your Vehicle For Cold Weather

    While winter weather can be a pretty sight, it presents a slew of challenges to you and your vehicle. Cold weather ensures the mechanical abilities of your car are working overtime. Here's how to prepare.

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  3. maintenance June 21, 2016

    5 ways to keep your car cool in the summer heat

    Follow these tips to keep your car cool this summer season

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  4. maintenance May 25, 2016

    What does your car color say about you?

    Does your car color reflect your personality? Read this article to find out

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  5. safety May 17, 2016

    Avoid the Kicking and Screaming for Your Next Road Trip

    Now that the cost of flying for a family of four is about four times more expensive than driving it seems like this summer is as good a time as any for a road trip. No doubt, many families will opt for packing the minivan this year to reach their destination- and we are here to help your trip run smoothly!

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  6. maintenance May 17, 2016

    How to avoid an accident

    Use these tip to avoid an accident

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  7. maintenance May 12, 2016

    10 Songs you must have on your road trip playlist

    Be sure to include these songs of your summer road trip playlist!

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  8. maintenance May 03, 2016

    How do I know when I need new brakes?

    Since mileage estimates for brake life can vary greatly, Virginia Tire & Auto share signs of brake wear that drivers should be on the look out for

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  9. maintenance April 26, 2016

    Summer Vehicle Check-list

    Whether you are planning a road trip to your favorite summer vacation spot or doing the usual commute from home to work, the Washington, D.C. metro area’s summer heat puts extra demands on your car. Drivers should follow proper automotive maintenance and read the vehicle owner’s manuals to be sure their vehicles will perform safely and dependably all summer long.

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  10. maintenance April 19, 2016

    Keep your engine cool with Coolant System Care

    Learn when your vehicle’s cooling system should be flushed & refilled to prevent damage or a breakdown

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  11. maintenance March 17, 2016

    Getting Vehicles Ready for the Spring Season

    Northern Virginia avoided a cold, icy and snowy winter with unseasonably warm temps. While the warm winter was easier on vehicles (and made many of us happy), it is still important to do a seasonal vehicle check and make sure your vehicle is prepared for the approaching spring showers and summer heat.

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  12. maintenance February 25, 2016

    Do I need to replace my timing belt?

    This article explains the importance of your vehicle's timing belt and provides signs of when it needs to be replaced.

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  13. tires February 11, 2016

    Taking Care of your Tires

    Taking Care of Your Vehicle’s Tires: The Best Ways to Repair a Flat Tire

    Tires, like any car component, need proper care to perform and last as designed. The good news is that proper tire maintenance is quite simple.

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  14. maintenance February 09, 2016

    Signs you need a Wheel Alignment

    Learn the common signs that your vehicle needs a Wheel Alignment

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  15. safety February 04, 2016

    How Tire Tread Depth Affects Stopping Distance

    What is Tread Depth? Tread depth is a vertical measurement between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire’s deepest grooves. In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. New tires on most new cars measure 10/32 inches to 11/32 inches.

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  16. maintenance February 03, 2016

    40 Automotive Trade Secrets

    For 40 years we've been Northern Virginia's first choice for car service. And we've learned a few things along the way. Here are 40 automotive "trade secrets" to help you get the most out of your car.

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  17. maintenance January 28, 2016

    Wheel Alignment and Wheel Balance

    Everyone who owns a car has heard about the importance of wheel alignment and wheel balance, but a lot of people don’t know why it is actually important. Below we’ll go through some of the most common questions about wheel alignment and wheel balance so you’ll never be left scratching your head again.

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  18. maintenance January 26, 2016

    Signs You may need new Spark Plugs

    Spark plugs play an essential role in your vehicle. This article explains the signs you should look for to know when to replace them

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  19. tires January 21, 2016

    Low Pressure and Worn Tire Tread Contributes to Accidents

    Low Pressure and Worn Tire Tread Contributes to Accidents

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  20. tires January 19, 2016

    Tire Care Tips

    Following these tire care tips will help you get the most mileage out of your tires!

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  21. savings January 14, 2016

    Auto Warranties, Maintenance and Repairs — Does a Vehicle Owner Have to Use the Dealer?

    Can a Dealer Deny New Warranty Coverage if the Owner Took the Vehicle to A Non-Dealer Shop for Routine Maintenance and Repairs?
    No! Vehicle owners have several options to stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and repairs – use the dealer, another automotive maintenance provider or do it themselves. For those who use someone other than the dealer, the dealer cannot deny factory warranty coverage.

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  22. maintenance January 14, 2016

    Why Choose Synthetic Oil?

    In additional to conventional oils, Virginia Tire & Auto performs oil changes using high quality synthetic oils.

    Synthetic motor oils contain more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, which can offer you better protection and performance. Synthetic oils provide a variety of benefits, such as excellent high- and low-temperature performance, that can provide excellent engine protection.

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  23. maintenance January 11, 2016

    Your Vehicles Serpentine Belt

    As the serpentine belt gets older it can wear, fray, crack or rubber parts can peel off the belt. Familiarize yourself with the common signs your serpentine belt may need replacement.

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  24. maintenance January 07, 2016

    Five Things Every Teen Driver Should Know About Their Vehicle

    While driver’s education courses teach many teens important skills in vehicle control and the rules of the road, valuable information may not be addressed. Here is a list of five important points every new teen driver should know.

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  25. maintenance December 31, 2015

    Vehicle Battery Maintenance

    A battery can last four to five years with proper care, but today’s vehicle computer systems create a small but constant drain on batteries, even when the vehicle is parked or in long sitting periods. Therefore, checking the battery should be included as part of the routine vehicle maintenance.

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  26. safety December 24, 2015

    Tired of Seeing the TPMS Warning Light – Consider Using Pure Nitrogen This Winter to Fill Your Tires

    No one likes to see a warning light illuminated on their dashboard, especially that pesky TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) warning light, which seems to light up every time there is a drastic drop in temperature. Add to that having to make a stop at the local gas station to fill the tire with air and most of us are at the point of full annoyance. Perhaps you should consider filling your tires with pure nitrogen this winter to alleviate this hassle. Pure nitrogen, a more popular option to fill tires, maintains tire pressure three to four times longer than air.

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  27. savings December 22, 2015

    Cold Weather Gas Saving Tips

    Cold weather affects your vehicle in a variety of ways, including your gas mileage. These tips will help you travel the extra distance without costing you more

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  28. tires December 17, 2015

    The Dangers of Used Tires

    Consumers are saving money anyway they can these days, but buying new replacement tires can be unexpected and costly. Some consumers might opt for a cheaper alternative – purchasing used tires.

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  29. maintenance December 14, 2015

    Preparing Vehicles for the Winter Road Trip

    Here are 4 simple tips to get your vehicle ready for winter driving conditions. We recommend that you take the five minutes to look over your vehicle and see if you could benefit from any of these suggestions. It could be a real time and lifesaver once those snowy and icy conditions set-in!

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  30. maintenance December 10, 2015

    4 Tips to get the most mileage out of your Tires

    Maximize the life of your tires by following these maintenance tips!

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  31. maintenance December 03, 2015

    Why is my car shaking?

    Your vehicle could be shaking for a variety of reasons. This article can help you diagnose the cause

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  32. tires November 24, 2015

    How to find your Tire Size

    This helpful article explains the markings on your tires to understand your tires size and features.

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  33. safety November 20, 2015

    How to get your car ready for winter

    Following these simple steps can keep you and your car warm and safe during the winter season

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  34. safety November 13, 2015

    Emergency Car Kit: What should it consist of?

    Be prepared for winter with an Emergency Car Kit

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  35. tires November 04, 2015

    Registering your Tires can save your Life

    The main purpose of registering tires is to provide a way for the tire manufacturer to contact you in the event of a recall.

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  36. safety October 12, 2015

    Why is my dashboard Oil light on?

    Take the Oil light on your dashboard seriously!

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  37. safety October 05, 2015

    4 things to check after hitting a Pothole

    Tips to follow if your car ends up hitting a pothole

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  38. maintenance September 28, 2015

    Fall Season Car Maintenance Tips

    Fall is almost among us and there are some helpful maintenance tips you should consider before the change in weather occurs.

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  39. safety September 21, 2015

    Why is my Check Engine light on?

    If your check engine light turns on, it's important to see what maintenance is needed

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  40. maintenance August 13, 2015

    To Repair or Replace your car. That’s the question!

    Virginia Tire and Auto understands this is a difficult decision to make so we’ve compiled some things to consider when making such an important decision.

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  41. maintenance August 06, 2015

    True or False: Driving with the air conditioner on affects your gas mileage?

    Many drivers are under the impression that the more you run your air conditioner the more gas your car will use.

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  42. maintenance July 30, 2015

    How are car batteries impacted by summer heat?

    Did you know that the summer season has the highest car-battery problems?

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  43. maintenance July 09, 2015

    The Importance of Windshield Wipers

    Windshield wipers are a small part on your car but they make a big impact on your driving and overall safety.

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  44. maintenance July 02, 2015

    How Often Should You Change the Engine Air Filter?

    Knowing when to replace your air filter is important for the proper operation of your vehicle

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  45. maintenance June 25, 2015

    Virginia State Inspection Check List

    Before taking your vehicle for a Virginia State Inspection, we advise you to visually check the following items on your vehicle to save you time and hassle.

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  46. maintenance June 18, 2015

    How to get the Most Miles out of your Car

    How to keep your car running smooth for years

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  47. safety June 11, 2015

    What to do if your Car Overheats

    As the heat begins to rise, your engine temperature will go up as well.

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  48. safety June 05, 2015

    Car Safety Tips for the Summer

    As summer approaches, Virginia Tire and Auto wants to emphasize the danger of a heated car.

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  49. maintenance June 04, 2015

    Is it time to replace your TPMS system?

    The Tire Pressure Monitoring System ensures safe driving, improves fuel economy and increases tire life by proactively alerting the driver to an underinflated tire. Replacing the unit before it has failed is money well spent!

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  50. maintenance May 28, 2015

    5 Easy Ways To Maximize Tire Life

    Read more to learn proven and effective ways to extend the life of your tires

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  51. tires May 21, 2015

    Important Facts To Consider When Replacing Tires

    Replacing tires as a set is always the recommended and preferred option.

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  52. tires May 14, 2015

    Tire Warranty: How Does It Work?

    Unlike most consumer products that offer a 3-, 6-, or 12-month warranty, tire manufacturer warranties and guarantees go well beyond the norm for consumable products, covering their product for multiple years in some instances.

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  53. maintenance May 07, 2015

    How to check tire pressure and inflate tires

    A 411 on how to check tire pressure & inflate your tires

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  54. tires April 30, 2015

    Why Tires Are The Most Important Choice You Make About Your Car, Truck or SUV

    The benefits of maintaining and investing in quality tires

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  55. savings April 23, 2015

    Tips to save money on gas mileage

    Learn how to make the most out of your gas

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  56. maintenance April 16, 2015

    How to maximize your car battery's life

    With routine maintenance and care you can get the most use out of your car battery

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  57. tires April 09, 2015

    Tire Myths Debunked

    Here are 5 common tire myths and the truthful reasons why tires make a great difference in how you use and enjoy your car, SUV, or light truck.

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  58. maintenance April 02, 2015

    The 411 on Hydroplaning

    What is hydroplaning and how can you avoid it?

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  59. maintenance March 25, 2015

    Common Car Noises and what they mean

    Don’t ignore any sound your car is consistently making for an extended period of time. Ignoring the sound won’t make it go away and usually neglecting the issue adds additional expenses to repairs.

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  60. maintenance February 09, 2015

    Is it okay to replace run-flat tires with conventional tires?

    Run-flat tires are now more popular than ever. If you have them on your vehicle, what do you do when they need to be replaced?

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  61. safety January 29, 2015

    Explaining Automotive Safety Recalls

    Learn about safety recalls and why they should be taken seriously

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  62. maintenance January 09, 2015

    Tire Protection Policy: Should you consider it?

    This blog discusses the pros and cons of a separate tire protection policy with purchase of new tires.

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  63. safety January 06, 2015

    Winter Driving Tips

    Tips for driving in snow, ice and freezing rain.

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  64. safety December 30, 2014

    The 411 on Sidewall Bubbles in Tires

    This article highlights the dangers of a sidewall bubble in your tire and how to handle if such an issue arises.

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  65. maintenance December 05, 2014

    How Cold Weather Impacts Tire Pressure?

    Importance of proper tire pressure and how changing weather can impact the pressure in your tires

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  66. maintenance November 26, 2014

    Tire Rotation: Why is it important?

    Tire rotation can help you significantly prolong the life of your tires and save you money! Click here to learn how...

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  67. maintenance November 10, 2014

    Oil Change Intervals at Virginia Tire & Auto

    At Virginia Tire & Auto, we recommend that customers change their oil as often as their vehicle manufacturer instructs

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  68. maintenance October 08, 2014

    Don’t Fall Behind on Prepping Your Vehicle for the Cold

    FALL CAR CARE CHECKLIST: Just as squirrels are gathering their acorns and your digging out jackets and scarves-- your vehicle needs preparation for the coming winter too. This is why October has been named Fall Car Care Month. Setting aside a small amount of time now to prepare your vehicle for winter weather is a wise way to avoid being stranded in the cold.

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  69. maintenance September 26, 2014

    7 Ways To Maximize Brake Life

    Here are some easy tips that can help you prolong the life of your brakes and save you money.

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  70. maintenance September 26, 2014

    Brakes: Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about brakes.

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  71. maintenance July 26, 2014

    4 Easy Steps To Clean Your Battery Terminals

    How to clean your battery terminals and extend the life of your car battery

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  72. tires July 03, 2014

    Load Index Ratings

    This article provides information on how to read the tire service description and understand how to determine the maximum load rating of a tire.

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  73. maintenance March 28, 2014

    Spring into Car Care!

    Finally, the snow has melted. The flowers are blooming. The birds are singing. Spring is in the air! As you clean out your closets and groom your gardens, don’t forget the importance of “thanking” your vehicle for its hard work this winter.

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  74. tires January 27, 2014

    How Do You Tell The Age Of A Tire?

    Old tires can cause safety issues for vehicle owners. Here's an easy to way to find out the age of your tire so you can make the best decision on when they should be replaced.

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  75. maintenance January 14, 2014

    5 Brake Warning Signs

    5 Warning Signs that your brakes may be in need of repair and/or replacement.

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  76. maintenance October 22, 2013

    Car Maintenance Tips for the Winter

    Fall has arrived and that means beautiful colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and unfortunately colder temperatures. There’s no denying the beauty of Fall, but the same goes for the impending chill of winter that is to come. Just like you would for your house or even yourself, you need to prepare your car for winter. Have a look at our car maintenance tips and keep your car rolling right through the winter months.

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  77. safety October 10, 2013

    Virginia State Inspections Checklist

    What that yellow sticker on your windshield really means.

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  78. maintenance September 18, 2013

    Oil Change- When & Why you should get it done

    Getting your oil changed is necessary for keeping your car performing at its best. An oil change can be compared to a spring-cleaning. It may seem like a burden to take the time out of your schedule to do it but if left unattended, the junk will build up and you’ll be facing a much larger problem. Below we will explain to you why oil change is so important, how often you should get one, and what will happen if you don’t. With any luck, this information will make getting an oil change a little less painful.

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  79. safety March 07, 2013

    Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

    Everything we own needs to be taken care of – especially our vehicles. While vehicle maintenance intervals are longer for newer models, scheduled service is required for all vehicles to be reliable and safe. Every vehicle has a maintenance schedule, typically located in the owner’s manual or in a separate maintenance log book. This schedule provides details of the vehicle’s needs, and adhering to these requirements will help to avoid automotive maintenance mistakes.

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  80. maintenance November 28, 2012

    The Importance of Getting Vehicles Winterized

    Whether you are commuting for work or transporting the kids to and from school and after-school activities, you want to be sure your vehicle is mechanically-sound now that colder temperatures arrived.

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  81. safety June 28, 2012

    Car Safety Kits

    Disaster can strike at any moment, to anyone. Sometimes we forget how vulnerable our everyday routines truly are. It is important to be prepared in any sort of emergency, in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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  82. savings April 17, 2012

    Stretching Gas Dollars

    Gas prices are on the rise again, so drivers are looking for ways to get the maximum miles out of a tank of gas. In addition, improving fuel economy also benefits the environment by releasing fewer emissions into the air. Quality auto maintenance and care, sensible driving, a properly-tuned engine, and combining and scheduling trips, will each help to effectively get the best gas mileage a vehicle can provide.

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