Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

  1. Maintenance February 14, 2019

    The Car Maintenance Checklist Every Driver Needs

    If there’s one thing we’re certain of here at Virginia Tire & Auto, it’s that regular car maintenance is the key to vehicle longevity. We also understand that when it comes to your car, there are a lot of moving parts — literally and figuratively. Each part of your vehicle has a different maintenance schedule, […]

  2. Maintenance November 15, 2018

    5 Auto Mechanic Tricks That Raise a Red Flag

    Have you ever gone into your local auto repair shop for a simple oil change and walked out with a long list of random repairs and a hefty bill? You may be falling victim to one those classic auto mechanic “tricks.” As our technology gets smarter, the longevity and reliability of our vehicles continues to […]

  3. Maintenance November 5, 2018

    What is Engine Braking and Why is it Important?

    Learning how to operate your vehicle’s brake system is one of the first things covered when learning how to drive. Using the footbrake is the most common way to reduce your speed, both in an emergency and in normal conditions. But, is using the footbrake the most efficient way to slow down? We’re exploring the […]

  4. Maintenance September 13, 2018

    What Happens When a Fuel Pump Goes Out?

    Each part of your vehicle has a job. All these parts work together to make your vehicle move forward and backward safely, and depend on one another to get that job done. The fuel pump is no exception. When it’s not working properly, it can cause significant issues from front to rear bumper. The fuel […]

  5. Maintenance August 16, 2018

    How Long is a Car Battery Supposed to Last?

    Your battery is your vehicle’s lifeline. If your battery isn’t in working order, your car won’t be, either.  So, how long is a car battery supposed to last? It depends on a variety of factors. Given the important role your car battery plays in your vehicle’s ability to function, it’s important to first understand how […]

  6. Maintenance July 5, 2018

    How to Clean Car Battery Contacts in 4 Easy Steps

    Here’s how to clean your battery terminals and extend the life of your car battery.

  7. Maintenance June 21, 2018

    What Happens When a Car Overheats?

    We’ve all seen it—a driver stranded on the side of the road, perplexed as their vehicle stalls and smokes. You may have even been there yourself. Your car can overheat for a variety of reasons. This most commonly happens during the summertime in the warm weather. Although there are ways to prevent this from happening, even […]

  8. Maintenance June 14, 2018

    How to Navigate Your Brake Estimate

    Your brakes play a significant role in the safety and functionality of your vehicle. If you can’t stop or slow down when you need to, you put yourself and other drivers at severe risk. For that reason, brake repairs and replacements should never be put off. Whether you need a simple pad replacement or brand […]

  9. Maintenance May 24, 2018

    Road Trip Tips for a Stress-Free Adventure

    Did you know that summer is the most popular season for vacationing? The kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and the airfare is – well, the airfare is still expensive. The truth is that the cost of flying for a family of four is about four times more expensive than driving. This […]

  10. Maintenance March 22, 2018

    What Pothole Damage Can Do to Your Car

    It’s officially spring, which means it’s officially pothole season. As much as you may try to avoid driving over these obnoxious roadway obstructions, you’re bound to hit one eventually. What are they? Potholes are cracked, sunken in portions of the road that form when water weakens the soil underneath the pavement. Potholes are especially bad […]

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