Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

  1. Maintenance October 24, 2019

    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, you should never put off brake repairs and replacements. Whether you need a simple pad replacement or brand-new […]

  2. Maintenance October 8, 2019

    How Long is a Car Battery Supposed to Last?

    Every vehicle needs a car battery to start the engine. Your car battery also filters, produces, and sustains power for the ignition and electrical systems. Basically, 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? How […]

  3. Maintenance July 23, 2019

    Why Is My Car’s A/C Blowing Hot Air?

    There are few things worse than getting into a hot car on a summer day, cranking up the A/C, and getting a face full of hot air instead of cold. Having a broken air conditioner is definitely uncomfortable, and it can even be dangerous if the car’s temperature gets too high. We want to make […]

  4. Maintenance June 11, 2019

    How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

    Even on a short trip to the grocery store, you’ll probably use your brakes 20 to 50 times. Now imagine how much work your brakes do in rush hour traffic or on long road trips! That’s a lot of wear and tear building up with every press of the brake pedal. Your brake rotors play […]

  5. Maintenance May 3, 2019

    What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission? 4 Things to Look For

    Though your car is put through its paces during your annual Virginia vehicle inspection, evaluating the exact state of your transmission isn’t on the inspection checklist, so it’s up to you to know when your transmission is in need of a tune-up. If you miss the signs that your transmission has taken a turn for […]

  6. 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, […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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.

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