Automotive Tips from Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952: Serpentine Belt Overview

Posted June 26, 2017 7:16 AM

The technicians at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in FAIRFAX have two serpentine belts.


The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

Give us a call.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

 



Tire Maintenance in FAIRFAX

Posted June 19, 2017 9:14 AM

With the recent focus in the FAIRFAX area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.

FAIRFAX drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.

Some people in FAIRFAX wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling.

Stop by Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

Every vehicle in the FAIRFAX area has a sticker on the driver's side door jamb that tells you the vehicle manufacture's recommended tire pressure. This recommendation is an integral part of the vehicle's suspension tuning. A lot of engineering actually goes into the recommended tire pressure, so it's important for drivers to follow it.

What else do FAIRFAX drivers need to know about tire maintenance? Tire rotation and balancing are very important. Let's start with rotation. Because the front tires handle the brunt of turning forces, the shoulders of the front tires wear more quickly than the rear tires. At Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX, we rotate the tires so that they all get to do some duty on the front, and they'll all wear evenly over their live.

For most vehicles, front tires are rotated to the rear and vice versa. Others recommend a cross rotational pattern. Some vehicles use an asymmetrical tire so those tires need to stay on either the right or left side – it'll say which on the tire. Some high performance cars have asymmetrical tires and different sizes on the front and rear. These can't be rotated at all. Your owner's manual will have details for your vehicle or ask your service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952.

How often should people near FAIRFAX rotate their tires? Your owner's manual will have a recommendation. Your technician at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX can do a visual inspection to let you know if it looks like it should be done. The interval is typically around 5,000 miles/8,000 km.

You know, some people don't think new tires need to be balanced. What they aren't taking into account is the wheel. Between the wheel and the tire – even a new tire – there's enough variation to require balancing.

When you add the valve stem and tire pressure monitoring sensors required on new cars, balancing is definitely important. When a tire's out of balance, it's actually hopping down the road. FAIRFAX vehicles with tires out of balance will feel the vibration through the steering wheel if a front tire's out of balance and through the seat if it's a rear tire.

Proper wheel balance promotes tire life and increases safety for FAIRFAX drivers and their passengers. Historically, lead weights have been attached to the wheel to bring it into balance. Lead gives some environmental concern, so steel weights are starting to be substituted. 

The team at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 also wants to remind you that it is important to always use the same size tire on an axle. Different size tires on the front or on the back can lead to some real handling problems. And tire manufacturers recommend that when you get two new tires, they be installed on the rear because that's where you need the most traction to avoid spinning out.

 



Keep Your FAIRFAX Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Posted June 11, 2017 8:53 AM

Hey FAIRFAX - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.

That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in VA affects when your filter needs to be changed.

Dusty conditions around FAIRFAX or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.

When you think about it, a clogged air filter won't allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your vehicle needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better fuel economy and performance.

Dirtier filters don't work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much; after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most vehicles. These high performance filters cost a little more, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel economy to boot.

So it's important for FAIRFAX drivers to make sure and have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn't cost very much at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX and it should easily pay for itself in better fuel economy before your next oil change.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443




 



Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 Engine Air Filter Replacement

Posted June 4, 2017 6:25 AM

When your experienced Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if they tell you to change your air filter.

An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren't there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the vehicle engine with the air when you are driving around FAIRFAX. That dust and debris would get hot, burn and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine.

Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.

But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the FAIRFAX air. This doesn't allow the junk into the vehicle engine, but it does block up the airflow. A blocked airflow will reduce engine efficiency.

FAIRFAX residents who get a charge out of the feeling of power in their engine might consider upgrading their air filter. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 service advisor. Premium air filters have been proven to increase horsepower and torque. So with the cost of a premium air filter, you can increase the horsepower in your engine — there's no cheaper way to do that!

It's also one of the simplest elements of routine preventive maintenance – and it protects against damage to expensive vehicle electronic systems. No FAIRFAX resident should have an excuse to drive around VA roads and highways with a dirty air filter.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

 



Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

Posted June 1, 2017 12:09 PM

If you're reading this article in FAIRFAX, VA, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety.

At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.

Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for FAIRFAX residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficiently and prevent breakdowns. In a typical owner's manual you'll find: oil change, brake fluid and pad change, coolant system service, transmission service, battery electrolyte levels, cables and terminals, tire pressure and wear, CV boots, cabin air filter, air conditioning, heater, fuel filter, air filter, belts and hoses, power steering fluid, differential service, fuel system cleaning and wheel alignment. And then there are mechanical service requirements like timing belt changes, valve adjustment, steering function, engine and exhaust leaks - yeah, it is a really long list!

Fortunately, this isn't a test: FAIRFAX residents don't need to have it memorized. Your friendly advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 has access to your manufacturer's recommendations. Don't be surprised when your service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 reminds you something is due. Your manufacturer has taken great care in putting together your maintenance schedule. Let Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 help you stay on top of maintenance. You can expect them to suggest recommended services and tell you what problems they find under the hood. We'll also explain how urgent these services are so you can work them into your budget.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for FAIRFAX Drivers

Posted May 21, 2017 3:47 AM

When people in FAIRFAX talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around VA? Yet we often don't even notice our windshields until we can't see through them or our wiper blades fail.

It's estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won't keep their windshields clear during a storm — that's 46 million people with impaired vision during a storm. For safety's sake, FAIRFAX drivers need to change the way they think about wiper blades. Most of us, 78% in fact, only change our wiper blades after they fail. In other words, we don't get new ones until the old ones become a safety hazard. Instead, we need to make wiper blades part of our preventive maintenance routine.

Wiper blades should be changed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. In VA areas that experience harsh winter weather, special blades are available that prevent ice and snow from collecting on the wiper. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 about wiper blades that repel ice and snow.

No matter what blades you use on your vehicle in the winter, don't expect them to clear the ice and snow from your windshield after your vehicle has been parked for a while. Using your wipers will shred your blades and may even damage your wiper motor. And don't drive on FAIRFAX roads with a frosted windshield. That's a serious safety hazard. It can cause accidents, and you could be held liable.

Wiper blades are subjected to harsh conditions in VA. They're out in the FAIRFAX sun and in the cold. Over time, they become hard and brittle and lose their flexibility. Then they start to tear. Without flexibility, wipers just can't clear a windshield of water or snow. And torn wipers can actually scratch your windshield. Then the entire windshield has to be replaced — along with the wiper blades. It's a prime example of how preventive maintenance could have saved you repair bill.

FAIRFAX drivers can purchase new wiper blades at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 or at any FAIRFAX auto parts store. They cost about the same. But at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 we'll also throw in the installation.

Once you have good wipers installed, don't forget to top off your windshield washer fluid. If you take your vehicle in for a full-service oil change at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX, your washer fluid will get topped off then. But it's good auto advice to purchase a jug of washer fluid to keep at home — just in case. And pack it in the car when you go on long trips.

While we're on the subject, Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 advises FAIRFAX drivers to always fill their washer fluid reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Don't ever use water. Water can freeze in the reservoir, which can damage it. It can also freeze onto your windshield. Besides, plain water just can't get a windshield clean. Think about it. Do you use plain water to clean your bathroom mirrors? And a bathroom mirror doesn't get exposed to anything near the gunk that can end up on your windshield. Windshield washer fluid was designed to do one thing — to clean windshields. Let it do its job.

A clean windshield is not just good vehicle care for FAIRFAX drivers — it's also a safety feature. Let's keep it that way.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

 



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Posted May 14, 2017 9:34 AM



Why are wheel bearings for FAIRFAX vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around FAIRFAX, VA.

Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.

Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for FAIRFAX vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubricate and protect them. A seal keeps the grease in and water and dirt out. It's when the seal starts to leak that problems begin. The grease can become contaminated, causing the wheel bearings to overheat and ultimately fail.

The first sign that your wheel bearings are in trouble is an unusual noise coming from a wheel. It could be a chirping, growling, rumbling or a cyclic sound. The noise could get louder or even disappear at certain speeds. Your technician at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 can inspect for bearing wear by lifting the vehicle and checking for play in the wheel.

Now some wheel bearing assemblies are factory sealed. That means that they cannot be serviced – they can only be replaced. Those that aren't sealed can be serviced on schedule at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952. The bearings are removed, cleaned and inspected. If the bearings are still good, they're re-installed – if not, they're replaced. They are then packed in grease and a new seal is installed.

If your vehicle has a factory sealed wheel bearing assembly, the entire assembly needs to be replaced when trouble arises. Unfortunately, the parts are pretty costly – but they usually last about 150,000 miles (240,000 kilometers) as long as the seals hold up.

Now, even a good seal cannot keep out water that's exerting pressure on the seal. So if you've driven through hub-deep water, your bearings should be cleaned and repacked if they're serviceable. If you have factory sealed bearings, you just need to watch for signs of premature failure. If your wheel bearings can be serviced, your manufacturer's owner's manual will recommend an interval, usually around 30,000 miles (50,000 kilometers).

If you have any sort of trailer, don't forget its wheel bearings. They probably need to be serviced even more frequently. This is especially true for boat trailers that are used to launch the boat by backing it into the water. These should be serviced every year, usually at the end of the season so that the bearings don't have the opportunity to rust all winter.

So what happens to FAIRFAX vehicles if wheel bearings fail? Well, the wheel can literally fall off the vehicle. I don't need to tell you how that could be. So check with your service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 and see if your vehicle's wheel bearings can be serviced and when it's recommended. Listen for warning signs. If you've been fording streams or puddle surfing after rainstorms, be especially vigilant.

Visit the automotive professionals at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 for a wheel bearing inspection. 

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952

Posted May 8, 2017 10:13 AM

Today in the Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 auto care blog, we're going to talk to FAIRFAX drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).

In real world FAIRFAX driving, the oil started to sludge up before the recommended change interval. Oil sludge is a thick jelly-like substance: quite literally petroleum jelly – like Vaseline. This goop was clogging vehicle small engine passages so the oil wouldn't flow to some parts of the engine. This resulted in engine damage. We see it too often at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX.

The vehicle manufacturers began to offer an extended warranty to cover sludge damage. But there was a catch: the vehicle owner had to follow a new, lower service interval and provide proof of oil changes in order to make a warranty claim.

So here's the bottom line for FAIRFAX vehicle owners: with longer oil change intervals, it's essential to follow them closely. Back in the day of 3 months or 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers), if you went an extra month or an extra thousand miles or couple of thousand kilometers, your oil was still fresh enough that it didn't have time to build up much sludge.

But if your recommended interval is 6,500 miles (10,000 kilometers) and you go over another thousand miles or couple of thousands of kilometers, you're getting into heavy sludge territory. You absolutely need to follow mileage intervals very closely. And don't forget your severe service schedule. If you do a lot of stop and go driving in VA, short trips, drive in dusty or polluted FAIRFAX conditions, hot or cold weather  or haul heavy loads, you're driving in severe service conditions. Your Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 service advisor can help you determine which schedule to follow.

So check your vehicle owner's manual or talk with your Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 service advisor about where and how you drive in FAIRFAX. Should you change your oil closer to the regular schedule, or the severe service schedule? You need to make the call.

Let me give you an example of this. Some newer vehicles have an oil change indicator. It has a sophisticated computer algorithm that tracks number of cold starts, engine temperature, RPMs, mileage and many more variables to come up with a recommendation for when to change the oil.

Depending on driving conditions, the indicator in one test vehicle came on at anywhere from 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to almost 7,000 miles (11,000 km). It's typically just over 4,000 miles (6,500 km). Sometimes our driving is easy on the vehicle – like a long road trip. Sometimes, our driving is hard on it – like towing a heavy trailer or a lot of around town driving. But, usually, it's a combination of both.

Once again, it's up to you to make the call as to when to change your oil at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 to protect your vehicle engine. Another place where VA drivers can go wrong is with the type of oil they use. More and more new cars are coming to FAIRFAX owners filled with synthetic oil. Without going into a lot of detail right now, let's just say that synthetic oil lasts longer and is very resistant to oil sludge.

But it also costs quite a bit more, so some people are tempted to use conventional oil for their oil changes. Now, it's always best to use the oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Check your owner's manual see if a conventional oil alternative is allowed.

But getting back to the problem, if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended oil change interval is for synthetic oil. If you use conventional oil, you can't use the synthetic interval. You need to shorten it.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Automotive Tips from Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952: Brake Noise

Posted April 30, 2017 4:19 AM

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in FAIRFAX. They eventually wear down.

When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.

That’s when FAIRFAX drivers should replace their brake pads at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.

If your brakes are making noise, ask your Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in FAIRFAX

Posted April 24, 2017 9:52 AM

Many FAIRFAX drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.

Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a FAIRFAX road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start, stop and turn.

If you've ever ridden in a vehicle with bad shocks, you know how it wallows on corners. The front end dives when you hit the brakes and the rear end squats when you accelerate. It's not only uncomfortable, it is difficult to handle.

You may have heard vehicles described as having “flat cornering." That means that when you take a corner, the body doesn't roll very much. When shocks start to get worn, your vehicle will roll more on corners. The weight of your vehicle's body shifts and tosses your vehicle to the outside of the turn, making it harder to control.

With good shocks, you can turn corners with confidence. When the shocks are bad, the body rolls too much and you need to slow down to maintain the same level of control. When you have to combine brake dive with body roll, you can quickly end up with an unsafe handling situation.

Shocks can break or start to leak, but they usually just wear out. After all, your vehicle shocks will move up and down over 75 million times in 50,000 miles/80,000 km. If you replace shocks at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX, it will restore your vehicle's original ride control and quality. You can even upgrade shocks and struts if you want better handling or towing capacity on VA roads.

Shocks are an important safety system: don't wait until they are completely shot, perhaps risking your safety or damaging other suspension components. At Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 we can help you with quality shocks and struts as advised in your owner's manual, usually at around 50,000 miles/80,000 km, for a comfortable, safe handling ride in FAIRFAX.

Give us a call.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Fuel Saving Tip: FAIRFAX Tune Up

Posted April 16, 2017 11:45 AM



Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together.

Now this is no surprise; I'm going to relate the orchestra to your vehicle. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.

We call this... (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra's out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle's out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.

So check your owner's manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your FAIRFAX service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 what he thinks.

...Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Fall and Spring Inspection at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952

Posted April 10, 2017 7:37 AM

Good vehicle care for us FAIRFAX residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.

Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.

Getting a spring and fall checkup at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX for your vehicle is still good auto advice.

First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance involved in properly caring for a vehicle. Dropping your vehicle off twice a year at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 for a quick inspection and routine maintenance is still part of good vehicle care. The changes in the VA seasons can provide a good reminder that it's time to get the vehicle serviced, just as they remind us that it's time to take care of the furnace or air conditioner, purchase school clothes or bathing suits, drag out or put away the coats and boots.

There are other advantages to spring and fall maintenance for FAIRFAX residents. Springtime signals the advent of warmer weather. Although modern coolant is designed to last longer than one season, it's a good idea to check it regularly to ensure you have enough. While you're at it, your vehicle should also be checked for leaks and worn hoses in the cooling system.

Summer is the time when most of us FAIRFAX residents take vacations or go on road trips. So a spring check-up for our vehicles can lead to a stress-free summer and better memories on the road.

Fall, of course, signals the advent of colder weather in the FAIRFAX area. This is a good time for a routine battery check. The hot weather of summer takes a toll on battery life – then comes winter. Cranking up a cold engine takes a lot more battery power than starting a warm one. So before that cold weather hits, it's a good idea to check your battery and replace it if necessary. But your tires aren't completely adapted to changing weather conditions. If you live where temperatures drop below 45°F (7°C) in the winter, or if your commute frequently takes you through snow or ice, you may want to consider changing to winter tires in the fall.

A fall check-up at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, just like a spring check-up, can keep you on the road no matter what VA weather brings. Consider how much a worry-free summer vacation and a less stressful FAIRFAX winter commute are worth to you. Then, spring and fall, reset your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and take your vehicle in for a check-up.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Posted April 4, 2017 1:15 AM

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?
When buying a running shoe, is quality important?
Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?
Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?

Is the warranty important when buying tires?
When you choose new tires in FAIRFAX, what's the most important factor for you?

Give us a call at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 at (703) 273-4443 for tire recommendations.

You know, buying tires in FAIRFAX is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.

And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer, the tires need a high load rating to be up for the job.

As a tire professional, I think it's important that people understand the effect of price on a tire's performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad had a saying, "Pay twice as much and buy half as many."

Dad applied that to a lot of things. He thought that one high quality suit would last longer and look better than two cheap suits. The saying really seems to hold true when it comes to shoes and boots, too.

I buy high-quality work shoes because I spend a lot of time on my feet. They're more comfortable, have important safety features like steel toes and non-slip soles and they last at least twice as long as cheap shoes. I feel I get very good value for my money.

I apply the same thinking to tires. The major tire brands that you're familiar with are known as Tier 1 tires. These tires are well-engineered and very high quality. Comparable tires are usually in the same price range from brand to brand.

Stepping down in price you come to private label tires. Some large tire store chains carry tires with the chain's own brand. It's important to know that most private label tires are built by the same Tier 1 brands that you are familiar with, so they are a quality product. You can ask your tire professional who makes their private brand.

The lowest priced tires on the market are Tier 3 tires. These tend to be imported from China or South America. Since you get what you pay for, you can't expect a Tier 3 tire to deliver the same performance and durability as the others.

So let's say you need new tires. You've determined the features you need. So you have several options, including price options. Now, you've probably heard the term 'it's a 40,000 mile/64,000 km tire' or 'it's a 60,000 mile/97,000 km tire'. Simply put, the manufacturer warrantees the tire for 'X' number of miles/kilometers. If that's important to you, look for the warranty.

What's the difference in the tires with higher mileage warranties? It's the rubber compounds and the amount of tread material. As you might expect, you'll pay more for the longer-lasting tire.

Now the cheapest tires you can find won't have a manufacturer's mileage warranty, or if it does, it'll be relatively low. That brings us back to dad's saying; if you buy the cheapest Tier 3 tire you can, you will likely go through two sets in the time it would take to wear out one set of good quality tires. And the good tires won't cost twice as much, so you'll end up paying more per mile/km driven with the cheap tires.

Hey, I realize that sometimes the budget will only allow for a Tier 3 tire. I make them available for my customers who need them because I would rather see them driving with safe, new tires than pushing their old tires beyond their safety limits. But at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, we always counsel our customers to buy as much tire as they can afford, because it will be much less expensive in the long run.

Your tires are the only parts of your vehicle that touch the road. You're only as safe as your tires are well built.

Buy value – not price.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443
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Automotive Tips from Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

Posted March 26, 2017 12:38 PM

When FAIRFAX drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.

If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Your friendly and professional Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 tire professional can help you know when your worn tires should be replaced, if you can have a damaged tire repaired as well as selecting the right tires for your needs.

Give us a call.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



New School: Automotive Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 Technician Training

Posted March 21, 2017 9:32 AM

FAIRFAX consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.

Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to FAIRFAX drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of today's 4-cylinder engines are equal to yesterday's V-8's. Our vehicles also offer an amazing range of features that make them more comfortable and convenient than ever before.

But all of that improvement has come at a price for FAIRFAX vehicle owners. Our vehicles are more complicated and difficult to repair than ever before. They have numerous mechanical and electrical systems. Fuel systems are so complex they have to be run by a computer. Our vehicles are covered with sensors and high-tech electronic equipment. Our dashboards rival the control panel of the first manned space flight.

With all that complicated equipment, it's no wonder we call mechanics service technicians these days. You can't learn to repair vehicles in the backyard with your dad anymore. Today's Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 technicians have to go to school. School may come in the form of classroom instruction, online courses or both. Technicians are also trained on-site at the FAIRFAX service centers where they work (including Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952) to keep them abreast of constant improvements in vehicle engineering, diagnostic equipment and repair techniques.

Today's technicians need to be certified to work on our vehicles. They can earn a variety of certifications in VA, but the highest of these is Master Technician. It's like a graduate degree in auto repair.

Vehicle repair at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX requires more than just training and certification, though. It also takes information and creative thought. FAIRFAX area auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and online repair communities in order to get the information they need to: work on various makes and models of vehicles, get recommended maintenance schedules, learn about non-standard features and locate hard-to-find parts in an unusual engine. They also use this information to help diagnose rare or difficult vehicle problems. Many auto repair problems also require a bit of creative thinking for the team at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 to solve. FAIRFAX service technicians at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 act much like doctors in these situations. They're given a set of symptoms, and they have to come up with a diagnosis and treatment that will fix the problem. This process becomes as much of an art as it is a science.

A proper diagnosis, even by a highly qualified technician, can take time. And a technician's time is going to cost us. It's just the price of progress.

Of course, the best vehicle care for FAIRFAX vehicle owners is planned preventive auto maintenance. This is also the least costly way to keep your vehicle in good repair. Regular inspections and replacement of worn parts will prevent most repairs from ever being needed in the first place.

And with the amazing complexity of today's automobiles, isn't it good to know there's someone out there with the knowledge, training and skill to give us good auto advice? Whether we need preventive maintenance or repairs, the team of automotive professionals at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 can help us keep our vehicles on the road. We just can't do it on our own anymore.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Fuel Injectors

Posted March 13, 2017 12:12 PM



The last new American vehicles sold in FAIRFAX with a carburetor rolled out of the VA dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in FAIRFAX, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injectors deliver fuel far more precisely than carburetors. That translates into better fuel economy and more power for FAIRFAX drivers. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure.

A few vehicle manufacturers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure - hundreds of times the pressure of port injection systems. Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy, so VA drivers can expect to see more of it in the future.

As FAIRFAX residents can see, the level of precision required of fuel injectors is very high. It's important that they operate properly in order for your vehicle to run right.

High temperatures under your hood and variations in FAIRFAX gas quality cause fuel injectors to become fouled with wax, dirt and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure. The design of each engine requires a specific spray pattern from the fuel injector that might be altered when the injector is dirty. When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn't burn as efficiently, resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it is important to keep your vehicle fuel injectors clean.

Skilled service technicians at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX can perform a fuel system service for you. That is a fuel system service - not just fuel injector cleaning. That is because the fuel has a lot of ways to become dirty or contaminated between the FAIRFAX gas pump and your fuel injectors. A fuel system service at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 starts with a fuel filter replacement. This filter cleans the gas as it leaves the tank. The various parts of the fuel intake system need to be cleaned from time to time to remove harmful gum deposits and varnish. Finally, the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly for you and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.


Our pros at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 use a process for cleaning your vehicle fuel system that includes state-of-the-art cleaning chemicals as well as some old fashioned scrubbing. Proper maintenance of your fuel system means that you will enjoy strong performance and prevent repairs down the road.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Questions to Ask Your FAIRFAX Service Advisor

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM



We find that a lot of FAIRFAX drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.

You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our FAIRFAX automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.

It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the right service center in FAIRFAX. But once you've developed a relationship, the communication should come easier.

What are some of the barriers to communication? Well, let's go back to the medical example. When your doctor's explaining something to you, it's something that she understands very well and is very familiar with. So she may use jargon you don't understand or that you don't have the education and training that's foundational to understanding what she's trying to explain.

So you fall behind and get frustrated.

It can be the same with your FAIRFAX automotive service advisors. Most of them are very busy trying to service and fix cars to get their customers back on the road. So, just ask when you feel you need more information.

Financial related issues seem to be most frustrating to customers. If you're not sure, ask what the payment policies are. For example, there's a big difference between giving your car a quick once over and doing a thorough inspection. Diagnosing a problem may take quite a while. Make sure you know what's done as a courtesy and what has a fee. Remember, you still have to pay for the office visit even if the doctor says you only have a cold.

Communication is a two way street. If you have some real budget concerns, ask your FAIRFAX service advisor what he can do. He can give you priorities and options. He can tell you what needs to be taken care of right away for safety or financial reasons. Then you can work out a plan for when to get the rest done. He can also help you with options on the parts. The preference is to always use a high-quality part with a reputation for reliability. But if money is tight, he might be able to find a rebuilt or a used part. He should tell you the difference in the guarantee for the part so you can make a good decision.

Ask about warranties for parts and labor. Be sure to get all the paperwork you need to make a possible claim in the future. Your service center and its technicians stand behind their work and want you to understand precisely what that means.

Be sure to ask for and keep a detailed explanation of all the work that's done on your vehicle. These records will help you keep track of service, warranties and document the good care your vehicle has received when the time comes to sell it.

Give us a call.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 Alternator Replacement Service in FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator. 

Driving around FAIRFAX is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. 

Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 to learn more.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM


 

Today at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the FAIRFAX area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not.

Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 at 10900 MAIN ST in FAIRFAX, VA 22030, to find out, or give us a call to make an appointment by calling (703) 273-4443.

E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower exhaust emissions to our local FAIRFAX community.

All gas engines can run with up to 10% ethanol, and in fact a lot of gasoline sold in the FAIRFAX, VA, area does contain some ethanol. The problem comes when well-meaning residents without Flex Fuel certified vehicles put E-85 into the tank.

At a 15% concentration, the potential for problems arises. Because of the chemical differences between ethanol and gasoline, special seals and gaskets are needed for Flex Fuel vehicles. In a normal engine, the ethanol in E-85 gas will eat away seals and gaskets. This leads to gas and oil leaks.

You FAIRFAX auto owners can imagine the fire hazard caused by leaking gasoline. VA fire fighting experts caution drivers to only use E-85 if they know their vehicle is certified to handle it. They expect vehicle fires to increase because of using the wrong fuel in non-Flex Fuel vehicles.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

 



Tire Replacement: What FAIRFAX Drivers Need to Know

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.

Let's suppose you zip around FAIRFAX in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When VA weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most FAIRFAX drivers, but since you have a choice, go for dedicated summer and winter tires.

When it's time for new tires, visit with a knowledgeable Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 tire professional. Describe your needs and wants. He'll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads.

Tires are one of the biggest purchases for FAIRFAX drivers. With so many choices, you'll be able to get what's best for you. Take your time. And don't worry about what's in stock. If you want something that isn't here at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, we can order it. Chances are you'll be rolling on your new tires in a couple of days.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

 Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

 



Make Your Vehicle Last

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM



We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, VA folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most FAIRFAX drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.

It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us VA penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us FAIRFAX vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.

Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and for clogged passages. Then some vehicle parts don't get properly lubricated and they start to wear out faster. Skip a cooling system service and the corrosion inhibitors become depleted; the radiator starts being damaged - one step closer to a failure. Same thing is true for transmission service, power brakes, fuel system cleaning - really everything on your schedule.

It is probably even more important for older vehicles. Those engines and other systems have had more time to get dirty, so they are a bit more stressed anyway. But it is never too late to get back on track with your auto maintenance and to hold off further damage.

And it really does start with the oil change. When you get a full service oil change in FAIRFAX at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, we top off all your fluids and check for other items that are on your maintenance schedule. It's like your safety net. Go in for an oil change on time, and let your service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 help you keep track of the rest.

Some things are going to wear out along the way, things like alternators, water pumps, etc. But fixing those at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 is cheaper than a new car  payment for FAIRFAX drivers. And taking care of problems early means they have less time to mess with other things. It is like having high cholesterol - you don't want to wait for a heart attack before you address it.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Keep Your Cool in FAIRFAX: Air Conditioning Service

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Most FAIRFAX drivers don't even think about their air conditioner.

Now here's a tip for FAIRFAX vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during VA winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.

The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during VA winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some FAIRFAX cars you can't run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don't ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.

Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. FAIRFAX drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.

VA drivers would be wise to learn the early warning signs of A/C trouble: 1) The air's not as cold as it used to be. 2) It makes unusual noises when the A/C cycles on. Those are signs to get your vehicle into Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX before the damage gets worse.

By following the recommended service intervals in your vehicle owner's manual, you can help prevent mechanical failure of your air conditioning system. Your A/C system contains some components like the compressor, condenser, dryer, etc. Anything FAIRFAX car owners can do to lengthen the life of their A/C is well worth it. 

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Keeping Your Car Young in FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM



As FAIRFAX consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.

New stuff comes out so fast in VA, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without. 

We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us FAIRFAX penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.

Is it really that bad for FAIRFAX motorists to get off schedule? Well, it all adds up. Every time you go a little longer than the recommended interval  between oil changes, you've created an opportunity for  sludge to form and clog passages. Then some parts don't get oiled and they start to wear out faster. 

Skip a cooling system service, and the corrosion inhibitors become depleted; the radiator starts being damaged, one step closer to a failure. The same thing is true for transmission service, power brakes, fuel system cleaning – really everything on your schedule.

It's also even more important for older vehicles in the FAIRFAX area. Those engines and other systems have had more time to get dirty, so they're working harder anyway. But it's never too late for FAIRFAX drivers to get back on track with maintenance and to hold off further damage.

It's just another example of our parents knowing what's best. (Surprising how often that happens.) And it really does start with the oil change, just like Dad said. When you get a full service oil change they top off all your fluids and check for other items that are on your maintenance schedule. That's like your safety net; go in for oil changes on time, and let the pros at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX help you keep track of the rest.

Of course, it is inevitable for vehicles that some things are going to wear out along the way, like alternators, water pumps and such; they don't last forever. But that stuff is cheaper than a new car payment. And taking care of problems early means they have less time to cause other problems. It's like having high cholesterol; you don't want to wait for a heart attack before you address it.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443


 



Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything with a Trip Inspection at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation faster than ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a trip inspection at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX. After all, you wouldn't travel without clean socks, why ask your vehicle to travel with a load of dirty oil?

The first step in a trip inspection at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 is to look at your travel plans. What kinds of roads will you be driving on? Will you be in the VA back country or on the freeway? Will you be crossing mountains? Off-roading? What will the weather be like? How far away from FAIRFAX will you be traveling? How much are you hauling? Will you be towing a trailer or lugging a rooftop carrier? Will you encounter dust, mud, snow or sea salt? All of these questions can help determine which services are most needed. And don't hesitate to ask your Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 service advisor. He can give you good auto advice on what trip conditions are hardest on what systems of your vehicle and what kinds of services it realistically needs. Start with the tires and check them for tread wear and proper inflation. Replace or rotate them as needed. If you need to change them out for winter tires, then do so.

Then look at your shocks or struts for wear. Replace them if needed. You'll want that extra comfort on your trip. Be sure to check your alignment as well. Steering a vehicle that is out of alignment is tiring, and dangerous. Don't overlook your brakes. With extra passengers and baggage, your brakes are going to get a workout. You want them in top condition.

In addition, inspect belts and hoses. If any of them are close to wearing out, have them replaced before your long trip does them in.

Change your engine air filter if it needs it, or if it's close to needing it. Your car's air filter processes 12,000 times as much air as the amount of fuel it burns. A clean air filter will protect electronic sensors that affect how your engine runs.

Get an oil change at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX if it's coming due. Make it a full-service oil change while you're at it. That way, all of your fluids will get checked and topped off. Change any dirty or old fluids. FAIRFAX drivers don't want to overstress their cooling systems or transmissions with dirty fluid during a long trip.

Does your vehicle smell? Check the cabin air filter. The bad smell could also indicate an exhaust leak, which can be fatal on a long trip. So don't ignore bad odors; check them out.

If your air conditioning hasn't been up to snuff, then give it an overhaul. You want your vacation to be relaxed and pleasant, and that means keeping the passenger compartment comfortable.

And be sure to check your wiper blades and your headlamps. You may find yourself driving in unfamiliar territory at night after a long day. You'll want to be able to see as much as possible.

Of course, almost everything listed here is just part of preventive maintenance for smart driving. If you keep up with your vehicle care on a regular basis, a trip inspection will be a breeze at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952.

Taking care of your vehicle before you leave for a road trip will pay you back in safety, peace of mind, improved comfort and better fuel economy. It will also help your vacation go as planned by keeping you on the road and headed for that next great adventure. Just don't forget to pack your socks.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM



About 90% of our driving decisions in the FAIRFAX area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.

Most FAIRFAX drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the FAIRFAX area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

FAIRFAX drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the storm.

FAIRFAX vehicle owners really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of VA, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing FAIRFAX conditions, if your vehicle has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don't use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don't clear the vehicle windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren't just a safety hazard for FAIRFAX drivers; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire vehicle windshield – that's the consequence for neglecting such a small part.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 recommends FAIRFAX drivers replace worn blades right away. We can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Take it with you if you're heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn't cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won't clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eyes on the road.

Find us at:

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Serpentine Belt Service at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM



Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy FAIRFAX road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components.

Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around FAIRFAX, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get your vehicle towed to Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952. It's no wonder that vehicle manufacturer's recommend a belt replacement on schedule. It's one of those "have-to's."

FAIRFAX drivers who hear a squeal when accelerating, or a slow, slapping sound at idle, should have their serpentine belt looked at. The pros at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX will visually inspect your belt to see if it needs to be changed sooner than scheduled. If the belt has more than three or four cracks every inch or couple of centimeters, has deep cracks that penetrate half the depth of the belt, is frayed, is missing pieces or has a shiny, glazed look, it needs to be replaced regardless of age or mileage.

Serpentine belt replacement is relatively inexpensive, especially compared with the cost and inconvenience of being stranded or getting a disabled vehicle back to Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 for repairs.

You're mom was right: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Why People in FAIRFAX Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM



A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our FAIRFAX, VA, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.

There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our FAIRFAX automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.

The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive maintenance.

Perhaps your dad knew a lot about cars and always made sure they were taken care of. He was very comfortable dealing with his local FAIRFAX service center. People who don't know as much about cars hesitate to ask questions because they don't want to look ignorant.

It's human nature. But there's so much to know in this world, and we can't all be experts in everything. So we specialize. It's very important to ask questions of any specialist, whether it's your doctor, financial advisor or your automotive technician in FAIRFAX, VA.

Your service advisor at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 wants to answer your questions. We want you to understand the recommendation and why it needs to be done.

That brings us to the next issue; people say that they don't always know if they really need the service or if they are just being sold something.

At the heart, it speaks to trust. Do you trust your FAIRFAX service center and your service advisor? Trust has to be earned, and that takes time and experience. But you can shortcut the process when you realize that most of the recommendations are based on manufacturer's maintenance schedules.

In other words, "You don't have to trust me, you can trust your owner's manual."

Your FAIRFAX service center has computer databases that contain the manufacturer's recommendations for almost all vehicles, so they don't need to rummage through your glove box to look for your owner's manual to know what to do.

Basically, the engineers who designed the car say, "Here's when you need to have it serviced." That's who makes the recommendation, not the technician. He's just reminding you.

Now you do need to trust your FAIRFAX technician's experience and judgment from time to time. When he inspects your vehicle, he may find problems or concerns. He will explain things so that you can prioritize the concerns and make a good decision about whether or not to have something done.

That brings us to the third issue; money. Often the concern is about spending the money to take care of a recommended service. Our money has many places it needs to go. And we have another list of places we want it to go. Auto maintenance isn't usually on either of those lists.

Look, everyone who works at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 has a family budget, too. They can relate. Maybe a little look behind the scenes would be helpful.

Service centers like Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 invest heavily in training, diagnostic equipment and tools so that they can make repairs and perform services as efficiently as possible. And like any other business, they have labor costs, insurance, rent, utilities, shop and office supplies, taxes and so on.

We work hard to make sure that we diagnose the problem correctly and fix it right the first time. That's the only way we can maintain our reputation and remain in business. If we're not satisfying our customers and providing a good value, you won't come back and the service center won't be around for long.

When there is a real budget concern, your Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 service advisor can help you prioritize the work that needs to be done and come up with a plan for taking care of it that works within your budget.

Let's say you have a serious problem with your brakes. That's a safety concern, so a technician can't ethically say, well, let's put that off for a couple of months. What they can do is take care of the brakes now and address the cabin air filter or transmission service next month.

Ask us for more details.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Emergency Items for FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Safe VA travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952. But there are other things FAIRFAX residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save your life — or someone else's.

First, FAIRFAX auto owners should consider keeping an auto emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should contain items that will allow you to deal with common emergencies on the road.

Some items you should carry in your vehicle include jumper cables (or a booster box), flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools. Other useful items include gloves, two quarts of oil, some antifreeze, water and everything you need to change a tire. You might also consider a can of tire inflator, which is a great temporary fix for minor flats.

But taking care of your vehicle is only part of emergency preparedness. It is to take care of the people in the car, too. For this reason, you should carry a first aid kit, drinkable water and blankets. Other items to consider include high-calorie food items (like energy bars), toilet paper, a towel, a hat and boots. And, of course, when you travel in VA and out-of-state you should always have your cell phone, some emergency cash and a credit card.

Depending on where you live, you may need to add other items to this list. For example, sunscreen, sunglasses and extra water would be good to have on hand in a hot climate. For the cold and snowy VA season, some salt, a hand shovelemergency blankets and matches might be in order. Also, if your area is prone to severe weather or earthquakes, you should check with your local Red Cross or disaster preparedness office for their recommendations on what to keep on hand in your vehicle for emergencies.

When you travel away from your FAIRFAX home, you should check the weather forecasts before you leave and pack appropriate emergency supplies. Also, do some research about the areas you will be traveling through so you can be prepared for the climate and terrain. Remember the basics: heat, water, shelter, light and food.

When you travel, it is important to leave your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member. Check in periodically at prearranged checkpoints. That way, if something does happen, someone else will quickly know you are in trouble and will be able to send help. These checkpoints will also help rescuers find you quickly, as they will have a better idea as to where you are.

The automotive professionals at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 want FAIRFAX drivers to be safe. Preventive maintenance, proper planning, smart communication: these are the basics of safe travel.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



FAIRFAX Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around FAIRFAX on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.

New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.

Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for FAIRFAX drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining the system will have a cost, replacement of worn or broken parts and tire repair cost increases.

Your safety has always been a priority at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952. We want you on the road and accident free. We've traditionally provided things like tire rotations, snow tire mounting and flat fixes at a very low cost. We've been able to quickly and cheaply provide the service and pass the low cost on to you as an expression of our good will.

Like all other FAIRFAX service centers, here at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 we've had to purchase new scanning equipment to work with the TPMS sensors and to update expensive tire change equipment to better service wheels equipped with the new monitoring systems. Our friendly and knowledgeable service technicians at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952  have been thoroughly trained on many systems and new tire-changing techniques. All of this adds up to significantly increased cost to perform what was once a very inexpensive service for you.

So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, please keep in mind that it's because of government mandated safety equipment. We want to keep you safely on the road – and we're committed to doing it at a fair price. This safety equipment will help you avoid the most common types of vehicle failure in FAIRFAX, and possibly a catastrophic accident.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443

 



Cool Running in FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the road in FAIRFAX waiting for your vehicle engine to cool down.

When you service your cooling system at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, your technician will check the condition of the coolant. It can become corrosive over time, which can damage a radiator — leading to an overheated engine. Changing the coolant periodically is good vehicle care. Your vehicle owner's manual can give you guidelines on how often to replace it.

If your engine overheated, your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor will also check your coolant system for leaks. Check the vehicle radiator for cracks and the radiator hoses for leaks. He'll also check your water pump. They don't need to be replaced on a regular schedule, but they do need checked regularly. They can and do wear out.

The water pump is a critical component of your vehicle cooling system. It pumps the coolant to keep it circulating through the engine. The coolant is cooled in the radiator, then it travels through the engine, where it absorbs heat, then it returns to the radiator, where it releases the heat. And so on. But a water pump is something of a misnomer. The fluid pumped through your vehicle cooling system is not just water. It also contains coolant, which is actually poisonous. You should never consider your radiator as an emergency water supply.

There are many types of coolant. It varies from vehicle to vehicle, and using the wrong kind could damage your engine. Your service advisor will know which kind your vehicle's manufacturer recommends. The team of automotive professionals at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 is always a good source for auto advice. We've been providing quality automotive services at our convenient location in FAIRFAX for years.

At Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, we help you keep your cool which will keep you in the driving lane.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443



Brake Service at Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 in FAIRFAX

Posted March 9, 2017 3:55 AM

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for FAIRFAX drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.

A regular brake inspection is on every VA driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your FAIRFAX service center right away. And watch out for these problems:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.

There are several things that need to be serviced on the brake system. First, the brake pads and shoes wear out with use and become too thin to really help. If the brake pads wear away completely you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced, and that can be expensive. But putting it off is dangerous because your vehicle won't stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake fluid is also important. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid, not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. FAIRFAX  drivers should change the brake fluid when their vehicle manufacturer recommends it.

Be sure to properly maintain your brakes because it's a lot cheaper than paying your nearest FAIRFAX area body shop after an accident.

Weber Tire Company Family Owned and Operated Since 1952
10900 MAIN ST
FAIRFAX, VA 22030
(703) 273-4443




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