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




 



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



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



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



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



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


 



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




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