Archive for March 2017

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



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

 



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



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



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



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



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



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


 



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



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



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

 



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

 



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



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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