The Plains Tire & Auto Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!
The Plains Tire & Auto is the automotive expert in The Plains, VA 20198. Since,
2013 we've provided the The Plains area with reliable, affordable automotive
maintenance and repair services including 4x4 Services,
Car & Truck Care,
Domestic Cars & Trucks,
Engine & Transmission,
Heating and Cooling Services,
Import Cars & Trucks,
Quick Lube Services
Transmission Services and
We have experience servicing all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles, and we're honored to keep vehicles throughout the The Plains area reliable and well-maintained. Our skillful mechanics will take great care of your vehicle too, quickly diagnosing any problems and offering cost-effective solutions to get you back on the road.
Call The Plains Tire & Auto today at 540-253-5251! You can also send us an email. Either way, we're looking forward to providing you with reliable automotive service!
According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.
Friendly, reliable, and thorough: HIGHLY recommended! I am not sure how or where to begin, but my wife and I had just completed a 7.1 mile hike in Sky Meadows Park. We returned to the car, and one of my tires was completely flat. AAA roadside assistance was requested/initiated because we were more than sixty (60) miles from our house in Northern Virginia, physically exhausted, with a dilapidated car, and in the middle of a park with few amenities. While waiting for the AAA dispatcher, some fellow park goers offered to help, including a gentleman named Mike (who we later found out was The Plains Tire and Auto owner). We politely declined because this was during the heart of COVID (September 2020) when a vaccine hadn’t even been created. Mike returned from his exercise about forty-five (45) minutes later, and we were still stranded and without an update from AAA. Mike rolled up his sleeves, discovered the root cause (a nail), replaced my flat tire with a spare, and aided us to The Plains Tire and Auto. His dedication, professionalism, and leadership didn’t end there though. When we arrived at service center, we were greeted by Brandon, the Service Director. Brandon had already been backbriefed, and had the team start immediately on repairing the tire. Even after the fix, the team ran extensive tests to ensure our safety on the road. To say they went “above and beyond” is an understatement. I am forever indebted to Mike, Brandon, and the rest of the team at The Plains Tire and Auto!
These guys are great! Excellent customer service and they go above and beyond to help repair your car as quickly as possible. They've always been honest and done great work.
Bill and the team at The Plains Tire & Auto are SUPER friendly and kind. I booked an appointment the day before to get a state inspection. I was in and out in 20 minutes. I plan to consider them for future work on my vehicle. Especially for tires since we live in The Plains and on dirt roads. Thanks Guys and Happy New Year!
I was well treated in all respects. (2003 BMW)
Very professional people. They always go above and beyond when servicing our vehicles.I absolutely trust those guys 100 percent. They are very lucky also to have such a great manager to keep things running smoothly
They get the job done but unrealistically expensive