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Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire provides great grip, braking

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

This isn’t your typical tire article.

Yes, we will be talking about the Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire. However, we were able to test it for ourselves and compare it with a competitor on a Toyota RAV4 at a recent ride and drive event.

Made up of angled blocks and interlocking sipes, this tire can be a bit intimidating at first look. Its design is different from more traditional ones that many people are used to seeing on the road.

However, the all season option comes with many great benefits.

Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire
We’re big into training. Here is a photo from a Michelin ride and drive event we attended.

Traction in all seasons

Let’s talk about traction.

The Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire offers awesome dry and wet grip, even after it has experienced some wear and tear.

The ride and drive instructors made sure to add water to the course. The Michelin CrossClimate 2 tires didn’t lose contact with the wet pavement. 

Not only can it be trusted in wet and dry conditions, it also works well in snowy weather. When worn, the snow traction is 30 percent better than other tires.

Stopping capabilities of the Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire

We can’t cover the Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire without mentioning its braking ability.

In dry weather, it stops up to 16 feet sooner than the leading competitor. That’s roughly how long a car is. When compared to competitive tires in standing water, it stops up to 56 feet shorter – the length of a greyhound bus. 

During testing, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 had stopped while the four leading competitors were still traveling more than 24 miles per hour.

If that isn’t enough to assure you of the safety it provides, here’s another fact: It’s Michelin’s most tested tire ever.

No noise

When driving down the highway, hearing sounds coming from your tires is normal – unless it’s a clacking sound, which may mean that you have a flat.

Noise isn’t an issue for the Michelin CrossClimate 2. Thanks to alternating tread locks of various sizes, you don’t hear a whirring sound.

After taking this tire on a test drive, a Michelin representative pointed out that it isn’t a noisy tire. As soon as he mentioned it, we realized that it was true – we heard no noise, even while weaving in and out of cones and going around sharp corners. 

The Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire lasts

This tire is backed by a 60,000 mile warranty.

With proper maintenance, such as tire rotations, it will have no problem making it that long. 

A lot of everyday drivers travel 12,000 or 13,000 miles a year. In that case, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 can last as long as four years, nearly a year longer than other tires.

The Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire may look a bit odd, but remember: appearances can be deceiving. Don’t let its design lead you to overlook its benefits.

Because of the design of this tire, it has more contact with the road than the standard design.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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What we do during an oil change

In Brakes, Oil Change, Tires & Wheels, Vehicle Fluids, Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Oil changes are a form of maintenance that most drivers are familiar with.

This service is necessary for your vehicle to run properly. Oil is needed to lubricate many components and some parts feature oil pressure sensors. 

Regular oil changes, which are suggested every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, prevent engine damage from occurring down the road. You can read more about why they are important in this blog post we wrote.

During this service, the oil and oil filter are replaced. HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire takes it a few steps further by providing additional services.

What an oil change looks like at HomeTowne Auto Repair

While completing an oil change, we always use seat covers, floor mats, and steering wheel covers to protect the vehicle.

In addition to replacing the oil and oil filter, our technicians perform a courtesy inspection. This includes several safety checks, such as testing the battery. They also examine the air filters and look over the belts and pulleys. 

The fluids are checked, as well. We look at the windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid.

Not all of the fluids have a warning light when they’re low and you may not know until something happens. Being low on oil or coolant might cause an alert. That isn’t the case with power steering fluid and transmission fluid.

Measuring the brake pad depth is another part of the process. To pass the Virginia state inspection, they must be at least 2/32 of an inch. We start suggesting replacing the brakes when they reach 3/32 or 4/32 of an inch, but some manufacturers recommend them sooner.

The tires are also measured and rotated, which helps them last longer.

To confirm there isn’t any play or damage, the steering and suspension are inspected. Parts can become loose or go bad overtime. If they aren’t replaced early on, they could lead to more expensive repairs in the future.

Additionally, our technicians make sure the lights are working properly.

The courtesy check and tire rotations are services provided at no additional charge.

We believe in maintaining your car before it breaks down. If we can catch problems early, then we can potentially save people money.

Digital inspections

Any observations our technicians make while performing an oil change or courtesy inspection are noted in digital inspections.

Through digital inspections, we are able to share photos, videos and information about the health of your vehicle. This includes details about what’s looking good, repairs that need to be made, and services we recommend.

These reports can be sent via text or email, allowing you to receive an update wherever you are.

Is your vehicle due for an oil change? You can schedule one at HomeTowne Auto Repair by calling (703) 594-4646.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Why you should buy Michelin tires, BFGoodrich tires now

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Whether you’re driving a performance car or an offroading vehicle, Michelin has plenty of options available.

It produces a variety of tires that meet the needs of today’s vehicles.

If you’re thinking about investing in some new Michelin tires, BFGoodrich tires, or Uniroyal tires, you may want to consider buying them sooner rather than later.

On September 1, 2021, Michelin North America, Inc. is raising its prices for certain Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal tires, according to an email from the company. They will increase up to 8 percent for passenger and light truck tires, up to 4 percent on motorcycle tires, and up to 14 percent for on and off road commercial tires.

HomeTowne Auto Repair sells a wide range of tires, including those produced by Michelin North America. 

Below are some great all season tires you should consider. (You can receive $40 off when you buy a set of four of the tires listed below, a wheel alignment, and road hazard – simply mention this article.)

Tires

Michelin Tires

Michelin Defender Tire: This tire has grown in popularity over the years. Available for all types of vehicles – including SUVs, trucks and passenger cars – it comes with a mileage warranty of up to 80,000 or 90,000 miles.  

Michelin Premier A/S Tire: Do you drive a passenger car or minivan? The Michelin Premier A/S Tire, which is backed by a 60,000 mile warranty, is one that offers safety and a comfortable ride. 

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 + Tire: If you’re looking for a tire that works well in snowy, wet and dry weather, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 + Tire is a good choice. It comes with a 45,000 mile warranty.

BFGoodrich Tires

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire: This high quality tire is similar to the Michelin Defender Tire. The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire lasts up to 70,000 miles and offers better traction during rainy and light snowy conditions.

BFGoodrich Advantage Control Tire: The BFGoodrich Advantage Control Tire has biting edges that offer wet weather traction as well as grooves, which push away water. This tire also features a 75,000 mile treadlife warranty.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tire: Those with light trucks, SUVs and CUVs may like the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tire, which is designed with more rubber thickness and 3-D sipes. Rated for severe snow, it provides a 50,000 mile warranty.

Uniroyal Tires

Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire: If you are in need of a long lasting tire that’s safe, consider the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S tire. It can be used on most CUVs, small and medium SUVs, and passenger vehicles and is backed by a 75,000 mile warranty.

Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire: Commuters can receive a quiet ride with the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 tire. Wide grooves, snow bars, and a 50,000 mile warranty are among its features.

Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country Tour Tire: Light truck, SUV and CUV owners – check out the Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country Tour tire. Thanks to wide, circumferential grooves, this all season option is able to evacuate water. Offering a 60,000 mile warranty, the Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country Tour tire is great in wet and dry weather, and a bit of snow.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Tire rotations and their importance

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

As a car owner, you are an investor – you invest in oil changes, needed parts and new tires.

We all know that taking care of a car isn’t cheap. Maintenance may feel like a burden sometimes, however, it can prevent future expenses.

One service we offer is tire rotations, where the front and back tires change places. 

This service might not sound exciting or important, but it can actually be very beneficial.

First of all, it helps your tires last longer.

The suspension in the front and back are set up differently. For example, the engine and heavy weight is in the front. So, if the front tires aren’t rotated to the back they will wear irregularly and start feathering – which are lips that create tire noise.

Tire rotations not only protect your tires, they also allow us to take a look at the brakes. Additionally, our technicians are able to move the lug nuts, where corrosion tends to develop, and check anything else that the tires are hiding. 

We provide free tire rotations during oil changes, which we suggest having done every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

A free courtesy inspection is performed, as well. During this check, we look at the car battery, lights and other components.

While working on a vehicle, our techs complete digital inspections that provide details, photos and videos of any needed repairs.

Customers may access the inspection via text or email.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Quiet, all season Uniroyal tire

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

For drivers who use their car every day, it’s nice to have a quiet, comfortable ride.

That’s one feature of the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 tire.

Made up of wide grooves and snow bars, the all season tire is reliable in dry and wet conditions.

It provides traction in snowy weather and a 50,000 mile treadwear warranty.

This Uniroyal tire comes in a wide range of sizes and can be found on vehicles that use a sporty size tire, including Mercedes, Audis, or Honda Civics.

We installed a couple of these tires on a 2016 Chevrolet Impala last month.

Uniroyal also produces a variety of other all seasons, including the Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire. For more information about tires that would best fit your car, give us a call at (703) 594-4646.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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CrossClimate SUV Tire – an all season tire for SUVs, crossovers

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Having tires that you can count on whether it’s sunny or snowing is important.

The Michelin CrossClimate SUV tire is an all season tire available for SUVs and crossovers.

Featuring wet and dry traction, it is certified for snow traction.

This tire’s V-shaped tread design, deep sipes and emerging grooves enable it to last longer in wet and snowy weather.

It has a 50,000 mile tread life warranty and provides great grip in the warmer and cooler months.

In addition to the CrossClimate SUV, Michelin also produces the CrossClimate 2 tire and CrossClimate Plus tire. 

All of these tires and more options can be found at HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire. 

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire: A high quality, all-season tire

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are you in the market for a high quality tire with a lower price point?

The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire may be the right fit for your vehicle.

With a 65,000 to 75,000 mile treadlife, this all season tire works well in dry and wet weather conditions. It features siping that helps push away water.

The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire is very similar to the Michelin Defender Tire, Michelin’s top tire.

Sizes are available for different types of vehicles, including trucks, SUVs and smaller cars.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire has a wide selection of tires. We also offer a nationwide road hazard warranty for all tires that we sell. 

This month, if you buy a set of four tires and a wheel alignment, you can receive road hazard at no charge.

To learn more about this BFGoodrich tire or any other tires, give us a call at (703) 594-4646 or visit us at 15698 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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All season tire from Uniroyal Tires

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When hitting the road, it’s important for drivers and passengers to feel safe.

Protection is one characteristic of the Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire.

Produced by Uniroyal Tires, the all season tire is available for most CUVs, small and medium SUVs, and passenger vehicles.

It has a 75,000 mile tread life warranty and is reliable in wet and dry weather conditions.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Michelin tires sold at HomeTowne Auto Repair

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When it comes to tires, Michelin is top of line.

The Defender Tire has become a favorite among drivers. It’s one of the Michelin tires we sell.

Recently, more tire sizes have become available. Not only is it offered for SUVs and trucks, it can also be used by passenger vehicles and smaller cars.

Michelin has begun designing the Defender Tire with a new compound that excels in wet weather traction, which helps prevent hydroplaning. It also offers traction in dry weather conditions.

This quiet tire also has a warranty that can last up to 80,000 or 90,000 miles, as long it receives regular maintenance, such as tire rotations. The investment you put in is worth it.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire offers a road hazard warranty that’s good for three years or until the tire tread measures at 3/32 of an inch, which is the lowest you can go to safely repair a tire.

The road hazard warranty is good nationwide, so if you’re traveling you don’t have to wait to get in touch with us to access it. 

This month, if you buy four tires and a wheel alignment, you can get the road hazard at no cost. Road hazard normally amounts to 10 percent of the tire’s cost.

Other Michelin tires and those produced by other manufacturers can be purchased at HomeTowne Auto Repair.

We are a tire shop that can repair tires, depending on the injury and where it’s located.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Replacing tires on a BMW

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A BMW I8 recently received a couple of new tires.

The car was brought to HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire after its Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light turned on. 

The tread depth of the BMW’s rear tires was below 2/32 of an inch, which is the minimum specification for the Virginia Safety Inspection.

A manufacturer might suggest that you get new tires when the tread depth reaches 3/32 of an inch to 5/32 of an inch.

If you drive a BMW and are in need of tire repair services, we may be able to repair them, depending on the injury and its location.

Learn about when a tire is repairable.

HomeTowne Auto Repair doesn’t just repair tires. We also sell tires, including Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal.

Before replacing tires on a vehicle, our technicians make sure that they have the correct tires and that they don’t have any punctures. 

Then, they use a tire machine to separate the tire from the rim.

Tire paste is used to prevent a tire from tearing as it goes on or comes off the rim.

After that, our technicians balance the tires, place them on the vehicle, and twerk them to the correct specification.

When getting new tires, it’s a good idea to have a wheel alignment performed. We also suggest road hazard warranty for the tires.

Read about how we, as a tire shop, differ from a discount tire place.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.