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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.

Presentation at a Michelin ride and drive event.
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.

Benefits of tire rotations

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. 

Our courtesy inspections

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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Uniroyal tire that offers good grip year-round

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Many of us are on the road for extended periods – whether it’s for road trips, commuting, or weekend activities.

With the amount of time we spend traveling, we might as well feel comfortable while embarking on those adventures. Plus, it can help the miles melt away for drivers and their passengers.

This is possible when you’re using a high quality tire, like the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire.

The comfortable, quiet ride it provides – a trait that can be attributed to the tread design – is one of the all season tire’s perks. 

Reliable in wet, snowy conditions

The ride that the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire offers isn’t just comfortable and quiet. It’s a confident ride, as well.

Made up of wide, circumferential tread grooves and an all season compound, it can be trusted in dry and wet conditions. 

The Uniroyal Tire also features traction snow bars, allowing it to provide good traction in areas that see some winter weather.

This makes it a good option for those living or working in Northern Virginia, where the winters tend to be pretty mild. Other than a snowstorm that occurs every once in a while, the region typically gets a little snow and ice.

Virginia weather can be a bit unpredictable – freezing temperatures one week and feeling like summer the next. It’s nice to have a tire that can handle both.

Simply put, the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire does what a lot of drivers need it to – perform well in any season.

Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire lasts up to 50,000 miles

The last thing you should be concerned about when driving down the road is whether your tires are going to make it to your destination.

Anyone who purchases the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire doesn’t need to be concerned about it wearing out anytime soon. 

Tru-Last Technology handles stress this Uniroyal tire experiences, enabling it to wear evenly and over a long period of time. Because it comes with a 50,000 mile warranty, it can last the average driver a few years.

The Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 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.

Uniroyal Tire has been around for many years. It produces dependable tires that enable drivers to stay on budget. The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire is another great option. 

If you aren’t sure what tire is best for your vehicle and fits your budget, contact a local tire shop near you. The staff should be able to share the different options available and discuss the benefits they offer. 

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.

It is very similar to the Michelin Defender Tire, Michelin’s top tire. But don’t let that be the only reason that convinces you to consider this option.

An all-season tire, the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire offers quite a few benefits that make it a favorite among many drivers.

Improved traction and great grip

Traveling in the rain or snow can be challenging and a bit stressful. The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire is a great choice to have on your side in these conditions.

Made up of locking 3-D Active Sipe Technology, it gives you improved traction that is especially helpful when you’re driving through wet or snowy weather. Its siping helps push away water.

The tire’s excellent grip is another perk that can’t be ignored. This grip, which is possible because of silica-infused compounds, can be counted on all year long. 

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire: Reliable and comfortable

You don’t just want a tire that can be trusted in inclement weather. It’s also important that the one you choose for your vehicle is reliable when going around corners or traveling at higher speeds. (If you live or work in Northern Virginia, you know that high speeds are a norm on major roads and highways.)

Not only does this BFGoodrich option meet those needs, it does so while also providing a comfortable ride. This can be attributed to its sidewall stabilizer. Having that trait in a tire can help make longer trips more pleasant.

A quiet ride that’s long lasting

The last thing you want to hear while commuting or running errands is a noisy tire. That’s one problem you don’t need to be concerned about when using the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire.

And this quiet ride is one you can enjoy for many miles, as it is backed by a 60,000 to 70,000 mile tread life. 

Both of these qualities are the result of Computer Optimized Footprint.

How well this tire steers is another benefit that fans have noticed. The steering response is consistent, due to the Continuous Center Rib. 

The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire is one that drivers shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss.

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. 

To learn more about this BFGoodrich tire or any other tires, feel free to reach out to us. One of our staff members would be happy to help you determine the best tire for your vehicle.

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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Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire: A safe, all season tire

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When hitting the road, it’s important for drivers and passengers to feel safe. A lot of high quality tires offer this protection. 

It’s one of the many reasons why we recommend the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire. 

If you’re in the market for tires that are good for your budget, are high quality, and offer great mileage, take this one into consideration.

The Uniroyal option isn’t limited to a certain vehicle. It comes in more than 120 sizes and can be used on most CUVs, small and medium SUVs, and passenger cars.

Safety first

The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire is one that many have placed their trust in and grown to depend on.

Millions of Americans hit the roads each day. With distracted driving and many outside factors – like obstacles in the road, construction, and changes in traffic patterns – it can be dangerous to travel.

Safety is one goal of the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire. This budget-friendly tire has an effective tread pattern that offers relief from driving concerns you may have.

On top of safety, it – like other tires Uniroyal produces – also provides you with a comfortable ride.

The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire can go on for miles

The lifespan of the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire is a feature that shouldn’t be overlooked.

It meets the needs of daily commuters. This is especially important for those who live or work in Northern Virginia and have become accustomed to the long drives home. 

Designed with Tru-Last Technology, the tread is able to wear evenly across the tire. 

The V speed rated tires are backed by a 65,000 mile warranty, while the tires with an H speed rating come with a 75,000 mile warranty.

The Uniroyal Tire can last you several years – depending on how much you travel – and really is with you for the long haul.

The tread on the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire.

Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire a reliable all season tire

The weather can be very unpredictable, no matter what time of the year it is. The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire will be there to tackle whatever changes come your way.

When you have this all season tire on your side, you don’t have to worry about what the conditions are looking like later in the day or the following morning. 

Due to its multiple biting edges, the Uniroyal Tire offers solid grip that can be trusted whether it’s raining, snowy, or there isn’t a cloud in the sky. When it’s been raining all day, the tire’s wide grooves take action by moving water away.

It also features high sipe density, which increases the tire’s traction.

Other tire options

If you’re looking for a dependable, all season tire that enables you to stay on budget, the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire is a safe bet.

This is one of various Uniroyal Tires that can be purchased at HomeTowne Auto Repair. We offer a wide range of other tires that may be a good fit for your vehicle and budget. They include the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season 2 Tire and the BFGoodrich Advantage Control Tire.

One of our staff members would be happy to help you if you aren’t sure what tire is best for your driving needs.

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 Defender Tire features long lifespan

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

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

It produces a bunch of reliable options. One of its products – the Michelin Defender Tire – has become a favorite among drivers. 

Many motorists approve of how well it performs across the different seasons. Others appreciate the long lifespan and comfortable ride it provides.

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

Ready for any season

Having an all season tire that can be trusted in snow and rain

The Michelin Defender Tire excels in all kinds of weather. It offers great traction in dry conditions as well as wet weather.

When you’re driving on wet roads and have less time to brake, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S Tire’s grip comes in handy. It has better snow traction than other tires, as well.

Those using the Michelin Defender T + H Tire can experience control and awesome grip all year, thanks to IntelliSipe technology. This tire also features rain grooves, which reduce the chance of hydroplaning.

Michelin Tires

Michelin Defender Tire worth the investment

The investment you put into the Michelin Defender Tire is well worth it. It’s designed with EverTread Compound, which helps extend its lifespan.

This quiet tire can last you a while – as long it receives regular maintenance, such as tire rotations. 

Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires go on light trucks and crossovers, and have a 70,000 mile treadwear warranty. Michelin Defender T + H tires, used on crossovers and passenger cars, can last up to 80,000 miles.

So, depending on how much you drive, this tire may not need to be replaced for several years.

The lifespan isn’t the only feature that makes the Michelin Tire a good value. If you purchase the Michelin Defender LTX M/S Tire, you could save even more money. Thanks to Michelin MaxTouch Construction, you may save as much as 65 gallons in fuel through the life of this eco-friendly tire, based on comparisons with other tires.

Other tires, tire services offered at HomeTowne Auto Repair

HomeTowne Auto Repair sells tires produced by Michelin Tire and other manufacturers, including BFGoodrich Tire and Uniroyal Tire.

We can give you tire recommendations based on your vehicle and driving conditions. Other great tires include the Michelin CrossClimate 2 Tire, the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire, and the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S Tire.

We offer a road hazard warranty that’s good for three years or until any part of the tire reaches 2/32 of an inch or less. If the tire becomes unserviceable because of a road hazard, a replacement tire will be installed. If one isn’t available, a comparable tire will be put on, if it occurs within the first 33 percent of usable treadwear.* Talk to us to hear more details.

Help with changing a flat tire is available. For eligible expenses incurred for services related to flat tire changing, up to $75 will be reimbursed. 

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. 

In addition to selling tires, our Woodbridge tire shop performs a variety of tire services. Our technicians are able to repair tires – depending on the injury and where it’s located – and conduct wheel alignments.

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.

When you should be replacing tires

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.

Tire installation process

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.