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  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today’s Foodie Friday post is a spooky chocolate pudding spider pie. These mini desserts are fun to make and very festive. Recipe courtesy of Lil’ Luna.

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    Ingredients:

    • Mini Graham Pie Crusts
    • Chocolate Pudding Box (3.9 oz)
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1 cup crushed oreos
    • Red Hots or Red candies
    • Black Licorice Rope/Wheels (we used Haribo Licorice Wheels)

    Directions:

    • Prepare pudding as directed on box.
    • Pour chocolate pudding into mini pie crusts.
    • While pudding is setting in the fridge, crush your oreos in a ziploc bag.
    • Also unravel licorice wheels and cut them to be about 2.5 inches long. You’ll need 8 per pie.
    • Take out pudding and top with crushed oreos, stick in licorice for legs and add 3 red hots to each pie.
    • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

    ENJOY! What do you have planned for this Halloween? Share in the comments below!

  • Today’s customer comment is about the Live Chat feature on our website. At Sullivan Tire, we pride ourselves with providing our customers with the best; from quality products, to technical skill, and unbeatable customer service. Whenever we hear from our customers letting us know we’ve done just that, it makes our day. So every Wednesday, we’ll be sharing a customer comment that made us proud to be a part of the Sullivan Tire Team.

    “I just wanted to send a note to say how awesome Dan was on ‘live chat’ this morning. I had tons of questions, and he kindly answered each and every one, set up my appointment, the shuttle back to my house…made everything totally seamless. He is really terrific and made what I thought was going to be a miserable experience (I mean really, does anyone love having to buy all new tires?) not just easy, but he also gave me such peace of mind. Now I have an appointment all set up for tires I know will work well for my car and everything was done with a smile. Dan is a great employee – he really made a difference for me. I was already a Sullivan customer (had great service in the store in Gloucester last year!) but wanted you to know you’ve got great people on the chat feature too. THANKS!”

    -Meagan 10/22/14

    So what are you waiting for? Need a quote on tires? Or do you just have a question about tires in general or service your vehicle needs? Give our Live Chat feature a try!

  • ​Last week, the Hudson Sullivan Tire hosted a field trip for their local Girl Scout troop! The girls arrived at closing and spent the next 90 minutes touring the facility, learning the oil change process and basic vehicle maintenance first hand. They were very attentive and eager to learn!

    Girl Scouts

    The girls get ready to go out back to the service bays!

    Eager to learn about oil changes and basic vehicle maintenance!

    Eager to learn about basic vehicle maintenance!

    “Pizza was served to conclude our evening and a great time was had by all! Special thanks to Jason Turcotte for staying late to demonstrate vehicle maintenance and the Marketing Department for providing the trick-or-treat bags and Sullivan Tire bandannas!​” said Rich Ferguson, manager of Hudson.

    No one left empty handed! :)

    No one left empty handed! :)

    Do you have any questions for us on basic vehicle maintenance? Leave them in the comments below!

  • This hearty, savory slow cooker beef stew combines potatoes, carrots, celery, broth, herbs and spices for a delicious meal! Recipe courtesy of All Recipes.

    PREP: 20 mins.
    COOK: 12 hrs.
    READY IN: 12 hrs. 20 mins
    MAKES: 6 servings

    Beef Stew

    Ingredients:

    • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 ½ cups beef broth
    • 3 potatoes, diced
    • 4 carrots, sliced
    • 1 stalk celery, chopped

    Directions:
    Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture.

    Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

    Enjoy!

  • Today’s customer comment comes from Rockland, MA. At Sullivan Tire, we pride ourselves with providing our customers with the best; from quality products, to technical skill, and unbeatable customer service. Whenever we hear from our customers letting us know we’ve done just that, it makes our day. So every Wednesday, we’ll be sharing a customer comment that made us proud to be a part of the Sullivan Tire Team.

    “I had two flat tires yesterday morning and had my car towed to the Rockland location. TJ came out to the parking lot me meet when I got out of the tow truck. He then went over the tires options with me. The tires were eligible for a rebate and TJ took to the time to fill out the paperwork and print an additional receipt for the rebate. It was a great way to end day. TJ should be commended for his customer service.”

    -Robert 9/30/14

    The Bigfoot Monster Truck on display at our Rockland store this summer!

    The Bigfoot Monster Truck on display at our Rockland store this summer!

    Sullivan Tire was actually founded on a dead end street in Rockland, MA in 1955. Read our full history here!

  • Our retail stores throughout New England are getting festive for Fall! From hay stacks to pumpkins to fall tire displays – we’ve got it all!

    Sullivan Tire in Marlborough, MA

    Fall decorations outside Sullivan Tire in Marlborough, MA

    Sullivan Tire in Wareham, MA!

    Fall Tire Display in Sullivan Tire in Wareham, MA!

    Have you seen any decorations at your local Sullivan Tire? How do you like to decorate for the fall season?

  • With New England’s wild weather on the way, it’s time to once again revisit why snow tires are a great option to help navigate the roads with confidence.  While all-season tires are a jack-of-all-trades, in order to fully realize traction capabilities, winter tires are the best option.  One common misconception is that winter tires only add value in inclement weather.

    In reality, the most significant difference a winter tire can make is when the temperature drops below 40-degrees Fahrenheit – regardless of precipitation.  Below 40-degrees an all season tire becomes stiff and inflexible.  A snow tire on the other hand has a softer rubber compound that stays malleable, allowing the tire to confidently bite the road.  The difference in rubber compounding allows winter tires to get 25-50% better traction in temperatures below 40-degrees.

    Another thing that separates winter tires from all-season tires is a deeper tread and higher lug-to-void ratio, which is the space between the tread blocks.  These features are the primary driver in improved traction in snow and slush.  Add in more sipes (the small grooves within the tread blocks) for better ice traction and snow tires truly are the best way to tackle a New England winter!

    Below you can compare the tread of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 snow tire vs. the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max:

    Dunlop Graspic DS – 3 snow tire

     

    Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tire

    So back to the question? Do you need snow tires? Here are a few reasons you might consider snow tires.

    1. You drive a rear wheel drive vehicle. Most vehicles today are either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Rear wheel drive vehicles are notoriously bad in snowy weather. I’d highly recommend snow tires if you own a rear drive vehicle. And you should do ALL FOUR WHEELS!

    2. You own a high performance vehicle such as a BMW or Audi.

    3. You have to drive for work or you go to ski country often. Perhaps your a fire fighter or a nurse and it’s essential you get to work no matter the weather. Go with snow tires!

    4. You just want the extra confidence of driving on a true winter ready snow tire. Sometimes you just want to feel safe!

    If you think snow tires are a good option for you we have a wide selection of winter tires in stock. Some currently on a Buy 3 Get 1 free special! 

    So what’s your take? Do you use snow tires? Tell us why?

  • Shock absorbers and struts are designed to keep the wheels in contact with the road, improving cornering and braking. Though original equipment shocks have improved in recent years, many are ready for replacement in as few as 30,000 miles.

    Shocks and Struts

    The lifespan of a strut is about double that of a shock. Most people do not notice the gradual deterioration in ride quality and many shocks and struts are not replaced as often as they should be.

    Shocks and struts should be checked every 12,000 miles or when any of these symptoms are noticed:

    • Bouncy or uncomfortable ride
    • excessive body sway when cornering
    • fluid leaks from the shock or strut
    • physical damage to the shock or strut
    • nose dive when braking
    • uneven tire wear
    • tail squat when accelerating

    We install top quality Monroe struts and shocks. If you prefer a different brand we would be happy to get them for you. See our suspension experts for a ride control checkup today!

  • It’s time to get in the Halloween spirit! These snacks are cute and so easy to make! Get your Halloween party started with these no-bake treats.

    Halloween Pumpkin

    Ingredients:

    • Oranges
    • Mango sherbet (store bought)
    • Orange sherbet (store bought)
    • Pumpkin carving tools (we used the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit)

    Directions:

    1. Slice off the tops of the oranges, and scrape out the flesh (save the pulp for fresh orange juice or a smoothie!)
    2. Using the carving tools, have fun creating jack-o’-lantern faces on the outside of the oranges! For inspiration, check out our free pumpkin carving templates.
    3. Break out the sherbet and start scooping. We used one scoop of mango and one scoop of orange.
    4. Replace the top of the orange, and use any excess peels to make a swirl on the lid for decoration.
    5. Serve immediately.

    Do you have any spooky or scary Halloween treats you like to make this time of year? Share in the comments below!

  • We have two great Fall Harvest Days planned for this weekend! The first will be held at our South Weymouth, MA location on Saturday, October 18th from 9am-11am! We will be holding a Pumpkin Carving Contest and all kids who enter will get a free trick-or-treat bag for Halloween. The Grand Prize will be a sports gift bag and a $100 Patriots ProShop gift card! We’re located on 462 Washington Street.

    The second event will be held at our Raynham, MA location. Visit us on 410 New State Highway (Rt.44) and pick up a free pumpkin on Saturday, October 18th! We’ll be serving seasonal refreshments from 9am-11am.

    Fall Harvest

    Come celebrate fall at Sullivan Tire in South Weymouth and Raynham! Hope to see you there! :-)