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  • The weather is beginning to get colder and snow flurries have been seen in most of New England. It’s important to be prepared for the challenges winter weather can cause, especially on the roads.  Here are a few simple and quick tricks to make sure you and you’re vehicle are ready for whatever the weather has in store.

    Check Your Tires: Your tires are the only thing keeping your car connected to the road, so you want to make sure that your tires can handle whatever surface changes (snow, ice, slush, etc) you may encounter. You can stop by any Sullivan Tire for a free tire inspection and air pressure check, to ensure that you’re ready and prepared for any impending road changes. If your tire treads are too worn to handle the demands of snow, we have unbeatable deals right now that you can take advantage of.

    Corporate - Safety Winter

    Prepare Your Windshield: You know how you only remember you need new wipers when it’s raining? Well that’s true for snow too!  Having good wipers is essential to keeping your windshield and visibility clear.  Also, you’ll go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid clearing away the falling snow, or salt and sand from treated roads. So, make sure you’ve topped off your windshield wiper fluid, and have an extra bottle of fluid in the car, just in case!

    Fill It Up: Between taking a few extra minutes to warm up the car in the morning, to idling in slow moving traffic, you’ll go through more gas during the winter season. Plus, if the temperatures really drop, you could be at risk for gas line freeze up. Try to keep your tank from dipping below the halfway point throughout the winter.

    Stay safe out on the roads and let’s hope for a milder winter than last year!

  • Remember last winter? We have an early bird Snow Tire sale to prepare you for this year! Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on ALL Snow Tires through the end of the month! I know… you probably don’t want to think about snow yet, but being prepared never hurt, right? :-)

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    Read more about the benefits of Snow Tires and 4 reasons you should consider buying them here!

    If you are shopping for all-season tires we have some great deals going on as well!

    • Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on all Yokohama Tires!
      • Buy 1, Get the 2ndHalf Off on all Yokohama Tires (Code: SAVE50)
      • Expires 10/31/15. In-stock tires only. Excludes discontinued and clearance tires. No carry-outs.
    • $70 INSTANT Savings on the purchase of four (4) All-Season Bridgestone Tires!
      • Code: OCT70. Expires 10/31/15.
      • In-stock tires only. Excludes discontinued, clearance tires and snow tires. No carry-outs.
    • $40 INSTANT Savings on the purchase of four (4) All-Season Continental Tires!
      • Code: OCT40. Expires 10/31/15.
      • In-stock tires only. Excludes discontinued, clearance tires and snow tires. No carry-outs.

    Don’t miss out on these great opportunities! Schedule your appointment online or visit your local Sullivan Tire today!

  • I know you’re probably all tired of hearing it, but there is another storm heading our way. Don’t you just love New England weather?

    We’ve put together this quick Storm Preparation Checklist to help you ready your vehicle for the impending winter weather.

    Winter Storm Prep Infographic

    Tips For After the Storm:

    Peering out the window the morning after a storm, you may feel a rush of joy seeing bright, white, snow covering your neighborhood. That feeling will quickly fade when you remember you’ve got to dig out your car and clean it off before getting to work in the morning. If you’re like me, and not a “morning person”, you may feel the urge to rush through this final step in order to make it to work on time. However, no matter how cranky, coffee deprived, or late I may be, I always pay attention to the following:

    The Roof: We’ve all seen them. Those vehicles with a stack of snow about two feet high on the roof, barreling down the road. Sure it looks comical and rediculous, but it can also be very dangerous. That snow can freeze over, break off and hit another vehicle causing major damage. A few states have passed laws against driving with snow and ice on a vehicle, and for the sake of your fellow commuter’s safety, it’s always wise to clear your roof off.

    Lights: The instinct to clear your car for your own visibility is natural, but what about the visibility of other motorists? Clear your headlights and brake lights of snow and ice to improve your visibility, and help your vehicle be seen by other motorists.

    Click here for more tips on how to keep your car in good shape after a blizzard, and share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section.

  • December is Tire Safety Month! We strive to help educate motorists and our customers on proper tire care and maintenance year-round, but we wanted to highlight tire safety to support this country-wide initiative.

    Our friends over at RMA remind us to Be Tire Smart Play your P-A-R-T!

    Pressure

    Maintaining proper inflation pressure is crucial for getting the most out of your tires, both in long mileage and a comfortable ride. Air pressure is measured in psi (pounds per square inch) and should be adjusted when the tires are “cold”, which means check it early in the morning or after the vehicle has been sitting for at least 3 hours.  If you need to adjust for a “warm” tire, simply add 2-4 psi to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure, and check the cold inflation pressure at your earliest convenience.  Even a perfectly healthy tire loses 1-2 psi per month, so it’s important to check your pressures often.  Get your tire repaired at the first sign of a leak or nailhole puncture.  Remember, running your tires underinflated also means that you are overloading them, which can do permanent damange. Stop by any Sullivan Tire for a complimentary air pressure check and adjustment. Come as often as you like, no appointment necessary!

    Tire Pressure Check - Marshfield

    Alignment

    A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires if not corrected promptly.  Have your alignment checked at least 1-2 times per year, or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road (a.k.a. “pulling”).  When you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP), you get a complimentary alignment check every 6 months for the life of the tires! 

    Rotations

    Regularly rotating your tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle’s owners manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000-7,000 miles, or roughly every other oil change.  Frequent tire rotations and tire inspections can help to identify an alignment or steering problem before too much damage occurs to the tire. This service is complimentary for the life of the tires when you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP).

    Tread

    A tread depth guage is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires.  Hydroplaining can occur even at low speeds if the tread is not deep enough to channel the water from under your tires.  The tread depth measurement is taken in 32nds of an inch, and should be taken from the tread grooves at three different areas of the tread (inner, center, and outside).  If any part of the tread is at or below 2/32″ depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the tire as having reached the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced.  

    Tread Depth

    Do you have a tire related question you want to see answered on the blog? Let us know!

  • 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.

    Thank you Tom K. and staff at Leominster MA store for getting me back home safely on Saturday, March 1st. I arrived at 4:55 PM with a leaking tire (from a bent rim) and they put the spare onto my car so I could get home. I will be sure to choose Sullivan Tire for future business!

    Joanna E., March 3, 2014

     

    Wally the Green Monster visited our Leominster store back in 2010 for a Customer Appreciation event

    Wally the Green Monster visited our Leominster store back in 2010 for a Customer Appreciation event

  • Have you checked your air pressure lately?

    You should check your tire pressure once a month and before every long trip to ensure that your tires are doing everything they are supposed to do. Driving on an under inflated tire will cause wear and tear on the outside edges, while driving on over-inflated tires will result in excessive wear on the center tread.

    The correct pressure for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is listed on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner’s manual. The maximum inflation pressure listed on the tire is not the recommended pressure.

    You can always have your tire air pressure checked and adjusted for FREE at any Sullivan Tire retail location!

    When’s the last time you checked your tire’s air pressure?

  • It seems like only yesterday we were snowed in from Winter Storm Hercules, and now we’ve got Janus heading our way (it seems the weather channel has apparently been brushing up on their Roman mythology).

    We’ve put together this quick Storm Preparation Checklist to help you ready your vehicle for the impending winter weather.

    Winter Storm Prep Infographic

    Click here for more tips on how to keep your car in good shape after a blizzard, and share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section.

  • With another winter storm approaching this week, it’s important to be prepared for the challenges winter weather can cause, especially on the roads.  Here are a few simple and quick tricks to make sure you and you’re vehicle are ready for whatever the weather has in store.

    Before the Storm

    Check Your Tires: Your tires are the only thing keeping your car connected to the road, so you want to make sure that your tires can handle whatever surface changes (snow, ice, slush, etc) you may encounter. You can stop by any Sullivan Tire for a free tire inspection and air pressure check, to ensure that you’re ready and prepared for any impending road changes. If your tire treads are too worn to handle the demands of snow, we’ve got a Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale on in-stock, all-season Sailun Tires you can take advantage of.

    Prepare Your Windshield: You know how you only remember you need new wipers when it’s raining? Well that’s true for snow storms too!  Having good wipers is essential to keeping your windshield and visibility clear.  Also, you’ll go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid clearing away the falling snow, or salt and sand from treated roads. I personally proved this a few years ago, when went through an entire bottle of windshield wiper fluid in two days! So, make sure you’ve topped off your windshield wiper fluid, and have an extra bottle of fluid in the car, just in case!

    Fill It Up: Between taking a few extra minutes to warm up the car in the morning, to idling in slow moving traffic, you’ll go through more gas during a snow storm.  Plus, if the temperatures really drop, you could be at risk for gas line freeze up. Fill up your gas tank before a big storm, and try to keep your tank from dipping below the halfway point throughout the winter.

    After the Storm

    Peering out the window the morning after a storm, you may feel a rush of joy seeing bright, white, snow covering your neighborhood. That feeling will quickly fade when you remember you’ve got to dig out your car and clean it off before getting to work in the morning.

    If you’re like me, and not a “morning person”, you may feel the urge to rush through this final step in order to make it to work on time. However, no matter how cranky, coffee deprived, or late I may be, I always pay attention to the following:

    The Roof: We’ve all seen them. Those vehicles with a stack of snow about two feet high on the roof, barreling down the road. Sure it looks comical and rediculous, but it can also be very dangerous. That snow can freeze over, break off and hit another vehicle causing major damage. A few states have passed laws against driving with snow and ice on a vehicle, and for the sake of your fellow commuter’s safety, it’s always wise to clear your roof off.

    Lights: The instinct to clear your car for your own visibility is natural, but what about the visibility of other motorists? Clear your headlights and brake lights of snow and ice to improve your visibility, and help your vehicle be seen by other motorists.

     

    What other tips do you have for keeping your car safe and prepared during winter weather? Let us know in the comments!

     

  • Today was the first snow of the season, signaling the official start of winter at Sullivan Tire. And while we have exciting things like the holidays, skiing, and Winter Olympics to look forward to, we’ve also got months of winter driving coming up.

    While today’s snow didn’t stick today, it’s an important reminder that winter driving can cause some stress and safety issues for you and your vehicle. Thankfully, last week Manager Matt Keith of our Portland, ME location on St. John street had a chance to speak with WGME 13 about ways to prepare your car for winter. Check it out, and let us know if there are other tips you have for gearing up for winter driving!

  • Columbus Day weekend is fast approaching, and if you’re making any travel plans, our Brockton, MA store has a great deal available for you!

    From now until Saturday, October 12, the Brockton, MA store is offering two auto service packages to ensure your vehicle is ready for your long weekend road trip. For $29.95, you can get an oil change, tire rotation, fluid check and tire air pressure check. For $59.95, you can get all the aforementioned services, plus a comprehensive vehicle inspection.  A comprehensive vehicle inspection is a great way to maintain a more dependable and safe car. It will include one of our highly trained technicians checking your vehicle’s battery, antifreeze, fluid levels, brakes, belts and hoses, tires, lights and wiper blades, as well as manufacturer’s recommended services.

     

    These offers are available only at our Brockton, MA store (1320 Belmont Street) until Saturday, October 12th. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call 508-584-6247.

    What are your travel plans for Columbus Day Weekend? Do you have any tips for preparing for road trips? Please feel free to share with us in the comments.