106 St Tire Bloghttp://106sttire.com/blogMost recent posts.Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:26:59 -0700en-ushourly1What Tires Are Best For My SUV? http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-best-for-my-suvhttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-best-for-my-suv#commentsSat, 11 Feb 2017 19:26:59 -0700TCShttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-best-for-my-suv<p> &ldquo;What tires are best for my SUV?&rdquo;<img alt="Light Truck Tires in Queens NY " src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1134/light-truck-tires-queens-ny.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /><br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve heard this one before, and it&rsquo;s not an easy question. First off, you&rsquo;ll need to ask yourself what you intend to do with that SUV. Will it stay on the pavement, or will it go off road? Will it haul groceries, or will it tow a boat? What are you driving&hellip;a little Honda crossover, or a hulking Suburban or Expedition? These are all factors that will figure into your buying decision. Here are some general rules, though:</p> <p> --Spend more and get more. Considering the weight of many SUVs, it just doesn&rsquo;t make sense to skimp on tires. A good set of all-season light truck tires for an SUV can go for 70,000 miles or more, but just be prepared to lay down some real money for them and pay a premium price for premium tires.</p> <p> --Stick with the OEM tire sizes. Changing tire sizes and going to a bigger tire often ends up being a pain in the neck for various reasons. Bigger tires can throw off speedometer readings, cause your computer to alter the transmission&rsquo;s shift point, rub on wheel wells and generally be a headache.</p> <p> --Opt for low-rolling-resistance tires if possible. Low-rolling-resistance tires can give you as much as a 1- to 3-mpg advantage in fuel economy.</p> <p> --Check the original tires&rsquo; speed ratings and load capacity, and make sure that your new tires match those numbers. It will pay off in the long run.</p> <p> --Do your homework carefully. Read all the literature, reviews and online comparisons that you can, and you&rsquo;ll be pointed in the right direction. Look especially for tires that offer good all-weather traction, resistance to hydroplaning in wet weather and good braking and handling ability. Remember that compromising on price can often mean a compromise in these areas, or at least might mean ending up with a rougher-riding and noisier set of tires.</p> <p> Did that help? We hope so! Make an <a href="http://106sttire.com/locations">appointment</a> with us at 106 St Tire &amp; Wheel and check out our lineup of tires for light trucks and SUVs!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/what-tires-are-best-for-my-suv/feed0So You Say Your Car's Running Rough? http://106sttire.com/blog/view/so-you-say-your-car-s-running-roughhttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/so-you-say-your-car-s-running-rough#commentsWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:07:47 -0700TCShttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/so-you-say-your-car-s-running-rough<p> Your car used to be running great, and all the sudden it&rsquo;s running rough, doesn&rsquo;t have a lot of power and is using more gas. Why is this happening?<img alt="Check Engine Light in Queens NY " src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1133/check-engine-light-queens-ny.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> Truth is, there are all kinds of reasons for a rough running condition. The smart play is to start with the simplest stuff, then work your way from there. Here&rsquo;s a brief rundown of a few of the culprits for a rough-running condition:</p> <p> --A dirty air filter can literally smother the engine by restricting air flow through the fuel system. This is a quick and easy fix; just locate the air box, take out the old air filter, toss it and replace it.</p> <p> --Newer vehicles no longer have a coil, distributor and plug wires. Instead, they&rsquo;re designed with a coil-on-plug setup that delivers spark at the spark plug itself. If these COP units start to fail, it can cause the vehicle to buck and run horribly.</p> <p> --A dirty fuel filter can cause a lot of problems. Fuel filters are located in the fuel line on newer vehicles, or possibly in the fuel tank by the pickup for the fuel pump (not something for the shade tree mechanic to take on).</p> <p> --The engine has numerous vacuum lines to help govern certain engine functions. A cracked, disconnected or leaking vacuum line can be enough for the engine computer to detect a bad reading and can throw off ignition timing, fuel metering, and fuel delivery.</p> <p> --The oxygen sensor is mounted in the exhaust stream (many vehicles have more than one) and reads the composition of exhaust gasses. This information is sent to the engine computer to help regulate fuel delivery and emissions. A failed O2 sensor can definitely cause a rough running condition.</p> <p> --The mass airflow sensor (MAF sensor) reads the volume of air that&rsquo;s making its way into the fuel system&nbsp;and helps the computer determine the right strategies for air/fuel ratio. A dirty or failing MAF sensor will usually cause a rough idle at first, then eventually sluggish, rough running.</p> <p> The moral? If your vehicle&rsquo;s running rough, it&rsquo;s not cause for panic because it might be something relatively minor. Make an <a href="http://106sttire.com/locations">appointment</a> with us at 106 St Tire &amp; Wheel and we&rsquo;ll check it out!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/so-you-say-your-car-s-running-rough/feed0Getting the Most Out Of Your Battery http://106sttire.com/blog/view/getting-the-most-out-of-your-batteryhttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/getting-the-most-out-of-your-battery#commentsSun, 11 Dec 2016 18:54:00 -0700TCShttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/getting-the-most-out-of-your-battery<p> The automotive battery hasn&rsquo;t changed much for a long, long time. It&rsquo;s still a series of cells that are connected in parallel to deliver about 12.8 volts, and each cell is still <img alt="Automotive Battery in Queens NY " src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1132/automotive-battery-queens-ny.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 171px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />comprised of lead plates and acid. Just like in vehicles from the 1940s, the battery still relies on chemical processes to store electricity and deliver it again, and it&rsquo;s still charged by an alternator that&rsquo;s driven by the engine.</p> <p> Unfortunately, whether it&rsquo;s in your laptop, phone, tablet or car, any battery that can be recharged is only good for so many charge/recharge cycles before it starts to weaken. Cold weather is particularly hard on automotive batteries; the chemical reaction in the battery is only at about 50 percent efficiency in 35-degree weather. Here are some tips to make sure your battery lasts through its entire warranty phase:</p> <p> --Try to never completely drain the battery. Any time the battery is completely discharged, it has a definite tendency to weaken and compromise the battery&rsquo;s life. Be careful of things like listening to the radio too long with the engine off, leaving the lights on, etc. etc.</p> <p> --Keep the battery maintained. Batteries tend to accumulate corrosion, a whitish fluffy deposit that builds up around the posts, clamps and battery cables. If left too long, corrosion can actually prevent the battery from receiving or delivering a charge.</p> <p> --Check the charging system. The alternator and belt need to be working properly to put a charge back into the battery again. If you notice that the headlights dim when the engine slows and then brighten again with higher RPMs, that can be a sign of alternator problems.</p> <p> Too many times, drivers have found that their battery doesn&rsquo;t last through its entire 36-month warranty and have to get a pro-rate when it&rsquo;s time to replace it. That doesn&rsquo;t have to be the case, though. If you&rsquo;re in need of a battery for your vehicle, make an <a href="http://106sttire.com/locations">appointment</a> with us at 106 St Tire &ndash; we&rsquo;ve got top brand batteries in a range of sizes for various vehicles!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/getting-the-most-out-of-your-battery/feed0Motor Oil -- Which Is Best For Your Vehicle? http://106sttire.com/blog/view/motor-oil-which-is-best-for-your-vehiclehttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/motor-oil-which-is-best-for-your-vehicle#commentsSat, 19 Nov 2016 10:14:00 -0700TCShttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/motor-oil-which-is-best-for-your-vehicle<p> For years, conventional mineral-based motor oil was a driver&rsquo;s only option. Repair shops and quick-change pushed the &ldquo;3,000 mile rule&rdquo; for oil change <img alt="Oil Changes in Corona NY " src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1125/oil-changes-corona-ny.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />intervals, in order to keep an engine&rsquo;s internal assemblies clean of carbon and sludge deposits. Today&rsquo;s conventional oil formulations feature detergents, friction modifiers, dispersants and other additives that can allow a 5,000 mile interval for oil changes with no compromise in engine protection.</p> <p> Older engines (past the 100,000 mile mark) tend to show a bit of wear, with looser internal clearances between moving parts. For these engines, a synthetic blend oil may be a better choice. Synthetic blend contains seal swell additives that can expand gaskets and other seals that may have dried out and shrank, helping to deter leaks.</p> <p> For overall engine protection, though, the jury is in. After years of testing and real-world experience, it&rsquo;s been shown beyond doubt that full synthetic motor oil does a superior job of engine protection. Synthetic motor oil is more stable across a wide temperature range; that means that it won&rsquo;t thin out at high temperatures, or thicken in cold weather. This is especially crucial in winter, when motor oil needs to quickly flow to the valve assemblies and other mechanisms in the upper part of the engine at startup.</p> <p> While full synthetic motor oil is considerably more expensive &ndash; about twice as much per quart &ndash; this extra cost is offset by a 10-12,000 mile oil change interval (always check your owner&rsquo;s manual for manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations). This is why all manufacturers now recommend full synthetic for their new vehicles.</p> <p> Regardless of whether you prefer conventional mineral-based motor oil, synthetic blend or full synthetic, we&rsquo;ve got you covered for your next oil change at 106 St Tire &amp; Wheel. What does your odometer read? <a href="http://106sttire.com/locations">Make an appointment with us!</a><a href="http://106sttire.com/locations">&nbsp;</a></p>/blog/view/motor-oil-which-is-best-for-your-vehicle/feed0Electrical system maintenance (Part 2)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-2http://106sttire.com/blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-2#commentsFri, 14 Oct 2016 10:37:46 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-2<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/electrical-systems-queens-ny" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1109/electrical%20system%20maintenance.jpg" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Electrical System Maintenance (Part 2)</u></strong></p> <p> To ensure proper maintenance of the cars electrical system, you need to clean off the connections on the battery from time to time. This will help to prevent unnecessary tear and wear on the car&rsquo;s starter. We&rsquo;ve already looked at <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1-1">the importance of keeping the battery in working order</a>. Also, having the car&rsquo;s electrical system tested regularly plays an important role in diagnosing and repairing problems while they are still small and less expensive to deal with.&nbsp;</p> <p> The car battery needs to be changed after some time. The cables need to be tight such that they do not move at all. The battery should also be taken for load tests to ensure that it is charging as it should be. The water level in the battery should be checked regularly; if the water level is low, add water immediately and ensure it is distilled.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1110/Getting-deeper-into-car-electrical-system-874x492.jpg" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></p> <p> Our mechanics can measure and record the alternator output. The alternator, fuse and starter need regular check as well as servicing just like any other part of the car. Be cautious of how you change your battery because overcharging can adversely affect the battery life. Clean the battery regularly to avoid formation of rust and store it in a tray that is designated for it. Cleaning can be done using water and baking soda with a toothbrush.</p> <p> The car&rsquo;s engine cooling system could also be kept in check. The cooling system plays the role of carrying away the heat generated by the combustion of fuel from the cylinder head and the engine block. It is important to ensure that the water, or any other coolant in the radiator, is well circulated. The radiator, hoses, and cap are not the only parts to be looked at to ensure that the radiator is functioning properly. You also need to have us check out the thermostat, water pump and coolant temperature sensor.</p> <p> Cars today use an electrically driven fan. The temperature sensor is a significant contributor to engine performance since it helps the ECU choose the right ignition map for best performance.&nbsp;</p> <p> Wiring plays a great role in the automotive electric system. Wiring has to be checked and protected to ensure that it is not interfered with. It is good to ensure that you have the right wires, wiring connectors, switches, switch panels and other items that play a role in the electrical system of the car. Having the right electrical system makes your car more efficient and easy to work with.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/250x218xschedule,P20a,P20service.png.pagespeed.ic.HDV7Su6zmj.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368<br /> &middot; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373<br /> &middot; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434<br /> &middot; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-2/feed0Electrical system maintenance (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-1#commentsThu, 13 Oct 2016 14:20:13 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/electrical-systems-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1109/electrical system maintenance.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Electrical System Maintenance</u></strong></p> <p> A car relies on its electrical system to ensure smooth running and operation. Unfortunately, many car owners do not pay attention to the electrical system because it does not need to be inspected as often as the car&rsquo;s moving parts. Knowing what comprises a car&rsquo;s electrical system is very important in making sure it runs smoothly.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1110/Getting-deeper-into-car-electrical-system-874x492.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></p> <p> Some common problems that are caused by the electrical system include:</p> <p> <strong>1. Little or no power in the battery</strong></p> <p> This is one of the very common problems that occur in a vehicle. Sometimes the battery is totally out of power, which makes it hard to start the car, and sometimes battery seems to have power that is less than the threshold needed to get the engine running. This is a very frustrating experience, especially if you are in a hurry.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Alternator not functioning</strong></p> <p> The alternator is one of the most important components of the battery. It plays an important role in providing proper charging and functioning of the vehicle&rsquo;s battery. When the alternator is not in good condition, the battery cannot be charged and this leads to fault in the electrical system.</p> <p> <strong>3. Damaged starter or solenoid</strong></p> <p> This part is also very important for the car to work properly. When this part has a malfunction, it leads to poor braking systems, which is a very serious problem.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>4. Cables in the battery and electrical fuses</strong></p> <p> When the cable connections in the battery are loose, it leads to charging and functioning problems. The same applies when there are fuse malfunctions.</p> <p> <strong>5. Alternator belt is cracked</strong></p> <p> When the belt cracks due to tension and heavy usage could cause trouble to the car.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>6. Deficiency in ignition system</strong></p> <p> This is one of the very many causes of car breakdown. The ignition system of any automobile plays a very important role in the car&rsquo;s dynamics. When the ignition is poor, it is difficult to get the car&rsquo;s accessories and spark plugs to work. Some of the parts that make up the ignition system include: coil wire, magneto, and ignition switch. Most problems in the electrical system seem to occur due to a faulty ignition. Try as much as possible to ensure that the ignition is is in working condition.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>7. Loose Spark plugs</strong></p> <p> These are considered to be very precise, a wonderful masterpiece, and a state of the art field in automobiles. It needs acute maintenance and very careful handling. Without a spark plug, it is difficult to move your car even for 10 meters. The spark plug needs to be properly to ignite incoming fuel to avoid starting problems.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1111/Getting-deeper-into-car-electrical-system-874x492.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></p> <p> The common signs that the car needs electrical system maintenance include having trouble starting the vehicle. This is often a sign of a bad battery. If jumping the car does not work, the problem could lie within the starter or the alternator. When the lights of the car start flickering or they do not fully illuminate when the car is started, the electrical system may have a problem.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/250x218xschedule,P20a,P20service.png.pagespeed.ic.HDV7Su6zmj.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368<br /> &middot; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373<br /> &middot; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434<br /> &middot; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/electrical-system-maintenance-part-1/feed0The Importance of Windshield Wiper Blade Replacements (Part 2)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-2http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-2#commentsMon, 10 Oct 2016 11:54:59 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-2<p> <img alt="" src="data:image/jpeg;base64,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" style="width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></p> <p> <strong><u>The Importance of Windshield Wiper Blade Replacements (Part 2)</u></strong></p> <p> <strong>It&rsquo;s not just about safety and possible accidents</strong></p> <p> There is another factor that&rsquo;s rather important to many: aesthetics. That&rsquo;s right; a lot of us are extremely sensitive when it comes to our car&rsquo;s looks. We want them to be at their best not just from a mechanical, but also from an aesthetic standpoint. It is often the number1 priority in choosing to purchase an automobile. A lot of us want to drive good looking cars and there is nothing shameful about this. What are the main characteristics of a car that will determine its looks?</p> <p> You have the design itself of course, the size, the shape, the wheels and the lights, then of course the windshield as well. Not just its size and shape what&rsquo;s important, but also how clean it is. You can take care of it by washing it regularly of course, but a quality wiper should always be a part of your setup. A clean car with a windshield that has a level of spotlessness that makes us question if it&rsquo;s even there in the first place, is a look we car owners are all after, and for that a windshield wiper is crucial.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Things to look for when purchasing a new windshield wiper</strong></p> <p> There are a couple of important factors when it comes to the quality of a windshield wiper, like its material, the number of claws holding the blade, or the spring tension. Not all wipers were created equal, and what&rsquo;s even more important is that regardless of their quality, not every one of them will be a good fit for your car. Material is another important aspect of course. Ideally, you want something sturdy and durable, as well as state of the art. Beam blades are extremely durable, but there other variants that will get the job done just as well.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>When to replace it</strong></p> <p> As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your windshield wiper every six months or after every 6,000 traveled miles. There are more durable variants, but don&rsquo;t forget that it&rsquo;s often not the wiper that has a problem, but the pressure points, which simply let go after a while, making the wiper slightly come off the windshield. When that happens, its effectiveness is basically shot, and you will most likely have to replace it. It is not a matter of if, though, but rather a matter of when.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Advantages a new and improved windshield wiper blade can offer</strong></p> <p> - Reducing the chances of possible accidents</p> <p> - Improved visibility even under the most extreme weather conditions</p> <p> - Windshield consistently cleaner, making the car more aesthetically pleasing</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368<br /> &middot; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373<br /> &middot; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434<br /> &middot; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-2/feed0The Importance of Windshield Wiper Blade Replacements (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-1#commentsFri, 07 Oct 2016 10:49:27 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/wiper-blades-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1104/windshield.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>The Importance of Windshield Wiper Blade Replacements (Part 1)</u></strong></p> <p> It&rsquo;s not just about the engine or the tires, but every little moving part that makes the car perform at its absolute best. For this to happen, it needs care, it needs you. Your windshield is one of the underrated components of your car, a component that&rsquo;s responsible for your visibility and also, your general safety while driving. Let&rsquo;s take a look at the various reasons why replacing your windshield wiper blade replacement is so important.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Safety is first and foremost</strong></p> <p> A large percentage of accidents happen because of compromised visibility. What can cause this? Usually it&rsquo;s dirty or cracked windshields. Dirt is obvious; it sticks to the surface and directly compromises your visibility.&nbsp;</p> <p> That&rsquo;s not all dirt does, either. The dirt on your windshield can actually weaken its structural integrity over time, making a possible cracking episode &ndash; no, we are not talking about Game of Thrones &ndash; much more likely. See, cracked windshields aren&rsquo;t just ugly, they are extremely dangerous as they can distort your view.</p> <p> Your windshield has many enemies, such as ozone, dust, bugs, or the biggest culprits &ndash; rain, steam, ice and snow. If you are using your car a lot, chances are that you windshield needs all the help it can get. A replacement blade therefore, is one of the most important safety precautions you can take. When your windshield is clean and your visibility is clear, your car will be a safer environment.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1105/Buying-the-windshield-wipers-that-work-perfectly-for-my-car.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></p> <p> <strong>A Catch-22 situation</strong></p> <p> The problem is that windshield wipers have a tendency of deteriorating quicker when met with gritty materials. When do they meet with gritty materials? Well, certainly when they cannot do their job properly in the first place. This is almost like a runaway effect that will significantly decrease the durability of your wiper blades. So in order to enjoy one for the longest possible time, you really need to buy a quality windshield wiper that comes from quality materials &ndash; one that&rsquo;s effective in the first place and will stay that way for longer periods of time. You will need to replace it after a while, but it obviously matters if that time is six, seven, or nine months instead of the likely three or four you&rsquo;d get out of a bad one.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> safe on the road.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368<br /> &middot; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373<br /> &middot; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434<br /> &middot; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/the-importance-of-windshield-wiper-blade-replacements-part-1/feed0When you car battery needs to be replaced (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1-1#commentsThu, 06 Oct 2016 14:53:01 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/batteries-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1090/300x101xbatteries.png.pagespeed.ic.3x7weYKAXQ.png" style="width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>When your car battery needs to be replaced (Part 2)</u></strong></p> <p> <strong>NOTE:</strong>This is part two of our series on battery replacement. Please <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1">click here</a> for part 1.</p> <p> <strong>Here is how to determine if your battery is getting enough electricity.</strong></p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you notice signs like warning lights such as &rsquo;Check Engine&rsquo; flicker, disappearing, and then reappearing again or odd flickering lights, then these are signs that your car battery is not getting enough electricity. If the alternator is not in good shape, your battery is also faulty since it will no longer be able to receive a charge and you should immediately replace it.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Slow engine cranking. As explained earlier, slow engine cranking is an indicator that your car battery needs replacement. This is also an indicator that your battery is not receiving enough electricity since your alternator isn&rsquo;t charging it properly. A slow engine cranking system is a sign that you should immediately replace your battery.</p> <p> An advanced car battery usually lasts between 1 and 4 years depending on the usage. Carrying out a battery test will show if the battery has any internal faults and requires replacement. However, if the battery test is positive, your mechanic may recommend another test known as parasitic current draw test, which measures the current draw as soon as all electrical devices are switched off and also compares it to the specifications.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.interstatebatteries.com/"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1091/interstate batteries logo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 196px;" /></a></p> <p> We at 106St Tire and Wheel proudly carry Interstate Batteries, which are top-quality batteries that are consistently reliable. We only stock the best products because we are committed to making sure that you and your passengers are safe on the road.</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule a service.png" style="width: 300px; height: 262px;" /></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1-1/feed0When you car battery needs to be replaced (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1#commentsTue, 04 Oct 2016 12:38:45 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/batteries-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1090/batteries.png" style="width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>When you car battery needs to be replaced (Part 1) </u></strong></p> <p> The battery influences every electrical element in a car. Every car battery needs to be replaced at some point.&nbsp;<a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/cleaning-battery-cables-5-quick-easy-steps">We&rsquo;ve written before</a> about battery cables, but let&rsquo;s see what else we can learn.</p> <p> <strong>Let&rsquo;s start with why the battery needs to be replaced.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Many cars on the road today use lead acid batteries, which are equipped with six lead cells, and lead oxide plates packed with dilute sulphuric acid. The lead acid battery usually gets drained of its capacity, mostly owing to high levels of sulfation. In severe cases, the capacity may drop too low that the battery may not be able to start a car.&nbsp;</p> <p> Normally, a typical car battery lasts from 5 years to 7 years, although its prolonged life greatly increases if the car is driven on a daily basis. This is because the car battery lasts longer when it&rsquo;s kept fully charged, although overcharging can also damage it. Maintaining and replacing it when supposed to will greatly save you a lot of stress.</p> <p> <strong>Here is how you can detect a faulty battery that needs replacement.</strong></p> <p> Driving around without knowing the state of your battery is very risky. There are many indications, signs and symptoms that your car battery may need replacement.</p> <p> 1. Slow engine strangeness- When you notice that when you try to start your vehicle, the cranking of the engine is slow and annoying, this is a sign that your battery needs replacement.</p> <p> 2. Look out for the engine light- The engine light is usually an indication that your battery power is weak. Check for the system indicator lights, such as the check engine and low coolant lights since they a sign that your battery has a problem.</p> <p> 3. Depleted battery fluid intensity- Car batteries usually have a section of the casing that is semi-transparent so that you can always monitor your battery&rsquo;s fluid level. You can also check the fluid level by getting rid of the red and black caps, especially if they are not sealed.</p> <p> 4. Examine if the battery case is swollen or bloating- If you notice that your battery casing looks like it has swollen, this could be a sign that your battery needs replacement. The swelling is mostly caused by excessive heat, which decreases your battery&rsquo;s life.&nbsp;</p> <p> 5. Corrosion- If you smell a strong, rotten egg smell, it could be a sulfuric odor around your battery caused by a battery leak, which in turn causes corrosion. Battery leakage also causes corrosion where the + and &ndash; cable connections are situated. The corroded remains may need to be scraped off, or else you end up having a dead battery.</p> <p> 6. Driving habits- Weather, frequent short trips, mostly less than 20 minutes, and driving habits can drastically shorten the actual life of your car battery. <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/severe-road-conditions-in-nyc-what-s-it-mean">Driving conditions in New York City are classified as &ldquo;severe,&rdquo;</a> which takes a toll on your battery life.</p> <p> If the fluid level is under the energy conductor inside, then you should have the battery and charging system tested. However, note that when the fluid levels drop, it could be due to overcharging.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.interstatebatteries.com/"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1091/interstate batteries logo.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 163px;" /></a></p> <p> We at 106St Tire and Wheel proudly carry Interstate Batteries, which are top-quality batteries that are consistently reliable. We only stock the best products because we are committed to making sure that you and your passengers are safe on the road.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><font color="#02477a" face="inherit"><span style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></span></font></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368<br /> &middot; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373<br /> &middot; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434<br /> &middot; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/when-you-car-battery-needs-to-be-replaced-part-1/feed0The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 2)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-2http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-2#commentsMon, 03 Oct 2016 10:27:01 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-2<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/engine-diagnostics-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1072/engine diagnostics.jpg" style="width: 246px; height: 83px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 2)</u></strong></p> <p> NOTE: This is the second part of our series on comprehensive engine diagnostics. Please <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-1">click here</a> for part 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1074/engine 2.jpg" style="width: 318px; height: 148px;" /></p> <p> <strong>More common symptoms and what they mean</strong></p> <p> Another sign of trouble is experiencing sudden jerks or surges. The same engine trouble that causes this may also cause a sudden stall of the car. Let the mechanic look at the vehicle&rsquo;s spark plugs, fuel filter and, many other issues. It can be quite daunting when your vehicle starts stalling as you enter a freeway.</p> <p> Popping or tapping sounds originating from the hood could mean that your engine&rsquo;s cylinders are faulty. When gasoline in the combustion chamber ignites prematurely, this can lead to awful damage to the cylinders. To be on the safe side, park the vehicle at a safe place and call us.&nbsp;</p> <p> Driving it further may cause more problems. A grinding noise especially when you start the car is equally a bad sign. You may need to have us replace or adjust the vehicle&rsquo;s starter motor.&nbsp;</p> <p> Foul smelling emissions may signal the invasion of dangerous gases into the car&rsquo;s interior. Cars emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases via the exhaust pipe located on your car&rsquo;s rear. You should not smell these.&nbsp;</p> <p> However, if you experience a bad smell from the engine, stop the car and call us for a qualified diagnosis. Otherwise, a rubber hose can produce similar smells especially when it touches a hot surface. When this happens, the entire engine may need a safety inspection just as many other signs of problems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1073/engine.jpg" style="width: 261px; height: 227px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Importance of thorough diagnosis&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Any of the above signs can cause damage to the engine components of your car. To prevent this, don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us. This way, you will save hundreds if not thousands of dollars in replacing the damaged component wholly. In addition, you will avoid accidents that a faulty engine component can cause.&nbsp;</p> <p> Our experts are not only experienced, but also licensed and insured. Our mechanics use a number diagnosis tools and equipment.&nbsp;</p> <p> Your car stores information on its memory. When you visit us, we connect the car to a computer, which then reads the faults. Computerized diagnosis is efficient, as the technician is able to find the fault, fix it permanently and avoid more damage. Improper diagnosis can lead to more trouble in future.&nbsp;</p> <p> Computerized diagnosis is non-invasive. This means that mechanics do not touch any component without running a trouble-shooting exercise. They only unscrew components when they are sure of the underlying fault. By this time, they know the most effective remedy.&nbsp;</p> <p> When the gears of a manual transmission car shift from one to another automatically, you may experience major hiccups while driving. As this is a sign of major trouble with the gear system, let a qualified mechanic diagnose it and implement remedies.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-2/feed0The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-1#commentsTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:29:11 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/engine-diagnostics-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1072/engine diagnostics.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 1)</u></strong></p> <p> The engine is easily the most important, yet sensitive part of your car, and needs thorough inspection. Diagnosing possible problems with your car engine can go a long way in avoiding accidents and damage.&nbsp;</p> <p> Have your car serviced regularly, especially before and after a long journey. After all, engine components eventually wear out and fluids get used up after time. While you can conduct some diagnostics yourself, it is better to let an expert mechanic do a comprehensive systems check for you.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1073/engine.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 261px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Simple DIY diagnostics</strong></p> <p> Before starting the engine, it is prudent to ensure that the car is in proper working condition. You&rsquo;ll need to change the oil to allow a proper systems check. Some manufacturers recommend a longer interval between oil changes, but it is better to be safe than sorry.</p> <p> Get ready to get your hands dirty as you get ready to go under the vehicle; you can wear a coverall or old clothes. Using a jack or a car ramp to create adequate space between the car and the ground, place an oil collection container under the engine and undo the bolt.&nbsp;</p> <p> Take a look at the spark plugs, check fluid levels, flush the radiator, inspect the battery, and look at the oil filters. We recommend having one of our well-qualified mechanics six any issue you may be having with your vehicle.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1074/engine 2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 140px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Common symptoms and what they mean</strong></p> <p> A number of signs can tell you when your engine needs servicing and repair. While you may not know the cause or remedy for a certain problem, visiting a mechanic will definitely keep you out of trouble.&nbsp;</p> <p> Smoking is usually one of the most common signs of a problem. Blue smoke may mean that oil is being burned together with fuel. On the other hand, white smoke means that water has mixed with fuel. You will experience this if you did not add enough coolant and when the engine is overheating.</p> <p> When you start the car, a number of signal lights on the dashboard go on. This means that the component that it represents is in great shape. However, if a light fails to go off, or flashes on and off repeatedly, you may have some engine trouble.&nbsp;</p> <p> If this happens, come to any of our locations and report the problem. It might be a fault with the oil pressure, fluid level and fuel level among other things. Our mechanics will hook the engine to a diagnostics tool, check the problem, and repair it.</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule a service.png" style="width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434&nbsp;</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/the-importance-of-comprehensive-engine-diagnostics-part-1/feed0What is headlight restoration? (Part 3)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-3http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-3#commentsMon, 26 Sep 2016 14:42:47 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-3<p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/headlight-restoration-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1062/headlight restoration.jpg" style="width: 246px; height: 83px;" /></a></p> <p> <u><strong>What is headlight restoration? (Part 3</strong></u></p> <p> <strong>Headlight Restoration Increases Driving Safety</strong></p> <p> If your headlights are worn or cloudy, then you are taking a huge and unnecessary risk when driving at night. According to a study conducted by the AAF Foundation for Traffic Safety:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9 out of 10 vehicles on the road have dirty or cloudy headlights, which reduces visibility. These cars need their headlights to be repaired, replaced, and restored.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Many drivers do not know that worn and cloudy headlights are not just ugly, but reduce visibility at night by over fifty percent.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1064/headlights-out-4.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px;" /></p> <p> According to a recent study by Google and Yahoo, many accidents today are linked to dirty and cloudy headlights that offer ineffective lighting. The headlights are made using plastic, and they are significantly affected by harsh road and weather conditions.&nbsp;</p> <p> The UV rays from Mother Nature, chemicals from the engine, and smog and fumes bring some serious effects on the plastic in your lights, making it cloudy and worn.</p> <p> When an accident is caused by reduced light output from cloudy headlights, it tends to be more severe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises drivers to make sure that their headlights are efficient to avoid getting in trouble.&nbsp;</p> <p> Your safety should come first! Although there are many headlight restoration kits available on the internet, it is much better to seek the help of a professional. This might seem costly at first, but it will save you money at the end of the day. Clean headlights will make your car look good, and they will also enhance your safety while driving.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 200px; height: 175px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-3/feed0What is headlight restoration? (Part 2)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-2http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-2#commentsTue, 20 Sep 2016 14:47:40 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-2<p> <strong><u>What is headlight restoration? (Part 2)</u></strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/headlight-restoration-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1062/246x83xheadlight,P20restoration.jpg.pagespeed.ic.GZ9Mzckczh.jpg" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Types of plastic headlight restoration</u></strong></p> <p> The internet usually has a solution for all your problems. It will offer you very many products for DIY headlight restoration, but it is very important to do some research before spending your hard earned money. Many products available online offer to solve this problem, but they end up disappointing you. Most of the products remove the haze for several weeks, but then it comes back. Car washes and some mobile auto dealers also try to offer you headlight restoration services, but these are just short-term shortcuts.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1063/mm_adaptive_headlights.jpg" style="height: 140px; width: 250px;" /></p> <p> If you want your headlights to be restored correctly, we can help. Our professionals they will offer you the repair you need. A professional restoration service will completely eradicate all the scratches and yellowing on the vehicle headlights. We will do more than just a basic headlight restoration by replacing the UV filter that helps in preserving the headlight clarity from the factory.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1064/headlights-out-4.jpg" style="height: 188px; width: 250px;" /></p> <p> <strong><u>How will you know that your headlights need restoration?</u></strong></p> <p> If you notice reduced visibility during the night, consider yourself a good candidate for professional headlight restoration. If you want to be sure, inspect the lights during the night and the day. You can start by using a glass cleaner or sometimes a degreaser to clean the headlights thoroughly. When you notice any scratches, condensation of the headlights, yellowing, inspect your car headlights thoroughly at night. If the light they emit does not have a focus or is overly diffuse, it is time to call us.</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule a service.png" style="height: 218px; width: 250px;" /></a></p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-2/feed0Why You Can’t Just Avoid Getting an Oil Change (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/why-you-can-t-just-avoid-getting-an-oil-change-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/why-you-can-t-just-avoid-getting-an-oil-change-part-1#commentsMon, 19 Sep 2016 13:40:16 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/why-you-can-t-just-avoid-getting-an-oil-change-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/oil-change-service-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1065/oil change icon.jpg" style="width: 246px; height: 83px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Why You Can&rsquo;t Just Avoid Getting an Oil Change (Part 1)</u></strong></p> <p> If the engine is the heart of the car, then oil is its lifeblood. Both of them go hand in hand and when driving. For safety purposes, it is important to carry oil change as per the manufacturer&#39;s instructions. When the time comes for an oil change, it is critical to get the filter changed because it may harbor some contaminated oil that can harm your engine.</p> <p> <strong>Consider the Manufacturer&rsquo;s Manual</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/severe-road-conditions-in-nyc-what-s-it-mean">We have covered why New York City driving conditions are rated as &ldquo;severe.&rdquo;</a> Severe conditions may include excessive short trips of less than five miles, loading the vehicle to maximum levels, driving on rough roads or dusty conditions, excessive idle times among a host of other reasons. The oil change recommendation may vary depending on the make of your car, the year of manufacture among other reasons. Therefore, when planning an oil change, it is important to ask the right questions since there are numerous online resources that you can make use of.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Use Real Synthetic Lubricants or Grease from Reputable Manufacturers</strong></p> <p> Many people think that synthetic lubricants are from fossil based petroleum with some few additives in them. Nothing is farther from the truth &ndash; synthetic oils from reputable manufacturers are engineered based on aerospace science. The synthetics are designed to resist breakdown with consistent use. The manufacturers ensure that the synthetic oil or grease counters the normal tear and wear of engine life by close to 90%. Our mechanics know the different oils that are in the market.</p> <p> <strong>Use the Latest Models of Engine Oils</strong></p> <p> Car models keep on changing every year, and the same goes for engine oil. The manufacturing process is complicated and takes a lot of scientific research to come up with the best engine oil. The manufacturers transform a low-viscosity material, which can be petroleum or bioliquids, then put it through several chemical reactions to process, and it finally transforms into the molecular structure that the manufacturer desires. Buying the latest engine oil is an excellent decision since it gives you the latest technology.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 200px; height: 175px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/why-you-can-t-just-avoid-getting-an-oil-change-part-1/feed0What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-1#commentsThu, 15 Sep 2016 10:11:24 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/headlight-restoration-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1062/headlight restoration.jpg" style="width: 246px; height: 83px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)</u></strong></p> <p> <strong>Headlight restoration</strong></p> <p> Everyone wants their car running and looking perfect, but this is not always easy. Taking care of the small things in your car before they get out of hand is a good way of maintaining your vehicle. Essential things like washing the car, cleaning the interior, changing the oil and keeping up with the regular maintenance can ensure that the car remains in good shape always.</p> <p> When washing your car, do you notice how the headlights look? Many vehicles have cloudy, hazy, discolored, and scratched headlights. This is very common, even with newer vehicles. Many people don&#39;t bother to wash and wax these parts because they never look good after all the effort.</p> <p> After using your car for a while, the headlights become cloudy, and this can result in a significant loss of visibility at night. If the headlights become dull, yellow, or even hazy, you may be endangering your life and those of your passengers.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1063/mm_adaptive_headlights.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 140px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Modern headlights</strong></p> <p> Replacing car headlights used to be very straightforward, but this is no longer the case. While older vehicles had separate headlights and glass covers, newer vehicles have modular headlights, so the entire headlight system now has to be changed. Replacing these headlights by yourself is very difficult. A professional is required to help in the whole process, and the mechanics at 106St Tire &amp; Wheel are here to help.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1064/headlights-out-4.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Causes of cloudy headlights</strong></p> <p> Today, most vehicle headlights are made up of a material known as polycarbonate plastic. A long time ago, most vehicles only used glass on their headlights. Polycarbonate plastic is highly durable, and it is naturally porous. Many manufacturers have recently started to use a protective coating on the material to offset the porosity. However, this protective layer fails after some time. When the protective layer has failed, the material becomes easily oxidized due to exposure to the UV rays from the sun and harsh environmental conditions.</p> <p> In some cases, the seals of the headlights fail too, allowing dust, water, and other environmental pollutants to get into the apparatus. The light coming from the headlamps becomes diminished due to this degradation, which can reduce the driver&rsquo;s visibility.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(2, 71, 122); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule%20a%20service.png" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 200px; height: 175px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Our locations are:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/what-is-headlight-restoration-part-1/feed0Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 3)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-3http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-3#commentsTue, 13 Sep 2016 11:01:26 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-3<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/nitrogen-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1060/green nitrogen.png" style="width: 292px; height: 101px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 3)</u></strong></p> <p> This is part 3 of our series on using Nitrogen to inflate your tires.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-1">Click here</a> for part one.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-2">Click here</a> for part two.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1061/guy filling tire.png" style="width: 106px; height: 157px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Drawbacks you can expect when using nitrogen inflation.</strong></p> <p> 1. Regardless of its ability to stay put within the tire, nitrogen is still a gas and eventually you will need to restore the pressure of your tires by topping them off. When this happens, nitrogen can only be topped off by nitrogen. The alternative, which is filling it up using compressed air, is a slow and tedious affair that involves deflating the tire completely before re-inflating it using compressed air.&nbsp;</p> <p> 2. To fill your tires with nitrogen, you will need to dig deeper into your pockets. It might save you money at the pump due to the improved fuel consumption of your vehicle but be prepared to cough up a little more when refilling your tires. A worthy compromise? Not entirely because at the end of the day you are still paying for fuel.</p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/saving-time-money-lives-the-earth-with-high-tech-nitrogen-tire-fill"><img alt="" src="http://cateredcrop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/think-green.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 200px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Nitrogen inflation: Is it worth it?</strong></p> <p> A lot of unjustified skepticism surrounds the topic of nitrogen filling. Some people feel like the increased cost is just not worth the benefits that come with it. Some have even suggested that the same effect can be achieved using compressed air by regularly checking and maintaining the tire pressure of the vehicle. Let&rsquo;s face it, not many drivers will do this as often as is required and at the end of the day, they will still suffer the detrimental effects of under inflation, not to mention corrosion and increased pressure when the tires heat up.</p> <p> It seems like such a small cost compared to the number of ways it improves the general functionality of your vehicle.</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule a service.png" style="width: 200px; height: 175px;" /></a></p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-3/feed0Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/understanding-the-new-york-state-automotive-safety-inspections-requirements-part-3http://106sttire.com/blog/view/understanding-the-new-york-state-automotive-safety-inspections-requirements-part-3#commentsFri, 09 Sep 2016 10:32:44 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/understanding-the-new-york-state-automotive-safety-inspections-requirements-part-3<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/nys-inspections-in-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1051/nys inspection icon.png" style="width: 216px; height: 71px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)</u></strong></p> <p> This is part 3 of our series on New York State safety inspections.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/understanding-the-new-york-state-automotive-safety-inspections-requirements-part-1">Click here</a> for part one.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/understanding-the-new-york-state-automotive-safety-inspections-requirements-part-2">Click here</a> for part two.</p> <p> <strong>Emissions inspections for cars and light trucks</strong></p> <p> The Federal Clean Air Act passed in 1990 requires that the New York State carries out an inspection program towards minimizing dangerous emissions from mainly passenger cars and light-duty trucks. The inspection is carried out jointly with the safety inspection. When a vehicle fails the emissions inspection, it cannot be registered and if it already registered, it may not be renewed.</p> <p> <strong>On-Board Diagnostics Generation II (OBDII) Inspection</strong></p> <p> This inspection requirement covers the majority of 1996 or more recent gasoline-powered vehicles as well as most 1997 or latest diesel-powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of not more than 8,501 pounds. This assessment looks at the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), which is commonly referred to as &quot;check engine&quot; light to ensure that it is operating and for illumination. It also verifies the examination outcome of the &quot;on-board emissions diagnostic&quot; system.</p> <p> <strong>Low Enhanced Inspection</strong></p> <p> A &quot;Low Enhanced&quot; emissions check up is a requisite for nearly all other vehicles, except for the case when they have been subject to the OBDII test or are let off from the entire emissions inspection process. The inspection is obligatory for every vehicle from and counting model year 1995, older vehicles than model 1995, together with vehicles that are up to 25 model years old, and whose weight is 18,000 lbs. or less.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>For more information about how to solve these issues, check out our series on exhaust repair. Click here for part one, and click here for part two.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/exhaust-queens-ny">&nbsp;<img alt="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1027/300x99xexhaust,P20icon.png.pagespeed.ic.pbv3jCWiHb.png" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1027/exhaust icon.png" style="width: 218px; height: 72px;" /></a></p> <p> All emissions examination for gasoline-powered vehicles corroborates the existence and connection of the vehicle&#39;s necessary emissions regulation devices. This includes making sure that the vehicle&#39;s gas cap is present, is in good condition, and fits properly. The control devices examined for emissions control if they came with the vehicle include catalytic converter (CAT), exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR), Air injection system (AIS), Positive crankcase ventilation system (PCV), Fuel inlet restrictor (FIR), Air injection system (AIS), Evaporative emissions control (EVAP) and Thermostatic air cleaner (TAC). Other emission inspections include Diesel Emissions Inspection (smoke opacity test) And Registration Based Enforcement (RBE).</p> <p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1052/ny-state-inspections.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 162px;" /></p> <p> There are ways to help your vehicle successfully pass OBDII emissions tests by ensuring properly maintained all through. For instance, when the vehicle&#39;s Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL, or &quot;check engine&quot; light) gives indications of a malfunction or other hitch, take the vehicle for repairs almost immediately. When a vehicle properly maintained it is safer, functions better, fuel efficient and saves money and time on breakdown repairs or service. As a law-abiding citizen, it is also advisable to consider carrying out individual equipment safety checks even between annual inspections. Regular vehicle maintenance as per the manufacturers&rsquo; recommendations will reduce the risk of moving around with an unsafe vehicle.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1029/schedule a service.png" style="width: 200px; height: 175px;" /></p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/understanding-the-new-york-state-automotive-safety-inspections-requirements-part-3/feed0Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 2)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-2http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-2#commentsThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:06:39 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-2<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/nitrogen-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1056/250x84xnitrogen,P20icon.png.pagespeed.ic.gzCUBuHHVJ.png" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 2)</u></strong></p> <p> Please <a href="http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-1">click here</a> for part one of our series on nitrogen fill for your tires.</p> <p> <strong>Benefits of Nitrogen tire inflation</strong></p> <p> <strong>1. Provides more consistent inflation.</strong></p> <p> As much as compressed air is still widely used, it is important to note that one of the most detrimental properties of oxygen is the permeability of its molecules. The rate at which oxygen seeps out of the tires causes them to lose up to 3PSI per month. Nitrogen has significantly larger molecules than oxygen, being as much as four times larger than oxygen molecules.&nbsp;</p> <p> This property makes nitrogen-filled tires unable to lose pressure through permeation no matter how long it takes. Therefore, it enables your tires to maintain optimum pressure for longer periods of time without the need to top them up constantly. Keeping the tire pressure constant goes a long way in ensuring the overall safety of your vehicle.</p> <p> <strong>2. Prevents under inflation</strong></p> <p> Under inflation is a serious problem. Tires that have not been properly inflated tend to wear out faster. This is because the low pressure makes them misshapen and as a result, the tires come into contact with the ground at the wrong points. Driving around with under inflated tires can reduce their usable duration by up to 25%. You can expect your tires to remain at the optimal pressure when you inflate with nitrogen simply because unlike regular air, constant refills are not necessary because nitrogen does not migrate through the tires.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1057/nitrogen atom.png" /></p> <p> <strong>3. Improves the fuel economy of the vehicle.</strong></p> <p> A tire that has not been filled up to the required pressure faces a degree of resistance while moving. This is comparable to riding a bike whose tires have no air. You will use a lot of more energy to move due to the rolling resistance. The same scenario applies to under inflated tires of vehicles. You require a lot more fuel to propel the vehicle and therefore, you will generally spend more on fuel without even knowing it.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>4. The pressure remains constant regardless of the temperature.</strong></p> <p> A common issue associated with tires that have been inflated with compressed air is the buildup of water vapor inside the tires. This comes as a result of condensation whereby the oxygen plays a part in the formation of water. When the tires heat up after continued use, the moisture in the tires also expands into vapor resulting in increased tire pressure. This can be detrimental to the handling of the car and might even lead to accidents if the tire bursts while driving. Compressed nitrogen is devoid of any other components and therefore, you can expect a more consistent inflation regardless of the temperature.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1058/nitrogen in the tire.png" /></p> <p> <strong>5. Does not corrode the metallic components of the tire.</strong></p> <p> It is important to note that the major reason why compressed nitrogen is somewhat more ideal than compressed air is the fact that oxygen promotes corrosion of the metallic components of the wheels. Therefore, nitrogen has the upper hand in this as it contains neither oxygen nor water and as a result, your rim will last significantly longer.</p> <p> <strong>6. Increases steering, handling and braking.</strong></p> <p> When your tires are at an optimum pressure, the handling of your vehicle will be notably better. Full tires generally respond better to steering, handling and braking and reduce the risk of accidental tire bursts, which often lead to car crashes.</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1059/schedule a service.png" style="height: 175px; width: 200px;" /></a></p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-2/feed0Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 1)http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-1http://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-1#commentsWed, 07 Sep 2016 10:27:35 -0600106sthttp://106sttire.com/blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-1<p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/nitrogen-queens-ny"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1056/nitrogen icon.png" style="width: 250px; height: 84px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong><u>Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 1)</u></strong></p> <p> Nitrogen has recently emerged as an ideal alternative for inflation of tires. As many drivers are switching from traditional air inflation, it is important to know exactly what gives nitrogen the edge over compressed air inflation and what this could mean for you.</p> <p> <strong>Using Nitrogen to keep your tires inflated</strong></p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You may wonder what the difference is filling with nitrogen since it already makes up about 78% of the air. Despite nitrogen being the main component of atmospheric air, it still contains oxygen and the noble gases. The noble gases are not really an issue here, but rather it is the lack of oxygen.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1057/nitrogen atom.png" style="width: 250px; height: 126px;" /></p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Compressed air not only contains oxygen and other gases but also significantly contributes to the formation of moisture in the tire. Compressed nitrogen is often pure as it has been stripped of all the other atmospheric components.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oxygen molecules are smaller than nitrogen molecules and therefore leak from the tire walls more easily.</p> <p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1058/nitrogen in the tire.png" style="width: 250px; height: 156px;" /></p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nitrogen, unlike oxygen, is non-reactive. In a way, this makes it a great medium for tire inflation because the only use for air in tires is to create pressure.</p> <p> <strong>You can schedule an appointment with us.</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://106sttire.com/appointments"><img alt="" src="http://106sttire.com/images/display/1059/schedule a service.png" style="width: 250px; height: 218px;" /></a></p> <p> Our locations are:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 Queens Blvd. &nbsp;Elmhurst, NY 11373</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434&nbsp;</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368</p> /blog/view/pros-and-cons-of-using-nitrogen-to-inflate-your-tires-part-1/feed0