Okay, so it's the day after Easter and you had a great dinner of roast leg of lamb, maybe, or perhaps, a slow roasted baked ham....great sides, desserts and, of course, those wonderful colored Easter eggs.
So, on with life as the Monday after Easter takes us all back to work. All of a sudden, you smell rotten eggs. Quick, check your pockets and see if you grabbed a few before you left your hosts house. If you don't have the eggs but you got the smell, you got a catalytic converter issue. Bad news, too, because this replacement is expensive...your car will not pass inspections because of emissions so you will have no choice.
This is not a regular maintenance issue although your check engine light should go on. The biggest concern is emissions and you may have a car that can't get out of its own way because of a very sluggish engine and ...[more]
Have you been hitting potholes this winter? If so, read on about wheel alignments:
Every new vehicle's wheels are set at very specific angles for proper drivability, stability and handling before it leaves the factory.
The critical alignment angles for the front wheels are toe-in and toe-out. This refers to the direction in which a wheel points (relative to a dead-ahead straight line); caster, which refers to the position of the top of the wheel, and camber, which is the offset of the suspension relative to an imaginary vertical straight line behind the wheel.
Many newer vehicles also are designed with adjustable rear suspensions, and a four-wheel alignment ensures that the rear wheels’ “thrust angle” is at a proper relationship with the front wheels.
Frankly, there are only t ...[more]
Automatic Braking System coming to all new cars in less than 8 years!
Automatic emergency braking or AEB systems a standard feature on practically all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2022 according to a new plan from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Automatic brakes are designed to stop a vehicle before it collides with a car or another object. Experts say that making them standard could prevent as much as 20 percent of accidents.
AEB systems are usually coupled with another tech breakthrough called "forward collision warning" which scans the road ahead then warns the driver if the car is about to crash. This allows drivers to take action to slow down the car or ...[more]
A good auto service technician could adjust things like idle speed, fuel/air mixture, fuel metering and timing on older vehicles so you could get more pick up from your ride. Today, that’s all handled by the engine control computer. Still, there are a few ways to coax your engine into better performance.
- Air Filter: An engine relies on air, fuel and spark to run. The “air” part of that equation is pretty easy to enhance. A dirty air filter will, of course, restrict the flow of critical fresh air into the fuel system. This compromises fuel economy and power. The filter should be changed at regular intervals; for those who are looking to enhance performance. Aftermarket air filters are available for even freer breathing ability. Engines also perform better when they can take in colder, den ...[more]
Simple maintenance check list:
FAQ about maintenance made Real Simple: No maintenance=expensive problems
1. Check your tire pressure...simpler, have 106 St Tire do it FREE.
More than 90 percent of cars on the road are driven everyday with improperly inflated tires with most being under-inflated. Results?
· can compromise cornering
· can compromise braking
· can compromise stability and safety
· &nbs ...[more]
Forget Shopping for Expensive Car Detailing Products!
106 St Tire & Wheel always prides itself in being able to save our customers money. That's one reason why we stress maintaining your vehicle with our bevy of free inspections.
We're taking this a step further and giving you the scoop on expive car care products that can be replaced with what you have at home or can easily be obtained in any dollar store anywhere.
1. Dawn Dish Soap
Ever see what happens to the bird life when there's an oil spill in our precious waterways? Animal rescuers clean the delicate feathers and fur of oil soaked cri ...[more]
We're in a NEW place!!!! We're 3D!
In case you missed our grand opening, our new alignment center is now located just across the street at 105-08 Northern Blvd and its state-of-the-art 3D technology. In the city that never sleeps this center is open 24 hours a day including all holidays, closed only Christmas.
Wheel alignments are really important maintenance for your vehicle and the bumpy streets and potholes that appear each spring really mandates you remembering how many miles you have put on since your last alignment.
Old tires, poorly inflated tires, potholes and mileage make wheel alignments critical for avoiding the expensive parts and labor involved in front end work. A vehicle with a bad front-end becomes dangerous, tough to steer and is a ticking time bond.
Bottom line? You ne ...[more]
Living in NYC is a balancing act for us and your tires & wheels!
Well, here's one more thing to balance...your drive. A smooth, flawless ride is important for your vehicle especially your tires, front end and brakes.
Today, we're talking about getting our wheels and tires to rotate at varying speeds without vibrations. Here's a secret...even brand new tires are not perfectly round. More secrets, sssh....the weight of your tires are not perfectly distributed. In some spots they are lighter and in others they are heavier. And any of the above can lead to vibrations and less than a smooth ride.
Tires that are not balanced can really be a huge issue because vibrations are the least of your is ...[more]
Your Battery & What You May not Know:
Ever have dirty battery cables be the cause of your ride not starting? Here's one of our annoyingly over used words: MAINTENANCE.
The cables on your battery are subject to corrosion and, eventually, that will prevent your car from starting despite your battery being just fine. The ultimate result? Your day will be delayed or perhaps ruined. What if this happens in the middle of the night after a night out? Inconvenience is guaranteed, where it happens could be a dark and dangerous place.
A small amount of maintenance can prevent the above.
Here's how to do it:
Is an grimey, yucky, greasy messy engine a red flag? NO! Is a clean one a good sign? NO!
Ever open a hood and see a sparkling clean engine? Are you envious? Does it always mean the car you're looking at is in good condition? Hell, no. Even if it looks like Aunt Tillie has just waxed and polished it, is it an absolute good deal? Nope.
Sure, it looks great and your thinking, "man, this baby is clean and kewl looking." Not so fast. Car dealers and buyers might be using a little psychology on you.
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