Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 2)
In part 1 of our series on brake repair and maintenance, we discusses how different car manufacturers use varying specifications for each model, and how that affects the consumer when it’s time to buy new brakes. As a result, some manufacturers out there cut corners when it comes to safety. Remember, as of yet there are no laws on the federal level regulating brake specifications. While these cheaper brakes may perform well under normal driving conditions, they do not take into account the difficulties drivers may encounter, like ...[more]
Why You Cannot Ignore That Car Exhaust Repair (Part 2)
It is very important to seek the advice and help of a mechanic rather than trying to deal with a complex system like the exhaust on your own. Indeed, you will generally have neither the equipment nor the knowledge to deal with the issue, and in many cases the entire exhaust system does not have to be replaced, but instead only a section is damaged. However, it takes an experienced eye to correctly identify the exact location of the problem, the correct replacement part, and how to actually make the new component fit.
You also have to remember t ...[more]
Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 1)
Every vehicle model has different brake specifications, which is why every different model requires a different brake pad. This means different shape, different texture, different coefficient of friction etc. Unfortunately, the carmakers do not specify what these specifications are for each vehicle, so a lot of what you pay for when you buy brakes is a result of the research and development; different brake manufacturers spend varying amounts on this process, which is why we at 106St Tire & Wheel are proud to offer NAPA brakes because we know that they do the best to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.
It i ...[more]
Why You Cannot Ignore Car Exhaust System Repair (Part 1)
The Role of the Exhaust System.
The exhaust system is about more than just getting rid of the gas out of the rear of the vehicle as it actually plays a major role in making sure that your vehicle works efficiently. What it does is it pulls away various hazardous gases and emissions from the engine that could potentially cause a problem if they are allowed to build up, drags these emissions under your feet in the vehicle, and gets rid of them. However, there is more to it than just that; it does not just take these harmful emissions and just put them into the environment, but it also converts them into a less harmful version before they exit through the tail pipe.
This is certainly impressive, an ...[more]
The Importance of Replacing the Air Filters in Your Car (Part 3)
NOTE: This is part 3 of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on air filters in your vehicle.
Below are various benefits to replacing your car filter according to different manufacturers.
1. Avoiding premature wear and tear of your car engine
This simple yet important piece of equipment is made to trap debris and dirt before it enters your car engi ...[more]
This is part two of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on Steering and Suspension Maintenance. Click here for part one.
Signs of a faltering steering and suspension system include:
Inspections should be done to check shocks for leaks, cracks, and any other kind of damage. Look for vehicle bounce and sway when navigating corners and when breaking. When the car seems to bounce a lot, the shock absorbers may be worn out or leaking.
Problems with steering and suspension often cause an inflexible steering wheel. Whenever you find that it is getting difficult for you to turn the steering, check for causes such as low tire pressure, wheels are out of alignment, the power steering drive belt is bro ...[more]
This is part 2 in 106St Tire & Wheel's series on air filters -- part of our commitment to keeping you and your passengers safe. Click here for part 1.
How to maintain your car air filter
There are two important ways in which you can take care of your car’s air filters.
1. Regular inspection – just like any unit in your house, you have to regularly inspect your car’s air filters. By doing this, you will ensure that they are in good condition. A good rule of thumb is to check them at least once a week. You should look at them more often during hot and windy weather. During hot and dry weather, the units will accumulate more dirt than usual, so we recommend that you keep ...[more]
Steering and suspension systems ensure balance and stability in your car so you and your passengers have a safe and comfortable ride. Your wheels should always firmly grip the road and preventing the car from skidding.
Improvements in steering and suspension systems, together with advanced tire designs and construction, have led to great safety and comfort in riding. However, this does not mean that regular inspection and maintenance is unnecessary.
There are two fundamental types of steering systems: standard mechanical and rack & pinion steering. Standard mechanical systems may or may not be power assisted but the rack & pinion system is always power assisted. Rack & pinion steering combines the steering box and center link into one unit allowing more precision. It makes steering more responsi ...[more]
The Importance of Replacing the Air Filters in Your Car
Everyone knows how important car maintenance and oil changes are to vehicle performance. However, most people do not know the significant of replacing the air filters. You may be shocked to know the benefits your air filter brings and how it prevents engine problems from occurring. This small unit plays an important role in improving air quality. And for the filters to work properly, you need to take good care of them.
According to various studies, exposure of passengers inside a vehicle to dangerous air pollutants is higher than that of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other public transfer riders. Increased exposure to pollutants can bring health problems. The pollutants can also irritate the nose, eyes, and respiratory systems.
Your car engine relies on cl ...[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]
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