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Alloy Wheels Too Hot To Handle

January 14th, 2016

Lighter, hotter rims with better performance....Alloy wheels are made of aluminum or magnesium metals and, of course, they are lighter in weight and provide a hot, super stylish look.

Because the above metals are lighter than steel, they reduce your vehicle's weight, improves speed and performance when old fashioned steel wheels adds hundreds of pounds to your vehicle's weight making your engine tow more weight and slowing down speed and reducing gas mileage. Alloy wheels are also better heat conductors and reduce the chances of brake failures under most driving conditions. We've been consistent in telling drivers that NYC's road conditions makes our area an area with "severe" conditions so please bear that in mind knowing that on Queens streets your alloy wheels are vulnerable.

The lighter weight of the alloy rim is more suitable for ...[more]

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Is Your Car Groaning, Chugging, Clunking?

January 12th, 2016

Noises from your ride; not a good thing!

If those noises are not the gentle purr of efficiency and the quiet zoom of a well performing engine they are usually warning signs.

When you hear them, that’s the time to drive over to 106 St Tire and Wheel (depending on the sound, see below, a tow truck may be needed) and let a pro hear what you hear. Our advice: It’s too risky to wait, of course, depending on the noise and the cause which you probably won't know until someone with diagnostic skill here's the sound.

While some auto repair shops might make a differentiation between sounds you could ignore and ones you need to investigate, our shops recommend that all noises and odors be checked out by our skilled technicians.

First, all of our locations offer a FREE 47 point safety check. That's the place to start by l ...[more]

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Bridgestone's Ecopic Tires...the Green Tire

January 12th, 2016

Bridgestone manufactures “think green” tires and they are an important contribution to combating climate change. 106 St Tire has been selling Ecopia tires for many years.

Bridgestone Ecopia tires combine eco-friendly ride with low rolling resistance tire technology that delivers an increased miles per gallon result. This may not seem important since gas prices are no longer spiraling however earth's fragile eco-system make greenhouse gases and pollution very important issues today and in the future and for years to come.

By lowering your tire’s rolling resistance you increase fuel efficiency while providing a quieter ride for yourself and your passengers.

Here's the really great news about Ecopia tires available at all of our Queens locations:

  • Ecopia tires have a long wear life
  • Ecopia ...[more]
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How Long Will Your Tires Last....

January 7th, 2016

....how long your tires last can be up to you and this article will tell you how and why.

It's fair to expect 50,000 miles from new tires or the tires that come with any new vehicle. However, like anything tire life depends on so many factors. If you leave a light bulb on day and night its going to last a shorter time then if you just turn it off after few hours, right?

In NYC we drive under "severe" conditions. Stop and go in heavy traffic is tough on a car's brakes. Pot holes and other less than perfect road conditions impact tire life and so does "maintenance apathy" meaning if you don't maintain proper tire inflation, get wheel alignments, rotate tires, guess what, you may not get that 50,000 miles which is a broad guideline and not an absolute for sure.

One of the large tire companies recently wo ...[more]

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Used Tires...Here's Where They Come From

January 5th, 2016

FAQ about 106 St Tire & Wheel’s used tires

Where do used tires come from?

Take a look around after the environmental carnage of the flooding like we are seeing in Missouri. That folks is the good news for used tire buyers and the bad news for the whole country. There are millions of dollars in ruined cars, trucks, vans and more all ruined because of damage from fallen trees, tornados and flooding. There will be more, too, with the upcoming rain expected in California due to el nino shortly. Tires are impervious to water however when flood water gets inside a car, the inside is ruined. Flood water carries with it not only waste water but also street water containing spillage from leaking transmissions, oil leaks, antifreeze, etc. 

Interiors are ruined and drying them does not solve the situation as they are ...[more]

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Luxury Cars Redefined 2016 Style

January 4th, 2016

...you think you have a luxury car? Maybe not. Read about luxury 2016 style. Now keep in mind you are talking about a big sticker price, too, but we can dream, can't we? What's new in luxury...more luxury, luxury gone 21st century and beyond. This article is based on an MSN autos article with some of our insights as consumers, who, like most of you can dream!

Massaging seats: How about the big buck Bentley Mulsanne: Reclining rear seat? Yep! "Heating and ventilation?" Of course! In seat massage? You betcha and five different types of massages with 10 different levels of power no less (can we just buy the seats?).  MSN Auto states: "The Mulsanne knows how to take care of you."

Luxury leather: MSN Auto says: "Diamond stitched leather or Alcant ...[more]

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"Dump That SUV" Says Men's Health

December 29th, 2015

3 More Quick Tips from Men's Health Magazine

Dump that SUV: Men's Health points out some down sides of driving an SUV. They say your SUV brakes more slowly, accelerates more slowly, takes more time to get through intersections, use more gas, pollute the environment more than mid-size cars and the likelihood of a rollover is increased considerably. Also, SUVs' size tend to cause issues for other drivers which may mean you land up in an accident. The visibility of other drivers impact safety because of blindspots...theirs and yours.

Automotive Repair Issues? Be Specific: Need a repair? Think you do? Take notes of everything that happens because a good mechanic wants the facts. Write down such things as:

1) was the engine hot?

2) did whatever happen on a turn?

3) what kind of ro ...[more]

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Which Lane is the Safest Lane on the Highway?

December 22nd, 2015

Safety Tips You Don't Know

1) Men's Health states that ramp metering...you know...those annoying red lights that stop you from entering a highway...will save you time.

The use of traffic signals at highway on-ramps regulates traffic flow forcing a small time penalty on drivers at the beginning of their commutes. However, it pays off states the magazine. They quote David Schrank, Ph.D., of the Texas Transportation Institute: "Requiring vehicles to wait 20 or 30 seconds can save drivers 5 to 10 minutes on their trip."

2) Always be prepared for a water landing; most cars have electronic windows. Water and electricity don't mix well and your windows will short out when they come in contact with water. Result? You're trapped. Men's Health says, "Spend a few bucks on a center punch, a device shaped like a screwdriver but ...[more]

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New Car Shopping? - 3 Sneaky Tips

December 21st, 2015

 

Buying a New Car

Save $$$ bucks with these quick tips:

Here are some great suggestions from Men's Health Magazine on how to beat a car sales person at their own game while you save a bundle:

1: Stay Out of the Showroom: Research, research, research and you will spend almost 90 minutes less in the showroom. While you are at it build your dream car at Edmunds.com as well and then request quotes from at least 3 car dealers.

2: Playing Hard Ball: After you get those multiple dealer quotes via email, play all the dealers against each other to win the deal. Don't go to the showrooms until you get the price you want or close to it. Always remember, the dealer's first quote is always a bad deal. Be point blank and say, "You will have to do better than that to win my business." Re ...[more]

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How to Make Your Wiper Blades Last

December 20th, 2015

Windshield Wiper Blades

Simple, fast tips to make your windshield wipers last longer! Here's how:

1: keep your windshield as clean as possible so keep your windshield wiper reservoir full. Having your blades scrape over dirt wears your blades out much faster.

2: keep your windshield wiper blades as clean as possible by using a clean towel or rag, spraying it and cleaning your blades often

3: stand your blades up to keep them from freezing to your windshield in rough weather. Pull them away from your windshield (see photo) ...gently please if you have never done this before. If they don't stand up put a plastic grocery bag on each one on the nights when you know it's going to snow or freeze

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