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The Scoop on Used Tires; Your FAQ Answered

April 20th, 2016

 

FAQ about 106 St Tire & Wheel’s used tires...a price friendly way to a safer ride!

Where do used tires come from?

Take a look around after the carnage of the flooding, mud slides, tornados? Millions of dollars in ruined vehicles are scattered about like MatchBox cars...cars, trucks, vans and more all ruined because of damage from fallen trees, mud and flooding.

When flood water gets inside your car, inside your engine and your interior everything is ruined. Flood water carries with it not only waste water but also street water containing spillage from leaking transmissions, oil leaks, antifreeze, over-flooding sewers, etc.

Interiors are ...[more]

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Who’s Winning the Fuel Economy Game?

April 15th, 2016
Even though gas prices are down, comparatively speaking, right now, chances are they won’t stay that way and gas is never going to be “cheap” again. The smart money is on fuel-efficient cars, but what are the most fuel-efficient models out there?
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Cheap Windshield Wipers Vs More Costly Wipers FAQ

April 7th, 2016

:Are pricey windshield wiper replacements better than cheap ones?

Like anything else, prices of windshield wiper replacements vary by size, style, quality, brand, etc. Are there suggested styles and types that can service you better?

There are 3 basic types of windshield wipers:

1: frame type:this is the most common type and it uses metal framework to support the wiper. This is the most widely used and most affordable style of wiper.

2: winter wiper:this type has a rubber shell around the framework to keep it from collect ...[more]

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Part 2: Conditioning Leather Seats

April 6th, 2016

Clean, Rub and Buff with a Good Quality Product (part 2)

Conditioning leather: choose a water-based, pH neutral conditioner. Don't skimp here! Purchase ahigh-quality leather conditioner that does not contain silicone, petroleum distillates or waxes. The purpose of using a leather conditioner is to replenish the natural oils; choose one with top-quality ingredients. Cheaper leather conditioners may leave have a greasy finish.

Perform a spot test!!! (see part 1 from yesterday; do not take a chance ruining your leather or any part of your car!) Always spot check, check with your owner's manual and use less not more and be very cautious with perforated seat covers. Always follow the advice of the cleaning product manufacture and that of your owner's manual.

 Condition your seats. ...[more]

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DIY Cleaning of Leather Seats-part 1

April 5th, 2016

Professional tips for do-it-yourselfers! Part I

Caution: please spot test all products used on exterior and interior of your car. These days, many products are imported and you may be tempted to use them because of price factors and company claims. However, a spot test (use a spot that is hidden somewhere and not the middle of your hood or truck, the back of seats, somewhere that is not noticeable, please?) prevents ruining your paint job and surfaces.

Does you car have perforated areas? Is there stitching in your upholstery? Use great caution about NOT getting water, cleanser or conditioner into the holes left by stitches in your leather, sewing puts holes in whatever is

stitched. Always check with your owner's manual for manufacturer's suggestions before you clean or apply any products. Usually ...[more]

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Wheel Damage to Steel & Alloy Wheels

April 4th, 2016

Ouch!!! You hit a curb or one of Queens infamous potholes and blew a tire. You get a new tire and get it balanced but something doesn't feel right…a slight shimmy, a vibration or maybe even a more-pronounced wobble. 

Sounds like there is a good chance you have a damaged the rim. If you’ve been pricing wheels recently, you know they can be pricy ranging from between $400 and $1000 for a replacement.

Come to 106 St Tire & Wheel as we offer a full range of comprehensive wheel and rim repair services and the good news? Most rims are repairable!

Here's what we can do to help you:

  • Re-true a warped, cracked or bent wheel ...[more]
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"Severe Road" Conditions in NYC- What's it Mean?

March 31st, 2016

NYC, we got them and we got them bad! Severe road conditions that is. We all know when the National Weather Service says there is a severe weather warning, we need to take precautions.

Our blog has pointed out many times during this last year the fact that in the NYC area we always drive under "severe road and traffic conditions" and we have spoken about many factors contributing to dangerous, over used, never maintained roads, traffic, stop and go driving, sudden breaking due to highways seemingly converging traffic and drivers going from doing 55 mph to 10 mph for miles and miles, etc.

Nowhere in the USA except other major metropolises like Los Angeles, Chicago, Atla ...[more]

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Getting Off The Fossil Fuels – Pros and Cons

March 30th, 2016
More and more people have opted for alternative fuels, but it’s important to be able to take the bad with the good when it comes to alternative fuels. If you’re considering making a switch, here are some things to consider:
  Tags: tires ny, MPG, gas mileage
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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NYC Drivers THINK BRAKES More Often...WHY? READ THIS!

March 29th, 2016

You may not think about your brakes often however there's a stiff penalty for that: BRAKE FAILURE!
...and NYers, you more than any other city, need to remember you have special conditions that wear out brakes
mush sooner than any city in Idaho, Nebraska, Albany, Tuscany...think "severe driving conditions."

While other systems in your vehicle can be forgiving in that they will continue to work and it won't keep your car from starting, the really scary thing to keep in mind is once your brakes go, you may not be able to stop which will certainly hurt someone, something or perhaps kill pedestrians, kids, yourself or your own family, etc.

There's no point in saying "brakes last 1-2 years" o ...[more]

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Smelling Rotten Eggs? Not Easter Leftovers...Catalytic Converter!!!

March 28th, 2016

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]

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