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Wheel Balancing 101

March 7th, 2016

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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Cleaning Battery Cables-5 Quick Easy Steps

March 1st, 2016

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:

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Clean Engines on Used Cars- CAUTION

February 25th, 2016

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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Need new tires? We got THE deal for you!

February 22nd, 2016

free with the purchase of 4 tires at all 106 St Tire locations:

FREE wheel alignment

FREE tire mounting

FREE tire balancing

FREE valves if needed

FREE tire rotations for the life of your purchased tires

FREE nitrogen- ...[more]

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When Did You Last Check Your Spare Tire?

February 9th, 2016

 

By definition, your spare tire is exactly that, a spare in case of an emergency. Meanwhile while we wait for an emergency, we forget to check on our spare tire simply because it's not needed........yet. And when it's needed, it might not be ready to do its job because many of us

don't do what we have to do to keep our cars, tires, brakes, etc in good condition....in a word: ...[more]

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OUR BLOG: Brake Calipers Gone Bad? The Scoop!

February 8th, 2016

Advice from the 106 St pros...

We bet you thought the word is caliber, right? As in .45mm? Hey, we're from the 'hood, too, so we understand.

However, the word is caliper and each brake has one but does your ride have 2 or 4. That depends on type of braking system you have. Check your owners manual if you don't know. Don't have it, download it by Googling year, make and model for your car bible.

Brake calipers are one of several important parts composing your braking system, and, for God's sake, this is NYC. Queens epitomizes the "severe" driving conditions ...[more]

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Front End Tips from Our Experts: Ball joints

February 4th, 2016

...do you grease & inspect your balls

joints? How? Look regularly at the rubber boots containing grease around them. If they are impaired in anyway, like shredded or ripped, or just gone, you will need to grease them with the proper grease (owner's manual time again!) or replace the boot which seals them in grease and seals out dirt or probably replace the ball joints.

Some cars have ball joints need to be greased while others don't because they are sealed with a life time supply of grease in the above closed environment.

Hearing clunks, got sloppy steering? That may be the result of your ball joints needing replacement. When they are worn there will be a rattle or clunking so ...[more]

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Serpentine Belt Wear - How to Inspect It

February 3rd, 2016

Under your hood there's a long belt that kinda snakes around your engine. This is a critical part of your engine drive as it powers your very important alternator that keeps your battery fully charged. The serpentine belt also powers your air-conditioning compressor as well as your power steering pump. Its duties varies from manufacturer-to-manufacturer and on some vehicles it can possibly run the power brakes, your radiator fan and the water pump. Important stuff, right?

You can see from the above that this part is critical in keeping your auto on the road because if your serpentine belt breaks and all the belts in your vehicle can wear out depending on temperature under the hood, mileage on your car or just ordinary wear.

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Potholes! How Winter Creates Them

February 3rd, 2016

Havoc is a word that applies when you hit a hefty pot hole. Keep hitting and your tires and front end will take a beating. Hit one deep enough and hard enough and you will likely incur some serious damage. In Queens they multipy faster than rabbits and they can damage your tires, your wheels, your front end and cost you plenty. AVOID THEM!

And we drive the same streets you do and we know they are everywhere. It's difficult to avoid them because traffic in Queens is incredible these days, watching the road for cars is critical enough but protecting your investment, namely your car, is important too. After all, in this economy no one has the money for expensive repairs.

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