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When Does Your Car’s Suspension Need Repair? (Part 1)

June 6th, 2017

When Does Your Car’s Suspension Need Repair? (Part 1)

Your car’s suspension system consists of the tires, shock absorbers, springs, and linkages that connect a car to its wheels, allowing relative movement between the two. An ideal suspension system should be able to support handling and riding quality of the vehicles. The suspensions are designed to keep the car wheel in contact with the road surface as much as possible. In essence, the primary purpose is to protect the car and any cargo from wear and damage.

The importance of a properly functioning suspension system

You may not understand much ab ...[more]

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Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 3)

August 29th, 2016

Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 3)
NOTE: This is part 3 of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on brake repair.

Click here for part 1.

Click here for part 2.

 

Whether your car has quite a few miles on it, or you only recently drove off the lot, you still need to start and stop; accidents can happen to anyone, so you must always make sure your brakes are in good condition. They wear out, and how fast they do is based on a variety of factors, such as the quality of the brake pad, wha ...[more]

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Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 2)

August 24th, 2016

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]

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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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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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5 QUICK REASONS WHY OIL CHANGES ARE NEEDED MORE OFTEN IN NYC

March 24th, 2016

5 Quick Tips about Oil Changes

Our expert technicians at 106St. Tire and Wheel are thrilled to assist customers improve vehicle functionality and safety for the summer months ahead. All locations of 106St Tire and Wheel offer oil changes for most cars starting at $25 for the first 5 qts. and a free tire rotation. Our Northern Blvd location is open 24/7, so schedule your appointment now. Call us 718-446-6769 / just drive on in / or click: 

http://106sttire.com/appointments

Why are oil changes so important?

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HAVE YOU BEEN HITTING POTHOLES IN QUEENS? SOLUTION: WHEEL ALIGNMENT

March 23rd, 2016

Wheel Alignment Tips in Queens, NY

 

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. 

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Automatic Braking; Standard on All New Cars in 2022

March 22nd, 2016

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]

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Simple Maintenance List Made Even Simpler

March 10th, 2016

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 every day with improperly inflated tires with most being under-inflated. Results?

  • can compromise cornering
  • can compromise braking
  • can compromise stability and safety
  • more likely to have a tire-related accident because of the above like tire failure (thousands happen every year and cause deaths ...[more]
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