The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 2)
NOTE: This is the second part of our series on comprehensive engine diagnostics. Please click here for part 1.
More common symptoms and what they mean
Another sign of trouble is experiencing sudden jerks or surges. The same engine trouble that causes this may also cause a sudden stall of the car. Let the mechanic look at the vehicle’s spark plugs, fuel filter and, many other issues. It can be quite daunting when your vehicle sta ...[more]
The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 1)
The engine is easily the most important, yet sensitive part of your car, and needs thorough inspection. Diagnosing possible problems with your car engine can go a long way in avoiding accidents and damage.
Have your car serviced regularly, especially before and after a long journey. After all, engine components eventually wear out and fluids get used up after time. While you can conduct some diagnostics yourself, it is better to let an expert mechanic do a comprehensive systems check for you.
Simple DIY diagnostics
Before starting the engine, it is prudent to ...[more]
What is headlight restoration? (Part 3
Headlight Restoration Increases Driving Safety
If your headlights are worn or cloudy, then you are taking a huge and unnecessary risk when driving at night. According to a study conducted by the AAF Foundation for Traffic Safety:
· 9 out of 10 vehicles on the road have dirty or cloudy headlights, which reduces visibility. These cars need their headlights to be repaired, replaced, and restored.
· Many drivers do not know that worn and cloudy headlights are not just ugly, but reduce visibility at night by over fifty percent.
What is headlight restoration? (Part 2)
Types of plastic headlight restoration
The internet usually has a solution for all your problems. It will offer you very many products for DIY headlight restoration, but it is very important to do some research before spending your hard earned money. Many products available online offer to solve this problem, but they end up disappointing you. Most of the products remove the haze for several weeks, but then it comes back. Car washes and some mobile auto dealers also try to offer you headlight restoration services, but these are just short-term shortcuts.
Why You Can’t Just Avoid Getting an Oil Change (Part 1)
If the engine is the heart of the car, then oil is its lifeblood. Both of them go hand in hand and when driving. For safety purposes, it is important to carry oil change as per the manufacturer's instructions. When the time comes for an oil change, it is critical to get the filter changed because it may harbor some contaminated oil that can harm your engine.
Consider the Manufacturer’s Manual
We have covered why New York City driving conditions are rated as “severe.” Severe conditions may include excessive short trips of less than five miles, loading the vehicle to m ...[more]
What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)
Everyone wants their car running and looking perfect, but this is not always easy. Taking care of the small things in your car before they get out of hand is a good way of maintaining your vehicle. Essential things like washing the car, cleaning the interior, changing the oil and keeping up with the regular maintenance can ensure that the car remains in good shape always.
When washing your car, do you notice how the headlights look? Many vehicles have cloudy, hazy, discolored, and scratched headlights. This is very common, even with newer vehicles. Many people don't bother to wash and wax these parts because they never look good after all the effort.
Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)
This is part 3 of our series on New York State safety inspections.
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· Click here for part two.
Emissions inspections for cars and light trucks
The Federal Clean Air Act passed in 1990 requires that the New York State carries out an insp ...[more]
Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 4)
NOTE: This is part 4 of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on brake repair.
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· Click here for part 3.
Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 2)
Safety Items Inspected on Cars and Light Trucks
Seat belts: These are inspected for proper anchorage and operation. The inspector will also make sure it works in different positions. We also check the air bag warning light to make sure it functions correctly.
Brakes:The inspector must remove at least one wheel to look at the brakes. We will look at vehicle’s brake pedal reserve, brake pedal fade, power brake unit, brake master cylinder, disc brake pads, drum brake linings, brake drums and rotors, wheel cylinders and calipers, brake lines and hoses, parking brake and brake e ...[more]
Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 3)
NOTE: This is part 3 of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on brake repair.
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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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