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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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....[more]
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]
We're in a NEW place!!!! We're 3D!
In case you missed our grand opening, our new alignment center is now located just across the street at 105-08 Northern Blvd and its state-of-the-art 3D technology. In the city that never sleeps this center is open 24 hours a day including all holidays, closed only Christmas.
Wheel alignments are really important maintenance for your vehicle and the bumpy streets and potholes that appear each spring really mandates you remembering how many miles you have put on since your last alignment.
Old tires, poorly inflated tires, potholes and mileage make wheel alignments critical for avoiding the expensive parts and labor involved in front end work. A vehicle with a bad front-end becomes dangerous, tough to steer and is a ticking time bond.
Bottom line? You ne ...[more]
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