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Wheel Magic for Pot Hole Damage

January 25th, 2016

...30" of snow? A massive thaw will equate to pot holes everywhere. All locations of 106 St Tire & Wheel in Corona, Forest Hills, Elmhurst and Jamaica, Queens, offer a wide variety of rim services for steel and alloy wheels.

Pot holes occur as a natural part of melting snow and ice and have nothing to do with city or state apathy; they are equal opportunity and they happen everywhere there are season thaws, freezes, snow falls and ice.  The resulting melted water seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of traffic and the black top collapses. Because of our traffic situation here in the Big Apple and the weather we see now, we can expect plenty of pot holes that will cause damage to tires, wheels, axles, front end, etc. 106 St Tire is here to help you out if this darkens your ...[more]

  Posted in: Wheel alignment
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All Season vs Winter Tires, Pt II

January 22nd, 2016

Take a look at this test sponsored by Bridgestone and author Jason Torchinsky

In this great demo video you can see the difference on an ice skating rink with specially designed trike tires. 

Remember, as we stated, winter tires are composed of different materials than all seaon tires, they have special treads and patterns meant to push snow away from your tires making them better handling, safer tires in the snow and ice.

...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101
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Do You Believe These Gas Myths?

January 20th, 2016

In January, 2011, 106 St Tire & Wheel became the only tire dealers in Queens, NY to have a free, informative, cutting edge, e-book downloadable from their website to offer empowering information for customers and community and assist them with money saving tips.. Please see our home page  (middle of the page for a free copy). At that time, gas cost more per gallon then it does now, of course, however, since climate change has been recently acknowledged by the world, thinkin ...[more]

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4 Points on Why Oil Changes are Imperative

January 19th, 2016

Always Critical to Extending Engine Life.....

1. Engine Performance: 106 ST Tire & Wheel could never stress the importance of this aspect of vehicle maintenance. Changing oil regularly helps maintain vital engine performances and engine operations. Allowing improved functionality and smoother driving, changing oil every 3,000 nukes will keep internal engine parts clean and lubricated.

2. Remove Build-Up: Used oil eventually builds up certain amounts of dirt and debris and becomes engine gunk, without regular oil changes this can damage engine components and decrease performance a lot.

3. Fuel Economy:...[more]

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Is Your Car Groaning, Chugging, Clunking?

January 12th, 2016

Noises from your ride; not a good thing!

If those noises are not the gentle purr of efficiency and the quiet zoom of a well performing engine they are usually warning signs.

When you hear them, that’s the time to drive over to 106 St Tire and Wheel (depending on the sound, see below, a tow truck may be needed) and let a pro hear what you hear. Our advice: It’s too risky to wait, of course, depending on the noise and the cause which you probably won't know until someone with diagnostic skill here's the sound.

While some auto repair shops might make a differentiation between sounds you could ignore and ones you need to investigate, our shops recommend that all noises and odors be checked out by our skilled technicians.

First, all of our locations offer a FREE 47 point safety check. That's the place to start by l ...[more]

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Bridgestone's Ecopic Tires...the Green Tire

January 12th, 2016

Bridgestone manufactures “think green” tires and they are an important contribution to combating climate change. 106 St Tire has been selling Ecopia tires for many years.

Bridgestone Ecopia tires combine eco-friendly ride with low rolling resistance tire technology that delivers an increased miles per gallon result. This may not seem important since gas prices are no longer spiraling however earth's fragile eco-system make greenhouse gases and pollution very important issues today and in the future and for years to come.

By lowering your tire’s rolling resistance you increase fuel efficiency while providing a quieter ride for yourself and your passengers.

Here's the really great news about Ecopia tires available at all of our Queens locations:

  • Ecopia tires have a long wear life
  • Ecopia ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101
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How Long Will Your Tires Last....

January 7th, 2016

....how long your tires last can be up to you and this article will tell you how and why.

It's fair to expect 50,000 miles from new tires or the tires that come with any new vehicle. However, like anything tire life depends on so many factors. If you leave a light bulb on day and night its going to last a shorter time then if you just turn it off after few hours, right?

In NYC we drive under "severe" conditions. Stop and go in heavy traffic is tough on a car's brakes. Pot holes and other less than perfect road conditions impact tire life and so does "maintenance apathy" meaning if you don't maintain proper tire inflation, get wheel alignments, rotate tires, guess what, you may not get that 50,000 miles which is a broad guideline and not an absolute for sure.

One of the large tire companies recently wo ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101, Services, Safety First
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"Dump That SUV" Says Men's Health

December 29th, 2015

3 More Quick Tips from Men's Health Magazine

Dump that SUV: Men's Health points out some down sides of driving an SUV. They say your SUV brakes more slowly, accelerates more slowly, takes more time to get through intersections, use more gas, pollute the environment more than mid-size cars and the likelihood of a rollover is increased considerably. Also, SUVs' size tend to cause issues for other drivers which may mean you land up in an accident. The visibility of other drivers impact safety because of blindspots...theirs and yours.

Automotive Repair Issues? Be Specific: Need a repair? Think you do? Take notes of everything that happens because a good mechanic wants the facts. Write down such things as:

1) was the engine hot?

2) did whatever happen on a turn?

3) what kind of ro ...[more]

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Which Lane is the Safest Lane on the Highway?

December 22nd, 2015

Safety Tips You Don't Know

1) Men's Health states that ramp metering...you know...those annoying red lights that stop you from entering a highway...will save you time.

The use of traffic signals at highway on-ramps regulates traffic flow forcing a small time penalty on drivers at the beginning of their commutes. However, it pays off states the magazine. They quote David Schrank, Ph.D., of the Texas Transportation Institute: "Requiring vehicles to wait 20 or 30 seconds can save drivers 5 to 10 minutes on their trip."

2) Always be prepared for a water landing; most cars have electronic windows. Water and electricity don't mix well and your windows will short out when they come in contact with water. Result? You're trapped. Men's Health says, "Spend a few bucks on a center punch, a device shaped like a screwdriver but ...[more]

  Posted in: Safety First
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Detail Your Ride Like a Pro

December 18th, 2015

Detailing Your Car Like a Pro - part 2

Okay, so you know this is not just about cleaning the outside with a bucket a hose, right?

We did say like a pro...so here you go with deep cleaning areas you probably never thought of!

Got a small air compressor? It's THE WAY to successfully blow dust and dirt out of the vents from your heater and air-conditioning system. Aim the high-pressure air at the walls of the ducts behind grills, vents, etc. Dirt and grime stick to the walls of the vet system and can leave you car smelling musty. Change your cabin air filter if you have one....at the least blow the dirt and dust out of it. We hope that a clean smelling car is not one of those Christmas tree looking air fresheners that hang from your rear view mirror.

Continue to use the compressor to blow leaves, wrappers, whatever from the nooks and cra ...[more]

  Posted in: Do It Yourself
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