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]
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]
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]
A good auto service technician could adjust things like idle speed, fuel/air mixture, fuel metering and timing on older vehicles so you could get more pick up from your ride. Today, that’s all handled by the engine control computer. Still, there are a few ways to coax your engine into better performance.
- Air Filter: An engine relies on air, fuel and spark to run. The “air” part of that equation is pretty easy to enhance. A dirty air filter will, of course, restrict the flow of critical fresh air into the fuel system. This compromises fuel economy and power. The filter should be changed at regular intervals; for those who are looking to enhance performance. Aftermarket air filters are available for even freer breathing ability. Engines also perform better when they can take in colder, den ...[more]
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]
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:
According to federal law, new cars must be equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). Federal laws were passed to improve safety and add this system because improperly inflated tires cause accidents, property damage, lost time at work and, most seriously, LIVES.
Properly inflated tires have more traction, extend the live of you expensive tires, brake better and give you better mileage.
In American, over 10,000 accidents a year are caused by improperly inflated tires! 106 St Tire and Wheel take this seriously as should you and therefore we provide free tire pressure checks are always available. We're TPMS experts and can replace sensors and do sensor resets.
- improves traction
- improves gas mileage
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.
If your car doors or trunk sound like the creaking of a door at a haunted house, you need probably need grease or lubrication on the hinges. Ignore this and don't be surprised if your doors and trunk eventually land up damaged from binding, bending and twisting making closing or opening of doors difficult. The same goes for hoods, trunk lids, lift-gates and tail-gates. The longer you wait for lubrication the worse the damage can be and the more expense you will incur. Again, its one of 106 St Tire's important words we nag you about: MAINTENANCE.
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