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Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)

September 9th, 2016

Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)

This is part 3 of our series on New York State safety inspections.

·        Click here for part one.

·        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]

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Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 2)

September 5th, 2016

 

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]

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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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Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 1)

August 22nd, 2016

Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 1)

Every vehicle model has different brake specifications, which is why every different model requires a different brake pad. This means different shape, different texture, different coefficient of friction etc. Unfortunately, the carmakers do not specify what these specifications are for each vehicle, so a lot of what you pay for when you buy brakes is a result of the research and development; different brake manufacturers spend varying amounts on this process, which is why we at 106St Tire & Wheel are proud to offer NAPA brakes because we know that they do the best to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

It i ...[more]

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What Month Is It? Car Care Month!

April 29th, 2016
You may not know it, but the Car Care Council sets aside two months a year to promote car care awareness: April and October are both Car Care Month!
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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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