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]
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?
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 everyday with improperly inflated tires with most being under-inflated. Results?
· can compromise cornering
· can compromise braking
· can compromise stability and safety
· &nbs ...[more]
Suspension systems keep your ride smooth. Imagine driving in NYC with them bottoming out in our yet to be hatched pot holes or when you go over those giant metal plates that cover holes in the street made by Verizon, EPA and Con Edion? Struts and shocks keep you comfortable and safe by allowing your tires and brakes and tires to work as they were designed too.
Shock absorbers work to reduce your springs natural tendency to move back and forth. Pushing on a corner of your car and observing how many times the car bounces is a way to sort of test whether your shocks need replacing. Do-it-your-selfers, if you do the push down on the edge of your car test and it bounces more than twice chances are you need shocks. How often you need shocks varies because of driving conditions, tire conditions, road condit ...[more]
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]
Skipping Oil Changes Can Be Harmful!
Guess what? This picture above is not chocolate pudding..its car eating sludge!
Is there anywhere else in the US that faces the driving conditions of NYC and, specifically, Queens or Manhattan?
Stop and go driving? Not really good for an engine. Sitting in 45 minutes of traffic?
Not good for your engine...you get the picture. Therefore, there is no hard and fast rule about oil changes simply because NYC driving is not like driving anywhere else in the world.
However, when a vehicle maker makes a recommendation about oil changes, the advice is a one size fits all type of advice rather that for your specific driving conditions which is a huge consideration. Would you get this kind of cautionary advice ever? "Hey, if you live in Nu Yalk and drive dis car, first, ...[more]
Changing brake fluid seems important but yet it's somewhat controversial.
Some car makers think it's important and include it in their maintenance schedules and others don't. We think it's important too!
FAQ series from 106 St Tire & Wheel:
8 Tips to Extend the Life of your Car
1) Check and change your oil regularly. There's some controversy on how often. 106 St Tire & Wheel advises you to check your owner's manual.
That's the best place to get accurate information specific to YOUR CAR. If your owner's manual is not around, Google it and you will probably find it
online in a downloadable format. Example for searching for it online?
- Google example: Owner's Manual 2009 Toyota Camry. That kind of search is bound to turn it up.
And remember, there's no single step in auto maintenance that will help your engine last more than regular oil and oil filter changes w ...[more]
The life span of shock absorbers varies. There are several variables that include how many miles you drive, what types of surfaces you drive on and whether you drive like a maniac over rough roads (like NYC last winter with all the snow and hitting pot hole after pot hole!) or use your vehicle tenderly.
The above makes it very difficult if not impossible to estimate how long your shocks will last. However, if you do drive over rough roads featuring our famous NYC pot holes, we can't expect a mechanical part meant to adjust your ride to last forever. Rough roads featuring potholes, large cracks and sharp ridges that run across the pavement (you know, winter in NY) will wear out shoc ...[more]
Prepare for imminent seasonal weather with 106 St. Tire and Wheel in the Queens, NY area at two convenient locations in Corona, NY, one in Jamaica Queens, NY and another on Queens Blvd in Elmhurst, NY (maps). Knowledgeable technicians of 106 St. Tire and Wheel are thrilled to assist customers improve vehicle functionality and safety for hazardous driving conditions of winter. Begin preparations with routine auto repair, including one elementary maintenance with hidden benefits many drivers might not realize: oil changes. Consider these undeniable advantages when making arrangements for inclement weather and dangerous travel circumstanc ...[more]