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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]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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HAVE YOU BEEN HITTING POTHOLES IN QUEENS? SOLUTION: WHEEL ALIGNMENT

March 23rd, 2016

Wheel Alignment Tips in Queens, NY

 

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. 

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Where's Our New Alignment Center?

March 8th, 2016

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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Wheel Balancing 101

March 7th, 2016

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]

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Pothole Wheel Damage & Spring is Rim Season

February 24th, 2016

106 St Tire & Wheel experts have the know how to remanufacture a badly damaged wheel back to factory standards as well as repair dents and dings, cracked, dented, curb rash from scraping on sidewalks, bent wheels from hitting potholes and more.

We're Queens expert alloy and steel wheel repair center and our restoration and repair services include:

-Rim straightening
-TIG wheel welding
-Dented rim repair
-Bent wheel repair
-Curb rash repair
-Wheel polishing
-Cracked wheel repair
-Computerized color matching
-TPMS sensors replaced, reset and ...[more]

  Posted in: Wheel alignment
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Potholes! How Winter Creates Them

February 3rd, 2016

Havoc is a word that applies when you hit a hefty pot hole. Keep hitting and your tires and front end will take a beating. Hit one deep enough and hard enough and you will likely incur some serious damage. In Queens they multipy faster than rabbits and they can damage your tires, your wheels, your front end and cost you plenty. AVOID THEM!

And we drive the same streets you do and we know they are everywhere. It's difficult to avoid them because traffic in Queens is incredible these days, watching the road for cars is critical enough but protecting your investment, namely your car, is important too. After all, in this economy no one has the money for expensive repairs.

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Shimmies & Vibrations Diagnosed

February 1st, 2016

...road vibrations can bring you some ugly results 106 St Tire has the solution and can diagnose them with Hunter Road Force Diagnosis.

Technology's way of bringing road conditions into our shop so a trained tech can experience what you do on the road is made possible by Hunter Road Force Diagnostics. Instead of cruising the roads with you, tech experts get to experience shimmies, shaking and other road force issues in our shop. By simulation of road conditions, we can see what's creating your unique issue and correct it.

Our iconic location operating for more than 2 decades and open 24 hours everyday of the year at 106-01 Northern Blvd 718-446-6769 has this great technology to assist customers and our techs in getting to the "heart of the matter" in an expedient ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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Our 2nd 24 Hour Location, Napa Car Care Center

January 26th, 2016

...new year and a reminder that our second location on Northern Blvd is a 24/7 location and is a Napa Car Care Center. The address of this location is 105-01 Northern Blvd, 718-446-6769.

This location replaces our old alignment center with a state of the art facility utilizing John Beam 3-D wheel alignments. As you can see Corona is a regentrying area and our former location on 106 St has made way for a new co-op. In response to this wonderul upscale development, we have moved outr location and opened it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please make an appointment for any service you require. Please make an appointment right here on our website or better yet call the store at 718-446-6769. Making an appointment is a time saving tool for your busy schedule and its the future of auto repair. Of course, we will always be available when ...[more]

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