Your vehicle’s engine relies on three things to be able to run – air, fuel, and spark. The air that enters the engine’s fuel system has to be clean and free of tiny particulates like grit, dust, pollen and sand. Were these particles to enter the engine, they would soon cause wear and damage.
Prior to the 1960s, engines used an oil bath filter where air would enter the system and be directed across a sump of oil; hopefully, particles would be trapped in the surface of the oil. Oil bath air filters were messy and inefficient and were replaced by a paper element filter in the early 60s. Paper air filters draw air past a pleated paper element, not unlike the intake filter in your home’s A/C system.
So how often does the filter need to be changed?
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?
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]
Are you driving merrily along until some maintenance issue is thrust upon you at the most inconvenient moment? For example, you're in bumper to bumper traffic and you step on your brakes and they aren't there?
That's one heck of a place for that to happen. We hope you are a member of AAA because it will be unsafe to continue to drive and you will need to be towed.
Really, most of these kinds of mechanical failures can be avoided and 106 St Tire & Wheel is here to help you do you that with lots of FREE services to avoid the inconvenience and dangers of the situation above. We offer free brake inspections.
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]
Sure, gas is cheap now....but will it always be that way? Emissions and green house gases are a factor in climate change. Could you use a few extra bucks in your pocket at the holiday season? With more drivers on the road at the holidays, 106 St Tire has to caution you that increased traffic, a faster pace and poor tire performance could cause some serious issues...these factors could contribute to an accident.
Queens 106 St. Tire & Wheel, Inc is continuing its innovative role as a community educator by supplying information about gasoline prices, how to save money on gas and using better judgment while driving to improve gas mileage and driver and passenger safety. It’s also adding a host of free services to customers.
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Our state of the art wheel alignment center is now located on Northern Blvd at 105-08 Northern Blvd.
This picture gives the one picture worth a thoudand words view of where our new alignment center is...
not even a half a block away from previous location...and you were worried? :o)
This new facility is our second Northern Blvd location joining our iconic tire and wheel repair location
on the corner of 106 St and Northern Blvd at 106-01 Northern where we have served the community
for decades. As you can see the new wheel alignment center is just feet away from the old one and
its brand new.
As snowy weather and winter become a distant memory, let 106 St. Tire and Wheel in Queens, NY assist you in preparing for sunny days and summer nights. Use these simple auto repair tips to improve vehicle reliability and performance to ensure you aren’t stuck in the heat! At 106 St. Tire and Wheel we understand gradual upkeep over time will save both time and money in the long run of your vehicle. This being said, drivers in Queens, NY area are encouraged to stop in for check-ups and routine auto repair regularly. Between visits, keep these tips in mind: