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Steering and Suspension Maintenance (Part 2)

August 12th, 2016

This is part two of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on Steering and Suspension Maintenance. Click here for part one.

Signs of a faltering steering and suspension system include:

Steering problems

Inspections should be done to check shocks for leaks, cracks, and any other kind of damage. Look for vehicle bounce and sway when navigating corners and when breaking. When the car seems to bounce a lot, the shock absorbers may be worn out or leaking.

Problems with steering and suspension often cause an inflexible steering wheel. Whenever you find that it is getting difficult for you to turn the steering, check for causes such as low tire pressure, wheels are out of alignment, the power steering drive belt is bro ...[more]

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The importance of tire rotation (Part 1)

August 3rd, 2016



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to schedule your tire rotation at 106St Tire & Wheel.

Tires should be rotated often, 3,000 to 5,000 miles whether or not they show obvious signs of wear. Tire rotation is best performed while your vehicle is off the ground, so you can have it done during oil changes. With your vehicle on the lift your tires can be inspected for damage and uneven wear, pressure and also the treads can be cleaned by removing stones and debris.

The tires on the front axle of your vehicle accomplish very different tasks than the tires on the rear axle. Tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle are responsible for steering and cornering and are more prone to wearing than those on a rear wheel drive vehicle. 

Signs that your vehicle needs tire rotation

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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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Cheap Windshield Wipers Vs More Costly Wipers FAQ

April 7th, 2016

:Are pricey windshield wiper replacements better than cheap ones?

Like anything else, prices of windshield wiper replacements vary by size, style, quality, brand, etc. Are there suggested styles and types that can service you better?

There are 3 basic types of windshield wipers:

1: frame type:this is the most common type and it uses metal framework to support the wiper. This is the most widely used and most affordable style of wiper.

2: winter wiper:this type has a rubber shell around the framework to keep it from collect ...[more]

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Part 2: Conditioning Leather Seats

April 6th, 2016

Clean, Rub and Buff with a Good Quality Product (part 2)

Conditioning leather: choose a water-based, pH neutral conditioner. Don't skimp here! Purchase ahigh-quality leather conditioner that does not contain silicone, petroleum distillates or waxes. The purpose of using a leather conditioner is to replenish the natural oils; choose one with top-quality ingredients. Cheaper leather conditioners may leave have a greasy finish.

Perform a spot test!!! (see part 1 from yesterday; do not take a chance ruining your leather or any part of your car!) Always spot check, check with your owner's manual and use less not more and be very cautious with perforated seat covers. Always follow the advice of the cleaning product manufacture and that of your owner's manual.

 Condition your seats. ...[more]

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DIY Cleaning of Leather Seats-part 1

April 5th, 2016

Professional tips for do-it-yourselfers! Part I

Caution: please spot test all products used on exterior and interior of your car. These days, many products are imported and you may be tempted to use them because of price factors and company claims. However, a spot test (use a spot that is hidden somewhere and not the middle of your hood or truck, the back of seats, somewhere that is not noticeable, please?) prevents ruining your paint job and surfaces.

Does you car have perforated areas? Is there stitching in your upholstery? Use great caution about NOT getting water, cleanser or conditioner into the holes left by stitches in your leather, sewing puts holes in whatever is

stitched. Always check with your owner's manual for manufacturer's suggestions before you clean or apply any products. Usually ...[more]

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Wheel Damage to Steel & Alloy Wheels

April 4th, 2016

Ouch!!! You hit a curb or one of Queens infamous potholes and blew a tire. You get a new tire and get it balanced but something doesn't feel right…a slight shimmy, a vibration or maybe even a more-pronounced wobble. 

Sounds like there is a good chance you have a damaged the rim. If you’ve been pricing wheels recently, you know they can be pricy ranging from between $400 and $1000 for a replacement.

Come to 106 St Tire & Wheel as we offer a full range of comprehensive wheel and rim repair services and the good news? Most rims are repairable!

Here's what we can do to help you:

  • Re-true a warped, cracked or bent wheel ...[more]
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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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NYC Drivers THINK BRAKES More Often...WHY? READ THIS!

March 29th, 2016

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]

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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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