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What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)

September 15th, 2016

What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)

Headlight restoration

Everyone wants their car running and looking perfect, but this is not always easy. Taking care of the small things in your car before they get out of hand is a good way of maintaining your vehicle. Essential things like washing the car, cleaning the interior, changing the oil and keeping up with the regular maintenance can ensure that the car remains in good shape always.

When washing your car, do you notice how the headlights look? Many vehicles have cloudy, hazy, discolored, and scratched headlights. This is very common, even with newer vehicles. Many people don't bother to wash and wax these parts because they never look good after all the effort.

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Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 3)

September 13th, 2016

Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 3)

This is part 3 of our series on using Nitrogen to inflate your tires.

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Drawbacks you can expect when using nitrogen inflation.

1. Regardless of its ability to stay put within the tire, nitrogen is s ...[more]

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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.

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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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Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 2)

September 8th, 2016

Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 2)

Please click here for part one of our series on nitrogen fill for your tires.

Benefits of Nitrogen tire inflation

1. Provides more consistent inflation.

As much as compressed air is still widely used, it is important to note that one of the most detrimental properties of oxygen is the permeability of its molecules. The rate at which oxygen seeps out of the tires causes them to lose up to 3PSI per month. Nitrogen has significantly larger molecules than oxygen, being as much as four times larger than oxygen molecules. 

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Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 1)

September 7th, 2016

Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 1)

Nitrogen has recently emerged as an ideal alternative for inflation of tires. As many drivers are switching from traditional air inflation, it is important to know exactly what gives nitrogen the edge over compressed air inflation and what this could mean for you.

Using Nitrogen to keep your tires inflated

·        You may wonder what the difference is filling with nitrogen since it already makes up about 78% of the air. Despite nitrogen being the main component of atmospheric air, it still contains oxygen and the noble gases. The noble gases are not really an issue here, but rather it is the lack of oxygen.

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Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 4)

September 6th, 2016

Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 4)
NOTE: This is part 4 of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on brake repair.

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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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Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 1)

August 31st, 2016

Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 1)

The state of New York has a vehicle inspection program meant to ensure that all vehicles registered within its boundaries satisfies the minimum set standards for safely operating on highways and public streets. When a car is purchased within the state, the dealer is liable for the inspection. It must be carried out within 30 days from date of sale and before it is delivered to the owner. In addition, vehicles are also subject to emissions inspection to control air pollution. These inspection are carried out together by a DMV certified inspector in any of the authorized the facilities.

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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.

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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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