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Steering and Suspension Maintenance (Part 1)

August 9th, 2016



Steering and suspension systems ensure balance and stability in your car so you and your passengers have a safe and comfortable ride. Your wheels should always firmly grip the road and preventing the car from skidding.

Improvements in steering and suspension systems, together with advanced tire designs and construction, have led to great safety and comfort in riding. However, this does not mean that regular inspection and maintenance is unnecessary.

Steering systems

There are two fundamental types of steering systems: standard mechanical and rack & pinion steering. Standard mechanical systems may or may not be power assisted but the rack & pinion system is always power assisted. Rack & pinion steering combines the steering box and center link into one unit allowing more precision. It makes steering more responsi ...[more]

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The Importance of Replacing the Air Filters in Your Car (Part 1)

August 8th, 2016



The Importance of Replacing the Air Filters in Your Car

Everyone knows how important car maintenance and oil changes are to vehicle performance. However, most people do not know the significant of replacing the air filters. You may be shocked to know the benefits your air filter brings and how it prevents engine problems from occurring. This small unit plays an important role in improving air quality. And for the filters to work properly, you need to take good care of them. 

According to various studies, exposure of passengers inside a vehicle to dangerous air pollutants is higher than that of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other public transfer riders. Increased exposure to pollutants can bring health problems. The pollutants can also irritate the nose, eyes, and respiratory systems. 

Your car engine relies on cl ...[more]

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Why wheel alignments are necessary (Part 3)

August 5th, 2016



This is part 3 of our series on the imprtance of regular wheel alignments. Click here for part 1, and click here for part 2.


Wheel alignments save on fuel cost. 

The contact between your car tires and the road usually produces friction even when you are driving in a straight line. This is what is commonly known as tires rolling resistance. One of the primary functions of the car engine is to reduce this resistance. The harder it is to reduce tire rolling resistance, the more fuel the engin ...[more]

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Everything you should know about wheel repair (Part 4)

August 4th, 2016



This is part 4 of our series on wheel repair. Click here for part 1, click here for part 2, and click here for part 3.

Don't forget, you can schedule an appointment for your wheel repair by clicking here.

Do repaired wheels add any value to a car that’s intended for sale?

Wheel repairs may or may not add value to a car that is intended for sale. The results depend of a lot of factors, such as age of the car, make and model, and of course, the type of wheels in ...[more]

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The importance of tire rotation (Part 1)

August 3rd, 2016



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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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Why wheel alignments are necessary (Part 2)

August 1st, 2016

 

This is part 2 of our series on the imprtance of regular wheel alignments. Click here for part 1.

Wheel alignments extends tire life. 

When your car has improperly aligned wheels, one you will notice premature wear and tear of the tires. For unaligned wheels, the tires tend to wear either on the edges or all over the tread. The tearing is usually uneven, and the tires are likely to make a noise when you are driving down the road.

As tire technology continues to advance, tires are becoming more and more expensive. If you are not careful with the wheels alignment of your car, then you might find yourself spending a fortune replacing your tires now and then.

Wheels alignmen ...[more]

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Why wheel alignments are necessary (Part 1)

July 29th, 2016



Five reasons why an annual wheel alignment check is necessary. 

If you are looking for a way to save cost and drive safely, then getting a wheel alignment is one of the car maintenance services you should consider at least every six months. Als you may know, driving conditions in New York are severe. While many people would only go for alignment if they happen to hit a cub or a pothole - and you certainsly should - research shows that the day to day use of a car affects alignment. Therefore, for cost saving, and safety purposes, this vehicle maintenance service is recommended at least twice in a year or after every 15000 miles.

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Everything you should know about wheel repair (Part 3)

July 28th, 2016



This is part two of our series on wheel repair. Click here for part one, and click here for part two.
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Everything you should know about wheel repair (Part 2)

July 27th, 2016



This is part two of our series on wheel repair. Click here for part one.

And click here to learn more about wheel reapirs at 106St Tire & Wheel and to schedule an appointment.

Is it possible to repair wheels that are not fixed to the car?

Most wheel repairers don’t have a problem accepting off-the-vehicle wheels, with or without tires. Whatever the case, it is important to book for such wheel beforehand, especially if you want a quick turnaround

Can split rims be repaired?

Generally, there are 2 types of rim wheel splits. The first one is known as a 3-piece rim split and it can be refurbished or repaired by fi ...[more]

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A Guide to Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (Part 3)

July 25th, 2016



Welcome to part 3 in our series on Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. For part 1, please click here, and for part 2, please click here.

Don't forget, you can schedule an appointment by clicking here.

Indirect Monitoring Systems

Indirect systems use the car’s anti-lock braking system’s wheel speed sensors to determine rotational speed of one tire and compare it with another on the same vehicle. If one of the tires has a lower pressure level, the circumference changes enough to roll at slightly more revolutions per mile than the other 3 tires. Re ...[more]

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