Clear The Air: Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

2018-05-16 08:29:31

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The cabin air filter, once only found in luxury vehicles, is now an important part of the majority of late-model cars. Air that enters the inside of the car though the ventilation, heating, and AC systems passes through the cabin air filter (or filters, depending on the vehicle). The filter captures various airborne particles such as pollen and dust through mechanical means, and a layer of charcoal helps eliminate odors.

How Often Should I Replace It?

Many auto owners wonder how often their cabin air filter should be replaced. Most manufacturers recommend replacement every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, however, the air quality where you live is also a consideration. More pollution requires more frequent replacement of this filter, but that doesn't mean that only drivers in smoggy cities need to review the filter more frequently. Dusty environments, such as desert or farmland, will also cause the filter to clog faster.

Signs Your Filter Needs To Be Replaced

One signal that your cabin air filter needs to be replaced is a reduction in the air flow from your heating or air conditioning system. If you turn up the fan and hear a lot of noise without a lot of air flow, chances are that the filter needs to be changed. An unpleasant odor is another telltale tip-off that the cabin air filter has reached the end of its usefulness (or a lingering reminder that you drove the soccer carpool yesterday).

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we can quickly do a cabin air filter replacement if needed. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment or just stop by. Thanks for visiting our blog.

Have To Park On The Street?

2018-05-09 08:08:17

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Garages are great for those motorists lucky enough to have them. We use them to store old athletic equipment, Christmas decorations, bikes, and some folks even manage to park their cars in them! However, not all drivers have the option of parking in a garage. Street parking can leave your car vulnerable to the natural elements, thieves, and other vehicles. Thankfully, there are many ways you can safeguard your vehicle, truck, or van from these dangers.

To limit the effects of the elements, carports and car covers are effective options. Carports will shield your car from direct sunlight as well as hail, and if you live where it snows the carport will save you time since you won't have to scrape your windows every day. For homeowners, or those with generous landlords, having a carport can be a valuable advantage. Consider this when comparing places to rent.

A car cover is an option for those who are forced to park their vehicle on the street or in an unprotected lot. The cover will provide protection from the weather and will even help keep the vehicle clean! Plus, a cover can serve as a deterrent to thieves since they can't see the interior of the automobile, and the time it takes to detach the cover makes being caught more likely. If you are interested in a car cover, visit us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair and we can help you select the best type for your model of vehicle.

Paying a little more attention to where and how you park will also help protect your vehicle. Park as close as possible to your home at night and look for well-lit areas. During the day, try to park in shaded areas to curtail sun exposure on your vehicle. And remember that wherever and whenever you park, give yourself sufficient room between automobiles to avoid door dings and the like.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we offer another kind of important protection for your automotive investment: quality scheduled auto maintenance. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment for your next service. Not sure of your automaker's recommended service schedule? No worries. We will advise you on the optimal service intervals even if you haven't observed them in the past. Let's get you back on track.

Car Insurance: Who Decides How Much You Pay?

2018-05-02 08:10:44

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Getting the best deal on vehicle insurance is an issue for every driver. With the internet, it is fairly effortless to compare rates between companies. But how exactly are those rates determined? It turns out that a variety of factors play into what amount you'll end up paying each month.

Driving Record

It should come as no surprise that your past driving record is a major aspect of your insurance rate. Speeding tickets and past insurance claims are all on record and are accessed by insurance companies. It really does pay to make car safety and responsible driving a priority!

Your Vehicle

The value of your automobile, as well as the cost to fix it (or even replace it), will affect your insurance rate. This can be important when you are car shopping because cars that have high scores in crash tests will usually qualify for lower rates. And if you are upgrading to a newer vehicle, remember to budget for the increase in your insurance you'll experience, not just the monthly car loan payment.


Less time on the road means less chance of a crash. That's why you'll be asked to estimate your annual mileage when you apply for insurance. It's also an incredible reason to look for opportunities to ride share and combine automobile trips.

Location, Location, Location

Where you live and drive is going to impact your insurance rates. If you are in an area where automobiles are often stolen and auto insurance claims are high, you will have to pay more to insure your auto.

Mind The Gap

If you've had gaps in your insurance coverage, you are considered riskier to insure. Men and women should avoid having any lapses in their insurance, even if they are small.

Comparing insurance rates is a beneficial thing to do when you are looking to save a little money. And now that you understand how your rate is determined by these companies, you can make changes that will result in savings.

In the unfortunate event that you have a collision, call us at 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment. We do auto insurance repairs.

Fun Quiz For New Drivers

2018-04-25 08:35:37

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Today's message contains a quiz for brand new drivers. You’ve had your learner’s permit long enough, you’ve passed the written test, and you’ve even made it through the high-pressure practical exam. You are a driver! But your driver’s education isn’t over yet. Let’s see how you do on this quiz of vital automobile knowledge.

How do I find out if I have enough oil?

A. Climb under the vehicle and find the oil pan.
B. Open the automobile’s hood, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, then put it back in the tube all of the way. Now the dipstick will show how full the oil is using the markings on the end.
C. Look at the oil monitor on the dash display.

Answer: B and C
While many newer automobiles have electronic oil monitors that display oil levels, it’s still a good idea to know how to check oil the old-fashioned way. Because no matter what car you are driving, oil is its lifeblood and you don’t want to be caught a pint short.

My tires look a little low. How do I check the air pressure?

A. Just give them a good kick! You’ll feel if they’re low.
B. You only need to worry if you can visually see that the pressure is low.
C. Remove the valve cap from the tire and place a pressure gauge on the valve until and press until the hissing sound goes away. The gauge should then have a pressure reading.

Answer: C
The simple task of keeping your tires in the pressure range recommended can save you money by improving fuel economy. It also keeps you safe since tire traction depends on pressure.

How often do I need routine service?

A. Check the owner’s manual for an auto maintenance schedule.
B. Wait until the check engine light comes on.
C. Take the car in once a year for maintenance.

Answer: A
Keeping up with regular oil changes and maintenance on your car will save you a lot of money in the long run. It will also keep your car running safe and you will avoid dangerous and costly breakdowns.

What do I do if the check engine light comes on?

A. Do nothing because it’s usually something trivial.
B. Check the owner's manual to see what the light signals.
C. Take the car to the dealership ASAP!

Answer: B
Check engine lights can shine steady or flicker on and off. Your owners manual should explain what the different signals mean. It may be something as simple as a loose gas cap or it might indicate a more serious problem that will need to be dealt with by a mechanic.

Where can I find a trusted automotive repair center in Falconer?

A. At 1739 Lindquist Drive.
B. Call 716-665-2501 for an appointment.
C. Visit

Answer: All of the above. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer, we look forward to serving you.

Automotive Safety: A Success Story

2018-04-18 08:33:30

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The first auto fatality that was documented in the US was in 1899. An electric taxicab hit a man who was exiting a trolley car in New York City. In the over one hundred years that have followed, automobile manufacturers along with the government have worked together to make automobiles safer for everyone.

We can all appreciate the fact that these efforts have paid off! Cars are safer today than they have ever been. Vehicle fatalities continue to fall.

If the fatality rate (per capita) was the same in 2011 as it was in 1962, there would have been 150,000 more deaths. But because the industry works to make its autos as safe as possible, lives are saved every single day.

Here are some of the safety breakthroughs that are now commonplace.

Three-point Seat Belt

This is arguably the most important safety feature in your vehicle. Introduced by Volvo in 1959, the three-point safety belt keeps you inside of the car in the event of an accident. This greatly reduces the chance of injury and even death.


Tires might be the last thing you consider for vehicle safety, but today's radial tires have rows of cord piles that reinforce the structure. This makes them much more reliable. Tread pattern studies have also led to better handling and braking for cars.

Safety Glass

Putting a layer of thin plastic inside of glass helps the glass stay in one piece if it is broken. And if it happens to break apart, pieces of the laminated safety glass are less likely to have sharp edges. As a bonus, safety glass blocks more UV rays than regular glass and keeps your vehicle quieter.


Airbags are designed to deploy in the event of a moderate to severe crash. Their priority is to protect the head and chest from colliding with the dashboard or steering wheel. It is estimated that airbags saved 45,000 lives from 1987 to 2015.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we are dedicated to auto safety. Scheduled preventative services will protect you and your family. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment for your next service.

What Truckers Wish We Would Stop Doing

2018-04-11 08:44:18

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Did you know that more than 80% of the towns in our country have EVERYTHING trucked in? Though these communities don't produce any goods of their own—they can buy the same goods as people in large industrial centers. They have dedicated long-haul truck drivers to thank. 

There are over three million men and women who work in the trucking industry. They serve a critical role in our economy—transporting products from place to place.

It can be grueling work. And it can be a very thankless job.

One difficult thing about being a truck driver is dealing with unsafe driving behavior on the nation's streets and highways. Let's look at some of the driving behaviors truckers wish other drivers would stop doing.

Not Leaving A Safe Following Distance

Truck drivers leave several car lengths in front of them so they have a safe slowing/stopping distance. They wish we all understood that the space in front of them is not an invitation for cars to pull in front.

"A normal passenger vehicle such as a car or small pickup truck will normally take approximately 316 feet to come to a complete stop after recognizing the need to stop. In comparison, a semi truck takes about 525 feet before it comes to a complete stop after recognizing the need to stop."

Switching Lanes Without Using A Blinker

Using a blinker helps everyone on the road know what you are doing. It takes a lot longer to slow down an 80,000-pound rolling juggernaut, so make sure the driver knows that you are changing lanes.

Using A Cell Phone While Driving

No one admits to playing on their phones while they drive. But truckers know better. They are up high with a clear view down into vehicles. They see drivers texting and playing games on their phone all the time. When are we going to learn???!!

Not Giving Them Respect

Some truckers say they are treated disrespectfully by men and women they encounter along the way. This is a shame. ATA President Chris Spear sums it up:

“These men and women are safety-minded professionals who deserve our respect and praise. We’re fortunate that truck drivers have dedicated their careers to delivering critical goods like medicine, food and school books.American Trucking Association President and CEO Chris Spear

The service team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair recognizes the dedicated road warriors who make our abundant lifestyle possible.

Safe driving and quality automotive service go hand in hand. If your "small rig" (foreign or domestic passenger car or truck) needs service, call us at 716-665-2501 for an appointment.

What Does It Take To Be An Automotive Technician?

2018-04-04 01:18:40

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Are you interested in a position as an automotive mechanic? Do you have what it takes?

Automotive Service Excellence

First off, you need to earn the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. The rigorous ASE course is a respected industry diploma and demonstrates the skill level you have achieved. The ASE program is organized by vehicle type (cars, trucks, buses) and automotive systems. The ASE Core 8 is divided into categories as follows:

A1 Engine Repair
A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles
A4 Suspension and Steering
A5 Brakes
A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems
A7 Heating and Air Conditioning*
A8 Engine Performance

*These qualifications differ per variety of vehicle; most school buses don't have air conditioning, for example.

ASE Master’s Certification

Once you’ve mastered the above mentioned instruction, you are then eligible to take the ASE Masters Certification for automotive technicians. Having your Masters Certification may be a requirement for working at some service centers If it isn't required, it will allow you to command a higher wage, however. To retain the certification, techs need to get re-certified every five years.

After the Core 8 and ASE Masters credentials, a technician can train and receive extra certifications. The ASE currently has 40 Secondary Certifications that cover areas such as diesel engines, hybrid/electric vehicles, and alternate fuels.

The more schooling you have, the more desirable you are to potential employers.

Mechanic or Programmer?

Keep in mind that today's mechanics need to use sophisticated and rapidly-advancing automotive computer systems for diagnosis and repair. They often consult an iPad before ever looking under the hood. The term "mechanic" is becoming less and less descriptive as technicians do more and more software programming.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, a trusted auto service center in Falconer, we employ experienced service professionals because your car deserves the very best.

What Do You Think? Which State Has The Worst Drivers?

2018-03-28 22:03:02

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If you brave the Jamestown commute, you perhaps think all the incapable drivers in the country live right here in New York. Whether they pull out in front of you and then slow down, ride your rear bumper for miles, ignore a red light or (gulp!) text—the driving behavior taking place on our nation's roads puts us all at risk.

The data wizards at the tech firm Smart Asset used the following metrics to establish the top ten:1

  • Total number of drivers
  • Number of DUI arrests
  • Deaths per thousand drivers
  • Percentage of insured drivers
  • Number of Google searches about "speeding tickets" and "traffic tickets"

Does your state make this hall of shame? Check the listing:

Number 10 is Nevada, the home of glittering Las Vegas surrounded by miles and miles of lonely interstates. If you drive to Las Vegas to gamble, the biggest risk you take may be on I-15.

Texas comes in at Number 9. There are YouTube channels devoted solely to recorded examples of inept driving in the Lone Star State.

Number 8 is Tennessee. A Nashville tourist website quips: "Traffic rules in Nashville can be summed up easily: Hold on and pray."2

Seemingly reserved Vermonters came in at Number 7? We were surprised also. This advice is from the Vermont DMV website: "Never underestimate the other driver's capacity for mayhem."7

Alabama captures the sixth spot. An Alabama Highway Safety site displays this grave statistic: "In their lifetime, typical drivers in Alabama have a greater than one-in-three chance of being in a crash involving injury or death."4

Number 5 and 4 are both in the northeast: Delaware and New Jersey respectively. Tragically, both rank high in fatal crashes.

Oklahoma places third overall and tops the roster for percentage of uninsured drivers.

We're staying down south with number 2: Mississippi. According to the Mississippi DMV, no drivers education course is needed to obtain a drivers license for residents over 15 years of age.5 Hmm...I wonder if they should reconsider that.

And the winner (or loser) is: Florida. The state has the second highest number of uninsured motorists and residents search Google for "traffic tickets" and "speeding tickets" more often than those of any other state. Florida driver Katie Smith is one of the country's many YouTube dashcam filmers who record incapable auto owners while traveling the streets of her home state. Her goal is to bring awareness to the problem of inept driving and hopefully encourage Florida drivers to shape up.6

Here is the list again:

  1. Florida
  2. Mississippi
  3. Oklahoma
  4. New Jersey
  5. Delaware
  6. Alabama
  7. Vermont
  8. Tennessee
  9. Texas
  10. Nevada

Be careful out there, fellow auto owners, and let I-86 Truck & Auto Repair expertly perform scheduled auto maintenance to keep your car in top shape so you'll have one less thing to worry about. The team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair wishes you safe travels - wherever you live.


4 Surprising Auto Insurance Benefits

2018-03-27 17:18:21

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If you have ever been involved in a crash, you probably reviewed your auto insurance coverage when you filed the claim. We all expect our car insurance policy to cover the cost of repairs, and in unfortunate cases where someone suffers an injury, hospital bills. Did you know, however, that many auto insurance carriers cover a whole lot more? Here are some overlooked benefits that your policy may cover.

Civil Mayhem

It seems like riots and protests are occurring more frequently around the country and at times during these events cars are damaged or even set on fire when things get out of hand. If your car has suffered damage due to protests or demonstrations, your auto insurance policy may help pay for repairs. After checking with your insurance agent, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to schedule an appointment for any necessary service.

Vet Bills

Some motorists take their dog or other pet with them everywhere they go. Since pets are rarely restrained, they can suffer injuries in a crash. If your pet has been involved in an accident that caused injuries, check with your agent. Some car insurance companies cover veterinary care.

Lost Wages

It's bad enough to get hurt in an accident, but if you miss some paychecks, it literally adds insult to injury. If you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP), your insurance company may reimburse you if you can't work while you recover.

Child Safety Seats

If you have an accident that damages your son or daughter's car seat, your policy may pay for a replacement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that child safety seats be replaced after a moderate or severe collision, even if there is no obvious damage. Visit for more details about safety seat replacement recommendations.

For information on whether your policy includes these benefits, contact your carrier. If it doesn't currently cover an item you are interested in, you may be able to add it to your policy.

If you file a claim for repairs, your insurance company may give you list of service centers to choose from—but don't assume that you can't use another automotive repair shop. If I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is not on the list, let us talk to your insurer. We provide the highest quality parts and service for insurance repairs and take the headache out of the process. We can be reached at 716-665-2501.

Smooth Operator: Your Car Suspension

2018-03-20 17:11:59

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Have you ever been driving a car and felt like you were gliding on clouds because the ride was so smooth? You can thank the suspension for that. And if you have been in an automobile that feels stiff and bumpy when you’re driving, then you can blame the suspension for that. Your car’s suspension plays an important role in how it drives. Let's review the most common varieties of car suspensions.

Control Arm Suspension

The control arm suspension is assembled with the shock in the middle of two wishbone shaped arms. The control arm suspension is one of the shorter suspension systems. Because it’s shorter than many other suspensions, it's a great option for sports cars that are low to the ground and don’t have much clearance.

Solid/Live Axle Suspension

The solid/live axle suspension can make for a rough ride because it connects to two wheels at once so if one wheel hits a bump, it affects the other one. This is called a dependent suspension because both wheels are depending on each other to try to absorb the jolt. Solid/live axle suspensions are starting to be replaced by independent rear suspensions (IRS) that give a smoother ride.

Multi-link Suspension

The multi-link suspension layout is one of the most complicated suspension systems. Multi-link suspensions have multiple parts that link together to optimize ride quality and to absorb any bumps. Because multi-link systems use more parts than most suspensions, they can be one of the more expensive options, but the benefits are considerable. Multi-link suspensions deliver easy braking, more balanced acceleration, and smoother turning.

Air Suspension

Last on today’s list is air suspension. Air suspension technology is being adopted by more carmakers and may someday replace traditional suspension systems. Air suspension uses airbag-like technology to fill and deflate when driving. These systems offer an extremely comfortable ride but they are still very costly. As of this writing, standard air suspension is only available on high-end luxury cars. Of course, if you want to add it to a car with another type of suspension, you can probably do it for several thousand dollars.

Automotive engineers come up with new varieties of suspension systems and components all the time. No matter what type of suspension you have in your car, regular maintenance is crucial for ensuring hundreds of miles of smooth performance. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair has trained skilled technicians that can expertly provide all of your suspension service and repair needs.