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10 Services Falconer Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Falconer. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Falconer residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service service advisor i ... read more

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Relax When the Wind Blows in New York: Winter Car Prep for Falconer Drivers

When autumn comes around in Falconer, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Falconer drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Falconer drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the New York winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of New York winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service in Falconer, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates t ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

Most Falconer folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Falconer market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line is ... read more

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Fall and Spring Inspection at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

Good vehicle care for us Falconer residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service in Falconer for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance ... read more

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Falconer Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Falconer drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Falconer drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Falconer?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero New York temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in New York?Do you drive often in dusty Falconer areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Falconer?Do you drive in very hot or very cold New York weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Falconer on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Falconer surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers a ... read more

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Budget for Maintenance in Falconer

Sometimes busy Falconer residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around New York in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Falconer residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Falconer drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's Falconer drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehicles, th ... read more

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I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All Falconer service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could f ... read more

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I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

New York service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Falconer drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service inspections: Falconer drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a New York summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may revea ... read more

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Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, New York folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most Falconer drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us New York penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Falconer vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed an ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service we get a lot of Falconer drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around New York, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Falconer drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Falconer to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.1739 Lindquist Drive Falconer, New York 14733 716-665-2501 The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all ... read more

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