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Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Falconer?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Falconer?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in New York – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in New York.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 1739 Lindquist Drive, Falconer, New York 14733You can reach us by phone at: 716-665-2501 There are reports that 1 in 25 airb ... read more

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Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Falconer car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Falconer, New York, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart Falconer drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for Falconer residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Falconer drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to av ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Falconer

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Falconer

There's a segment of the Falconer area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in Falconer have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major rep ... read more

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Keep Your Falconer Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Falconer - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in New York affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around Falconer or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a c ... read more

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Busting Automotive Myths in Falconer, New York

Myths passed around our Falconer, New York community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Falconer area, come over to I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some ... read more

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I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Falconer, New York, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around New York in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Falconer residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Falconer, New York, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of wor ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Falconer people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate. A lot of Falconer motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their sedans for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so. There are plenty of Falconer drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own sedans on the road in New York. Falconer drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. ... read more

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Finding Vehicle Recall Information From Falconer

No matter how well they’re made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice to Falconer residents and to fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car in Falconer and elsewhere until the work is done. These recalls always affect safety, so you need to take them seriously. It’s really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches. Recalls are pretty s ... read more

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Gas Savings in Falconer: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Falconer increase the cost of living for New York drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Falconer vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to New York news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Falconer vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Falconer folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have go ... read more

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Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's cars and trucks are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most folks don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become. Fluids like, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and miles march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your ... read more

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