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I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Advice on Buying New Tires

I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every Falconer driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all New York seasons.Falconer off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around New York? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle ... read more

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Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in Falconer

Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in Falconer

A lot of people get custom wheels in Falconer. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that. Consulting your I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your Falconer driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub.If you don't want to make any modifications to your vehicle, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some people in Falconer like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift.Also, most Falconer drivers don't realize that you need to keep the rolling di ... read more

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Falconer, New York Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in New York, Falconer residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for New York winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Falconer residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold New York winters.There are some specific things Falconer drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service in Falconer. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to h ... read more

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Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in Falconer, New York

Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in Falconer, New York

Everyone in Falconer, New York eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in Falconer, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process.One category is often referred to as "summer tires". Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Their tread design is optimized for traction on dry roads around New York and they're also able to effectively displace water on rainy roads.So if you live where its summer all year round, these tires will work well for you. If you like maximum performance in warm weather, but still live where it gets cold and snowy, you'll want to change your summer tires for winter tires as the weather starts to change.There's a range of tires within the winter tire category. If you live where there's a lo ... read more

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Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.Buying tires at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service in Falconer is a lot like buying shoes, except that Falconer vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires ar ... read more

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Automotive Tips from I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Repair or Replace? That’s a question Falconer drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be repaired. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your friendly and professional I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced - and then help you get back on the roads around Falconer.Give us a call.I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service1739 Lindquist DriveFalconer, New York 1473371

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The I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Guide to Tire Specs

The I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Falconer service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many Falconer drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for Falconer tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher number and high perfo ... read more

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Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service

A lot of us Falconer drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We're picky about color and body style. We'll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for New York motorists to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels.Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom wheels can add personality, style or sass to a vehicle. Many of these customizations involve getting a bigger wheel.Fifteen or 16-inch wheels used to be the factory standard, but today, because a lot of Falconer drivers like the look of larger wheels, many vehicles are available with 17 or 18-inch wheels. Optional wheel packages of 20 inches or more are also available in Falconer.If you want to upsize the wheels on your current vehicle, however, you should know it's not a do-it-yourself project. There are factors involved in ensuring your wheel change doesn't jeopardize the safety of your vehicle.First of all, you need to understand rolling diameter. The ro ... read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for Falconer vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Falconer, New York. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Falconer vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy ... read more

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Tire Tread Depth for Falconer, New York Drivers

Tire Tread Depth for Falconer, New York Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service; (just call 716-665-2501) to find out what your requirements are in the Falconer, New York, area.Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there's just 2/32 inch/1.6 mm of tread left. But does that older standard give Falconer vehicles enough safety?Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32 inch/3.2 mm. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. Now before we go i ... read more

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