January 20, 2017

Services

Here at Zoladz Tire & Auto, we pride ourselves in providing excellent service in the areas below:

NY State Motor Vehicle Inspections

All vehicles registered in New York State must get a safety inspection at a DMV-licensed inspection station:

  • every 12 months.
  • when the ownership of the vehicle is transferred.

A valid inspection sticker must be displayed on your vehicle. If your vehicle does not have a valid inspection:

  • you cannot renew the registration.
  • you can receive a fine.
  • you can receive a parking ticket.

Most vehicles must also get an emissions inspection (or diesel emissions inspection) at the time of the safety inspection. Click here for full details


Brake Service & ABS Repair

Routine brake inspections and maintenance help to ensure that your vehicle’s brake system operates as designed at all times. Brakes work by applying friction to slow or stop the vehicle, and will wear down with use. Turning the rotors and drums extends their life and ensures even wear over time. When you change or rotate tires, it’s always a good idea to have your brakes inspected, too. For the best performance, your brake fluid should be flushed and replaced about every 30 months/30,000 miles or based on your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. Our service includes inspection of brake pads, rotors, shoes and hydraulics.


Tires & Repair

A Tire Technician is responsible for the dismounting, mounting and balancing of your tires. It’s a smart decision to rotate your tires approx. every 5,000 miles. As you drive, the road may wear one side of your car fast or more intensely than the other. Rotating your tires can ensure an even wear to your tires, increasing your vehicle’s, performance, and the expected life of the tires. It’s also a good idea to keep your tires filled to the appropriate tire pressure to ensure properly wear, and heating and cooling of the tire providing maximum traction and stability.


Steering & Suspension

Proper steering function is reliant on the quality and performance of your suspension components. Turning the steering wheel of your car seems simple, but a lot happens between your steering wheel and your car’s tires – this complex system relies on a number of processes in order to function properly. The stabilizer bar, also known as a sway bar, is an important component responsible for keeping your car from rolling over while turning. Whereas the shock absorber keeps the ride smooth, the stabilizer bar keeps the car upright when it is turning by spreading weight equally over the tires. The steering and suspension system is very intricate, so it’s important to have work done by a trusted technician. Typical steering and suspension services include wheel alignments, shock and strut repair and front and/or rear suspension repair. Steering & Suspension contribute to the overall quality of your ride, but are also integral to your vehicle’s safety. Keep up with regular maintenance and inspections, and make sure to address any problems right away. Inspections, routine maintenance and front end alignment services will keep your ride smooth and help your vehicle operate in top condition.


Alignment

Certified automotive technicians will use state-of-the-art computerized technology to measure the camber, caster and toe. Every wheel has camber, caster and toe angles – when they are correctly aligned, your car drives straight. When the camber, caster and toe angles are misaligned, wheel alignment problems can arise. Your vehicle can pull to the left or right or your tires can wear unevenly. Every 4-wheel alignment a includes inspection of your car’s front and rear steering and suspension components.


Batteries

Peace of mind starts with a healthy vehicle battery. A vehicle battery has many important functions, such as storing energy and providing power to the starter, ignition system, fuel system and pretty much every other electrical component during start-up. Plus, it provides power to all the electronic components when your vehicle isn’t running. Regular battery maintenance or an auto battery replacement helps provide your vehicle with long-lasting life, keeping all these components clicking, blinking, honking and shining, even in the harshest weather.


Oil Changes & Lube

An Oil Change is comprehensive preventive maintenance check used to change, inspect, flush, fill and clean essential systems and components of your vehicle. You can choose conventional, high mileage, synthetic blend or full synthetic oil. Changing your engine oil and filter regularly as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer is the single most important activity you can perform to help keep your vehicle healthy, ensure long, trouble-free engine life, and help you avoid breakdowns or costly repairs down the road.


Universal Joints

A U-joint is found in both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive cars. Although they are different in design, they have the same purpose of giving the drive train some flexibility. This is needed as all cars and trucks flex while in motion. U-joints are found on each of the ends of the rear drive shaft, whereas CV-joints are found on front wheel drive cars. Each allows the drive shaft to rotate as the differential moves in relation to the rest of the drive train mounted on the chassis. The U-joint functions to save wear and tear on your vehicle’s transmission. Failure to have a universal joint replacement done when needed can lead to substantial damage to your car in the future.


Emissions Repair

One common indication of an emissions problem includes the illumination of your vehicle’s oil light and/or check engine light. Do not delay the repair of your vehicle’s emissions. Some states will not even allow you to drive your vehicle unless the emissions are up to state regulations. Continuing to drive a vehicle with faulty emissions has the potential to cause significant damage to your vehicle. Left unresolved, the faulty emissions could spiral into an even more expensive repair down the road. Once a technician pinpoints any flaws with your emissions system, they can explain exactly what the problem is and perform any necessary exhaust repairs.


Shocks & Struts

Your vehicle’s suspension system serves two primary puposes – managing road holding and handling and thereby the safety of your vehicle as it maneuvers on the road and maxamizing driver and passenger comfort while minimizing bumps, vibrations and noise. Worn shocks adn struts can affect how your wheels touch the road, causing dangerous swaying, hydroplaning, deteriorated performance and compromised road handling and holding. Your suspension system helps you stay in control when you’re on the road.


Wheel Bearing

Wheel bearings enable wheels on a car to spin freely and stay secured to the car. Cars have four wheel bearings, one located at each wheel. While a wheel bearing must support its share of the vehicle’s weight, it must also maintain perfect radial alignment with the axle. The instant it does not, the rotor pushes the caliper pistons into their bores and drags against the pads. If the wheel bearings wear out, you will feel the wheels and steering wheel shake. Do not drive the car in these conditions and have your car checked-out as soon as possible by a professional mechanic.


Tune Ups

Your engine uses a series of interconnected components to deliver a spark, send fuel, and push airflow into the engine. If the controlling components wear out and fail to provide those three necessary elements, your engine will not properly complete the combustion cycle. Even when your engine is working properly, automotive components can slowly start to wear down to lower performance levels. Regular engine tune-ups bring power and efficiency back to your car. After a tune-up you may discover that your engine starts easier, runs smoother, and is more efficient. A regular engine tune-up will lower emissions, improve fuel economy and restore lost power.


Cooling System Repair & Service

Your vehicle’s cooling system helps cool down important components in the engine bay that heat-up as you drive your car. If you do not have your vehicle’s cooling system serviced on a regular basis, you run the risk of overheating your engine or having a vehicle that won’t start at all due to frozen engine fluids. A vehicle with a properly working cooling system will circulate coolant throughout the radiator and engine, reducing the vehicle’s engine temperature to protect it from damage caused by heat. If the cooling system does not function properly, critical engine parts can fail.


Factory Scheduled Maintenance

Factory recommended maintenance schedules can help extend the life of your car and prevent high-cost auto repairs. Don’t stall when it comes to scheduling the routine maintenance of your car. Checking tire pressure, alignment, stability, oil lights, brakes and engine can keep you aware of the status of your car’s health and what potential problems a trained technician may forsee – and the early steps you can take to resolve these issues.


Belts & Hoses

Think of the belts under your hood like the chain on a bicycle transferring energy to where it’s needed. Your vehicle’s hoses are like arteries, responsible for carrying life-sustaining coolant to the places that need it. Without proper maintenance, your engine could overheat and the risk of a breakdown becomes very real. Belts and hoses degrade over time and can crack, split, swell or burst. It is important to check them at the regular intervals recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer to avoid a breakdown from a broken belt or hose failure. A system is only as good as its weakest link and hoses are a vital cooling system component requiring regular service.