We are one of the leading auto repair shops serving customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas. All automotive repair and mechanic services at West Shore Tires & Auto Center are performed by highly qualified mechanics. Our mechanic shop works on numerous vehicles with the use of quality truck and car repair equipment. Whether you drive a passenger car, medium sized truck, mini-van, or SUV, our mechanics strive to ensure that your vehicle will be performing at its best before leaving one of our service bays. Our auto repair shop is capable of servicing a variety of makes and models. Our superior standards show that our mechanics always have the best interests of our customers in mind. Looking for a one-stop automotive repair shop? Look no further than us, and allow our mechanics to give you a reliable estimate of any automotive repair issue you might be facing. Our number one goal has always been complete satisfaction for customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas. Our car repair shop has a longstanding reputation for quality repairs. Whether you need routine auto maintenance services or necessary car repairs, contact us online or visit us during business hours.
Belts & Hoses
Your vehicle's belts and hoses are involved in processes within the cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system, and engine. These belts and hoses play crucial roles in functional operations inside your vehicle. The heater hose and radiator hose carry liquid coolant to and from the engine, radiator, and heater core. The timing belt is responsible for maintaining engine precision by synchronizing the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft, which move the engine's valves and pistons. However, not all vehicles contain timing belts. In place of timing belts, some vehicles use timing chains. On the outside of the engine, the serpentine belt transmits power from the front of the engine to other systems in the vehicle, like the air conditioning system and charging system. Some factors that contribute to wear and tear on your belts and hoses include vehicle age, mileage, belt tension, hose clamp failure, electrochemical degradation, and oil contamination. In the long run, routine maintenance and replacements of your vehicle's belts and hoses will prevent breakdowns and costly repairs.
Benefits of Belts & Hoses
When compared to other components in your car, belts and hoses have one of the shortest life spans.
These items are constantly exposed to engine heat, vehicle vibrations, and harmful chemicals, which all have the potential to cause cracks and leaks. Some symptoms to be aware of for belts and hoses nearing failure include squeaking, screeching, or grinding noises that begin when starting your engine or appear during vehicle operation. It's worth noting that grinding sounds near belts are usually associated with a bad pulley bearing rather than the belt itself, as the pulley bearing may freeze up and ultimately lead to a belt replacement. Other symptoms of a bad belt or hose include loss of power, leaking coolant or other fluids, illuminated dashboard lights, rising steam from the engine, and air conditioning failure. While routine maintenance of belts and hoses is always important, summertime is an especially important season to keep an eye under the hood due to increased temperatures, which will accelerate deterioration of the rubber components. Since belts and hoses can be difficult to inspect visually, be sure to follow your manufacturer's recommendations for scheduled maintenance.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Belts & Hoses needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Heater Hose Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind heater hose replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Heater hoses play a crucial role in a vehicle's heating system, which operates in conjunction with the cooling system. Running engines produce a tremendous amount of heat that will need to be transferred away from the engine in order to prevent overheating and subsequent breakdowns. Heater hoses are responsible for carrying coolant to prevent overheating. Coolant or antifreeze flows through the engine, absorbs the excess heat, and carries the heat away from the engine. More specifically, heater hoses are responsible for transferring coolant away from the engine to the heater core, where the warm air can be blown inside the compartment of your vehicle by engaging the adjacent fan. Heater fans blow through the heater core to heat the vehicle and cool the antifreeze inside of it. The hoses transfer the coolant back into the path of the cooling system at a lower temperature so the coolant can continue to regulate consistent temperatures inside the engine.
Why should you have heater hose replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Made of durable rubber, heater hoses are built to sustain the hot coolant that is carried from the engine to the heater core. Poor climate control is a sign of problems with your vehicle's hoses. When your heater hoses near the end of their useful life, they will become hard and brittle or soft and mushy. If they crack, the coolant will leak and pool underneath your vehicle. When this happens, allow a member of our service staff to replace your heater hoses. A leaky hose means your heating system will not effectively heat your vehicle, and your cooling system will not have a proper supply of coolant. Leaky heater hoses can result in your engine overheating. As such, we encourage you to periodically inspect your heater hoses to determine the correct time to replace them. We proudly service the Heater Hose Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Radiator Hose Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The Basics Behind Radiator Hose Replacement Services at West Shore Tires & Auto Center
Your car or truck's radiator hoses, which connect the engine to the radiator, are important components that maintain consistent internal engine temperatures. The upper hose connects to the top of the engine, while the lower hose connects to the bottom. Coolant flows through the engine to cool internal temperatures and works with the hoses. Radiator hoses carry hot coolant away from the engine and into the radiator, a large tank with small channels where the coolant flows to dissipate heat. Radiator fans, which are located behind the radiator, help cool the antifreeze or coolant once it enters. The radiator hoses also carry the coolant back into the engine to absorb the heat created during the combustion process. Once the engine reaches operating temperatures, the hot coolant cycles back to the radiator where it is cooled again. Because the engine can reach extreme temperatures, the coolant is often extremely hot. Over time, hot coolant can cause radiator hoses to deteriorate from the inside out.
Why should you have radiator hose replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Replacing your radiator hoses is one way to minimize the chance of engine failure and breakdowns. A visual inspection of your hoses can help you determine the proper time to replace them. Cracks, bulges, and hardened hoses are all signs that your radiator hoses are nearing the end of their useful life. Poor heating system performance also indicates a problem with your hoses. Heat, vibrations, and corrosion are all contributing factors to bad radiator hoses. A coolant leak in either green, red, or yellow liquid is another warning sign of a cracked or corroded radiator hose that should be replaced. Bad hoses can cause serious engine damage through an overheating engine or catastrophic failure. At the first sign of a bad radiator hose, be sure to contact our service staff to have your radiator hose replaced. We proudly service the Radiator Hose Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Serpentine Belt Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind serpentine belt replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
As the timing belt synchronizes engine processes, the serpentine belt powers peripheral processes in the engine compartment, like the power steering pump, water pump, cooling fan, air conditioner, and alternator. The serpentine belt receives its name from the snake-like path it takes through the various steering and electrical components it powers. Belt tension also plays an important role in serpentine belt maintenance. A properly tensioned belt helps promote long belt life while ensuring that all components are not overloaded or strained during operation. Serpentine belts are tough, built to sustain years of continued and heavy use, but they do have a natural life projected by every manufacturer. Periodic inspections of your serpentine belt will help prevent breakdowns, though replacing your serpentine belt is a natural part of overall car maintenance. If you suspect trouble with your serpentine belt, please give us a call or contact us for assistance.
Why should you have serpentine belt replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Because your serpentine belt powers varying processes in the front of your engine, failure of the belt will result in failure of the other processes. If the serpentine belt fails to power the water pump, an important part of the cooling system, your engine could overheat and break down. Steering would also be impossible without a fully functioning belt. Regular inspections can keep your serpentine belt operating as intended. Visual inspections are the best way to detect early signs of serpentine belt issues, like frays and cracks. Trouble turning or steering at low speeds is another sign of possible belt failure. A loose belt can result in overheating, engine noise, or a dead battery. Manufacturers advise adhering to specific maintenance intervals for scheduling a serpentine belt replacement. When it's time to replace your serpentine belt, just give us a call or contact us online. We proudly service the Serpentine Belt Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Timing Belt Replacement
Approx. Time: 180 Minutes.
The basics behind timing belt replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
The timing belt, or timing chain in some vehicles, is a drive belt that synchronizes the rotation of the engine's crankshaft and camshaft with the opening and closing of your engine's valves. Depending on the vehicle, it may also rotate the water pump. When the crankshaft turns, the timing belt turns the camshaft, which opens and closes the engine valves to allow the pistons to move up and down. Your vehicle's engine operates in four phases: intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust. During the intake phase, intake valves open and exhaust valves close as fuel and air enter the cylinders. As the air and fuel is mixed, compressed, and ignited by spark plugs during the compression and combustion phases, the valves close. The remaining air and fuel is pushed out of the exhaust valve during the exhaust phase. The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing this process and for opening and closing valves during normal engine operation.
Why should you have timing belt replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Avoiding a timing belt replacement can result in complete engine failure. A worn or stretched belt can disrupt the operating order of the valves and pistons, which can result in a piston hitting a valve and damaging the engine. Timing belt failure warning signs include rough idling or difficulty starting the engine. Cracks on the belt, which is made of reinforced rubber, are an indication that it may soon break. Replacement of your timing belt will help keep your engine performing as it should and ensure you avoid expensive future repairs. During our replacement service, your belt will be replaced and synchronized with the crankshaft and camshaft to restore proper operating precision and order. It is widely recommended that you have your water pump changed during a timing belt replacement service as well. If your water pump fails later, it can do great damage to your vehicle. Since the water pump is easy to change during a timing belt replacement, consider having a new one installed at this time. Referring to your owner's manual will help determine the appropriate service intervals for timing belt maintenance. We proudly service the Timing Belt Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Vehicle inspections help to regulate proper vehicle maintenance. They also contribute to safe driving conditions. A vehicle inspection may be required annually before a driver renews vehicle registration, or during the sale and transfer of a vehicle. As a vehicle inspection station, we adhere to a specific set of guidelines that outline our inspection standards. These guidelines go over important inspection items and describe the inspection methods we follow when determining whether a vehicle is fit for the road or in need of maintenance. For each of our vehicle inspectors, the main priority is to ensure that the vehicle is both well-maintained and equipped for highway use. All of our vehicle inspections are performed in complete compliance with the regulations set forth by governing parties, and we may provide drivers with a full checklist of approved items after the service is complete.
Benefits of Vehicle Inspections
An inspection can identify potential vehicular problems early and save you time and money down the road as a result.
We are equipped to handle a variety of vehicle inspections. During every inspection, our service staff uses a series of quality checkpoints to determine whether your vehicle should be deemed safe for highway operation. If your vehicle happens to fail a quality checkpoint during the inspection process, you may be entitled to a retest depending on the guidelines that regulate vehicle inspections in your area. If you have questions about our vehicle inspection certification or licensing, or if you are ready to schedule an inspection, please contact us online or by phone.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Vehicle Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind emissions inspection services at west shore tires & auto center
Vehicle inspection requirements differ by state or province, but all are determined by an authoritative governing body in response to safety or environmental concerns. In particular, emissions inspections are engineered to solve air-quality problems and meet a state or province's goals for improvement. Because vehicles are a major source of pollution, many areas are trying to cut down on pollution as much as possible by requiring emissions inspections. These inspections help by serving as an effective means of protecting the environment and enhancing air quality. Because emissions inspections are required in many states or provinces, drivers can be fined for riding in a vehicle that either has not had or has failed to pass an emissions inspection. As such, motorists are encouraged to look up the emissions inspection laws of the state or province they reside in or plan to visit an emissions inspection station before they embark on a destination.
Why should you have emissions inspection services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
We have a knowledgeable staff available to perform a comprehensive emissions inspection on your vehicle. Emissions inspections help ensure that all vehicles driven on public roads produce safe levels of emissions that decrease environmental harm. The goal of our inspection is to preserve the ecosystem and improve air quality. Our emissions inspection requires an extensive investigation of several different parts of your vehicle to ensure that everything is up to code, including the amount of emissions produced, the gas tank and gas cap, and an overall visual inspection among other things. If any part of your vehicle fails our state or province's inspection regulations, the part will need to be replaced or repaired before the vehicle can be legally driven. When you need your vehicle inspected, contact us about our emissions inspection service. We proudly service the Emissions Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind insurance inspection services at west shore tires & auto center
Crime involving motor vehicles is a costly problem, and represents substantial profits for those succeeding in insurance fraud. Because of these profits and the potential for sizable fraudulent claims, many insurance companies require an insurance inspection before issuing an insurance policy on a new or pre-owned vehicle. Insurance inspections mandated by some insurance companies have proven to be a good tool and can help auto insurance companies control their costs and maintain competitive rates. Typically, insurance inspections become mandatory when an insurance company receives a request for coverage for a newly purchased vehicle or when a vehicle changes carriers. The driver seeking to be insured may be provided with a time frame for having the vehicle inspected, as well as a list of authorized insurance inspection facilities. Insurance inspections are designed to assess the physical condition of the vehicle and to prove that the vehicle actually exists.
Why should you have insurance inspection services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Vehicle insurance inspections typically involve the gathering of visual documentation to help prove that a vehicle is real along with the physical state of the vehicle. The general physical condition of the vehicle may also be noted with these photos. A photo is also taken of the vehicle identification number (VIN) that, depending on the vehicle, may be located a variety of locations. The options and accessories of the vehicle are also inspected and noted. This is most helpful when an insurance claim is submitted to repair a particular component of a vehicle. The insurance company can refer to the insurance inspection and verify that the vehicle was equipped with the particular component at the time the claim was filed. Another part of insurance inspections includes a reading of the mileage on a vehicle's odometer. The make, model, and year of the vehicle are also noted during an insurance inspection. These inspections can be conducted in a variety of ways, but the essential inspection components are the same. We proudly service the Insurance Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind safety inspection services at west shore tires & auto center
Vehicle safety inspection requirements are determined by the governing body of a state or province. 17 of the 50 states have an annual or biennial safety inspection, while two additional states require safety inspections only prior to registration or transfer of ownership, and a third state requires inspections for newly arrived vehicles that were previously registered in another state. Vehicle safety inspections are a way to ensure that every vehicle on the road is maintained for safe operation. The purpose of state-mandated vehicle inspections is to try to prevent vehicle failure on the highway, which could lead to a crash that may result in injury or death. Many states that require vehicle safety inspections operate state-owned inspection stations for such purposes, but other states allow inspections to be done by private garages with approval from the state DOT. As a vehicle inspection station, we have staff members fully capable of performing verified state safety inspections.
Why should you have safety inspection services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Often annual or biennial inspections are mandated to ensure all vehicles driven on public roads are safe to drive and in good condition. The goal of the inspection is to keep drivers safe by catching any problems before they cause an accident. A vehicle inspection requires a lengthy examination of parts to make sure that everything is in working order in many different areas on the vehicle, including under the hood, in the interior, under the vehicle, and the outside of the vehicle on its bodywork. The mandatory safety inspection is designed to find any unsafe vehicles. Vehicles that fail to pass an inspection must be removed from the road. If it's time for a safety inspection, give us, your local vehicle inspection station, a call. We proudly service the Safety Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the wheels of your vehicle so that all wheels are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Three basic angles contribute to proper wheel alignment: camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the measure of the degree of perpendicular offset from the road surface. Caster is the angle of your wheel's pivot, which is attached to the suspension, and when this angle is out of alignment, straight-line tracking is affected. Toe refers to the angle of directional difference between the tire and the centerline of the vehicle. The front and rear wheels on your vehicle should always be perpendicular to the ground and parallel to the tire beside it. Routine wheel alignments have the potential to save you money in the long run while promoting optimal vehicle performance.
Benefits of Wheel Alignment
A wheel alignment will keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently by promoting reduced tire wear, better gas mileage, and safer driving conditions.
Wheels out of alignment will contribute to uneven tire wear. Uneven tread wear can be felt in a vehicle pulling to the right or left while in motion. Left untreated, wheel alignment issues have the potential to turn into steering and suspension issues, since driving with wheels out of alignment not only puts stress on your tires but also on suspension components. If your vehicle begins pulling to the right or left while driving, or if you feel a vibration in the steering wheel at higher speeds, contact us today for a wheel alignment service.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Wheel Alignment needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind four-wheel alignment services at west shore tires & auto center
Wheel alignments help ensure your tires are angled correctly—level with the ground, pointing straight ahead, and parallel to each other—so they can maintain straight-line tracking. Proper alignment angles will help you maximize the life of your tires. In addition, the handling of your vehicle will be considerably easier. Wheel alignments are arguably the most important aspect of wheel and tire maintenance. Three angles promote proper wheel alignment: toe, caster, and camber. Toe is the measurement between tires. Your tires should be in equal positions and parallel to each other. Caster, or the angle of the steering pivot, permits the wheels to turn along with the steering wheel. Camber is the angle of the wheel, which should be perpendicular to the ground. Four-wheel alignments are an important part of extending the life of your tires, because misaligned tires inevitably lead to poor tire performance and uneven tread wear.
Why should you have four-wheel alignment services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Wheels out of alignment can cause difficulty with overall vehicle handling. A four-wheel alignment is often the best choice for many drivers, particularly those who have front-wheel drive. Wheels can become misaligned during a car crash or by simply hitting road obstructions, like potholes or curbs. There are several signs that will alert you to an impending four-wheel alignment service. A vehicle pulling strongly to one side is in need of alignment. Another sign is uneven or abnormal tire wear. Properly aligned wheels provide many benefits, including cutting down on fuel costs, because wheels that have been aligned properly offer considerably less rolling resistance. Routine wheel alignments also prevent disproportionate tire wear, so your tires will last longer. Contact us today for a four-wheel alignment. We proudly service the Four-Wheel Alignment needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind two-wheel alignment services at west shore tires & auto center
Wheel alignments are a particularly important step in overall tire and wheel maintenance. The purpose of a wheel alignment is to ensure your tires are pointing straight ahead, perpendicular to the ground, and parallel to each other so they roll at the right angle. Properly aligned tires will help you get the most out of your tires, and vehicle handling will feel considerably easier. When it comes to wheel alignment, three angles contribute to proper alignment: camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the angle of the wheel, which should be at 0° in order for the tire to be perpendicular to the ground and not cause uneven wear to the outer edges. Caster is the angle of the steering pivot, which allows the tires to turn with the steering wheel. Toe is the measurement between tires so that they are parallel to each other. Keeping all three angles in sync will provide for better performance.
Why should you have two-wheel alignment services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Misaligned tires can cause uneven tire wear and difficulty with vehicle handling. A sign of an impending wheel alignment may be felt in the pulling of your vehicle's steering wheel. Tires can be knocked out of alignment during a collision or by hitting other obstacles, like potholes or curbs. Wheel alignment is important because properly aligned wheels provide fuel saving benefits. This is because they receive less resistance from the surface of the road. A member of our team can inspect your vehicle to see whether a two-wheel alignment is the best option for your vehicle. Proper wheel alignment promotes even tread wear, which means your tires will last longer. Give us a call if you think a two-wheel alignment is right for you. We proudly service the Two-Wheel Alignment needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Climate Control Systems
A climate control system is a complex system that requires routine maintenance for increased seasonal performance and operation. A vehicle's climate control system is comprised of multiple, smaller systems that work together to maintain a comfortable cabin environment. The climate control system is able to affect and regulate the internal temperature of a vehicle through a cycle of processes. Although the climate control system is primarily used to improve the comfort levels of both drivers and passengers, there are times over the course of the year when maintaining the ideal internal temperature becomes more than a matter of comfort. In severe weather conditions, maintaining the proper internal climate can actually factor into automotive safety. This is why it is important for you to seek climate control repairs at the first sign of trouble.
Benefits of Climate Control Systems
When your vehicle's climate control system malfunctions or stops working, it is important to schedule a climate control repair service.
In addition to regaining the comfortable cabin environment you enjoyed prior to your system's problems, you can help ensure your safety as a driver. If you pay attention to the warning signs of an impending climate control system service, you may be able to prevent a broken system and subsequent safety concerns. In addition, your owner's manual should provide recommended regular service intervals for climate control systems. Catching early warning signs and replacing or repairing climate control system components as necessary will help ensure your ability to control air outflow at all times.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Climate Control Systems needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Air Conditioning System Diagnostic
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind air conditioning system diagnostic services at west shore tires & auto center
Your vehicle's air conditioning system cools, purifies, and circulates air throughout the vehicle to promote a comfortable cabin environment and prevent driver fatigue. The air conditioning system operates in a continuous cycle, sending refrigerant through a sealed system to remove hot air from the cabin compartment. As the refrigerant flows through the air conditioning system, it is turned from a hot gas into a liquid, which is then cooled, turned into a gas again, and vaporized in order to absorb heat from the cabin. At the end of the cycle, the cool air is blown into the cabin. This process is made possible by the drive belt, which drives the compressor, the main component of the air conditioning system. The compressor works in concert with the condenser, evaporator, and other parts. If any of these components cease to operate efficiently, the functionality of the entire system is at risk. When the performance of your vehicle's air conditioning diminishes, allow us to identify and solve the issue through an AC diagnostic.
Why should you have air conditioning system diagnostic services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If your air conditioning system creates an unusual amount of noise while running, produces an abnormal odor, or blows stale air instead of cool air, then you may need the assistance of our service staff. During an AC diagnostic, we will inspect the belts for cracks, the compressor for leaks, the electrical components for connectivity, and the entire system for low pressure. Our service staff may also evacuate and recharge your system with refrigerant according to your manufacturer's specifications. During an air conditioning system diagnostic, we will use professional leak detection tools to locate the problem plaguing your system. Watch for early symptoms for an air conditioning system in need of repair, and contact us online or call us when you are in need of service. We proudly service the Air Conditioning System Diagnostic needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Air Conditioning System Service
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind air conditioning system services at west shore tires & auto center
Car air conditioning systems promote a comfortable cabin interior and help prevent driver fatigue. During normal vehicle operation, a substantial amount of heat is created by the engine and exterior contributors like the road and sun. Your vehicle's AC system is responsible for cooling, purifying, and circulating air. Your air conditioning system works through a series of processes that involve refrigerant. In your vehicle, the refrigerant is responsible for removing heat from the cabin compartment. Refrigerant goes through a continuous cycle of air compression that is dependent on your compressor's drive belt. The compressor pumps the refrigerant through the system where it is transformed from a hot gas into a liquid and then cooled. Through a number of other components, such as the condenser, compressor, and evaporator, the liquid is again processed into a gas, pressurized, and vaporized before being released into the cabin as cool air.
Why should you have air conditioning system services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Like most aspects of car maintenance, treating a problem with your vehicle's air conditioning system early can help prevent major repairs. For example, an air conditioning system operating on low refrigerant due to a leak will eventually damage the compressor. Replacing or repairing the compressor can be more expensive than sealing the leak and refilling the refrigerant. Some symptoms to beware of regarding a faulty air conditioning system include an inoperative fan or blower, an unusual amount of noise during regular operation, and, of course, reduced cooling capability. Stale smelling air is another sign that something is wrong with your vehicle's air conditioner. A clogged compressor, evaporator, condenser, or expansion valve can contribute to AC system failure. Routine maintenance now can help you avoid major AC repairs down the road. We proudly service the Air Conditioning System Service needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Heating System Diagnostic
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind heating system diagnostic services at west shore tires & auto center
Your vehicle's heating system absorbs excess engine heat through a mixture of water and antifreeze called coolant. Hoses carry the coolant from the engine to the radiator, where heat is expelled outside. The heating system circulates the heated coolant to the heater core in the dashboard, which directs the warm air into your vehicle's interior compartment. This cycle depends on the heater hoses carrying the coolant from the engine to the heater core, where the heat can finally warm the inside of your vehicle. Heating system components include the heater fan, water pump, thermostat, heater hoses, and heater core. These components regulate the internal temperatures of the engine and vehicle cabin. The water pump pushes coolant to the engine block. Coolant flows from the cylinder heads to the heater core, where the heater fan directs the warm air outflow into the vehicle's cabin. Once the heat is transferred from the coolant into the vehicle, the coolant returns to the water pump where it continues to circulate through the system. During a heating system service, our service staff will examine all working components to diagnosis and identify the problem.
Why should you have heating system diagnostic services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Heating system repairs may stem from mechanical and electrical issues. Stains under the passenger side of the dashboard are indicators of coolant leaks, which may be the result of a corroded heater core or cracks in the heater hoses. Sometimes the culprit of heater system problems is hard to pinpoint, which is why a heating system diagnostic may be necessary. During our heating system diagnostic, our service staff may inspect the heater core, blower motor, heater control valve, water pump, thermostat, and other components. We may also check your coolant levels, inspect your heater control valves, or troubleshoot your blower motor. By the end of a heating system diagnostic, our service staff will have isolated the heating system issue, repaired the component, and restored full functionality to the heating system. The next time your heating system breaks, just give us a call or contact us. We proudly service the Heating System Diagnostic needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Heating System Service
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind heating system services at west shore tires & auto center
In contrast to the cooling system, which removes heat from the engine, the heating system transfers the engine's heat to the vehicle's interior. Excess engine heat is absorbed by coolant, a mixture of water and antifreeze. Coolant is carried by the heater hoses from the engine to the radiator, which expels some of the heat into the atmosphere. The water pump pushes the coolant through the engine, cooling system, and heating system. The coolant travels to the heater core, located in your vehicle's dashboard. There, the heater fan directs the rest of the warm air into the vehicle's cabin. Once the coolant transfers heat into the vehicle, the coolant returns to the water pump where it continues to circulate through the system. The heating and cooling systems share a number of components, including the radiator, thermostat, and water pump. Other heating system components include the blower motor, heater control valve, heater core, heater fan, and heater hoses. These components work together to regulate temperatures in the engine and cabin compartment.
Why should you have heating system services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Because the heating and cooling systems work in tandem, problems with the cooling system will affect the heating system. Low coolant levels, for example, can affect the heating system's ability to warm your vehicle's interior. Leaking coolant can be attributed to a damaged heater core, radiator, heater hose, or cooling system. Sweet smells coming from the air vents are a sign of a coolant leak. Other common issues that plague heating system components include a vacuum leak, heater valve failure, fan motor failure, heater core failure, or stuck thermostat. One of the most common causes of breakdowns is overheating, but heating system maintenance can help prevent this from happening. Consult your owner's manual for recommended inspection intervals for the various heating system components, and be sure to seek out heating system repairs when necessary. We proudly service the Heating System Service needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Tires are the connection between your vehicle and the surface of the road. A critical part of your vehicle's suspension system, tires are responsible for transmitting the forces of driving, steering, and braking to the surface of the road. Although tires are easily maintained, they are often overlooked. The air inside your tires and the design of the tire influence vehicle performance, tire tread life, and ride comfort. Tire maintenance is vital for getting the most out of your tires by maximizing mileage and tread wear. Our staff will help you understand the basics of tire care and maintenance, like when you should seek tire rotation, balance, and alignment. Our staff will also help you understand tire sidewall markings, teach you the best time to purchase a new set of tires, and show you how to choose the right set of tires for your vehicle.
Benefits of Tire Services
Premature tire wear is caused by poor tire inflation levels and improper tire rotation.
Whereas correctly inflated tires tend to have durable sidewalls, underinflated tires often have flexible sidewalls that result in quicker sidewall wear. Overinflated tires are also undesirable and will result in excessive center tread wear. Wheel balancing has the potential to relieve some symptoms of improper tire wear, like excessive lean. However, improper tire wear may also be the cause of alignment issues. During any tire repair service, our staff will be able to determine whether a tire balancing or rotation service can solve your current set of issues. Because tire inflation is so important, our staff will take care to follow the inflation standards recommended by the manufacturer during a new tire installation. Overall, proper tire inflation can lead to reduced tread movement, increased water dissipation, reduced rolling resistance, proper traction, and adequate load carrying capabilities. Our tire service work promotes better fuel economy and longer tread life.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Tire Services needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Computerized Wheel Balancing
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind computerized wheel balancing services at west shore tires & auto center
Professionals use computerized wheel balancers to pinpoint weight differentiation within a tire and wheel assembly. Computerized wheel balancers are highly accurate machines that identify the weight distribution problem areas within an assembly. Ideally, a tire and its wheel should complement one-another, with both maintaining an equal amount of weight throughout the assembly. In a perfect assembly, air will be even throughout the tire, and the wheel will be perfectly round in shape. However, tires and wheels are nearly never perfect. In fact, some tire manufacturers mark the lightest part of a tire so that drivers can easily match it to the heaviest part of the wheel. Both time and normal tire and wheel usage will also gradually add imbalance to a tire and wheel assembly's weight distribution. The smallest difference in weight within an assembly can cause a great amount of damage and annoyance. A computerized wheel balancing service will return the balance of your car or truck's wheels to factory specifications.
Why should you have computerized wheel balancing services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Tire and wheel assemblies are prone to various weight discrepancies that can cause a multitude of problems for motorists. If you experience vibrations in your vehicle, hear squeals from your tires, or feel your vehicle pulling in one direction, then one or more of your tire and wheel assemblies may be in need of rebalancing. Fortunately, our staff is here to help with all your balancing needs. During this process, our experts will mount your wheel on the computerized wheel balancing machine and spin it. Acting upon the information we receive from our computerized wheel balancing equipment, our service staff will apply additional weight to the indicated areas in order to alleviate vibrations and help the assembly roll more smoothly. With your tires and wheels properly balanced, you can enjoy an overall smoother ride, greater control, and longer lasting tires. We proudly service the Computerized Wheel Balancing needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Tire Purchase & Tire Installation
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind tire purchase & tire installation services at west shore tires & auto center
When tires are completely worn or unable to meet a driver's needs, the tire purchasing and installation process usually follows. The specific reasons why a motorist might want to purchase new tires when the current set of tires isn't worn will vary. A vehicle towing heavy weight will need tires with a high load rating. If a vehicle is driven in an area with heavy rain, the driver might prefer to purchase new tires that offer a better traction rating. During our tire purchase and installation service, our service staff will conduct a thorough investigation of your driving needs to help guarantee the best possible set of tires for your car or truck. Once a driver buys the new tires, they will need to be correctly installed on the vehicle. Contact us today to learn more about our tire offerings or feel free to browse our online tire catalog.
Why should you have tire purchase & tire installation services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If your tires are worn or unsatisfactory, consider purchasing and installing new ones through us. When tires are worn, they won't perform correctly. Worn tires heat up more quickly, puncture more easily, and take on roads less effectively. They may also emerge as a potential danger to their driver and other motorists. However, worn tires aren't the only reason to install new tires. Depending on your environment and needs, it may be wise to purchase and install new tires even if your current set is okay. This is because using tires that are unfit for your needs can quickly deteriorate them. If you need assistance finding the right tire, our expert staff can help. When you're ready to make a purchase or install a new set of tires, let us know. We proudly service the Tire Purchase & Tire Installation needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind tire rotation services at west shore tires & auto center
Our tire rotation service involves changing the position of a vehicle's tires in order to reduce massive tread differentiation between them. Tires tend to exhibit differing amounts of tread wear, because each tire does not deal with exactly the same types or amounts of stress as its companions. Motorists rotate their tires because this is an effective way to deal with uneven tread wear. By alternating tires according to tire rotation patterns, drivers can help distribute tread wear more evenly and reduce uneven tread wear. Depending upon the type of vehicle a motorist drives and the type of tires on the vehicle, the tire rotation pattern may vary. Rotation experts may exchange the front tires with one-another, switch the rear tires with one-another, or swap the front and rear tires. If the vehicle has a full-size matching spare tire, it may also be included in the rotation cycle.
Why should you have tire rotation services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
You should rotate your tires to prevent uneven tread wear. Uneven tread commonly occurs because most vehicles do not distribute weight evenly between the front and rear tires. In general, front tires tend to deteriorate more quickly than rear tires due to their location and the weight of a vehicle's engine. By rotating your tires, you'll distribute the wear more evenly, and you won't need to replace your tires as frequently. Beyond the benefit of extended tread life, routine and professional tire rotation services can also improve your gas mileage. This is because well-maintained tires reduce rolling resistance, which affects your vehicle's performance and gas mileage. Our tire rotation service can help prevent massive tread differentiation between tires, encourage better vehicular performance, and save you money by contributing to better gas mileage. If you have questions about how often you should rotate your tires, simply ask a member of our service staff. We proudly service the Tire Rotation needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Axle, CV Joint, Driveshaft Repair
Your vehicle's axle, CV joint, and driveshaft components are integral to the performance and drivability of your vehicle. The driveshaft is a steel or aluminum cylindrical component that connects the transmission to the rear differential. The driveshaft connects to the transmission through the CV joints, which are responsible for transferring the torque from the transmission to the drive wheels at a constant speed. Front wheel drive vehicles use CV joints on the front axles. CV joints allow the axle to bend and change while accommodating the bounce of the wheels. The axle bears the weight of the vehicle while also being strong enough to sustain the forces from braking and accelerating. Over time and through normal use, your vehicle's axle, CV joint, and driveshaft components may require maintenance or replacement services.
Benefits of Axle, CV Joint, Driveshaft Repair
There are signs to look for when determining when to schedule an inspection of your vehicle's front axle, rear axle, CV joints, and driveshaft components.
Clunking or clicking noises are signs that a CV joint needs replacement. Vibrations during acceleration may indicate a damaged driveshaft, though they may also point to an axle issue depending on the layout of your vehicle. Turning and steering issues may also arise out of a problem with the driveshaft. CV joints can go bad when the grease leaks out of a damaged CV boot. There are various determinants for how quickly your vehicle's axle, CV joint, and driveshaft components will degrade over time. If you would like to learn more about the intervals between repairs for front wheel drive axles, main driveshafts, CV joints, U-joints, yokes, and other axle assembly components, then contact us today.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Axle, CV Joint, Driveshaft Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
CV Axle Inspection
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind CV axle inspection services at west shore tires & auto center
The CV axle is a drive axle located between the drive wheels. Its role is to deliver consistent power to the wheels as they traverse various types of terrain. The CV axle is attached to the wheels by CV joints. The inner CV joints connect the transmission to the CV axle while the outer CV joints connect the CV axle to the wheels. The CV joints connect the CV axle to the wheels, and deliver power while maintaining a constant velocity. The CV axle assembly—the axle shaft, CV joints, and CV boots—is designed to deliver flexible power to the wheels. This means that the axle is able to transmit required levels of torque to the wheels regardless of the angle of the axle. At first, CV axles were commonly used in front-wheel drive vehicles, but today CV axles are also common in rear-wheel drive vehicles.
Why should you have CV axle inspection services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Recognizing potential problems early can help prevent more expensive and expansive repairs on your CV axle. Trouble turning and resistance from tires while maneuvering are signs of CV axle issues. A bad CV axle will emit noise, such as squeaking that increases with speed. Vibrations that increase with speed and vibrating floorboards are also signs that your CV axle should be inspected by our service staff. While an inspection of the CV axle is centered on checking the axle, our inspectors may find problems related to CV joints or CV boots. Because the CV axle components combine into one working assembly, reviewing proper working conditions for all components is extremely important for CV axle maintenance. Our CV axle inspection can help keep major repairs or replacements at bay. We proudly service the CV Axle Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
CV Axle Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind CV axle replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
CV axles were once primarily used on front-wheel drive vehicles. Today, CV axles are common on both front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles. The CV axle assembly—the axle shaft, CV joints, and CV boots—is designed to flexibly deliver power to the wheels for a seamless transfer of torque. Located between the drive wheels, the CV axle, along with the suspension system, compensates for irregularities in the road and transmits torque to the wheels while keeping them turning at a constant velocity. The CV axle is attached to the wheels by CV joints. The inner CV joints connect the transmission to the CV axle while the outer CV joints connect the CV axle to the wheels. A fully functional CV axle assembly provides your vehicle with safety and stability while supporting passenger comfort through various speeds and driving conditions.
Why should you have CV axle replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
The CV axle assembly will wear out over time due to the nature of its flexibility and the extreme conditions endured by its components. If the wheels on your car or truck hesitate or you feel resistance while turning, your CV axle may have problems. Sudden pops while turning indicate that your CV axle may need a replacement. When looking for signs that your CV axle needs to be replaced, keep in mind that many symptoms can point to other issues like unaligned wheels or uneven tread wear. Maintaining and replacing other components in your vehicle's CV axle assembly will keep your entire assembly working as intended and help prevent CV axle replacements. Driving with a damaged CV axle will only worsen other components and lead to more expensive repairs down the road. At the first sign of trouble, contact us for a CV axle replacement service. We proudly service the CV Axle Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
CV Boot Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind CV boot replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
CV joints connect the transmission to the wheels and are an important part of your vehicle's drive axles. Each drive axle has two CV joints. The inner CV joint connects the transmission to the axle, and the outer joint connects the axle to the wheels. As the vehicle experiences road force, the CV joints move in conjunction with the suspension system while helping the wheels maintain a constant velocity. A CV boot houses a CV joint and protects it by keeping out dirt, debris, and other elements. CV boots are made of rubber or plastic strong enough to withstand the constant bending of the CV joints. The boots also ensure that the CV joints remain lubricated by encapsulating the required amount of lithium moly grease. Without proper lubrication, a CV joint cannot easily adjust to the motion of the wheels. CV boots naturally degrade with age. Inspections can prolong the life of CV joints and prevent costly future repairs or replacements.
Why should you have CV boot replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Since your CV boot keeps your CV joint properly lubricated, any splits in the CV boot will lead to a loss of lubrication. The resulting metal on metal contact can wear down your CV joints fairly quickly. You should also note that heat and friction can eventually degrade your CV boot. Because CV boots also keep the area of lubrication clean and prevent any damaging dirt or debris from harming the CV joint, replacing a cracked or torn CV boot as soon as possible is extremely important. Our visual inspection will determine whether or not the boot needs to be replaced. Our CV boot replacement will help the CV joint stay properly lubricated and help ensure proper transfer of motion from the transmission to the wheels. Neglecting regular inspections of the CV boot and accompanying components may lead to more expensive repairs and replacements down the road. We proudly service the CV Boot Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
CV Joint Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind CV joint replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Your vehicle's CV joints connect to the drive axles, which connect the transmission to the wheels. The inner CV joint connects the transmission to the axle, and the outer joint connects the axle to the wheels. Because the CV joint links two rotating shafts in a fixed position, it must allow for a range of motion to compensate for road force while keeping the two shafts connected. The CV joint is responsible for transmitting consistent torque to the wheels regardless of the angle of the axle or shaft. The CV joints move with the suspension system to help the wheels maintain a constant velocity through various road forces like bumps and potholes. The CV joint is designed like a ball and socket joint and uses steel balls to move a larger ball enclosed by steel. A CV boot covers the CV joint and helps ensure proper lubrication. CV joints allow for a range of motion while keeping your vehicle's wheels moving at the same speeds over all types of surfaces.
Why should you have CV joint replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
As a CV joint loses lubrication, the moving metal parts wear on one another and slowly degrade over time. Noises, vibrations, and loss of acceleration through turns are all signs that a CV joint may require a replacement. Another problem that might lead to a CV joint replacement is your CV boot. The CV boot encases the CV joint to retain the necessary amount of grease to keep the joint lubricated. If the grease leaks, the CV joint will lose the proper amount of lubrication necessary to keep the internal CV joint parts from excessive wear. If you experience the symptoms of a worn or damaged CV joint and the joint is not promptly replaced, the minor issue will cause additional damage to your vehicle and lead more expensive repairs in the future. The cost of replacing your CV joint is cheaper than the major repairs you may face if a faulty CV joint is left untreated. We proudly service the CV Joint Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind driveshaft balance services at west shore tires & auto center
The driveshaft, which is located between your vehicle's differentials, is responsible for transferring torque and rotation to the drive wheels and other drivetrain components. The driveshaft is tubular with an outer metal housing and an inner metal cylinder that spins at a rotational force determined by engine output. Essentially, the driveshaft tells the wheels to switch from idle to drive. Designed to endure sheer stress and torsion, driveshafts apply forces of motion without adding additional weight or stress to other drivetrain components. Driveshaft components like CV joints, U-joints, and yokes accommodate axial movement and allow for variation in driveline angles and distances between components. Like tires, your driveshaft should be balanced to promote safe operation and prevent failure. We invite you to give us a call or visit when you're ready to balance your driveshaft.
Why should you have driveshaft balance services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
For a driveshaft to be properly balanced, the torque coming from the engine and transmission must be equal to the speed at which the shaft spins. Balancing your driveshaft will ensure smooth driveline operation and help prevent the dangerous and destructive effects of an out-of-balance driveshaft. Driveshafts are balanced between a certain speed as indicated by the manufacturer. Failure can occur once the driveshaft reaches critical speed resulting from an unstable amount of RPMs, a rate determined by the length and diameter of the driveshaft. Vibration is the most common indicator of the driveshaft or other rotating components being out of balance. When you begin to feel a vibration coming from your vehicle's driveshaft, contact us immediately so our staff can diagnose the type of vibrations occurring and determine the correct repair procedure. We pride ourselves on offering superior customer service and expert advice on basic driveshaft maintenance. We proudly service the Driveshaft Balance needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind u-joint replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Universal joints, often referred to as u-joints, are flexible couplings that serve an important role on your vehicle. One of the primary duties of a u-joint is to transmit the rotational force between the transmission, the driveshaft, and the differentials, which are responsible for turning your vehicle's drive wheels. As a critical linking component, a u-joint should be flexible enough to compensate for angle and alignment changes between the driveshaft and differentials. U-joints consist of four legs, or trunnions, that extend from the center cross, or body. The legs are covered with bearing caps and are housed within the yoke, which is designed to pivot and spin as they rotate with the driveshaft. Although many original equipment u-joints are sealed, some aftermarket u-joints are greasable and should be lubricated periodically. Understanding the type of u-joints on your vehicle will help you determine the proper maintenance intervals and decide when a u-joint should be replaced.
Why should you have u-joint replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Clicking, squeaking, and grinding noises while driving are warning signs that your u-joints may require replacement. The cost of replacing your u-joint can be cheaper than the major repairs you may face if a worn u-joint is left untreated. Vibrations and rattling noises are key indicators of a faulty u-joint. Grinding noises may be an indication of metal on metal, which will cause u-joints to wear out quickly. Because they are subject to torque and force from the engine, u-joints may bend. On older vehicles, u-joints will rust, adding surface resistance onto the joints, making them less able to turn as they once did. Routine inspections of your u-joints have been known to prevent more expensive repairs. Replacing your u-joints at the first sign of trouble will also help prevent failure in your vehicle's driveline. When you need new u-joints, give us a call. We proudly service the U-Joint Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind yoke replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Driveshaft yokes are located on the ends of the driveshaft. In most configurations, one yoke connects to the rear of the vehicle while the other yoke reaches into the transmission. The driveshaft sends power from the transmission and turns the differential, which moves the wheels. These connecting components help transfer your vehicle's rotational energy from the transmission to the moving wheels. Many driveshafts are designed with a slip yoke at one end and an end yoke at the other end. The slip yoke allows for the length of the driveshaft to change with the motion of the suspension system as it reacts to the forces of the road. At the same time, the u-joints allow for changes in angle between the differential and the transmission. These components are designed to be flexible in order to maintain constant speeds and rotational forces between elements of your vehicle's axle assembly.
Why should you have yoke replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Do you know if one of your yokes needs a replacement? There are some indications. For example, clunking noises are often related to a problem with your vehicle's yokes. Vibrations felt beneath the floorboard of your vehicle may also be a signal of a damaged yoke. In some cases there may be too much free play or an excessive amount of clearance. Under an excessive amount of stress, a yoke can crack or snap completely. Sometimes, the transmission can twist the yoke. Broken, bent, and twisted yokes should be replaced immediately. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us today for an inspection of your vehicle's driveshaft assembly and a possible yoke replacement service. We proudly service the Yoke Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Electrical and Electronic Systems
The electrical and electronic systems in your vehicle are responsible for routing power and information in order to dictate the behavior of certain systems. The electrical systems are linked by wiring, fuses, circuit breakers, and relays. Loose or broken wiring, poor pin fits, and broken connectors or switches may lead to intermittent power or a completely inoperative system. When you begin experiencing trouble with your electrical and electronic systems, ask yourself these questions: How often does this problem occur, and how long does this problem persist? The more information you are able to provide to our staff during an electrical and electronic systems service, the quicker we will be able to recreate the same conditions, and ultimately hone in on the exact problem.
Benefits of Electrical and Electronic Systems
If your vehicle experiences an electrical or electronic systems failure, it is beneficial to have the problem repaired quickly.
A vehicle with electrical problems may not start, or it may become inoperative. Our experts are able to diagnose and repair problems during an electrical and electronic systems service. We can locate shorts, grounds, open, and resistance problems in electrical and electronic circuits, and we can repair wiring harnesses and connectors along with electrical wiring and solder repair. Our staff is also able to diagnose the cause of uneven headlight brightness, intermittent lights, dim lights, and inoperative lights. In addition, we can service headlights and bulbs as well as correct intermittent turning signal and hazard light operation. Motor-driven accessory circuits, heated glass operation, and electric lock operation are all concerns for our staff as we begin to diagnose the electrical and electronic issue. In the end, our staff will work hard to get you driving a safe and functional vehicle again.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Electrical and Electronic Systems needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Dashboard Warning Diagnostic
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind dashboard warning diagnostic services at west shore tires & auto center
The dashboard warning system is an effective tool that alerts you to one or more problems with your vehicle. Dashboard warning lights, or indicator lights, appear in the instrument cluster. Depending upon your vehicle, a warning may appear as either text, a symbol, or both. Generally, symbols are universal or very similar in appearance across different makes and models of vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with the symbol, you can consult your owners manual for its meaning. In many modern vehicles, dashboard warnings are color-coded. Yellow, orange, and red generally tell motorists to seek service shortly. When the text or symbol flashes, drivers should seek service immediately. Green and blue alerts also exist, and these are intended as informational pop-ups meant to inform you that something is in operation. Dashboard indicator lights exist for oil, tire pressure, lights, brakes, and more.
Why should you have dashboard warning diagnostic services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Drivers who heed dashboard warnings may save money in the long run and ultimately help ensure their own safety. When a warning light on your dashboard alerts you to one or more problems, bring your vehicle in for a dashboard warning diagnostic. Equipped with the right tools, our friendly staff will inspect your dashboard indicator lights and use special equipment to verify and help fix automotive issues. From underinflated and overinflated tires to low oil levels and faulty lighting systems, our employees are ready to use our diagnostic testing tools to read and interpret the messages from your vehicle's dashboard warning system. In the event that your dashboard warning system is malfunctioning and sending out a false warning, our expert staff can also be of service. We proudly service the Dashboard Warning Diagnostic needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Headlight Bulb Replacement
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind headlight bulb replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Headlight bulbs provide visibility for drivers and alert both pedestrians and other motorists to a vehicle's presence. Bulbs are primarily composed of glass, a low pressure inert gas, a filament, and wires. Using the electricity provided by a vehicle's charging system, bulbs produce a strong, steady light. A motorist can alter the bulb's level of brightness to a low or high beam setting. Motorists tend to use low beams at night or during periods of inclement weather. In contrast, drivers generally use high beams at night when it is especially dark and other sources of lights are unavailable. When bulbs produce light at the high beam setting they can also cause glare, so drivers should be careful when using high beams around others. Some higher quality bulbs will function at optimal levels for several years. All headlight bulbs will eventually require replacement as their filaments fail from use over time.
Why should you have headlight bulb replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
When your lights no longer illuminate the road as brightly as they once did, it might be time to visit us so our service staff can replace your headlight bulbs. When one or more of your bulbs burn out, allow us to help. We'll work with you to find the correct replacement bulb for your vehicle's particular make and model. Our knowledgeable employees will ensure that your new headlights provide you with the proper visibility while causing little to no interference to other motorists. We understand it is important for you to have trustworthy, functioning headlight bulbs equipped on your vehicle, and we would like the opportunity to help you find and install suitable replacements. Just contact us online or give us a call the next time your headlight bulbs begin to dim. We proudly service the Headlight Bulb Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Interior & Exterior Lighting Repair
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind interior & exterior lighting repair services at west shore tires & auto center
Many modern vehicles are equipped with a wide selection of interior and exterior lights for the convenience and safety of occupants. Glove box, rear view mirror, gauge panel, and overhead console lights are usually present in a vehicle's cabin. On the outside of vehicles are headlights, license plate lights, and turning signal or "blinker" lights. During nighttime operation, interior and exterior lights are especially important. Headlights and cabin lights can illuminate the surrounding area, reducing risk of injury from tripping or stumbling. In addition, a vehicle's lights can alert other motorists to the vehicle's presence. This is important during emergencies when a vehicle may be parked off the roadside. In addition to their safety functions, lights are convenient. From dome lights and fog lights to headlights and tail lights, our staff has both the know-how and the correct tools to help solve your lighting problems.
Why should you have interior & exterior lighting repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Interior and exterior lights are a standard feature on vehicles today because of their convenience and functionality. If any of your vehicle's lights are refusing to work correctly or are completely inoperable, we invite you to bring your vehicle in for our interior and exterior lighting repair service. Whether you are experiencing overly bright lights, dim lights, intermittent lights, or inoperable lights, we can help. Because there are many different types of lights, our procedures will vary depending upon what light you need repaired. Give us a call or contact us online if you have any questions about your lighting systems and basic maintenance. We are happy to help you and look forward to getting you back on the road again with functioning lights. We proudly service the Interior & Exterior Lighting Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Power Locks Repair
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind power locks repair services at west shore tires & auto center
Since being introduced in 1914, power door locks have increased convenience and safety for drivers and passengers. Doors equipped with power locks may respond to multiple control methods. In many modern cars, a driver need only push a button on a vehicle's remote key fob to lock or unlock all of its doors at once. In addition, this central locking system can often be switched on or off from buttons located in the front of the vehicle near the driver and passenger side. Vehicle locks are especially useful when multiple passengers need access to a vehicle at one time. They also provide safety, allowing drivers and passengers to quickly secure themselves inside the vehicle. For these reasons, power locks continue to serve as a standard feature in many vehicles today.
Why should you have power locks repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If your power door locks are malfunctioning, please bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so our service staff can repair your power locks. Our staff understands an unsecured car or truck can be dangerous or prone to theft or vandalism. Faulty locks provide thieves with opportunity and increase the likelihood of injury in the unfortunate event of an accident. Fortunately, our staff is equipped with the right tools for repairing a central locking system. We'll look over the relay system that activates the power locks and repair or replace the faulty components for you. Before or during our service, we invite you to ask any questions you may have about your vehicle locks or any of our procedures. We are happy to advise you and work with you to get your power door locks working again. We proudly service the Power Locks Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Power Sunroof Repair
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind power sunroof repair services at west shore tires & auto center
The sunroof is a horizontal panel, usually made of glass, located on a vehicle's roof. Primarily, sunroofs provide personal enjoyment. They allow air into a vehicle on hot days and provide motorists with a view of the sky. While power sunroofs and side windows serve similar functions, power sunroofs are ultimately more complex than windows. Whereas windows rely upon a strict vertical motion, power sunroofs often need to move both vertically and horizontally. Depending upon the vehicle, a sunroof may be controlled manually or automatically. For electronically powered sunroofs, drivers often need only press or hold a button to open and close them. Some power sunroofs also operate from the turn of a key or the press of a button on the key fob. While convenient, sunroofs are not incapable of failure. Power sunroofs can become inoperable or leak over time. In such cases, it is advisable that drivers seek sunroof repair services.
Why should you have power sunroof repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If your vehicle's power sunroof is causing you stress, take advantage of our power sunroof repair service. From inoperable and leaky panels to dirty and broken seals, we are equipped with the right tools to service your sunroof. We will look over the water trough, wiring, and other components that contribute to the efficiency of your sunroof. After identifying the problem, we will go to work repairing your power sunroof so it will function correctly again. If you have any questions before we begin the repair process or while we are working, please ask. Our staff is knowledgeable about the different components that make up power sunroofs, and we are ready to put that knowledge to use. We proudly service the Power Sunroof Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Power Window Repair
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind power window repair services at west shore tires & auto center
Introduced in 1940, power windows have become a common feature in many modern cars, trucks, and SUVs. Unlike older window systems which require occupants to manually turn a crank to raise or lower windows, power windows are controlled with the simple push of a button or flip of a switch. Because power windows rely on electricity to work, most are inoperable once a vehicle stops running. However, some power windows feature a time delay that allows drivers and passengers to continue operating the windows for a short amount of time after the engine stops. Because power windows are easy to trigger, most vehicles also feature a safety lock that drivers can use to prevent other passengers, such as small children, from erroneously opening or closing the windows. Overall, power windows are a convenient feature that many motorists enjoy.
Why should you have power window repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If your power windows are acting strange or are no longer responding correctly to their controls, call us for our power window repair service. In addition to letting air into your vehicle on a hot day, power windows are convenient if driving through a toll booth or drive-thru. We know the different components that make a power window system work, and we have the right tools to repair the window lift motor, gears, regulator, and other components of the power window system. We'll work to get your windows working right again. When your windows start acting strange, don't wait. Let our friendly staff fix your faulty power windows and get you back on the road in comfort again. We proudly service the Power Window Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Nitrogen is an alternative to traditional air in tires. A dry, inert, slow acting gas, nitrogen is used in the tires of various vehicles in many different industries and organizations. Military vehicles, racing vehicles, heavy equipment vehicles, space shuttles, and airplanes all use nitrogen-filled tires. Nitrogen has slightly larger molecules than oxygen molecules, is non-flammable, and does not expand or contract under hot and cold temperatures like oxygen. Likewise, nitrogen is a dry gas, which means it does not support water. Whether you choose traditional or nitrogen inflation, it's important to keep your tire pressure at the appropriate level, so as to maximize gas mileage and also reduce your carbon footprint. West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Nitrogen Inflation needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Nitrogen Tire Inflation
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind nitrogen tire inflation services at west shore tires & auto center
Rubber expands when heated, allowing tiny air molecules to escape, which may eventually lead to low tire pressure. Oxygen oxidizes when it reacts with other gases, like hydrogen. This means if hydrogen sneaks into your air-filled tire, water will form, and even the smallest droplets of water can lead to wheel corrosion and rust. Nitrogen is a gas that does not support moisture, which means your wheels may experience less corrosion if you choose to fill your tires with nitrogen.
Why should you have nitrogen tire inflation services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If you're considering outfitting your vehicle with nitrogen-inflated tires or you already have nitrogen filled tires and simply want to refill them, our service staff is available to assist you. We pride ourselves on our efficient, reasonably priced nitrogen inflation services. Our staff will purge your tires of existing air and fill your tires with nitrogen. Just give us a call or contact us online when you need help transitioning from air-filled tires to nitrogen-filled tires. We proudly service the Nitrogen Tire Inflation needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Starting, Charging & Batteries
Your vehicle's starting and charging system is involved in regulating multiple electrical processes to start your vehicle's engine and keep it running. The starting system consists of the battery, a starter motor, and a starter solenoid responsible for starting the engine, while the charging system consists of an alternator and voltage regulator. The charging system is responsible for routing energy throughout the entire electrical process while sustaining the battery's charge. The battery supplies the electric power necessary to start the vehicle. This process starts when you turn the ignition. Then, the starting system sends power from the battery to the starter solenoid to the starter motor, which turns the engine in order to begin the internal combustion process. The alternator powers the other electrical components in your vehicle while the regulator controls the voltage supplied to each component. The regulator also ensures that the alternator maintains the battery's charge so that the entire cycle can continue.
Benefits of Starting, Charging & Batteries
Slow cranking engines and dim headlights can sometimes point to a problem with your vehicle's starting and charging system.
Because the battery is required for the electrical charge needed to start the rest of the electrical system, a weak or dead battery can also prevent your car from starting. If a jump start refuses to revive your battery and the starting system, our staff may need to take a closer look at the other components of the starting and charging system to determine whether or not you need a starter replacement or an alternator replacement. All components within your vehicle's starting and charging system are necessary to ensure proper working order, and one bad link between them can render the entire electrical process useless. If you experience problems with starting your vehicle or maintaining its power even after trying a jump start, then allow our service staff to perform a starting and charging system check on your vehicle today.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Starting, Charging & Batteries needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind alternator replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
An alternator is part of a vehicle's charging system, and is an essential component in keeping a vehicle operable. The alternator works with the battery and voltage regulator to keep electrical components running. Usually located near the front of a vehicle's engine, an alternator can be identified by its aluminum body, vents, and an internal or external cooling fan. Depending on the vehicle, the alternator pulley is driven by either a serpentine belt or v-belt. This mechanical energy is then converted into electrical energy as internal parts operate to create a magnetic field used to produce the alternating current output. The alternator can reach high temperatures fast, so an operative cooling fan is important. Although the battery can keep the vehicle running for a little while, it will not be able to keep it running for an extended period of time if the alternator malfunctions. In fact, the alternator serves as the charger for the battery as well. Because a bad alternator will eventually render the vehicle inoperable, it is imperative that a driver have this component repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Why should you have alternator replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
When your alternator begins to malfunction, seek out our alternator replacement service as soon as possible. Warning signs that your alternator requires repair or replacement will involve your vehicle's electrical components. For example, a dashboard warning light may appear, or headlights may dim. In cases where the alternator begins making noise, it is possible that the belt is simply loose. Other times, the smell of burning rubber may permeate the air and signal a problem. No matter what symptoms you are experiencing, we can help. The next time you suspect alternator issues, allow us to take a look and help get you back on the road again. We proudly service the Alternator Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind battery replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Car batteries are fundamental parts of both the charging and starting systems. Within the starting system, the role of the battery is to send a current of electricity to the starter so that the vehicle is able to start and run. In addition, the battery is responsible for supplying electricity to other electrical components, such as the radio and the internal and external lights when the demand exceeds the supply of the alternator or when the vehicle is off. Most vehicles use one battery, but vehicles with diesel engines, electric vehicles, or vehicles that run a 24-volt system may require two or more batteries to power their engines and electric systems. Currently, the SLI battery is a popular type of battery used in many vehicles. The letters, which stand for starting, lighting, and ignition, indicate the battery's major functions. Overall, an automotive battery is an essential component in vehicles. Without a working battery, an engine will not start. As such, it is important for a driver to keep watch over battery life.
Why should you have battery replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If you are having trouble starting your engine, visit us for a battery replacement service. We will determine if the battery is the cause of the problem and in need of replacement. In addition, our replacement service may be advisable even if your battery is currently working properly. Although new batteries generally perform well for the first three to five years before they are likely to malfunction, battery life can be shortened from extreme weather conditions or improper maintenance. Unless you have access to the right testing tools, there may be little warning that your battery needs to be replaced. Our staff has the necessary tools to review your battery's performance. If our results indicate you need a replacement battery, we will help you through the replacement process. If you have questions or concerns about your battery, simply give us a call or contact us online. We proudly service the Battery Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind starter replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
The starter is a motor that, when supplied with electricity from a vehicle's battery, will engage the flywheel ring gear and crank the engine. When a driver turns the key to start the engine, the battery sends a small supply of electricity to the starter solenoid. In turn, the solenoid powers the motor which sends a gear to mesh with the ring gear on a vehicle's flywheel. Depending on the vehicle, the starter may be a direct drive (DD), planetary gear (PLGR), permanent magnet gear reduction (PMGR), permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD), or offset gear reduction (OSGR). In a DD starter, components are attached in a line and run off the armature. A PLGR starter has a shaft that the armature uses and is good at increasing torque. A PMGR starter is similar to a PLGR starter except the PMGR starter uses permanent magnets instead of field coils. Similarly, PMDD starters are akin to DD starters except PMDDs use permanent magnets instead of field coils. Finally, OSGR starters do not run directly off the armature. No matter the type, each starter ultimately plays an essential role in powering a vehicle.
Why should you have starter replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
In addition to an inoperable engine, there are other factors that indicate a replacement is needed. If your starter is making a clicking sound that lasts momentarily or the crank is operating slowly, you may need to change your vehicle's starter. We can look over your starter and review whether or not it is the culprit of current vehicular troubles. If you are unfamiliar with the type of starter your vehicle uses, we will help you find the right one for your vehicle make and model. Our goal is to get your vehicle running again. We proudly service the Starter Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Starting & Charging System Check
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind starting & charging system check services at west shore tires & auto center
The starting and charging system is responsible for getting an engine to run and for keeping different components charged. The starting system involves a number of parts, including the ignition switch, starter, and flywheel. Using energy from the battery, the starter uses a gear to interact with the engine. Without a starter, an engine would be inoperable. The charging system, which includes the battery, alternator, and voltage regulator, play an equally important role. The battery is needed to send electricity to the starter. The alternator powers all the electrical components by generating electrical currents, and the voltage regulator ensures that the output of the alternator does not over- or under-charge the components dependent on the electrical current. Together, the starting and charging systems interact with one-another to keep a vehicle operating for its driver.
Why should you have starting & charging system check services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
The various components that make up your starting and charging system are not impervious to failure from constant use and wear. Warning signs for a starting and charging system include dim headlights, clicking or growling noises, and the presence of dashboard warning lights. During a starting and charging system service, our staff will review the voltage level of your battery, test your alternator, and look over your starter. An inefficient starting and charging system can lead to engine failure, which is makes routine maintenance extremely important. Some components, like the battery, may give little warning before they fail. Our service staff combines the proper tools with extensive automotive knowledge to test and repair the components of your vehicle's starting and charging system. We proudly service the Starting & Charging System Check needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Tires operating below inflation standards put the overall performance of your vehicle and the safety of your passengers at risk. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps increase your safety on the road by improving your vehicle's maneuverability, decreasing the tread wear of your tires, reducing your vehicle's braking distance, and improving your vehicle's fuel economy. There are two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems in existence today—Direct and Indirect. A Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System uses sensors on the inside tire assembly to transmit tire pressure information to your vehicle's computer. An Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System gauges tire pressure through your vehicle's Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) by using speed sensors to measure the rotational speed of each wheel (as tire pressure decreases, the rolling distance decreases, and the rotational speed increases). All TPMS systems require regular maintenance in order to meet maximum performance standards, which requires all vehicles to be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Benefits of Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Your vehicle's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) continuously monitors the air pressure in your tires.
When there is an instance of low tire pressure, or if the tire pressure drops below the manufacturer's recommended level of tire pressure, the TPMS will detect and report the discrepancy by illuminating an indicator light on the dashboard of your vehicle. When the TPMS light flashes on the dashboard, you should check your tire pressure, inflate the affected tire to the level indicated by the manufacturer, or bring your vehicle into our shop so that the issue can be remedied by our expert staff. During a TPMS maintenance service, our service staff will run a series of tests to ensure that the system is operating both correctly and at maximum efficiency. If our technicians uncover damage to the system or its accompanying components, they may need to replace valve cores, valve nuts, seals, seal washers, or valve caps. If you are in need of TPMS repairs, maintenance, or replacement services, or if you are in need of a TPMS installation service, then contact us today.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind TPMS repair services at west shore tires & auto center
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) tracks the amount of pressure in tires and alerts a driver when the pressure is at an insufficient level. There are two types of tire pressure monitoring systems—direct and indirect. A direct TPMS receives information from pressure sensors inside each tire on the vehicle, while an indirect TPMS uses speed sensor data from the wheels to determine tire pressure levels. When a tire has an insufficient level of pressure, it becomes a safety hazard for various reasons. If pressure is too high, tires tend to bounce and lose traction. If pressure is too low, tires heat up quickly and wear out easily. Heat can negatively affect the tread of a tire and ultimately lead to blowouts and accidents. We recommend that drivers pay attention to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and heed any warnings it produces.
Why should you have TPMS repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
When your TPMS alerts you to a tire pressure problem, please contact us for assistance. Our service staff is equipped with the right tools for the job. After we use our professional diagnostic tools to obtain information from your TPMS, we can help you inflate or deflate your tires until they are within the correct pressure range. We can also check that your pressure or speed sensors are working correctly. In the case that your Tire Pressure Monitoring System is simply not working at all, our service staff will determine the correct repair procedure. If you have any questions about the functionality of your TPMS, please give us a call or contact us online. We are happy to discuss your TPMS with you and look forward to sending you back out on the road with a fully operational system. We proudly service the TPMS Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers on the road. Your vehicle's brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the vehicle's wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat has the potential to wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the components comprising each brake system may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.
Benefits of Brake Repair
Bad brakes display warning signs for impending brake maintenance.
For example, if your brakes squeal or grind when in use, then your brake pads may be worn and require replacements. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, then this may point to worn brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or low brake fluid in the brake lines. If your brake pedal presses down too easily—also known as "spongy" brakes—then this may be an indication of too much air in the hydraulic brake lines. Sometimes, your vehicle's electronic diagnostic system will alert you to a potential brake issue by a service indicator light on the dashboard. While these are only some of the most common signs of potential problems with your vehicle's brake system, noticing these signs of faulty brakes and seeking out a brake service can save you money down the line. Our staff is trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms of bad brakes, like unusual squealing or grinding noises, then contact us online or call us today to have your brakes inspected immediately.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Brake Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind brake inspection services at west shore tires & auto center
Brakes use friction to bring a vehicle to a complete stop. This friction creates a substantial amount of heat that can degrade the brakes and brake components over time. As a result, inspecting these components and ensuring proper operation has become a critical part of overall vehicle maintenance. Although brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle, the responsibility and importance of the components remains the same. Today, some common brake types include drum and disc brakes. Drum brakes contain brake shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, springs, and self-adjusters. Disc brakes contain brake pads, rotors, calipers, and hydraulic components. Depending on the design of the rear brake system, the parking brake assembly, which keeps the vehicle from rolling once stopped, can be housed in either a drum or rotor. All of these components, including the brake pedal and brake fluid, should be checked during a brake inspection service to help ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate.
Why should you have brake inspection services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Brake inspections are crucial to ensuring safe driving conditions. Determining when to seek an inspection will depend on your driving conditions and preferences. The goal of our brake inspection is to find, diagnose, and discuss any issues while recommending brake repair procedures. During a brake inspection, we may discover that your brake system requires new brake pads or shoes, or the installation of new brake calipers or wheel cylinders. Alternatively, we may need to drain and replace your old brake fluid to rid the brake lines of air, dirt, and other contaminants. If your brake lines and hoses show cracks or heat damage, we may suggest replacements. To restore maximum braking ability, the rotors or drums of your disc or drum brake system might also need to be replaced. Our methods and items for repair will vary by inspection, so please contact us online or give us a call to learn more about brake maintenance. We proudly service the Brake Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Brake Rotor Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind brake rotor replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Your brake system's rotors, in conjunction with the brake pads, help bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Commonly made of cast iron, rotors are discs that mount to the wheel hub. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads compress against the rotors and slow your wheels. Rotor design may vary from vehicle to vehicle and from brake system to brake system. Variations in design help dissipate the heat created between the brake pads and the rotors when you slow your vehicle. Disc brake systems can account for heat dissipation in two ways: either the rotors will have a ventilated design, or the brake pads will contain a slot on the surface. These vents and slots provide passages so air circulation can effectively cool the rotor. Proper heat dissipation is extremely important for prolonging the life of your rotors. Drivers are encouraged to watch their brake rotors and seek rotor repairs or rotor replacements when necessary.
Why should you have brake rotor replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Brake pads and rotors work together to stop your vehicle, and share similar wear patterns. As brake pads compress against the rotor to stop the vehicle, the friction required to slow your wheels creates a large amount of heat that, if not properly dissipated, can wear down your brake pads and rotors. A vibrating brake pedal is one indication that your rotors are damaged and need to be replaced. When a rotor is removed from the brake assembly, the rotor will be inspected for cracks and other damage incurred during routine operation. Periodic inspections of rotors will prolong rotor repairs and replacements while ensuring your brake system continues operating as expected. Seeking brake rotor replacements within the service intervals indicated by your owner's manual, or as wear and tear dictates, is an important part of brake maintenance. If you are wondering if a rotor replacement is right for your vehicle, please consult with a member of our service staff today. We proudly service the Brake Rotor Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Front Disc Brake Repair
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind front disc brake repair services at west shore tires & auto center
In the brake systems of modern vehicles, disc brakes are used in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Front disc brake systems contain brake pads, calipers, rotors, and hydraulic components. In a disc brake system, the rotor is mounted to the wheel hub, and calipers are responsible for squeezing the brake pads against the disc in order to slow the speed of the turning rotor and bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Because front disc brake systems convert kinetic energy into heat, ventilation slots, holes, or vanes are necessary for expelling heat from the brake system. While the brake pads are already designed to withstand heat, excessive amounts of heat are still damaging to the pads as well as other disc brake components. Brake systems that use disc brakes are known to possess strong stopping power. Like all brake systems, however, disc brakes will wear over time. This is why routine maintenance is extremely important.
Why should you have front disc brake repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Because front brakes provide most of your vehicle's stopping power, they tend to wear out more quickly than rear brakes. When deciding whether or not to schedule a front disc brake repair service, there are some symptoms to consider. Squealing noises from the front brakes point to worn brake pads, while grinding noises are a sure sign that your rotors need servicing. If your brake pedal shakes when engaged, this may also be a sign of bad rotors. A vehicle that pulls to one side when braking indicates a bad caliper or uneven brake pad wear, which can result from uneven distribution of pressure in the brake lines. Besides incurring additional repair costs, leaving symptoms of an impending front disc brake repair untreated can lead to serious, stressful situations for both yourself and other drivers on the road. We proudly service the Front Disc Brake Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Parking Brake Adjustment
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind parking brake adjustment services at west shore tires & auto center
Whether you have a disc brake system or a drum brake system, you have a parking brake that is responsible for locking your vehicle in a parked position. The parking brake, also known as the emergency brake, is applied independently of regular brakes and is engaged by either pulling the parking brake lever or pressing a special pedal. Most motorists use the parking brake when parking on a steep hill. However, the parking brake can also be used to stop suddenly and prevent an accident from occurring. There are three types of parking brakes that use a ratchet locking mechanism: stick, center level, and pedal. Each type of parking brake depends on the style of driver's seat, and each operates differently depending on the brake system. You should always consult the owner's manual to determine the correct position of a disengaged parking brake and whether or not your parking brake needs an adjustment.
Why should you have parking brake adjustment services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
A properly functioning parking brake is critical for your safety and the safety of your passengers. At some point in the life of your brake system, it may be necessary to adjust the parking brake for a few reasons. Parking brakes use cables to transmit lever movement, and these cables stretch through use and as they age. A properly tensioned cable is an important part of firmly engaging a parking brake. A parking brake that no longer grips as it once did or sticks is another reason to seek a parking brake adjustment. Solutions to some parking brake problems may be found in the replacement of parts or additional lubrication to moving components. Our staff will determine the correct parking brake repair or adjustment procedure upon inspecting your parking brake and accompanying components. We proudly service the Parking Brake Adjustment needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Rear Disc Brake Repair
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind rear disc brake repair services at west shore tires & auto center
Some brake systems use disc brakes in the rear of a vehicle. Most rear disc brake systems contain brake pads, calipers, rotors, and a parking brake assembly. Calipers are responsible for squeezing the brake pads against the rotor, which is mounted to the wheel hub. When you apply pressure to the brakes, the brake pads are hydraulically pressed against the brake disc to create the necessary amount of friction for slowing the turning rotor. A rear disc brake system converts kinetic energy into heat. Most brake rotors incorporate a ventilated design to release heat from the brake system. When the parking brake is applied, a piston is pushed into the brake pad to keep the vehicle from moving. In some systems, a "drum in hat" parking brake assembly uses parking brake shoes to keep the vehicle from moving. Brake systems with rear disc brakes are known to possess strong stopping power in even the worst driving conditions. However, they are still susceptible to the same type of wear and tear as any regularly used brake system.
Why should you have rear disc brake repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Braking naturally creates a substantial amount of heat and friction, so rear disc brakes will wear from natural use. Routine rear disc brake inspections can prevent excessive wear from damaging other brake components like calipers and rotors. Completely worn brake pads can cause calipers to squeeze metal on metal, which will damage the rotors. Some disc brake pads have a wear indicator strip that makes a whistling sound to notify you when brake pads need replacements. Sometimes the calipers can stick and keep from retracting all the way, which can cause quicker wear on brake pads. Squealing and grinding noises are the first sign of disc brake issues, but be sure to seek a rear brake repair service for your disc brakes at the first sign of any trouble. Properly working disc brakes are important for your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road. We proudly service the Rear Disc Brake Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Rear Drum Brake Repair
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind rear drum brake repair services at west shore tires & auto center
Some brake systems use rear drum brakes instead of rear disc brakes. Drum brake components consist of brake drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, and hardware including springs and self-adjusters. The brake shoes sit against the drum until the brakes are applied. Once applied, brake fluid pushes the wheel cylinders against the brake shoes, which in turn press against the brake drum and create the friction required to stop your vehicle. When you let off the brakes, the springs return the brake shoes back to their original position. This self-adjusting system helps keep the brake shoes in position when the brakes are not applied. As the brake shoes gradually become worn, the self-adjuster compensates for the worn area by adjusting the original position of the brake shoe so that it is closer to the brake drum. Because rear drum brakes serve an important role in slowing your vehicle, it is wise to get them repaired and replaced as necessary.
Why should you have rear drum brake repair services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
During use, rear drum brakes create a serious amount of heat and friction that can degrade brake components over time. Grinding, screeching, or squealing noises signal worn brake shoes rubbing against the brake drum. Worn springs and an insufficiently lubricated self-adjuster can cause brake shoes to wear down quickly. Rapid and excessive wear may also point to problems with other components. Wheel cylinders that do not receive adequate brake fluid and worn springs that are unable to return brake shoes to their original position are both contributors to worn brake shoes and inevitable rear brake repairs. Because driving on worn rear drum brakes can endanger the life of yourself and other passengers, it is important to repair your brakes as needed. Our rear drum brake repair service can help. We cover rear drum brakes and accompanying components--like brake shoes, wheel cylinders, springs, and self-adjusters--to help ensure maximum drum brake performance. We proudly service the Rear Drum Brake Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Lube, Oil & Filter Change
An oil change and filter replacement is one of many preventative maintenance services that help promote maximum vehicle performance while extending the life of your vehicle. Oil is responsible for lubricating the working components inside your vehicle's engine while reducing the amount of friction between them. Because the engine generates a substantial amount of heat, oil acts as a cooling agent as it circulates through the engine. Oil also absorbs other harmful particles created during the combustion process and directs them to the oil filter, which filters out the debris and contaminants for clean, free-flowing oil. Together, the oil and oil filter keep your vehicle's engine operating at optimal levels of performance. During an oil change, we will replace your engine's old oil with new oil and replace the oil filter. We will also lubricate the chassis components of the vehicle according to the standards of the manufacturer. At the end of every lube, oil and filter change, our staff will have ensured that your engine oil is clean and the working parts of your engine are properly lubricated.
Benefits of Lube, Oil & Filter Change
Over time, as oil becomes saturated with contaminants, excess particles are left behind in the engine, where they can form deposits and cause significant wear to the engine.
Oversaturated oil loses its lubrication, which will eventually lead to an overworking engine, excess heat, and engine failure. Excessive heat can also lead to thermal breakdown in your engine oil, causing a change in the oil's viscosity, and resulting in decreased oil flow. Similarly, dirty oil flows more slowly, causing the engine to work harder, leading to increased engine wear. Our service staff will inspect the oil filter during each oil change, and replace the oil filter in order to keep your oil clean from contaminants. Routine lube and oil changes will keep your engine running stronger and running longer. Contact us online or call us today regarding your next lube, oil, and filter change.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Lube, Oil & Filter Change needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Lube and Oil Change
Approx. Time: 30 Minutes.
The basics behind lube and oil change services at west shore tires & auto center
Motor oil and lube changes are very important for keeping your engine functioning properly. Motor oil keeps your engine lubricated so there isn't any excess friction or wear on moving parts. Oil cools down your engine, fights rust and corrosion, reduces engine noise, and works with the oil filter to remove contaminants from the engine. Oil is very important to your engine for helping it operate at optimum performance levels. When you drive your car, your engine becomes very hot, and heat makes oil break down. Broken down oil doesn't move through your engine as well, which means the oil cannot do its job. Oil also cleans your engine as it flows around it. Dirty oil moves more slowly than clean oil and is not able to lubricate your engine correctly. In addition, the gritty particles in dirty oil can hinder its friction reduction abilities and increase wear on moving parts.
Why should you have lube and oil change services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Your engine needs motor oil to keep everything in proper working order, but old oil can break down, turn dirty, and harm your vehicle. During an oil change, our staff will change the oil filter, drain the dirty oil from your engine, and replace it with clean, new oil to keep your engine running smoothly. During a lube and oil change, our service staff will lubricate the chassis and the internal framework that holds your car together. By the time our staff finishes with your lube and oil change, your engine should be running smoothly, complete with a new oil filter, fresh oil, and a lubricated chassis. Changing your oil early and often will keep your engine running under optimal conditions. Contact us online or call us today to schedule your next oil change and lube service. We proudly service the Lube and Oil Change needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Exhaust System Repair
Located on the underside of your vehicle, the exhaust system is responsible for collecting and directing harmful emissions away from the vehicle, reducing the amount of pollutants released into the environment, and minimizing engine exhaust noise and force. The exhaust system is composed of pipes and tubing designed to streamline vehicle operation while maximizing vehicle performance and efficiency. Engines produce dangerous gases as a byproduct of the combustion process. The exhaust manifold collects the emissions from the engine and funnels the gases through the front pipe to the catalytic converter. The converter transforms these harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide, into less harmful ones, like oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor, and carbon dioxide. The muffler helps cancel out the noise created by the engine. The muffler dissipates sound waves while the tailpipe releases the converted gases into the atmosphere.
Benefits of Exhaust System Repair
Depending upon the problem, the exhaust system can affect both your vehicle's performance and your ability to drive.
For these reasons, it is important to keep current with maintenance intervals on your exhaust system. A repair service or inspection may be impending if you hear excessively loud noises during acceleration. These noises may be a sign of holes or cracks somewhere in the exhaust system. Rattling noises when starting the vehicle or excessive idling may be a sign of failed or broken hangers. If you feel drowsiness while driving, this may be a serious sign that fumes are leaking through the vents and into the cabin interior. Sharp odors are also signs that noxious fumes are leaking into the vehicle. Signs of rust or cracks in any component of your exhaust system indicate corrosion. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek a service sooner than later. Maintaining routine exhaust system services will help keep all your exhaust components, like the exhaust manifold, front pipe, downpipe, catalytic converter, and muffler, working efficiently. Routine maintenance on your exhaust system will save you from having to replace the entire exhaust system down the road.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Exhaust System Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Catalytic Converter Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind catalytic converter replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
Located on the underside of your vehicle, the catalytic converter helps clean up vehicle emissions before expelling them into the environment. Catalytic converters contain honeycomb-like structures coated with platinum and palladium that help minimize the harmful effects of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide produced by your vehicle's engine. These harmful elements pass through two stages: the reduction catalyst stage and the oxidation catalyst stage. During the reduction catalyst stage, nitrogen oxide is converted into oxygen and nitrogen gases while carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon is oxidized in the oxidation catalyst stage. The catalytic converter also relies on the oxygen sensor to detect the correct level of oxygen introduced in the oxidation catalyst stage. Routine exhaust system maintenance can help ensure your catalytic converter is always working optimally and reduce the likelihood of it releasing harmful and often deadly chemicals into the environment, or into the cabin of your vehicle.
Why should you have catalytic converter replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Because of the role they play in passenger safety and emission control, catalytic converters are important exhaust system components. Without a catalytic converter, your exhaust system would release poisonous and dangerous gases, like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide. A damaged catalytic converter must be replaced at the first sign of trouble. Clogged catalytic converters are also dangerous. If you try to accelerate but your vehicle fails to speed up, the catalytic converter may be clogged, which will quickly cause your engine to fail. The smell of sulfur also indicates a bad catalytic converter. A damaged oxygen sensor can lead to the catalytic converter operating less efficiently and reducing its lifespan. If there is not enough oxygen, the harmful gases will fail to diminish, while too much oxygen can cause the converter to overheat and fail. Our service staff will conduct tests to determine the exact cause of a malfunctioning catalytic converter. We proudly service the Catalytic Converter Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Center Exhaust Section Replacement
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind center exhaust section replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
The center exhaust section contains the catalytic converter and the section of exhaust pipes between the downpipe and the tail pipe. The pipes in the center section of your exhaust system are shaped to connect to each other while wrapping and bending to accommodate other parts and components on the underside of your vehicle. The harmful emissions converted by the catalytic converter into less harmful elements are carried away from passengers by the exhaust pipes. Your vehicle's center exhaust section also contains the oxygen sensor, which determines the correct level of oxygen introduced during the conversion of these harmful emissions into less harmful elements by the catalytic converter. Maintaining proper center exhaust section performance will ensure that your entire exhaust system continues to minimize exhaust noise and reduce pollutants released into the environment. Center exhaust system maintenance is important for your safety, the safety of your passengers, and overall vehicle maintenance.
Why should you have center exhaust section replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
A center exhaust system may need to be replaced for a few reasons. The catalytic converter may be failing. Pipes may be corroded or clogged. Because the catalytic converter is tasked with converting the harmful emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide into less harmful elements like oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor, and carbon dioxide, a clogged catalytic converter may mean that these harmful and deadly gases are being released into the cabin of your vehicle. A clogged catalytic converter will result in a loss of vehicle acceleration, low gas mileage, and stalling. A completely clogged catalytic converter or exhaust pipes will cause exhaust backpressure and the failure of your vehicle's engine. Routine center exhaust system inspections can prevent breakdowns and ensure proper exhaust system operating conditions. Being wary of the warning signs for impending center exhaust section issues can help you determine the proper time for replacements. We proudly service the Center Exhaust Section Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind downpipe replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
The exhaust system is responsible for converting engine emissions into less harmful gases before releasing those gases into the atmosphere. The downpipe or front section of an exhaust system connects the exhaust manifold to the catalytic converter. The manifold collects, diminishes, and funnels emissions to the catalytic converter, which converts the emissions into even less harmful substances. Downpipes are designed with a large diameter so that gases can be quickly transferred between exhaust system sections without delay. Without a properly functioning downpipe, the performance and efficiency of the entire exhaust system would be compromised. Your vehicle's performance is affected when the channel of pipes comprising the exhaust system are inhibited in a way that prevents proper expulsion of the emissions created during the engine combustion process. Replacing your downpipe at the first sign of trouble will promote exhaust system maintenance and improve engine performance.
Why should you have downpipe replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Common problems with downpipes often result from leaks and internal corrosion. Worn exhaust system components, like the downpipe, should be replaced at the first sign of trouble. Most aftermarket downpipes are larger in diameter than the original equipment pipes they replace. Therefore, replacing your downpipe with an aftermarket downpipe can significantly reduce restrictions and positively impact engine horsepower. Improving the efficiency of the pipes composing the exhaust system will ultimately improve the condition of your engine and the performance of your vehicle. Likewise, blockages and other damages to exhaust system components will negatively impact engine performance. Louder than usual noises and problems accelerating are all signs that your vehicle's exhaust system may be damaged. Contact us today for an inspection and replacement of your exhaust system's downpipe. We proudly service the Downpipe Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 15 Minutes.
The basics behind exhaust inspection services at west shore tires & auto center
The exhaust system collects the harmful emissions released from your engine and directs them away from the vehicle. Exhaust system components work together to reduce the amount of pollutants expelled into the environment. The manifold collects the mixture of air and fuel from the engine and burns unused fuel. From the manifold, the emissions are sent through exhaust pipes into the catalytic converter, where the harmful elements are reduced and converted into less harmful gases in a honeycomb structure coated with platinum, rhodium, and palladium. These gases travel into the muffler, which dampens noise and dissipates the sound waves created during the combustion process in the engine. Finally, the gases are released into the environment through the tailpipe. Periodically checking these components for damage will help keep your exhaust system operating at maximum efficiency.
Why should you have exhaust inspection services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Because the exhaust system is responsible for controlling your vehicle's emissions, an inspection of the exhaust system is critical for your safety and the performance of your car. An exhaust system leak is dangerous due to the release of carbon monoxide into the cabin compartment, which can affect your judgment and perception. Exhaust noise is usually a sign of trouble, and should never be ignored. Blockages and plugged components can cause a loss of power and poor fuel economy. Leaks are often a result of internal corrosion, which is why close, routine inspection of your exhaust system is extremely important for overall car maintenance. Mounting components and gaskets will also be inspected and replaced as needed. During an exhaust service and inspection, all components, including the muffler, catalytic converter, manifold, downpipe, and exhaust pipes, are visually inspected for damage and tested for proper working order. We proudly service the Exhaust Inspection needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind manifold replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
In your vehicle's exhaust system, the manifold collects harmful emissions produced by the engine during the combustion process. The exhaust manifold is the first compartment to receive these gases from the engine's cylinders. The manifold collects the harmful gases produced during the combustion process. The manifold contains an oxygen sensor that tells the engine control computer to increase or decrease the amount of oxygen in the fuel and air mixture assembled during the combustion process. After the leftover gases are collected in the manifold, the manifold funnels these gases into the rest of the exhaust system. Over time, this process of heating and cooling can eventually take its toll on the manifold.
Why should you have manifold replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
A manifold replacement may be necessary if corrosion or other damage is found by a member of our service staff. Be wary of ticking sounds coming from underneath your vehicle. This could be a sign that your manifold is loose and bumping against other components in the exhaust system. A leak in your manifold will result in poor engine power and performance. Engine hesitation and hard acceleration are signs of problems with your manifold. Increased noise and sputtering indicate manifold damage. Consider scheduling an inspection of your manifold at the first sign of trouble. If leaks or damage are detected during a service, your manifold will be replaced. Routine inspections of your vehicle's exhaust system can prevent your manifold from failing and potentially allowing harmful fumes to reach you and your passengers. We proudly service the Manifold Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind muffler replacement services at west shore tires & auto center
As part of the exhaust system, the muffler is responsible for dampening engine noise and releasing vehicle emissions into the environment. All mufflers are designed to revert the pressure and emissions produced in the combustion process and keep them from entering the cabin of the vehicle. Mufflers are commonly made of steel and coated with aluminum. There are two types of mufflers in vehicles. The first type of muffler utilizes resonating and expansion chambers to reduce noises as a result of the engine combustion process. When sound waves move through this type of muffler, high frequency waves collide with low frequency waves and cancel each other out, thereby eliminating noise. The other type of muffler utilizes a perforated pipe, containing metal, fiberglass, or another sound-absorbing material. Maintaining optimal muffler performance is a must if you aim to protect your passengers from harmful emissions while keeping the operation of your vehicle relatively quiet.
Why should you have muffler replacement services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Like most vehicle components, routine visual inspections can promote proper muffler maintenance, but there are signs to be aware of when considering the likelihood of a muffler replacement. Sometimes muffler repair may be necessary to replace a broken clamp or clasp, but over time, through periods of heavy use, mufflers may rust and rot. Other times, a muffler may be damaged by road debris. Vibrations coming from the muffler are a sign of loose hanger mounts. Vibrations may also indicate that the sound-reducing parts have corroded and stopped working completely. Soot-covered mufflers and loud noises are sure signs of a bad muffler. A bad muffler can lead to decreased fuel efficiency and rough idling. Large clouds of smoke coming from the exhaust pipe is cause for having your muffler inspected or replaced. Our service staff can restore efficiency to your vehicle's exhaust system by replacing a faulty muffler. We proudly service the Muffler Replacement needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Cooling System Repair
The cooling system consists of a cooling fan, water pump, thermostat, radiator, heater core, heater valve, and various other parts that primarily work together to dissipate and remove heat from a vehicle's engine. Your vehicle's cooling system is responsible for reducing the temperature inside your engine and preventing possible overheating. Excess heat can build in a variety of places in your vehicle's engine. When the engine reaches maximum operating temperatures, the thermostat opens and releases antifreeze from the engine to the radiator, which initiates the circulatory flow to absorb excess heat. The antifreeze is also responsible for keeping other engine fluids from boiling or freezing. After the antifreeze flows through the engine, it cycles back to the radiator, where the excess heat escapes through the radiator's walls. The antifreeze is cooled by the cooling fan and readied to be re-released into the engine to dissipate additional heat.
Benefits of Cooling System Repair
Over time, antifreeze breaks down and loses its efficiency. If not drained and replaced, old antifreeze can lead to corrosion.
During a cooling system flush and fill, our staff will drain the antifreeze from the radiator, flush the cooling system, and fill the radiator with new antifreeze. The cooling system's cooling fan circulates air through the radiator and passes excess heat out of the engine. If the cooling fan malfunctions, your vehicle's engine will overheat. During an inspection of the cooling system service, our experts will check the cooling fan for damage and the fan belt for cracks. Because the radiator is responsible for cooling the antifreeze as it circulates throughout the cooling system, a leak or a broken radiator hose can lead to major engine failure. A radiator pressure test is one way we can check for potential leaks or radiator damage. Ultimately, neglecting basic cooling system and radiator maintenance can lead to a potential radiator replacement and major engine or radiator repairs down the road.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Cooling System Repair needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Cooling System Flush & Fill
Approx. Time: 60 Minutes.
The basics behind cooling system flush & fill services at west shore tires & auto center
In your vehicle, fuel is converted into heat energy, which means the internal temperatures in your engine compartment can increase dramatically in a short period of time. If your engine overheats, it can cause major damage to various components and cost you a significant amount of time and money to fix. The efficiency of a cold engine is low in comparison to a warm engine, and cold engines are prone to pollution. Your vehicle's cooling system helps maintain a constant internal temperature. Ethylene glycol is mixed with water to make antifreeze, which is used in cooling systems to regulate your engine's temperature. Your engine's coolants must be capable of withstanding cold temperatures without freezing and warm temperatures without boiling. Aside from maintaining constant engine temperatures as it passes through the cooling system, antifreeze prevents corrosion and lubricates engine components to ensure that everything moves and performs properly. A cooling system flush is necessary for maintaining proper performance levels.
Why should you have cooling system flush & fill services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
Since antifreeze helps regulate your engine's internal temperature, it is important to check antifreeze levels often. Coolant levels should only be checked when the engine is completely cool, because engine coolant can be hot enough to burn. Significantly lowered coolant levels usually mean you have a leak, or your engine is running too hot. Driving your vehicle on old engine coolant is a leading cause of cooling system failure. The purpose of any cooling system flush is to rid your vehicle of its old antifreeze. Our service staff can drain antifreeze from your radiator, flush out your cooling system, and add new antifreeze to your radiator. We are happy to do cooling system flushes on vehicles of all makes and models, and our knowledgeable service staff will approach your cooling system flush and fill with complete competence to deliver quality repairs. We proudly service the Cooling System Flush & Fill needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind replace radiator services at west shore tires & auto center
The radiator on your car helps keep your engine cool. An overheated engine will lead to a breakdown, so radiator maintenance is very important to the overall functionality of your vehicle. The radiator sits at the front of the engine bay and is constructed with slim, hollow channels that run from the inlet tank to the outlet tank. Liquid coolant gets pumped through a sequence of tubes to the engine, where the liquid is warmed by the working engine. After the coolant passes through the engine, it makes its way to the radiator, which is constructed so that the flowing liquid is cooled by air passing through the radiator. The air is allowed in through the grill on the front of the car. Once the liquid is cooled down again, the coolant cycles back through the engine to absorb more heat in a continuous cycle to keep the engine working at optimal temperatures.
Why should you have replace radiator services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
It's extremely important to repair or replace your radiator if it isn't working properly. If you think your radiator is malfunctioning, there are signs that might help you determine the appropriate time to schedule a service. One sign that your radiator isn't working could be an elevated temperature gauge, which is an indication that your engine may be overheating. Another sign of a malfunctioning radiator is a green, yellow, or orange puddle of coolant under your car, which may point to a radiator leak. Radiators spring leaks due to corrosion. If you notice problems with your radiator, contact us and we'll determine if your radiator needs to be repaired or replaced. We proudly service the Replace Radiator needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Many of today's wheels are cast or forged and made out of steel, aluminum, or aluminum alloy. Casting consists of pouring liquid metal into a mold, while forging consists of heating and machining a wheel into shape through the use of CNC lathing equipment. Anatomy-wise, the center section of a wheel contains a bolt pattern and mounting holes that are used to attach the wheel to a vehicle. The outermost lip of the wheel is known as the flange. The flange, located on the edge of the wheel, is flared to form the bead seat, which holds the tire and maintains an airtight seal. Safety humps are small elevations on the inside of the bead seat, which prevent the tire from falling into the drop center portion of the wheel in case a blowout occurs. This innovation allows drivers to maintain directional control of a vehicle with deflated tires. The drop center is the section of the wheel with a smaller diameter than the rest of the wheel. The drop center provides a means for installing and removing a tire. If you are looking for a one-stop wheel and rim shop, you have come to the right place. Our staff is comprised of wheel fitment and installation experts ready to help you find the perfect wheel.
Benefits of Wheel Services
There are many reasons to shop for new wheels for your car or truck.
You might be looking to increase steering response or improve the handling of your vehicle, or you might be looking to improve the appearance of your car or truck. Whether you are in the market for a set of new wheels due to recent driving damage or you simply want to switch up your driving capabilities, we have a variety of wheels and rims available for purchase and installation. We carry a wide selection of wheel brands, sizes, and styles for passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs. Whatever we do not have available in our current inventory, we will special order upon request. All mounting and balancing will be done by our detail-oriented team of auto experts. When you are in the market for a new set of wheels, our staff will be happy to discuss the difference between bolt patterns and offsets, and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing steel, aluminum, or alloy wheels.
West Shore Tires & Auto Center proudly serves the Wheel Services needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.
Wheel Purchase & Wheel Installation
Approx. Time: 120 Minutes.
The basics behind wheel purchase & wheel installation services at west shore tires & auto center
Wheels help support the weight of a vehicle and serve as a connection between the entire tire-wheel assembly and a vehicle's axle. Wheels may be made from steel, aluminum, or alloy. Parts on a wheel include the rim, centerbore, outboard face, and spokes. The rim is the part of the wheel that touches the tire. The empty space that allows the wheel to attach to the axle is the centerbore. The outboard face looks outward when the wheel is installed on a vehicle, and spokes are rods that extend outward from a wheel's center. Some manufacturers create different spoke designs for aesthetic appeal. Unlike tires, wheels are not created for surface contact. If a wheel comes into close contact with the surface of the road for too long, the wheel assembly can incur irreparable damage, thereby limiting the effectiveness of the entire tire-wheel assembly. Replacing wheels as needed is extremely important for your safety and the performance of your vehicle.
Why should you have wheel purchase & wheel installation services performed at west shore tires & auto center?
If your current wheel is damaged beyond repair or you need assistance with the installation of a new wheel, allow our staff to help. We can assist you in finding the right wheel for your tire-wheel assembly, and we can aid you with all your wheel purchase and installation questions and needs. Our staff understands not all wheels are right for all vehicles. When you are ready to begin the wheel purchasing process, we can help you identify wheels with hub diameters that fit your vehicle's axle. We will also assist you in finding wheels that have the correct bolt patterns for your vehicle. If you are in the market for a more striking wheel, we can help you with finding the right design. Whatever type of wheel you ultimately purchase, our dedicated and friendly staff is happy to help you with installation. We proudly service the Wheel Purchase & Wheel Installation needs of customers in Staten Island, NY, Rossville, NY, Charleston, NY, and surrounding areas.