Your Tires Will Last Longer With A Laser Alignment Performed by Paul’s Great Neck Auto Repair

Your vehicles alignment is one of the key maintenance factors in getting the most wear and performance from your tires.

In addition, wheel alignments provide safe, and predictable vehicle control as well as a smooth and comfortable ride that's free of pulling or vibration.

Today's modern suspension systems require a precise four-wheel alignment that can only be achieved through a modern alignment system like the one in our repair shop. This applies to both front and rear wheel drive vehicles.

Call us today to schedule your wheel alignment

133 Cuttermill Road
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 498-8880 or (516) 498-2910

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The car that cleans itself—Nissan tests new model

The car that cleans itself—Nissan tests new model

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If it's not winter's salt and grime, it's mud and everyday dirt. Keeping your car clean can be a chore—a backbreaking one if you prefer to do it yourself.

But Nissan is testing a car that can keep itself clean, thanks to special paints that repel water and oils. Similar technology could eventually allow manufacturers to do away with windshield wipers by fending off water and grime. Meanwhile, new coatings can also help keep a car's interior cleaner, something especially useful for parents—or those actively involved in sports like camping and trail biking.

The Nissan Technical Centre in Switzerland is in the midst of testing a specially prepared version of the automaker's Note model for the European market. The subcompact hatchback has had a layer of a special coating, called Ultra-Ever Dry, applied over its conventional paint finish. Developed by UltraTech International, it repels oil and water.

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That means that most common dirt, grime and oil won't stick to the vehicle's sheet metal. The Ultra-Ever Dry finish even works with rain, frost and sleet, Nissan reported after preliminary testing.

"The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving," said Geraldine Ingham, the chief marketing manager for the hatchback. "We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application."

For the moment, the automaker says it has no plans to offer the coating as a standard feature but "will continue to consider [it] as a future aftermarket option."

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Nissan developed another innovative paint technology a few years back, a self-healing paint. Known as the Scratch Shield, it uses an elastic resin mixed into a conventional paint formulation that, when exposed to sunlight, fills in small scratches within hours. But few motorists have been willing to pay the premium for the special formulations, so the automaker now offers the technology in only a few markets—not including the U.S..

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Nissan isn't the only automaker looking at hydrophobic coatings—which could prove an interesting alternative for keeping windshields clear and clean. The Hidra concept car, designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, relies on both aerodynamic design to minimize what comes close to the windshield, and a special coating to keep things from sticking if they do come into contact with the glass.

Under a hydrophobic outer coat, a second layer "pushes" dirt off to the sides, while a third layer essentially helps clean off grime. An additional, electrically conductive layer provides the power needed to make it all work.

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The designers claim the technology behind the Hidra wiperless windshield could prove reasonably cost-competitive and could wind up in production in a few years, marking the most significant improvement in rain gear since the first hand-operated wipers were introduced more than a century ago.

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Winter Is Coming -

Winter Is Coming -

Living in New York during the Winter months puts a lot of stress on your vehicle. Cold temperatures make it harder for an engine to work properly especially if its not warmed up properly. Snow and ice limit traction and cause more accidents, reduce your normal braking distance and can even disable you in the snow. Potholes on our roads damage wheels and tires. The salt used by town and highway plow trucks causes rust and gravel and rock salt pits your car's paint job. But there are things we recommend at Paul's Great Neck Auto Repair you can do to help your vehicle in this time of duress. The following are some of our easy steps to properly prepare yourself and your car for winter. If you have any more questions feel free to call us anytime at 516-498-8880 or stop by at 133 Cuttermill Road in Great Neck, NY

 

1. We recommend using snow tires.
An all-around All-Weather-Tire will get through the winter if you're not driving in the thick of it, but if you have the cash, consider buying a set of dedicated winter tires. 

Bring your snow tires in and we will mount and balance them for you and when the snow season is over, bring your other set in and we will mount and balance that set for you. If you need advice on what tire to purchase, or to purchase tires from us, let our professional staff assist you in deciding.

2. Check your tire pressure.
Checking your tire pressure is really important during the cold months. Because traction is often at a minimum due to wet or snowy conditions, it is critical to have your tires properly inflated. It guarantees the best possible contact between the tire and the road. It will also help protect against wheel damage that might occur as if you drive over potholes. The correct tire pressure can often be found by the driver's side door printed on a sticker or read your owner's manual to find the correct tire pressure.

Stop by the shop anytime and we will check your tire pressure for you. If you are losing air in a tire, a nail or screw could be present. Bring your car in and we will gladly plug the tire for you.

3. Test your 4 Wheel Drive.
Because we experience summer and winter here in Great Neck, its a good idea to make certain that your 4 wheel drive will function properly.

Make sure the system engages and disengages smoothly, and that there are no strange noises emanating from the drivetrain when the system is in use. Check to make sure that the transmission and gear oil levels are correct.

It's a good idea to make sure everyone in your family who drives your 4 wheel drive vehicle knows how to engage and disengage this excellent feature.

4. Does your engine requires lower-viscosity oil in the winter?
Some car engines require a change to a thinner oil. This may be more necessary for older cars, since most of the new cars out there already come with oil that's thin enough to withstand the winter. How do you determine what type of oil your car should have in winter? Simply read the owner's manual or stop by and ask one of our mechanics to look it up for you online.

See our oil change service and ask about winter and high mileage oil alternatives.

5. Inspect the belts and hoses.
The hoses and belts in our newer cars lead longer lives than cars made in the past, but that doesn't mean they last forever. We are sure you noticed a loud screeching noise emitting under your hood when starting your car in the dead winter.

Stop by and have one of our Certified Mechanics check and replace your belts.

6. Inspect the wipers and wiper fluid. 
We recommend a lower temperature wiper fluid and winter wiper blades so visibility is not an issue for you. Purchase new wipers at our shop and our mechanics will gladly install them for you and check your wiper fluid levels.

7. Check your car's battery.
Batteries don't warn you before they die. The extremely cold temperatures can reduce your vehicle's battery power by up to 50%. If your battery is older than 3 years, have us test it by one of our certified mechanics. We also check to make sure the battery posts and connections are free of corrosion and your cables are in good working order.

8. Check your anti-freeze mixture.
The ideal mixture of anti-freeze (coolant) and water inside your vehicle's radiator is 50:50. If the mixture deviates from this norm, then hot- and cold-weather performance can suffer dramatically.

Stop on by and let us use our anti-freeze tester to see if the correct mixture is in your vehicle. If too much water is present, your radiator can freeze and burst.

9. Carry an emergency kit in your car. 
If your vehicle becomes stuck or disabled call our Roadside Assistance Team for assistance and towing service. Things you might want to consider carrying include:

  • A flashlight, flares and a first-aid kit.
  • Jumper cables, a tool kit and tire chains.
  • A blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves.
  • Sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter. Use this for added traction when a tire is stuck.
  • A snow brush, snow shovel and, ice scraper.
  • Extra washer fluid with no-freeze additive.

10. Check your heater and windshield front and rear defrosters. 
We recommend that you check that they are in good working order. While you're at it, check the air conditioner as well. An easy way to speed up the defrost process is to turn on the A/C. (You can leave the temperature dial on warm so you don't have to suffer.) And now is also a good time to make sure your heating system works at the same time.

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INFLATE YOUR TIRES, SAVE GAS AND SAVE MONEY

INFLATE YOUR TIRES, SAVE GAS AND SAVE MONEY

While gas prices are out of your control, Paul`s Auto Repair can help you get more out of each gallon. Saving on gas starts with the basics, and we’re here to guide you. Getting the most out of each gallon starts with properly inflated tires, but a properly maintained vehicle goes a long way too. Let Paul`s Auto Repair give your vehicle a Free Complimentary Courtesy Check Up to help improve its gas mileage.

 

 

Paul`s Auto Repair Free Complimentary Courtesy Check Up Includes:

- Free tire inflation

- Free tread inspection

- Free air filter inspection

- Free alignment check

 

9 TIPS TO HELP YOU SAVE GAS AND MONEY

Make sure you’re getting the most mileage out of each gallon of gas by following these simple fuel savings tips.

 

PROPER TIRE PRESSURE

When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake on and this can waste a mile or two per gallon. By maintaining the correct air pressure, you can realize a 10 percent improvement in gas savings. Check your owner’s manual for the proper air pressure for your vehicle’s tires.

 

OPTIMIZE OCTANE

Check your owner’s manual for the correct octane level for your vehicle’s engine. 20 percent of drivers purchase premium fuel when filling up at the pump, but less than 5 percent of cars on the road have engines designed for high octane fuel. If your engine was not, then pumping premium is only putting you at a loss.

 

SAVE MORE BY SLOWING DOWN

You could see a 15 percent improvement in your gas mileage, if you decrease your highway driving from 65 to 55 mph. And better gas mileage is maintained by increasing and decreasing your speed steadily. Drastic acceleration and sudden braking spend fuel faster. Slow down on the highway and use your cruise control as often as possible.

 

FOLLOW MOTOR OIL GRADE RECOMMENDATIONS

Using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil, can improve your gas mileage by 1.2 percent. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1.2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1-1.5 percent.

 

CHECK YOUR FUEL CAP

Don’t forget to check your fuel cap. Make sure it’s undamaged and secure. Missing or problematic caps are responsible for 147 million gallons of gas vaporizing annually.

 

AVOID IDLING YOUR VEHICLE

If you expect to be stopped in your vehicle for an extended period of time, turn the engine off. Consider going into a establishment instead of going through the drive-up. Limit warming up your vehicle in the winter.

 

RID THE TRUNK OF YOUR JUNK

Gas mileage decreases as extra weight is added. Remove items you don’t use daily to make your vehicle fuel efficient.

 

IMPROVE AERODYNAMICS

Improving your vehicle’s aerodynamics will help lower your fuel cost. Take down any bike, ski, or cargo racks from your roof. Washing and waxing your vehicle and rolling up the windows will help improve aerodynamics.

 

ENJOY THE BREEZE

Use your air conditioning only when necessary. This tip might not be reasonable for everyone. Forgoing a/c in the south on a sweltering hot day certainly isn’t practical. The air conditioning utilizes your vehicle’s motor, eating into your gas savings. Parking your vehicle in the shade, and venting your windows a little when you park, will help to keep it cool when you get in. When driving at lower speeds enjoy the breeze or open the air vents to keep your car comfortable. Once you reach highway speed roll up your windows to improve your aerodynamics and set your a/c to a reasonable level.

 

OPT FOR OVERDRIVE

If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing (on 5-speed manual transmissions and 4-speed automatic transmissions), be sure to make use of the overdrive gear as soon as you are going fast enough. If you have a manual transmission, the lower the shift speed, the better the gas savings. Your owner’s manual will give you further information. 

 

TUNE-UPS AND REGULAR MAINTENANCE CHECK-UPS

One of the best ways to gain fuel economy is to get regular tune-ups. This will help improve gas mileage as well as ensure the maximum performance of your vehicle. Worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or your transmission going into high gear can all reduce fuel economy. 

 

Bring your vehicle to Paul`s Auto Repair to maintain your car or truck’s performance and control your fuel budget.

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