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Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen Sensor Many people hear the term “oxygen sensor" and figure it must have something to do with sensing oxygen. But they don’t really know much beyond that. Let’s break it down; your vehicle has an oxygen sensor in the exhaust manifold that measures how much un-burned oxygen there is in the exhaust. The sensor reports its findings to the engine control unit (ECU), which knows how much oxygen there should be in the exhaust. Based on that information, the ECU will adjust the amount of fuel it sends to the engine. This feedback and adjustment loop is non-stop. The goal is to have the optimal air to fuel ratio for performance, efficiency and to lower harmful emissions. Now there is a second oxygen sensor located in the exhaust pipe after the catalytic converter. It also measures the amount of oxygen in the exhaust after it has been treated by the catalytic converter. As this measurement is reported back to the ECU, the computer compares the o ... read more

A Pan You Don't Cook In

A Pan You Don't Cook In

A Pan You Don't Cook In You probably have a cabinet in your kitchen filled with pots and pans. Your vehicle has one very important pan in it as well. It's the pan that holds oil for your engine called, naturally, an oil pan. The oil pan is a very important, though simple, component of your engine's lubrication system.  The oil pan is attached to the bottom of the engine and holds the oil that will be circulated through parts of your engine to keep them lubricated, reducing friction, so everything works smoothly and prevents damage.  It's important that the oil doesn't leak out, so there is a gasket between the oil pan and the engine block.  The oil in your engine can get very hot while it’s running.  The heat causes your oil pan and engine block to expand at different rates – cushioned by the gasket. Your oil pan can also get hit and damaged by debris kicked up from the road.  Wear and tear, heat and time all ... read more

Inspect before you purchase!

Inspect before you purchase!

Used Vehicle Inspection It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used. But it can feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you buy a used vehicle. I mean, people sell vehicles for a lot of reasons. Maybe they just wanted a new car, maybe there was something wrong with it, and maybe there was something wrong with it. It’s a great idea to order a report from a vehicle history service. This can uncover title problems and may reveal serious accidents or flood damage as well as any recall notices for the vehicle. Maintenance and repair records are a plus, but most sellers don’t have them. Of course, the best thing is to get a professional to perform a used vehicle inspection. The inspection will go much deeper than just how good the vehicle looks and drives. You’ll get a feel for the vehicle’s overall condition, the status of major safety systems and an indication of how well it has bee ... read more

Not So Dim Idea (Automatic High Beam Dimmers)

Not So Dim Idea (Automatic High Beam Dimmers)

Not So Dim Idea (Automatic High Beam Dimmers) Dec 28th, 2020 The moment someone invented headlights that had a high-beam and a low-beam, they also invented a problem.  That problem was what happens when you meet someone on the road going the other way who forgets to switch off their high-beams? We've all had it happen, of course.  All you can do is look to the right edge of the road and try to avoid looking directly into the offender's headlights. We want to have high-beams available for the simple reason that they can improve safety when they're used correctly.  They allow drivers more reaction time since they can see farther down the road.  So, what about a way to automatically have your vehicle switch off your high beams when another vehicle is approaching? Bingo! The automatic high beam dimmer! Engineers started working on this way back in the 1950s.  One automaker came up with an odd-looking device that mounted on the dash ... read more

What we are doing about Covid-19

What we are doing about Covid-19

With the Covid-19 numbers still increasing in the Fairbanks area we wanted to let you know what we here at FrontLine Automotive and The Front End Shop are doing to protect our customers and our staff. We do ask that you wear a mask when picking up or dropping off your vehicle. If you do not have one, we can provide one for you. We also have no contact pick up and drop offs available. In the front of the building is check-in envelopes and the night key pick up box in the back of the building. We are moving our offices to the building next door which will offer more space for social distancing as well. Our technicians wipe down the vehicles and all the touch points before we get into it. We also use seat covers and rubber gloves on every vehicle we get into. Because of the Covid-19 we have suspended our shuttle service until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for you. Rest assured that we are doing our best to protect you and your family as much as we ... read more

FrontLine Automotive is moving our offices Nov. 9th!

FrontLine Automotive is moving our offices Nov. 9th!

FrontLine Automotive is moving our offices Nov. 9th! And collecting food for the Fairbanks Food Bank ~   It has been a very busy summer here at Frontline Automotive! We have some exciting news for you! Since you last visited us, you may have noticed some changes.  Not only do we have a new name, but we have expanded our building! We expanded our facilities to accommodate more vehicles to serve our customers more efficiently, installed new lifts and expanded our team! Also new this year, this holiday season we are partnering with the Fairbanks Community Food Bank to help replenish their ... read more

Used Car Inspection

Used Car Inspection at FrontLine Automotive in Fairbanks It's natural for Fairbanks drivers to be a little anxious when they buy a used car in the Fairbanks area; you worry that it has something wrong with it or that it hasn't been well maintained. If it's possible, bring the vehicle in for a used car inspection at FrontLine Automotive. Your friendly and knowledgeable FrontLine Automotive service advisor can tell you if there are current or emerging problems. The peace of mind is well worth the price of the inspection service. It's also important for Fairbanks drivers to get on track with the maintenance schedule and stay on track. If you don't have maintenance records for the vehicle, assume the worst and get started with an oil change at FrontLine Automotive. The inspection by FrontLine Automotive will reveal basic problems. Be sure to bring up any specific concerns ... read more

Car Scent Is Good For AK Drivers?

Car Scent Is Good For AK Drivers? Oct 10th, 2020 Here’s some travel tips that I’ll bet you didn’t know, and it might keep you safer: The average American commuter spends two and a half hours daily in their car  The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel.  Aggressive driving is the #1 traffic safety concern. So, what does this have to do with how your car smells?  Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: Strawberry New Car Pine Warm Vanilla Breeze It’s C.  Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to Aromatics. And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents. And you thought they just smelled nice.  Give us a call FrontLine Automotive 1432 University Ave S Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) ... read more

Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Simple Answers from FrontLine Automotive in Fairbanks : Severe ServiceQuestion: What is a severe service maintenance schedule?FrontLine Automotive Answer: When I was a kid in Fairbanks, Sunday meant having a bath, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes soon as we got home. Mom didn't have to wash those clothes but once a month or so. Now, Saturdays were another story entirely: catching frogs, splash contests in mud puddles and crawling through the brush with GI Joe. Those clothes went straight into the laundry basket. My Sunday clothes – easy use. My Saturday clothes – hard use. They required a different laundry schedule. Severe Service Maintenance Schedules are kind of like that for Fairbanks drivers. “Normal” driving has a regular schedule; “hard” driving has a Severe Service Schedule ... read more

New paint, New Name, Same Great Staff!

New paint, New Name, Same Great Staff!

This summer we have been busy at Frontline Automotive (formerly known as the The Front End Shop). We have a new name, we are expanding our building to accommodate more services and repairs, we are adding a fresh coat of paint to the building but we are the same trusted staff you have always known us to be!  Stop in today to get caught up on all that is going on! We would love to see you!  

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