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FrontLine Automotive's Guide To Battery Maintenance

FrontLine Automotive's Guide To Battery Maintenance Jun 19th, 2020 Eventually your car battery will fail, and you will need to replace it.  In fact, 70% don’t even make it four years.  There is something you can do to make yours last a little longer. It’s all about the flow of electrical power.  When you start your vehicle, the battery uses power to get your engine cranking.  As your engine runs, your alternator generates electricity to run all your electrical systems: like lights, a half dozen computers, anti-lock brake system, traction control, power windows, electronic fuel injectors, stability control, air conditioning, transmission servos – the list goes on.  Any leftover electricity goes to recharge your battery.  Then you turn on your radio and seat heaters; maybe plug in your cell phone and computer; the kids watch a DVD and soon there isn’t much extra electricity to go back into the battery.  Now, if you were o ... read more

Our New Name!

Our New Name!

Our Up Dated Story A New Name! – FrontLine Automotive The Front End Shop has been a Fairbanks, staple since 1984. We are family owned and operated and are known for our honesty, integrity and expertise in under car, suspension, brakes, steering and alignment service for light and medium duty cars and trucks. We plan to continue providing those services to you, our valued clients for many more years to come! However, over the past few years, we have been adding additional maintenance and repair services to our menu and many customers don’t know that they can bring their vehicles to us for oil services, cooling system service, tune-ups, and many other needed repairs on their vehicles. We often hear “I didn’t know you did that”, and “we only thought you worked on fronts ends and brakes”. So, we are changing our name to FrontLine Automotive to better serve our current and new customers! We have the same great staff with our ASE certified techni ... read more

Differential Service

Simple Answers from FrontLine Automotive for Fairbanks: Differential Service June 2, 2020 Question:What is a differential and why do Fairbanks drivers need to have it serviced?FrontLine Automotive Answer: First – your vehicle does have a differential. If it's a rear wheel drive, your differential is on the back. If it's front wheel drive, your differential is built into your transaxle (transmission). Fairbanks drivers with all-wheel drive or four wheel drive will have differentials front and rear and maybe one in between. When you are steering through a turn at an intersection in Fairbanks, the wheels on the outside of the vehicle have to spin faster than the inside wheels because they have to travel a slightly longer distant through the curve. The differential compensates for these speed differences between the wheels. Because it is part of the equipment that transfers engine power to the wheels ... read more

Power Steering Maintenance

Power Steering Maintenance

Power Steering Maintenance Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles. Let’s break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle. Most people under 40 have never driven a car or truck without power steering. Most vehicles today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles have an electric pump. Some vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering. The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. You can postpone that day by having a power steering service from time to time. We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Ask your service advisor for the recommended change interval. What about th ... read more

Easy Pay Options

Easy Pay Options

Easy Pay Options We are here to help you during this difficult time to maintain your vehicle so that it is safe for you and your family. Now we have time to get our vehicles worked on but no funds available. Take advantage of 12 months no payments and get your vehicle safe and running great again. Repairs are often more economical that buying a new vehicle with high payments and high insurance. We have an Easy Pay system for qualified borrowers to defer payments from 6 to 12 months from now. If your work order is over $199 you can have no payments up to 6 months. If your work order is over $480 you can have no payments up to 12 months.                                   (Good thru 4/30/20) After April 30th the work order would need to be over $750 Ask our Service Advisor for an application and get ... read more

What we are doing to protect you

What we are doing to protect you

Frontline Automotive IS OPEN DURING THIS PANDEMIC AT THIS TIME. AUTO REPAIR IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE. WE ARE MAKING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE SPEAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.  As the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19, and its impact continue to evolve every day, we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees, our customers and our community. Frontline Automotive is taking precautions with your vehicles. Here are some of the actions we have set in place when you deliver your vehicle to us. We have a night drop box so that you do not have to enter the office if you choose. We have heightened cleaning measures to the interiors of vehicles prior to performing any service as well as before returning them to customers. Avoiding handshakes and other physical contact with customers. Wearing gloves when handling customer vehicles. Instructing all employees to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak until the ... read more

Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement)

Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement)

Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement) If your vehicle has a few years on it, you've no doubt had your tires rotated a few times. That means, of course, that a technician has loosened the lug nuts (which hold the wheels on) to remove the wheels and then put them back on.  Many vehicles have lug bolts that go through the wheel into the wheel hub rather than bolts that are attached to the hub and poke out through the wheel.  For our purposes, we’ll simply refer to both styles as “lug nuts”.  Don't be surprised if your Service Advisor tells you it's time for several of those lug nuts to be replaced.  Here's why. There are different styles of lug nuts.  Many of them are constructed from two separate pieces.  One is the main part that is steel, and the other is a chrome, aluminum, or stainless steel cap that fits on top and makes it look pretty.  Time takes its toll on your lug nuts because they'r ... read more

Simple Answers from Frontline Automotive for Fairbanks: Check Engine Light

Simple Answers from Frontline Automotive for Fairbanks: Check Engine Light Feb 9th, 2020 Question My check engine light is on and my boyfriend thinks he can get the code read and know what part to replace to fix my car.  I say it’s not that simple.  Who’s right? Answer Good news – you are!  Just look at it logically: there are hundreds of things that can go wrong with your vehicle.  Some are simple and some are quite complicated.  Let’s take a step back.  Over 80% of engine functions are computer controlled.  The computer receives information from dozens of sensors.  When a sensor reading is out of range, a trouble code is entered in the computer and the Check Engine Light is illuminated. It’s a common misconception that the trouble code will tell you exactly what is wrong.  For any given trouble code, there are any number of faults that would trigger the code.  For example, a code indicating a misfir ... read more

Wired! (Battery Cables and Maintenance)

Wired! (Battery Cables and Maintenance)

Wired! (Battery Cables and Maintenance) Chances are you've had the power go out in your neighborhood at some time, and you know how helpless you feel.  No lights, no microwave oven, no cold refrigerator: Yikes, it's like living in another century.  Well, your vehicle is also highly dependent on having power for it to run properly.  When your battery cables are failing, that power is not transferred as it should be. Battery cables are essentially the wires that connect your vehicle to its battery.  The positive cable supplies the power to various components that use them and the negative grounds the system to the vehicle chassis.  This setup allows you to have power throughout your vehicle. When a battery cable fails, your vehicle may not start, your starter may turn over very slowly, or you may hear a clicking noise.  And you may see your battery warning light go on. Just like a house with no power, a vehicle with no power need ... read more

Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)

Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)

Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement) There's a little part on your vehicle you may not know about, but when it develops a problem, getting it fixed sooner rather than later can save you a lot of money in the long run. Got your attention now? This part is called a ball joint boot.  Ball joints are part of your suspension and allow your front wheels to move up and down and turn left and right.  This boot covers and protects your ball joint. Your suspension is, of course, exposed to nasty stuff getting kicked up from the road.  Stuff like rocks, salt, water, dirt, and chunks of asphalt.  If all that debris were constantly hitting your ball joints, they wouldn't last very long.  So, someone thought, "Hey, why not include protective ‘boots’ that go over the ball joints?"  Great idea. And they work… for a while. Those boots not only protect against debris but also against heat and friction.  So, the ... read more

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