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Fairbanks Auto Repair

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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!  

ABS - Anti-Lock Brakes

ABS - Anti-Lock Brakes

ABS - Anti-Lock Brakes Aug 6th, 2020 Anti-lock brakes (ABS) help you stop faster. That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. Anti-lock brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation. Imagine you are driving on a snowy Fairbanks road. You slam on your brakes and your rear wheels lock up. Chances are good that the rear end of your vehicle will try to pass the front end and you can easily lose control. What would happen in the same circumstance if your front wheels locked up? Well you certainly would not be able to steer properly and your front end would go to wherever momentum leads it. The anti-lock brake system modulates your brakes on and off as many as 15 times a second. This keeps your wheels from locking up while providing the greatest amount of braking possible. You are better able to steer your vehicle and maintain control. Fairbanks Service advisors often talk about the 3 S ... read more

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

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