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Axle

Axle

Question: I hear a clunking sound from my front wheel when I make a turn. What could be the problem? Frontline Automotive Answer: One possible cause of the problem is a worn axle. Front-wheel drive vehicles have axles that transfer power from the transmission to your front wheels. There is one for each front wheel. These axles are called constant velocity axles or CV axles for short. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have axles that are in back and run between the differential and the rear wheels. Of course, all-wheel drive vehicles will have an axle at each wheel. When a front CV axle goes bad, it will make a clunking noise as you make a slow turn. When a rear axle goes bad, the clunking or moaning sound will be in the back. Now there really isn't any preventive maintenance you can have performed to make your axles last longer, but you can have them inspected from time to time to see if a problem such as a leaking seal or torn protective boot has arisen ... read more

Important Things to Know About the Cost of Auto Repair

Important Things to Know About the Cost of Auto Repair

Important Things to Know About the Cost of Auto Repair At your local Fairbanks full-service automotive service center, profit margins are a lot narrower than many people imagine. Cars are far more complex; thus, the tools and diagnostic equipment are also more complicated. Diagnosing why your Check Engine light is on may require a machine that costs $18k. Ask a senior technician how much he/she has invested in tools, initial education and ongoing training. For example, a carburetor used to be a pretty simple part to maintain and repair. Nowadays, an electronic fuel system repair in Fairbanks requires a technician to have a higher level of knowledge and expensive diagnostic equipment to read and interpret the numerous trouble codes. And it doesn't end there. Shops must pay subscription fees for database services to locate and order the right parts. Buying or leasing shop space has risen along with other commercial real estate prices in Fairbanks. All the technology that makes tod ... read more

Driving on Technology

Driving on Technology

Driving on Technology Think of how much technology has changed vehicles in the last several years. And there's a lot more coming. Many will remember when drivers were the ones who had complete control of several driving functions: steering, braking, skid and accident prevention, just to name a few. Thanks to computers, high-tech systems in the vehicle now assist with many of these. Anti-lock brakes help the driver stop while avoiding uncontrolled skids, traction control helps reduce slippage, and stability control can minimize the chances of losing control. Backup cameras let drivers see what's directly behind them, things they could never see before. Sensors warn drivers if a vehicle is crossing in front or behind them. Even more sensors and fish-eye cameras alert drivers when they're getting too close to something. And those are just a few of the advances. The quest for self-driving vehicles has produced features that are already making their way into today's cars ... read more

Minimizing Blind Spots In Fairbanks For Safer Driving

Minimizing Blind Spots In Fairbanks For Safer Driving

Minimizing Blind Spots In Fairbanks For Safer Driving When we travel around Fairbanks, each of us must deal with blind spots. We can greatly reduce our blind spots by properly adjusting our vehicle mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. We should make the adjustments before we pull out of our driveway. First, adjust your rear view mirror to give the best possible view directly to the rear of your vehicle. You don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or your dazzling smile. The rear view mirror should look to the rear. Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the vehicle. Fairbanksans who adjust their mirrors this way will have maximum coverage. Of course, driving in the Fairbanks area is a dynamic ... read more

Alternator

Alternator

Question: My battery keeps going dead.  I had it tested and it is fine - what could be the problem?  Answer:   Well, your problem could be caused by several things.  Let's start with a likely suspect: your alternator.  The alternator is like a little electrical generator.  It is spun by the serpentine belt on your engine and makes electricity.  This electricity is used to power the electrical systems required to run your vehicle.  It also powers all your electronic accessories like your stereo, navigation, heated seats, and air fans, as well as charging all the electronics you have plugged in.   After the alternator has done all that, any electricity that's left over is used to charge your battery.  You can see where we're going: if the battery isn't getting enough electricity to stay charged the reason may have something to do with the alternator.   Now it could be that the alternator is bad &ndash ... read more

New to you, Used Vehicle Inspection

New to you, Used Vehicle Inspection

Used Vehicle Inspection   Oct. 11, 2019 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 really 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 we ... read more

Season Change Over

It’s that time of year again where we start putting away the lawn mowers and get out the snow blowers in Fairbanks. Which also means it is time to get your tires changed over before the snow and ice arrives to stay. Frontline Automotive is here for you! Whether it is just a rotate and balance or a complete swap from summer to winter. Give us a call and we will get you back on the road in no time. Another winter thought is winterization. Is your car or truck ready for the cold dark winter that is just a few months away? Have us check your antifreeze and pan heaters to be sure they are in working order so you don’t get left out in the cold. Call us today to book your appointment and get ahead of the crowd. Frontline Automotive 1432 University Ave S. Fairbanks, AK 99709 90

We Test Batteries At Frontline Automotive In Fairbanks

We Test Batteries At Frontline Automotive In FairbanksToday's Fairbanks vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then we have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players. We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the vehicle engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off. And of course, summer heat can take a real toll on battery life. Fortunately, battery technology has given Fairbanks drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is vehicle batteries just wear out over time. Eventua ... read more

Wheel Bearings

Simple Answers from Frontline Automotive for FAIRBANKS: Wheel BearingsQuestion: I remember my dad having the shop “pack the bearings” on the family car. Is this something I need to have done? Frontline Automotive Answer: That's a really good question. At one time, all wheel bearings were “serviceable” and needed to be taken care of from time to time. It's a little trickier these days. First off, the wheel bearings in your vehicle make sure your wheels rotate smoothly. As you can imagine, with all those revolutions per minute your wheels can generate a lot of heat. The bearings keep that heat down as much as possible. They're packed in grease for lubrication. The term “packing the bearings” refers to putting fresh grease around the bearings. On many modern vehicles, the wheel bearing assembly is seal ... read more

Better Service, Better Fuel Economy in Fairbanks

  July 19, 2019 Many Fairbanks area folks want to know how to improve gas mileage. At Frontline Automotive, we help Fairbanks keep their vehicles in prime condition which makes them more efficient fuel-wise. When your car works the way it was designed to, it means it uses less fuel, and you save money. To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. Friction. Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the engine. It has to work harder to overcome the drag – and that takes more fuel. The first thing that comes to mind is engine oil. Low oil means there's not enough to fully lubricate the engine so there's more friction. The wrong viscosity and grade of oil can also adversely affect fuel economy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Frontline Automotive service advisor about the right kind of oil for your car. Dirty oil won ... read more

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