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Schedule A Suspension Inspection At Frontline Automotive

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At Frontline Automotive July 12, 2019 Today's FAIRBANKS car care article focuses on your suspension. Frontline Automotive customers need to know that in addition to just wearing out,  suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your vehicle manufacturer and Frontline Automotive recommend periodic inspections. During an inspection, your service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts. Signs that shocks or struts are wearing out: The tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly as you drive around FAIRBANKS. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your vehicle dives excessively when stopping or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking ... read more

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles                                                     2/11/2018 Reports say that the medium age for cars on the road is over nine years and that two-thirds have over 75,000 miles. In recent years those numbers have continued to rise here in Fairbanks and across Alaska. Many Fairbanks residents are keeping their vehicles longer. The Alaska economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern cars and trucks are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience for Fairbanks. Fairbanks drivers with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask us at Frontline Automotive about what service in ... read more

Engine Air Filter

Engine Air Filter June 11, 2019 Today we want to talk about your engine air filter. That's the filter that cleans the air before it's burned in your engine. Many people in FAIRBANKS wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is "when it's dirty." That's a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your vehicle manufacturer will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled. If you drive in FAIRBANKS where there's lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That's why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change at Frontline Automotive. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed. Your filter can only hold so muc ... read more

Suspension

Suspension Let's talk about your suspension – you know, the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling and delivers a good ride as you cruise around Fairbanks, AK. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability. Hey, it's a rough world out there in AK – every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an object in the road, your suspension system has to absorb the impact and maintain control. As you can imagine, your suspension has a lot of joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, the pitman, idler arms and the control arm bushing. They simply wear out over time. When a joint or other part is worn the suspension parts don't fit together as tightly as they should. Handling and steering has a loose feel and ... read more

Used Vehicle Inspection

Used Vehicle Inspection   May 21, 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 wel ... read more

Trailer Wheel Bearings

Trailer Wheel Bearings

Trailer Wheel Bearings You try to take real good care of your vehicles. But there is something that you may be overlooking: wheel bearings on your trailer. Whether it’s a small utility trailer or toy hauler up to a big work trailer, boat or camp trailer, they all have wheels with bearings that need to be serviced from time to time. Wheel bearings allow the wheel to spin freely. They are packed in heavy duty grease that can withstand the heat generated by the spinning wheel and keep protecting the bearings. When your technician services the bearings on your trailer, he’ll remove the wheel bearing assembly and inspect the bearings themselves. If they are damaged or corroded, they will be replaced. He will then pack fresh grease around the bearings, replace the seals and put the wheel back on. We actually expect a lot from trailer bearings. They may sit unused for an extended period of time – but when we hitch up that trailer, we need the bearings to ... read more

Antilock Brakes

Antilock Brakes We rely on our brakes to safely slow and stop our vehicles. You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve slammed on your brakes and started to skid. When your wheels are locked up, you are just sliding over the road. And if the road is wet or slick or covered with gravel – you really get out of control. Steering is next to impossible. That is why anti-lock brake systems (ABS) were invented: to help you maintain control in extreme stopping conditions. As mentioned, control is lost when your wheels lock up. ABS keep your brakes from locking – helping you stop while maintaining your ability to steer. Sensors on each wheel equipped with ABS monitor wheel spin and compare it with vehicle speed sensors. When you are pressing on the brakes, still traveling forward but your wheels are not turning, the ABS system steps in and modulates the brakes. They ABS quickly “pumps” the brakes, not allowing the wheels to lock up wh ... read more

5 Reasons To Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

Thanks for visiting Frontline Automotive auto care blog. Today's post lists 5 important reasons FAIRBANKS drivers should follow recommended maintenance schedules. 1. Be Safe A well-maintained car doesn't put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Think brakes, headlamps, tires. 2. Get Better Fuel Economy Regular maintenance is an investment in optimum fuel economy. Inadequate tire pressure, a dirty fuel system and a clogged air filter are just a few things that reduce fuel economy. 3. Preserve Resale Value How many FAIRBANKS used car buyers will pay full Blue Book for a car with a filthy engine, clogged filters and bald tires? 4. Don't Void Your Warranty Your warranty claims may be denied if your service history doesn't fulfill the minimum requirements recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. 5. Save Money Regular maintenance reduces the chance of catastrophic failures and re ... read more

Wheel Alignment In Fairbanks, AK

Wheel Alignment In Fairbanks, AK Fairbanks drivers ought to be concerned about wheel alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic or off the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly while driving on Alaska roads and surface streets. We had one guy last summer at Frontline Automotive who said his vehicle wheels were a little out of alignment before a family vacation, but he didn't think it was that bad so he didn't take care of it before he left. A couple days and a lot of highway driving later, his front tires were worn down to the cords. He had to take a half day out of his fishing vacation to get to town and find a tire center to replace his worn tires. All ... read more

Diagnostic Service

Diagnostic Service Jan 26th, 2019 Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course, you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario plays every day at auto repair facilities in Alaska. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the vehicle will need to undergo a diagnostic process. The typical vehicle has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles/kilometers of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at Frontline Automotive are the ones who tackle the diffi ... read more

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