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Monthly Archives: June 2019

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 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

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