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Monthly Archives: November 2019

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

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