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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 The Front End Shop. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed. Your filter can only hold so much ... 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 The Front End Shop 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 repa ... 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 The Front End Shop 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 f ... 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 The Front End Shop are the ones who tackle the difficu ... read more

What Customers Like About Us At The Front End Shop

What Customers Like About Us At The Front End Shop January 15, 2019 At The Front End Shop in Fairbanks, a big part of the service we provide for our customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions. Even though we try to be proactive in our education, we sometimes get busy fixing cars and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our customers like the service reminders. This is especially true of our returning customers. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufacturer's published maintenance schedules and that we're not just pulling them out of the air. We know that you live a busy life in Fairbanks with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace your PCV valve. Part of our process when you come in to The Fro ... read more

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