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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. The Front End Shop 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. The Front End Shop 1432 University Ave S. Fairbanks, AK 99709 90

We Test Batteries At The Front End Shop In Fairbanks

We Test Batteries At The Front End Shop 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. Eventuall ... read more

Wheel Bearings

Simple Answers from The Front End Shop 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? The Front End Shop 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 sealed ... 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 The Front End Shop, 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 The Front End Shop service advisor about the right kind of oil for your car. Dirty oil won't ... read more

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At The Front End Shop

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At The Front End Shop July 12, 2019 Today's FAIRBANKS car care article focuses on your suspension. The Front End Shop 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 The Front End Shop 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 fluid ... 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 The Front End Shop about what service inte ... 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 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

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