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Easy Pay Options

Easy Pay Options

Easy Pay Options We are here to help you during this difficult time to maintain your vehicle so that it is safe for you and your family. Now we have time to get our vehicles worked on but no funds available. Take advantage of 12 months no payments and get your vehicle safe and running great again. Repairs are often more economical that buying a new vehicle with high payments and high insurance. We have an Easy Pay system for qualified borrowers to defer payments from 6 to 12 months from now. If your work order is over $199 you can have no payments up to 6 months. If your work order is over $480 you can have no payments up to 12 months.                                   (Good thru 4/30/20) After April 30th the work order would need to be over $750 Ask our Service Advisor for an application and get ... read more

What we are doing to protect you

What we are doing to protect you

THE FRONT END SHOP IS OPEN DURING THIS PANDEMIC AT THIS TIME. AUTO REPAIR IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE. WE ARE MAKING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE SPEAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.  As the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19, and its impact continue to evolve every day, we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees, our customers and our community. The Front End Shop is taking precautions with your vehicles. Here are some of the actions we have set in place when you deliver your vehicle to us. We have a night drop box so that you do not have to enter the office if you choose. We have heightened cleaning measures to the interiors of vehicles prior to performing any service as well as before returning them to customers. Avoiding handshakes and other physical contact with customers. Wearing gloves when handling customer vehicles. Instructing all employees to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak until they ha ... read more

Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement)

Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement)

Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement) If your vehicle has a few years on it, you've no doubt had your tires rotated a few times. That means, of course, that a technician has loosened the lug nuts (which hold the wheels on) to remove the wheels and then put them back on.  Many vehicles have lug bolts that go through the wheel into the wheel hub rather than bolts that are attached to the hub and poke out through the wheel.  For our purposes, we’ll simply refer to both styles as “lug nuts”.  Don't be surprised if your Service Advisor tells you it's time for several of those lug nuts to be replaced.  Here's why. There are different styles of lug nuts.  Many of them are constructed from two separate pieces.  One is the main part that is steel, and the other is a chrome, aluminum, or stainless steel cap that fits on top and makes it look pretty.  Time takes its toll on your lug nuts because they'r ... read more

Simple Answers from The Front End Shop for Fairbanks: Check Engine Light

Simple Answers from The Front End Shop for Fairbanks: Check Engine Light Feb 9th, 2020 Question My check engine light is on and my boyfriend thinks he can get the code read and know what part to replace to fix my car.  I say it’s not that simple.  Who’s right? Answer Good news – you are!  Just look at it logically: there are hundreds of things that can go wrong with your vehicle.  Some are simple and some are quite complicated.  Let’s take a step back.  Over 80% of engine functions are computer controlled.  The computer receives information from dozens of sensors.  When a sensor reading is out of range, a trouble code is entered in the computer and the Check Engine Light is illuminated. It’s a common misconception that the trouble code will tell you exactly what is wrong.  For any given trouble code, there are any number of faults that would trigger the code.  For example, a code indicating a misfire ... read more

Wired! (Battery Cables and Maintenance)

Wired! (Battery Cables and Maintenance)

Wired! (Battery Cables and Maintenance) Chances are you've had the power go out in your neighborhood at some time, and you know how helpless you feel.  No lights, no microwave oven, no cold refrigerator: Yikes, it's like living in another century.  Well, your vehicle is also highly dependent on having power for it to run properly.  When your battery cables are failing, that power is not transferred as it should be. Battery cables are essentially the wires that connect your vehicle to its battery.  The positive cable supplies the power to various components that use them and the negative grounds the system to the vehicle chassis.  This setup allows you to have power throughout your vehicle. When a battery cable fails, your vehicle may not start, your starter may turn over very slowly, or you may hear a clicking noise.  And you may see your battery warning light go on. Just like a house with no power, a vehicle with no power need ... read more

Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)

Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)

Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement) There's a little part on your vehicle you may not know about, but when it develops a problem, getting it fixed sooner rather than later can save you a lot of money in the long run. Got your attention now? This part is called a ball joint boot.  Ball joints are part of your suspension and allow your front wheels to move up and down and turn left and right.  This boot covers and protects your ball joint. Your suspension is, of course, exposed to nasty stuff getting kicked up from the road.  Stuff like rocks, salt, water, dirt, and chunks of asphalt.  If all that debris were constantly hitting your ball joints, they wouldn't last very long.  So, someone thought, "Hey, why not include protective ‘boots’ that go over the ball joints?"  Great idea. And they work… for a while. Those boots not only protect against debris but also against heat and friction.  So, the ... read more

Axle

Axle

Question: I hear a clunking sound from my front wheel when I make a turn. What could be the problem? The Front End Shop 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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