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Monthly Archives: February 2020

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

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