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Monthly Archives: July 2019

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

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