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Springtime Means…Potholes

March 21st, 2016

You’re driving along, minding your own business and having a perfect day, when suddenly…BANG!!Wheel Alignments in Anchorage AK

Where’d that pothole come from? How did it jump out in front of you like that?

You drive a few more blocks and you notice that suddenly your car doesn’t drive quite the same. It’s got a pull to one side, the steering suddenly feels heavy and “clumsy,” like you’re driving a dump truck, and the wheel doesn’t want to center itself as readily after you round a corner.

Potholes unfortunately go with the territory once the weather warms up and the trees start to bloom. They result from “frost heave,” a phenomenon that happens when the ground underneath the pavement freezes. The moisture in the soil expands as it turns to ice, c ...[more]

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Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

March 17th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Auto Repair Anchorage, AK

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Differential Service: Too Often Neglected by Drivers

February 11th, 2016
Differential Service – Why Is It Important? 
 
Auto Repair Anchorage, AK
Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do? 
 
Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem.  ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101