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Regular, Synthetic or Blend...What Kind of Oil Do I Need?

May 26th, 2016

Oil Changes in Anchorage, AKAt one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:

  • Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. ...[more]
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Is Your Car Road Trip-Ready?

April 15th, 2016

Spring and summer are coming up soon, and that means a lot of Alaskans are thinking about their road trip destinations. At Alignment Center and Alaska Car & Truck, we want you Auto Repair in Anchorage, AKto have real peace of mind when you head out on the highway this summer, so here’s a checklist you might want to go over before everyone starts packing suitcases:

·         Tires: Get a good look at all your tires for tread depth, proper inflation and any bulges, scuffs, splits or other problems that could cause you a real headache on the road. Since tire rotations should be done at roughly 5,000 mile intervals, it’s a good idea to have a rotation performed before hitting the road – it pays off in terms o ...[more]

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Winter Driving Tips from Alignment Center and Alaska Car & Truck

December 10th, 2015

 

We all live in Alaska, so it’s no surprise to anyone that winters here can be pretty tough. Ideally, we could all have 4x4s to get around…for that matter, ideally, we Winter driving in Anchorage AKcould all stay home and never have to go anywhere. But that’s not the case, of course. At Alignment Center and Alaska Car & Truck in Anchorage, AK, we’d like to share some winter driving tips with everyone:

·         Check your battery. Cold temperatures are really hard on a vehicle’s systems, for a lot of different reasons, and batteries are especially vulnerable to the cold. A battery that performed fine over the summer may not have what it takes when it’s 0 degrees F outside; the chemical reaction that stores power is ...[more]

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