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Keep Your RV In Shape

August 25th, 2016

An RV is built on a medium truck chassis, and of course has many of the same maintenance needs as any truck – tire pressure, oil changes, brake service, RV Maintenance in Anchorage AKtransmission service, cooling system service, etc.

It also has many of the same features as a mobile home or a house, and those systems can get complicated and need special maintenance during the off months. Here’s a brief rundown of things to stay on top of:

--Water infiltration is a big problem, especially on older RVs. Constantly be on the lookout for signs of leakage, especially around the edges and corners of the roof. Also keep an eye out for signs of mice that may have decided to make a home in your RV.

--Don’t neglect your gasoline generator. Change the oil every 150 hours or as recommended by the owner&rsqu ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

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]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Self-Inflating Tires…Soon To Be A Reality?

March 31st, 2016

Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.Tires Anchorage, AK

A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

Get The Most Out Of That Set Of Tires

January 28th, 2016
Your tires are a pretty big investment. Even with the cheapest set of tires, you’re going to be spending upwards of $400 on the tires, mounting, balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Since you laid down that kind of money, doesn’t it just make sense to make sure you get the most miles possible out of them? 
Here’s some advice on long tire life:
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Regularly check your tire pressure. This one is really, really important. Underinflated tires will wear 
unevenly and reduce your fuel economy due to increased rolling resistance. That increased rolling resistance also means more heat, which will break down the tires’ intern ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101