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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]

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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