A check engine light can come on for anything, from serious damage all the way down to a loose gas cap. If the light is glowing steadily, Fairbanks auto owners should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with Auto Care Alaska to get it checked out. Your NAPA AutoCare Center technician will plug a scanner into the on-board diagnostic port and read the trouble code stored in the computer. The trouble code will give NAPA AutoCare technician a starting place as he diagnoses the cause of the problem.

 

If the check engine light is blinking, it is normally the cause of something more serious and you should take it to your local NAPA AutoCare Center immediately.

 

When your wheels are out of alignment, you can feel you car pull to one side or the other as you're driving. This can cause your tires to wear unevenly and quickly. Many common things can cause a wheel to go out of alignment such as going over a pothole or slamming into a curb, or it can be caused by the daily bumps and bangs of driving over a long period of time.

 

When you bring your car into your local NAPA AutoCare Center, our specialists will measure each wheel to see how they line up to the factory specifications and adjust your wheels so they are brought into alignment.

 

Synthetic oils are man made from a modified petroleum base. It works better than regular oil in hotter and colder temperatures such as a frigid winter in Fairbanks. Synthetic oil allows your engine to run cooler and lasts longer so you won't need to change oil as often. You can also get a boost in power and see an improvement in your gas mileage because synthetic oil creates less friction inside your vehicle.

 

Talk with your cheerful NAPA AutoCare technician about synthetic oil and synthetic blends. They might be just what you need to improve engine performance and extend the life of your family car.

 

As you drive your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns and front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires. We rotate the tires so that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer.

 

Your local NAPA AutoCare Center will take care of rotating your tires. This most commonly requires rotating the tires front to back but can also require different patterns such as  across rotational pattern depending on the manufacturer.

 

The median age for vehicles on interstates is now over 11 years. Regardless of your reason for keeping your family car around, the good news for motorists is that it’s capable of going 150,000 to 200,000 miles or more with proper care and professional automotive service at your local Napa AutoCare Center. First, car owners should follow all of their regularly scheduled maintenance routines. Things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service are critical for avoiding pricey damage. This reduces your overall cost for keeping your family car for a long time.

 

On top of regular maintenance, high mileage fluid formulations are specially made with additives that condition old seals and gaskets and help keep the car cleaner inside. Even with the occasional unexpected repair associated with an older family car, you can still enjoy good, reliable transportation if you take good care of your ride.

 

How our cars handle can change drastically in different seasons and on different terrain. Finding the right tires to suit your situation is very important. The main categories of tires include summer, winter, all-terrain and all-weather tires.

 

You would buy summer tires if you’re looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help you stick to the road in fast corners. The tread design can handle rain, but really isn’t set up for snow and ice. Winter tires may be what you need if you still like performance driving when it’s cold and slippery out, so you need a tread design that will really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees so you get great traction even on dry roads

 

The idea behind all-weather tires is that you can ride on them all-year round. Naturally, the tread design and rubber compound is a compromise that won’t give you the extreme capabilities of summer or winter tires, but if you're driving and weather conditions aren’t at the extreme ends of the spectrum, all-season tires might suit you just fine. The last category is all-terrain tires. These tires are designed for both highway and off-road use. If you need a tire that gets good traction in the dirt and is tough enough for rocks and ruts and stuff, but still performs well on the road, an all-terrain tire might be just what you need.

 

Talk with your cheerful Auto Care Alaska tire professional in . about how and where you drive and get his suggestions for tires that will work for you.

 

Your vehicle weighs several thousand pounds and it takes a lot of force to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop. Your family car brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. Eventually the pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If you don’t replace brake pads when they’re worn out, the metal parts of the brake will grind against the rotor and carve grooves into the surface.

 

A technician can put the rotor on a lathe and smooth it out. If the grooves are too deep, or if the rotor is warped or cracked, you need to replace it. At Auto Care Alaska, we have been servicing disc brakes for drivers for 12 years.

Servicing disc brakes at Auto Care Alaska require special attention to the mechanical sliding and mounting portions of the system. Your Auto Care Alaska service supplier knows the special needs. Sometimes brake pistons can stick and must be replaced. Typically it’s cheaper to replace the entire caliper at auto service centers than to rebuild the piston.

 

There's no greater peace of mind than knowing you have one less worry by having your vehicles serviced by the professionals at your local NAPA AutoCare Center. They stand behind their work with the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty.

 

It's a written warranty that is honored at more than 12,000 locations nationwide - more than any other automotive repair brand. So - no matter where your travels take you - if you ever experience a problem with a covered repair, you can count on a NAPA AutoCare Center being nearby.

 

- Included FREE with your qualifying repair or service work.

- Covers parts and labor on qualifying* repairs and services for 24 months/24,000 miles.

- That doubles to 36 months/36,000 miles if you use your NAPA AutoCare EasyPay Credit Card

  (applications available at participating locations).

- Honored nationwide by thousands of NAPA AutoCare Centers, so you're protected even when you travel.

 

All NAPA AutoCare Center locations are locally owned and operated. NAPA AutoCare is not a franchise, but a high standard in the automotive industry developed by NAPA more than 20 years ago. Because it meets or exceeds NAPA's high standards - and has an outstanding reputation in your community - your local NAPA AutoCare Center can offer exclusive benefits like the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty to its customers.

 

- Ask your local NAPA AutoCare Center for details on the Peace of Mind Warranty and covered services and repairs.

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