Archive for August 2011
Fuel Injector Cleaning In Elmendorf Afb, Fort Richardson, and AnchoragePosted August 30, 2011 12:03 PM
In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your van engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Elmendorf Afb, Fort Richardson, and Anchorage roads.
A few auto makers have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some Eagle River dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.
Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy for gas-poor Elmendorf Afb, Fort Richardson, and Anchorage commuters. AK motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.
Your Anchorage Alaska Spring and Performance service center can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.
Proper maintenance of your van fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly Eagle River repair bills down the road.
Posted in the Fuel System category
Tracking True In AK: Wheel Alignment In Fort RichardsonPosted August 26, 2011 10:34 AM
Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Fort Richardson and Anchorage car owners until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment from the rest by hitting a curb or pothole on Eagle River roads.
But the big issue for Fort Richardson, Anchorage, and Anchorage motorists is safety. When your van wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you’re out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Alaska Spring and Performance in Anchorage.
At Alaska Spring and Performance, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.
A big jolt can seriously knock things out of alignment, but Fort Richardson drivers also need to understand that a series of smaller ones can add up.
That’s why your manufacturer recommends periodic alignment checks. If your van owner’s manual doesn’t specify, once a year might be appropriate. Or check with John Stoehner or your service advisor at Alaska Spring and Performance in Anchorage.
Posted in the Alignment category
On Board Diagnostics For Anchorage MotoristsPosted August 16, 2011 12:07 PM
Some Anchorage motorists are confused by Alaska Spring and Performance charges for diagnostic services for a vehicle repair. Many services at Alaska Spring and Performance and other Anchorage automotive repair shops include diagnostic fees.
When you take your laptop into a Eagle River computer repair shop for a problem you’ll likely have to leave a deposit for diagnostics. When we visit our Elmendorf Afb doctor for a medical problem, we’re paying him to diagnose our ailment and of course for the tests that go along with it.
So receiving a diagnostic charge at Alaska Spring and Performance for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Eagle River area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your van brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy AK expressway, you pull off the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you’re having an intermittent problem with your van engine, Alaska Spring and Performance diagnosis may be much more involved.
There’s a common misconception among Elmendorf Afb, Fort Richardson, and Anchorage drivers that the trouble code tells the Alaska Spring and Performance technician exactly what’s wrong. Why then is there a diagnostic charge, the scanner just gave the diagnosis?
Reality is more involved than that. The computer monitors many sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of these sensors has a reading that’s out of parameters, the computer will record a trouble code and turn on the check engine light.
Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved and difficult. Of course Alaska Spring and Performance wants to figure out what’s wrong with your van and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Posted in the Service Standards category
Keep Your Cool In Eagle River: Air Conditioning ServicePosted August 10, 2011 11:49 AM
Most Eagle River drivers wait for their air conditioning to fail before they service it at Alaska Spring and Performance. That’s because many Anchorage and Fort Richardson motorists don't really understand that automotive air conditioners need periodic service. Let me share some of the reasons why they fail.
Now here’s a tip for Eagle River drivers: You should run your air conditioner every so often during AK winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.
The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your windshield during AK winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Eagle River cars you can’t run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don’t ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.
Posted in the Air Conditioning category
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