Archive for August 2011
On Board Diagnostics For Anchorage MotoristsPosted August 23, 2011 12:25 PM
Some Anchorage motorists are confused by L and M Motors Inc charges for diagnostic services for a vehicle repair. Many services at L and M Motors Inc and other Anchorage automotive repair shops include diagnostic fees.
When you take your laptop into a Elmendorf Afb computer repair shop for a problem you’ll likely have to leave a deposit for diagnostics. When we visit our Fort Richardson 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 L and M Motors Inc for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Elmendorf Afb area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your family car 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 family car engine, L and M Motors Inc diagnosis may be much more involved.
There’s a common misconception among Fort Richardson, Indian, and Eagle River drivers that the trouble code tells the L and M Motors Inc 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 L and M Motors Inc wants to figure out what’s wrong with your family car and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Posted in the Service Standards category
Fuel Injector Cleaning In Fort Richardson, Indian, and Eagle RiverPosted August 18, 2011 2:35 PM
In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your family car 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 Fort Richardson, Indian, and Eagle River roads.
A few auto makers have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some Elmendorf Afb 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 Fort Richardson, Indian, and Eagle River commuters. AK motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.
Your Anchorage L and M Motors Inc 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 family car fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly Elmendorf Afb repair bills down the road.
Posted in the Fuel System category
Tracking True In AK: Wheel Alignment In IndianPosted August 12, 2011 2:27 PM
Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Indian and Eagle River 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 Elmendorf Afb roads.
But the big issue for Indian, Eagle River, and Anchorage motorists is safety. When your family car 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 L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage.
At L and M Motors Inc, 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 Indian 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 family car owner’s manual doesn’t specify, once a year might be appropriate. Or check with Michael Feeney or your service advisor at L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage.
Posted in the Alignment category
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