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Anchorage Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Posted October 11, 2011 12:00 PM

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around Anchorage on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.

New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.

Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for Anchorage drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining the system will have a cost, replacement of worn or broken parts and tire repair cost increases.

Your safety has always been a priority at L and M Motors Inc. We want you on the road and accident free. We've traditionally provided things like tire rotations, snow tire mounting and flat fixes at a very low cost. We've been able to quickly and cheaply provide the service and pass the low cost on to you as an expression of our good will.

Like all other Anchorage service centers, here at L and M Motors Inc we've had to purchase new scanning equipment to work with the TPMS sensors and to update expensive tire change equipment to better service wheels equipped with the new monitoring systems. Our friendly and knowledgeable service technicians at L and M Motors Inc  have been thoroughly trained on many systems and new tire-changing techniques. All of this adds up to significantly increased cost to perform what was once a very inexpensive service for you.

So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up at L and M Motors Inc, please keep in mind that it's because of government mandated safety equipment. We want to keep you safely on the road – and we're committed to doing it at a fair price. This safety equipment will help you avoid the most common types of vehicle failure in Anchorage, and possibly a catastrophic accident.

L and M Motors Inc
400 W 53rd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99518
907-563-4994

 



Your Well Trained Technician at L and M Motors Inc

Posted October 4, 2011 12:00 PM

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in Anchorage, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.

If you've ever checked into some of the technician training L and M Motors Inc professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph.

Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Anchorage gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern vehicles driven around AK are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.

Some vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Anchorage motorists take all of this sophistication for granted, but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It's a real challenge for L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technicians and the Anchorage service centers as well.

L and M Motors Inc technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at L and M Motors Inc by parts and equipment manufacturers, online courses and home study courses.

In addition to the expensive training, there's the financial commitment for L and M Motors Inc to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.

There are many independent certifications held by the pros at L and M Motors Inc. The ability to repair your vehicle requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so Anchorage auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even online communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.

It's like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what's the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At L and M Motors Inc, we want everything to be simple, straightforward and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn't.

The next time you bring us your vehicle, don't worry. You're in good hands at L and M Motors Inc.

L and M Motors Inc
400 W 53rd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99518
907-563-4994



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