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Battery Basics for Anchorage

Posted May 9, 2013 12:00 PM

It's important for Anchorage drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold AK weather. Most Anchorage area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine.

However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Anchorage trips because the alternator doesn't have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Anchorage drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.

As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren't capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your vehicle alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.

If you're pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your friendly and knowledgeable L and M Motors Inc service assistant for a battery test to see if it's recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery on a AK road, but you'll save unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle alternator.

Give us a call.

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

 



Getting New Tires in Anchorage?

Posted May 1, 2013 12:00 PM

There are so many tire choices in the Anchorage area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most Anchorage area folks so you want do it right.

Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable L and M Motors Inc tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.

Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your Anchorage tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.

And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all season tires or all-terrain. There are tires for every Anchorage auto owner's needs.

Like we said, tires are a big investment, so you want to get a good value on tires. Now that doesn't always mean the cheapest tire. A top tier tire from L and M Motors Inc will last a long time and give Anchorage drivers good performance throughout its life. Tires sold in Anchorage bargain tire shops may not live up to that promise. Again, your friendly and knowledgeable L and M Motors Inc tire professional can give you options that offer the best long-term value within your immediate budget.

Last, with a 2-wheel drive vehicle, it's to always replace both tires on an axle. Modern sensors and computer safety systems for vehicle brakes, stability and traction control need both tires to have the same amount of wear to work properly. And always put the new tires on the rear so you don't fishtail in a turn. With all-wheel drive you should replace all four tires at the same time.

Schedule a tire inspection at L and M Motors Inc to see how much life is left in your vehicle tires and seek the help of a professional when choosing new shoes for your vehicle.

Give us a call.

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



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