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Automotive Tips from L and M Motors Inc: Alignment Inspection

Posted November 20, 2015 12:00 PM

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Anchorage drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.

When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at L and M Motors Inc will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer’s settings.

Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around Anchorage, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your L and M Motors Inc service advisor perform an important alignment check.

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



Automotive Tips from L and M Motors Inc: Serpentine Belt Overview

Posted November 13, 2015 12:00 PM

The technicians at L and M Motors Inc know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in Anchorage have two serpentine belts.


The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

Give us a call.

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

 



Automotive Tips from L and M Motors Inc: Brake Noise

Posted November 4, 2015 12:00 PM

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Anchorage. They eventually wear down.

When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.

That’s when Anchorage drivers should replace their brake pads at L and M Motors Inc. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.

If your brakes are making noise, ask your L and M Motors Inc service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.

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



Automotive Tips from L and M Motors Inc: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Posted November 3, 2015 12:00 PM

The primary job of the serpentine belt for Anchorage drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around Anchorage with a dead battery.

In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your friendly and professional L and M Motors Inc service advisor can inspect your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn.

Give us a call.

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



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