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On Board Diagnostics for Anchorage Motorists

Posted August 23, 2011 12:00 PM

Some Anchorage vehicle owners wonder why L and M Motors Inc and other Anchorage auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics.

Receiving a diagnostic charge at L and M Motors Inc for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the Anchorage area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy AK road, you pull off at 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 vehicle engine, however, a L and M Motors Inc diagnosis may be much more involved.

Much of the Anchorage driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem.

There's a common misconception among AK drivers that the trouble code tells the L and M Motors Inc technician exactly what's wrong. They wonder why there is a diagnostic charge because the scanner quickly gave the diagnosis.

In reality, it is not that easy and straightforward. 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.

The vehicle computer's trouble code just tells the L and M Motors Inc technician what engine parameter is out of range, not what's causing it. The technician needs to determine the underlying problem that's causing the malfunction.

There are many problems that could cause a troublesome sensor reading for L and M Motors Inc customers. The service advisor makes a list of the most likely causes and begins tracking down the source of the problem. This takes time.

Anchorage service centers subscribe to databases that document possible causes for all the possible trouble codes. The databases outline procedures for confirming a diagnosis and provide the documented repair. These  databases are specific to each vehicle and engine combination.

Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved, time-consuming and difficult. Of course L and M Motors Inc wants to figure out what's wrong with your vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

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



Fuel Injector Cleaning In Indian

Posted August 18, 2011 12:00 PM

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle 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.

High temperatures under your hood and variations in Indian gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.

When your vehicle's injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn't burn as efficiently, resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it's important to keep your fuel injectors clean.

We can perform a full fuel system service for you at L and M Motors Inc in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.

AK drivers should remember that proper maintenance of their fuel system means that they will spend less on gas in Indian, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly repairs down the road.



Tracking True in AK: Wheel Alignment in Anchorage

Posted August 12, 2011 12:00 PM

The biggest issue for Anchorage area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage.

When undergoing an alignment service 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.

Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.

Anchorage drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down, you should have your Anchorage service center look it over. If you've been in an auto accident in AK, you should get your alignment checked.

Obviously, a big jolt can seriously knock things out of alignment, but Anchorage area drivers also need to understand that a series of smaller ones can add up.

That's why we recommend periodic alignment checks. If your vehicle owner's manual doesn't specify the interval, once a year might be appropriate. Or check with a service advisor at L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage.

One thing's for sure: the cost of the alignment at L and M Motors Inc is cheaper for Anchorage drivers than having to buy a couple of new tires because of neglect.

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

 



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