Does your steering wheel vibrate while you’re driving in Wasilla? Do you notice your car drifting to the side of the lane making you really concentrate on driving straight? These are signs that you could need a wheel alignment, a maintenance service that has plenty of benefits to keep you on the road and save you money in the long run.
A wheel alignment is the simple task of adjusting the angles of your wheels so they are completely parallel with the other tires making them perpendicular to the road. Hitting a pothole or a curb can affect a tire’s alignment which can be detrimental to your vehicle and cause issues such as decreased MPG and loss of control. Although the actual service may seem meek, it is very valuable to a car owner.
You may need a wheel alignment if…
– Your car pulls to the right or left when you drive
– The steering wheel of your car shakes while driving
– You’ve hit a pot hole or speed bump at a moderate to high speed
– You notice uneven wear on your tires, often more wear on the outside of a tire
The benefits of a wheel alignment
– Prolongs tire life to keep your vehicle on the road longer
– Improves MPG to save you money at the pump
– Smoother driving for a comfortable and enjoyable ride
– Maximum traction on slippery surfaces to ensure your safety in any weather
Our ASE-Certified technicians can make sure your wheels are aligned, keeping you safe and saving you money! When you visit us in Wasilla, our technicians will properly inspect your alignment because at Fish Hook Tire & Auto your car’s maintenance needs are always our first priority. So stop by or call us at (907) 373-1948 to set up an appointment today!Read More...
Summer time in Wasilla is the best season for the outdoorsman and the hardest season for the car owner—rising temperatures means rising gas prices. Here are some tips to keep your wallet happy this summer rather than feeling the pain at the pump.
1. The next time you have your oil changed, have the air filter checked. Replacing a dirty air filter with clean one can save up to 10 percent on fuel costs.
2. Check your tire pressure. Filling your tires with the recommend air pressure can increase fuel economy by as much as 3.3 percent.
3. Stay up to date with your air filter replacement. A dirty filter can easily decrease your MPG by 1-2 miles. Make sure to have our ASE-certified technicians to check the state of your air filter during your next visit.
4. Keep the windows rolled up. If you’re cruising on the highway with the windows down, you will cause an aerodynamic drag that can decrease your fuel economy by 10% because your engine will have to work harder.
5. Slow down on long trips. Driving at 60 mph instead of 70 can save you 2-4 gallons of gas over the duration of your trip.
6. Lighten your load by removing any unnecessary cargo from your vehicle. An extra 100 lbs. can increase fuel consumption by 1-2%. That can add up with the rise in gas prices.
7. Use cruise control. It can be tough in the city, but when you hit the open road, cruise control will keep your car at a constant speed and avoid any unnecessary acceleration that can waste gas.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you maximize your gas mileage is to stay up to date with your preventive maintenance needs. Our ASE-Certified technicians at Fish Hook Tire & Auto are more than happy inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your MPGs. Stop by our auto repair shop in Wasilla or call us at (907)-373-1948 to set up an appointment today!Read More...
What is your car’s RPM measurement when idling in neutral? How about when you are cruising at 35 mph? 50 mph? Did you know that, if your RPM measurement is not consistent, you could be blindly wasting money every time you fill up at the gas station? Paying attention to these details is vital to your car’s preventative maintenance as well as your automotive knowledge.
RPM stands for revolutions per minute and measures the revolutions of an engine’s crankshaft. This blog will explain the cycle that your RPM gauge on your dashboard is measuring, and help you to finally understand exactly what your engine is doing to make your car run—a process overlooked by many car owners.
As your engine turns, a crankshaft spins in order to move attached pistons up and down. Each movement of a piston is called a stroke. In a conventional internal combustion engine, the pistons complete a four-stroke power cycle (down, up, down, up) to move the air/fuel mixture through the engine in order to properly power your vehicle.
Here is a brief explanation of what happens during these four strokes:
1. Intake stroke
With its first downward movement, the piston creates a vacuum chamber in the space it created in the cylinder. While the rings on the piston seal off any possible chance for air to enter the cylinder from the bottom, intake valves, located at the intake manifold towards the top of the cylinder, open and let the air/fuel mixture fill the vacuum.
2. Compression stroke
The piston will then make its first upward movement. In doing so, the piston compresses the air/fuel mixture into the combustion chamber—a tiny space between the top of the piston and the top of the cylinder. Located at the top of the compression chamber is the electrode end of the spark plug. The intake valve will then close, ensuring that the compressed mixture can’t leave the chamber.
3. Power stroke
As a spark is produced across the electrode end of the spark plug, it ignites the compressed air/fuel mixture exploding the mixture and forcing the piston down for its third stroke. The power that pushes the piston down is transmitted through the connecting rod to the crankshaft. It continues through the clutch, transmission, driveshaft, differential and so on until the wheels are spinning.
4. Exhaust stroke
Lastly, the burned gasses in the combustion chamber must be removed. The piston’s fourth and final stroke will move upward as the exhaust valve opens and the burned gasses are pushed out of the exhaust manifold into the vehicle’s exhaust system.
If you are having any ignition trouble or are concerned with your RPM measurement our ASE-certified technicians are ready to help with any of your auto repair needs. If you’re looking for car maintenance in Wasilla stop by, or call us at (907)-373-1948 to set up an appointment today!Read More...
Overlooking a simple replacement service can cost you thousands of dollars. Take the timing belt for example. This video will explain the benefits of timing belt replacements and the expensive consequences you could face if your belt should brake.
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Whether you were just cut off on the highway or reacting to an abrupt animal crossing, there comes a time where you may need to slam on your brakes in order to avoid an accident. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) were designed to be your best friend in these situations. ABS prevents skidding to enable you to keep control of your vehicle until you can stop safely. ABS also prevents tire damage since it doesn’t lock the wheels during a stop thus shortening the stopping distance of your car.
Types of ABS Systems
There are two types of ABS. Vans and some light trucks have a two-wheel anti-lock braking system on the back tires. During a stop, the vehicle will continue to move in a straight line even though the two front wheels may lock up.
A four-wheel anti-lock braking system can be found on other light trucks and most cars. It is easier to maintain your steering with ABS because it will prevent all four wheels from locking up. This way you can have control over your vehicle during an emergency stop and stay out of harm’s way.
How ABS Works
If a vehicle is equipped with ABS, it will have a microprocessor called an anti-lock brake computer located inside the vehicle. This microprocessor will monitor the speed of each wheel using its speed sensor. When braking, the system will trigger electronic solenoids to release hydraulic pressure to each wheel much faster than manually pumping a set of ordinary brakes. You can feel the pulsating of this process when completing a high-speed stop. It is important to NEVER pump an anti-lock braking system in this situation and keep firm pressure on the brake pedal.
Unfortunately, ABS cannot prevent all skids and, in certain situations, it does not shorten the stopping distance of your vehicle. High speeds, sharp turns and slamming on the brakes can still send a vehicle with ABS into a skid. Since anti-lock braking systems will always prevent the wheels from locking, cars with ordinary braking systems will find it easier to stop on roads with loose gravel or snow as it forms a wedge in front of a locked wheel.
If you see an amber “anti-lock” light on your dashboard this means your ABS is not working properly. You will still have an ordinary braking system, but it is advised that you bring your car to our ASE-Certified technicians so they can get your ABS working properly again. The technicians at our Wasilla repair shop can also help you with all your basic auto repair needs. From brakes to engine repair, we can handle it all!Read More...
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