Rust is Not a Hidden Cost

Rust is costing us a fortune in Fairbanks. Listen to what our data says. It speaks loudly. We see customer cars an average of three times per year for regular maintenance and repairs. From the car you just drove off Kendall’s lot to the 200K-miles, loved-up commuter your high schooler is now driving, we have…

Seasonal Vehicle No-Start

It’s a beautiful summer day and you own a pretty little convertible. ANNNND…you live in Fairbanks so it’s one of the THREE days you can legitimately drive with the top down. You climb in and turn the key to the deafening sound of silence. Disappointed, yes, but you’re handy so you pop the hood and…

Kite Flying and Innovation

We ordered a dragon kite from Amazon and I don’t know about everyone else, but is Prime not so SPEEDY now?? It took almost two weeks to get here. But no matter, it is ALWAYS windy on Murphy Dome. We grabbed the halibut pole and set out for the top. Halibut pole? ABSOLUTELY! If you’ve…

Drive Alaska’s Dirt Roads? Read This

Let’s talk about dirt. In Fairbanks we make it through seven months of ice and snow and then comes Spring and the Mud Season. Vehicles are never able to relax in this climate. Mud seems innocuous enough compared with ice and -40F, but to suspension, brakes and wheels, it’s just the next pestilence to navigate.…

Struts, Shocks and Springs–Summer Gear!

Summertime! So many of our clients have canoes strapped to the rack of their Honda Element. The boxy SUV is fairly smashed to the ground with camping gear. A road trip is usually on the docket for Memorial Day weekend, and you see these vehicles struggling happily for a summit, trailhead or river put-in. This…

Stock and Performance in Subarus

Last week we put a new clutch in a Subaru WRX. It is so pretty! As replacing clutches gets more and more uncommon, you want to make certain you choose a professional technician who has enough experience to have done the job frequently. The WRX is a special vehicle—–sporty, usually tricked out and driven by…

CARING FOR YOUR SUBARU

Boy, doesn’t Subaru make the best performing all-wheel drive cars?! We think they do! We also know they require specific maintenance in order to serve drivers over the long haul. Subaru external head gasket leaks One of the most frustrating issues for Subaru owners is the leaking head gasket. Luckily on the 2.5 SOHC (Single…

SUBARU REPAIRS RECYCLED INTO NON-PROFIT SUPPORT

THANK YOU METRO CUSTOMERS FOR SUPPORTING SO MANY NON-PROFITS. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS about being locally-owned is supporting our community in non-profit adventures. We enjoy targeting organizations that educate and invigorate life this close to the Arctic Circle. Imagine: The check-engine light comes on in your Impreza and that turns into helping the Fairbanks…

AIR FILTERS AND MAGGOTS

Traveling this winter, I realized more the do-it-yourselfness we Alaskans have. Case in point: I was staying with friends in a Texas suburb this month. It was Sunday evening and the streets were lined with what looked like squat soldiers–garbage cans–blue for recycle, brown for rubbish. For miles, heels backed into the gutter, standing at…

SUBARU MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES (And a little about the “X” feature!)

We know SUBARUS. As both veterans of the repair industry and veteran Subaru owners ourselves, we can tell you that SPOT-ON MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES are key to keeping costs down on these vehicles. But the term “schedule” is different for Fairbanks. LET’S BE HONEST. There aren’t many things more fun to drive on bad roads than…

Boots and Brakes

If you have a heated garage, and you park your Tacoma in it (Oh My Gosh how many of us have heated garages and DON’T park in them because they are full of stuff–that is another blog entirely). As I was saying, IF you have a heated garage AND you park your car in it,…

Subaru CVT Transmission Hack

Subaru CVT Transmission Hack Do you own a 2010-15 Subaru Legacy or Outback? This means you also own a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).  Subaru has issued vehicles with CVT transmissions extended warranties. One point five million vehicles are protected by Subaru’s additional coverage on a feature that has proven problematic in the following vehicles: 2010-15 Legacy and Outback; 2015…

auto repairWe are a Digital Shop

Our technicians use the latest technology to not only tell you if there are any issues with your vehicle, but show you. If we uncover an issue the photo will be e-mailed to you for your records. At the end of every visit you will receive a detailed report regarding the general health of your vehicle. Our #1 goal is to keep you safe on the road.