Garage Or Not

The WORST Thing for Your Car? A Heated Garage You may or may not have a garage, depending on where you fit into the Cycle of Life in Alaska. Maybe you just graduated to a gray-water system in your cabin. Maybe you even just got a washer so weekends are not spent at the laundromat.…

Metropolitan Garage Series: Alaskan Automotive Fails

Metropolitan Garage Series Common Alaskan Automotive DIY Fails Air Filter Installation We are handy in Fairbanks and we know it. And it’s not all ego. We have to be? Now, we don’t all live the dramatic lives of Alaska Reality TV. Almost a million people live in AK and yet THE MAJORITY of us live…

Let us teach you how to change your own wiper blades

LET OUR TECHNICIANS TEACH YOU to CHANGE YOUR WIPERS At METRO, we want to empower Alaskans. We want to teach you how to properly fix your own stuff. From Folk School classes, to our membership in the Repair Cafe community, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and affection for fixing things! Every Fall, we…

Subaru: Overheat and NO-heat, Simultaneously

Over-heating and Under-heating Problems Subaru Toyota Honda Kia Hyundai Lexus Acura Ford Chevy Believe it or not, all cars are subject to an “under-heating” problem. In Fairbanks this equals a 911 situation as Fall mornings turn into Winter. Funny thing about Subarus is that they often can have, at the same time, over-heating and under-heating…

THE Best Winter Tire for Fairbanks

What makes the Nokian Hakka 9 such a superior tire? Here is the detail list: A dedicated, tailored stud for the center of the tread. A separate stud for the shoulder areas. In addition to excellent longitudinal grip, the different studs that operate with natural efficiency during braking, acceleration and cornering ensure supreme lateral grip…

Considering the Kia

Considering a KIA? Bring it in for a full Buyer’s survey. We have come to like this family of cars! Let us tell you what you’re getting into! [email protected] The Kia Motor Company seems to have driven its way into the hearts and wallets of America. It is also a vehicle that has quietly made…

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…

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.