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Learn About Your Vehicle

A lesson in the need for routine maintenance


We are open

 Monday thru Saturday

From 8:00am till 6:00pm


This year we are proud to support the

Marine Corps annual "Toys for Tots" drive

as a drop off station for toys.

Please stop by and drop off a toy in its original packing

so that children of need will have a "Merry Christmas"

Tell us you viewed our web site and get a discount.  Ask for the "Web Site Discount"

$10.00 off parts on repairs over $150

$20.00 off parts on repairs over $250

$30.00 off parts on repairs over $350

Some restrictions apply


In the automotive repair world we are asked many questions about general maintenance. For example when should my tires be rotated and why? We agree that it is always good to be in the know about your vehicle and what you can do to keep your vehicle safe and in good running condition.

For most of us, when we consider general vehicle maintenance, oil changes, tires, brakes, and tune ups typically come to mind. In regards to oil changes, there are many different types of oil that can be used. You can either opt for a Conventional Oil Change which is "Non-Synthetic", a "Semi-Synthetic", "Full Synthetic", or Diesel Oil Change. If you prefer a "Full-Synthetic" oil change, its cost is typically slightly higher but the oil offers more protection against wear and tear. When it comes to the type of oil you should use, refer to your Owner's Manual which is a great resource for questions you may have about your vehicle's specifications, including regularly scheduled maintenance intervals. Along with regularly scheduled oil changes there are also other general maintenance procedures that can help prevent costly vehicle repairs.

For instance, did you know that you should rotate your tires every other oil change? Regularly rotating tires will help prolong the life of your tires. Next time you have your oil changed, ask your shop technician to inspect the tires and check for uneven tire wear. Remember, if you really like hugging those curbs or hit a pothole, you should also have your alignment checked on a consistent basis. It is helpful to maintain your automotive repair records so you and your Automotive Shop can reference the work that has been completed.

Emergency Items For Your Vehicle

Emergencies in Eagle River may encounter can range from a flat tire downtown in Anchorage to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic car emergency kit to keep in your vehicle at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home in Eagle River kit would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card. If you live in an area in AK with frequent severe weather or earthquakes, may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.For trips away from Eagle River, consider the weather and AK geography as you assemble your emergency auto supplies. You'll need to have a source of light and heat and will want to provide protection against the elements as well as adequate food and water for everyone in the car. Always tell someone where you are going and have a plan for checking in at waypoints. Then if you run into trouble, you can be reported missing as soon as possible and rescuers will be able to narrow the search area. The key to safe travel in AK is to keep your vehicle properly maintained, plan ahead, and let others know your itinerary.

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Eagle River Automotive 
16907 Hanson Drive
Eagle River, AK 99577-7811
Phone: 907-694-4999
Open 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday thru Saturday

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