Is Your Vehicle Letting Off Steam?

Posted on 05/14/2019

A vehicle’s radiator sits front and center and when it loses its cool…look out!  Steam comes pouring from under the hood.  This is not a situation you want to find yourself in as it usually involves sitting on the side of the road until your car can be towed.  At Fairway Auto Repair, when we inspect your vehicle we look for these warning signs so you don’t experience the pain of overheating!

  • Leaking coolant – when the coolant level is low it generally means it is leaking out through the upper radiator hose. 
  • Discolored coolant – indicates a clog.
  • Cool spots – also indicates a clog.

You have probably heard about coolant fluid exchanges.  A fluid exchange is beneficial because it removes the small particles of dirt and rust that clog up the essential elements.  These elements prevent your radiator from doing its job…cooling your engine properly. 

Consumers are keeping their vehicles longer in this economy and we have seen an increase in radiator replacements.  Since we are driving our vehicles longer these days it isn’t surprising that left unchecked, a radiator will malfunction. 

Prevention is the key to keeping your radiator healthy.  We in the industry recommend that every two years or 30,000 miles, exchanging the fluid.  This fluid exchange prevents corrosion and gives your radiator a longer life. 

Keep in mind that if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of overheating DO NOT immediately get out of your vehicle and raise the hood.  That really is steam rising out of your radiator and it will burn you very badly.  Once you pull over turn the engine off and let your car cool down before you check under the hood.  Better yet, call your car care provider and get a tow while you are waiting for the car to cool. 

Before your vehicle lets off steam help it keep its cool with a systems check!  You’ll be glad you did! 

Fairway Auto Repair is here for you, Phoenix drivers!  To find out more ways to keep your ride safe, or to make an appointment, check us out at  We are here to help your car keep its cool.

Anti-Aging For Your Vehicle

Posted on 05/07/2019

We seem to be an “anti-aging” society.  Everywhere you look there is some commercial for an anti-aging herb or cream.  They all promise to keep us looking and feeling years younger. Many consumers are proving it is more than possible not only with themselves but their cars too!  They are keeping their cars going 200,000 miles and longer!  How?  By following the rule book…their owner’s manual! 

Yes…this truly is the most unread book by consumers but fortunately, those of us at Fairway Auto Repair do follow the rules.  The rules are a basic outline of how many miles you can drive a vehicle before fluids or parts need to be replaced.  It also takes into account your driving habits.  Those who drive in Phoenix’s stop and go traffic put a bigger strain on their vehicle so that is considered “severe” driving.  Your car will need to be serviced more frequently than those who zip along the highways with no need for frequent stops.

It pays to be consistent with your car’s service! Many think it is okay to delay or even skip an oil change all together.  Your engine may not blow up at the moment you go over the recommended mileage but it does accelerate the engine wear and can cause premature engine damage.  Driving your car on fumes instead of filling up before the warning signal comes on isn’t good for your vehicle either. Using the right fluids and the right parts are vitally important to keep your car from aging.  The wrong weight oil or the wrong transmission fluid won’t help your car stay young.

If you want to keep your car from aging, keep it clean and keep it serviced in timely intervals.  You and your car can have a long and happy life together!

Sound of Silence

Posted on 04/30/2019

The job of a muffler is to keep your vehicle quiet.  There is a lot involved for a piece of equipment that doesn’t look too intricate.  It silences the noise of your car in these ways:

  • Changes the pressure pulses
  • Dampens the pressure pulses
  • Absorbs the pressure pulses

The noise is measured in decibels and the muffler dissipates the level of sound.

There are two types of mufflers; direct-fit or universal.  A direct-fit muffler doesn’t require modifications.  A repair shop just has to line it up and bolt it on.  They are, however, not readily available for all vehicles.

A universal muffler is easy to find and usually requires some modifications.  This is done by lengthening or shortening pipes or even replacing them.  New hangers are a must to keep the new equipment from rattling. Thankfully these modifications are not difficult or expensive; they just take more time.  If you are replacing a direct-fit muffler with a universal muffler, don’t expect it to muffle the noise as well as the direct-fit.  It will be acceptable, but different. 

It is hard to imagine the noise level if we didn’t have mufflers on our vehicles!  If yours needs replacing, just give us a call.  The sound of silence can be golden.

How's The Air In There?

Posted on 04/16/2019

Hey, Phoenix drivers, did you know you have a great little device called the cabin air filter and its function is to protect drivers and their passengers from contaminants such as pollen, mold spores, dust and other small and annoying particles? 

The cabin air filter is located on the passenger side of the vehicle and is most often, but not always tucked behind the dash around the glove compartment area (don’t you wonder why we still call it glove compartment?  I wonder how many actually contain gloves.).

Whenever you turn on your defroster, air conditioning or heater it captures the debris so it doesn’t get into the cab of your vehicle.  It is a very busy part and needs to be replaced at least once a year.  If you or a passenger has severe allergies you may want to get it replaced more often.  A clean cabin filter also helps prolong the life of your vehicle’s heating and air-conditioning system because it keeps debris and corrosion away from the evaporator core.

At Fairway Auto Repair, we get calls when customers turn on their heater fan on occasion, wanting to know what that annoying rattling noise is from time to time.  It is usually captured leaves or food stuffs left behind by rodents.  Next time you get your cabin air filter changed you might ask to have a look at it.  You will be very amazed about what it has collected and very thankful too that all that debris didn’t circulate into the cab of your vehicle. 

Cabin air filters are becoming more sophisticated…some even eliminate odors.  The good news is that it is usually a quick item to replace (depending on where the manufacturer placed it) and it is inexpensive.  It is a very small price to pay to breathe easier! Our technicians at Fairway Auto Repair will be glad to change it for you! Our job is to keep Phoenix drivers safe and aware of all that is going on with their vehicle! 

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