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Thanksgiving Travel

Posted on 11/19/2019

AAA reports that more than 54 million Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving.  48.5 million of those plan to travel by car and travel at least 50 miles or more!  Here are a few tips:

1. Make sure you head out with a full tank of gas.  While you are at it, check out your tire pressures too!

2. If you plan to load up your vehicle, check out the total weight your car can carry! In newer vehicles, it is printed on a sticker inside the driver’s door jamb.

3. Make sure you buckle up!  It is the law! If traveling with children and/or pets, make sure they are properly restrained and have things to occupy them on longer trips.   

4. Don’t be “that guy” who has no patience behind the wheel.  Expect and prepare for traffic!  No need to “lose it” as this will ruin the trip for all!

5. Don’t be distracted. Cell phones and driving don’t mix, so if you need to send a message or make a call, hand your phone to a passenger or pull over. It’s not worth risking your life or others’ lives on the road.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

From all of us at Fairway Auto Repair!

If Only I Knew...

Posted on 11/12/2019

I hear customers’ day in and day out that express a wish that they knew more about cars so they would know exactly what to do if this or that occurred.  They sigh and say, “If only I had just some knowledge….”  I tell them they actually know a lot more than they give themselves credit for!  It is true!  You are more aware of your car’s little quirks.  You know when something isn’t quite right more so than anyone else.

I get calls all the time saying that their car is making a ka-thump noise or a pinging noise or it is knocking or sputtering, whining or screeching.  And you thought you didn’t have knowledge?  Of course you do. You just need to know what these noises mean…so even though I’ve said it before…here is a refresher course!

Screeching usually signifies a brake problem.  The screech is actually the sound of metal scraping.

Thudding or a low metallic thumping noise can be a loose pulley or exhaust pipe or even a worn crank shaft bearing.

A knocking noise signifies loose bolts in the torque converter or a bad connecting rod or even a worn crankshaft main bearing.

Pinging noises seem to very common and your car either needs a tune-up or the fuel octane may be too low for your car’s engine.

Tapping or clicking can be many things such as a bent or loose fan blade, loose hubcap, bad wheel bearing or low level of engine oil.

Clunking can be mean your transmission fluid is low or your car has a bad universal joint or rear differential.

Squealing is usually the result of under-inflated tires, poor wheel alignment, a loose power steering fan or air conditioner compressor belt.

Squeaking noises can be caused by worn suspension bushings, bad drum-brake linings, or a chassis in need of lubrication.

I hope you find this translation helpful.  Regular vehicle checkups prevent these noises from happening and keep your vehicle healthy.  Now, if your vehicle is doing any of these things listed above, call us today!  We will make it all better in no time!

How Are Your Shocks/Struts?

Posted on 11/05/2019

Shocks and struts take a beating so we don’t have to!  They help us ease the pain of driving over less than perfect roads and stabilize us over bumps, when we stop quickly and when we go around corners.  We pretty much take them for granted.  Our owner’s manuals tell us they need to be replaced every 30,000 to 90,000 miles, depending on our driving habits.  That is a wide range! 

We would like to recommend that you take some time when you are out driving around to notice a few things about your vehicle.  If your car is bouncing a bit after you hit a bump in the road, is nose diving after you brake or is swaying around corners you need to have your shocks replaced. 

Struts basically perform the same function as shocks except they also are an integral part of your suspension system.  When you are out and about in your car and notice the same symptoms as above and also notice noise while you go over those bumps or turn corners you might also have an alignment situation. 

Shocks and struts also give you another symptom if they are ready to be replaced…they leak fluid.  They do a lot for us and we certainly take them for granted until we notice our ride is just not as enjoyable or comfortable as it could be.  Bad shocks and struts also cause wear and tear on our tires and our suspension components. 

Make sure your shocks and struts are ready for whatever condition the roads you drive on happen to be in. Whatever your car may need, at Fairway Auto Repair we want your vehicle to always be ready to go when you are!  Call us!  We are here for you and your car!

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble...

Posted on 10/29/2019

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble…you know how it is…you drive along and all is great then suddenly…

  • You hear a different noise (squealing or scraping sound when you hit the brakes, knocks or pings when you climb a hill, rumbling or hissing sound from your muffler, thumping from a tire, clicking of a worn CV joint, chugging when you turn off the engine)
  • You notice a different smell (moisture or antifreeze odor inside the car)
  • You see a small leak or a puddle from under the car (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid)
  • You see lights illuminated on your dashboard (check gauges, check engine light)
  • You hear nothing at all (dead battery)

Your mind immediately goes into panic mode!  You wonder how long it will take to fix the problem?  How will you get to work?  How will you pick up the children or get them to school or practice?  How will you run errands? How much will it cost?  Will it need to be towed?  Is it safe to drive to our shop for needed repairs?

Before you panic, call us.  We have the tools and equipment to return your vehicle to normal!

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