A Healthy Car

Posted on 01/15/2019

Cars are built better than ever these days and give us miles of service.  Keeping them healthy is important and extends their life. 

  • Oil is their lifeblood.  Dirty oil makes it harder for your engine to turn over and causes premature engine wear. 
  • Belts and hoses are made of very durable material with relatively long lives but they do deteriorate over time.  We recommend an eight to ten-year replacement cycle.
  • Leaks are not normal except for condensation from your air conditioner.  11 different fluids keep your car running; brake fluid, antifreeze, engine oil, power steering fluid, air conditioner refrigerant, shock absorber fluid, battery electrolyte, windshield washer solvent, rear axle or CV boot lubricant and fuel.  If any of these leaks, they need to be fixed right away. 
  • Tires need to be kept properly inflated to save gas and tire wear and rotated every six months. 
  • Coolant, when neglected can corrode and leave sediment throughout your cooling system causing clogging that results in damaging hot spots that can harm your engine.  Flushing every two years is recommended.
  • The battery needs to have the cables securely attached and free of corrosion in order to get power to the starter and accessories so the alternator receives a charge.

Keep your car healthy means getting it serviced regularly.  Remember, we are a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repair center.  We work on all makes and models, import and domestic!

How Often Should You Check The Oil Level In Your Car?

Posted on 01/08/2019

Question: How often should you check the oil level in your car?

Every 1,000 miles of driving; the newer the car and the lower the mileage. This seems to be the forgotten “check list” item.

Question: How often do you check the oil level in your car?

From what we can tell…rarely! Our shop is seeing more cars come in with no visible oil on the dipstick. Granted, the majority of the cars have 75,000 miles or more. Remember, that many cars with smaller engines also have less oil capacity (four quarts or less) to lubricate the moving parts.

When technology builds in lights, bells and whistles to replace opening the hood and pulling a dipstick or visually inspecting the under-hood fluid, I get concerned. The warning systems are great backups but should not replace physically inspecting items.

The reason for the oil consumption concern is due to low tension piston rings, used to get better miles per gallon. This causes engines to run hotter than ever to achieve better MPG. Today, lighter oils (0w20 and 5w20) are also used for, you guessed it, better MPG, with 0w16 in the new models coming into production.

The latest change is GDI (gasoline direct injection), which is a completely different way for the fuel injector to deliver the fuel into the engine. Yep, this is for MPG also. Combine all these changes and add the extended oil change interval, and you get major oil consumption.

The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, in car terms, means servicing your car more, and often equals 200, 300, or even 400,000 miles of driving. We have many customers that have continued success because they adhere to regular servicing of their car!



Helping Your Car Survive the Holidays

Posted on 12/11/2018

Unless you have a deserted island you can escape to during the holiday season, you and your vehicle can feel the strain.  Traffic in Phoenix is heavier, more ‘occasional’ drivers are on the roads and if you are like the majority, you spend more time just sitting in traffic and through a traffic light…or two…or more if you live or work around a shopping center.

We want you to enjoy the holidays and one of the ways to have less stress during this joyful time is to make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge!  Here are just a few things we can do for your vehicle so you can be sure you arrive on time for the family feasts, holiday parties, community events and shopping extravaganzas:

  • We make sure your oil and filter are clean.
  • We check the tires for proper inflation and rotate if needed.
  • We inspect the brakes to make sure you can stop on a dime if necessary!
  • We top off fluids or exchange them.
  • We check the charging system so you don’t come out of the mall to a dead battery!
  • We check the exhaust system.

Getting a holiday “pre-check” for your vehicle ensures you have one less item to contend with during this busy time.  When you are standing in line at the grocery store you will more than likely notice many magazines with advice on holiday survival…but they don’t seem to mention your vehicle. 

Get your appointment booked and then sit back and prepare to enjoy the dinners and the parties, family visits, community events and the shopping!  Fairway Auto Repair is here for you!

Does Your Car Have A Mind Of Its Own?

Posted on 12/04/2018

We get calls from Phoenix drivers complaining that their car seems to have a mind of its own.  It wants to bounce and rock and drift and sway.  We know exactly what the problem is when we hear these complaints.  It is either your vehicle’s shocks or struts.  Usually they wear out slowly and you don’t notice that they are aging, then suddenly, it seems like you can’t keep your tires on the road! 

If it wasn’t for shocks and struts we would have a very uncomfortable and unsafe ride.  Not only do they give us a smooth ride, they also affect our braking.  Here are some clues that your vehicle needs service in this area!

  • When you are crossing an intersection does your vehicle bounce more than three times?
  • When you come to a fast stop does it rock back and forth?
  • When you change lanes quickly does it sway from side to side?
  • When you apply the brakes suddenly while driving at higher speeds does it seem to pull to the left or to the right?
  • When rounding a curve does it lean?

If so, you need to have your car checked out.  We will check for leaks, shiny spots on the safety bumper, and marks between the coils of the spring, tire cupping, broken or loose mount and check to see if the piston rod is damaged or even broken.  Any of these can be the cause of your bouncing ride.  Be safe and call Fairway Auto Repair today.

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