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The Role of the Check Engine Light

The Role of the Check Engine Light

Your car has many computers that monitor your engine for the best performance, your transmission for proper shifting, your braking system for safe stopping, and it monitors many other devices to make sure they are working properly. If a system detects a problem, it needs to alert you, so you can bring the car in for service. This is the role of the check engine light. The check engine light looks different from car to car.  It is usually a yellow or orange color. It will rarely be red. Most of the time it illuminates in the shape of an engine. If the check engine light comes on solid (not blinking), you can continue to drive the car until you have a chance to bring it in. This does not mean you should ignore it. When the check engine light is on, the car defaults to a backup system that controls all the important systems. Driving around for a short time until you can set up an appointment is no problem, but continuing to drive more than ... read more

Hey Phoenix Drivers, How’s The Air In There?

Hey Phoenix Drivers, How’s The Air In There?

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 fro ... read more

Help Your Car Have A Long And Happy Life

Help Your Car Have A Long And Happy Life

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 high ... read more

Keep Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

Keep Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

On December 26th our television sets and other devices seem to be taken over by ads brought to us by diet and exercise gurus.  They seem to feel that a New Year should be a time to restart our bodies to be at peak efficiency!  I suppose during the busy holiday season we can overdo on the food and at the same time have less time to exercise.  The same can be said of our cars.  We often get so busy running here and there (in our cars) during the holidays that we neglect old faithful!  Here are a few resolutions to keeping your car fit! We can inspect it and make sure to remind you when it is time to bring it to us in order to… Keep your car’s fluids clean and don’t let them run low! Keep your car’s filters clean. Keep your car’s tires properly inflated. Keep your car’s wipers in good working order. Keep your car’s lights lit! Keep your car’s brakes stopping when they need too! Keep your car’s charging ... read more

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holiday Season

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holiday Season

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 ... read more

Why Do Auto Repair Shops Markup Parts?

Why Do Auto Repair Shops Markup Parts?

I am often asked why auto repair shops markup parts.  The fact is, any retailer marks up product.  Yes, you may be able to find the part at a lower cost on Amazon or your local junk yard but Amazon and the local junkyard aren’t responsible for the quality of the part nor do they offer a warranty on the part.  The responsible auto repair shop insists on quality parts for their customers.  “Safety first” really does matter to us!  I have seen “do it yourselfers” put cheap parts on their cars…and then a month later they are busy replacing the cheap part with yet another cheap part.  That isn’t smart financially and it isn’t really safe. What is included in the parts markup? A warranty of two or more years An expert installing the part A shop that takes responsibility if the part fails There are industry standards for parts markup so rest assured you are not getting “ripped off.”  The marku ... read more

What is Brake Dust?

What is Brake Dust?

I’m sure most of us have experienced this…you drive through an automatic car wash and when you get home you notice the clean shine of your entire vehicle…until you look down at the wheels.  What is that grime on the wheels?  That is brake dust… metallic particles, carbon fibers and adhesive residue from your vehicle’s brake pads that attaches to your wheels.  To keep it from building up it should be removed weekly as it essentially bakes on to the surface of alloy wheels.  It is recommended that you wash the wheels when they are cool to avoid streaking, discoloration and pitting. The adhesive residue in the dust causes it to bond firmly with the wheels and since they are most often acidic it starts a corrosion process.  The metal filings in the dust usually oxidize with the metal of the rims causing galvanic corrosion to occur. If you are removing the dust yourself be careful not to inhale the dust or the vapor from cleaning pr ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving From Fairway Auto Repair!

Happy Thanksgiving From Fairway Auto Repair!

Thanks for Being Our Customer! We always find time to be thankful for our wonderful customers!  We wish each and every one of you a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving! Make It A Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are going on an extended road trip, driving to the airport or just plan to get groceries or do some Black Friday shopping, it will probably involve your car! Here are what the road-side assistant companies suggest you have checked out before the holiday to make sure your vehicle is safe and your Thanksgiving less stressful! Tires:  Make sure your tires are properly inflated.  If they have bad tread wear and need to be replaced, it is better to do it before you are in a breakdown situation.  Wiper Blades: Many an accident could be avoided if drivers could see where they are going!  Make sure your wiper blades are up to the challenge! Battery:  A dead battery can be avoided!  A simple test will make sure it is up to ... read more

Thanksgiving Travel

Thanksgiving Travel

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 f ... read more

If Only I Knew...

If Only I Knew...

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 ... read more