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Longevity

Longevity

Preventive maintenance is the key to longevity for your vehicle. It is made up of several moving parts that need to be properly lubricated to limit friction and degradation of parts. Fairway Auto Repair has been urging our customers for years to save money by having their vehicles serviced regularly. One of the vital ingredients to give your car long life is the use of proper lubricants. I’m sure most all the drivers in Phoenix know that replacing a car’s engine or transmission is very costly. We hope you never have to find out. To prevent that, the oil needs to be changed regularly as do other fluids. Our technicians at Fairway Auto Repair can be relied on to use quality fluids to ensure your car’s health. Oil lubricates all the moving parts of your vehicle while you are driving it. This keeps every part moving smoothly and prevents jamming which leads to part failures. Oil that isn’t changed regularly gets dirty and the buildup of contaminates can also l ... read more

Keeping Cool in the Heat of a Phoenix Summer

Keeping Cool in the Heat of a Phoenix Summer

Yes…the heat is on once again and a lot of people are experiencing the summertime blues already because their air conditioning is failing in their cars. Many assume this is going to cost big bucks! This isn’t always the case. Don’t just assume it will be bad news and certainly don’t suffer the heat needlessly. When checking out your air conditioning system our technicians at Fairway Auto Repair will look for certain things: Is it low in refrigerant? Is the compressor engaged? Is the motor that controls the blend air door working properly? Overheating Summertime in Phoenix means a lot of cars overheat. It isn’t an unusual sight to see an overheated vehicle sitting alongside the road with steam pouring from underneath the hood on a hot day! Visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com to find out what to do should you find yourself in this situation. The best way to handle this situation is not to let it happen. Pr ... read more

The Estimate

The Estimate

Today automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate and we at Fairway Auto Repair are no exception. We understand that consumers in Phoenix are searching for the best value for their hard earned dollars. It has been a while since I addressed this issue but many are asking exactly how we, and other auto repair shops arrive at the estimated price so I thought I would take a moment and explain this again. An estimate consists of three parts: The labor rate Parts and supplies Overhead Fairway Auto Repair and other automotive service and repair shops estimate the labor rate by how long any given service or repair should take. There are guidelines set down by the manufacturer of each vehicle estimating the time it takes a trained technician to perform any given task. Parts and supplies are included in the estimate, of course. We use two categories of parts, OEM or “Aftermarket.” The parts manufactured by the original car manufa ... read more

Listen…Is That Your Car Crying For Help?

Listen…Is That Your Car Crying For Help?

The car is just a machine that provides freedom to get where we need to go at a moment’s notice. Many of us in Phoenix can still remember when our car “talked to us” when it was not feeling well. What’s that you say? I’m talking about the days before we had modern technology. If the car needed spark plugs, it would idle rough, hiccup or stall. With the modern car, the computer system can mask a concern until it’s too late, resulting in an expensive repair. Fairway Auto Repair encourages preventive service to make sure our customers don’t wait until the car needs major work. We want to keep our customers safe and their cars from coming to us via the tow truck. This is accomplished when the consumer pays attention to their machine. The driver needs to be aware of their car and the clues it gives when some component is going bad. Check the gauges! Pay attention when the dashboard lights illuminate, even when the car seems to run fine! When y ... read more

Is Your Car Feeling Sluggish?

Is Your Car Feeling Sluggish?

You know how you feel some days? The alarm goes off and you just barely drag yourself out of bed to start another day? You wonder if you should take more vitamins, eat better or exercise more? You wonder if it is just “something going around” in Phoenix? Your vehicle can relate. How? Your vehicle can go through the same thing. Has it lost its pep? Does it have trouble starting in the morning? The culprit to its sluggishness could be an oxygen sensor going bad. Our vehicles have monitors and sensors that work together to give us the best possible ride. The oxygen sensor’s job is to monitor unburned oxygen in the exhaust. This helps determine if the correct fuel mixture is being distributed. It sends this message to the powertrain control module which works to constantly readjust the fuel mixture when your car is running to make sure it is providing the best fuel economy and less harmful emissions. When working properly it can determine and compensate for many ... read more

We’ve All Heard The Jokes…But Could It Happen?

We’ve All Heard The Jokes…But Could It Happen?

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 1. For no reason at all, your car would crash twice a day. 2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car. 3. Occasionally, executing a manoeuver such as a left-turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, and you would have to reinstall the engine. 4. When your car died on the freeway for no reason, you would just accept this, restart and drive on. 5. Apple would make a car powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only five percent of the roads. 6. Oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single 'general car default' warning light. 7. The airbag would say 'Are you sure?' before going off. 8. Occasionally, for no reason, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handl ... read more

Marking Up Parts

Marking Up 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 markup may vary slightly from shop to sh ... read more

CAN System…Your Car Has One!

CAN System…Your Car Has One!

I have written articles many times about the fact that your car is really a computer on wheels. They have up to 100 million lines of computer code and that is more than many jet fighters! The most basic of vehicles have a minimum of 30 microprocessor-controlled devices. We call these ECU’s (electronic control units). Luxury cars can have 100 ECU’s! These processors make it difficult for the average person to work on their own vehicle but it makes it easier for auto repair shops as they have made an investment in the right equipment and diagnostic tools in order to translate trouble codes and determine what is actually wrong with your vehicle. What do all these ECU’s do? They help meet emissions and fuel-economy standards, do diagnostics, simplify design and manufacturing, reduce wiring, provide safety features, comfort and convenience. Controlling your vehicle’s engine is the most processor-intensive job and the engine control unit is the most powerful co ... read more

Why Aluminum?

Why Aluminum?

Ford’s announcement at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show was a surprise to many. Ford declared it would use an aluminum body in its best-selling pickup truck starting in 2015. Why did they make the change last year? Because they, and most other manufacturers have a 2025 deadline to have all vehicles meet the 54.5 MPG federal fuel mandate. Aluminum is lighter than high-strength steel and even superlight carbon fiber. Less weight means less fuel burned. Consider this: •    A cubic foot of aluminum weighs about one-third as much as a cubic foot of the traditional steel. •    Using aluminum instead of steel reduced the F-150’s weight by 700 pounds! •    The resulting weight loss ensured that the F-150’s combined city/highway fuel economy average would be from 18 mpg to 20 mpg, according to Fueleconomy.gov. Using aluminum is relatively new in the states, but European cars have been using aluminum for a long time. &bu ... read more

Keeping Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

Keeping 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 light ... read more