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HOPE FOR YOUR VEHICLE’S TRANSMISSION

HOPE FOR YOUR VEHICLE’S TRANSMISSION

Transmission repairs have become an interesting phenomena in the automotive repair industry. I thought I would share some information with you that could result in saving you money! •    Most cars will start to experience transmission issues around age six. •    When a check engine light illuminates, 20% of the time it is because of the transmission. •    50% of those issues can be fixed easily •    80% of repair shops, because they don’t have enough knowledge about transmissions will tell you it needs to be replaced. That is because for them it is just easier to replace the entire thing since they don’t know enough about transmissions to fix it or don’t want to be bothered with it. •    If I think a transmission can be repaired for $600 instead of replaced with a refurbished one, saving my customers a cost of $3,000, I will fix it! Many consumers are keeping their ve ... read more

Cars Need Love Too!

Cars Need Love Too!

This Valentine’s Day show your car some love! Just think of all they do for you! They get driven in all kinds of weather. They sit out waiting for you in less than ideal conditions. They get splashed with grime from treated roads and even goo from road construction. This Valentine’s Day show your car you care! • Start your car’s day with a pick-me-up. Make sure all the fluids are topped off. If it is overdue for an oil change, this is the time to make sure it is pampered with a lube, oil and fresh new filter! • Nothing says you really care like a complete bumper to bumper inspection. It doesn’t take much time and your technician can determine the state of your car’s health. • After your car has been serviced, head to the spa (a.k.a. car wash) and give it the works! It will feel better and look better! • Depending on your habits, sometimes cars are filled with drink cups and drive thru bags. Remove the trash! • Vacuum its carpets and make s ... read more

Who Will Own The Right To Your Car’s Technology?

Who Will Own The Right To Your Car’s Technology?

Have you ever heard of the DMCA? It stands for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (a nonprofit consumer protection group) wants to make sure that when you purchase a vehicle you own it and its technology. Currently, every three years the DMCA has hearings to decide if any group is exempt from Section 1201. This restricts people from making changes to technological devices. It is expected that they will meet this year and decide on this very issue. The Electronic Frontier Foundation feels that ownership is under threat whenever the law prevents you from changing a product you purchased. If the DMCA decides that you, or anyone other than the automotive manufacturer, cannot work on the vehicle without express written permission from the manufacturer it will certainly change our country in many ways. Our vehicles today are comprised of many ECUs and the computer code that runs them is considered proprietary by the automotive manufacturers. Wh ... read more

Recall Notices

Recall Notices

There are many recalls on vehicles and if you have purchased a used vehicle and are wondering if it had a recall notice that was ignored…here is a good way to check. Using the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) simply go to the NHTSA website and key in your number. It will quickly tell you if the vehicle has an outstanding recall notice. You then need to contact the manufacturer and schedule the vehicle for an appointment to get it fixed. Many people ask me how a recall goes into effect. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act has given the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to require vehicles to meet safety standards. Since 1966 over 390 million cars, trucks and other vehicles including mopeds have been recalled. They don’t stop there. Tires and other equipment have also been recalled due to defects. It is hoped that manufacturers would voluntarily recall vehicles when a defect has been discovered and many t ... read more

When Looking For A New Shop, What Questions Should I Ask?

When Looking For A New Shop, What Questions Should I Ask?

Keep in mind that the automotive industry doesn’t have any standards for service or repairs. The owner nor mechanic do not have to be certified. This makes it vitally important that you do your research very carefully. Remember…no matter what price you are quoted, someone else can always come in lower but make sure they are a reliable shop that doesn’t just undercut on price…you don’t want them to undercut on service or repair (low bidder is not always a good value). The internet is a great place to start! Look at reviews to help you make your decision. These are some questions that you may want to ask any shop you call for an estimate. Question #1 - Does your shop offer a Warranty? Warranties are varied. Some range from as short as 90 days to as long as two years or more or 4,000 to 50,000 miles. A longer warranty is always better. Also ask if the warranty covers nationwide break downs, which could be very important if you travel or are on vacation. Question #2 - Does your shop have ... read more

YOU MIGHT BE A GRINCH IF…

YOU MIGHT BE A GRINCH IF…

‘Tis the season when we think of all aspects of our lives in terms of the holidays. I was thinking of the Grinch and how he basically made his little dog perform the task of a reindeer until the little guy almost broke down under the weight of the load he was expected to carry up and down mountains. Some are guilty of that with their vehicles. They expect it to perform miracles without thinking that it might break down due to neglect. Are you a Grinch when it comes to your vehicle? Here are some clues that you are afflicted with Grinchitis. You might be a Grinch if: 1. You put off servicing your vehicle until it breaks down. This costs you more money and hurts the environment too! 2. You drive on tires that are mismatched and bald. I am told that being “matchy, matchy” when it comes to clothes is out but this does not apply to tires. I am also told that bald is beautiful, but again, not when it comes to your tires! 3. You put off buying new wiper blades and become a ... read more

Everything You Need To Know For Holiday Travel

Everything You Need To Know For Holiday Travel

Chances are sometime during the holiday you will be traveling afar or just down the street. Here are a few tips to make this holiday safe and more enjoyable! • A well-maintained vehicle lessens the chances of a breakdown. When your car breaks down you aren’t the only one annoyed…think of the drivers who are behind you during this busy time of the year! • If you are traveling with children, make sure they are properly “buckled up” for safety. • If you are shopping remember to keep packages out of sight in your vehicle when it is parked at the shopping center so thieves aren’t tempted. • Keep your “roadside assistance” number with you “just in case.” • Don’t drink and drive and be sure that any medications you take won’t impair your driving ability. • Do not drive when fatigued as you could fall asleep at the wheel. • On long trips, schedule frequent stops to stretch your legs and plan for meals and bathroom breaks! • Keep any children entertained in the car wi ... read more

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holidays

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holidays

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 ... read more

Beware All Who Fail To Heed These Warnings!

Beware All Who Fail To Heed These Warnings!

Picture yourself driving down the road on a dark and stormy night! Suddenly you hear a strange knocking noise! You are filled with dread. Could it be…gasp…your car? An odd noise coming from our vehicles can fill us with dread. What is it? Can I make it to my destination? How much will cost to fix? Noises are your vehicle’s way of communicating with you. Ignore your vehicle’s message too long and it could cause you a breakdown and a big repair bill. Creepy, isn’t it? At Fairway Auto Repair, we don’t want that to happen to you so here are some of the more common sounds of impending car trouble and what they mean. Q: What does a squealing or scraping sound indicate when I apply the brakes? A: Most likely your brake pads are worn and allowing their wear indicators or sensor to touch the disc brake rotor. When this occurs the sensor emits that high pitch noise to warn you that your brakes need attention. Have them checked out sooner rather than later before expensive damage ... read more

Want To Make Your Car Last Longer?

Want To Make Your Car Last Longer?

Many consumers today are taking great pride in keeping their cars running well for a very long time. It makes dollars and sense to do this and it isn’t all that difficult. • The first thing you need to do is commit to a regular schedule of routine maintenance. Many of our customers pre-set their next appointment when they pick up their car for service, much like they do at the dentist or doctor’s office. • Commit to going to a single automotive service and repair shop. Those who follow coupons trying to save money many times end up paying more without realizing it. They shop a bargain and go to several different shops for service and or repair and those shops don’t know what work was performed on the vehicle prior. The consumer ends up paying double or triple for a single service and doesn’t even know it. • Regular oil changes are a must and there are oils today made especially for older vehicles. Talk to your service advisor about op ... read more