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The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!

Many people know right off that the new car smell is bad news. It makes their eyes water, gives them headaches, and nausea. Some even experience a sore throat and immune system disorders. These chemicals that cause the new car smell are toxic. The smell comes from volatile organic compounds. Even after the smell wears off you may notice a “fog” on the inside of your windshield and these same compounds cause that to happen. This mix of compounds can consist of over 100 different chemicals. The base of the compound is petroleum and it can be found in your car’s carpet, dashboard, solvent, and glue. If you have had new carpet installed in your home you may experience the same smell. I have heard of office workers having to go home after new carpet has been laid in their building because they got sick almost immediately from the fumes. Some countries limit the amount of these compounds manufacturers can use but so far the United States has not. Car manu ... read more

Captain Of Your Car

Captain Of Your Car

Imagine sitting in your car engaging with friends on Social Media, having a conference call, surfing the Internet all while your car does the driving for you! You will truly be the captain of your ship…er…I mean car! When I write about this many think this is still far into our future. It might surprise you to know that even now, on California highways, Google is shuttling its employees in its fleet of self-driving cars! Florida and Nevada have also allowed Google cars on their roads. They plan to have these vehicles on sale to the general public by 2020. Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Ford Motor Company have already developed the technology that takes certain controls out of the hands of drivers and puts them in control of the car. These cars can park, operate in traffic and brake without any help from the driver. GM is testing a system even now for its Cadillac models that will allow for hands-free lane following, braking and speed control ... read more

Road Rage Detector?

Road Rage Detector?

An in-car motion detector has been invented by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. They are working with PSA Peugeot Citroen to test the infrared camera that detects a driver’s stress levels! If detected, the system will inhibit the vehicle’s speed and/or signal a warning using sound and flash telling the driver to calm down. Many feel that road rage is triggered by drivers who are feeling rushed or spend too much time in heavy traffic. Most drivers who experience road rage show it by tailgating, changing lanes quickly without signaling, running red lights, honking the horn and using obscene gestures. In a recent survey fifty-six percent of men said they experience feelings of road rage on a daily basis and forty-four percent of women do. Studies show that 1500 people are injured or killed in road-rage incidents each year. It is believed that those who suffer from violent road-rage tendencies have Intermittent Explosive Disorde ... read more

Tires And Aging

Tires And Aging

Tires are one of the top concerns of drivers. I’m often asked how you can tell a tire needs to be replaced and does it have to do with how old they are. Good question. Tires go through a lot. Heat is very hard on tires and aside from a hot, summer day, pavement is 10 to 15 degrees hotter than that. Our car’s tires sit on that heat all day long. Sunlight and coastal climates are also hard on tires. It takes time but there is a chemical reaction in the rubber components of tires and heat and sunlight speed up this deterioration. Phoenix is certainly considered a hot climate in the summer months so paying attention to our tires’ pressures is very important. A car that just sits over a long period of time without being driven also accelerates the aging process. Spare tires have this problem as well. They look okay as they still have good tread…but the integrity of the rubber has been compromised. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to rubber components ... read more

The Heat Is On!

The Heat Is On!

Does this sound like your driving habits? • Frequent stop-and-go • Driving in heavy traffic • Driving in dusty conditions • Driving on steep terrain This kind of driving takes its toll on transmissions. Here are some verbal clues that your transmission may be headed towards a breakdown! Yep…it is trying to tell you something in transmission speak so listen up! • Clicks • Buzzes • Whistles • Moans and Groans • Squeals and Screeches • Hums and Whines • Clanks • Grates and Rumbles • Chatters and Clunks Do you see a drip under your car? If it is reddish brown in color it may mean one of three things; leaking transmission, over tightened pan gasket or a leaking front seal. Do you smell something burning? It could possibly be your transmission fluid. At Fairway Auto Repair, we recommend you exchange the fluid every 30,000 miles or on average, every two ... read more

Help Your Teenage Driver Be Prepared In Case of an Accident

Help Your Teenage Driver Be Prepared In Case of an Accident

As the owner of Fairway Auto Repair I think a lot about teenage drivers and their safety. I have two teens of my own and Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University is very close to the shop. I recently heard about a couple that were taking a well-earned vacation when they received a call from their son who was in college. “Dad, how does this car insurance thing work again?” Not a comforting call. He didn’t want to disturb his dad while he was on vacation but since he was involved in an accident he needed a little guidance. Most of us seem to put the thought of accidents out of our mind so when it happens we are left not only in shock but a bit disoriented and not sure how to proceed. Being prepared is always best however; I am apt to put these thoughts on the back burner myself. Don’t Let An Accident Get You All Shook Up The first reaction many teens have when they are involved in an accident is panic. • “I can’t believe this has happ ... read more

Pets and Summer Vacation

Pets and Summer Vacation

We see lots of dogs with their heads sticking out windows of cars enjoying the breeze. It makes me smile but at the same time I’m always concerned for the dogs’ health. It seems no matter how many warnings people are given about the dangers of leaving dogs and children in a hot car in summer, each year in Phoenix we hear the sad news that it happens…way too often! If you do plan to travel with your pets this summer, make plans before you leave home so you and your pet aren’t overly stressed by the trip. •Select a hotel or cabin that welcomes pets. • Plan a vacation that your pet will enjoy as well! • Find restaurants that offer outdoor dining that accommodate your animals. • Make sure your pets have all their shots up to date, are in good health for travel and have had their flea and tick prevention. • Don’t assume that a “pet friendly” hotel will be accommodating to cats and other animals. I’ve heard many times that hotels or r ... read more

In 2013 the Cost to Own a Car Went Down!

In 2013 the Cost to Own a Car Went Down!

Good news! The cost of car ownership is down! According to AAA this is due to lower fuel costs. Prior to 2013 it costs about 59.2 cents per mile if a driver racked up 15,000 miles per year. If you do the math that is about $8,876 per year! This cost has not decreased in several years! Maintenance costs was on the rise at 5.06 cents per mile mostly due to vehicles now needing semi or full-synthetic motor oils. These are more expensive than regular motor oil but do give drivers better fuel economy and is better for engines. They also let us go longer between oil changes. Overall, drivers are now saving over one and a half cents per mile driven. Drivers would do a Lot to Lower Car Insurance Costs! With everyone coming out with plugins for vehicles to track this and that a survey (by CarInsurance.com) was conducted to ask drivers just what they would allow to be tracked as they drove if they would get lower insurance ... read more

INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOPS – WE ROCK!

INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOPS – WE ROCK!

Here is what others are saying: “For maintenance, based on more than 373,000 experiences, 84 percent of [auto] owners said they were very satisfied with independents, only slightly higher than the 78 percent who were very satisfied with dealerships. But if repairs were involved, 74 percent were very satisfied with independents, but only 59 percent said they were very satisfied with dealerships.” ~June 2010 www.CONSUMEREPORTS.org “Repairs at a new car dealership cost an average of 34 percent more than those at independent repair shops, resulting in $11.7 billion in excess costs to consumers annually, according to a new study released by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).” “People are more satisfied with independent repair shops,” says Robert Krughoff, president of Consumer’s Checkbook, which has been rating auto repair shops since 1976. “And they tend to be less expensive than dealers.” We do know that dealerships have really ... read more

When The Odometer Reads… 100,000 Miles

When The Odometer Reads… 100,000 Miles

Back in the day it pretty much meant you needed to go shopping for a brand new car when the odometer turned over to 100,000 miles. The components would be completely worn out and the body would more than likely be the worse for wear too. Today’s cars are designed to keep going and going…as long as you take good care of them! Cars aren’t all that much different than us humans! If you eat right, exercise, take supplements, have regular checks up and get plenty of fluids…they tell us we will be around a lot longer and should lead a long and healthy life. Your car is the same way. It needs to be given the right fluids on a regular basis (and exchanged periodically), it’s charging and cooling systems checked and the brakes and exhaust system kept in good working order. Today’s cars do go longer between service visits than the previous 3,000 miles that we all adhered to, but you still need to visit your automotive repair shop at least three times a year ... read more