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Dealing With Brake Dust

Dealing With 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 products especially designe ... read more

Being Economical and Ecological With Your Vehicle

Being Economical and Ecological With Your Vehicle

Many people are not anxious to trade in their car for a “greener” model just yet. They do want to be economical and ecological and you can be! Here is what you need to do! Use the proper grade of gasoline as indicated in your owner’s manual. If your vehicle calls for regular, you won’t benefit by paying for premium gas. When it is time to fill up, really fill up. Putting in so much today and so much tomorrow costs more. Do not top off your gas. Make sure your gas cap is properly closed. Fill up when you get to ¼ of fuel left to lengthen the life of your fuel pump. Running on empty can destroy the pump! Drive the speed limit. If you drive at 65 mph instead of 75 mph you would save 13%. If you drive 55 mph you can save 25%! Every five miles over 65 mph costs you about 24 cents per gallon. Idling just uses gas needlessly and hurts the environment. Remove excess weight from your trunk and luggage rack! Extra weight costs more in fuel. Keep y ... read more

Cars Want To Be Green For St. Patrick's Day Too!

Cars Want To Be Green For St. Patrick's Day Too!

Even if you don’t own the newest car on the block it can be greener! With a little tender loving care, it can give you a lot more miles and it will make it environmentally friendly…and save you money. Improving the environment and your bank account at the same time is a win-win situation! At Fairway Auto Repair, we know exactly what is needed. Our techs check out your car’s battery, charging and starting systems; engine mechanical; powertrain control, onboard diagnostic check; fuel; ignition; and emissions systems. This alone can improve gas mileage by four percent! The oxygen sensor can be checked too, just to be safe. That can improve gas mileage up to 40%! Our technicians also look at your vehicle’s filters as a clogged filter can bring down fuel efficiency by as much as 10%...that’s 15 cents a gallon! Spark plugs need checking too so they are firing properly. Misfiring wastes fuel! The cooling system can also cause a car to boil over if it ... read more

Vitality

Vitality

Our vehicles are so important to us so it is important that we don’t take them for granted! Here are a few things that Fairway Auto Repair recommends our customers have us check when they bring their cars in for service. Lights - These are often overlooked. Headlights, brake lights, turn signals and taillights are all vital to our safety! Brakes – Brake pads need to be replaced now and then. If they go bad…you don’t stop when you need to! Tire Pressure – Over-inflated or under-inflated damages the tire and shortens their life. Tire pressures need to be just right! Having a flat tire is not only an inconvenience, it can be dangerous too! Tire Tread – if your tread is worn, or if your tires have lumps or bumps you could slip and slide (no ice needed) and even have a blowout! This could cause an accident! Power Steering Fluid – Trying to drive a car without power steering is almost impossible. To keep your car under your control, thi ... read more

Misconceptions

Misconceptions

Here are some of the most common misconceptions that I hear on a regular basis:Misconception # 1: Your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you. Although manufacturers are making cars that last longer and require less overall maintenance, they do require preventive maintenance. If maintained properly, you can expect your car to go well over l00,000 miles without major repairs. For instance, most engines have timing belts that must be replaced (as maintenance) before they break and cause expensive damage. Misconception # 2: A shop can give you an accurate price quote over the phone without seeing your car.You can waste your time calling 20 different shops and get 20 different prices and chances are every one of them will be wrong. Unless the shop has had a chance to examine or test drive the car in person, there is no way to accurately diagnose your ... read more

Drips and Puddles... Signs Your Car Needs Attention

Drips and Puddles... Signs Your Car Needs Attention

Those annoying under the car drips can leave your driveway and garage floor a mess…in fact everywhere you park becomes a victim to this mess. They are also a sign that something is wrong and needs to be taken care of. The only drip you don’t need to be concerned with is the condensation from your air conditioner. Everything else is a signal that there is a problem. The small drips are giving you fair warning that if ignored, serious problems are in your future. Here are a few examples: A reddish brown drip may mean one of three things; leaking transmission, over tightened pan gasket or a leaking front seal. A green or orange-red drip suggests a cooling system problem such as leaking hose or radiator. A brown to brownish-black drip that is thick in consistency is more than likely engine oil. This is not a huge problem if it is slight but when it grows to puddle size it is a sign of something serious and if not kept under control could mean severe engine trouble. A l ... read more

How's The View From Your Windshield?

How's The View From Your Windshield?

How is the view from your windshield? It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years. They should be replaced every six months or at most every year. Think of what your windshield encounters! Rain Insects coming to a messy end Dust Pollen Bird droppings All these need to be cleared from your windshield when you are driving. If your wipers are worn and you turn them on to clear buildup you could end up with an even smearier blur instead of clear glass. Most wiper blades are made with rubber that breakdown over time just like your belts and hoses. The ozone oxidizes the rubber causing cracks to form on the surface. Hot summer days are hard on wipers too because a windshield can get very hot. This makes the rubber lose flexibility and crack. All of this causes the chattering and smearing when you turn them on to clear the windshield. What is this tellin ... read more

Replacing a Car Battery

Replacing a Car Battery

Our vehicles are much more complicated than they used to be. Each system is controlled by a separate computer module and each car can have as many as twenty of these modules. They each have their own “memory” and they depend upon the car’s battery to keep the memory intact. We all have had to reset our car’s clock after a battery disconnect but these days more can be lost than your car’s clocks time. Here are some of the issues that can occur after a battery power failure or disconnect: Loss of time on the clock, loss of set radio stations and anti-theft lockout Stalling, failure of emission monitors Loss of power seat and mirror positions Door control loss such as locking, driver door switch pad, child lock switches, etc., which are associated with the driver's door. In most of the cases the driver door module acts as a master and others act as slaves in communication protocols. If you have replaced your car’s battery on your own and yo ... read more

Gasoline: Additives and Detergents

Gasoline: Additives and Detergents

Gasoline has been around for decades and the changes to the formulation have been incredible. The basic refined crude is mostly the same. What makes each brand unique is the additives and detergents package mixed in. Regular fuel has less additives than the premium blend. One of the biggest changes to gasoline is the introduction of ethanol. Ethanol has brought us lower emissions and a little better MPG, but it also has caused some new drivability issues. Most fuels started with a small amount of ethanol; now the base amount is 10%. As we randomly test fuel from the tanks we see as much as 30% ethanol. What that means is the ethanol and the detergents added do not work together! Ethanol washes the detergent away that is supposed to help stop carbon build up inside the engine. Type “engine carbon” into a browser and there are many articles to scan. The tough part for you, the driver, is you don’t know it’s happening until it gets bad. Here are the symptoms of ... read more

Is Your Automotive Service and Repair Shop Certified?

Is Your Automotive Service and Repair Shop Certified?

In a recent study of several hundred people, the question was asked, “Does the auto shop you use have certified technicians?” The vast majority said they assumed that they were. The shop you use may have certified people, but the reality is there is no mandatory certification required to own or operate an auto repair shop. This is one part of our industry that I would like to see reviewed. A professional that cuts hair or fingernails is required to be state certified, but a mechanic who works on tires, engines or brakes doesn’t need a single day of training or any tools to do so. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers a series of tests that a technician can take to be certified in many different areas of the car. All tests are voluntary, not required. At my shop, I require all staff to be ASE certified and I know many other shops do as well. ASE tests are all written tests and it does not necessarily mean a person is competent to work on a car. AAA Approved aut ... read more