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Yearly Archives: 2014

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

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