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Yearly Archives: 2016

Keeping Your Car Healthy in the New Year!

Keeping Your Car Healthy in the New Year!

Here is a simple New Year’s Resolution list for your Car! 1.You hear us folks in the automotive service and repair business always saying; “According to the manufacturer’s recommendations…” well…those recommendations are all listed in your owner’s manual. Making sure you bring your car in for these recommended services keeps your car running well and increases its life. 2.Regular maintenance also saves you money! For example, replacing a worn set of brake pads is much less expensive than replacing brake rotors. 3.Do you know your car communicates with you? It communicates by a lit dashboard telling you service is needed, poor engine performance, rough handling, fading brakes, strange or unusual noises, drips and more. 4.The best way to take care of your car in 2017 is to bring it to Fairway Auto Repair quarterly where we will check it out for you with tender loving care so you can enjoy many more miles together. Our New Year’s R ... read more

Deck Me with Car Care

Change my oil and change my filter, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la I want to be ready for the winter, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Don’t forget my tire’s pressure Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. So I am ready to ride whenever, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Check my battery and my brakes, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la How about some new wiper blades? Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Check all my hoses and check my belts, Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. I’m sure I must need something else, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la I know…here is my best and final suggestion Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la How about a complete winter inspection? Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Now we can sing along with the radio all together. Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. Heedless of the wind and weather. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Composed by a Car Near You

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 season 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! Ke ... read more

Why Won’t My Car Start?

Why Won’t My Car Start?

Car problems of any kind can be frustrating but the one that seems to annoy people the most is when their car won’t start. There are several possible reasons your car won’t start but the number one reason is a battery issue. If you try to start your car and you don’t hear a noise we call that a “no crank” and this could be caused by one of three things; the battery, the ignition or the starter circuit. The two main reasons for shortened battery life are; Excessive heat - Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, damaging the internal structure of the battery. Overcharging - A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, resulting in a slow battery death. To get the most out of your battery: Have your battery and its connections checked at every oil change Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. Overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. A ... read more

Your Warranty Is Safe!

Your Warranty Is Safe!

Some dealership salespeople imply that when you buy a new vehicle from them, you must have it serviced by them. This is not true! I hear this from my customers all the time! Here is what you need to know: There is a law (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) that an independent repair shop can service your car and you will not be jeopardizing your warranty in any way. This law has been around since 1975. Just like you would have to do if you got your vehicle serviced at the dealership, you need to keep records of services and have them done as recommended in your owner’s manual. The good news is we make it easy for you. You always get a copy and we keep your vehicle’s records as well. We can download a copy for you any time you need it. Many consumers have gone to the dealership to take care of a warranty issue, however, and have been told their warranty is void because the vehicle has aftermarket parts on it. If they didn’t inspect the vehicle to find out if the aftermark ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Is Your Car Stayin’ Alive?

Is Your Car Stayin’ Alive?

It is no secret that the staff at Fairway Auto Repair in Phoenix know how to keep a car stayin’ alive! What’s the secret to a car’s longevity? Team Up With A Great Mechanic – Fairway Auto Repair has great technicians (we feel the best in Phoenix, of course) that you can trust. They will make sure you are aware when it is time for preventive service and when your car starts to age, they will work with you to help it age gracefully. Following the recommended service schedules in your owner’s manual is a good place to start and using quality parts and fluids is essential. Pay Attention – No one knows your car better than you do…even if you never lift the hood. You drive it all the time and you know when it isn’t sounding, smelling or operating the same as usual. Don’t ignore these changes, no matter how subtle. It could be the beginning of a major problem so get it taken care of before that ha ... read more

ANTI-AGING FOR YOUR CAR

ANTI-AGING FOR YOUR CAR

We seem to be an “anti-aging” society. Everywhere you look there is some commercial for an anti-aging herb or cream. They all promise to keep us looking and feeling years younger. Many consumers are proving it is more than possible not only with themselves but their cars too! They are keeping their cars going 200,000 miles and longer! How? By following the rule book…their owner’s manual! Yes…this truly is the most unread book by consumers but fortunately, those of us at Fairway Auto Repair do follow the rules. The rules are a basic outline of how many miles you can drive a vehicle before fluids or parts need to be replaced. It also takes into account your driving habits. Those who drive in Phoenix’s stop and go traffic put a bigger strain on their vehicle so that is considered “severe” driving. Your car will need to be serviced more frequently than those who zip along the highways with no need for frequent stops. It pays to ... read more

WHY IT TAKES AN EXPERT

WHY IT TAKES AN EXPERT

DEFINITION OF AN EXPERT Expert: Noun – a person who has special skill or knowledge in some field; specialist; authority. Adjective – possessing special skill or knowledge; trained by practice; skillful or skilled; Having, involving, or demonstrating great skill, dexterity, or knowledge as the result of experience or training; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; “adept in handicrafts;” “an adept juggler”; “an expert job”; “a good mechanic”; “a practiced marksman”; “a proficient engineer.” MICRO COMPUTERS We live in the age of specialists or experts. Many can still recall the days when people took care of maintaining their own vehicles. There was even a term for these handy types. They were called “shade-tree mechanics.” Where have they all gone? Cars didn’t used to be so complicated but each year when the new models are rolled ... read more

The Basics of a Healthy Car

The Basics of a Healthy Car

Cars are built better than ever these days and give us miles of service. Keeping them healthy is important and extends their life. Oil is their lifeblood. Dirty oil makes it harder for your engine to turn over and causes premature engine wear. Belts and hoses are made of very durable material with relatively long lives but they do deteriorate over time. We recommend an eight to ten-year replacement cycle. Leaks are not normal except for condensation from your air conditioner. 11 different fluids keep your car running; brake fluid, antifreeze, engine oil, power steering fluid, air conditioner refrigerant, shock absorber fluid, battery electrolyte, windshield washer solvent, rear axle or CV boot lubricant and fuel. If any of these leaks, they need to be fixed right away. Tires need to be kept properly inflated to save gas and tire wear and rotated every six months. Coolant, when neglected ca ... read more