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Yearly Archives: 2017

Keeping Your Car Healthy in 2018!

Keeping Your Car Healthy in 2018!

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 2018 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

How Often Should You Have Your Car Serviced?

How Often Should You Have Your Car Serviced?

I know in this day and age it is sometimes difficult to remember those certain appointments…like going to the dentist or the doctor every six months…or having your vehicle serviced at least twice a year! You can ignore it until suddenly you aren’t feeling your best, or you experience a toothache, or your car breakdowns! Here is what your car’s owner manual tells you should happen and how often. We recommend you visit us every six months to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape! Your owner’s manual states that every time you stop for fuel you need to: Check engine oil level and add as required. Check windshield washer solvent and add if required. Once a month you are supposed to: Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or damage Inspect battery and clean and tighten terminals as required. Check fluid levels of coolant reservoir, power steering, brake master cylinder, and transmission and add as needed Check ... read more

Abraham Lincoln and Tire Tread

Abraham Lincoln and Tire Tread

Customers look at me strangely when I tell them they can use the Abraham Lincoln method to test their tire tread. Actually we are talking about using a penny. Place the penny within the tire’s grooves and channels. Insert the penny so that Abraham Lincoln’s head faces downward. If the tire tread hides his face, your tires don’t need to be replaced. If you can see all of Abe’s face, it is time to replace your tires! Keeping tires properly inflated increases their service life. Under-inflated tires lose tread around the outside edges. Over-inflated tires loose tread near the center. Your car care provider should rotate the tires every six months to help prevent tread wear. Also, properly inflated tires will save you more than a penny; improper inflation can cause a loss of 1-3% of your fuel economy. Many cars have tire monitoring systems to ensure correct pressure, please don’t ignore them. When it is time to buy new tires, make sure they match th ... read more

What You Need To Know For Holiday Travel

What 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

Survive the Holidays

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 ... read more

Make It A Happy Thanksgiving!

Make It A Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for Being Our Customer We always find time to be thankful for our wonderful customers! We wish each and every one of you a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving! Make It A Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are going on an extended road trip, driving to the airport or just plan to get groceries or do some Black Friday shopping, it will probably involve your car! Here are what the road-side assistant companies suggest you have checked out before the holiday to make sure your vehicle is safe and your Thanksgiving less stressful! Tires: Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If they have bad tread wear and need to be replaced, it is better to do it before you are in a breakdown situation. Wiper Blades: Many an accident could be avoided if drivers could see where they are going! Make sure your wiper blades are up to the challenge! Battery: A dead battery can be avoided! A simple test will make sure it is up to par. The best thing you can do b ... read more

Don’t Be A Statistic This Holiday Season

Don’t Be A Statistic This Holiday Season

The phrase ‘reckless driving’ brings to mind irresponsible people out joy riding for a thrill…but more than likely it is due to fatigue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that drowsiness or fatigue is a principle factor in up to 100,000 police reported crashes annually. The result is some 71,000 injuries and 1,500 casualties. Drowsiness causes our reaction time to slow, impairs our judgment, and makes us less aware. It isn’t all that different from driving drunk except there currently isn’t a test such as a breathalyzer to prove it. These fatigue related crashes are almost always a single vehicle that leaves the highway and hits a fixed object (sign, tree, fence, or other structure) or the vehicle rolls over. It is believed that 40 – 60% of these “off the road” crashes are due to driver drowsiness. These account for one-third off all traffic deaths nationally and two-thirds of fatalities in rural areas. Who ... read more

Your Teen Driver And Safety

Your Teen Driver And Safety

I’m often asked what parents should look for in a car for their teen driver. Of course, a lot of teens dream of a fancy sports car but that certainly isn’t the safe choice for young, inexperienced drivers. Teen drivers, between the ages of 16 to 19 are far more likely to have a crash than any other group. They tend to underestimate dangerous situations and they don’t always react to them appropriately. It is hard for a mature, experienced driver to always make the right snap judgment when behind the wheel to avoid an accident. Everything happens way too fast. When you are brand new at driving it gets worse. I always advise that before you pick a car based on price or looks think reliable and safety first, then choose the safest car you can afford to buy. Air bags, stability control and excellent tires are a good start. Large to mid-size cars are safer than small cars because they are heavier. 16 models with the highest crash rates included 11 small cars. I ... read more

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Halloween is a favorite of retailers because consumers spend a great deal on parties and decorating. It is supposed to be a fun time but sadly, it has its share of problems such as pedestrian deaths, car thefts and car vandalism. Car Thefts Halloween ranks third as the deadliest day for pedestrians. December 23 and January 1 are the two days ahead of Halloween. It does, however, come in first for car thieves. The National Crime Information Center. In 2011 (the last time the data was compiled) 2,328 vehicles were stolen. It seems car thieves take advantage of cars being parked in unfamiliar places and people seem more distracted. It is also easy for a thieves to disguise themselves on that day as so many are in costume. Vandalism Cars are also twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween. Tires are often slashed and windows broken. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that approximately 1,253 claims are filed due to vandalism ... read more

Beware The Cyclops Syndrome

Beware The Cyclops Syndrome

We’ve all seen it…driving down the road on a dark night and here comes a single lighted something coming your way. Is it a motorcycle? A UFO? It passes by and you realize it was a car with a headlight out! When driving at night, even on busy lighted highways it is essential to see and be seen…clearly! It is also helpful when driving behind someone to see their taillights and to be able to know their intentions by seeing their brake lights or turn signals! This brings me to your headlights. Back in the day they were made with glass but now they are made with plastic or polycarbonate. This material is porous and expands slightly when it gets hot. Over time it becomes oxidized and gets cloudy in appearance. Not only does it look bad, it reduces visibility. Your auto car professional now has a way to clean these for you and it is money well spent so you can see when driving at night and others can see you clearly too! Make sure you check all your lights peri ... read more