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Yearly Archives: 2018

6 Ways Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their Car’s Value High!

6 Ways Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their Car’s Value High!

Many of our customers at Fairway Auto Repair plan to keep their car going until it can’t go another mile. If you are in that category, this article is not necessarily for you. If you do plan to sell your car in the near future, or trade it in someday, read on! I was reading an article by AAA and they estimate that a vehicle's depreciation costs American car owners $3,571 per year, up less than 1 percent from previous years. They went on to give us pointers on how to give our vehicle more value when it is time to part ways! 1. Keep up with regular maintenance. A good technician can always tell if a driver skipped oil changes or other maintenance. When we do a used car inspection at Fairway Auto Repair for our customers prior to purchase, our technician runs tests that can tell if the fluids have been changed or not. Some leasing companies in Phoenix charge lessees for unperformed maintenance. Make sure you keep receipts to prove you have kept current with ... read more

Safety First While Driving

Safety First While Driving

Having a well-maintained vehicle is very important to safety while driving. Many accidents could be avoided by having a car serviced regularly. Another detriment to our safety on the highways is distracted driving. I doubt you can drive without noticing another driver that is either driving recklessly or seems to not be paying attention while driving. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert your attention away from the main task of driving. It is both dangerous and disturbingly common. Drivers spend more than half of their time focused on things other than driving. You may be surprised to learn that cell phones and texting are just part of the problem when it comes to distracted driving. We know many think that if they are “hands free” it is okay…but I’ve talked to people that have been so focused on their phone conversation they don’t “remember” their drive at all! Now that is scary! The fact is, anything that occupies you ... read more

Thursday, June 14th is Flag Day!

Thursday, June 14th is Flag Day!

On June 14th we celebrate Flag Day and the entire week is National Flag Week. We in the USA are encouraged by our president to fly the American flag during that week. You will observe that it is prominently displayed on all government buildings during this time. On June 14, 1777, the first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress. In 1818, they fixed the number of stripes at 13 and decided that each state will be represented by a star. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established June 14th as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Our flag represents us…it makes us stand out and you could even say it is our country’s logo! Other countries around the globe recognize the flag as representative of The United States of America! Many of us in the USA affectionately call it “Old Glory” or “The Stars and Stripes.” Flag Day is celebrated in different ways in our country…some you ma ... read more

Letting Off Steam This Summer

Letting Off Steam This Summer

A vehicle’s radiator sits front and center and when it loses its cool…look out! Steam comes pouring from under the hood. This is not a situation you want to find yourself in as it usually involves sitting on the side of the road until your car can be towed. At Fairway Auto Repair, when we inspect your vehicle we look for these warning signs so you don’t experience the pain of overheating! Leaking coolant – when the coolant level is low it generally means it is leaking out through the upper radiator hose. Discolored coolant – indicates a clog. Cool spots – also indicates a clog. You have probably heard about coolant fluid exchanges. A fluid exchange is beneficial because it removes the small particles of dirt and rust that clog up the essential elements. These elements prevent your radiator from doing its job…cooling your engine properly. Consumers are keeping their vehicles longer in this economy and we have seen an increase in rad ... read more

Life Of A Car Battery

Life Of A Car Battery

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. Always have the battery replaced with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow. Batteries do not always give warning signs before they fail. If your battery is more than three years old, it is probably wise to h ... read more

Basics Of A Healthy Car

Basics Of A Healthy Car

Summer is almost here and that means most of us will be putting more miles on our vehicles. We want you to arrive at your destination, near or far, and here is a list of the basics to make sure you do! Call Fairway Auto Repair to schedule a checkup for your car! Our experts know what to look for! Oil is the lifeblood of your car and it needs to be clean to keep all your car’s engine parts running well. A new filter is a must with each oil change. If it isn’t clean, it can’t do its job of trapping contaminates. Hoses and belts also work hard to keep your car’s engine cool and if working properly, it can prevent an overheated radiator as well. We check them out to make sure they don’t crack or snap and all the connections are as they should be. Under-inflated or over-inflated tires can cause a blowout and certainly prematurely ages your tires. We will make sure the tire pressures are just right! Windshield wipers are often overlooked … unt ... read more

Being Economical and Ecological

Being Economical and Ecological

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

Oil Consumption

Oil Consumption

Question: How often should you check the oil level in your car? Every 1,000 miles of driving; the newer the car and the lower the mileage. This seems to be the forgotten “check list” item. Question: How often do you check the oil level in your car? From what we can tell…rarely! Our shop is seeing more cars come in with no visible oil on the dipstick. Granted, the majority of the cars have 75,000 miles or more. Remember, that many cars with smaller engines also have less oil capacity (four quarts or less) to lubricate the moving parts. When technology builds in lights, bells and whistles to replace opening the hood and pulling a dipstick or visually inspecting the under-hood fluid, I get concerned. The warning systems are great backups but should not replace physically inspecting items. The reason for the oil consumption concern is due to low tension piston rings, used to get better miles per gallon. This causes engines to run ho ... read more

Drips and Puddles

Drips and Puddles

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

Gasoline

Gasoline

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