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Yearly Archives: 2019

Keep Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

Keep Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

On December 26th our television sets and other devices seem to be taken over by ads brought to us by diet and exercise gurus.  They seem to feel that a New Year should be a time to restart our bodies to be at peak efficiency!  I suppose during the busy holiday season we can overdo on the food and at the same time have less time to exercise.  The same can be said of our cars.  We often get so busy running here and there (in our cars) during the holidays that we neglect old faithful!  Here are a few resolutions to keeping your car fit! We can inspect it and make sure to remind you when it is time to bring it to us in order to… Keep your car’s fluids clean and don’t let them run low! Keep your car’s filters clean. Keep your car’s tires properly inflated. Keep your car’s wipers in good working order. Keep your car’s lights lit! Keep your car’s brakes stopping when they need too! Keep your car’s charging ... read more

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holiday Season

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holiday Season

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 ... read more

Why Do Auto Repair Shops Markup Parts?

Why Do Auto Repair Shops Markup Parts?

I am often asked why auto repair shops markup parts.  The fact is, any retailer marks up product.  Yes, you may be able to find the part at a lower cost on Amazon or your local junk yard but Amazon and the local junkyard aren’t responsible for the quality of the part nor do they offer a warranty on the part.  The responsible auto repair shop insists on quality parts for their customers.  “Safety first” really does matter to us!  I have seen “do it yourselfers” put cheap parts on their cars…and then a month later they are busy replacing the cheap part with yet another cheap part.  That isn’t smart financially and it isn’t really safe. What is included in the parts markup? A warranty of two or more years An expert installing the part A shop that takes responsibility if the part fails There are industry standards for parts markup so rest assured you are not getting “ripped off.”  The marku ... read more

What is Brake Dust?

What is 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 pr ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving From Fairway Auto Repair!

Happy Thanksgiving From Fairway Auto Repair!

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 ... read more

Thanksgiving Travel

Thanksgiving Travel

AAA reports that more than 54 million Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving.  48.5 million of those plan to travel by car and travel at least 50 miles or more!  Here are a few tips:1. Make sure you head out with a full tank of gas.  While you are at it, check out your tire pressures too!2. If you plan to load up your vehicle, check out the total weight your car can carry! In newer vehicles, it is printed on a sticker inside the driver’s door jamb. 3. Make sure you buckle up!  It is the law! If traveling with children and/or pets, make sure they are properly restrained and have things to occupy them on longer trips.    4. Don’t be “that guy” who has no patience behind the wheel.  Expect and prepare for traffic!  No need to “lose it” as this will ruin the trip f ... read more

If Only I Knew...

If Only I Knew...

I hear customers’ day in and day out that express a wish that they knew more about cars so they would know exactly what to do if this or that occurred.  They sigh and say, “If only I had just some knowledge….”  I tell them they actually know a lot more than they give themselves credit for!  It is true!  You are more aware of your car’s little quirks.  You know when something isn’t quite right more so than anyone else. I get calls all the time saying that their car is making a ka-thump noise or a pinging noise or it is knocking or sputtering, whining or screeching.  And you thought you didn’t have knowledge?  Of course you do. You just need to know what these noises mean…so even though I’ve said it before…here is a refresher course! Screeching usually signifies a brake problem.  The screech is actually the sound of metal scraping. Thudding or a low ... read more

How Are Your Shocks/Struts?

How Are Your Shocks/Struts?

Shocks and struts take a beating so we don’t have to! They help us ease the pain of driving over less than perfect roads and stabilize us over bumps, when we stop quickly and when we go around corners. We pretty much take them for granted. Our owner’s manuals tell us they need to be replaced every 30,000 to 90,000 miles, depending on our driving habits. That is a wide range! We would like to recommend that you take some time when you are out driving around to notice a few things about your vehicle. If your car is bouncing a bit after you hit a bump in the road, is nose diving after you brake or is swaying around corners you need to have your shocks replaced. Struts basically perform the same function as shocks except they also are an integral part of your suspension system. When you are out and about in your car and notice the same symptoms as above and also notice noise while you go over those bumps or turn corners you might also have an alignment situation. S ... read more

How Are Your Shocks/Struts?

How Are Your Shocks/Struts?

Shocks and struts take a beating so we don’t have to!  They help us ease the pain of driving over less than perfect roads and stabilize us over bumps, when we stop quickly and when we go around corners.  We pretty much take them for granted.  Our owner’s manuals tell us they need to be replaced every 30,000 to 90,000 miles, depending on our driving habits.  That is a wide range!  We would like to recommend that you take some time when you are out driving around to notice a few things about your vehicle.  If your car is bouncing a bit after you hit a bump in the road, is nose diving after you brake or is swaying around corners you need to have your shocks replaced.  Struts basically perform the same function as shocks except they also are an integral part of your suspension system.  When you are out and about in your car and notice the same symptoms as above and also notice noise while you go over those bumps or turn corners you migh ... read more

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble...

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble...

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble…you know how it is…you drive along and all is great then suddenly… You hear a different noise (squealing or scraping sound when you hit the brakes, knocks or pings when you climb a hill, rumbling or hissing sound from your muffler, thumping from a tire, clicking of a worn CV joint, chugging when you turn off the engine) You notice a different smell (moisture or antifreeze odor inside the car) You see a small leak or a puddle from under the car (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid) You see lights illuminated on your dashboard (check gauges, check engine light) You hear nothing at all (dead battery) Your mind immediately goes into panic mode! You wonder how long it will take to fix the problem? How will you get to work? How will you pick up the children or get them to school or practice? How will you run errands? How much will it cost? Will it need to be towed? Is it safe to drive to our shop for needed repairs ... read more