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Yearly Archives: 2019

Auto Parts Don’t Last Like They Used To In The Old Days

Auto Parts Don’t Last Like They Used To In The Old Days

Why do parts fail more often than they did in the old days? Parts are made smaller and lighter to help the manufacturers meet the 50.5 MPG mandate by the year 2020. This change is imposed by the government CAFÉ standard (corporate average fuel economy). The car companies are working to increase the technology of cars with turbo charging engines that are smaller; using direct fuel injection; and the start and stop system, just to name a few. Car manufacturers have found it is less expensive to lighten the weight of vehicles instead of creating new technology to meet the CAFÉ standards. The manufacturers are shedding pounds of components whenever and wherever possible! A repair that comes to mind is having to replace an electric window motor? This repair can cost $300 to $800. One reason this part fails more often than they did in older cars is because the part is integrated with the window regulator as one unit and made half the size to in order to save weight and impr ... read more

Update on Miles Driven

Update on Miles Driven

Here is an interesting study of how many miles Americans are driving each year. The most interesting is the ages of those driving. This has changed a great deal over the last few years. What is the average number of miles driven per year? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration it is 13,476. Nearly 70 percent of states recorded an increase in vehicle miles traveled. It may be due to lower gas prices. Here are some interesting statistics: The average male driver puts in 16,550 miles a year – 63 percent more than the average for women which is 10,142. The number of teens with drivers’ licenses has dipped significantly since the 1980s – from 46 percent to 24 percent – for drivers aged 16. Motorists over age 65 are driving more miles and keeping their licenses longer. Drivers over 85 comprise the fastest growing age group -- and the trend is projected to continue. Here are how many miles people drive per year by age g ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Letting Off Steam?

Is Your Vehicle Letting Off Steam?

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

Anti-Aging For Your Vehicle

Anti-Aging For Your Vehicle

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

Sound of Silence

Sound of Silence

The job of a muffler is to keep your vehicle quiet. There is a lot involved for a piece of equipment that doesn’t look too intricate. It silences the noise of your car in these ways: Changes the pressure pulses Dampens the pressure pulses Absorbs the pressure pulses The noise is measured in decibels and the muffler dissipates the level of sound. There are two types of mufflers; direct-fit or universal. A direct-fit muffler doesn’t require modifications. A repair shop just has to line it up and bolt it on. They are, however, not readily available for all vehicles. A universal muffler is easy to find and usually requires some modifications. This is done by lengthening or shortening pipes or even replacing them. New hangers are a must to keep the new equipment from rattling. Thankfully these modifications are not difficult or expensive; they just take more time. If you are replacing a direct-fit muffler with a universal muffler, don’t expect it to muffle the ... read more

How's The Air In There?

How's The Air In There?

Hey, Phoenix drivers, did you know you have a great little device called the cabin air filter and its function is to protect drivers and their passengers from contaminants such as pollen, mold spores, dust and other small and annoying particles? The cabin air filter is located on the passenger side of the vehicle and is most often, but not always tucked behind the dash around the glove compartment area (don’t you wonder why we still call it glove compartment? I wonder how many actually contain gloves.). Whenever you turn on your defroster, air conditioning or heater it captures the debris so it doesn’t get into the cab of your vehicle. It is a very busy part and needs to be replaced at least once a year. If you or a passenger has severe allergies you may want to get it replaced more often. A clean cabin filter also helps prolong the life of your vehicle’s heating and air-conditioning system because it keeps debris and corrosion away from the evaporator core. A ... read more

Late Model Cars Can Be A Challenge To Your Car’s Battery Life

Late Model Cars Can Be A Challenge To Your Car’s Battery Life

Today’s newer models have a lot of “bells and whistles” and this puts a lot of demand on battery charging systems. We all know that climates with excessive heat take their toll, such as our Arizona temperatures. Our hot weather causes the electrolyte inside the battery to dry out. The popular maintenance free type battery has a sealed top so it doesn’t even allow water to be added, so its life expectancy in Arizona is low. Ideally, the battery should be at full charge. When it starts to lose its charge, sulfate builds up on the plates. As it sits, the sulfate takes hold and is difficult to loosen once the battery is recharged. Sadly, it then becomes more difficult to “recharge” and will quit all together. To keep the “bells and whistles” going strong in modern cars, they need to draw current from your car’s battery even when it is not running. Here is an example; you use your key fob to gain entry to your vehicle as it is ... read more

Dealing With Brake Dust

Dealing With 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 products especially designe ... read more

Being Economical and Ecological With Your Vehicle

Being Economical and Ecological With Your Vehicle

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

Cars Want To Be Green For St. Patrick's Day Too!

Cars Want To Be Green For St. Patrick's Day Too!

Even if you don’t own the newest car on the block it can be greener! With a little tender loving care, it can give you a lot more miles and it will make it environmentally friendly…and save you money. Improving the environment and your bank account at the same time is a win-win situation! At Fairway Auto Repair, we know exactly what is needed. Our techs check out your car’s battery, charging and starting systems; engine mechanical; powertrain control, onboard diagnostic check; fuel; ignition; and emissions systems. This alone can improve gas mileage by four percent! The oxygen sensor can be checked too, just to be safe. That can improve gas mileage up to 40%! Our technicians also look at your vehicle’s filters as a clogged filter can bring down fuel efficiency by as much as 10%...that’s 15 cents a gallon! Spark plugs need checking too so they are firing properly. Misfiring wastes fuel! The cooling system can also cause a car to boil over if it ... read more