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Yearly Archives: 2020

Thank You For Your Business!

Thank You For Your Business!

Hello, After 29 years of owning Fairway Auto Repair, I have made the difficult decision to retire. May 22nd will be our last day. This has certainly been a difficult decision.  We have a lot of people who trust and depend on us to help them make the right decisions for their car or truck, but the physical issues I have been dealing with this past year and a half; the impending GCU property sale and now, this virus and its effect on my business have been my retirement prompts. Trying to find a replacement shop that my customers can call home, and a home for Jeremiah, my trusted employee has been a priority for me. There are several shops that I have referred customers to. Each shop has been a top shop that I trust. One of those shops has stood out from the rest; Larry Harker Auto Repair http://www.lharepair.com/. (602) 278-5558. Bob, Ellen and the crew at Larry Harker have similar customer service, and vehicle service and repair ideals that we have at Fairway. They are located t ... read more

Help Your Car Keep Its Vitality!

Help Your Car Keep Its Vitality!

Our vehicles are so important to us so it is important that we don’t take them for granted!  Here are a few things that Fairway Auto Repair recommends our customers have us check when they bring their cars in for service.  Lights - These are often overlooked.  Headlights, brake lights, turn signals and taillights are all vital to our safety! Brakes – Brake pads need to be replaced now and then.  If they go bad…you don’t stop when you need to! Tire Pressure – Over-inflated or under-inflated damages the tire and shortens their life.  Tire pressures need to be just right!  Having a flat tire is not only an inconvenience, it can be dangerous too! Tire Tread – if your tread is worn, or if your tires have lumps or bumps you could slip and slide (no ice needed) and even have a blowout!  This could cause an accident! Power Steering Fluid – Trying to drive a car without power steering is almost impossible.  ... read more

Today's Tune-Up

Today's Tune-Up

Today we often refer to a 30,000-mile checkup as a “major service” that needs to be done as a routine job every two years or 30,000 miles to keep a car running at peak efficiency. Many years ago it was referred to as a tune-up! When consumers in Phoenix call around for pricing on this service they are often amazed at the dramatic price differences being quoted.  This is mainly due to the fact that different shops view the “tune-up” or “major service” in a variety of ways.  A tune-up should always include a fuel filter, spark plugs, air filter, PCV filter, distributor ignition rotor and of course, the labor charges.  We let our customers know that: Just replacing the spark plugs is not a true tune up. They are a good indicator of an engine’s condition, however.  Changing the plugs prevents them from seizing in the block.  This seizing would cause expensive repairs to occur. The distributor cap and rotor are usually m ... read more

Un-necessary Service

Un-necessary Service

I hear the phrase un-necessary service and wonder what that means. We visit the doctor for physicals, we visit the dentist for cleanings, we have our home air-conditioning unit cleaned and checked, a yearly eye exam and of course, the car needs a checkup too. All of these professionals recommend some kind of service or checks to keep everything working properly. Most shops recommend services on cars that come in to their bays using the guidelines set out by the manufacturers or from the shops’ experience of early component failures. Sometimes there are a few recommendations and sometimes there are many service recommendations. We recommend service to keep your car safe and reliable, just like the dentist tells you about issues developing with your teeth and gums. We know no one likes to spend hard earned dollars on maintenance services, especially when after these services are performed the car seems to run as usual with no noticeable differences. I have found there is basical ... read more

The Lifespan of a Tire

The Lifespan of a Tire

Tires go through a lot. Heat is very hard on tires and aside from a hot, summer day, pavement is 10 to 15 degrees hotter than that.  Our car’s tires sit on that heat all day long.  Sunlight and coastal climates are also hard on tires.  It takes time but there is a chemical reaction in the rubber components of tires and heat and sunlight speed up this deterioration.  Phoenix is certainly considered a hot climate in the summer months so paying attention to our tires’ pressures is very important. A car that just sits over a long period of time without being driven also accelerates the aging process.  Spare tires have this problem as well.  They look okay as they still have good tread…but the integrity of the rubber has been compromised.  Looks can be deceiving when it comes to rubber components. Tires that are not properly cared for also have a shortened life span.  Here are a few things you should keep in mind: Tires must be p ... read more

Always Remember... Safety First!

Always Remember... Safety First!

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, anythi ... read more

It Is Kind of Like That!

It Is Kind of Like That!

In many ways, our vehicle’s health system is a lot like our human makeup!  Seriously! Clogged Filters – When your filter gets full of debris, it can’t do its job.  It is how a human with asthma must feel! Most of us know we need to change the filters in our homes but some might not realize that they also need to change the filter in their cars. In vehicles built in 2007 and later you will find 80 percent of them have a 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.  Sludge – This is similar to clogged arteries!  It is actually a gooey, tar like substance that deposits itself inside your car’s engine.  One of the roles of motor oil is to keep your engine cool so it has to be able to take the heat…when it fails to do so these deposits form in the engine.  Some vehicl ... read more

Common Misconceptions

Common Misconceptions

Here are some of the most common misconceptions that I hear on a regular basis:Misconception # 1: Your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you. Although manufacturers are making cars that last longer and require less overall maintenance, they do require preventive maintenance. If maintained properly, you can expect your car to go well over 100,000 miles without major repairs. For instance, most engines have timing belts that must be replaced (as maintenance) before they break and cause expensive damage. Misconception # 2: A shop can give you an accurate price quote over the phone without seeing your car. You can waste your time calling 20 different shops and get 20 different prices and chances are every one of them will be wrong. Unless the shop has had a chance to examine or test drive the car in person, there is no way to accurately diagnose your ... read more

Interesting Vehicle Facts

Interesting Vehicle Facts

Women buy more new cars than men. Paved roads were originally meant for bicyclists and not cars. 80% of millionaires’ drive used cars. Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973. Instantly cool down the car that has been sitting under the sun by rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side for 5 to 6 times. Ferrari produces a maximum of 14 cars per day.  Most manufacturers put out thousands of cars on a daily basis. As a case in point, Ford reaches an astronomical production rate of 8,000-10,000 each day. An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to deflate. 1 out of every 4 cars produced in the world come from China. 90% of drivers sing behind the wheel. (The others are too embarrassed to admit it!) The automobile is the most recycled product in the world. In 1925, you could purchase a Ford automobile for less than $300 U.S. dollars. 55% of all cars driven at this time were a Ford. A car was created that is ... read more

Never Assume Your Automotive Technician Is Certified

Never Assume Your Automotive Technician Is Certified

In a recent study of several hundred people, the question was asked, “Does the auto shop where you take your vehicle employ certified technicians?” The vast majority answered that they assumed that they were certified. Sadly, this is not the case! Someone who cuts hair or does manicures is required to be state certified and take continuing education classes, but a mechanic, who works on tires, engines or brakes doesn’t need a single day of training nor are they required to have the proper tools. The only certification system we have in the automotive repair industry is strictly voluntary and is administered by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) which offers a series of written tests that a technician can take to be certified in many different areas of the car. All tests are voluntary, not required. At Fairway Auto Repair, I require all the staff to be ASE certified and I know many other shops do as well. I recommend using a AAA Approved auto shop because they requ ... read more

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