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Yearly Archives: 2020

Phoenix Drivers, What’s Stopping You?

Phoenix Drivers, What’s Stopping You?

Imagine driving along and suddenly pushing down on the brake pedal and “yikes!” … you don’t stop!  That is something we hope you never experience.  Another very scary experience is this; you do stop but not until you slammed the pedal to the floor!  This indicates a brake line leak!  Certainly, you need to have this taken care of immediately!  Today most cars are equipped with a brake “warning light” that will illuminate when you have a leak in your system.  This alert should not be ignored or you may find yourself unable to stop at all. Here are some signs that your brakes need attention! When you apply the brakes, you experience: The pedal pulses or vibrates A scraping noise Squealing occurs A jerky feel The pedal to the floor Your brake system includes the following: Pads and shoes Rotors and Drums Calipers (disc brakes) Fluid Hardware Hoses and steel lines These components work in perfect harmony to make ... read more

Six Ways To Keep Your Car’s Value High!

Six Ways To Keep Your 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 kep ... read more

These Fuel Economy Myths Are Debunked!

These Fuel Economy Myths Are Debunked!

There are so many car myths that consumers actually believe, I thought it was time to do a little debunking!  Here is what you need to know when it comes to fuel economy! Better Fuel Economy – Your car uses less gas with the air conditioner on versus opening the windows.  This is not true. Driving with the windows down gives you better gas mileage. Pumping gas in the morning gives you more fuel for your money. Not true! Fuel is stored underground in tanks so the idea that you get more for less as cooler gasoline is denser does not hold true.  Underground tanks keep the temperature of gas steady. Small cars get better mileage. Today’s cars are designed to have peak fuel efficiency so this is no longer true!  You use more fuel starting your car than letting it idle.  This is not true! Modern fuel-injected engines start efficiently whereas idl ... read more

Let’s Talk About Lights!

Let’s Talk About Lights!

I have noticed people driving around with one headlight out or a brake light and one can only assume a turn signal (though some people just don’t bother to use them for some strange reason!). It is a good idea to test your lights!  You can have someone assist you, ask us to check, or check them out yourself by pulling up to a building and shining your lights, or even do it in your garage.  Seeing well while driving is very important, and it is also important that others see you! If your headlights seem yellowed, we can fix that!  Just contact us and we’ll tell you how we do this (no, it isn’t magic!). When Your Lights Go Dim Your vehicle’s alternator keeps the battery charged.  The alternator replaced the generator of the past.  If your car fails to start as quickly as it used to (hard or slow cranking) or your lights seem dimmer it could be a sign that your alternator needs to be replaced.  If you are used to da ... read more

This Valentine’s Day Show Your Care You Care!

This Valentine’s Day Show Your Care You Care!

Each time a driver starts their engine and gets on the highways that car, truck or SUV needs the driver’s full attention and the vehicle needs to be well maintained in order to protect the driver, their passengers and those they share the road with. Here are a few of the ways Fairway Auto Repair can help make sure the vehicle you drive is good to go! 1.  We use the proper oil and filter for your make and model every time we change the oil. 2.  We check your tires because they need to be properly inflated and rotated to keep them and you going for miles. 3.  We always check your vehicle’s fluids and top off as needed. 4.  We check all your vehicle’s filters because only a clean filter can perform properly to capture impurities. 5.  We check your wiper blades to make sure they function properly. 6.  We inspect the belts and hoses to make sure they aren’t cracked or frayed. 7.  We inspect the brakes so you can stop when you need ... read more

These Are The Brake System Components

These Are The Brake System Components

These are the brake system components that work together to make sure you can stop your car! This is just a brief overview of what each component’s job is. Brake pads and shoes – Friction works to slow your vehicle down and this takes place in the pads and shoes when they are forced against a rotor or drum.  Due to this friction, they wear out and need to be replaced before you get to “metal on metal”.  Brake rotors and drums – These are attached to the wheels of your car and again, help create the necessary friction needed to stop a vehicle. Brake calipers (disc) – These are clamps, and using hydraulics, they move their pistons out, increasing the fluid pressure.  This makes the pad contact the rotor’s surface and this in turn causes your vehicle to stop or slow down as needed. Brake fluid – Fluid is a very important ingredient in your vehicle and with ... read more

How Will Phoenix Be Commuting in the Future?

How Will Phoenix Be Commuting in the Future?

There is a lot of noise out there about the cars of the future.  As a child, I often dreamed of flying around in a car like George Jetson’s.  We are still waiting for that to be the normal mode of transport.  What do we have?  Gasoline Engine:  This old standby is popular because even though we often have reason to complain about gasoline prices, the cost to buy an electric or battery operated vehicle is much higher than the cost to buy a gasoline powered car.  Gas pumps are everywhere as well so you don’t have to map your route based on charging stations. The gasoline engine is still the most convenient, economical form of transport. Electric/Battery Cars: We hear a lot about this “clean” driving.  It is great for the environment, but the high cost makes it a tough sell.  Autonomous Cars:  These sophisticated alternatives to the gasoline engine are all the talk right now.  If the manufacturers can move past t ... read more

The Role of the Check Engine Light

The Role of the Check Engine Light

Your car has many computers that monitor your engine for the best performance, your transmission for proper shifting, your braking system for safe stopping, and it monitors many other devices to make sure they are working properly. If a system detects a problem, it needs to alert you, so you can bring the car in for service. This is the role of the check engine light. The check engine light looks different from car to car.  It is usually a yellow or orange color. It will rarely be red. Most of the time it illuminates in the shape of an engine. If the check engine light comes on solid (not blinking), you can continue to drive the car until you have a chance to bring it in. This does not mean you should ignore it. When the check engine light is on, the car defaults to a backup system that controls all the important systems. Driving around for a short time until you can set up an appointment is no problem, but continuing to drive more than ... read more

Hey Phoenix Drivers, How’s The Air In There?

Hey Phoenix Drivers, 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 fro ... read more

Help Your Car Have A Long And Happy Life

Help Your Car Have A Long And Happy Life

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 high ... read more

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