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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Helping Phoenix Drivers Keep More of Their Money

Helping Phoenix Drivers Keep More of Their Money

We spend a lot of time in our cars…aside from our places of business…they are almost our home away from home. The average American spends 72 minutes per weekday in transit, mostly to and from work or school. Then on weekends we pile on even more miles. Fuel, insurance, tires and maintenance cost us plenty! We can’t really control the cost of fuel and insurance but a well-maintained vehicle certainly keeps your cost down in all areas. How, you ask? Vehicle gas caps – About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year. Under inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon. Neglected tires also mean they won’t last as long. Buying new tires due to neglect gets expensive. Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either fou ... read more

Letting Off Steam

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

Vulnerable to Hacking

Vulnerable to Hacking

We at Fairway Auto Repair love cars and it is also how we make our living. This is why you can count on us to stay up-to-the minute on all things involving cars. When the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently said motor vehicles are increasingly vulnerable to hacking, we took note and wanted to share it with all our friends in Phoenix! What is one of the many advantages of a connected car? Software updates that a driver simply downloads. Imagine receiving an email update for your vehicle and instead of it being legitimate, the links are taking you to a malicious website/software. All this “connectivity” makes us vulnerable to those who want to use it for bad. Most of the time, being aware of the possibility is helpful. Know who has access to your vehicle’s information. We password protect our smart phones, laptops and other devices and are very wary of giving this information to just anybody. We need to be just as concerne ... read more

Air Conditioning Freon Update

Air Conditioning Freon Update

In an effort to slow down the human factor in global warming, car manufacturers in the USA will now receive substantial CO2 credits which means more miles to the gallon if they comply with the plan to phase out R-134a refrigerant. Europe has already ramped up in this area. The new EPA regulation states that R-134a cannot be installed in new cars and light trucks built for domestic sale after 2021. Similar regulations for medium and heavy-duty trucks are coming this year, so the 2021 deadline may affect all domestic vehicles by that time. Vehicles for export will still be able to use R-134a systems until 2025. In the meantime, Daimler, which had charged that the alternative refrigerant R-1234yf posed potential fire safety dangers, has finally agreed to use R-1234yf systems in its Mercedes vehicles for markets where the refrigerant either is mandated or is effectively pressed for by regulatory bodies (as in the U.S.). There has not been a set rollout schedule, however. Daimler stated t ... read more