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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Is Your Car Happy?

Is Your Car Happy?

We know cars don’t really have feelings but if your car did…would it be happy with how you treat it? Think about it for just a moment. Your car does so much for you. It gets you where you need to be…and back again. It hauls you and other passengers and groceries and sometimes lots of baggage or tools or gardening supplies. If it had feelings what would it take to make it feel cared for? It would want to be clean and shiny…inside and out. The windows would be the mirror of its soul so make sure they are clean and that the wiper blades work properly. Fluids are essential so it would want its fluid intake to be changed when necessary so it drinks healthful fluids to lubricate all its parts. How are the tires? Do they resemble a worn pair of shoes or worse…a flattened donut? Has it been a while since the tires were checked for proper inflation? I’m sure it would want its brakes checked so it wouldn’t be in fear of crashing or running ... read more

Vehicles Vulnerable to Hacking

Vehicles 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

Your Car Needs Love Too!

Your Car Needs Love Too!

This Valentine’s Day show your car some love! Just think of all they do for you! They get driven in all kinds of weather. They sit out waiting for you in less than ideal conditions. They get splashed with grime from treated roads and even goo from road construction. This Valentine’s Day show your car you care! Start your car’s day with a pick-me-up. Make sure all the fluids are topped off. If it is overdue for an oil change, this is the time to make sure it is pampered with a lube, oil and fresh new filter! Nothing says you really care like a complete bumper to bumper inspection. It doesn’t take much time and your technician can determine the state of your car’s health. After your car has been serviced, head to the spa (a.k.a. car wash) and give it the works! It will feel better and look better! Depending on your habits, sometimes cars are filled with drink cups and drive thru bags. Remove the trash! Vacuum its carpets and make sure the fl ... read more

Transmission Service Explained

Transmission Service Explained

Simple wear and tear can take its toll on your transmission. Over time the additives in the transmission fluid can be depleted and the transmission fluid will become oxidized and contaminated. This means the fluid may not lubricate properly and cause the internal parts to wear prematurely, shortening the life of your transmission. I’m often asked, “How much should it cost and how often should I service my transmission? ”The automotive industry has no published standards for servicing a transmission. This is sad but true. The only guideline is the owner’s manual from the manufacturer. Some car company’s say never service the transmission, while others have specific intervals. In general, we suggest the time to service your transmission is 50,000 miles on an average car, however, some cars will go longer intervals and some shorter, that is why I recommend you find a shop you trust and let them help you find a service track that fits your needs and driving ... read more