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Monthly Archives: February 2020

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