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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Your Vehicle Warranty

Your Vehicle Warranty

Do I Have To Use A Dealer To Keep My Warranty In Effect? When a customer buys a new car, they are always concerned that if they keep coming to my shop for routine maintenance and repair it will void the warranty! I always tell them to relax because the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) the nation's consumer protection agency says NO! It is illegal for a dealership to even suggest that they might deny your warranty coverage because your routine maintenance and repair is done by an independent repair shop! Oil changes, fluid exchanges, tire rotations, brake pads, belt and hose replacements and other services are considered "routine" maintenance and are essential to keep your car running well for years to come. A complete list of these services can be found in your owner's manual. Customers also are concerned that the use of aftermarket parts may void their warranty. This will not void your warranty and you can even use recycled parts and your warranty w ... read more

ANTI AGING FOR YOUR CAR

ANTI AGING FOR YOUR CAR

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 highways with no need for frequent stops. It pays to ... read more

Replacing a Car Battery…Why It Takes an Expert!

Replacing a Car Battery…Why It Takes an Expert!

Our vehicles are much more complicated than they used to be. Each system is controlled by a separate computer module and each car can have as many as twenty of these modules. They each have their own “memory” and they depend upon the car’s battery to keep the memory intact. We all have had to reset our car’s clock after a battery disconnect but these days more can be lost than your car’s clocks time. Here are some of the issues that can occur after a battery power failure or disconnect: Loss of time on the clock, loss of set radio stations and anti-theft lockout Stalling, failure of emission monitors Loss of power seat and mirror positions Door control loss such as locking, driver door switch pad, child lock switches, etc., which are associated with the driver's door. In most of the cases the driver door module acts as a master and others act as slaves in communication protocols. If you have replaced your car’s battery on your own and yo ... read more