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Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Federal Trade Commission and Vehicle Warranties

The Federal Trade Commission and Vehicle Warranties

Whenever a customer buys a new car they are always concerned that they have to now go to the dealership for routine maintenance or risk voiding their warranty! The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) the nation's consumer protection agency says it isn’t so! 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! You also don’t need to be concerned about using aftermarket parts or even recycled parts. Here is what the FTC says to keep in mind to avoid warranty issues: Read your warranty. Usually it is bundled with your owner’s manual. If you have misplaced it, check the vehicle manufacturer’s website, select the “Owner’s” tab and follow the directions. Be aware of your warranty period. If you feel your vehicle may be experiencing problems covered under the warranty, have it checked out before the warranty expires! Service yo ... read more

Keeping Cool in the Heat of a Phoenix Summer

Keeping Cool in the Heat of a Phoenix Summer

Yes…the heat is on once again and a lot of people are experiencing the summertime blues already because their air conditioning is failing in their cars. Many assume this is going to cost big bucks! This isn’t always the case. Don’t just assume it will be bad news and certainly don’t suffer the heat needlessly. When checking out your air conditioning system our technicians at Fairway Auto Repair will look for certain things: Is it low in refrigerant? Is the compressor engaged? Is the motor that controls the blend air door working properly? Overheating Summertime in Phoenix means a lot of cars overheat. It isn’t an unusual sight to see an overheated vehicle sitting alongside the road with steam pouring from underneath the hood on a hot day! Visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com to find out what to do should you find yourself in this situation. The best way to handle this situation is not to let it happen. Pr ... read more

An Oil Change and Fuel Economy

An Oil Change and Fuel Economy

Usually, when we talk about fuel economy, an oil change isn’t at the top of the list of discussion. The manufacturers are requiring lighter and lighter weight engine oil in all vehicles. 5w30 and 5w20 are being replaced with 0w16. I can hardly believe it, as 0w16 is like pouring water, it’s so thin. The reason for the light weight oil is to give better fuel economy to satisfy the CAFÉ (corporate average fuel economy) standards. This standard is set by our state and requires all car manufacturers to average 54.5 MPG by the year 2025. Don’t think for a minute that the changes are going to slow down anytime soon. Believe it or not an oil change can and will affect your miles per gallon and here is why. Us old guys always grabbed the 20w50 oil for our cars and today two of the most popular oils is 5w20 and 0w30. The comparison would be 20w50 oil will pour like molasses, while 0w20 will pour like water. Thicker oil creates resistance inside the engine, slowing do ... read more