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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Viruses, Hackers, and Bugs…Oh My!

Viruses, Hackers, and Bugs…Oh My!

Self-driving cars are being tested across the nation. This type of vehicle offers many advantages. It will be almost impossible to steal one. Some problems can be fixed with a software download. Accidents will be minimal or non-existent. It won’t matter if your reflexes or eye-sight aren’t what they used to be. Of course, anything that can be used for good encourages some to find out how to use it for bad. Here are some disadvantages. Hackers are already finding ways to get past a car’s security system and hack in. With all the “partners” needed to mobilize a self-driving car there are more ways for a hacker to infiltrate any system related to the vehicle, from the manufacturer to the software companies. Cyber criminals can hold a vehicle “hostage” until they get paid using malware. Just think, anything a cyber criminal can do to a computer system, they can do to a self-driving car. The good news is that manufacturers and software devel ... read more

Temporary Spare Tire

Temporary Spare Tire

I have been noticing many cars driving down the road with the temporary spare tire or “donut” as some people call them. The spare tire diameter is smaller than the existing tire size. The reason for this is they don’t take up much space and the smaller tire weighs less than a full-size one. Many of today’s cars don’t even have a spare tire; they come with a fix-a-flat type of kit only. If your car has an actual spare tire, it is only to be used as a temporary fix (that it what the “T” means in front of the tire size on the side wall), not exceeding 45 MPH in speed and to get you to the nearest repair shop. I am amazed when I see a car on the freeway moving at 65 MPH plus on a temporary spare tire. Earlier I mentioned the temporary spare tire is a smaller diameter. This fact is important because if the spare is placed on a drive wheel, (on the front of a front-wheel drive, or on the rear of a rear-wheel drive car) it is even more critical to r ... read more

Cars Want To Be Green For St. Pat's Too!

Cars Want To Be Green For St. Pat's Too!

Even if you don’t own the newest car on the block it can be greener! With a little tender loving care, it can give you a lot more miles and it will make it environmentally friendly…and save you money. Improving the environment and your bank account at the same time is a win-win situation! At Fairway Auto Repair, we know exactly what is needed. Our techs check out your car’s battery, charging and starting systems; engine mechanical; powertrain control, onboard diagnostic check; fuel; ignition; and emissions systems. This alone can improve gas mileage by four percent! The oxygen sensor can be checked too, just to be safe. That can improve gas mileage up to 40%! Our technicians also look at your vehicle’s filters as a clogged filter can bring down fuel efficiency by as much as 10%...that’s 15 cents a gallon! Spark plugs need checking too so they are firing properly. Misfiring wastes fuel! The cooling system can also cause a car to boil over if it ... read more

Estimate

Estimate

Today automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate and we at Fairway Auto Repair are no exception. We understand that consumers in Phoenix are searching for the best value for their hard earned dollars. It has been a while since I addressed this issue but many are asking exactly how we, and other auto repair shops arrive at the estimated price so I thought I would take a moment and explain this again. An estimate consists of three parts: The labor rate Parts and supplies Overhead Fairway Auto Repair and other automotive service and repair shops estimate the labor rate by how long any given service or repair should take. There are guidelines set down by the manufacturer of each vehicle estimating the time it takes a trained technician to perform any given task. Parts and supplies are included in the estimate, of course. We use two categories of parts, OEM or “Aftermarket.” The parts manufactured by the original car manufa ... read more