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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Common Misconceptions

Common Misconceptions

Here are some of the most common misconceptions that I hear on a regular basis:Misconception # 1: Your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you. Although manufacturers are making cars that last longer and require less overall maintenance, they do require preventive maintenance. If maintained properly, you can expect your car to go well over 100,000 miles without major repairs. For instance, most engines have timing belts that must be replaced (as maintenance) before they break and cause expensive damage. Misconception # 2: A shop can give you an accurate price quote over the phone without seeing your car. You can waste your time calling 20 different shops and get 20 different prices and chances are every one of them will be wrong. Unless the shop has had a chance to examine or test drive the car in person, there is no way to accurately diagnose your ... read more

Interesting Vehicle Facts

Interesting Vehicle Facts

Women buy more new cars than men. Paved roads were originally meant for bicyclists and not cars. 80% of millionaires’ drive used cars. Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973. Instantly cool down the car that has been sitting under the sun by rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side for 5 to 6 times. Ferrari produces a maximum of 14 cars per day.  Most manufacturers put out thousands of cars on a daily basis. As a case in point, Ford reaches an astronomical production rate of 8,000-10,000 each day. An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to deflate. 1 out of every 4 cars produced in the world come from China. 90% of drivers sing behind the wheel. (The others are too embarrassed to admit it!) The automobile is the most recycled product in the world. In 1925, you could purchase a Ford automobile for less than $300 U.S. dollars. 55% of all cars driven at this time were a Ford. A car was created that is ... read more

Never Assume Your Automotive Technician Is Certified

Never Assume Your Automotive Technician Is Certified

In a recent study of several hundred people, the question was asked, “Does the auto shop where you take your vehicle employ certified technicians?” The vast majority answered that they assumed that they were certified. Sadly, this is not the case! Someone who cuts hair or does manicures is required to be state certified and take continuing education classes, but a mechanic, who works on tires, engines or brakes doesn’t need a single day of training nor are they required to have the proper tools. The only certification system we have in the automotive repair industry is strictly voluntary and is administered by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) which offers a series of written tests that a technician can take to be certified in many different areas of the car. All tests are voluntary, not required. At Fairway Auto Repair, I require all the staff to be ASE certified and I know many other shops do as well. I recommend using a AAA Approved auto shop because they requ ... read more

Phoenix Drivers, What’s Stopping You?

Phoenix Drivers, What’s Stopping You?

Imagine driving along and suddenly pushing down on the brake pedal and “yikes!” … you don’t stop!  That is something we hope you never experience.  Another very scary experience is this; you do stop but not until you slammed the pedal to the floor!  This indicates a brake line leak!  Certainly, you need to have this taken care of immediately!  Today most cars are equipped with a brake “warning light” that will illuminate when you have a leak in your system.  This alert should not be ignored or you may find yourself unable to stop at all. Here are some signs that your brakes need attention! When you apply the brakes, you experience: The pedal pulses or vibrates A scraping noise Squealing occurs A jerky feel The pedal to the floor Your brake system includes the following: Pads and shoes Rotors and Drums Calipers (disc brakes) Fluid Hardware Hoses and steel lines These components work in perfect harmony to make ... read more

Six Ways To Keep Your Car’s Value High!

Six Ways To Keep Your Car’s Value High!

Many of our customers at Fairway Auto Repair plan to keep their car going until it can’t go another mile.  If you are in that category, this article is not necessarily for you.  If you do plan to sell your car in the near future, or trade it in someday, read on!  I was reading an article by AAA and they estimate that a vehicle's depreciation costs American car owners $3,571 per year, up less than 1 percent from previous years. They went on to give us pointers on how to give our vehicle more value when it is time to part ways! 1. Keep up with regular maintenance. A good technician can always tell if a driver skipped oil changes or other maintenance. When we do a used car inspection at Fairway Auto Repair for our customers prior to purchase, our technician runs tests that can tell if the fluids have been changed or not. Some leasing companies in Phoenix charge lessees for unperformed maintenance. Make sure you keep receipts to prove you have kep ... read more