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Monthly Archives: May 2016

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!

Many people know right off that the new car smell is bad news. It makes their eyes water, gives them headaches, and nausea. Some even experience a sore throat and immune system disorders. These chemicals that cause the new car smell are toxic. The smell comes from volatile organic compounds. Even after the smell wears off you may notice a “fog” on the inside of your windshield and these same compounds cause that to happen. This mix of compounds can consist of over 100 different chemicals. The base of the compound is petroleum and it can be found in your car’s carpet, dashboard, solvent, and glue. If you have had new carpet installed in your home you may experience the same smell. I have heard of office workers having to go home after new carpet has been laid in their building because they got sick almost immediately from the fumes. Some countries limit the amount of these compounds manufacturers can use but so far the United States has not. Car manufacturer ... read more

IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER READY FOR WARMER DAYS?

IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER READY FOR WARMER DAYS?

Spring is in the air in Phoenix and hot summer days are coming our way. Many of our customers’ thoughts are turning to…air conditioning. At Fairway Auto Repair we get countless calls asking us how much it costs to fix. There is no one simple answer to this question but I’ll give you some industry-wide estimates so you have something to go on. Generally, if you drive an older vehicle it will cost more to fix because the parts will be harder to find. Testing the A/C System: A technician must test the system to determine what is wrong with it. This requires a test for leaks and an inspection of the parts such as the compressor, condenser, hoses, and valves. The most help a consumer can be is to give as much information about when the condition occurred. Evacuating & Recharging the A/C System: This is the most common fix of the A/C system. Refrigerant will naturally seep out over 3 to 5 years and will need attention. ... read more

DOES YOUR RIDE HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN?

DOES YOUR RIDE HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN?

We get calls from Phoenix drivers complaining that their car seems to have a mind of its own. It wants to bounce and rock and drift and sway. We know exactly what the problem is when we hear these complaints. It is either your vehicle’s shocks or struts. Usually they wear out slowly and you don’t notice that they are aging, then suddenly, it seems like you can’t keep your tires on the road! If it wasn’t for shocks and struts we would have a very uncomfortable and unsafe ride. Not only do they give us a smooth ride, they also affect our braking. Here are some clues that your vehicle needs service in this area! When you are crossing an intersection does your vehicle bounce more than three times? When you come to a fast stop does it rock back and forth? When you change lanes quickly does it sway from side to side? When you apply the brakes suddenly while driving at higher speeds does it seem to pull to the left or to the right? When rounding a curve do ... read more

Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

After the Crash 70% of traffic accidents do not involve injuries. It doesn’t seem to matter though, whether you have a fender bender or total your vehicle; accidents cause a lot of stress. It’s always a good idea to keep a check list in your glove box just in case of an accident so you can more calmly assess the situation and act in a rational manner. Here are some things Phoenix drivers need to keep in mind. Call 911 if someone is injured or call the police if not. If possible and there isn’t a lot of damage to the vehicles move them a safe distance from traffic. Exchange information When the police arrive they will fill out an official accident report for you. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent Do I have rental car coverage? Do I have comprehensive coverage (covers theft, fire, vandalism, glass replacement and deer claims)? How much is my deductible ... read more

Check Engine Light – Ignore It or Fix It?

Check Engine Light – Ignore It or Fix It?

When Phoenix drivers’ years ago first saw their check engine light illuminate they not only paid attention to it, they panicked. Many immediately pulled their car over to the side of the road and called for help. Now many drivers simply ignore it. It may be annoying to see it illuminated all the time but they get by. Some drivers have even chosen to cover it up with a piece of duct or electrical tape (yeah…I’ve seen that!). When your check engine light illuminates it shouldn’t be ignored. No…you don’t need to panic and call for a tow truck but you do need to get it checked out. It is telling you that one of your vehicle’s systems needs attention! Here are the possible systems: Ignition System Fuel Injector Emission Control Faulty Oxygen Sensor Mass Air Flow Sensor Spark Plugs and Wires Your car in many ways is a multi-computer system on wheels and when a light of any sort illuminates it is telling you something is not right and t ... read more