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Monthly Archives: September 2016

How Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their Car’s Value High!

How Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their 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 kept current with ... read more

THE HAZARDS OF RUNNING ON FUMES

THE HAZARDS OF RUNNING ON FUMES

Are you one of those people that wait until a warning beeps or the low fuel light illuminates? Do you feel confident you can go several more miles before actually running out of gas? Do you make a game of “I think I can, I think I can” meaning I think I can get to a gas station on just fumes alone? If so, read on! I’ve known a few people in my time who enjoy the challenge of pulling up to the gas station on fumes. Sure…they have lost a few times and had to hoof it to the nearest station, buy a gas can and walk back to where their trusty vehicle finally stopped. Some even brag after this experience that now they actually know for sure how many miles they can drive after the fuel warning lights up! I’m happy those people enjoy such games and challenges, but playing that game can have costly, not to mention damaging results for your vehicle. Most vehicles have an electric fuel pump located inside the fuel tank and are actually submerged in the fuel ... read more

It’s Kind of Like That!

It’s Kind of Like That!

In many ways, our vehicle’s health system is a lot like our human makeup! Seriously! Clogged Filters – When your filter gets full of debris, it can’t do its job. It is how a human with asthma must feel! Most of us know we need to change the filters in our homes but some might not realize that they also need to change the filter in their cars. In vehicles built in 2007 and later you will find 80 percent of them have a cabin air filter and its function is to protect drivers and their passengers from contaminants such as pollen, mold spores, dust and other small and annoying particles. Sludge – This is similar to clogged arteries! It is actually a gooey, tar like substance that deposits itself inside your car’s engine. One of the roles of motor oil is to keep your engine cool so it has to be able to take the heat…when it fails to do so these deposits form in the engine. Some vehicle’s engines have more tr ... read more

Arizona Driving

Arizona Driving

The heat is still with us and not only do we feel it…our vehicles do too! I am often asked how can drivers keep their cars running well during the extreme hot Phoenix weather? Ask any technician at Fairway Auto Repair and we will tell you that getting your car serviced regularly and keeping your tires rotated goes a long way. Arizona driving does require special help due to our extreme heat with triple-digit temperatures from late May through September. Here is what we do when you bring your car to Fairway Auto Repair: We inspect your tires’ tread and pressure - Over or under-inflated tires increase the risk of losing traction or having a blowout. Typically, tire pressure needs to be adjusted seasonally as hot weather causes the air inside tires to expand and increases the pressure inside the tire. We inspect your battery frequently - While batteries may have guaranteed life time warranties elsewhere, in Arizona the life expectancy ... read more