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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Do I Have To Use A Dealer To Keep My Warranty In Effect?

Do I Have To Use A Dealer To Keep My Warranty In Effect?

When a customer buys a new car they are always concerned that if they keep coming to my shop for routine maintenance and repair it will void the warranty! I always tell them to relax because the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), the nation's consumer protection, agency says NO! 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! Oil changes, fluid exchanges, tire rotations, brake pads, belt and hose replacements and other services are considered "routine" maintenance and are essential to keep your car running well for years to come. A complete list of these services can be found in your owner's manual. Customers also are concerned that the use of aftermarket parts may void their warranty. This will not void your warranty and you can even use recycled parts and your warranty will still be good! The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states emphatically that ... read more

Listen…Is Your Car Crying For Help?

Listen…Is Your Car Crying For Help?

The car is just a machine that provides freedom to get where we need to go at a moment’s notice. Many of us in Phoenix can still remember when our car “talked to us” when it was not feeling well. What’s that you say? I’m talking about the days before we had modern technology. If the car needed spark plugs, it would idle rough, hiccup or stall. With the modern car, the computer system can mask a concern until it’s too late, resulting in an expensive repair. Fairway Auto Repair encourages preventive service to make sure our customers don’t wait until the car needs major work. We want to keep our customers safe and their cars from coming to us via the tow truck. This is accomplished when the consumer pays attention to their machine. The driver needs to be aware of their car and the clues it gives when some component is going bad. Check the gauges! Pay attention when the dashboard lights illuminate, even when the car seems to run fine! When y ... read more

Let’s Talk Lights!

Let’s Talk Lights!

The daylight hours are getting shorter now and we depend on our lights more and more. I have noticed people driving around with one headlight out or a brake light and one can only assume a turn signal (though some people just don’t bother to use them for some strange reason!). It is a good idea to test your lights! You can have someone assist you, ask us to check, or check them out yourself by pulling up to a building and shining your lights, or even do it in your garage. Seeing well while driving is very important, and it is also important that others see you! If your headlights seem yellowed, we can fix that! Just contact us and we’ll tell you how we do this (no, it isn’t magic!). When Your Lights Go Dim Your vehicle’s alternator keeps the battery charged. The alternator replaced the generator of the past. If your car fails to start as quickly as it used to (hard or slow cranking) or your lights seem dimmer it could be a sign that you ... read more

Automotive Parts Don't Last Like They Used To!

Automotive Parts Don't Last Like They Used To!

Why do parts fail more often than they did in the old days? Parts are made smaller and lighter to help the manufacturers meet the 50.5 MPG mandate by the year 2020. This change is imposed by the government CAFÉ standard (corporate average fuel economy). The car companies are working to increase the technology of cars with turbo charging engines that are smaller; using direct fuel injection; and the start and stop system, just to name a few. Car manufacturers have found it is less expensive to lighten the weight of vehicles instead of creating new technology to meet the CAFÉ standards. The manufacturers are shedding pounds of components whenever and wherever possible! A repair that comes to mind is having to replace an electric window motor. This repair can cost $300 to $800. One reason this part fails more often than it did in older cars is because the part is integrated with the window regulator as one unit and made half the size to in order to save weight and improv ... read more