Does Your Ride Have A Mind Of Its Own?

25 01 2018

Dale BertramWe 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 does it lean?

If so, you need to have your car checked out.  We will check for leaks, shiny spots on the safety bumper, and marks between the coils of the spring, tire cupping, broken or loose mount and check to see if the piston rod is damaged or even broken.  Any of these can be the cause of your bouncing ride.  Be safe and call Fairway Auto Repair today.



Cabin Air Filters – Why They Help In Winter Months, Too!

18 01 2018

Dale BertramWhen drivers think of cabin air filters, they usually think of them as necessary in the spring.  They are, of course, very helpful in the spring as they help allergy sufferers by trapping pollen and keeping the spores out of the car or “cabin” of the vehicle.  Some argue that yes, that is important, but it is even more important to make sure your cabin air filter is working well in the winter months! Why?

  • Tailpipe emissions release particulates that create havoc with drivers’ and their passengers’ respiratory systems. When our outside temperatures even drop 20 degrees, this release is doubled. Cabin air filters can stop these particulates even when they are as small as one micron in diameter!
  • Just like your car’s battery, the warmer months cause the damage in cabin air filters that is often the result of failure in colder weather. If your vehicle seems to be struggling with heating/cooling issues, it could be due to leaves, bugs, and pollen build up in your cabin air filter.  It did its job protecting you and your passengers all spring, summer and fall, but now it is full of debris and needs to be changed.
  • How’s your defroster working? If you are finding it hard to see out the windshield, it could be due to a clogged cabin air filter.  This clog restricts the blower and keeps it from delivering hot air to the windshield.  This also lets you know that your cabin air filter is struggling and needs to be replaced.

Call us today and let us check your cabin air filter.  Your car will operate more efficiently, and you and your passengers will breath better!




11 01 2018

Dale BertramI was finally sitting down after a long day, hoping to relax a little.  I turned on the news and heard that Nissan was researching technology where your car could read your mind!  Whaaaattttt?  I thought of road-rage drivers, under-the-influence drivers, and those who just aren’t the best drivers!  Scary.  I then started researching to learn more as I couldn’t believe this could ever be a good thing!  Here is what I discovered:

  • The driver would wear a skullcap that measures brainwaves and activity.
  • The autonomous car would analyze this activity in real time.
  • The system would then alter steering, acceleration and braking based on the driver’s brain analysis…basically knowing what you want before you do.
  • This supposedly improves reaction time and increases driving enjoyment.
  • This also enables the car to respond to the driver’s needs to improve the comfort of the drive such as heating/air conditioning. This keeps the driver relaxed.

Why is this important if a car can drive itself without human interference?  According to Nissan, we humans enjoy the driving experience and do not wish to give up that pleasure to “a machine.”

We will see…



Keeping Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

4 01 2018

Dale BertramOn December 26th our television sets and other devices seem to be taken over by ads brought to us by diet and exercise gurus.  They seem to feel that a New Year should be a time to restart our bodies to be at peak efficiency!  I suppose during the busy holiday season we can overdo on the food and at the same time have less time to exercise.

The same can be said of our cars.  We often get so busy running here and there (in our cars) during the holidays that we neglect old faithful!  Here are a few resolutions to keeping your car fit! We can inspect it and make sure to remind you when it is time to bring it to us in order to…

  • Keep your car’s fluids clean and don’t let them run low!
  • Keep your car’s filters clean.
  • Keep your car’s tires properly inflated.
  • Keep your car’s wipers in good working order.
  • Keep your car’s lights lit!
  • Keep your car’s brakes stopping when they need too!
  • Keep your car’s charging system ready to go!
  • Keep your car’s exhaust system healthy.

Your car has many components and it is our pleasure to keep them physically fit for your driving pleasure.  If your car has been a little neglected over the holidays, give us a call and we’ll get it back in tip-top shape!



Oil Filter Warning

28 12 2017

Dale BertramThe oil filter is one of the most important parts of the engine. Its job is to filter out any contaminates created by the normal wear and heat of the engine.  When your car has the oil changed, most likely the oil filter is also changed, at least I hope so.

Years ago, we all knew that the oil and filter was changed at 3,000 miles, it was just the way it was. Enter the new age of cars, oils and filters; especially synthetic oils which last much longer as stated in some of my previous articles. Many oil changes can last 5,000 to 10,000 miles depending on the type of car, type of oil and how many quarts of oil are in the oil pan.

Back in the day when we recommended the 3,000-mile service, any oil filter would easily protect the engine for that mileage, but not many oil filters would protect your car for more than 5,000 miles. If you are driving longer than 5,000 miles between oil changes and using a low cost oil change shop, you may be damaging the engine and not even know it.

Let me explain. Oil filters all look the same on the outside, but are very different on the inside. The difference lies in the amount of filtering material used and type of drain back valve used inside each filter. Less expensive filters, as you would suspect, have less filtering material and a less reliable drain back valve.

This may seem insignificant, but the results can be catastrophic. When you drive longer than 5,000 miles on one of the low cost filters, the filter starts to lose the ability to keep the contaminates contained and they slip into the engine bearings, causing premature wear.  The eventual outcome is engine failure. It does not pay to have an inexpensive oil change and an inexpensive oil filter put on your newer model car.

Currently, there is not a standard or law that says what part or quality of part, needs to be put on your car. If you have an engine failure that should be covered by a warranty, and you have been using cheap oil/filter, this is not only scary for you, the consumer, but it could get downright ugly as the manufacturer may deny the claim. Ultimately, the consumer should be aware of what is going on with the car and use a service center you trust.

A cheap oil change may save you money short term, but will not save you money in the long run.




21 12 2017

Dale Bertram‘Tis the season when we think of all aspects of our lives in terms of the holidays.  I was thinking of the Grinch and how he basically made his little dog perform the task of a reindeer until the little guy almost broke down under the weight of the load he was expected to carry up and down mountains.

Some are guilty of that with their vehicles.  They expect it to perform miracles without thinking that it might break down due to neglect.  Are you a Grinch when it comes to your vehicle? Here are some clues that you are afflicted with Grinchitis.

You might be a Grinch if:

  1. You put off servicing your vehicle until it breaks down.  This costs you more money and hurts the environment too!
  2. You drive on tires that are mismatched and bald.  I am told that being “matchy, matchy” when it comes to clothes is out but this does not apply to tires.  I am also told that bald is beautiful, but again, not when it comes to your tires!
  3. You put off buying new wiper blades and become a road hazard when it rains!
  4. Your headlights are so cloudy you can barely see or be seen.
  5. Your brakes won’t stop you on a row of greenbacks, much less a dime.
  6. Your car shakes, rattles and rolls and it has nothing to do with that 50’s music you are playing!
  7. You use your vehicle as a storage container or a dumpster.
  8. People frequently write “wash me” in the dirt and dust on your car.
  9. Instead of getting your radiator/cooling system repaired, you keep adding anti-freeze and let it drip out, endangering animals that may lick it and become sick or even die.
  10. You drive around with a black stream of smoke coming from the back of your vehicle.

If any of these apply to you, call your car care provider immediately.  They have the cure for Grinchitis!



Everything You Need To Know For Holiday Travel

14 12 2017

Dale BertramChances are sometime during the holiday you will be traveling afar or just down the street.  Here are a few tips to make this holiday season safe and more enjoyable!

  • A well-maintained vehicle lessens the chances of a breakdown. When your car breaks down you aren’t the only one annoyed…think of the drivers who are behind you during this busy time of the year!
  • If you are traveling with children, make sure they are properly “buckled up” for safety.
  • If you are shopping remember to keep packages out of sight in your vehicle when it is parked at the shopping center so thieves aren’t tempted.
  • Keep your “roadside assistance” number with you “just in case.”
  • Don’t drink and drive and be sure that any medications you take won’t impair your driving ability.
  • Do not drive when fatigued as you could fall asleep at the wheel.
  • On long trips, schedule frequent stops to stretch your legs and plan for meals and bathroom breaks!
  • Keep any children entertained in the car with toys, movies, games (magnetic ones are a good choice or handheld devices) and books and art supplies.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!