Hot, Hot and Hotter!

20 04 2017

Dale BertramHot days are ahead!  We also drive more in summer months and we need to treat our cars as kindly as we can.  The average American spends 72 minutes a day during the week commuting between work and home…that equals 12 days!  On weekends, holidays and vacations we can pile on even more miles.

Maybe it is because we get more time off in the summer! There is the weekend get-a-ways, vacations, the road trips to see the sights, picnics, getting to the lakes and rivers for boating and fishing, amusement parks, and visits with family and friends at reunions. It is important to make sure your vehicle is ready for the extra wear and tear. We are here to help.  We want you to enjoy your summer without worrying about your car getting you to your destination and back home again.  We’ll make it is ready to go by keeping it well maintained. It is the little things like making sure you keep up with your oil changes, the spark plugs are alive and well, belts and hoses are not cracked or frayed, the charging system is strong, the filters are clean, tires are properly inflated, brakes are able to stop when you need to and the exhaust system is doing its job.

If you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you!  It will also save you money on vehicle repair as well as save you money at the gas pump.

How do you check gas mileage?

When you fill up your vehicle with gasoline, make a note of the odometer reading.  The next time you fill up, divide the miles driven by the amount of fuel used (gallons).  Read your owner’s manual to find out what gas mileage your vehicle should be getting. If your vehicle isn’t giving you the gas mileage it should, call us and we will have it running at peak performance in no time!  Don’t despair; we are here to help you!

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Car Care Education – What Am I?

28 07 2016
  1. We thrive on pressure.
  2. When I get hot and steamy and have a sweet sickly odor you need to pull over right away.
  3. I’m the only fluid you don’t have to be concerned with when I puddle under your car.
  4. I keep you breathing easy in your car.
  5. Over time, heat causes us to get brittle and frayed.
  6. Heat takes its toll on me!
  7. If we are not checked often, we may spring a leak!
  8. I’m often called the “life blood” of your vehicle.
  9. I’m whitish in color and you can often find me sitting on top of your battery, causing it to be less efficient.
  10. I’m the book that lives in your glove box. I have many answers but am seldom read.

This is just a little quiz for Phoenix drivers (answers are below).  To find out more about your vehicle’s needs, visit our website at http://www.fairwayautorepair.com!

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YOUR CAR’S FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!

30 04 2015

Dale BertramLet’s face it…you will never realize a return on your investment when you buy a car…you might as well make it last as long as possible.  Consumer Reports says that “Keeping your car a long time, specifically for 200,000 miles over the course of 15 years can save more money than the purchase of a new one.” This is not a hardship for many people.

Many of you love your car!  You pamper it, you keep it clean inside and out and you want it to live a good long life.  The newness may have worn off a few years ago but that doesn’t matter…you’ve bonded with this vehicle.

Consumers are keeping their vehicles looking good and running well at over 200,000 miles and counting.  If you love your car and you want to keep it longer, here is how!  All it takes is an application of tender, loving care or as we call it,

The Fountain of Youth

  • Keep it washed, waxed and vacuumed on a regular basis
  • Fluids – just like you, your car must have fluids to be healthy
  • Filters – clogged filters keep your car from breathing properly
  • Battery & Charging System – keeps your car ready to go when you are
  • Belts and Hoses – One snap or break and you are stranded
  • Lights – So you can see and be seen
  • Wipers – Again…so you can see and be seen
  • Tires – Proper inflation and tread keep your car rolling along
  • Suspension – Steers your car in the right direction
  • Brakes – Stopping when you need and want to is a very good thing
  • Exhaust System – Keeps your car pleasant and safe for you and others to be around
  • Drive gently…jackrabbit starts and screeching stops aren’t good for your car!
  • Make sure such items as water pumps and timing belts are replaced before they break.

This is just a small example of all the systems that keep your car running properly.  For those who really love their cars…it shows.  It shows in the way they treat and care for it mile after mile.  Take it from me, a guy who loves cars…nothing makes me happier than to help a vehicle keep going and going and going…

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Top 5 Breakdowns

22 01 2015

Dale Bertram1. The Fuel Pump: With the addition of ethanol and other additives in fuel these days it can cause corrosion issues due to people waiting until they hear the “beep” to add gasoline. This is causing a lot of fuel pumps to fail because when you go below a quarter of a tank the fuel pump starts taking in sediment at the bottom. We also recommend changing the fuel filter about every 30,000 miles to keep your pump healthy, if you have an external filter, some filters are integrated with the fuel pump now days.

2. Batteries: Batteries should be tested twice a year once they reach age three. Usually when the temperature changes from hot to cold is when battery failures occur. When you have it tested you have a better chance of replacing it when it is weak instead of breaking down because it completely fails. When we service vehicles we also clean the terminals because corrosion build up on the terminals weakens their strength to conduct electricity.

3. Radiators and Transmissions: We recommend fluid exchanges to give these two components a long life. Using the correct fluid at the correct levels is vitally important. Heat is an enemy of fluids. Cars today run at high temperatures for emission purposes, so keeping an eye on fluid condition will save thousands of dollars in component failures.

4. Hoses and Belts: We inspect these to make sure they don’t feel brittle or mushy or are cracked, frayed or bulging. We also recommend replacing them according to the manufacturer’s suggestion. Again heat and smog are the enemy of rubber components. Don’t wait until you’re on a long planned vacation and break down due to lack of maintenance.

5. Tires: Keeping tires rotated, balanced and replacing them when the tread is below 3/32nds of an inch or over 8 years old is very important to the safety of motorists. Keeping them properly inflated extends their life! Tires naturally lose 2-3 lbs. of pressure per month.

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KEEPING YOUR VEHICLE’S COMPONENTS IN THE GAME!

18 09 2014

Dale BertramFootball season is here again and even though we aren’t football superstars, we are the superstars of auto service and repair! Just like a football game where it takes each player doing their job correctly to have a winning team, it takes each component operating in peak efficiency to have a properly running car!

• Fluids – just like you, your car must have fluids to be healthy. Fairway Auto Repair offers products that give you the home field advantage each and every time.
• Filters –just like in football when the players block the defense from getting to the ball carrier, filters block contaminants from entering your car’s operating systems.
• Battery & Charging System – If this system fumbles you aren’t going anywhere. We will keep it charged and ready to go when you are!
• Belts and Hoses – One snap or break and you are stranded and you will be calling personal foul!
• Lights – Your lights keep you from getting picked off in the dark because others can’t see you coming or going!
• Wipers – If your wipers aren’t working in the rain and snow and morning condensation, you risk getting sacked!
• Tires – Proper inflation and tread keep your car rolling along in a rush.
• Suspension – Steers your car going in the right direction so you have a complete pass.
• Brakes – Stopping when you need and want to is a very good thing and keeps you from getting tackled by trees or other vehicles!
• Exhaust System – If you don’t want to be put on the sidelines these systems need to operate properly. Keeps your car pleasant and safe for you and others to be around.

This is just a small example of all the systems that keep your car running properly. Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. Just like a football team, if each player does their job well they all benefit and run like a well oiled machine. Touchdown!

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Back To School!

21 08 2014

Dale Bertram“Back to school” time is here! We notice more traffic on the highways and teachers, parents, high school students and college students are out in force. This is a time when a car guy like me asks the question…are all these cars road ready? I know when parents are helping to get their children ready for school; clothing, school supplies and books are their first concerns. In fact, parents and teachers are so busy with these items they sometimes forget about servicing their car or their student drivers’ cars.

Grand Canyon University is a great school very near my shop. The parking lot is full of cars…old, new and everything in between. Students are learning skills that will carry them through life. I am going to add my two cents to their education and dedicate this blog post, an encore presentation, to the students and faculty of Grand Canyon University.

CAR CARE EDUCATION 101
School is back in session and it reminded me that sometimes we all need a little refresher course in maintaining our vehicles. The most important lesson to be learned in today’s economy is that preventive maintenance is certainly less expensive than repair. Here are a few items that we routinely check for safety, dependability and savings:

• Fluids – just like you, your car must have fluids to be healthy
• Filters – clogged filters keep your car from breathing properly
• Battery & Charging System – keeps your car ready to go when you are
• Belts and Hoses – One snap or break and you are stranded
• Lights – So you can see and be seen
• Wipers – Again…so you can see and be seen
• Tires – Proper inflation and tread keep your car rolling along
• Suspension – Steers your car going in the right direction
• Brakes – Stopping when you need and want to is a very good thing
• Exhaust System – Keeps your car pleasant and safe for you and others to be around

This is just a small example of all the systems that keep your car running properly. Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, one of the leading causes of mechanical breakdown is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable.

Throughout our many years of experience we have learned that taking certain preventive measures, such as timely oil changes and multi-point inspections, enable you to avoid many costly repairs and replacement of parts. The best way to avoid expensive breakdowns is by discovering a worn component before it fails.

Hopefully this helps you understand your car’s needs a little better. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to keep your car healthy!

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When The Forecast Says Hot And Hotter

19 06 2014

Dale BertramSummertime is here and not only do we feel the heat, our cars do too!  The sun coming in through the windows can heat our cars’ interior to 200 degrees!  Cracking the windows does not prevent the temperature from rising in the car.  Parking in the shade is helpful as long as you remember to remove the bird droppings and tree sap which damages the paint.  You can also try parking so the sun comes in the rear window as well.  This will keep the heat off your steering wheel and dashboard and prevent them from cracking and fading.

Hoses, drive belts and plastic parts on vehicles absorb heat, making them vulnerable to brittleness, cracks, fraying and bulges. Tires pressures rise and wipers become brittle and heat damaged.  Leather seats need to be kept clean to prevent wear and tear during the summer.  Use good leather cleaner to keep them clean and supple.

Your car’s cooling system really gets a tough workout in the heat trying to help your car’s engine keep its cool.  We check the mixture to make sure it is fifty percent distilled water and fifty percent coolant.  This fluid needs to be exchanged for new every year.

Hot weather is very hard on batteries.  The fluid will evaporate, damaging the internal structure.  The voltage regulator then malfunctions and this destroys the battery.  Dirt can also become a conductor, draining the battery power. The terminals are also susceptible to corrosion which inhibits current flow.

UV radiation plays havoc with the car’s exterior finish so wash it weekly and wax it well every six months.

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