Drips and Puddles

19 07 2018

Dale BertramThose annoying under the car drips can leave your driveway and garage floor a mess…in fact everywhere you park becomes a victim to this mess.  They are also a sign that something is wrong and needs to be taken care of. The only drip you don’t need to be concerned with is the condensation from your air conditioner.  Everything else is a signal that there is a problem. The small drips are giving you fair warning that if ignored, serious problems are in your future. Here are a few examples:

  • A reddish brown drip may mean one of three things; leaking transmission, over tightened pan gasket or a leaking front seal.
  • A green or orange-red drip suggests a cooling system problem such as leaking hose or radiator.
  • A brown to brownish-black drip that is thick in consistency is more than likely engine oil.  This is not a huge problem if it is slight but when it grows to puddle size it is a sign of something serious and if not kept under control could mean severe engine trouble.
  • A leak that looks like tea and feels oily is brake fluid.  This type of drip or leak is always serious!

If you notice a puddle three inches or larger under your car don’t ignore it.  Get it to the professionals as soon as possible. A puddle between one and two inches isn’t as serious…yet…unless it is brake fluid.  Don’t put off having it looked at too long though…it could become a much more serious problem.

It is a good practice not to ignore drips because if left unchecked those drips will turn into puddles that get bigger and bigger until you no longer have a small problem, you have a major problem.  Make an appointment with us today, and your car’s health care professional at Fairway Auto Repair will stop the drips.  Remember, minor problems come with minor price tags…major problems come with major price tags…maybe even the cost of a new engine!

Prevention is always the best medicine for your vehicle.

 

 

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How’s The View?

12 07 2018

Dale BertramHow is the view from your windshield?  It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years.  They should be replaced every six months or at most every year.  Think of what your windshield encounters!

 

  • Rain
  • Insects coming to a messy end
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Bird droppings

All these need to be cleared from your windshield when you are driving. If your wipers are worn and you turn them on to clear buildup you could end up with an even smearier blur instead of clear glass.

Most wiper blades are made with rubber that breakdown over time just like your belts and hoses.  The ozone oxidizes the rubber causing cracks to form on the surface.  Hot summer days are hard on wipers too because a windshield can get very hot.  This makes the rubber lose flexibility and crack.  All of this causes the chattering and smearing when you turn them on to clear the windshield.  What is this telling you? “This is a sign…please replace us!” They even make blades now that tell you when they need to be replaced!  If you are a procrastinator in this department they might be worth checking out! If you have a rear wiper blade don’t forget to replace that too!

Hopefully this has convinced you that good wiper blades are a must.  Keep in mind though those wiper blades don’t function by themselves.  If the nozzle isn’t squirting fluid properly onto the windshield (I’ve seen some squirt the car behind them or beside them!) the nozzle may need adjusting.  If it doesn’t squirt fluid out at all it either needs fluid added or the nozzle is clogged.  I’ve also seen weak washer pumps.

If your vision isn’t as clear as it should be, please make it a priority to get it taken care of sooner rather than later.

 

 





Independence From Summer’s Heat Starts Here!

28 06 2018

Dale BertramWhen I think about those wonderful Patriots who declared our independence back in 1776 I often think about the amazing sacrifices they made. They sacrificed their businesses, their family time, and could all have been hanged for treason.  They also dressed very elegantly but sitting in a building with no air conditioning and walking or riding horses or being driven around in horse drawn carriages wherever they went had to be incredibly hot! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can be a very hot and humid place in the summer months. I don’t even like to think about how hot it would have been in Phoenix!

Today we enjoy air conditioning and have trouble getting by without it!  Summer temperatures can soar here in Phoenix!  It can test your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Here are some suggestions from Fairway Auto Repair to help you beat the heat this summer!

  1. Roll your car windows down slightly on hot days to keep the heat from building inside your car. Your car’s air-conditioning system works by removing heat, so the cooler the interior is to start with, the easier and faster it can cool down your vehicle.
  2. Before you get in your car, open all the windows and/or doors completely, for a moment to let the hot air leave the interior fast.
  3. When you first turn the air conditioning on, set the controls to “max” or “rec” and use the highest blower speed. This moves the air and re-circulates it for a quicker cool-down. When you feel comfortable, switch the system to “norm” and select a lower fan speed. The lower blower speed produces colder air from the system.
  4. If your cool air smells like “dirty socks” or a gym locker set the system to the “outside” air mode (not “rec”) frequently to help prevent or lessen this problem.
  5. If you have an Automatic Temperature Control system read your owner’s manual to find out exactly how your system works. Usually the quickest cool-down comes by setting the temperature as low as it will go at first, then adjusting it.

If your air-conditioning system isn’t helping you beat the heat, give Fairway Auto a call! We are certified to use Freon properly to keep our environment healthy and you cool and comfortable.  To find out more about your vehicle’s A/C system, visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com.  Fairway Auto Repair wants to make sure you keep your cool all year long!

 

 





Miles Driven Update

7 06 2018

Dale BertramHere is an interesting study of how many miles Americans are driving each year.  The most interesting is the ages of those driving.  This has changed a great deal over the last few years.

What is the average number of miles driven per year? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration it is 13,476. Nearly 70 percent of states recorded an increase in vehicle miles traveled. It may be due to lower gas prices. Here are some interesting statistics:

  • The average male driver puts in 16,550 miles a year – 63 percent more than the average for women which is 10,142.
  • The number of teens with drivers’ licenses has dipped significantly since the 1980s – from 46 percent to 24 percent – for drivers aged 16.
  • Motorists over age 65 are driving more miles and keeping their licenses longer.
  • Drivers over 85 comprise the fastest growing age group — and the trend is projected to continue.

Here are how many miles people drive per year by age group!

  • Age 16 to 19 – 7,624
  • Age 20 to 34 – 15,098
  • Age 35 to 45 – 15,291
  • Age 55 to 64 – 11,972
  • Over age 65 – 7,646

Middle-aged drivers log the most miles. Senior motorists as a group have been increasingly driving more since 1990 and this trend is expected to continue. Drivers over 85 comprise the fastest growing sector of motorists.

The FHWA show:

  • Drivers over 50 years old reached almost 93.5 million – an increase of 22 percent since 2003 – resulting in 44 percent of total licensed drivers.
  • Drivers over 85 years old remain the fastest growing demographic group, nearly doubling from 1.76 million in 1998 to 3.48 million – the second-highest amount ever recorded.
  • Drivers age 60 and older represented almost 26 percent of all licensed drivers, up from 20 percent in 2004.

Teens are driving significantly less and fewer are getting licenses. The number of licensed teen drivers is at its lowest ever, and drivers age 16 are down significantly, according to the FHWA. Of the 8.5 million teen drivers with a license in 2014, just about 1 million were age 16.

However many miles you are driving, keep your car in good shape by getting it serviced regularly.  One thing hasn’t changed; the better shape your vehicle is in, the more it saves you money on fuel and maintenance.

 

 





Longevity

31 05 2018

Dale BertramPreventive maintenance is the key to longevity for your vehicle. It is made up of several moving parts that need to be properly lubricated to limit friction and degradation of parts. Fairway Auto Repair has been urging our customers for years to save money by having their vehicles serviced regularly.  One of the vital ingredients to give your car long life is the use of proper lubricants.

I’m sure most all the drivers in Phoenix know that replacing a car’s engine or transmission is very costly.  We hope you never have to find out. To prevent that, the oil needs to be changed regularly as do other fluids. Our technicians at Fairway Auto Repair can be relied on to use quality fluids to ensure your car’s health.

Oil lubricates all the moving parts of your vehicle while you are driving it. This keeps every part moving smoothly and prevents jamming which leads to part failures.  Oil that isn’t changed regularly gets dirty and the buildup of contaminates can also lead to the failure of parts. Clean oil is essential.

If you aren’t sure how often your particular car’s oil needs to be replaced, we can help.  It depends on your driving habits and other factors like our weather here in Phoenix. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to oil changes.

We can help Phoenix drivers’ vehicles’ have a healthy and extended life.  To find out more about us and your vehicle, visit us at http://www.fairwayautorepair.com.

 

 





Vitality

10 05 2018

Dale BertramOur vehicles are so important to us so it is important that we don’t take them for granted!  Here are a few things that Fairway Auto Repair recommends our customers have us check when they bring their cars in for service.

  • Lights – These are often overlooked. Headlights, brake lights, turn signals and taillights are all vital to our safety!
  • Brakes – Brake pads need to be replaced now and then. If they go bad…you don’t stop when you need to!
  • Tire Pressure – Over-inflated or under-inflated damages the tire and shortens their life. Tire pressures need to be just right!  Having a flat tire is not only an inconvenience, it can be dangerous too!
  • Tire Tread – if your tread is worn, or if your tires have lumps or bumps you could slip and slide (no ice needed) and even have a blowout! This could cause an accident!
  • Power Steering Fluid – Trying to drive a car without power steering is almost impossible. To keep your car under your control, this fluid is vital!
  • Transmission Fluid – This fluid needs to be exchanged periodically to keep your car shifting properly and to keep it under your control.
  • Coolant – No one wants to sit on the side of the road with steam pouring out of the hood due to an overheating vehicle. No one needs to if their coolant is kept in great shape and exchanged as needed from time to time!
  • Air Filter – A clean air filter helps in many ways…one being fuel economy. It is an inexpensive fix and only takes a moment to replace. Filters do just what they say…filter out the bad stuff such as dirt and contaminates.  We look at all filters to make sure they are doing their job.
  • Alignment – If your car seems to be pulling you in the wrong direction…an alignment may be the answer! A car out of alignment has a mind of its own!
  • The Oil – Last but not least, this vital fluid truly is the “life blood” of today’s vehicles. Keeping it clean and at the proper level keeps your car going strong.

These are just some of the items that keep the cars on Phoenix roads running well. They also help keep us safer as a well maintained vehicle helps prevent accidents due to mechanical failure.  Fairway Auto Repair is here for you, Phoenix drivers!  To find out more ways to keep your ride safe, or to make an appointment, check us out at www.fairwayautorepair.com.  We are here to help your car keep its vitality!

 

 





Brake Dust

19 04 2018

Dale BertramI’m sure most of us have experienced this…you drive through an automatic car wash and when you get home you notice the clean shine of your entire vehicle…until you look down at the wheels.  What is that grime on the wheels?  That is brake dust… metallic particles, carbon fibers and adhesive residue from your vehicle’s brake pads that attaches to your wheels.

To keep it from building up it should be removed weekly as it essentially bakes on to the surface of alloy wheels.  It is recommended that you wash the wheels when they are cool to avoid streaking, discoloration and pitting. The adhesive residue in the dust causes it to bond firmly with the wheels and since they are most often acidic it starts a corrosion process.  The metal filings in the dust usually oxidize with the metal of the rims causing galvanic corrosion to occur. If you are removing the dust yourself be careful not to inhale the dust or the vapor from cleaning products especially designed to remove the grime.  This can be toxic and if you are asthmatic, harmful.

If your vehicle seems very prone to brake dust, you might consider having brake dust shields installed.  They come in a variety of colors, are inexpensive and easy to install.

You might also consider higher quality brake pads as poor quality ones produce a lot of dust. Having your brakes checked regularly (quarterly) is recommended as many times an adjustment is needed and this helps stop excessive dust.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Brakes made from organic materials (glass and rubber) wear faster so create more dust than brakes made from semi-metallic and metallic material. Ceramic brake pads have less metal and therefore less dust is created.
  • Brakes installed improperly can cause excessive dust.
  • If you have installed larger diameter wheels to your vehicle the size of the brakes and pads need to be larger as well or they will wear out quickly and increase the amount of dust during the process.
  • If the springs are worn it causes continual rubbing and if the pads are always touching the drums you get an increase in dust.
  • Overloading a vehicle with weight, driving hard, short stop and go trips, and leaving your foot on the brake pedal all increase brake dust.

Now we know that brake dust, though not harmful to your vehicle, is a nuisance and if you feel annoyed by it you are not alone as it is a top complaint among consumers.