Is Your Vehicle Ready For Summer?

25 05 2017

Dale BertramMemorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer… and that means summer vacations are just around the corner!  Is your vehicle ready to hit the road?

We know we can feel our energy ooze out of us in the summer heat and your car feels it too!  Just imagine sitting there day after day on the hot pavement while the relentless summer sun shines down on you.  Car’s components such as rubber are very sensitive to heat and tend to become brittle and crack.  Here a just a few things we look for when we service your vehicle for summer:

  • Batteries take a beating. Between the car’s vibrations and heat, they usually only last three years.  It is always a good idea to have them tested to determine how much life they have left in them.
  • Cooling systems are very susceptible to summer heat. You will notice more cars sitting on the side of the road with steam pouring out from under the hood during the summer months.  We always check your cooling system thoroughly to make sure the coolant isn’t contaminated.  We also check the rubber components for cracks and frays.  If they are past their prime, we will recommend replacing them so you don’t end up on the side of the road.
  • Tires need the proper inflation to function well. They don’t operate well if they are over-inflated or under-inflated. They need to be just right!
  • Fluids and filters need to be checked and replaced if needed. They do a lot of work to protect our vehicles.
  • Air-conditioning systems need to be looked at so you and your passengers stay comfortable no matter how high the outside temperatures climb. We make sure to check the refrigerant and other components.

A quick inspection will let you know if your vehicle is good to go or if it needs a little service & repair before you head out.  Call today to schedule an appointment!





Will my engine oil and oil filter go the distance?

9 02 2017

Dale BertramChoosing the right engine oil and oil filter for your vehicle is tougher than ever with all the different products on the market today. Oil and filters today need to lubricate better and filter more particles than ever before, due to the longer change intervals.  Vehicle manufacturers in the 80s and 90s set oil change intervals to 3,000 or 3,500 miles because oils and filters of those days would break down fast as a result of the oil refining process and engine design.

Oils are much better, with synthetic products and are actually required in the majority of cars today with extended service intervals of 7,500 to 15,000 miles; it is more critical than ever to use the correct oil and oil filter. Many oil filters are only designed to filter for up to 5,000 miles, of course these filters will cause engine failure on a 15,000-mile oil change.  Filters not designed to go the distance will clog up and can start bypassing so no oil is being filtered at all. This can be disastrous on today’s high performance engines.

Don’t use just any oil. Our shop has what I call the wall of oil. We carry 20 plus different oils; they are not compatible with each other and don’t let anyone tell you different.  If your car requires a 0w20 oil, that’s what it takes, the engine is designed to work at peak efficiency and emission levels for that specific oil.

The sad thing is some people don’t have all the oils and will use what they have on hand. While the incorrect oil will work and you may never know the difference, it slowly wears out your engine and failure is imminent.  The difference between a car going 100,000 miles and one going 400,000 miles is directly related to the oil and filter you choose and interval change frequency.

Make sure you check your owner’s manual and talk with your service professional to ensure the oil and oil filter they are using on your vehicle will go the distance.

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Vitality

10 11 2016

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!

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Why Timely Service Is So Important

20 10 2016

Dale BertramI’m often asked about why timely service is so important.  I hope you find the answers to the questions below helpful too!

Q:  I’m always being told I need my filters changed.  What’s that all about?

A:  Oil, fuel and air filters all work hard to improve your engine’s running condition.  When they get dirty, contaminants enter the system.  This causes rough idling, loss of acceleration, decreased power and lower gas mileage.

Q:  I usually fill up with gasoline when my car is almost on empty.  I was told that isn’t necessarily a good thing.  What’s wrong with that?

A:  The gasoline in the tank is the cooling agent for the pump.  When the level is low, the pump is exposed and runs too hot.

Q:  I have heard that “exchanging” transmission, radiator, brake and power steering systems are a good idea?  Why?

A:  In all cases, mileage and use means more contaminants and breakdown of important fluid additives which help prevent wear and corrosion.  When the systems are exchanged and new, clean fluid is added, you now have the protection of new fluid loaded with additives and without harmful contaminants that are creating excessive wear.  When you consider the cost of a transmission, radiator, an ABS brake system or power steering units, fluid exchange, next to oil changes, is the best bargain out there!

Q:  If I have a concern about a noise, or notice that my car is just acting different, what should I do?

A:  Call your car care provider as soon as possible. If they think it needs immediate attention they will tell you to bring it in.  Safety comes first and they will never advise you to drive a vehicle that needs attention now.

Q:  What can I do to lower repair costs?

A:  Maintain components before they become major problems.  This is the key to saving money.  When you bring your car in for service, your car care provider can alert you to future repair needs or replacement parts so you can budget accordingly.

Q:  I am so busy I sometimes forget to have my car serviced.  What is an easy way to remember?

A:  Try to preset an appointment and ask to be called a day or two in advance.  If your car care provider doesn’t offer this service, think of the calendar by seasons.  On the first day of spring, summer, fall, winter call and schedule an appointment.

Q:  What’s the deal with diagnostic testing?  Doesn’t that cost me more money?

A:  No, it actually saves you money.  Trying to diagnose today’s computerized vehicles without the proper training or diagnostic equipment can result in misdiagnosis costing you $100 or $1000 in unnecessary repairs (known as parts swapping).

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Helping Phoenix Drivers Keep More of Their Money

22 09 2016

Dale BertramWe spend a lot of time in our cars…aside from our places of business…they are almost our home away from home.  The average American spends 72 minutes per weekday in transit, mostly to and from work or school. Then on weekends we pile on even more miles. Fuel, insurance, tires and maintenance cost us plenty!

We can’t really control the cost of fuel and insurance but a well-maintained vehicle certainly keeps your cost down in all areas. How, you ask?

  • Vehicle gas caps – About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  • Under inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon. Neglected tires also mean they won’t last as long. Buying new tires due to neglect gets expensive.
  • Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.
  • Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 15 cents a gallon.
  • Don’t be an aggressive driver – Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 7 to 49 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling – Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mph driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.
  • Take care of your current car and it will last longer and save your money on insuring a new model and a car payment.
  • A well maintained car also saves you money on expensive repairs due to neglect.

Save yourself some money…take care of your vehicle and your vehicle will certainly take care of you! Contact us at Fairway Auto Repair and our technicians will get your car ready to become a money saving machine!  Visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com to find out more!

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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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The 30,000 Mile CheckUp

21 07 2016

Dale BertramToday we often refer to this 30,000-mile checkup as a “major service” that needs to be done as a routine job every two years or 30,000 miles to keep a car running at peak efficiency. Many years ago it was referred to as a tune-up! When consumers in Phoenix call around for pricing on this service they are often amazed at the dramatic price differences being quoted.  This is mainly due to the fact that different shops view the “tune-up” or “major service” in a variety of ways.

A tune-up should always include a fuel filter, spark plugs, air filter, PCV filter, distributor ignition rotor and of course, the labor charges.

We let our customers know that:

  • Just replacing the spark plugs is not a true tune up. They are a good indicator of an engine’s condition, however. Changing the plugs prevents them from seizing in the block.  This seizing would cause expensive repairs to occur.
  • The distributor cap and rotor are usually made of plastic and of course plastic cracks over time, allowing moisture in. The metal then corrodes as well and this causes misfiring which costs the consumer more in fuel.
  • The spark plug wire sets need to be tested for proper resistance.
  • Filters, of course, must be changed on a regular basis and may be the single most important key to any vehicle’s longevity.
  • Oil filters prevent unnecessary engine wear as they remove soot, rust and other contaminates from the oil.
  • Air filters remove dirt and protect fuel injectors.
  • The PCV system consists of the breather tube and the PCV valve. The tube connects the crankcase to fresh air, such as the air cleaner body. Clean air flows in to this tube and in to the engine after it has passed through a screen, baffle, or other simple system to prevent an explosive atmosphere within the engine crank case from being ignited. The baffle, filter, or screen also traps oil mist, and keeps it inside the engine.
  • The fuel filter traps contaminants that can clog the injector inlet screens. If not replaced regularly stalling, hard starting and loss of high speed power results.
  • The automatic transmission filter cools and lubricates the moving parts plus transmits energy. If clogged the results are slippage and hesitation.

Drivers should be pleased to note that even if today’s “major service” doesn’t cure or prevent everything, it greatly reduces the need for expensive problems that can occur sooner rather than later.  The “tune-up” has evolved to keep pace with today’s vehicles.

To find out more about mileage and your vehicle, visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com.

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