How To Be Green For St. Patrick’s Day and Every Day!

15 03 2018

Dale BertramMost of us are concerned with keeping our environment green.  We buy the reusable bags for our shopping trips, combine driving trips to be more fuel efficient and use the new style light bulbs to conserve energy.  All these seemingly little conscious efforts add up to help our earth.

It may surprise you to learn that the automotive service and repair industry has been one of the leaders in keeping our environment clean…even before it was a popular theme with the general public.  We are very careful with waste disposal in every way.  As an example, one gallon of improperly disposed of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of drinking water!  When consumers bring their car in for regular service it is one of the biggest benefits to cleaner air and the good news is…it saves you money too!  In fact, it saves you money in more ways than one!  It prolongs the life of the car you have, it saves money in fuel, and a regularly maintained vehicle saves you money on expensive repairs!  It is a good deal all around.

  • A regularly maintained car can last 50% longer.
  • A properly tuned car keeps your engine firing properly…one misfiring spark plug can waste 30% in fuel efficiency!
  • Keeping your tires checked and rotated makes them last longer and can help your engine work better and easier.
  • Clean filters make a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Of course, it also helps not to drive like you are trying out for NASCAR or using it to transport or store heavy objects.  All of this contributes to wear and tear on your vehicle too plus cuts way down on fuel efficiency.

Working together, we can all help our earth be a bit greener…breathe a bit easier…and save ourselves more of our hard-earned cash.






Is Your Car Stayin’ Alive?

8 03 2018

Dale BertramIt is no secret that the staff at Fairway Auto Repair in Phoenix know how to keep a car stayin’ alive!

What’s the secret to a car’s longevity?

Team Up With A Great Mechanic – Fairway Auto Repair has great technicians (we feel the best in Phoenix, of course) that you can trust. They will make sure you are aware when it is time for preventive service and when your car starts to age, they will work with you to help it age gracefully.  Following the recommended service schedules in your owner’s manual is a good place to start and using quality parts and fluids is essential.

Pay Attention – No one knows your car better than you do…even if you never lift the hood.  You drive it all the time and you know when it isn’t sounding, smelling or operating the same as usual.  Don’t ignore these changes, no matter how subtle.  It could be the beginning of a major problem so get it taken care of before that happens.  It will be better for your vehicle and your wallet.

Be Prepared – When humans age they start needing a few more things to keep their health maintained such as a prescription or two or more exercise and a better diet or maybe even a knee or hip replacement.  The same thing will happen to your car when it starts to age. Eventually, no matter how well you keep it serviced it will need a replacement part or two in order to keep it safe and going strong.  Consider that purchasing a new car is extremely expensive, especially when you add in insurance costs so repairing an existing vehicle is a sound financial decision.

Keep It Clean – We can help you keep your car mechanically sound, but you need to keep it looking good inside and out.  A clean car protects it and a clean waxed car is even better.

If you want to keep your car “stayin’ alive” call Fairway Auto Repair today! We invite you to visit our website at as well to find out even more ways to help your car stay alive!



This Valentine’s Day…and Every Day…Show That You Care

8 02 2018

Dale BertramEach time a driver starts their engine and gets on the highways that car, truck or SUV needs the driver’s full attention and the vehicle needs to be well maintained in order to protect the driver, their passengers and those they share the road with.

Here are a few ways you can make sure the vehicle you drive is good to go!

  1. Make sure the oil is clean as well as the filter.
  2. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and the tread is good.
  3. Make sure the fluids are exchanged regularly.
  4. Make sure the filters are clean.
  5. Make sure the wiper blades function properly.
  6. Make sure the belts and hoses are maintained.
  7. Make sure the brakes are in excellent shape.
  8. Make sure the exhaust system is working properly.
  9. Make sure the battery is charged and ready to go!
  10. Make sure all systems are ready to roll!

 Preventive maintenance keeps your car healthy and ageless.  We are here to help!  Call us today for an appointment!




How Are Your Shocks/Struts?

1 02 2018

Dale BertramShocks and struts take a beating so we don’t have to!  They help us ease the pain of driving over less than perfect roads and stabilize us over bumps, when we stop quickly and when we go around corners.  We pretty much take them for granted.  Our owner’s manuals tell us they need to be replaced every 30,000 to 90,000 miles, depending on our driving habits.  That is a wide range!

We would like to recommend that you take some time when you are out driving around to notice a few things about your vehicle.  If your car is bouncing a bit after you hit a bump in the road, is nose diving after you brake or is swaying around corners you need to have your shocks replaced.

Struts basically perform the same function as shocks except they also are an integral part of your suspension system.  When you are out and about in your car and notice the same symptoms as above and also notice noise while you go over those bumps or turn corners you might also have an alignment situation.

Shocks and struts also give you another symptom if they are ready to be replaced…they leak fluid.  They do a lot for us and we certainly take them for granted until we notice our ride is just not as enjoyable or comfortable as it could be.  Bad shocks and struts also cause wear and tear on our tires and our suspension components.

Make sure your shocks and struts are ready for whatever condition the roads you drive on happen to be in. Whatever your car may need, at Fairway Auto Repair we want your vehicle to always be ready to go when you are!  Call us!  We are here for you and your car!




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.


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.