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!

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Vitality

31 03 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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Tires and Aging

10 10 2013

Dale BertramTires are somewhat expensive and the better you take care of them, the longer they will last. Still, tires do have a life expectancy but what that actual life span is seems to be up for debate. Some seem to think that six years is the magic number even if they haven’t actually been used. When tires sit on a shelf or have been in storage for six years they still age and deteriorate. The Rubber Manufacturer Association says it isn’t as simple as that. Until the experts agree it is up to us in the automotive service and repair industry to keep a good eye on our customers’ tires.

Most consumers may not be aware that the date of manufacture is on your tire wall. For example, in a recessed rectangle on a tire if you see a code such as 8PY806 stamped on it the 806 means it was manufactured in 2006 and in the eighth week of that year. When you do purchase new tires check the date. Some tires sit around for years before being sold as “new” and you don’t want to purchase aging tires! You want to purchase new tires! That is what you are paying for.

It has been determined that over 6,000 accidents a year are caused by tire problems. That is not too surprising considering that car manufacturers recommend we check our tires pressures every time we fill up our gas tank. Do you ever see any one actually doing that? I’ve never personally witnessed it.

Tires do come with wear bars or flat spots between the tread grooves. When the tread wears to the point it is equal to the flat spots the tire needs to be replaced. When you look at the rubber tire and see cords showing through, or bulges, deep cracks or tread starting to separate, you have a very unsafe tire and should not drive on it.

Climate does play a factor in the aging of tires. NHTSSA says tires age faster in warmer climates and high ambient temperatures can accelerate the aging process. This can cause tread separations. Tires that are used infrequently such as on collectible vehicles and recreational vehicles can also age even though they are used as much. These tires might have great tread left but the structural integrity gets weakened from disuse.

Many are confused about when to replace tires. Check your owner’s manual and use those recommendations as guidelines. Again, a lot depends on your driving habits, road conditions and climate. Most manufacturers recommend replacing tires at least ever six years but some say 10.

Keeping your tires properly inflated is vitally important to the tires’ lifespan. Some consumers think the tire pressure listed on the tire sidewall is the proper pressure. That is not true. That is the maximum the tire can hold. The recommended tire inflation pressure can be found in your owner’s manual, on the vehicle’s door jamb and some vehicles even put it inside the fuel hatch filler flap or on the door of the glove compartment. Keeping your tires at the recommended inflation can save you nine cents per gallon of gas!

And when you are thinking about tires, don’t forget the spare! Hopefully you won’t have to use it, but it is nice to know it is ready just in case!

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When The Forecast Says Hot And Hotter

11 07 2013

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.

Happy Motoring!

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Keeping Your Car Happy

4 04 2013

Dale BertramWe know cars don’t really have feelings but if your car did…would it be happy with how you treat it? Think about it for just a moment. Your car does so much for you. It gets you where you need to be…and back again. It hauls you and other passengers and groceries and sometimes lots of baggage or tools or gardening supplies. If it had feelings what would it take to make it feel cared for?

• It would want to be clean and shiny…inside and out.
• The windows would be the mirror of its soul so make sure they are clean and that the wiper blades work properly.
• Fluids are essential so it would want its fluid intake to be changed when necessary so it drinks healthful fluids to lubricate all its parts.
• How are the tires? Do they resemble a worn pair of shoes or worse…a flattened donut? Has it been a while since the tires were checked for proper inflation?
• I’m sure it would want its brakes checked so it wouldn’t be in fear of crashing or running a red light!
• Is the air conditioner working properly? It wouldn’t want sweaty passengers if it could be avoided.
• Is it leaking? This would certainly embarrass a car if it had unsightly leaks leaving puddles in parking spaces and on garage floors.
• Does it hum along quietly or does the muffler make it sound loud and angry. Every car wants to have a voice but it wouldn’t want to sound like it needs anger management classes!
• It may be aging a bit and its vision might not be what it used to be. Are the headlights cloudy or yellowing? Just like humans sometime need a little cataract surgery a car’s headlights need attention from time to time.
• How are all the lights working on the car? Turn signals, headlights and brake lights give a car confidence that it can be seen when it goes out in public.

These are just a few items that would make a car happy. Is your car happy?

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We Have The Solution For Baldness And Lack Of Integrity

17 01 2013

Dale BertramAt Fairway Auto Repair we have the solution for baldness and lack of integrity (structural integrity that is) for your car’s tires! When we inspect your vehicle’s tires here are a few items we pay close attention to:

• Tires age faster in warmer, sunny climates!
• Infrequent use can cause tires to age faster. Tires on collector cars/recreational vehicles or other less frequently driven cars may keep their tread but lose their structural integrity.
• To find out how old your vehicle’s tires are, we check on the sidewall of the tire. The tire’s identification number (begins with a DOT) ends with the week and year the tire was manufactured (last four digits).
• Over or under inflating tires cause them to wear out faster. We also make sure they are at the proper level of inflation.
• If you haul heavy loads those tires need to be inspected to make sure they are holding up.
• Road hazards (holes, construction sites, and more) are hazardous to tires’ health. Not only can they cause cars to go out of alignment they can also hurt the structural integrity, pick up nails and other hazards.
• We rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or so to decrease the bald factor.
• We make sure we install tires properly with up to date equipment to slow the aging factor.

We recommend tires be replaced every five years on average depending on tire manufacturer, use and wear and tear. Meanwhile, with inspections every six months we can keep them from balding and losing their structural integrity to keep you safe on the roads!

Happy Motoring!

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Don’t Let This Be You!

11 10 2012

It is estimated that 600 deaths a year are a result of bad tires.  Remember, they don’t last forever.  Most tires don’t make it to the 50,000 mile mark. Bald may be beautiful but it isn’t beautiful on your tires!  They need good tread so you have traction and you can stop without sliding. They need to be properly inflated.  Check the number listed on the inside of your car door (not the tire) for the proper inflation for your make and model of vehicle. Have your tires rotated every 5,000 – 6,000 miles.

Proper inflation is also of high importance for the health of your car’s tires. This is a service that should be performed each time you get your car serviced or quarterly.  Many things effect tire pressure, including temperature fluctuations and this puts an unnecessary pressure on your tires which wear them out!  Not only does improper inflation cost you in fuel efficiency, it can lead to tire puncture and poor car handling if left unchecked for a long period of time.

Q: What causes tires to wear out?
A: Tires wear unevenly even when they are properly aligned. Irregularities in the road and of the car can lessen tread and tire life.

Q:  How can one increase their tires’ life?
A:  By having your tires rotated and balanced regularly you can increase a tire’s life expectancy by nearly 50%.

Q:  Why do cars need an alignment?
A:  Even if your tires’ tread looks normal, rough roads and repeated encounters with curbs will make your vehicle’s tires suffer.  Having your car put on an alignment rack once a year will keep the tires healthy.  Incorrect alignment makes tires follow their own paths and causes scrubbing action against the road surface.  In addition to excessive wear, this friction causes the steering wheel to fight the driver, requiring additional efforts to keep the vehicle on the road.  A wheel alignment service should include a careful examination of steering and suspension components.  Even the best equipment and technicians cannot align a vehicle with worn or damaged parts.

Q:  What is the big deal about proper inflation of tires?
A:  Under-inflated tires cause your tires to wear along the sides, while over-inflated tires cause your tires to wear down the middle of the tread.  Radial tires always look a little soft, but don’t be fooled and assume inflation is correct.  Buy a tire gauge and use it monthly to keep your tires properly inflated.  It saves your tires and saves on fuel too!

Q:  What is the best thing one can do for their tires?
A:  Take your vehicle to a service repair facility quarterly to make sure you are driving on the safest and most comfortable tires possible.  You and your passengers depend on them.

Happy Motoring!