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Weather Hazards and More can Impact Your Driving – Fall Safety Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair

With Fall comes a new kind of weather, including rainstorms, frost, and other weather patterns. These weather changes can impact your safety on the roads in Fairfax, VA, so we want to make sure that you’re aware of some of the weather hazards you may face this fall and winter. Sudden rain showers are pretty common in the fall, especially following a long, dry summer. During the summer months, grease and oil can build up on the roads, and as we all know, oil and water don’t mix. This creates the potential for an accident very easily on a cool, rainy November day. If it’s raining, even just a little, slow down, avoid hard braking, and give yourself plenty of time to stop. Another Fall driving hazard is fog. The changing temperatures increase the likelihood of foggy mornings and evenings in November. Fog impairs your vision, obviously, but it also can muffle sound and make it difficult to judge distance. If you have to drive in fog, slow down and take care. Use your lo ... read more

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Autumn Safety Tips: Road Hazards to Watch Out For

As the seasons change, so do our roads, and that means a new list of potential hazards to be on the lookout for. Here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we want to make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared to stay safe on the roads all year long, so in addition to our car care and maintenance tips, we’ve compiled this list of Autumn driving safety tips. We hope you’ll remember these items as you take to the highways and by-ways this Fall. Autumn leaves look lovely on the trees, drifting lazily by your window, and piling on the roadsides. However, as they pile up on the roadway, coupled with Autumn rains, these leaves become slimy, slippery patches that are as treacherous as ice in our roads. They can also hide hazards like potholes, curbs, or other debris in the road. Dry leaves, too, can be hazardous – parking over them could risk a fire caused by your catalytic converter! In short, admire the Autumn leaves from afar, but make an effort not to drive or park on them. Fr ... read more

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Miss Out on Fall Car Care Month? It’s Never too Late to Prepare for Autumn Driving

Shorter days, cooler nights, and autumn leaves drifting in the wind. Fall has officially arrived, and here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we always want to keep you in the know about tips for routine car care and safe driving as the weather changes throughout the year. Are you Ready for Autumn Driving? Last month we presented a series of Fall Car Care Month maintenance tips, and we hope you read them. Stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery, a flat tire, or failed brakes is no way to spend your November. If you let October come and go without vehicle maintenance, consider some of these checkups as soon as you can this month: Check the battery and charging system. Any battery more than 3 years old should be replaced, as it’s in danger of not holding a charge any more. Any battery, regardless of age, should have its connections cleaned and checked and its capability tested. Check tires for wear and pressure. Fall leaves are beautiful, and autumn rains are cool and refresh ... read more

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Goblins are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

Goblins are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

It’s Fall Car Care Month, and the team at Fairfax Auto Repair want to remind you that paying attention to a few maintenance items now can save you a bundle down the road – and this is especially true of brakes and tires. These two absolutely vital systems should be regularly checked, but as the temperatures begin to drop, your tires can be especially affected. Contact the team here at Fairfax Auto Repair for all your ongoing car care needs, to make sure your vehicle performs all year long. Tires and Brakes. Tires should be checked every month to make sure their pressure and tread depth are still within safe levels – and that’s doubly true in the fall. As the temperatures fall, the pressure in your tires can and do drop. To check your tread depth, use the ‘penny’ method – if the tire doesn’t touch Abe’s head, then consider new tires. As for brakes, your pads, rotors, calipers, and fluids should be checked. If your brakes are making ... read more

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Witches are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

Witches are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

It’s Fall Car Care month and here at Fairfax auto repair, we’re taking a break from the tricks to treat you with some valuable fall car care tips. As the temperatures begin to drop, we want to remind drivers like yourself that a few simple maintenance steps taken now may save you money and frustration down the road, like replacing an aging battery – and some Fall Car Care items are just good habits to be in. Air Filters and Wipers. Summers are taxing on A/C systems, and that makes Fall a great time to check your vehicle’s air filters – and we don’t mean just the one under the hood! Most cars have an in-cabin air filter that cleans and freshens the air coming from your heater and air conditioning. They’re not hard to replace, and can make the cabin of your vehicle a much more pleasant place to be in. Of course, the engine’s air filter should also be regularly replaced in order to ensure optimal fuel economy. Finally, summer heat can take a ... read more

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Ghosts are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

Ghosts are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month, and here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we’d like to remind each of your to take the time to become “Car Care Aware” - that’s how CarCare.org says it, and every year in October, the Car Care Council celebrates Fall Car Care Month. With that in mind, we’re bringing you a series of our favorite tips for fall car care, beginning with batteries. Battery. Your battery is put through serious strain during the hot summer months. Check your connections, and make sure they are tight, clean, and free from corrosion. Summer heat takes a toll on batteries, so testing the battery to ensure it’s still performing as it should is recommended in the fall. Batteries can often fail without warning, so testing is a good idea, and if your battery is more than three years old, replace it. Here at Fairfax Auto Repair, our goal is to be a trusted source of car care information – as far as we’re concerned, every month is Car Care Month ... read more

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Keep Your A/C… and Save Gas Too!

As the summer is rapidly approaching, and the temperatures and gas prices start to rise, many of us have to make a very critical decision: to go with or without air conditioning while driving? While it seems like a basic question, the reality is no one wants to ride around in 90 plus degrees with the windows down, but for some, air conditioning may not be a luxury they feel they can afford. What most people are unaware of is that driving with the windows down can have a similar effect on car's engine and subsequently, its gas tank. More drag force, the resistance that any moving object encounters when passing through air, is applied to a vehicle with open windows, causing the engine to exert more energy to propel to car through the air, and thus reducing your gas mileage. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, using air conditioning verses rolling the windows down is actually the more fuel-efficient option when driving at speeds of about 60 mph or higher. So why does it ... read more

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The Fairfax Auto Repair Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

The Fairfax Auto Repair Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

Anyone who drives a car knows all about those warning lights on our dashboards. The Check Engine light is probably the most widely known, and perplexes drivers every day. “Check engine light” is always one of the most popular search terms for anything automotive related. Modern cars, however had warning lights for tire pressure, the cooling system, engine oil and other fluids, and more. So, if you see one of these lights, what would you do? Keep going? Panic? Pull over? Should you stop where you are, or is it safe to get home? Check Engine - Flashing vs. Solid We all know about the Check Engine Light. This light can indicate many different things, but you may not know that there is a distinction between a solid one and a flashing one. A check engine light that is lit and solid means a problem has occurred more than once – usually an emission-related problem – and you should get it checked out soon. Sometimes a check engine light will resolve itself, and one of the most common causes is ... read more

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Happy Earth Day! Green Driving Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, VA

Happy Earth Day! Green Driving Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, VA

In April we like to focus on keeping things green, and since April is also National Car Care Month, Fairfax Auto Repair in Virginia is bringing you some excellent tips on better Earth-Friendly car care. When it comes to green driving in Fairfax, many people choose to drive hybrid or electric vehicles – but for those of us still piloting gas guzzlers, it’s still possible to drive greener, and save money on fuel while you’re at it. As our expert technicians here at Fairfax Auto Repair can attest, there are many ways to improve your fuel economy and reduce emissions without switching to an electric vehicle. Green Driving Tips in Fairfax VA: Keep Your Weight Down Many of us are guilty of leaving extra bulk in the car, because it’s a hassle to remove it. Extra clutter like sporting gear, leftover supplies from winter, bottled water, or any such additional weight can mean lower fuel economy for you. In fact, an extra 100 pounds in your trunk can mean up to 2% reduced gas mileage, and clutter ... read more

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3 Ways Fairfax Auto Repair is a True Dealership Alternative Service Center for Virginia Drivers

3 Ways Fairfax Auto Repair is a True Dealership Alternative Service Center for Virginia Drivers

Since we opened in 2008, we have made it our number one goal to listen to our customers and focus on their concerns and only those concerns. That practice has become the core of every auto repair in Fairfax Virginia that we perform here, and since then we have seen tremendous growth – all because we have placed our customers first. No visit to an auto repair center near Falls Church or Vienna, VA is something most people look forward to, but here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we are confident that our commitment to honesty, integrity, transparency, and customer satisfaction above all make us the best choice for auto repair in Fairfax Virginia. Here are 3 ways we believe Fairfax Auto Repair is a cut above the rest, and a true dealership alternative service center in Fairfax, VA. An Unparalleled Commitment to Customers Here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we serve customers from Falls Church, Vienna, Alexandria, and across the Washington, DC area, many of them regulars who hav ... read more

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