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Muffler & Exhaust Bellingham WA.

Posted by Jason on December 1, 2017 at 10:05 PM

Mufflers & Exhaust  System

What is it?

 Your car’s exhaust system has come a long way from the old days of exhaust pipes and mufflers.

Today, the exhaust system is safety and emissions control rolled into one.

 Have your car’s exhaust system inspected regularly and check it immediately if you suspect any problems.

What does it do? The exhaust system routes dangerous exhaust gas from the engine out and away from the car to keep from affecting the occupants.
Next, the exhaust system reduces exhaust noise from the engine. The catalytic converter reduces the level of harmful pollutants in the exhaust. The oxygen sensors mounted in the exhaust system monitor the level of oxygen in the exhaust gases to maintain efficient engine operation and to monitor the converter’s operation.

Typical Wear and Tear Maintain a safe car with regular exhaust system checks.

 Factors that affect replacement requirements include: •Driving habits (short trips take their toll on exhaust system life) •Road conditions (salt, road spray, bumps) •Vehicle type •Age of exhaust system parts Symptoms •Loud noise •Rattling noise when starting, accelerating or braking •Drowsiness while driving •Rotten eggs smell.

That being said:  Stay safe on the roads and when you need help Call

 Complete Auto Repair Service = https://www.carsbellingham.com" target="_blank">CARS
360-922-0553
4724 Pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA. 98226
Exit 260 Off I-5
North of Bellingham Air Port.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Cars

Posted by Jason on November 23, 2017 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Thanksgiving

A special greeting of

Thanksgiving time to express
to you our sincere appreciation
for your confidence and loyalty.
We are deeply thankful and
extend to you our best wishes
for a happy and healthy
Thanksgiving Day

CARS - Complete Auto Repair Service
4724 Pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA.
www.carsbellingham.com

 

Veterans Day

Posted by Jason on November 10, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

We at C.A.R.S. deeply appreciate the sacrifices our Veterans have made in there lives to keep our country free. We Thank you!

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service in Bellingham WA.  

Complete Auto Repair Gift Idea's

Posted by Jason on November 1, 2017 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Holidays are almost here !

How about a few ideas for your Son, Daughter, Dad, Mom, Grandma or Pa. Well you get the idea.

We can help with an oil change, new brakes, new belts and hose, wiper blades. But I know, you say that isn't very exciting.

How about a new sound with some new mufflers and tail pipes.

Maybe new Head lights! We have some fancy ones you might like.

Has Mom  always wanted a lift  or a winch on that Jeep of hers!  We can help with that too.

Maybe  a Motor for the race track! Ya! Wouldn't that be fun.

Well, stop on by and we can talk and figure something out that you might like to get for a gift for someone.

 Happy Shopping from C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
    4724 Pacific Hwy.
  (360) 922-0553 
www.carsbellingham.com 
Exit 260                Off I-5

      North of Bellingham / South of Ferndale

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Preventative CARS Care Bellingham WA.

Posted by Jason on October 15, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

CARS Preventative  Care
What's in a service check up?

 

If you're interested in extending the life of your vehicle as much as possible and keeping more cash in your pocket, it's wise to perform preventative care items such as oil changes and tune-ups. But what exactly is a tune-up these days?

During  tune-up = Automobiles have become increasingly dependent on computers to run most or all of their systems such as ignition, engine performance, fuel injection and electronics.  A reputable mechanic will want to scan the computer for any codes that may indicate an error and check the ignition system. 

 Present-day tune-up at CARS should include an inspection of the vehicle’s spark plugs to see if they need to be replaced. The same goes for the spark plug wires. The vehicle’s air filter and fuel filter should also be inspected and replaced if necessary. 

For most vehicles, these preventative care tune-ups and inspections should start at about 60,000 miles and then be checked again at 30,000- 50,000 mile intervals thereafter. ( depends on newness of car and type of driving, ask you Mechanic ) This is a big change from older, more mechanically driven cars that required technicians to change the points and distributor cap as well as adjusting the carburetor, ignition point settings and timing every few thousand miles. The reliance on computers to monitor these automotive systems has now required technicians to be proficient computer software and scanning machines in order to diagnose issues. 

Something to be aware of also, is that if you are experiencing a performance problem like chugging or slow acceleration, it may not be related to a need for a tune-up, but a symptom of the emissions system, such as a blocked catalytic convertor, or the fuel delivery system, such as a clogged fuel injector. Take it to CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service and describe the problem so they can diagnose what the car needs. 

One final note for drivers, is to be aware that when you visit CARS  repair shop and request a tune-up, this does not necessarily include an oil change or other fluid changes.  Oil changes should be done more frequently than tune-ups,  but that schedule is being extended as well to about every 5,000 to 7,500 miles ( check your manual ) - depending on the vehicle, engine size and driving - due to cleaner running engines and synthetically blended oils. Keep track of your mileage and consult with you mechanic, don't necessarily rely on the change oil light on the dash.

In any case, be sure to get an estimate for all work that is suggested and that you understand why the technician is recommending it. Working together with your trusted Mechanic, you can be reassured that you are safe on the road and keep your car running trouble-free!

 C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
4724 Pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA.

 North of the Airport
South of Ferndale
Exit 260  Off I-5

 

Motor or Engine Repair

Posted by Jason on October 1, 2017 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Did you know that CARS can repair 
your old motor, or put a new one in an old car and make 
your dreams come true. 
Before you replace the engine in your car, get a second
opinion from a trusted mechanic to ensure that you have
at least two mechanics in agreement that a new engine is
the only solution. When you bring the car to the second
mechanic, ask for a repair estimate to fix the oil leak
and to check the car out to see if the first mechanic is
wrong.

If you need to replace an engine, then you'll have to carefully consider if you want to make that kind of investment. You may want to research the reliability of the year, make and model of your specific car to see if it's likely to have any other problems that would result in costly repairs.

If your car is in good condition overall, then it may make sense to keep it since the engine repair -- even though it is the most expensive repair you are likely to make -- would still be cheaper than buying a new car. A car purchase would likely cost you $20,000 or more.

There are some terrific advantages to driving an old car, including cheaper car insurance and owning your car outright. But old cars need repairs, especially those that are five years old or older.  

While it's almost always cheaper to repair your used car instead of buying a new one, you need more information before you can make a solid financial decision. Find out the answers to these questions:

How much is your car worth?  What would it cost to replace it?    Assume for a moment that if you replaced your old car, you'd buy a new car that's a similar make and model. Do a bit of research online to determine what the new car would cost. Chances are it's at least $20,000 and possibly a lot more. 

How much does the repair cost? Get a couple of quotes on the cost of the job. You can stop by a few mechanics or dealers in your area and ask them to quote the job for you. While the cost of the parts is not likely to be much different -- if it is, ask why -- labor rates can vary from shop to shop and you can possibly save some money by choosing a different mechanic.

With repairs that are roughly equal to the value of your used car or less, it makes better financial sense to make the repair versus buy a new car, since even the most expensive repairs would most likely only equal about a year of car payments on a new car.

Today, most new cars are built to last 200,000 miles or more, with a few more expensive items often needing repair at the 100,000- to 120,000-mile mark. Once your car is paid off, put aside an amount that equals about 20 percent of what your car payment was each month for repairs. This money can be used for any necessary repairs, and any excess will make a nice down payment for your next car when you're ready to buy one.  About a year of car payments on a new car. 

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service in Bellingham WA. & we would be happy to help you get started on your New Motor for you Old CAR.

4724 Pacific Hwy. Bellingham WA.

Exit 260               Off I-5

 

 

 

 

Off Road - 4x4 - JEEP'S

Posted by Jason on September 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 This is the go any where, Do anything kind of vehicle.  It has been proven over and over again.

The Willys  was the first MB U.S. Army Jeep ( formally the Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4)  Manufactured from 1941 to 1945.   A small four-wheel drive utility vehicle.  An Iconic world War ll Jeep and it inspired many other light utility vehicles along the way.  This Jeep later evolved into the "CJ" or Civilian Jeep.   

The first Willys MB Jeeps were produced in 1941[1] with the first civilian models in 1945,[4] making it the oldest off-road vehicle and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand.

Now if you own some kind of a Jeep you probably take it off road once in a while or at least think about it. 

Here at CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service we can help get you set up to Go Off Road.

We have Tow ropes, hooks, wenches, rack's, bumper,  oh a whole lot of stuff.   So stop by and get you some toys to play with in the off Road and Snow. 

  
CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
                                                                                   (360) 922-0553
                                                                                   4724 Pacific Hwy.    Bellingham WA.
                                                                                    Exit 260    Off I-5
www.carsbellingham.com

 Let's go have some fun!

 

Complete Auto Repair -Oxygen Sensors - Bellingham WA.

Posted by Jason on September 1, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 Oxygen Sensor
 And
 What it Does

Oxygen Sensors measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gases and send a signal to the Engine Control Unit (ECU). The ECU monitors the signal and accordingly adjusts the amount of fuel entering the engine, keeping the air-fuel ratio closer to stoichiometric ratio. Thus, an Oxygen Sensor optimizes the performance and fuel efficiency and minimizes emissions.

High oxygen content in the exhaust gas indicates a lean mixture which affects performance and causes problems like knocking, misfire and may also damage the engine. Low oxygen content indicates a rich mixture which causes excess emissions and reduces the fuel economy.

 How many Oxygen Sensors are there in my vehicle and where they are located?

The number of oxygen sensor depends on the car make, model and mainly on the size and type of the engine. It also depends on the type of the OBD sensor: OBD-I or OBD-II.

In most cases, there are two oxygen sensors in a four cylinder engine. One is located on the exhaust manifold before the catalytic converter and another is located after the catalytic converter on the exhaust pipe. In V6 or V8 engines there are four oxygen sensors, two O2 sensors are located before catalytic converter on each cylinder bank and other two O2 sensors are located after catalytic converter on respective banks.

How Does the Oxygen Sensor Work?

 An Oxygen sensor is installed in such a way that one of its surfaces is in contact with the exhaust gas flow and another surface with the outside air. Oxygen sensors do not measure the concentration of the oxygen gas in the exhaust gas, but measure the difference between the amount of oxygen in the exhaust and in outside air.

 Based on the oxygen quantity in exhaust gases, voltage signals are provided constantly to the ECU so that it can maintain a stoichiometric air fuel ratio by regulating the fuel injection.

 What are Upstream Oxygen Sensors and Downstream Oxygen Sensors?

 The upstream oxygen sensor is located right before the catalytic converter. It is installed in the exhaust manifold or in the exhaust pipe near the engine. The role of the upstream oxygen sensor is to optimize the air-fuel ratio entering the engine. There can be one or two oxygen sensors depending on the number of cylinders.

 Upstream monitors the oxygen gas in the exhaust gas and provides a signal to the ECU whether the mixture is weak or rich. When there is a high level of oxygen in the exhaust gas, ECU assumes that the air-fuel mixture is lean - so it adds more fuel to the engine. And when there is low oxygen in the in the exhaust, the ECU assumes that the air-fuel mixture is rich and it reduces the fuel supply accordingly.

 The downstream oxygen sensor is located in the exhaust pipe after the catalytic converter. The role of the downstream oxygen sensor is to monitor the working and efficiency of the catalytic converter. There may be one or two oxygen sensors depending on the number of cylinders.

 The ECU compares the signal from upstream and downstream sensors. If the catalytic convertor is working properly, the amount of oxygen after the catalytic converter should be near to the specified constant value.

 If the signal from the downstream sensor varies from the constant value, this tells you that the catalytic converter is not working properly. Hence, the ECU switch on the ‘CHECK ENGINE’ light on the dash.

 Why and How Often should I change my Oxygen Sensor?

 Oxygen sensors play an important role in both fuel efficiency and engine performance. If Oxygen Sensors are not performing well, it leads to lowered performance of the engine and poor fuel efficiency which ultimately decreases your vehicle's driveability. Hence, it is of utmost importance to keep the Oxygen Sensors up to the mark for the longevity of your vehicle and to receive efficient performance from it.

 Every vehicle manufacturer has different recommendations on how often the oxygen sensor should be changed. It is specified at the beginning in terms of mileage or time period depending upon expected day to day use of the vehicle. However, it is strongly advised to get it checked at regular intervals as it depends upon gas-containment, as well as local weather.

 How do I know that my Oxygen Sensor is not working properly?

 There is no particular symptom that indicates malfunctioning of Oxygen Sensors.One case would be drastic decrease of fuel economy or mileage.   Also, you need to check your Oxygen Sensors if the engine is not responding quickly or showing less power while running. Other reasons may include engine hesitation, engine stalling, increased exhaust emission, rough idling and engine pinning.

 What are possible causes of Oxygen sensors to be damaged?

 Your car's Oxygen Sensor can get damaged from the following

■By incorrect use of silicone gasket sealers.

■Oil deposits on the outer surface.

■By Antifreeze

■If the engine runs on a rich air-fuel mixture for a long time

■By natural aging or accident shocks.

 We carry oxygen sensors of many brands. 

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service in Bellingham WA.
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham WA.  98226
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
North of Bellingham WA.      /      South of Ferndale WA.

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Headlight Repair - Bellingham / Ferndale WA.

Posted by Jason on August 1, 2017 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Complete Auto Repair Service
C.A.R.S.

Bellingham Auto Repair
4724 Pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA. 98226
(360) 922 0553
www.carsbellingham.com

Headlights
H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge)

If you find your head lights are too dim, you might like to add H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge) lights to add brightness.
Restoring you old lights can also help keep lights birghter. We have restoration kits to help you make your old lights like new again.
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service = (360) 922-0553  

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Clutch Repair at CARS Auto Repair - Bellingham WA.

Posted by Jason on July 15, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Clutch Repair

The clutch in your vehicle works by applying force against a flywheel mated to your engine using a clutch disc and pressure plate. The clutch is made of friction material and is designed to "grab" the flywheel as it turns. 

 Over time, your clutch disc will wear down and begin to slip. When this happens, you will have trouble accelerating in any gear because the clutch will lose the ability to "grab" the flywheel. At this point, the clutch disc will need to be fixed.  

 Come See the experts at Complete Auto Repair Service = C.A.R.S.  to help you diagnose your clutch problems and get your car back on the road.

 4724 Pacific Highway
Bellingham WA. 98226
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
North of Bellingham WA.  / South of Ferndale WA.
Exit 260  /  Off I-5

 


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