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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 (1)

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

 

Radiator Repair - Bellingham WA - CARS,

Posted by Jason on July 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (1)

RADIATOR REPAIR

 

     Most people know the green stuff in your radiator keeps your engine from turning into a block of ice in the winter, but did you know that it also helps keep things cool in the summer? All too often people are driving around with just water in their radiator because they think they don't need the green stuff until it gets cold. 

     Radiator coolant actually raises the boiling point of the water, allowing it to carry more heat away from the engine, and that means cooler running. If you're running low, things can get steamy fast.

     Luckily it only takes a second to check your coolant level. Most cars these days have an opaque coolant overflow tank right next to the radiator. It's white plastic, but you can see inside to see if there's enough juice to keep things safe. You'll also see markings on the side telling you the low and high levels to work with. Always check your coolant level when the car is cold.

     If your levels are good, no need to go any further, enjoy the peace of mind. But if you're low, you'll need to top it off. Your engine takes a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. In the old days, you had to make measurements yourself and test the mixture to get it right. But since we live in the age of convenience, you can now buy premixed coolant that's ready to pour. For a simple topping off, I recommend going this route. It might cost a buck more, but you're in for much less mess.

:)The best way to prevent over heating is doing regular maintenance on your vehicle.

If your engine is overheating shortly after you leave, or it heats up even on short trips, you should check the following possible causes and repair suggestions.

Possible Causes:

1.Engine coolant level may be very low.

The Fix: Refill coolant to proper level.

2. Engine's drive belts may be broken or slipping.

The Fix: Tighten or replace belts.

3. The electric cooling fan may not be coming on.

The Fix: Repair or replace cooling fan. Repair wiring. Replace cooling fan temp sensor.

4. The ignition timing may be set wrong.

The Fix: Adjust ignition timing.

5. There may be a vacuum leak.

The Fix: Check and replace vacuum lines as required.

6. The engine may have mechanical problems.

The Fix: Check compression to determine engine condition.

7. The engine's thermostat may be stuck closed.

The Fix: Replace thermostat.

8. There may be a leak in the cooling system.

The Fix: Repair leak and refill coolant. Cylinder head gasket(s) may be bad.

The Fix: Replace cylinder head gasket(s).

Stay Safe and on the Road with  CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham WA. 98226
(360) 922- 0553
www.carsbellingham.com

North of Bellingham WA. / South of Ferndale WA.
Exit 260   /    Off I-5

 

 

How to Choose Auto Repair Shop / C.A.R.S. Bellingham

Posted by Jason on June 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2)

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Serive
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
Exit 260 Off I-5

Bellingham Wa. = Service Tips

How to pick a service center.

1) Do your homework before taking your vehicle for service: I know, we all hate home work and don't have time but it will save you heart ach in the end.

So, Shop around before you need one. you will make a better decision when your not rushed.
1) Ask Friends + Word of mouth
2) Look for vehicles of equal value
3) Good equipment
4) Is there evidence of qualified technicians? diplomas, certificates, advanced training, ASE
5) Start with a simple job = oil change, wiper blades, batterie.

2) Once you choose a Repair Shop ...
1) Discribe symptoms or supply a written list of recent problems.
( sounds, vibrations, odors, lights, change in engine performance or handling, braking, steering...)
2) Don't rush for an on the spot diagnosis.
Ask to be called for costs, course of acton. ( Don't forget to leave a phone number / e-mail )
3) Understand shop policies about = Labor rates, guarantees, and payment methods.

3) Follow - up ...
1) Keep GOOD records: All Service and repair paperwork!
2) Reward good service with repeat business. This also establishes a relationship.
3) If the service was not all you expected. - Don't rush to another shop.
( discuss the problem or issue with manager or owner. Give them a chance to resolve the problem.)
A Reputable shop will value there customers feedback & try to make things right.

Happy Trails To You Complete Auto Repair Service = CARS

South of Ferndale WA. / North of Bellingham  / Off I-5 Exit 260

 

Summer TimeTravel =CARS Auto Repair

Posted by Jason on June 15, 2017 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Complete Auto Repair Service
(CARS
)
4724 Pacific Hwy Bellingham Wa. 98226
www.carsbellingham.com
(360)922-0553

Summer Time Travel

Is your car/truck ready for summer time travel?? Think about having your vehicle checked out! It does'nt matter how fast the vehicle goes if it won't stop. Stop by for a free brake inspection, we'll also check the belts, hoses & fluids, important for the long summer road trips.

Also think about checking your tire pressure often ( you can loose as much as 15% fuel milage with low tires ). Make sure your windows are clean and the wiper blades are good for those peskey summer showers.

Call today for and Appointment.
(360) 922-0553

www.carsbellingham.com
Exit: 260 Off I-5    MAP / Directions

Near = I-5 Antique Mall,  Silver Reef Casino,  Bellingham International Airport

Local Shop with Local Employees

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Car Maintenance. Is it time?

Posted by Jason on June 1, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Dirty air Filter

Do You need a new Filter?
Well, 

      Sometimes, your mechanic is talking about the engine air filter, which keeps dust and debris away from essential moving parts, and sometimes the mechanic is referring to your cabin air filter, which is attached to the car's HVAC system and cleans air coming in through the vents to the passenger and driver.

     In both cases, the mechanic tells you just how dirty your filter is and then shows it to you. Inevitably, it will be black and dusty, and a few smacks loosen built-up debris.  Always make sure the filter you're seeing is the one from your car and know when your filters need replacement. Cabin air filters, for example, should be replaced every 15,000 to 20,000 miles and are usually found in the glove box or under the dash of the passenger front seat. If your windows are getting filmy or you have a cabin smell it might be time to change them.  

Finding a reputable, licensed mechanic helps you sidestep  scam's. 

The importance of good records

Most owners don't use it, but the owner's manual for your vehicle has a handy tracking sheet for recording when your oil changes were completed and at what mileage, along with reminders for other service work such as tire rotations or transmission flushes. 

Beyond the manual, it's just as critical for you to keep good records of any work done to your vehicle. This way, if a mechanic tries to overcharge you for car repairs you'll see it coming. You'll know exactly what kind of oil you need, when your air filters were changed and what type of work has been done to your car over its lifetime.

Happy record Keeping from

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
(360) 922 - 0553
www.carsbellingham.com 
Exit 260   Off I-5
N. of Bellingham International Air Port
S. of Ferndale WA.

 

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Muffler & Exhaust Repair Bellingham WA.

Posted by Jason on May 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Free Exhaust Inspection

..Swing by and let us take a look at your Mufflers & Exhaust. We can make it  louder / quieter, bigger / smaller,
 single / dual, what ever you might need. We offer cusom and factory replacments so stop on by and get your new exhaust for your car, truck or motorcycle.

Complete Auto Repair Service = C.A.R.S.
4724 pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA. 98226
(360) 922-0553 
www.carsbellingham.com


North of Bellingham WA.  Exit 260    Off I-5
South of Ferndale WA.                    Map

 

Jeep Toy's at Cars = Compete Auto Repair Service

Posted by Jason on May 1, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

   Jeep Toys is What we do.

Moab is a good place to play

and you need a good toy to play with.
Why not let CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service in Bellingham WA.  help get your Jeep ready for play. 

Then come back and share stories with us. 
CARS= Complete Auto Repair Service 
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham WA.
www.carsbellingham.com
(360) 922-0553

Exit 260   Off I-5


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