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CARS Newsletter

 Welcome to Complete Auto Repair Service = C.A.R.S.

NEWS LETTER

Thank you for letting us help you with all of your Car care needs!
Motors, Exhaust, Mufflers, oil change, Electrical and more....

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Happy Thanksgiving from Cars

Posted by D on November 23, 2021 at 11:35 PM

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
5640 Barrett Rd
Ferndale WA.
www.carsbellingham.com



UPDATE Flooding in Whatcom and CARS

Posted by D on November 18, 2021 at 2:10 AM

UPDATE 11/17/2021

We'll hopefully be open Monday.... Great people (family, friends and customers) helping out. got some BIG Drying equipment coming tonight. We'll start contacting scheduled customers as soon as we can.

Thanks everyone!!!

11/16/2021 Heads up, we will be closed for undetermined amount of time due to Flooding, maybe indefinitely....prayers to everyone. Come help fill sand bags at city hall to protect others.

 

* Make appointment by phone. * 360-922-0553

* We have a key drop off.

* www.carsbellingham.com

5640 Barrett Rd.

Ferndale WA. 98248

Be safe and be kind, Jason and Crew

Flooding In Whatcom and CARS

Posted by D on November 17, 2021 at 1:25 PM

CARS Complete Auto Repair Service


     11/16/2021 Heads up, we will be closed for undetermined amount of time
because of Flooding, maybe indefinitely....prayers to everyone.
     Come help fill sand bags at city hall to protect others.
    The Crew at CARS would like to thank all of our Customers for helping keep us afloat with your Support During the Covid.  This is just one more Challenge to Concor .  We will keep you Posted.  
THank you.

Photos = https://photos.app.goo.gl/Y6LpdD5dCWKysMKZ8

Veterans Day

Posted by D on November 11, 2021 at 6:15 AM

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  Thank You From Complete Auto Repair

Jeeps, Trucks, Cars - Gifts for all - Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on November 1, 2021 at 7:30 AM

Bellingham Complete Auto Repair Gift Idea's

We are now headed into the Holiday Season 

October is a good month to start thinking about what you would like to do for Holiday Gifts.

Please keep us in mind when thinking of gifts for this season. to Shop Local .

We have many options when thinking of gift to keep your loved one's safe this year and next as well as fun options for your Automobile. Why not stop by C.A.R.S = Complete Auto Repair Service and lets talk about what you could get for Gifts for that special person in your life.

How about some Oil Changes, Wiper Blades, Brakes, or Maybe a New Muffler Set UP ! How about some New Headlights. LED's, We can equip your 4 x 4 with winch, straps, hooks, bar light LED's  and more...

When it comes to Car Repair near Bellingham or Ferndale WA. we offer a lot. Stop by and let's put our heads together for some great Gift Idea's for you. Thank you for shopping Local this year, what a great old, new tradition.

NEW LOCATION END OF APRIL 2019  - (360) 922-0553
C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service    MAP

        

www.carsbellingham.com  

5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248    /  Exit 262      Off I-5
North of Bellingham WA. international Air Port
- Near:
- WECU (credit Union)     - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)
- Ferndale Taco Bell
- McDonalds


 

Complete Auto Repair Gift Idea's

Posted by D on November 1, 2021 at 3:00 AM

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
5640 Barrett Rd.
Ferndale WA 98248
  (360) 922-0553 
www.carsbellingham.com 
Exit 262                Off I-5

      North of Bellingham / South of Ferndale


Shop Local

Preventative CARS Care

Posted by D on October 15, 2021 at 8:10 PM

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
5640 Barrett Rd.
Ferndale WA. 98248

 North of the Airport
Exit 262  Off I-5

 

Halloween in Whatcom County, Ferndale, Bellingham

Posted by D on October 3, 2021 at 9:25 PM


Halloween Time 

Find New Activitys and Events In Whatcom County for October!

At: Whatcom.kidinsider.com

From the Crew at:  CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
5640 Barrett Rd.
Ferndale Wa.  98248

Gas Saving /Bellingham Auto Repair

Posted by D on October 1, 2021 at 8:45 PM

C.A.R.S. = Car Care Articles

Gas-Saving Tips for Your Auto

 Whatever your motivation, here are some gas saving tips

Keep your engine "tuned up." A well-maintained engine operates at peak efficiency, maximizing gas mileage. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today's high-tech engines, it's wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.

Monitor tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.

Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage.

Consolidate trips and errands. Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.

Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.

Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.

Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.

Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on-assuming that the system is in good working order. But turn the air conditioning off in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.

These conservation tips should not only save gasoline, they'll help extend the life of your vehicle. Win-win, indeed.

Complete Auto Repair Service =   (C.A.R.S.)       Exit 262 / Off I-5
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com

 5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA.  98248

Wiper blade's CARS

Posted by D on September 15, 2021 at 12:20 PM

 

Rejuvenate Worn Wiper Blades

Nothing wears windshield wipers down faster than accumulated winter grime. The Mud and salt leave streaks that make it hard to see. An easy remedy is to pour a bit of rubbing alcohol onto a cloth or rag and use it to clean the wiper blade edges.

The solvents in the alcohol dissolve the dirt so your blades will make a clean sweep.
To prolong the  wiper blades, don't tug  them free from the windshield on cold mornings and don't switch them on to help scrape away the ice and frost. ( both of these tare or otherwise damage the rubber blade.

You might try 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle to help break up the ice on the window.  Scrape the Window.  Let it clear off from the heat in the car. Park in the sun.

Choose the right blade for you make and model of Vehicale.

Enjoy your Winter


(360) 922 0553
www.carsbellingham.com 

NEW LOCATION THE END OF APRIL 2019
5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248 United States
Exit 262 Off I-5



Winter Tips for your CARS

Posted by D on September 1, 2021 at 12:10 PM

Winterize you CARS

Out Smart the ice and snow

1) DE-ICE LOCKS

     Hand sanitizer gel  - The simple fix for a frozen - shut car lock.  Squirt hand sanitizer onto your key, pump the key in and out of the lock, then slowly - without forcing it - try turning the key.  Repeat until it opens.  This works because hand sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol.  Alcohol has a lower freezing point than water." according to Michael Calkins of AAA.  Since the alcohol strips away the oils, make sure you spray with some WD-40 after doing this to rubricate the lock and keep it from refreezing.  You can also heat the key with a match.

2) Keep windows clean
     Shaving Cream - It has a lot of the same ingredients as commercial de-foggers. Just spray a layer on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean.

3) Prevent Frost
     Cat Litter - Just leave it in your car overnight. The litter will absorb moisture (and odor!).  This also works good for traction in the snow under the tires!  Cardboard also works fro traction.

4)  All around good Item
     Socks - Used for wiping windows,.  Put over shoes for traction when pushing car.  *Gloves, to keep kitty liter in to keep car dry.  *Keep your to put over feet make sure you keep them warm and dry if you get stuck.

 tip: Don't leave open containers of liquid or water in your car overnight, those will evaporate and turn into fog or frost.

Enjoy your Winter Month's
from

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com

Oxygen Sensors

Posted by D on September 1, 2021 at 9:10 AM

The Story of:  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.
5640 Barrett Rd. 
Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
North of Bellingham WA.  

Keeping you informed !

New or Motor Rebuild CARS

Posted by D on August 30, 2021 at 6:40 PM

New or Motor Engine Rebuild  = Auto Restoration

We have been busy rebuilding Motors for Jeep's, Truck's, Off Road and more.  Fancy or fun,  Take a look!                                           

https://www.carsbellingham.com/apps/photos/

Just think what your toy will look like ! 

Get your Motor  Rebuilt  today.       Stop by, let's talk about what we can do!

5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248 - Exit 262 Off I-5
(360) 922-0553 


 www.carsbellingham.com 
  Exit 260    Off I-5


 

Mufflers and Exhaust by CARS

Posted by D on August 16, 2021 at 1:20 AM

Complete Auto Repair Service

Mufflers and Exhaust = Jeep's, Truck's, Cars ...

1. What is a muffler?

A muffler is a device that is part of your vehicle’s exhaust system. The function of a muffler is to reduce the amount of noise that comes from your vehicle’s engine. The design of the muffler includes steel pipes with chambers inside that have been tuned like an instrument to reflect and cancel most of the noise coming from your engine.

 2. What are the benefits of using a high performance muffler?

Not only do high performance mufflers reduce the amount of noise your car makes, they also help increase the efficiency, power output and the performance of your engine. High performance mufflers reduce the amount of back pressure in the exhaust system allowing the engine to work more efficiently. If you really want to give your vehicle a jump start, you should choose a muffler pipe that is larger in diameter and has better air intake like a “cold air intake” style.
 3. What types of mufflers are there?

Some of our products include:  Flowmaster                   
                                                        Dyomax
                                                        MagnaFlow 
                                                              and more.....                             

4. How do I know which type of muffler will be best for me?

Most people don’t have a lot of knowledge about mufflers which is why most people feel a little confused and overwhelmed when choosing a muffler for their vehicle. That is where we come in.  We have the knowledge and skills to best help you make your decision.  We take the time to find out which type of muffler will more than meet your needs. We want our customers to know that we are here and eager to answer any question or concern you may have.

 5. How do I know if I need to repair or replace my muffler?

That is a good question. If your muffler is leaking, been bent or become rusted, chances are it is time for it to be replaced.  We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the condition of your muffler.

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

5640 Barrett Rd.   Ferndale WA.  98248

www.carsbellingham.com
(360) 922-0553

Exit 262    OFF  I-5     MAP / Directions          (360) 922-0553

Near =   - WECU (credit Union)    - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)
- Ferndale Taco Bell
- McDonald's  Tacco Time
              Open M - F = 8 - 5  Sat. By Apt.

 

 

 

 

FAQ - Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on August 1, 2021 at 11:25 AM

Complete Auto Repair Service - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Do you need an appointment for an oil change or other repair work?
A: Most of the time Yes, but give us a call or drop by and if we are not busy we will fit you in. 

Q: Do you accept drop ins?
A: For the fastest service, an appointment is recommended. You can call us at (360) 922-0553 
to arrange a time. Some services such as a wiper blade or
light bulb change can be done on a drop in basis, or if time allows.  

Q: What Credit Cards do you accept?
A: We accept cash and most major credit cards Visa, Master Card, Discover, Credit or Debit cards

Q: How much does it cost to repair...?
A: We need to inspect your vehicle to see exactly what the problem is and what parts are required to properly fix the problem and provide an accurate estimate.      

Please call us to make an appointment at = (360) 922-0553

Q: Do you perform 30k, 60k, and 90k Services that a dealer does?
A: Yes, We can do all the services a dealer does. We use genuine original equipment parts or better and your factory warranty will still be in effect.

Q: How late can I pick my car up?
A: Our hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon - Fri, by Apt. on Sat. and vehicles can be picked up between those hours. Other arrangements can be made for after hours pickup.
Key Drop Off service is also available before 8 am.

Q: Do you have towing services available?
A: Yes! It would be our pleasure to arrange a tow for you, where ever you happen to be. Just give us a call!

Q: What days/hours are you open?
A: Our hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon - Fri, by Apt. on Sat. and vehicles can be picked up between those hours. Other arrangements can be made for after-hours pickup.

Key Drop Off service is also available before 8 am.

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

 www.carsbellingham.com 
Exit 262   Off I-5

5640 Barrett Rd.    Ferndale WA. 98248

 

 NEAR   - WECU (credit Union)       - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)    
- Ferndale Taco Bell
- McDonald

 

Yes we do work on JEEP's !



 

Clutch Repair at CARS Auto Repair

Posted by D on July 15, 2021 at 5:20 PM

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.

5640 Barrett Rd. 
Ferndale WA.  98248
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
North of Bellingham WA.  / South of Ferndale WA.
Exit 262  /  Off I-5

 

Radiator Repair - Bellingham WA - CARS,

Posted by D on July 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM

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
5640 Barrett Rd
Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922- 0553
www.carsbellingham.com

North of Bellingham WA.
Exit 262  /    Off I-5

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

Posted by D on June 15, 2021 at 4:45 PM

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Serive
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
Exit 262 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

 North of Bellingham  / Off I-5 Exit 262

 

Car Maintenance. Is it time?

Posted by D on June 1, 2021 at 8:10 PM

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 and thank you for your support from:

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

5640 Barrett Rd.
Ferndale WA. 98248

www.carsbellingham.com 
Exit 262   Off I-5
N. of Bellingham International Air Port



Summer TimeTravel =CARS Auto Repair

Posted by D on May 15, 2021 at 7:25 AM

Complete Auto Repair Service
(CARS
)
5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA.  98248
www.carsbellingham.com
(360)922-0553

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: 262 Off I-5   

Across from:

- WECU (credit Union)

- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart

- Ferndale YMCA (next to)

 - Taco Bell - McDonald

 Local Shop with Local Employees




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