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

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Thank you for letting us help you with all of your Car care needs!
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Owning a JEEP CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on January 2, 2021 at 12:15 AM

 

Things you should do when owning a JEEP

#1 – Find a good auto mechanic.

Jeeps are dependable,  they are. It’s just that having work done on this type of rig requires considerable knowledge and expertise — particularly for older, manual models.

Plus, as the owner of a sport vehicle, I can assure you that regular maintenance and upkeep are now part of your future

#2 – Eliminate the death wobble.

Although the attention-grabbing name (death wobble) may be a little overly dramatic, any Jeep — and, really any 4×4 — is likely to wobble at certain speeds, thereby causing a potentially dangerous situation in terms of rollover potential.

This wobbling, which occurs because of vibration in the front wheels, typically is the result of an overloaded front suspension system.  There are lot of special parts and add-ons when it comes to Jeeps. These components — such as lift kits or big tires — can easily throw off alignment.   It’s important to make sure that any stock parts are bolted down correctly and not interfering with the streamlining of your system.

#3 – Learn the Jeep wave.

As a Jeep owner, you’re part of a special club.

People who drive Jeeps consider themselves a unique band of adventurers who enjoy all things about this classic American car.   One of the most basic ways to recognize and show respect and solidarity among drivers on the road is through the Jeep wave (yes, there really is such a thing) — which involves a specific hand gesture to a Jeep driver passing you on the other side of the road.

#4 –Relax and have fun. 

 This  may go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many Jeep owners garage their rigs or treat them as trophy vehicles — thereby missing out on the true fun of owning this type of ride.
Go out and have fun,  there is mud Bogging,  Rock claiming, camping, snow run,  Geocaching , Moab, Jeep Jamboree USA and much more.

 

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

Keep on Jeeping!

- NEAR: Ferndale Exit 262  - WECU (credit Union)     - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)
- Ferndale Taco Bell
- McDonald


Winch - Gotta have one!

Posted by D on January 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM


Complete Auto Repair Service = C.A.R.S. thanks you for your support.

Winch = Gotta have one! 

     Picking recovery equipment for your vehicle is a bit like selecting a 4wd.  First, you need to examine where, when and what you are going to be doing - then selecting the equipment most suitable.

I tend to overkill on the equipment I carry around, mainly because I have been stuck in situations where I had wished I had brought such and such along. But then again I go looking for it. Its my job and my hobby!!

 I carry many other Items for your Off Road adventures.

How Often and how hard will you probably use the winch?
This is an important factor in deciding what type of winch motor you will want to buy. We can help you with that decision.

What is your budget?
For many of us, it all comes down to available dollars and this is what is going to dictate what winch we are going to buy.  We have to be frugal. So for those of use on a budget, we have to decide how much money we have available. This dollar amount will have to cover the winch, the accessories and possibly a new front bumper or mounting kit, &  installation.
Battery
The battery is an integral part of of your electrical system. Without it, you're practically dead in the water, or dead on the trail miles from civilization and help, so you may choose to have a second battery.

 Winch kit
With your winch, it would be worthwhile having a ground anchor, extension strap(s) and winch kit.

We love our toy's don't we? a Winch makes it more fun. One brand I carry is BULLDOG, it offers an extensive line of Truck, Mid-Range and ATV winches with a broad assortment of accessories designed for the off-road and racing enthusiast.

If your getting out on the raod or out in the wilderness we can help you build your TOY!

Happy trails to you!
 Complete Auto Repair Service  = C.A.R.S.
www.carsbellingham.com
5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553


  Exit 262     /   Off I-5
Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
Ferndale YMCA (next to)
- Taco Bell - McDonald


 

 


A Pictue is worth a Thousand Words

Posted by D on December 31, 2020 at 7:40 AM

 CARS would like to

wish you a

GREAT NEW YEAR in 2021 !

To A Better Year. 

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
www.carsbellingham.com

(306) 922 -0553
5640 barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA. 98248
Exit 262   Just off I-5 

- Across from: - WECU (credit Union)- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA   -(next to) Ferndale Park and Ride - Taco Bell  - McDonalds



Merry Christmas from CARS

Posted by D on December 20, 2020 at 6:55 PM

 CARS,

Would like to Thank all of our Customers who have made our Success  Possible.  Have a Great Christmas, enjoy your family's, and stay safe on the road.  

Merry Christmas from Complete Auto Repair Service

Happy Holiday's

Posted by D on December 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's to you.

 

It has been one heck of a year don't you think?

The Crew at CARS

would like to Thank each and everyone of you

who helped us stay in business by

continuing to come by during the struggles of this years

hard times.

We hope you can enjoy your Holiday Season remembering the closeness you have had with your family and friends

spend time during the difficult times and continue the good memories you made into the new year.

Take care and stay safe! The Crew from CARS


 

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by D on November 21, 2020 at 2:45 AM

Happy Thanksgiving

During the year CARS hopes you have been able to be thankful for Family and Friends. It has been one heck of a ride in 2020. May we be Thankful to making it this far and being able to endure. To better times! The Crew at CARS = Complete Auto Repair service.

Veterans Day

Posted by D on November 12, 2020 at 12:55 AM

Veterans Day

A big Thank You to all the Veterans who have given us here in the US

the privilege of being able do what we enjoy.

May you all have a wonderful holiday.

Thank you.

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


Muffler / Exhaust CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on November 1, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Mufflers and Exhaust

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. 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.

 3. What types of mufflers are there?
Some of our products include:
Flowmaster 
FlowMax
MagnaFlow 

 4. 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.

5. 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.

They Make Great Gifts !

Complete Auto Repair Service ( C.A.R.S. )
5640 barrett Rd
Ferndale WA.  98248  (New Address)
www.carsbellingham.com

(360) 922-0553

Exit 262 OFF I-5      MAP / Directions

- Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)


Tires = Bellingham / Ferndale Auto Repair

Posted by D on October 15, 2020 at 3:00 AM

TIRE  CARS

Tire pressure is a measure of the amount of air in a vehicle's tires, in pounds per square inch. The required service involves checking the tires' pressure with a pressure gauge, at least monthly, if not more frequently. But then you knew that.

Why do I have to do this?     Having the proper tire pressure is a crucial safety issue. Next to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety devices on your car. Incorrect tire pressure will compromise cornering, braking and stability. And in the worst-case scenario, improper tire pressure can lead to tire failure — and a serious accident. Incorrect tire pressure also will affect your comfort, fuel economy and tire life.

What happens if I don't do this?     If tire pressure is too high, then less of the tire touches the ground. As a consequence, your car will bounce around on the road. And when your tires are bouncing instead of firmly planted on the road, traction suffers and so do your stopping distances. You'll also feel a decrease in ride comfort. (Hint: If you notice that every tie you own has coffee on it, check your tire pressure. It may be too high.)

C.A.R.S. Tire Pressure:    

Most vehicles list tire pressure requirements on one of the door posts, most often the driver's.

     If tire pressure is too low, then too much of the tire's surface area touches the ground, which increases friction between the road and the tire. As a result, not only will your tires wear prematurely, but they also could overheat. Overheating can lead to tread separation — and a nasty accident. One sign of low tire pressure is if your tires squeal when cornering.

     You need to check your tire pressure even if your tires aren't leaking. Why? Because tire pressure also changes with the temperature outside. Tire pressure decreases by about 1 pound per square inch for every 10-degree drop in outside air temperature. So if you last had your tire pressure checked in July, when it was 80 degrees outside, and it's now January — and the temperature is minus 20 — your tires may be underinflated by 10 pounds, which is dangerous.

Tire Rotation:     We know that all tires rotate. But we're talking about another kind of rotation — rotating tires to different corners of the car and maybe even reversing the direction in which they turn. 
     Many tires are rotated front-to-back and side-to-side, but some tires are directional, which means they're only supposed to turn in one direction. They have to stay on the same side of the car. Directional tires often have arrows on the tire's sidewall to show you the direction in which they should turn.

If you're not sure which kind of tires you have, check with your mechanic.

Should I do this service when it's recommended?
    The financial benefit of rotating tires is that you'll increase the useful life of the tire. Instead, you can ask your mechanic to rotate your tires when they're already off your car for another service, such as a brake repair. th
ey may do it for Less.

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service     Exit 262   /Off I-5
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA. 98248

(360) 922-0553


- Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA 

Thank you for your continued patronage and keeping us in business during these hard times.  We can't be in Business without your.


Dealer warranty FAQ

Posted by D on October 1, 2020 at 9:15 PM

Dealer Warranty - DID YOU KNOW

F.A.Q. you don't know about:
You are not required to take your vehicle to the dealer in order to maintain your warranty.
A warranty cannot require the use of a specific brand of replacement parts offered by your selling dealer. 
 No matter the brand of vehicle you drive - foreign or domestic - we can help protect you and your vehicle's warranty.

1.   Do I have to use the manufacturer's original equipment parts to keep my warranty valid?
    Automakers cannot specify which parts are used to complete your vehicle's service. You may use any brand-name quality parts to replace fan belts, hoses,
brakes, exhaust or chassis parts and more.

  2.  How does the quality of after market parts compare with original equipment parts?
     Some are manufactured by the same supplier and may even be warranted longer than original equipment (OE) parts. Some aftermarket (AM) parts supplied meet or exceed manufacturers' specifications.

 3.  What do I have to do to keep my car or truck's warranty in effect?
     Make sure your vehicle is serviced at the intervals specified in your owner's manual or warranty booklet and keep clear records of your vehicle's maintenance. Be sure to have the date, parts installed, vehicle identification number and mileage recorded on the invoice. Keep these receipts in a safe place. If you have a service log in your owner's manual or warranty booklet, use it.

  4. What parts should be replaced and at what intervals should these services be performed?
Check your owner's manual. It will give you all of the information you need regarding specific parts and service intervals. Make sure to read it thoroughly and note any exceptions or severe service notations. Warranties are there to protect the consumer, but you must follow the requirements.

 5.  What if my new car needs repairs other than regularly scheduled maintenance such as a brake job or other repairs?  Do I have to return to the dealer for these repairs? What if these repairs are covered under my warranty?
      
The choice of where to have your car serviced and repaired is yours. However, sometimes you will probably have to take the car back to the dealer for any repairs covered under there warranty. Thoroughly check your warranty to be certain which repairs are covered.

 6. My car is a leased vehicle. Am I responsible for maintenance?
    
Even if you lease a vehicle you are responsible for all maintenance and repairs to keep the vehicle in good working order as outlined in the owner's manual.

 Make Appointments : www.carsbellingham.com
                                   (360) 922-0553

Complete Auto Repair Service = C.A.R.S.
New Address
5640 barrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248

Exit 262    OFF I-5     MAP / Directions

Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)

             Local Shop, Local Employees Thank you for your support .

 

 

New Headlight Whatcom Auto Repair

Posted by D on September 15, 2020 at 3:15 AM

Headlights

Maybe you just need brighter lights so you can see the road better. Try the new LED lights.  These lights last longer and draw much less energy.

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Serive
(360) 922 -0553
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA.  98248
www.carsbellingham.com
North of Bellingham WA
. Exit 262 = OFF I-5

- Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)

Reviews are appreciated
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Thank you for your support during hard times this year.  

Car Saftey Tips. Auto Repair WA.

Posted by D on September 1, 2020 at 5:00 AM

School Time CAR Safety Check
CARS Would like to say Thank you for your continued support during hard times.

With summer ending and the start of school just around the corner, it is time to do a safety check on your CARS.

Tip #1: Check your tires for correct inflation. How much tread do you have? ( make sure you look at the inside tread also) . Rotate your tires. 

Tip #2: Texting is a NO, NO ! Don’t drive distracted. About 80% of all auto related deaths and injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year. For all of you who are putting on makeup while driving, texting on cell phones, fiddling around with your GPS system, or eating drive-thru meals , your ability to focus on your primary task of driving is greatly diminished. Do all of this before or after you begin driving. 

Talk on a hands-free cell phone system. Many new cars, like the KIA, have hands-free cell phone system, now. With all due respect, with all the technology we have for hand-free cell phone systems, it’s time for you to upgrade to one. For the safety of everyone. 

Tip #3: Check your lights it will be getting dark earlier.  

Tip #4: Fluid levels

Tip #5: Check your Batteries, they tend to out if they are older when it gets cold.

We are here to help you with your Auto Repair Needs.
Complete Auto Repair Service
(360) 922-0553
Exit 262 Off I-5
5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA 98248

Across from:- WECU (credit Union)- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart

- Ferndale YMCA (next to)

- Taco Bell - McDonald



 

Gas - Which Side? Auto Repair Bellingham. Ferndale

Posted by D on August 15, 2020 at 8:50 AM

Not sure which side to fill up your Gas on?

Look at your Gas gauge.

Look for the arrow next to the gas gauge.

What ever direction it points is the side your Gas Gauge is on! 



CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
(360) 922-0553
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA.  98248
Exit 262    Off I-5   

- Across from: - WECU (credit Union) - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA  -  (next to) Ferndale Park & Ride

 

CLOSE TO:- Taco Bell  - McDonalds


CAR Care = Auto Repair Bellingham, Ferndale

Posted by D on August 1, 2020 at 8:20 PM

Wondering how to care for your car?

     The most common question we hear from consumers is, “What do I need to do to take care of my car and avoid big repair bills?”

The answer is simple: establish and follow a maintenance plan.

A maintenance plan is essential for protecting your automotive investment — and maximizing the reliability and safety of your vehicle. The best place to start is by reading your owner’s manual, where you’ll find the manufacturer’s recommendations and maintenance schedules based on your driving patterns and habits.

    You’ll also need to find a good repair shop. (That would be us - Complete Auto Repair Service = ( C.A.R.S.). The most important thing to look for is whether they have ASE-Certified Technicians on staff. You’ll also need to know how to communicate properly and effectively to avoid misunderstandings that can increase repair and diagnostic costs.

So exactly how do you do all of this? Easy!

First,  Once at the repair establishment, be prepared to describe the symptoms; but do not suggest a specific course of repair. Don't expect an on-the-spot diagnosis, but ask to be apprised of the problem, course of action, and costs before work begins. And, be sure you understand policies regarding diagnostic fees, labor rates, return of old parts, and guarantees.

Learn to be Green;

  • Slow down = Speeding and hard accelerations waste gasoline. Use cruise-control on highways. When waiting for friends or family, shut off the engine. Consolidate daily errands.
  • Lighten up =Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle to reduce weight.
  • Don't pollute = Dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze/coolant, and old batteries properly. Keep the engine running at its peak-a misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Replace filters and fluids as recommended by the owner's manual.
  • Get pumped = Keep the tires properly inflated and aligned. Under-inflated tires waste fuel by forcing the vehicle's engine to work harder. Moreover, properly maintained tires last longer, saving you money and lessening the burden at landfills.
  • Know your limitations = If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, find a good technician. Ask friends for recommendations. Check the reputation of the repair shop with your local consumer group. Check out the technicians' credentials. ASE-certified professionals have passed one or more national exams in specialties such as engine performance and air conditioning.
  • Your car's air conditioner should be serviced only by a technician certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. The air conditioners in older vehicles contain ozone-depleting chemicals, which can be released into the atmosphere through improper service.

Instant karma = In addition to helping the environment, routine maintenance will help your vehicle last longer, get better gas mileage.

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

 Exit 262 / Off I-5 - Across from: - WECU (credit Union) - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- (Next to) Ferndale YMCA , Ferndale Park and Ride.

 

CLOSE TO:  - Taco Bell  - McDonalds


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Auto Repair

Posted by D on July 15, 2020 at 11:55 AM

Bellingham - Ferndale Wa. 
Complete Auto Repair Service =  CARS
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA.  98248

     www.carsbellingham.com    

Feedback always welcome!
(360) 922-0553

Welcome : We are Mechanic’s that have Experience working with domestic and foreign cars and trucks. We BACK UP OUR WORK WITH FAIR PRICES. We can do various Types of work to any car, truck, or diesels. We have Built Custom Hot Rods to Mud trucks, to one of a kind cars. We have Experience with just about every car out there on the road.

Local Shop with Local Employees

Exit: 262 Off I-5          MAP / Directions

Across from:- WECU (credit Union)- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart

Next To: -Ferndale YMCA  - Ferndale WA. Park & Ride

- Taco Bell  - McDonalds

We work on Motors/ Tranny Work /mufflers / Exhaust, Old Cars, Jeeps,  Performance parts, preventive maintenance services, such as, Oil change, tune UP,  Radiator. flushes, fuel filters, air filters and Spark plugs, wires, electical and much more...

We opened our door March 1, 2010, we have over  21 years of experience working in other shops. 
 See you soon.

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service in Whatcom Co. WA.
Thanks you for your Patronage. 

CARS that sit for a long time.

Posted by D on July 10, 2020 at 12:45 AM

 

IF YOUR CAR SITS FOR A LONG TIME 

        Many Cars are sitting for quite a while during this Covid 19.

   If you find your Battery going dead you may think about getting what is called a tender. This is a plug in device that will keep your battery charged while your not using it. Tenders are sold at many places. Your helpful tip from CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service . 5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA.  98248

Be Safe,  Be Nice,  From the Crew at CARS.

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service is OPEN!
For your convince and safety of your family and our family,
Please call (360) 922-0553 for an Appointment.
We have a drop box
We can discuss payment options for safety at time of appointment.

Auto Repair Check List - CARS

Posted by D on July 1, 2020 at 12:05 PM


Complete Auto Repair Service
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA. 98248

www.carsbellingham.com 

(360) 922-0553

Preventative Maintenance Check List

1. Steering wheel free play

     As you go down your check list,  Start behind the steering wheel and check for any looseness in the steering system. Looseness in the steering is a gradual thing and you might not be aware of it. If you have power steering make sure the engine is running while you turn the steering wheel from side to side. Watch the front tire as you turn the steering wheel. There should be no more than 2 1/2" of play from side to side before you see the tire move. If there is, there may be a bad joint or the steering gear may need adjusting. In either case it needs to have a more thorough check so repairs can be made.

2. Clutch pedal free travel

    If you have a manual transmission you need to check the clutch free travel. As the clutch wears from normal use, the free travel is taken up. If not adjusted, the clutch could become partially disengaged all the time, resulting in premature clutch failure. Some of the newer vehicles have automatic adjusters, so check your owners manual. If the clutch starts to disengage just as you step on the clutch, the linkage should be adjusted to give some free travel. This is the distance from the top of the pedal as you step on it to the point where it starts to disengage the clutch. This distance should be about one inch.

3. Parking brake     

      On most vehicles, the park brake needs to be adjusted due to normal brake wear. There are two common type of parking brakes used . One uses a separate brake assembly on the output of the transmission. The other uses mechanical linkage to apply the rear brakes, which is the most common on light vehicles. You might have either a small pedal that is applied with your foot or a hand lever. In either case the park brake should be fully set at half the distance the pedal or lever is pulled. The park brake also needs to be fully released when the pedal is. The best place to check the park brake is on a hill so you can make sure that it holds. If you have too much pedal stroke the park brake needs to be adjusted.

4. Service brakes

     Now you need to check your service brakes or main braking system. With the engine running step on the brakes, they should not go more than half way to the floor, although some brake systems will allow the pedal to go almost to the floor with much more force than you would use even during an emergency stop. If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you. If it does move too far this could indicate the brakes need adjusting. With all newer vehicles this would indicate a problem since they have automatic brake adjusters. When driving the brakes should not pull or make any noise when stopping.

5. Windshield wipers and washers

     Check the windshield wipers and washers. Feel the edge of the blade that contacts the windshield, it should not be hard or rough. Turn on the wipers and the washers. make sure the washers hit the windshield where needed and make adjustments if necessary. The wipers should not streak. Watch the blade edge as it changes direction on the windshield, it should hinge back and forth. You should change the blades on an annual basis, this will save you a trip to the parts store on a rainy day. Fill the washer fluid bottle with washer solvent not just water.

6. Radiator                     

 

     Look in through the grill so you can see the radiator. You might need a flashlight to see well enough. What you are looking for is any obstruction of air flow such as bugs or foreign material sucked up while you were going down the road. Most people clean out their radiator at the car wash. Be very careful if you do this. The high pressure water can bend the fins on the radiator causing a loss of air flow and an overheating problem. If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you.

7. Lights

     Turn on all the lights including the emergency flashers. You might want a helper to step on the brakes while you check your brake lights. The key may need to be turned on, on some vehicles to do this. Remember to check high and low headlight beams. Have the Lights Changed when you find they are out.

8. Tires

      Checking the tires is not only a safety issue but it can save you a lot of money as well. Start with tire pressure. Most people have their own opinion as to what tire pressure to run and that is usually to high. The pressure indicated on the side wall of a tire is the maximum pressure at maximum load. If you run this pressure with out a load, you will not only wear the tires out early, you will also degrade the ride quality. There are a lot of variables to tire pressure such as tire size, rim width and vehicle weight. Your tire pressure should fall somewhere between the maximum pressure and this. If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you.

     Look at the wear already on your tires. Compare the front tires. If they are wearing either on the outside, or your vehicle pulls to one side, then an alignment is needed. On all four wheel drive vehicles, tire rotation is very important. You should rotate them every 5,000 miles to get maximum wear out of a set of tires. One other thing that greatly affects tire wear is balance. Look for any missing wheel weights. If you have a steering shimmy or other vibrations then have your wheels balanced.

9. Fan

     Open the hood so you can check some of the engine compartment mysteries. Grab hold of the fan and try moving it back and forth towards the front and rear of the vehicle. If there is any looseness this could indicate bad water pump bearings and needs further checking. On newer vehicles the fan is plastic so go easy. If you are having overheating problems check the viscous fan hub for any signs of leakage. This is the finned aluminum center of the fan that locks up the fan when the engine heats up. If it loses the silicone oil that is inside, indicated by oily streaks from the hub, the fan will not cool the engine properly. If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you.

10. Antifreeze

    It is a good idea to buy an antifreeze tester and make sure the engine is protected down to 30 below zero. The antifreeze should be clean and free of rust. When installing antifreeze a 50 / 50 mix with water is recommended. To high a mixture of antifreeze, a condition known as silicate drop out can occur and plug up the radiator. To little antifreeze and the engine is not protected.


11. Hose condition

     If your vehicle is over two years old you need to pay close attention to the belts and hoses. Newer silicone hoses last a very long time but you need to make sure that they are not rubbing on anything. This will lead to a blown hose at the worst time. If there is any bulging or soft spots on the upper or lower radiator hoses they need to be replaced. Also if the hoses collapse after the engine cools down this means they are soft and need to be replaced.

12. Belt condition

Look at the belts with a flashlight and turn them over so you can see the inside of the V. If there is any sign of cracking they have to be replaced. There are two types of belts used today. The old V belt and the newer multigrove belt or serpentine belt. As these belts wear they need periodic adjustment. The rule of thumb ( or finger ) for belt tightness without using a tension gauge is to push on the belt in between two pulleys with your finger. You should have about 1\2" of movement pushing hard with one finger. If there is more than that the belt needs to be adjusted.

   Some of the multigove belts have a tensioner that requires no adjustment. This is a spring loaded arm that runs on the back side of the belt keeping it tight. These can go bad, so if the belt squeals and has a tensioner it needs to be checked further. Something else to look for is a shinny surface on the inside of the V. This could indicate an old belt or some other problem. If you remove a belt that has this condition, turn the pulleys that it drives such as the alternator or smog pump. If they do not turn free or you can hear bearing noise you just might catch a breakdown before it happens.

Call today for and Appointment.
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com 
5640 Barrett Rd.    Ferndale WA.  98248
Exit: 262 Off I-5            MAP / Directions 
Local Shop with Local Employees
We all need each other
Thank you for your Patronage

- Across from: 
 - WECU (credit Union)   - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart

NEXT TO: - Ferndale YMCA -Ferndale Park and Ride

- Taco Bell  - McDonalds


Jeep Custom Build Auto Repair

Posted by D on June 16, 2020 at 3:05 AM

 

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

You have a Jeep?       We have what you need !

  • Let us help you build a custom Roof Rack,
  • Add a lift
  • Bumper
  • Winch
  • Put on new shocks
    Rebuild your Motor
    Muffler
    Brakes

Our latest project is Fixing up and old Jeep Plus!




C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
5640 Berrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
.    Exit 262 / Off I-5
As we have notice this year we all need each other.
CARS Thanks you for your Continued Patronage
.
Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)
- Taco Bell - McDonald


 

Summer Adventure Car Preperation Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on June 1, 2020 at 9:15 AM

Be Prepared FOR SUMMER !

Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition.

  1. What should you carry in your vehicle?
  • Spare tire, (Jack & lug wrench.)
  • Jumper cables.
  • Cellular phone & charger, (emergency phone numbers ) .
  • Camera ( you probably have one on your phone )
  • Flare or reflectors.
  • Flashlight & batteries.
  • Help or distress sign.
  • Maps or GPS device, ( remember, there may not be connection ).
  • Small too set.
  • Rags or paper towels.
  • fire extinguisher.
  • Jug or clean water.
  • First aid kit.
  • Snacks, ( such as dried fruit or nuts ).
  • Blanket, extra clothing.

    2.   For Winter Add:

  • Ice scraper.
  • Sand, cat litter or traction mats.
  • Tire chains or straps

    3.    Always know where your:

  • Registration, Insurance & Repair Receipts are.

        (360) 922- 0552
 C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service

5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA.  98248

Exit 262  /  Off I-5 *
  MAP

- Across from
:- WECU (credit Union) - Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart 
   -(next to)  Ferndale YMCA 

 - Taco Bell   - McDonalds

Thank you for your Continued Patronage.

Memorial Thank You

Posted by D on May 29, 2020 at 8:30 PM

Thank you

From CARS


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