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Spring Car Care Relief

Posted by D on April 15, 2021 at 10:40 PM

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

 Spring Car Care Relief for Your Vehicle

Winter can be tough on lots of things, including cars and trucks. Cold temperatures, snow and ice, road salt and pothole-causing freeze-thaw cycles put car batteries, tires, brakes and suspensions to the test.

 Spring is the time to rid vehicles of winter's sins in time for summer travel.

Since 1970, Americans have more than doubled their vehicle miles traveled, according to federal statistics. In summer, many of those miles are logged on driving vacations far from home, the last place motorists want to risk a breakdown.

 "Regular vehicle maintenance and inspections can help improve a vehicle's fuel efficiency, achieve peak performance and even help avoid major repairs down the road," says Peter Lord, executive director, GM Service Operations.

 Vehicle owners can follow these tips to ensure their vehicles are ready to roll:

  Batteries: They work harder when it's cold, and winter can compromise their cranking performance up to 60 percent. Test and replace old or weak batteries, especially those more than three years old. It can be cheaper than a tow and replacement on the road.

 Tires / wheels: Cold weather can reduce tire pressure, so make sure all tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and balanced, and wheels are properly aligned. Inflate tires to their recommended pressure. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent, cause premature tire failure and are a safety hazard. Tire failures and blowouts, often a result of under-inflation, contribute to 414 deaths and 10,295 injuries each year in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to tire pressure, check for tread wear and any obvious damage caused by potholes or sharp objects.

 Belts and hoses: Inspect and replace worn or cracked belts, as well as hoses that are blistered, brittle or too soft. Belts and hoses older than five years, even if they look intact, might need to be replaced.

 Brakes: A spring checkup can uncover any winter damage. Inspect the brake system, including lines, hoses, and parking brake. Inspect brake fluid for proper level. Low brake fluid can be an indication of excessive brake wear or fluid leak. Have the brake linings/pads inspected and measured.

  Suspension: Deep potholes aren't friendly to shocks and struts. An inspection to determine wear or leaks can alleviate bigger issues down the road.

 For extra security on the road, complete Auto Repair Service (C.A.R.S) encourages motorists to bring their vehicle in for a multi-point vehicle inspection this spring. The inspections help identify service items that can help vehicles run better and better, last longer, and retain their value.

 Here are other items vehicle owners should have inspected in the spring:

:) Inspect the antifreeze/coolant level, making sure the coolant used meets the specifications listed in the vehicle owner's manual.

:) Check oil level regularly.

:) Check the transmission fluid for correct level. Check the owner's manual or ask us, for the right type of transmission fluid to use and the proper interval for service and replacement.

:) Inspect power steering fluid for proper levels. Low power steering fluid can cause damage to the power steering system and lead to premature power steering failure.

:)  Inspect windshield wiper blades for wear and cracks, ideally each spring and fall.9C.A.R.S) recommends replacement of blades that look worn. Also inspect and replace the rear wiper blade, if equipped. Don't forget to check the windshield washer fluid.

:) Inspect and replace as necessary the engine air filter and the cabin air filter.

:)  Inspect steering components and steering linkage.

 Complete Auto Repair Service can perform comprehensive vehicle inspections to help customers keep their vehicles operating properly.

 Call today for and Appointment.
(360) 922-0553 www.carsbellingham.com        MAP / Directions

 

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

        Local Shop with Local Employees

Brakes = Complete Auto Repair Service - Bellingham

Posted by D on April 1, 2021 at 3:40 AM

Your Car needs Brake's

Braking is a very important action in your vehicle. The brake pads must be maintained at a certain depth to allow the brakes to function properly. Usually people neglect the brake pads until it is too late and extensive damage has been done. There are 10 things you should know about brake pads to keep you car brakes functioning properly.

Things To Know About Brake Pads

  • Brake pads have a ware indicator device built into them that squeeks to alert the driver to change them.
  • they will squeel constantly not just when you are using them.
  • Ceramic, low-metallic, nonasbestos organic, and semi-metallic are the four general types of brake pads.
  • All brake pads come in a set of 2 for either the rear or front.
  • Cheap brake pads wear out faster and leave dust on the front wheels.
  • Expensive brake pads leave less dust but are prone to squealing.
  • Some brake pads contain asbestos.
  • Brake pads should be replaced if they are less than 1/4 inch in depth.
  • Brake pads are basically steel plates with a high friction material on the face.
  • Front brake pads are changed more often than the rear brake pads.
  • Brake Systems:

Brake Systems:
There are two kinds of brake systems: disc brakes and drum brakes. Disc brakes are the most common system in use today, and they're very much like the hand brakes on a bicycle. When you step on your car's brake pedal, the brake pads squeeze a spinning disc rotor that's attached to the wheel. The resulting friction, when applied to each of the wheels, slows the car.

The second type, drum brakes, involve brake shoes that push out against a spinning brake drum, which is attached to the wheel. This friction slows the car.

Both systems work by creating friction, so brake parts are expected to wear out. The questions then are, how worn out are they? And are they worn out enough that they need to be replaced?

That's what this service is all about — checking these components for wear and other potential problems.

Why do I have to do this?

In short, you do this service so you don't crash into a cabbage truck. So your family will be safer.

What happens if I don't do this?

If you neglect your brake pads and shoes, your brakes will ultimately fail. Even before that happens, however, you can cause damage to other, more expensive brake parts, such as rotors, drums and calipers. In other words: a stitch in time ... saves you from helping your mechanic with a boat payment later on.

Complete Auto Repair Service =   C.A.R.S.
Exit 262  / Off I-5
www.carsbellingham.com
5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA.  98248
(360) 922-0553

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


Exhaust and Muffler

Posted by D on March 15, 2021 at 7:50 PM


Exhaust Services

  Not only is Complete Auto Repair Service the number one location for exhaust and muffler work in Whatcom County, but C.A.R.S.  is also the Custom and Performance experts as well!   We offer FULL Exhaust Services!  We can bend up to 3″ pipe, and we can build 4″ and 5″ systems. We have custom systems for any performance application.  So when your Toy need a new look or sound give us a call.


C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
www.carsbellingham.com
5640 Barrett Rd.     Ferndale WA.   98248
360-922-0553
Exit 262   Off I-5
- NEAR:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)
- Ferndale Taco Bell
- McDonald


Engine Repair & Maintanence

Posted by D on March 1, 2021 at 11:05 AM

Complete Auto Repair Service  (CARS)
www.carsbellingham.com
(360) 922-0553

ENGINE REPAIR SERVICE

     Every engine has different needs, depending on past use and driving conditions. That's why we offer a range of engine services, from simple checks to more involved repairs.
Engine Services:

Visual inspection of engine components

Install spark plugs

Set timing and idle (if applicable)

Fuel system cleaning

Install air filter

Oil and oil filter change

Lubrication service

Spark plug replacement

Air filters

Fuel filters

Fuel pump

Crank case vent filters

Vapor canister filters

Pvc valves

Ignition wires

Ignition module

Emissions

Engine sensors including oxygen sensor

Coil packs

Distributor cap and rotor

Call today for a check up!
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com  Exit: 262     Off I-5         MAP / Directions

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
Thank you for your support -    Local Shop with Local Employees

CARS time for Tune Up

Posted by D on February 15, 2021 at 3:40 AM

 Time to make sure your car is in good condition.

This is a list of some things you should check and get fixed so you will be ready when you want to pack up and head for the snow!

Batteries are much weaker in cold weather, so keep your vehicle’s battery fully charged.

Brakes should be checked and serviced if necessary. Even braking on all four wheels will lessen the chance of skids on slippery roads.

•Make sure your vehicle’s exhaust system has no leaks. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can accumulate quickly in closed vehicles.

•Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition. Keep the windshield washer reservoir filled with antifreeze solvent.

•Check the radiator, heater core and all hoses that carry anti-freeze solution to see that they are in good condition and free of leaks. Also check to see that the solution is good to at least 40 below zero.

•Make sure you have winter weight oil (usually 5W-30) in the engine.

Tires should have M+S or All Season tread and be in good condition.

•Emergencies can happen when you least expect them, so be sure to carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle.

Complete Auto Repair Service (CARS)
5640 Barrett Rd.
Ferndale WA. 98248

www.carsbellingham.com

(360) 922-0553


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

 

 


Tune Up your CARS

Posted by D on February 2, 2021 at 1:35 AM

 

Complete Auto Repair Service  (CARS)
www.carsbellingham.com
(360) 922-0553

 Preventative Maintenance Check list: 

  1. Power steering fluid

Check your power steering fluid. If it is low, make sure to add the right fluid. Check your owners manual as to not cause a system failure by adding the wrong fluid.  If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you.

 2. Automatic transmission fluid

With the engine running and in park with the park brake set check the automatic transmission fluid level. Also check the color and smell. If it is dark and has a burnt odor it needs further examination. You should have the oil and filter changed every 30,000 miles or according to your owners manual.

 3. Oil and coolant leaks

Look around and under the engine and transmission area for any sign of leakage. Seepage and minor leaks may not be worth repairing, but at least you will have a good idea as to the problem if it gets worse. If you find a coolant leak, it should be repaired as soon as possible. This not only will save a breakdown but is an environmental issue as well.   If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you.

 4. Battery

Make sure that the top of the battery is clean. A battery can lose its charge if there is dirt between the positive and negative posts. If there is corrosion on the battery posts this needs to be cleaned off.  Baking soda is the best thing to break down this corrosion. Mix some with water and brush on with an old paint brush. Then thoroughly flush with water until all the corrosion is gone. You can buy anti corrosion rings or a battery post aerosol to help keep the corrosion from forming.  If your battery is one that you can check the electrolyte level in, you need to do so. Bring the level up to the full ring with distilled water. Most of the newer batteries are sealed and have a condition eye. This eye should be either green or blue. If it is black then this indicates a low charge. If the eye is clear or yellow, then the electrolyte is low and the battery needs to be replaced. This may also be a sign that the regulator is over charging the battery.

 5. Exhaust system

Look over the exhaust system for any lose bolts, loose mountings or cracks. Cracking around the muffler inlet or outlet is common. If caught in time this could save you from losing part of the exhaust system on a trail. Seeing a muffler on the side of a trail is not uncommon.

 6. Differential Fluid

7.. Transmission fluid

8. Transfer case fluid

In knowing what to look for, you can check the condition of your transmission and axle gears, by looking at the fluid and not just checking the levels. On the drive axles the fluid is checked at the plug hole half way up on the differential housing or cover plate. The oil level is just to the bottom of the hole. Stick your finger in to get enough on it see if there is any metal flakes in the oil. If there is any metal in the oil, this can cause the bearings to fail and also the seals to leak. If caught early this can save a lot of money as well as a break down. The metal comes from the gears put under heavy load. And since there are no filters on these gear boxes, the only way to get rid of the metal flakes is to change the oil. This is true of the transmission and transfer case as well. The oil should not smell or look burnt. If you add to or change the oils in the differentials, transmission and transfer case, make sure you use the right oil. If you have a limited slip rear end you can damage the friction plates by using regular 90 weight oil. Also be very careful of the oil in the transfer case, some take A.T.F. while others use a heavier oil. If you find that the transfer case is low and the transmission is overfilled, you might have an internal leak.  If there is any doubt have a mechanic check it for you.

 9. Brakes

From under the vehicle look at the brakes. See if there is any leakage on or around the brakes. This could be from brake fluid or an axle seal. The brake shoes should bee free of any oil contamination. You should lift up the vehicle and remove a wheel just as you would to change a flat. One at a time you should remove a front and a rear wheel.  ( Or complete Auto repair Service sould do this for you)   If you have disc brakes look at the pads to see if they need to be replaced due to wear. The pads should have even wear top to bottom and inner and outer should be the same thickness. If they do not there is a problem with the caliper hanging up. On drum brakes it will be necessary to remove a drum as well to see the shoes.

 10. Change oil and filter

11. Grease lube points

Now is the time to change the oil and oil filter and check the grease lube points if needed. Always change the oil and filter at the same time.  Make sure to check your oil  at least once a month and keep it at the right level. Not doing so can burn up the engine. 

 12. Change fuel filter

13. Change air cleaner

Change the fuel and air cleaners at least once a year. If you drive on dusty roads this may have to be done more often.

 14. Mark down service miles in owners manual

Call today for and Appointment.
5640 Barrett Rd.   Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com  
Exit: 262     Off I-5        MAP / Directions
Across from:
- WECU (credit Union)
- Chevron Gas Station -Sam's Mini mart
- Ferndale YMCA (next to)
 - Taco Bell - McDoonalds
Thank you for your Support       Local Shop with Local Employees

Transmission Repair - Bellingham / Ferndale WA.

Posted by D on February 1, 2021 at 2:40 AM

Complete Auto Repair Service ( CARS )

5640 barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA. 98248

www.carsbellingham.com  

(360) 922-0553

TRANSMISSION SERVICE Repairing or replacing your transmission can be one of the most expensive repairs you may have to make on your vehicle. Maintaining your transmission according to your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations, not only prolongs its life but it can prevent a costly repair or breakdown in the future.

To help maintain a safe and constant operating temperature, your vehicle uses transmission fluid to cool and lubricate the moving parts. The fluid reduces the amount of potentially damaging heat inside the transmission and helps increase the life of this important system.

Because some of the ingredients in the transmission fluid break down over time due to this heat, many vehicle manufacturers recommend the fluid be replaced at specified maintenance intervals. Check your manuel or check with us to find out when to replace your fluid.

Call today for a check up!

(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)
- Taco Bell - McDonald

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.

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                                   (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



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