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Bellingham Auto Repair = Service Tips

Posted by D on February 16, 2020 at 3:55 AM

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.
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 = C.A.R.S.

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

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

CLOSE TO:  - Taco Bell  - McDonalds 


Air Filter Cleaning for your Automobile

Posted by D on February 2, 2020 at 12:40 AM

Air Filters

    The air filter stops airborne contaminants from getting sucked into your car's engine. It's a paper filter that stops debris such as dust, leaves and wayward pelicans before they get inside the engine and do damage.

Should I do this service when it's recommended?

Why do I have to do this?
Because, eventually, your air filter will get plugged up.

What happens if I don't do this?
If your air filter gets too dirty or clogged, your engine won't be able to suck enough air into the combustion chambers. The engine will then run rich (i.e., too much gas and not enough air). When this happens, your car will lose power and run roughly. Your Check Engine light also may come on.

If you really neglect the air filter for a long time, your car may stop running altogether. While permanent damage is unlikely, it is possible. If an air filter were sufficiently dirty and damaged, it could allow harmful, abrasive contaminants into the combustion chamber.

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

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


CLOSE TO: - Taco Bell  - McDonalds

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Fuel Injection - What is it ? Complete Auto

Posted by D on January 15, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Fuel Injection Service

Why do we Need Fuel Injection Service?
When you stare your engine for the first time you get dirt, carbon deposits & varnishes that form in the fuel system on the intake valves & in the combustion chambers. 

To prevent this buildup in your fuel system you need to have your fuel system cleaned by a professional.

Here are some symptoms:

  • Engine pinging.
  • Poor acceleration.
  • Hesitation or lurching.
  • Lack of or poor performance.
  • Repeated Stalling.
  • Rough idle.
  • Poor fuel mileage.

The Benefits of Fuel-Injection Service & Why we Do Preventive Maintenance?

  • Your vehicle will operate more efficiently & Be more dependable.
  • Saves you money = Heads off costly repairs, last longer.
  • Improves fuel mileage
  • Reduces the risk of breakdowns = ensure a safer ride for your family.
  • Contributes to the overall performance of your vehicle.
  • Reduces air pollution.
  • Prevents you from voiding your warranty.
  • Your owner’s manual out-lines your maintenance schedules.

A typical fuel injection service will include the following procedures:

  • Clean fuel injectors.
  • Clean throttle body air intake.
  • Inspect fuel lines and fuel rail.
  • Pressure test fuel pump and system.
  • Inspect pressure regulator, vacuum line, & all connections.
  • Decarbonize intake manifold, intake, & exhaust valves.
  • Decarbonize combustion chamber & pistons.

So be safe and keep your cars maintained.
C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
New Address
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)


CLOSE TO: - Taco Bell   - McDonalds

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Review Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on January 1, 2020 at 7:05 AM


Over the years Complete Auto Repair Service - CARS has been very blessed to have our customers give us great reviews.

Letting us know how we are doing is what makes us better. Thank you for leaving a Review.

 Thank you Very much !

Merry Christmas from CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on December 21, 2019 at 2:05 AM

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

We would like to wish You and Your's a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season.

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” Helen Keller

What ever you Celebrate may you be Safe, Warm and enjoying your family and friends this year and next !
(360) 922 - 0553

Headlight's for Cars and Off Road - CARS - Ferndale & Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on December 3, 2019 at 8:35 AM



When you are ready to fix your old headlights, CARS Bellingham can help.

Winter is coming and Headlights help keep you safe. 

  •  If you find your head lights are too dim, you might like to add LED  lights to add brightness.
     Jeep bar lights are great for camping.
    We have lights to add your cars & camper for  Ambiance and out door lighting.  
    We would be happy to show you Idea's that you might like.
    They make Great Gifts as well.

Complete Auto Repair Service =CARS
New Address
5640 Barrett Rd.  Ferndale WA. 98248  (Exit 262)
(360) 922 0553 
MAP / Directions 
Other Services =  Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....

Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed

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

Auto Repair in Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on December 2, 2019 at 2:55 AM


Is Your Car 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.

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

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


Cooling System = 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.

Oil = 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.

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Serivce
(360) 922-0553
New Address
5640 Barrett RD Ferndale WA. 98248  



Happy Thanksgiving from CARS Auto Repair

Posted by D on November 15, 2019 at 7:55 AM

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

If you are in the U.S. , Canada BC or else where

 We at C.A.R.S. would like to wish many things to be

Thankful For!  
Happy Thanksgiving!

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
New Address
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)

CARS honors our Veterans

Posted by D on November 11, 2019 at 10:35 AM


History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

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CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service Bellingham WA.


Animals in the Engine - CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on November 1, 2019 at 9:30 PM


Animals  In Your Car

I thought I would share some information regarding animals nesting in cars. You most likely will not know you have this problem unless something smell like it's cooking/ burning or someone has opened the hood of your car and shared this with you, a squral decides to store your garden produce or you have had a animal related problem with your car before. The little critters can cause literally thousands of dollars in damage in a very short period of time. What you generally will find is anything from aniaml droppings, wire insulation chewed through, under hood sound insulation ripped away from the underside of the hood and stored on the engine, dog food stored under hood, damage to plastic or rubber components or the worst is when they get into the cars heating/air conditioning system and die.  Some estimates can cost from the dealership up to $5000.00.  I think we can do better than that!  If someone lets you know you have animal activity under your cars hood my advice is to take action to fend off the little critters or you may find you have more trouble than you bargained for. 

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
New Address
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)


Posted by D on November 1, 2019 at 10:15 AM
PROJECT SANTA CLAUS CRUISE Event Dates: November 10, 2019 - November 10, 2019 Location: Bellingham, Washington Santa Claus is coming to town! *Join this fun cruise from Cordata Place on the Guide Meridian near Starbucks as we are escorted to downtown Bellingham and the County Court House. Babs Marquart Phone: 360-380-2733 *Be ready to depart from Guide Meridian parking lot at 10:30 and we should finish up by 1:00. *Bring $$ and toys for the Sheriff's department to share with kids thru-out Whatcom County. * ALL funds raised this day go directly to the Project Santa team. *We usually donate over $5,000 on this day! *Trophies and dash plaques. Please join us and help us help the kids!

Holiday Gift Ideas - Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on October 16, 2019 at 3:55 AM

Automobile Gift Idea's for Every Occasion

The Holidays are will be soon so it is not to early to  think about Gift Ideas !

C.A.R.S.= Complete Auto Repair Service  has what you need so lets talk about what you could get for Gifts for  that special person in your life.

How about Oil Changes, Wiper Blades, Brakes, Tune-UP, or  New Headlights for those dark, rainy night's !

Too simple you say?  Maybe a New Muffler Set UP !   Want to make it sound good.  We have a variety of Mufflers and Tail Pipes we can help you choose from.

If you plan to get down in the Dirt, we can lift what you have, put a winch on it, some pull hooks.  How about the straps or a roof rack to hold all your tools?

Let's put our heads together and see what we can come up with for your Gifting need.

When it comes to Car Repair near Bellingham, Ferndale WA., BC, or Whatcom Co. 

C.A.R.S. has what you need!

Complete Auto Repair Service
5640 Barrett Rd
Ferndale WA. 98248 = (New Location)

(360 ) 922-0553

Map / Location 

Other Services = Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed


Posted by D on October 13, 2019 at 10:10 PM

PUNKIN RUN CAR SHOW Event Dates: October 27, 2019 - October 27, 2019 Get in the spirit of things! Decorate your car in a Halloween way for this fun and often chilling car show! *Join us at the Hardware Sales parking lot, 30234 King Street, Bellingham, WA * ( Exit 254 Iowa Street off Interstate 5 ) * Trophies and dash plaques and more fun. $10 entry fee. *Sponsored by the 4th Corner Elites of Bellingham. We support Project Santa Claus and provide scholarships for automotive studies.

Car Maintenance Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on September 15, 2019 at 12:30 PM

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

Bellingham / Ferndale / Whatcom Co.  WA.

(360) 922-0553


 Your vehicle has hundreds of moving parts all working together. Through normal driving, over time, some of these parts simply wear out or no longer perform the way they should.

To make sure that your vehicle is running at its best, your vehicle manufacturer recommends that certain parts and systems are checked at certain intervals. By following their recommendations, more costly repairs down the road may be avoided.


 Repairs are services that are required or necessary when something on your vehicle is not working properly. Also, when your vehicle has worn to the point where a replacement is required to maintain the performance of your vehicle.

The schedule for performing these maintenance services varies from vehicle to vehicle. You will find the schedule for your vehicle in your owner's manual. Following this schedule is the best way to make sure your vehicle is performing as it should.

 We offer Maintenance Services that follow the schedule as recommended in your owner's manual.

Oil Change

Maintenance Tune-Up

Transmission Service

Radiator Service

Vehicle Inspection

Muffler / Exhaust service

Give us a call today to set up an appointment.  (360)-922-0553   

   MAP / Directions

Other Services = Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed


Complete Auto Repair Service - Feedback

Posted by D on September 2, 2019 at 1:05 AM

  Complete Auto Repair Service
Ferndale WA. - Bellingham WA.

If you have had work done at  our shop We would love to hear your comments.

Letting us know how we are doing helps us become better. Please leave your feedback and the date. We want to hear from you. Thank you

Serving: Auto Repair, Bellingham WA., Ferndale WA. Whatcom county


our Canadian BC Customers.

   Complete Auto Repair Service
(New Address) = 5640 Barrett Rd 
Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553

Map / Location

Other Services = Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed


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Complete Auto Repair Service - CV Joints

Posted by D on August 15, 2019 at 6:45 PM
Complete Auto Repair Service 

(New Address) = 5640 barrett Rd.
Ferndale WA. 98248
(360) 922-0553

Map / Location

 Checking the CV Joint should be part of your Regular Maintenance .

CV Joint Failure
Constant velocity joints (CV joints) are found on many cars and even some trucks.
Though vehicle manufacturers are reintroducing rear-wheel drive on more new cars, over 80 percent of all the cars on the road today are front-wheel-drive, and every one has four CV joints.
The outer CV joints are usually the ones that most often need to be replaced.
There are two reasons, one is that the outer CV joints wear more than the inner
CV joints, The outer boots on the outer joints are more apt to fail than the ones on the inner joints.

CV Joint boots
A boot failure is bad news for any CV joint because it dooms the joint to premature failure. A spit, cracked loose or torn boot will throw grease, draining the joint of its vital fluids = lubricants. Sooner or later the joint will run out of Lubricant, which is a bad thing for the metal-to-metal surfaces. They must withstand height pressure loads and constant friction. A boot that doesn’t seal can also allow outside contaminants, such as road splash and dirt, to enter the joint and havoc havoc on its precision machined and polished surfaces. If the boot problem isn’t discovered almost immediately, joint failure will usually follow within a few thousand miles.

Some symptoms of CV Joint failure:

1) Popping or clicking noises when turning.
2) A clunk sound when accelerating, decelerating or when putting the car into drive.
3) A vibration or shudder when accelerating.
4) A growling or humming noise.
(360) 922-0553

Exit 262         OFF I-5                MAP / Directions

Other Services = Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed

       Near = WSCU, Mcdonalds, Flying J.

         Local Shop, Local Employees   



Bellingham Automobile EnviroSTARs

Posted by D on August 1, 2019 at 1:15 PM


Complete Auto Repair Service is part of the  community!
What does this mean? 
Good for the Environment.
Good for Business.
Good for You!

 Smart Choice. By using these businesses, you are helping to reinforce better business practices, and creating economic value for businesses who make the commitment to "go green".

Positive impacts

EnviroStars represents a proactive way to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, where residents and businesses place a high value on protecting natural resources and want to contribute to healthier communities.

 Stop by for a cup of Coffee.

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

Exit 262     OFF I-5       MAP / Directions
 See our Web Page for Specials!
North of: Silver Reef Casino    
North of Bellingham International Airport


Other Services = Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed


Whatcom County Old Settlers Picnic & Car Show

Posted by D on July 20, 2019 at 9:30 PM
Whatcom County Old Settlers Picnic July 26 - 28, 2019 Pioneer Park Cherry Street 2nd Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248 A Whatcom County tradition for over a century, the Picnic at Pioneer Park is the summer highlight for many residents. Celebrating the rich history of the area and the great people that call it home, the Picnic features events like Live Music, a Fun Run/Walk, a Parades, a Classic Car Show, and local Food/Craft vendors. We hope you and your family will come join us for another celebration and that you too will make it a summer tradition. Come on down to Central Elementary School (Ferndale, WA), and check out some of the coolest classic cars and trucks in Northwest Washington. July 27, 2019 9:00 3:00 p.m

NW raspberry Festival Lynden WA. CAR show

Posted by D on July 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Northwest Raspberry Festival 2019 Lynden WA. Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM Sunday, July 21, 2019 7:00 PM The Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Tournament: July 20-21, times determined by entries Sign up with over 200 other teams from the great Northwest and beyond in the competitive spirit of this wonderful tournament on the streets of downtown Lynden! From grades K-2 in the Rookie Razz and entering grade 3 on up to adult teams, we have a bracket for you and your teammates! Playing hoops not your thing anymore? Come on down and cheer on the teams anyway! Tournament event title sponsor: The Muljat Group North Real Estate team Fill the Raspberry! Sticker Scavenger Hunt: July 20, 10 am �?? 5 pm If you�??re 12 years of age or younger, and not playing, running, walking, driving (you shouldn�??t probably be driving), riding or eating, or even if you are, join the Lynden downtown merchants, find their store, get a sticker, fill your card and enter in the drawing to win a new Fitbit! Fill the Raspberry Event title sponsor: Natural Way Chiropractic Berry Tasty Treats! July 20, 11 am to 7 pm; July 21 10:00 am to 5:00 pm In the words of Jackie Gleason, �??Oh, how sweet it is!�?�. We bring together the delicious goodness of the two of Whatcom County�??s leading industry in one place! Delicious farm fresh raspberries from Curt Maberry Farm combined with fresh made ice cream from Edaleen Dairy! And the �??berry�?� best part? All of this for $2.00 !!! Berry Tasty Treats sponsored by: Curt Maberry Farm and Edaleen Dairy Lynden Noon Kiwanis Community Salmon BBQ: July 20; 4:30-7:00 p.m. Music, fellowship and a Salmon BBQ! Freshly cooked over a traditional wood fire rack, complete with all the fixen�??s one expects, including slaw, beans, a roll and a beverage. All for only $15! Proceeds support youth programs throughout the Lynden Community! Hot Dog meal is only $6.00! Community Salmon BBQ sponsor: Peoples Bank. The Razz & Shine Cruise-in: July 21; 8:00 to 3:30 pm The classic beauty of polished chrome, waxed paint and shiny black tires will abound at the Razz 7 Shine Cruise-in. Entries are welcome to cruise-in starting at 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Show runs until 4:00 p.m. with numerous prize drawings to be held at 3:30 pm! Entry fee for vehicles is by donation so come on down and show off your classic car for all to see! Click for more information! Cruise-in event title sponsor: Lynden Lube & Auto Raspberry Pancake Breakfast: July 21, 7:00 am to 11:00 am Join us for breakfast and support the community at the Lynden Community Center (401 Grover Street) for a delicious and hearty pancake breakfast that will fill your tummy with Northwest goodness for only $5.00! Playing in the Tournament? Save a $1.00 on your breakfast! Pancake Breakfast sponsored by and funds support the Lynden Community Center! And much More.....

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service - Engine Light

Posted by D on July 15, 2019 at 8:45 AM

Check Engine Light -
 What the light means and what to do if it comes on.

      Call this the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "Check engine" light can mean many differnt things.  From a loose gas cap , poor fuel economy to a seriously misfiring engine.

     " It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over but it can mean you should get your car checked out " says Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service." 

What The Light Means

      1) Onboard Diagnostics (OBD)
          A)  This controls and monitors your vehicle performance - such as engine speed,  (RPM)
                 fuel mixture, ignition timing.the computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift.
          B)  When the computer finds a problem it can't correct, it turns on a light that is labeled 
engine, or Service engine"
          C)  When the light come on the computer has stored a "trouble code" in its memory that
                that identifies the source of the problem. (such as - malfunctioning sensor or a
               misfiring engine.
          D)  This is then read with an electronic scan tool or a Diagnostic computer.

What to do

If the 'check engine" light comes on it will either blink or remain constant, depending on the problem.  But it means it is time to get your car/truck checked.
      1 In late - model cars it usualy indicates a misfire that can be burning up your fuel dumping it into
            your exhaust system.( Have car or truck looked at a.s.a.p.)
                 *This can quickly damage your catalytic converter- requiring expensive repair.
     2) If the light is steady - Just schedule and appointment  - not usualy an emergency.

Today's automotive computers often try to compensate when there's a problem; so you may not notice deterioration in performance, even though your fuel mileage is suffering and your vehicle is emitting levels
of hydrocarbons & pollutants.

Tips if you Check Engine Light Comes On   

     1) Check your dashboard lights / gauges for 
           A)     Low oil pressure
           B)     Overheating     
                      These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine a.s.a.p. in a safe 
                             On most cars - Yellow "check engine" means investigate - giving you time to 
                             investigate and schedule an appointment.
          C)     Try tightening your gas cap. ( keep in mind, it may take several trips before the light
          D)     Reduce speed and load.  If  the 'check engine" light is blinking or you notce any serious
                         *Performance problems, such as a loss of power, reduced speed.  Reduce your speed & try to reduce the load ( if your towing a trailer) on the engine.  ( make an apt. to have code read)
          E)      This is not the time to get a state emmissions test. (Which should be eliminated in 2013) It will most likely fail.

The best advice is to read your owner's manual beforehand and learn the purpose of the "check engine" light and every other gauge and warning indicator on your dashboard.

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
Bellingham Wa. / Ferndale WA.
(360) 922-0553
(New Location)
= 5640 barrett Rd.
Ferndale WA. 98248
Exit 262 Off I-5  Just up the Road from old location

Map / Location