|Posted by D on July 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM|
Most people know the green stuff in your radiator keeps your engine from turning into a block of ice in the winter, but did you know that it also helps keep things cool in the summer? All too often people are driving around with just water in their radiator because they think they don't need the green stuff until it gets cold.
Radiator coolant actually raises the boiling point of the water, allowing it to carry more heat away from the engine, and that means cooler running. If you're running low, things can get steamy fast.
Luckily it only takes a second to check your coolant level. Most cars these days have an opaque coolant overflow tank right next to the radiator. It's white plastic, but you can see inside to see if there's enough juice to keep things safe. You'll also see markings on the side telling you the low and high levels to work with. Always check your coolant level when the car is cold.
If your levels are good, no need to go any further, enjoy the peace of mind. But if you're low, you'll need to top it off. Your engine takes a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. In the old days, you had to make measurements yourself and test the mixture to get it right. But since we live in the age of convenience, you can now buy premixed coolant that's ready to pour. For a simple topping off, I recommend going this route. It might cost a buck more, but you're in for much less mess.
:)The best way to prevent over heating is doing regular maintenance on your vehicle.
If your engine is overheating shortly after you leave, or it heats up even on short trips, you should check the following possible causes and repair suggestions.
1.Engine coolant level may be very low.
The Fix: Refill coolant to proper level.
2. Engine's drive belts may be broken or slipping.
The Fix: Tighten or replace belts.
3. The electric cooling fan may not be coming on.
The Fix: Repair or replace cooling fan. Repair wiring. Replace cooling fan temp sensor.
4. The ignition timing may be set wrong.
The Fix: Adjust ignition timing.
5. There may be a vacuum leak.
The Fix: Check and replace vacuum lines as required.
6. The engine may have mechanical problems.
The Fix: Check compression to determine engine condition.
7. The engine's thermostat may be stuck closed.
The Fix: Replace thermostat.
8. There may be a leak in the cooling system.
The Fix: Repair leak and refill coolant. Cylinder head gasket(s) may be bad.
The Fix: Replace cylinder head gasket(s).
Stay Safe and on the Road with CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham WA. 98226
(360) 922- 0553
North of Bellingham WA. / South of Ferndale WA.
Exit 260 / Off I-5
|Posted by D on June 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM|
How to pick a service center.
1) Do your homework before taking your vehicle for service: I know, we all hate home work and don't have time but it will save you heart ach in the end.
So, Shop around before you need one. you will make a better decision when your not rushed.
1) Ask Friends + Word of mouth
2) Look for vehicles of equal value
3) Good equipment
4) Is there evidence of qualified technicians? diplomas, certificates, advanced training, ASE
5) Start with a simple job = oil change, wiper blades, batterie.
2) Once you choose a Repair Shop ...
1) Discribe symptoms or supply a written list of recent problems.
( sounds, vibrations, odors, lights, change in engine performance or handling, braking, steering...)
2) Don't rush for an on the spot diagnosis.
Ask to be called for costs, course of acton. ( Don't forget to leave a phone number / e-mail )
3) Understand shop policies about = Labor rates, guarantees, and payment methods.
3) Follow - up ...
1) Keep GOOD records: All Service and repair paperwork!
2) Reward good service with repeat business. This also establishes a relationship.
3) If the service was not all you expected. - Don't rush to another shop.
( discuss the problem or issue with manager or owner. Give them a chance to resolve the problem.)
A Reputable shop will value there customers feedback & try to make things right.
Happy Trails To You Complete Auto Repair Service = CARS
|Posted by D on June 15, 2017 at 7:25 AM|
Summer Time Travel
Is your car/truck ready for summer time travel?? Think about having your vehicle checked out! It does'nt matter how fast the vehicle goes if it won't stop. Stop by for a free brake inspection, we'll also check the belts, hoses & fluids, important for the long summer road trips.
Also think about checking your tire pressure often ( you can loose as much as 15% fuel milage with low tires ). Make sure your windows are clean and the wiper blades are good for those peskey summer showers.
Call today for and Appointment.
Near = I-5 Antique Mall, Silver Reef Casino, Bellingham International Airport
|Posted by D on June 1, 2017 at 8:10 PM|
The Dirty air Filter
Do You need a new Filter?
Sometimes, your mechanic is talking about the engine air filter, which keeps dust and debris away from essential moving parts, and sometimes the mechanic is referring to your cabin air filter, which is attached to the car's HVAC system and cleans air coming in through the vents to the passenger and driver.
In both cases, the mechanic tells you just how dirty your filter is and then shows it to you. Inevitably, it will be black and dusty, and a few smacks loosen built-up debris. Always make sure the filter you're seeing is the one from your car and know when your filters need replacement. Cabin air filters, for example, should be replaced every 15,000 to 20,000 miles and are usually found in the glove box or under the dash of the passenger front seat. If your windows are getting filmy or you have a cabin smell it might be time to change them.
Finding a reputable, licensed mechanic helps you sidestep scam's.
The importance of good records
Most owners don't use it, but the owner's manual for your vehicle has a handy tracking sheet for recording when your oil changes were completed and at what mileage, along with reminders for other service work such as tire rotations or transmission flushes.
Beyond the manual, it's just as critical for you to keep good records of any work done to your vehicle. This way, if a mechanic tries to overcharge you for car repairs you'll see it coming. You'll know exactly what kind of oil you need, when your air filters were changed and what type of work has been done to your car over its lifetime.
Happy record Keeping from
|Posted by D on May 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM|
Free Exhaust Inspection
..Swing by and let us take a look at your Mufflers & Exhaust. We can make it louder / quieter, bigger / smaller,
single / dual, what ever you might need. We offer cusom and factory replacments so stop on by and get your new exhaust for your car, truck or motorcycle.
|Posted by D on May 1, 2017 at 11:20 PM|
and you need a good toy to play with.
Why not let CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service in Bellingham WA. help get your Jeep ready for play.
Then come back and share stories with us.
CARS= Complete Auto Repair Service
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Exit 260 Off I-5
|Posted by D on May 1, 2017 at 8:45 PM|
C.A.R.S. = Car Care Articles
Gas-Saving Tips for Your Auto
Whatever your motivation, here are some gas saving tips
Keep your engine "tuned up." A well-maintained engine operates at peak efficiency, maximizing gas mileage. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today's high-tech engines, it's wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.
Monitor tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.
Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage.
Consolidate trips and errands. Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.
Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.
Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.
Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.
Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on-assuming that the system is in good working order. But turn the air conditioning off in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.
These conservation tips should not only save gasoline, they'll help extend the life of your vehicle. Win-win, indeed.
4724 Pacific Hwy. Bellingham WA. 98226
|Posted by D on April 15, 2017 at 10:40 PM|
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.
Exit: 260 Off I-5
Close to -Silver Reef Casino
North of Bellingham International Airport
Local Shop with Local Employees
|Posted by D on April 15, 2017 at 5:25 PM|
Did you know that Complete Auto Repair Service offers competitive prices every day ?
We don't have a lot of Coupons because we try to keep our prices fair everyday, so you can get the best price with out coupons.
Stop on by to get an estimate and see for yourself what you think.
We feel some of our reviews say a lot about how we are doing but we would love to hear from you.
|Posted by D on April 1, 2017 at 3:40 AM|
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
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.