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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 

4724 Pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA. 98226
(360) 922-0553

 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.
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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.

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 Complete Auto Repair Service = C.A.R.S
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Bellingham  WA.  98226

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North of: Silver Reef Casino    
North of Bellingham International Airport


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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
Exit 260 Off I-5


Vietnam Veterans 9th Annual Car Show

Posted by D on July 13, 2019 at 10:05 AM
Vietnam Veterans 9th Annual Car Show Event Dates: July 21, 2019 - July 21, 2019 Location: Bellingham, Washington This is our 9th car show to help Whatcom County Veterans. We outgrew our old location and have moved to 2211 Rimland Dr, Barkley Village, Bellingham All types of cars, trucks & motorcycles are welcome. * Lots of trophies for 7 classes and peoples choice

Ferndale Renaissance Faire

Posted by D on July 13, 2019 at 8:55 AM
Ferndale Renaissance Faire Saturday, July 20 @ 9:00am to 6:00pm |Recurring Event (See all) Pioneer Park, Address: Cherry Street 2nd Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248 Phone: (360) 384-6461 Free Come one, come all to Ye olde Ferndale Renaissance Faire *July 20th and 21st, 2019 @ Pioneer Park Soccer Fields 5477 Ferndale Rd, Ferndale, WA 98248 *Enjoy belly dancing, soap making, sewing, weaving, fighting demos, a scriptorium, forging, shield making, and an interactive shield wall by Willhelm Fartraveler! *Saturday will be historically themed *Sunday will be a fantasy theme. Both days will be unique and exciting! Come join us for a fun filled day at the first Ferndale Ren Faire!

CARS Bellingham WA. Happy 4 of July

Posted by D on July 3, 2019 at 3:00 AM

Complete Auto Repair Service = CARS

We would like to wish you all a safe and Happy 4th of July


Respect our flag, our people and our country.

Happy 4th of JUlY = FREEDOM!

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Annual Firecracker Rod & Motorcycle Run

Posted by D on July 1, 2019 at 8:45 PM
Annual Firecracker Rod & Motorcycle Run Pioneer Park, Cherry Street 2nd Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248 Saturday, July 6 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm Join your neighbors for a one day show for all cars and trucks. There are over 40 trophies to be given away as well as big raffle prizes. Rod Run Activities include "Show-N-Shine," Dash Plagues. Food vendor and live DJ. Camping available Friday & Saturday ($10/nite per RV).

Jeep - That is what we do at Cars bellingham WA.

Posted by D on July 1, 2019 at 12:10 PM

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No one can say with certainty where the name "Jeep" first came to mean the all-wheel-drive truck the U.S. Army needed urgently for World War II. Theories include Oklahoma oilman slang, a dimension-jumping character from a "Popeye" cartoon and the shortening of the letters G and P -- from the "general purpose" vehicle requested by the Army. There's even one photo from testing in 1941 that calls it a "peep." Wherever it came from, the Jeep knew where it was headed by Aug. 1, 1941 -- off to war.

The Jeep was born from a bid by the U.S. Army for a small, all-terrain vehicle with four-wheel-drive. Developed in just seven weeks, with bits of design from three different automakers, Detroit eventually built more than 1 million for victory in World War II. Ernie Pyle called the Jeep "as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and agile as a goat." After the war, Willys-Overland sold them as glorified farm implements, complete with a power takeoff hitch. The rest you know. Here's an example of the excitement from the Jeep's birth, as it goes through testing around Ford in the winter of 1941.

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When you need toys for your Jeep's Call Complete Autor Repair Service.  We will be able to find you what you need!  Lights, winch, belt puls, hooks and a lot more. 



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