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

NEWS LETTER

Thank you for letting us help you with all of your Car care needs!
Motors, Exhaust, Mufflers, oil change, Electrical and more....

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Tune up - Oil Change

Posted by D on March 15, 2019 at 9:10 PM

Oil Changes & Fluid Maintenance

Regular oil changes and fluid flushes keep your car or truck running clean. Whether you need a basic oil change or our total fluid system care package, we’ll make it easy to keep your engine in great condition. We will show you how and when to check your fluids yourself so you can avoid breakdowns and save time and money.

Regular Auto Maintenance extends the life of your vehicle, lowers emissions and helps prevent expensive repairs. You don’t have to pay high dealer service charges to keep your vehicle in top shape. We perform all required auto maintenance services to keep your warranty valid without charging high dealership service department prices.

Automotive Tune-ups

We’re electronic and mechanical tune-up experts. From adjusting timing belts to exhaust systems, we’ll keep you driving safely and smoothly. Come see the difference  careful attention to detail can make, and why most of our business comes from referrals and returning customers.

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
360-922-0553
www.carsbellingham.com
4727 Pacific Highway
Bellingham WA.

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Leprechaun Daze Car Show Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Leprechaun Daze Car Show Bellingham WA.

Event Dates: March 17, 2019 - March 17, 2019
 Location: Bellingham, Washington
 Celebrate the Spring Season at our St. Patrick Day themed car show.
* $10 entry fee, trophies and dash plaques.
*Decorate your car and join in the fun!
*Shake off the winter cobwebs and bring flyers for your upcoming shows!
*See us at the Hardware Sales Parking Lot at 2034 King Street, Bellingham, WA. *Exit 254 Iowa Dr. off Interstate 5.
 *Approx. 9am to 2 pm.
 *Sponsored by the 4th Corner Elites Car Club of Bellingham.
 *We support Project Santa Claus and provide scholarships for automotive studies.

Info. Brought to you By:
CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service

NEW ADDRESS
May 2019
5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA. 98248 United States  

Exit 262 Off I-5


Auto Repair / Shocks/ Tires

Posted by D on March 1, 2019 at 11:05 AM

Suspension Systems
Do you have steering issues or excessive tire wear?
This could be a sign!

Which parts solve which problems?
1.
Idler Arms hold the steering linkage in place. By replacing worn idler arms, you canreduce vehicle wander, excessive play in the steering wheel, and abnormal tire wear.   

2.Ball Joints are the pivot points on which the front wheels turn. By replacing worn ball joints, you can reduce front -end looseness, vibration, misalignmnet and excessive tire wear.

3.Tie Rod Ends connect the steering arm to the linkage. By replacing worn tie rod ends, you can also reduce front -end looseness, vibration, misalignment and excessive tire wear.

4.Bushings help dampen front-end movement, keep body roll to a minimum, and help dampen wheel shock and vibration. Replacing worn bushings helps eliminate noise and play, and makes handling safer and more predictable.

Are your Tires Worn? 

1.Cupped Tire Wear: ( dips appearing around the edge of the tread on one side or the other) Can be caused by an unbalanced tire condition, faulty wheel bearings, or weak shock absorbers. Worn components should be replaced with new ones. The worn tire should be balanced and possibly moved to a different location on the car.                                                                      

Cupping   

2.Uneven Tire Wear: Can be from incorrect worn ball joints and bushings or alignment . ( When an inner or outer rib wears faster than than the rest of the tire )                             

One Side Wear    

3.Both Edges Worn: Under inflation

4.Center Treads Worn: Over inflation

5.Variable Tire Wear:     
      ( Erratically spaced bald spots ) Can be caused by a combination of weak shocks, worn control arm bushings, misalignment, and excessively loose ball joints. 

Second-rib Wear

This is just a few examples of why you need to check your tires to keep on top of your car repairs.

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham Wa. 98226

(360) 922-0553

www.carsbellingham.com
Exit 260 Off - I-5
Map

 

We Are Moving in April 2019

Posted by D on February 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM

CARS Complete Auto Repair Service is
MOVING TO FERNDALE the end of APRIL 2019 !!

MOVING NORTH APPROX. 1.5 miles
To: 5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale, WA. 98248

Still located @ 4724 Pacific Hwy until end of April 2019 !!...

www.carsbellingham.com

NEW = 5640 Barrett Rd.
             Ferndale WA. 98248

I - 5 North -   Exit 262 -

- Straight a cross the exit (@ light) -Main Street / Barrett.
LOCATED on the left, just passed park & ride bus entrance.
- A crossed from WECU (Credit Union ) and Chevron Gas Station.


I -5 South - Exit 262 - Main Street
- Left @ light (across the bridge).
- Right on Barrett (stop light).
- LOCATED On the left, just passed park & ride bus entrance.

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

CLOSE TO:
- Taco Bell
- McDonalds

Bellningham WA. & Ferndale WA.
Whatcom Co. Area

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Muffler & Exhaust - Auto Repair -Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on February 15, 2019 at 8:25 PM

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

 is known throughout Whatcom Co., Bellingham Area as THE place to get a HIGH QUALITY CUSTOM EXHAUST SYSTEM installed on “your out of the ordinary” CUSTOM, EXOTIC, ANTIQUE, HOT ROD or OFF ROAD Vehicle. Jason, the owner, has over 20 years experience in custom exhaust work.

Having the exhaust repaired before it gets too loud offers the most benefit to you. Delaying a needed car exhaust repair can make it cost more. That is because continuing to drive with an exhaust leak or bad catalytic converter can damage other things in your vehicle's operating system.

Reasons to have a Good working a Exhaust System is becasue it keeps it from having :

Exhaust Leaks
You might notice the new vibration when you touch the steering wheel, foot pedals or car seat. You might or might not hear a rumbling sound, depending on the size of the damaged area. A hole, exhaust leak or disconnected exhaust system component don't just cause vibrations, they can also signal the engine is no longer running at optimum performance.

Fuel Efficiency
If you notice you have to fill up your gas tank more often than normal, have your exhaust system checked out. Similar to the vibrations, increased fuel use is a sign something is wrong with your car. When the exhaust leaks, your engine works harder. When your engine works harder, it requires more fuel.

Catalytic Converter
An intact but failing catalytic converter may sound like someone shaking a box of rocks when your vehicle is idling when parked or stopped in traffic. If you notice any of these issues, schedule an appointment for CARS muffler shop.

Complete Auto Repair Service has build custom exhaust systems for nearly everything, from Hot Rods, Classic Cars, Antique Cars,  Off Road, . 

C.A.R.S. offers Free Exhaust and Brake inspections.

Stay Safe & on the Road. Whether you own a domestic or a high performance car, we’re the place to take your car for scheduled maintenance, crucial technical repars, or even a simple oil change.

Complete Auto Repair Service  -  CARS
(360) 922-0553
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham  WA.  98226
WE WILL BE MOVING APRIL 2019 UP THE ROAD

www.carsbellingham.com


 

Auto Repair Your Rights

Posted by D on January 15, 2019 at 11:25 AM

 

Auto Repair / Your Rights
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Frequently Asked Questions

Smart Shopping for Auto Repairs

You can help avoid trouble with an unreliable or dishonest repair shop by following these tips:

•Deal only with a registered shop. Make sure there's a  State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration certificate inside.

•Ask your family, friends and co-workers for advice on reliable repair shops in your area, as well as those you should avoid.

•Keep all records, including estimates, invoices, work orders, receipts, guarantees and warranties. Besides their importance in case you file a repair complaint, these papers serve as your record of service, and could increase your vehicle's resale value.

•If you authorize repair work by phone, write down the date and time, the name of the person you spoke with, any estimated price quoted, and other pertinent details.

•Don't be afraid to ask questions. Management of a shop should take the time to explain required repairs and prices, discuss problems, and tell you about the training and experience of employees.

*Make sure your vehicle is serviced  and keep very clear records of your vehicle's maintenance.

  •  Do you have to return to the dealer facility for all of my car's maintenance to keep from voiding the warranty?
    The answer to this is, Absolutly Not. You can have routine service done by any competent independent service shop or garage and still maintain your warranty.
  • Do you need to use the manufacturer's original equipment parts to keep you warranty valid? NO! Automakers cannot specify the use of their or anyone else's products for your vehicle's maintenance.
  • Check your owner's manual to find out what products should be replaced and at what inervals. You may use any brand-name quality product such as CARQUEST to replace fan belts, hoses, brakes, exhausts, chassis parts, oil, or any other product needed to be replaced. ( Stated in CARQUEST Tech-Net Auto service guide)

If your car is leased are you responsible for maintenance?

  •  YES! Even if you lease a vehicle you are responsible for all maintenance and repairs.

How does the quality of aftermarket products compare with original equipment products?

  •  Today, many of the products are manufactured by the same supplier and may even be guaranteed longer than the original equipment products. Aftermarket products supplied by CARQUEST meet or exceed manugacturer's specifications.

  

Safe Travels From: C,.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service

We will be moving End of April 2019.
click on Location for Info. 

4724 Pacific Hwy. 
Bellingham WA. 98226 

(360) 922-0553 

www.carsbellingham.com

Exit 260 Off I-5
North of Bellingham / South of Ferndale

 

 

WE'RE MOVING APRIL 2019

Posted by D on January 10, 2019 at 11:05 AM

WE'RE MOVING SPRING 2019

- MOVING NORTH APPROX. 1.5  MILES TO 5640 BARRETT RD FERNDALE.
---Other Services = Mufflers, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Tune-ups & much more....
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat By Apt. Sun. Closed



Complete Auto Repair Service - Bellingham WA.

Posted by D on January 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM

How is your Communication Between your Auto Repair shop?

The following tips should help you along the way:  

  • Do your homework before taking your vehicle in for repairs of service.
  • Read the owner's manual to learn about the vehicle's systems and components.
  • Follow the recommended service schedules.
  • Keep a log of a ll repairs and service.

You know your car.  You drive it everyday & know how it feels and sounds when everything is right.  So don't ignore it s warning signals.  Use all your senses to inspect your car frequently.

Check for:

  • Unusual sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings.
  • Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage, fluid levels.
  • Worn tires, belts, and hoses.
  • Problems in handling, braking, steering, vibrations.

Note when the problem occurs:

  • Is it constant or periodic?
  • Is it when your vehicle is cold or is it after the engine is warmed up?
  • It it at all speeds?  Only under acceleration? During braking?  When shifting?
  • When did the problem first start?
  • Write the symptoms down to give or tell the technician.

Communication is important between you and your auto repair shop.  You should be prepared to describe the symptoms.  ( In larger shops you will probably speak with a service writer/manager rather than the technician.)  

Resist the temptation to suggest a course of repair.  Just as you would do with your physician,  tell where it hurts and how long so that the technician can diagnose and recommend a remedy.
Ask for explanations in layman's terms if you don't understand.
Don't rush the technician to make an on the spot diagnosis.
Before you leave, make sure you understand all the shop policies regarding labor rates, guarantees, & acceptable methods of payment.

Last but not least,  Leave a phone number where you can be called.

Safe Travels to you from

C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Reapir Service
                                                               
4724 Pacific Hwy.
Bellingham  Wa.  98226
 (360) 922-0553
 www.carsbellingham.com 
 Exit 260             Off I-5

NEW LOCATION END OF APRIL 2019

5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale WA.
8248 United States
Exit 262 Off I-5
MAP

North of Bellingham / South of Ferndale

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Merry Christmas from Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on December 22, 2018 at 11:25 PM

May your Christmas be Merry and Bright !

What ever you celebrate from far to near,

CARS hopes you can spend it with Family and Friends

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

Thank you for letting us be your
One stop shop.
Jason

NEW LOCATION END OF APRIL 2019!

CARS = Complete Auto Repair Service
4724 Pacific Hwy
Bellingham WA.

www.carsbellingham.com

Happy Thanks Giving From Complete Auto Repair Service

Posted by D on November 23, 2018 at 11:00 PM

CARS

Would like to wish Everyone for making this a wonderful year.

I hope you all have a lot to be thankful for.

Take care.
Complete Auto Repair Service

NEW LOCATION END OF APRIL 2019



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