Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association
According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. The following simple and inexpensive preventive checks will greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment.
Always consult your owner's manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.
Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system.
Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.
Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.
Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.
Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.
MONTHLY / Every 3,000 miles
Engine Air Filter / Oil
Wind shield Washer
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Complete Auto Repair Service C.A.R.S.
Serving: Auto Repair, Bellingham WA., Ferndale WA. Whatcom county &
our Canadian customers.
Q: Do you need an appointment for an oil change or other repair work?
A: Most of the time Yes, but give us a call or drop by and if we are not busy
we will fit you in.
Q: Do you accept drop ins?
A: For the fastest service, an appointment is recommended.
You can call us at (360) 922-0553
to arrange a time. Some services such as a wiper blade or
light bulb change can be done on a drop in basis, or if time allows.
Q: What Credit Cards do you accept?
A: We accept cash and all major credit cards Visa, Master Card, Discover, Credit or Debit
Q: How much does it cost to repair...?
A: We need to inspect your vehicle to see exactly what the
problem is and what parts are required to properly fix the problem and provide
an accurate estimate. Please call us to make an appointment at
Q: Do you perform 30k, 60k, and 90k Services that a dealer does?
A: Yes, We can do all the services a dealer does. We use genuine original equipment parts or better and your factory warranty will still be in effect.
Q: How late can I pick my car up?
A: Our hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon - Fri, by Apt. on Sat. and vehicles
can be picked up between those hours. Other arrangements can be made for after hours pickup.
Key Drop Off service is also available before 8 am.
Q: Do you have towing services available?
A: Yes! It would be our pleasure to arrange a tow for you, where ever you happen to be.
Just give us a call!
Q: What days/hours are you open?
A: Our hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon - Fri, by Apt. on Sat. and vehicles can be picked up between those hours.
Oher arrangements can be made for after-hours pickup. Drop Off service is also available before 8 am