Author Archive | Michelle Long

Can I hurt my car if I hit a curb?

It happens all the time in parking lots, people hitting the curbs with their vehicles.  Most of the time, this doesn’t cause a huge issue, although you should get your car aligned so that you don’t incur uneven tire wear, and have to replace them sooner than you had planned.  But sometimes you can cause real damage.  We had a customer just last week that brought her car in because she wanted us to check her alignment because she had hit a curb.  When we went to bring into the shop, there was a pop, and the two front tire went in opposite direction.  We had to push it into the shop….she had broken her tie rod.  She was so lucky to get it to the shop when she did, if she would have been driving and it had let go, it could have been very dangerous.  So if you do hit a curb, and you hit it hard, it might just be a good idea to call a tow truck and get it to the nearest shop, just to be on the safe side.

 

How much does it cost to turn my airbag light off?

Did you know that if your airbag light is on, that they are not functional?  You can’t just turn the light off.  We need to find out why it came on.  Is it a bad sensor, or connection?  Did you just buy the car and light came on?  If so, that could mean that the vehicle may have been in an accident, repaired, but no one took care of the airbags.  Airbags are there to protect you and your passengers in case of a collision, it’s always best to have them in good working order.  Give us a call for an appointment, we can diagnose the issue and probably take care of the repair.  If for whatever reason the repair is not something we can handle, we have a mobile airbag company that comes right to our shop to help.  So no matter what we will get you back on the road safe and sound.

 

How much does it cost to repair a coolant leak?

Is your vehicle leaking coolant?  Are you wondering how much it is going to cost to repair it?  Well, that is a great question.  There are numerous things that could be causing this leak.  It could be a loose hose, or a leaking hose.  Your radiator could have sprung a leak.  It could be as simple as a loose connection.  If your vehicle is leaking coolant it is best to get it check out as soon as possible, repair a leak, is going to be a lot less expensive than the repair would be if you overheat your vehicle.  Give us a call, and we will get you in as soon as possible.  One of our mechanics will inspect and test your cooling system to pinpoint this issue.  We will then let you know what the repair is going to cost, get the parts, and repair the leak.  We will have you back on the road in no time.

 

How much does it cost to repair a squealing belt?

Does your vehicle make a squealing noise when you start it up in the morning?  Does it squeal while you are driving it?  That noise can be very annoying, and you are probably wondering how much it is going to cost to repair it.  Well that is going to depend on a couple of things.  Sometimes the belt tensioner isn’t doing it’s job properly and is causing the squeal.  In other situations it could be that the belt is just worn out.  The best thing to do is to bring your vehicle in so that we can take a look and it and figure out what the problem is.  At that point we will be able to tell you what the cost is going to be.  Also, depending on the car, if that belt does break, you could lose your steering, your A/C  and/or the ability to keep your charging system working properly.  It is best to get this looked at right away.

 

How much does it cost to replace a Fuel Filter?

Is your vehicle having a hard time going up hills and/or accelerating when you are getting on the freeway?  If so it could be due to a plugged fuel filter.  So how much does it cost to replace a fuel filter?  It is going to depend on your vehicle.  Some Fuel Filters are located inside the fuel tank, some are not.  So the best thing to do if you are concerned is to give us a call for an appointment, we will diagnose the issue, to make sure it truly needs a Fuel Filter, and if it does we will be able to tell you exactly how much it is going to cost.

 

How much does a Tune – Up cost.

Is your vehicle running rough, and are you wondering how much a tune-up will cost?  This really is a great question!  In the old days a tune-up was pretty straight forward, and on some of the older vehicles it still is.  Spark plugs, Wires, Cap and Rotor, and you were good to go.  Unfortunately with newer vehicles it’s just not that simple.  If your Check Engine light is on we will need to diagnose what the codes mean, and what they lead us to.  If your vehicle is running rough, and the Check Engine light isn’t on we will need to visually inspect the tune up parts, and test drive it.  So the cost is really going to depend on the year, make and model of your vehicle, and it’s symptoms.  Computers are amazing, but sometimes they make things a bit more difficult to repair.

 

How much does a pre-buyers inspection cost?

Are you thinking about buying a used car, and are wondering how much a pre-buyers inspection is going to cost?  Sometimes, they are free!!  If we notice a huge issue on the test drive, or when we put it up in the air, we are going to stop the inspection, and speak with you about our concerns.  If you don’t want us to continue we will stop, and there will be no charge.  Some inspections take longer than others, say on a large truck with dual wheels, vs a small sedan.  The best thing for you to do, is once you find the vehicle that you would like to purchase, give us a call for an appointment, and with the needed information we will be able to give you the cost.  Happy Hunting…and please make sure that no matter where or whom you are looking to purchase a vehicle from, ALWAY get inspected before any money exchanges hands.

 

How much does it cost to have my vehicle inspected?

Are you going on a road trip and wondering how much an inspection on your vehicle would be?  Well, the good news is, that at Long’s Car Care Center, we perform what we call a Pre Road Trip inspection for FREE!!!!  We want you to have an enjoyable vacation, and we know that there is nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere.  We suggest having this inspection done at least a couple of weeks before you plan on leaving so just in case there is any work to be done, you would have plenty of time to get it done, and not be under the gun and stressing out.

 

Is there a AAA repair shop in Woodinville

Are you looking for a AAA repair shop in Woodinville?  Well look no further, because Long’s Car Care Center is the only AAA certified repair facility in town, and we have been for 28 years.  We are very proud of this, as it shows our determination to provide the best service possible to our customers.  We offer a AAA discount, of course.  So if you are looking for a AAA shop, please come on by and meet us, and we will be happy to show you our facility.

 

How much does a New Headlight Cost?

My headlight is out, how much does a new headlight cost?  I just got a phone call asking this very question today.  It used to be that on almost all vehicles we would just charge for the bulb,which was a couple of dollars and not have to charge any labor at all, because it would take us just a couple of minutes.  Not so much anymore.  I had one vehicle that was over an hour to just change 1 bulb!!!  It appears that some engineers don’t think ahead about how hard it is to do the simplest job when they stack a bunch of stuff behind it.  Also bulbs can be expensive.  I had a customer pull into the shop a couple of years ago with her headlight out.  I called the dealer, and they want $500.00 for 1 bulb.  Thankfully I was able to get it aftermarket for $100.00.  The customer was still shocked at the price, but happy I could save her $400.00.  It’s just not like it used to be, so many variables, and different types of bulbs.  The best thing to do if you have a headlight out is to swing into the shop and let us take a look, that way we will be able to give an accurate price.