Diesel Mechanic in Woodinville

Are you looking for a Diesel Mechanic in Woodinville?  Well, we sure wish we could help you, and we can in some areas.  We can do routine maintenance, oil changes, filter changes, brakes, suspension, etc.  But if you have a check engine light on, or are having other runnability issues, we would highly recommend Dynamic Diesel in Snohomish.  They are right across the street from the Snohomish Airport.  We are hoping to add a Diesel Mechanic to our workforce soon, and when we do, we will make an announcement, but until then, we will have to refer you out.

 

When is it too hot to leave a dog in a car?

Every summer it seems people ask, when is it too hot to leave a dog in a car?  In my opinion any time it’s over 50 degrees.  That might seem low to some, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the temperature can increase fairly quickly.  I can be cloudy and cool one minute and the next the sun in blazing and it’s hot.  It’s just not worth the risk.  I like to bring my pup to work with me, but I make sure that I am going straight there, and have no stops to make, not even quick ones.   Quick stops, can turn into unplanned long ones, in the blink of an eye, and I don’t want to take that chance.  So if you know you have to make some stops, leave your pooch at home where he/she is safe.  I would hate to have something tragic happen.  Also, Long’s Car Care Center is a pet friendly shop, so feel free to bring you pup in for a visit.

 

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How much does it cost to have my transmission fluid changed?

When was the last time you had your transmission fluid changed?  Was it more than 30,000 miles ago?  If so you should get it changed sooner rather than later.  If it has been a long time, please make sure that a qualified technician checks it before it is changed.  If the fluid if really dirty and burnt, you probably are going to want to leave it, especially if the vehicle has high mileage.  Why?  Because over time the fluid breaks down and form a type of shellac on the interior of the transmission.  If you take out the old fluid and put clean fluid in, the clean fluid is going to act as a detergent and clean the shellac off, and at this point it could cause major damage, including losing the transmission.   This is why we recommend replacing your ATF every 30,000 miles, before it gets dirty, to prevent this from happening.  We want your transmission to run smoothly for years, and years.  As far as the cost of the service, it’s really going to depend on the year, make and model of your vehicle.  Give us a call, and we will answer this question for you.

 

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.