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When is it too hot to leave my dog in the car?

The weather is getting warm, and you don’t want to be leaving your pet or your child in your car.  Once the temperature starts hitting the 70’s it can be dangerous, and even deadly to leave any creature or human in your vehicle.  It’s hard to imagine how quickly it can heat up inside your vehicle, with the windows up and no breeze.  It can happen very fast, and sometime those quick stops, can become longer that you intended, and can turn into a tragedy.  So during this time of the year, leave your precious pets at home, and bring you children into the store with you.

Where can I get my vehicle inspected for free?

Did you know that we do Free Vehicle Inspections?  We do a free vehicle health assessment everytime your vehicle is at our shop.  We want to make sure that your fluids, belts, hoses, brakes, suspension, and exhaust system are in tip top shape.  These inspections are then emailed to you so that you can see what we have found.  We take pictures of any issues we may find, plus on the report there are links to videos, so that you can learn more about how your vehicle functions.  After we send it to you, we give you a call, to answer any questions, and to also provide estimates for any needed work.  If you would like a FREE Vehicle Health Assessment, just give us a call, and we will set up an appointment for you!

How much does a Tune-Up Cost?

How much does a tune-up cost?  That is one of the hardest questions to answer, and we get asked this several times a week.  Vehicles have changed so much in recent years, all of the computers, sensors, injectors, spark plugs, wires, and other variables, that can affect the runnibility of your car, there is no way for us to give you an accurate cost until we can inspect your vehicle.  If you have a check engine light on, we will need time to diagnose that, and then go from there.  If your vehicle is running rough, with no check engine light on, we will need to inspect your plugs, wires, and fluids to see what the issue is.  If you are having runnability issues, please give us a call at 425-481-1739, and we will get you in as soon as possible.

 

Why is my car so bouncy?

Does your car have a lot of bounce and feel unstable when you drive?  Does it take you longer to stop than it used to?  Would you like to have better control and handling? Would you like your tires to last longer? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it may be time to get your shocks and struts checked.  We recommend replacing them every 75,000 miles.  It is amazing the difference in your vehicle’s handling when you put new shocks and struts on.  I know this from my own experience, I couldn’t believe the difference, it was like driving a new car.  Shocks and struts wear out slowly over time, so you really don’t notice anything until they are really bad.  Give us a call or book online, and we will get your vehicle and get it checked out.

When is Spring Break?

Well, Spring Break is right around the corner.  Are you going on a road trip for your vacation?  If so, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready.   Call us for an appointment for your FREE ROAD TRIP INSPECTION!!  We will check your battery, fluids wipers, lights, HVAC system, brakes, belts, hoses, your suspension and tires (including your spare).   We want you to have peace of mind during your vacation.  Nothing is worse than being in the middle of nowhere and having car problems.  We will send you the results of our digital inspection, which will include pictures and videos, so that you can see what we are seeing!  We look forward to helping you get ready for your road trip!!  See you soon!

 

Is it time to replace my brakes?

Do you ever wonder when it’s time to replace your brakes?  Are your brakes grinding or squealing? Is there a pulsation while braking?  Well, nothing lasts forever, including the brakes on your car. Worn out brakes can be a safety hazard to you and your loved ones. If you suspect that your brakes are getting worn, please give us a call 425-481-1739, and we will get you in for a FREE brake inspection, that way we can see exactly what is going on, and give you an accurate price for any brake work you may need.  So, please if you think there may be an issue with your brakes don’t hesitate to call us.

How do you keep mice and other rodents out of your vehicle?

It’s that time of year when rodents like to find warm places, so we get asked “How do you keep mice and other rodents out of your vehicle? ”  Rodents of all sizes can cause a lot of damage once they get inside your engine compartment, or even worse in side your vehicle.  They chew on wires, make nests, and can just make a stinky mess.  If you have a vehicle that you are not using often, and can store with the hood up, that is best, as the rodents are looking for a dark/warm place to nest.  If that is not possible, do not store pet food in close range, try to seal all of the entrances, put Pine Sol, peppermint oil, or other “smelling” substance in the vehicle, what smells good to us, does not smell good to rodents.  Put traps in the vehicle.  Open the hood every few days, to check things out.  If you find that you do have a rodent issue, give us a call for an appointment, will be happy to help you repair whatever they have damaged.

 

Last Minute Christmas Gift

Are you looking for a Last Minute Christmas Gift?  Do you have someone to buy for, and just can’t come up with any great ideas?  How about buying this special person Lifetime Oil Changes?  This program is our Lifetime Maintenance Package, and the thing that is amazing about it, is that it follows the owner, and not the vehicle.  So it truly is Lifetime Oil Changes…there is a $5.00 fee with each oil change to cover disposal costs, but that is the only charge the owner has for the rest of his/her life.  Let’s say for example the person has a vehicle that take regular oil, and they decided to buy a new car that take synthetic, they would just have to pay the difference in the two plans.  That’s it!  This is a great gift for young drivers, or people that are very busy, and forget about getting their oil change, as part of this program we remind them, by text or call, that their oil change is due.  This helps keep their vehicles maintained and in tip top shape.  We also do a free vehicle health assessment every time we see the vehicle, to make sure there are no leaks, or safety issues.  Our goal is to keep all the vehicles we see running for as long as their owners would like.  If this sounds like a great gift to you, stop on by this week we are here from 7:30am til 5:00pm.  We will need to know the year, make and model of the vehicle…that’s it.  You’re in and out with a fantastic gift in less than 10 minutes!  Hope to see you soon!  Merry Christmas!!

 

Jeep Mechanic in Woodinville

Have you ever wondered where to take your Jeep for service in Woodinville?  You search is over!  Here at Long’s we work on Jeeps just about every day.  In fact in the last 2 weeks we have welcomed 22 new customers and 8 of them have Jeeps.  We will treat your vehicle right.  Every Time we see your Jeep, we will do a detailed inspection, and if there are any issues, we will send you the report along with pictures to document everything.  We keep complete records for you, and send our reminders so that you will never get behind in any maintenance items.  So, come on in and meet us, we will give you a tour of our shop, and explain our maintenance program.  We also offer a Lifetime Oil Change package…wouldn’t it be nice to never have to pay for an oil change again??  We look forward to meeting you!

What does it mean when my Check Engine Light is on?

Ever wonder what it means when your check engine light comes on?  Well, it could be a small issue or it could be something more serious. Is it accompanied by a constant, rattle or other unusual noise? Is there any smoke? Have you noticed a decline in gas mileage? Problems starting or loss of power? Any of these symptoms coupled with the Check Engine Light being on can indicate a serious issue that you should get checked out immediately.   If you are experiencing any of these issues please give us a call so we can get you into the shop before the issue gets worse.  425-481-1739.  We will get the issue diagnosed and repaired and have you on your way as soon as possible.