Emissions Repair Near Me

Do you need to have some emissions repair work done?  We have been a State Certified Emissions Repair facility for as long as we can remember.  All of our techs are certified by the state to do this type of repair.  We will be happy to explain how the waiver program works, and what repairs you need to have done to pass the emissions test so that you can recieve your tabs.  Please note that you need to take the test first, even if you KNOW you are going to fail.  The state requires this initial test, and then will allow you take to the second test for free.  Once you fail, just give us a call and we will get you in at your earliest convenience.

When should I have my timing belt replaced?

Do you know when you should have your timing belt replaced?  This is a very important question, and knowing the answer can save you a bundle in car repair.  You can give us a call with the year, make and model of your vehicle, and we can look up when the manufacturer recommends replacing.  This is usually based on Mileage.  Some are at 90k, 100k, 105, 120k.  Some vehicles have what is referred to as an interference engine, if the timing belt breaks on one of these it will more than likely cause catastrophic damage.  Any time a timing belt breaks, it will stop the engine from being able to run, but if it breaks within a interference engine, it will more than likely mean replacing the engine.  So please, give us a call, we will let you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced, we don’t want you to have to endure unnecessary repairs.

Who does digital vehicle inspections in Woodinville?

At Long’s we do digital vehicle inspections, on every vehicle that comes into the shop.  This is a newer process that we started using about 2 years ago.  Doing our inspections digitally allows our mechanics to take pictures of their concerns, so that we can either email or text them to you.  This really speeds up the process of getting your vehicle repaired and back to you in a timely manner.  You no longer have to come down to the shop to look at the issue, it’s right there on your phone or on your computer.  After we inspect your vehicle we will send the whole report to you, and list what issues in their level of importance.  1.  The concern you brought it in for (if there was one) 2.  Any safety related issues.  3.  Maintenance issues, such as fluid exchanges etc.  We then let you decide what you would like us to take care of, and schedule the rest for a future visit.  We want you to be able to keep this vehicle for as long as you want, and to keep it in top running condition for you.

 

Why is my Subaru Running so Rough?

Your Subaru may be running rough because of an engine misfire.  Usually your check engine light will come on when a misfire occurs.  A common issue that we see that is causing the misfre are burnt exhaust valves.  What usually causes a valve to become burnt, worn, or cracked, is excessive heat due to either lack of lubrication or excessive combustion chamber temperature as a result of incorrect fuel mixture.  This usually starts out as a bit of rough running when cold, and this will set a check engine light, wit a cylinder misfire code.  If you are having any of these symptoms?  If so give us a call!  We work on Subarus almost daily, and in fact own one ourselves.  Are mechanics are very well versed in working on them.  So if you are looking for a Subaru Mechanic in Woodinville, give us a call!

 

Subaru mechanic in Woodinville

Auto Mechanic in Woodinville

Are you looking for an auto mechanic in Woodinville?  Well, we would like to meet you.  Long’s Car Care Center has been in Woodinville for over 30 years.  We are family owned and operated.  We work on just about all makes and models, except for some of the high end exotic brands.  Our mechanics are all ASE Certified, plus we are a state licensed emission repair facility.  We treat your vehicles as if they were our own.  All of our inspections are digital, so that we can send them to you either via text or email.  They include pictures and videos, so that you can see what we are seeing.  We invite you to come to the shop and meet us and our staff.  We would be happy to show you around the shop so you can see how we operate.  We hope to meet you soon.

Why is my steering wheel crooked?

“Why is my steering wheel crooked or off center?” When was the last time you had a certified mechanic inspect your suspension for worn parts?  When you bring your vehicle in for any type of service we always inspect your vehicle’s suspension and steering parts.  If everything is fine and there are no parts issues, we would then recommend having an alignment done.  This would straighten out your steering wheel, and also prevent uneven wear on your tires, which would mean replacing them sooner than necessary.  It always very important to get your vehicle aligned after purchasing new tires.  If you have any questions and are in the Woodinville area, please stop by or give us a call at 425-481-1739 and we will be happy to help you.

 

When does College start?

We have a lot of customers wondering when does college start?  Well it starts sooner than you think.  If you have a college student that is driving and has been all summer, and is getting ready to leave for college soon, it would be a very good idea to get their vehicle into the shop so that we can do a FREE vehicle health assessment before they leave for school.  Some, not all, young people don’t really pay attention to noises, squeals, rubbing, check engine lights, etc.  Why?  Because they love being able to be mobile, and don’t want to go a minute without their vehicle.  Also they tend to play their music loud so that they really can’t hear anything.  When they see their check engine light come on, they like to think its just a loose gas cap.  So we highly recommend that a parent drive the car, to see if anything is amiss, and then bring it in so that we can look it over, and make sure everything is in good order.  We want to give you peace of mind.  We have had kids away at college ourselves and know first hand how it can be a worry.  Heck even my daughter came home from college one time, missing her muffler…didn’t realize it was gone, due to the volume of her music!!  Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

How often should I replace my belts and hoses?

Customers often ask “How often should I replace my belt and hoses”?  Belts and Hoses can wear thin and crack due to weather conditions and just regular wear and tear.   At Long’s Car Care Center, we provide a “Free” digital vehicle health assessment, every time we see your vehicle.  We take pictures of your belts and hoses, so that we can show you what they look like.  This also allows us to keep a digital history on all of your vehicles.  When we see wear and tear starting to happen we will let you know, so that you can plan for the replacement.  Our goal is to not have any “surprise” break downs..nobody like that.  If you are concerned about your belts and/or hoses, give us a call for and appointment so that we can check them out.

What is that clunking noise coming from the front of my car?

What is that clunking noise coming from the front of my car? Why do I have problems when turning? Why is my car setting unevenly?   A broken coil spring can cause all these issues. Your coil spring and your shock or strut work in connection with each other to keep your vehicle stable. A broken coil spring will compromise the ride of the vehicle, the height the vehicle sits at, the way the vehicle handles turns or cornering, and the overall comfort of the ride. A broken coil spring can be a safety issue. If taking corners too fast, the vehicle may not react in the same way the driver is used to plus if the broken spring comes in contact with the tire it can cause the tire to blow out. If you are having any concerns about your suspension, call us today to schedule an appointment for a complete inspection so that we can assess the health of your vehicle.  We want your vehicle to be as safe as possible, so that you can have some peace of mind.

 

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.