Archive | Automotive Maintenance

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.

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.

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!!

 

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.