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Is your AC not working as well as it used to?

The most common cause of inadequate cooling is the leaking of refrigerant through worn seals and O-rings, loose fittings or connections. Over time, contamination can appear and affect the cooling system in your vehicle.

We recommend having your A/C system checked and serviced before the warm season begins.

Our A/C Service is designed to bring your air conditioning system back to peak performance. When temperatures rise, there is nothing more refreshing than sliding into a cool, air-conditioned vehicle!

Take advantage of this by calling (360) 714-9900 today, or by requesting an appointment.

Thank you for trusting us with your vehicle(s). We look forward to seeing you soon!

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A car or truck is the most prized possession for a majority of individuals, an investment which takes away a great part of one’s savings. The way buying your dream car is expensive similarly it is demanding and very imperative that the car is aptly maintained. By doing so it gives you service for a long time and at the same time is comfortable on your pocket too as it would have less breakages. A Regular visit of the car to the mechanic, time to time oil change with periodical tuning of the engine works best for the car.

Be it a small or a high end luxury car, every car requires maintenance and well upkeep to keep it going in good condition. To keep a car in perfect condition is the biggest challenge at the hands of the owner. The way the heart is to the human body, the engine is to the car and the healthy the engine is smooth and extended will be its service.

To help you in keeping your car fit and running, it is most essential to select an experienced and skill savvy specialist for your car. He should have in and out knowledge of your car and should know the weak areas in your car. This can happen only if you have confidence in your car specialist, this eventually comes with time and you can judge your car specialist as to how he deals with the situation. Thus, the best way to find a suitable specialist is to continue with a specialist for some time so that you can judge him completely.

The new technology has enabled people to enjoy driving rather than thinking of it as just a chore. In early days the cars were operated by hydraulic systems and the mechanisms of car were connected through pivots for pressure and oils. With the dawn of a new era, the cars started to be assembled through integrated software and computerized systems. Examples of such high tech cars would be Mercedes, Mark Series and of course BMW!

BMW comes equipped with advanced features such as keyless entry systems, keyless ignition systems , automatic features and if there is a problem with the engine than the traditional engine problem light has been replaced with inspection lights. Many of you who do not understand what an inspection light is , should read this article to understand the functions and basics of an inspection light and how to disable the light if its causing a lot of trouble.

How Do I Prepare for a Long Trip?

Have your regular maintenance done.

A week or so before you leave, have regular maintenance done, like oil and filter change, or routine maintenance. Specifically, ask the shop to check the air filter and change it if necessary. Changing the air filter is an inexpensive way to enhance fuel economy and performance. Also have them check the tires again. If the pressure has gone down since the last check, you may have a leak that can be fixed on the spot.

Have your repair shop check the tire pressure and adjust it if necessary.

If the pressure is too low, it can cause a blowout at high speed. Also have them check the tread on the tires for excessive wear. (You can also do this yourself by placing the head of a penny into the tread of the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.) Be sure to have your repair shop check to see that the spare tire is inflated and the appropriate tools are available to install it if necessary.

Have the auto repair shop check the coolant.

Are you going somewhere with a warmer or colder climate? Let your repair shop know so your mechanic can adjust the mixture of water and antifreeze to ensure the car is protected against temperature extremes.

Buy a road atlas or GPS.

If you don’t have a current road atlas, get one. Hours and hours of expressway can get boring. Getting off the beaten path can add an entirely new dimension to your trip.

Clean out your car.

The day before you leave, thoroughly wash and vacuum the car. It’s much nicer to have your trip in a clean car.

Make sure your paperwork is in order.

Make sure your license, registration and insurance are all current and accessible.

Fill the gas tank.

Might as well get it out of the way now. Besides, gas is often more expensive on the road.

Look at what you’ve packed.

Open your suitcases and take one last look — do you really need all that stuff? Did you forget anything?

Relax!

Enjoy your trip!

The best way to keep your car on the road and out of the shop is to have its oil changed regularly. Every vehicle has a different recommended schedule, this can range from 3,000 miles to over 5,000 miles on modern cars. You can check your vehicles maintenance booklet or ask your mechanic for your particular cars recommended schedule.

Why Is Changing My Oil So Important?

Your engine has a lot of parts that move very quickly. Those parts need a constant flow of oil in order to stay lubricated and cool. Oil can actually help draw heat out of the engine and also keeps friction down which helps stop extra heat from being created. With time or an aggressive driving style the oil breaks down and becomes less effective at its job.

Let’s take a look at 5 reasons to have your oil changed regularly.

  • Some warranties may be dependent on regular maintenance like oil changes. If you fail to get your oil changed at the suggested periods and it leads to an issue with your cars engine your warranty may not cover you!
  • If your trips are very short your car may not have enough time to warm up completely. The period before your cars engine is warmed up completely is the hardest time for it which makes having proper lubrication even more important.
  • If your on a long trip get your oil checked before hand. You may not need an oil change but your mechanic will be able to let you know if your oil is low which could be a sign of another problem or if it would be wise to get it replaced so your engine can run at peak efficiency.
  • If your a more aggressive driver or plan on working your car hard your oil will need changing more often. Again this helps prevent wear which will help keep your car running better longer.
  • Remember that even if you don’t drive your vehicle very much, your oil can still become contaminated. This contributes to accelerated engine wear and can cause long-term damage, so if you don’t drive 3,000+ miles in under 3 months you may still want to get your oil changed.

In summary, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to changing your engine oil. The cost of this simple preventative service is minimal compared to the expense you will incur from costly engine repairs which can result from infrequent oil changes.

Check your oil at least once a week and make sure the level is correct. When topping up, always use the highest quality recommended lubricant and make sure you tell your mechanic to do the same.

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