Check Engine Light Evolution

History of Check Engine Lights Have you ever wondered what it was like to drive a vehicle before all of today’s advanced technology? Cars come equipped with complex computer systems to make our lives easier. From parallel parking to maintaining lane control, today’s cars are closer than ever to driving themselves, but let’s not go

What Is Emissions Testing?

Everything You Need to Know About Smog Checks If you are new to Renton, WA, you might be unfamiliar with state-mandated emissions testing. The state of Washington requires drivers to complete smog checks before renewing registration to ensure all vehicles comply with the minimum standards for emissions. Enforcing checks promotes healthy air quality and reduces

Should I Follow My Recommended BMW Service Schedule?

BMW Repair Recommendations So you are the proud new owner of a BMW vehicle, but now you need to know how to take care of it for many years to come! Some auto repair shops will tell you that the best way to stay on top of BMW repairs is by following factory recommended maintenance

Brake Evolution

The History of Brake Repair What goes up must come down and what goes fast, must slow down! In the case of automobiles, that’s where brakes come in. Over the history of automotive evolution, braking systems have come a long way, from rudimentary beginnings to a complex computerized system. The expert technicians at Jeff’s Auto

5 Common Audi Problems

Your Audi vehicle combines performance and luxury into a powerful combination. That makes these vehicles extremely fun to drive. When the vehicle doesn’t perform as it should, that fun goes away. There are several common issues that Audi vehicles experience which generate plenty of complaints from owners each year. Here are some of the signs

Stay Ahead of Mercedes Repairs

Perks of Preventative Maintenance Jeff’s Auto Repair in Bellevue, WA works with our Mercedes drivers to prevent stressful breakdowns and maintain luxury performance mile after mile. Careful preventative maintenance can truly make a difference in the long-term health and performance of your vehicle, no matter what kind of Mercedes you own or how often you

Why You Need Lube Service

How Oil Changes Help Your Car Protect Performance & Value Are you a skeptic of routine maintenance? We don’t blame you. Unfortunately, some drivers don’t trust the advice of their auto shops once they’ve had too many dishonest experiences. First, know that Jeff’s Auto Repair in Bellevue, WA isn’t like other auto shops. We prioritize

Common BMW Problems

While BMW’s are known for being The Ultimate Driving Machine, they are not exempt from common problems and part failures. For example, in late 2017, BMW announced the recall of 1 million vehicles in North America. There were two separate issues involving a risk of fire that had to be addressed. One issue involved valve heaters

6 European Car Repair and Maintenance Tips

European car upkeep often focuses on the transmission and the engine of the vehicle. When these key components are operating as they should, then owners receive the combination of performance and luxury they expect from these imports. To ensure European cars are able to perform, it is important to keep as close as possible to

Oil Changes in Renton, WA

Is the oil light on in your vehicle? For some vehicles, there is an oil life monitor that evaluates the condition of your engine oil. Once a certain amount of time passes, a number of engine revolutions occur, or a certain mileage is achieved, then a light appears within your dashboard to let you know

Common Brake Problems You Should Not Ignore

Are your brakes making a squealing sound? All brakes can make sounds when they are engaged. If your brakes are making a consistent squealing sound when you hit the brake pedal, however, that is an indication that you are experiencing brake issues. The most common brake issue experienced by drivers is a worn-out brake pad.

Emissions Testing in Washington State

The Clean Car Law in Washington State is set to expire in 2019. Until that occurs, certain vehicles must be tested to determine if they can pass the current emissions standards. Washington State currently follows the published California emissions standards when testing vehicles locally. If you have recently moved to Washington State, then you have

Oil Changes in Lynnwood, WA

Do you commute in heavy Seattle traffic every day? If you do, then your vehicle may require an oil change sooner than you may realize. Stop-and-start driving, even when it occurs on I-5 or I-405, can cause the viscosity of your oil to breakdown prematurely. You may have only put 1,500 miles on your vehicle in

European Import Repair in Seattle, WA

Do you own an Audi, a BMW, or a Mercedes? If you’ve purchased a European import, then having a repair team who understands your vehicle you can contact is a key resource. European imports have special needs that must be met. Advanced electrical and computer systems, engine lube specifications, and other advanced quick-turn technologies require

Emissions Testing in Seattle, WA

The State of Washington operates a vehicle emissions check program that requires the testing of vehicles within certain areas, including Seattle, WA. Residents have up to 30 days to register their vehicle when moving to the area. Their vehicle must pass the emissions test before registration will be allowed. Renewing your tabs will also require

Oil Change Advice from Jeff’s Auto Repair

Changing the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance tasks for the overall health of your car or truck. Despite the ease of access, many drivers push their vehicles beyond the oil change due date. They keep driving, even if they suspect that an oil change might be necessary. Don’t be

Battling the Elements: Winterizing your Vehicle

It’s that time of the year again! We’ve started bundling up to stay warm before we go outside, but what about our cars? With the cold weather in full force, ice and snowfall can be unexpected and just around the corner. It’s important to stay prepared during the winter season for anything mother nature may

10 Summer Car Care Tips

Beat the Summer Heat with These Cool Car Care Tips Summer is upon us and it’s time to get your vehicle ready for spring showers and the summer heat. Whether you are planning a lazy summer or road trips we have just the tips to make sure your car is ready to beat the heat!

Why is Correct Tire Pressure Important?

Tire pressure is often one of those things that people forget about. Yet, it is more important than people realize. Correct inflation can affect many things including fuel efficiency, stopping distance, and tread life. Because of its importance tire pressure should be checked monthly, if not more. A simple task that takes minutes can save

Why Choose Jeff’s Auto Repair?

Way back in 1980, over 3 decade’s ago, Jeff Gietzen opened his first auto repair shop at 20 years old. Jeff went from a one-man operation to five locations with over 35 employees and 40 service bays. His dedication and hard work allowed him to grow into Seattle, Washington’s premier automotive repair shop. Community Community