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Don’t “Let It Be”

February 15th, 2021 by

Storing Cars Without Causing Damage Most of us have heard Beatles music and the calming words of their song “Let It Be.” While it was a very successful recording, perhaps it’s not the best advice for maintaining your car. If your car is going to be sitting unused for a long period of time, there

Let the Horses Run!

February 1st, 2021 by

Horsepower, That Is Americans have a long-standing love for muscle cars. They expanded the Detroit empire in the 1960s and early 1970s, they’ve appeared in our favorite movies, and they’re mentioned in popular songs. And we like to compare. Whose motor is larger? Whose is faster? While this may be the conversation between neighborhood car

Making Sparks Fly

January 15th, 2021 by

A Crash Course in Spark Plugs Most people know that their vehicles have spark plugs, but not everyone knows what they do and why they occasionally need replacing. As the name suggests, these plugs emit the spark that ignites the fuel-air mixture in your engine’s cylinders, producing power to move your car. Spark plugs are

Nobody Wants to Eat Dirty Jelly

January 1st, 2021 by

Your Car’s Dirty Oil If you started to spread jelly on your toast and noticed that it was black and obviously contained dirt, you wouldn’t eat it, would you? Certainly not! But if you allow sludge to develop, you’re asking your vehicle to digest that dirty gel and spread it all around the engine. Can

Tuning a Guitar and a Car

December 15th, 2020 by

What Musicians and Cars Have in Common Everyone knows that musicians who play the guitar like to keep it in tune. It’s important to them because it impacts the quality of the sound and, therefore, the beauty of the music that can be produced from that guitar. Similarly, tuning up a car keeps it at

Tuning Up Your Car and Your Budget

December 1st, 2020 by

Saving Money with Routine Maintenance Tuning up your car is important. It makes your vehicle perform at its best, saving you time, money, and trouble in the long run. Thus, a tune-up makes good economic sense. However, since most people need to budget for planned expenses, it’s helpful to know about how often you should

What is Viscosity?

November 15th, 2020 by

Understanding Motor Oil You get it that there are different kinds of motor oil–conventional, full synthetic, synthetic blend, and high mileage. But then there are various viscosities. What is that? What should you choose? Visit Jeff’s Auto Repair on Sandpoint Way, Seattle, Washington, for expert advice from our ASE certified technicians. We can help you

The Happy Engine

November 1st, 2020 by

What It Takes to Keep Car Engines Healthy & Happy Nobody (not even the people who work at auto service shops) want to encounter the need for major engine repairs. They’re expensive and inconvenient. The best way to avoid engine repairs is to prevent them through routine maintenance. Keeping your engine “happy” will extend its

Checking Out the History of Check Engine

October 15th, 2020 by

How the Check Engine Light Came to Be If you’ve been driving awhile, chances are you’ve seen the check engine light come on at some point. But did you ever wonder how it came into existence? Maybe not. Most of us are too busy worrying over what problem has triggered the light, whether we should

Tune In to Tune-Up Recommendations

October 1st, 2020 by

What’s Required for Your Car’s Maintenance? Tune-up? Isn’t tuning for musical instruments? Yes, but just as tuning makes an instrument sound better, a tune-up makes your vehicle perform better. In fact, you’ll get much better performance out of your car or truck if you are attuned to its service needs. Older vehicles–those without electronic ignitions–should