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Chuck's Auto Repair SeattleWhen you buy a pre-owned vehicle from a dealership, there’s security in knowing that the car has undergone some form of inspection and that a history report is available upon request. Sure, if you buy from a private seller, you may get a better deal, but you won’t know what the car has been through. It’s highly recommended that you persuade the seller to allow a pre-purchase car inspection before negotiating a deal.

How to Perform a DIY Auto Inspection

You may perform a DIY buyer’s inspection, though for a complete assessment, it needs to be looked at by a mechanic. Test drive the vehicle and be aware of unusual noises, especially during acceleration and braking. Speaking of braking, hit the brakes both normally and then hard to test its responsiveness. Also, be sure to check the dashboards to make sure all the controls from the wipers to blinkers are working. Finally, you should also test the vehicle on the freeway to see how it operates at high speeds.

Even if everything appears to be A-OK from your observation, you still need to take the vehicle to an auto service. A mechanic will put the car on a lift and examine for evidence of fluid leaks. The lift also allows for a full inspection of the tires, CV axle, brake pads, and differentials. This is something you won’t be able to do on your own. Continue Reading

emissionsIn the state of Washington, all non-hybrid and non-electric vehicles that are registered in Spokane, Snohomish, Pierce, King, and Clark counties are required to undergo an emissions test once every two years. If your car has failed an inspection in the past, then there are a few tips you can follow to up the odds of passing your next emissions test. Continue Reading

Chucks' Auto RepairNobody likes spending an arm and a leg at the pump. What can motorists do to improve gas mileage besides buying a new electric car? There are certainly driving habits that prevent unnecessary fuel loss. The biggest key to fuel efficiency, however, lies in the condition of certain parts under the hood. During your next auto maintenance, have the mechanic examine the following four car parts for improving gas mileage.

1. Mass Air Flow Sensor

This part measures the flow of air into the engine and transmits the data to the engine’s computer, which in turn regulates the transmission, ignition system, and fuel injection. A dirty mass air flow sensor causes inaccurate readings and inefficient operation. Continue Reading

Chuck's Auto RepairDo you know what to do when the ‘check engine light’ shows up on the dashboard? You’ll likely know something is wrong, but what do you do once you pull over? If the check engine light comes on, then your car may have one of the following problems. Needless to say, get your vehicle to an auto repair service ASAP.

1. The Spark Plugs Are Worn

The spark plugs create an ignition that enables the air/fuel mixture in the vehicle’s combustion chamber. Worn sparks reduces fuel economy and can also damage the ignition coils or cause the catalytic converter to become backed up. Continue Reading