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Questions to Ask Your Mecahnic - Auto Repair Specialist
By: Luke Shaff ~ 5/18/2017

Does your car need repairs or have you been meaning to take it in for basic maintenance? Whether your car needs new tires, an oil change, or new breaks, choosing an auto repair specialist can be daunting. Finding a balance between quality service and fair prices can be difficult, especially if you’ve never had to find a mechanic before. To help ensure you get the best service possible, here are a few questions you should always ask a new auto repair specialist.

Are you familiar with the make and model of my car?

One of the first questions you should ask any auto shop is whether the auto technicians have done repairs or maintenance on a car like yours before. This is especially important for classic or European cars, which may require special knowledge and skills to repair.

Does your shop belong to any automotive associations?

When you take your car in for service and repair, it’s always a good idea to inquire about which automotive associations the shop belongs to. Examples of automotive associations are AAA and Automotive Service Association. Both of these organizations have quality standards that the shop must be in compliance with.

Do you provide free estimates?

Many auto shops will offer free estimates for car maintenance and repairs. It’s always worth asking. Additionally, if there is a charge for diagnostics, make sure you inquire about how it’s determined and how much it will be.

Talk to an Auto Repair Specialist Today!

Whether you’re dealing with minor maintenance issues or a full-blown emergency repair situation, it’s always important to get the facts. Taking the time to talk with your auto repair specialist can save you both time and money in the long run. If you’ve got questions, Luke’s Automotive of Redmond has answers.

Schedule an appointment, or call 425-885-4333.

Signs Your Car Engine Needs Maintenance
By: Luke Shaff ~ 5/4/2017

Every good car owner knows that proper and regular engine maintenance is vitally important in order to keep your vehicle running. Travel throughout the holidays may have put a lot of extra stress on your engine. So make sure your auto repair specialist spends some extra time on it. Having a professional examine your engine regularly is important. Also, it’s very important to take your car to a shop if you notice irregularities in its performance. Here are three signs that your car may need engine maintenance.

Loud Noises

Your car should never make loud noises. This is particularly true for your engine. If you notice a loud knocking sound when speeding up or slowing down, it could mean that your engine bearings need to be replaced. If you hear this sound, take your car to an auto shop immediately, so an auto technician can inspect your engine. Waiting can do a lot of damage to the inside of your motor.

Increased Exhaust

While a little bit of noticeable exhaust coming out of your car is normal, an increase in visible emissions could indicate that there is an issue with your engine. You might also notice a change in the color of your exhaust—either blue, white, or black. Make sure you discuss this change with your auto technician when you take your car for service and repair.

Reduced Power

You might also need car maintenance if you notice a decrease in your engine power. This is easiest to notice while attempting to accelerate your vehicle, especially on the highway. If your car seems to struggle to reach higher speeds, it means something isn’t right with your engine. Take it to get checked out right away.

Do You Think Your Car Needs Engine Maintenance?


Does your car engine needs maintenance?  Don’t put it off any longer. Taking action fast is the best way to avoid further damage and more expensive repairs. Contact Luke’s Automotive today with questions, or for engine repair.  We offer a wide range of services, including tire replacement, general inspections, engine diagnostics, and break repair.

Schedule an appointment, or call 425-885-4333.