New noise turned into something bad!

Posted on 11/08/2016

Last week, a jeep came in on a tow truck, which was a sad day for the customer. The customer’s complaint was, that it was would no longer shift or move in any of the gears, but would roll.  The vehicle was from out of state, and the customer had come here to visit family and take a vacation. They had only been here about a week, when they noticed that it was not shifting very well. After they arrived, the tech performed an inspection. He found that the transfer case had no fluid left and hadn’t any for a while, and the vehicle had been driven with the 4-wheel drive engaged. The lack of fluid allowed the chain to rub a hole in the transfer case. This had obviously been going on for a long time. No one noticed it while driving, but this could have been prevented with a regular inspection of the vehicle. Make sure you listen to your vehicle and make sure if you notice any funny noises that it might be making to get your vehicle inspected. Here at Bud’s, we want to make sure your vehicle is Safe, Reliable and Dependable, so bring it in today for a thorough 29-point inspection by our certified techs.

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The importance of checking your tires!

Posted on 09/01/2016

The importance of checking your tires!

Your tires are very important to the wellbeing of your vehicles life. Under or over inflated tires can make a big difference to your car or tires wellfare.  Underinflated can make a difference in how your car handles, gas mileage and a chance of a blow out while hard cornering or  fast maneuvers to get out of someone’s way.  Over inflated tires can make your vehicle ride really hard and wear unevenly and cause them to wear out even sooner. Checking your tires air pressure is very important to your tires life, also this gives you a chance to look at your tires and see if they need to be replaced.   The vehicle should also have an alignment whenever you need new tires, your alignment can make a big difference in the life of the tires. The attached photos show a vehicle that needs an alignment you can really see were the tire has uneven wear on the outside edge.   If your tire monitoring light is on you should check the tires.

How to check the air pressure is a simple procedure, get a tire gauge, always a good thing to keep in your vehicle somewhere.   If you do not want to check your tires it is always a good idea to have a local shop check them during an oil change or tire rotation as needed.   Unscrew the rubber cap that is on the valve stem that sticks out of your rim on the vehicle. Then put the gauge on the tire and the gauge thing will pop out at the pressure that it is at. Most passenger tires run around 35, bigger vehicles can run around 55 plus. If you carry a load you will need more air in your tires to help with the distribution.


Women of Snohomish County

Posted on 08/10/2016


Women in Snohomish county

Lets meet Katie an employee of Bud's who would like to help learn a few easy things to help maintain your vehicle.

First thing we will learn about is checking your oil.

How to check your oil, first make sure your car is cool and been parked for a bit, then you will need to pop the hood, most cars have a hood release latch in the cab of the vehicle under the dash that says hood over the top or a picture of an open hood on the lever. It is a little lever that you pull. Then you go to your hood by the bumper and push or pull the other release latch to open the hood. Most cars require a bar or stick looking thing to hold the hood open, make sure this is in place. Then look on your engine for a Dipstick that looks like a little hooky looking thing that you can pull out, male sure it is the oil one, then pull out and wipe off, then put back in and pull out again and look at the oil on the dipstick, does it say full or add, if it says add you will need to add oil or bring it to your local Marysville shop to check. Does the oil look black and really tarry? If it does you should take the vehicle to your local Marysville shop for an oil change.

Engine oil is very important to your cars well fare. If you run your engine out of oil it could make you have to replace your engine which could be a costly mistake. Also not doing regular oil changes can cause some problems with your engine to the engine needs good oil in order to properly lube the engine and run.  I hope this will be some helpful tips for anyone with a vehicle!

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Dodge Magnum

Posted on 10/22/2015

A good reason to always run antifreeze and have the freeze point levels tested in your cooling system.

A customer had purchased a used 2006 Dodge Magnum and after a week it started to have an overheating problem. During the first week of owning the new car it was not drove much, then when it started driving more it started to overheat.  The customer replaced the thermostat and noticed that it did not look like the system had antifreeze in it. Even after the thermostat it continued to overheat so the customer brought it to our shop for diagnoses. Our technician found there was a hole in the radiator way up under the metal section of the hood and that the water system was very rusty from the previous owner not putting antifreeze in it. It appeared that the vehicle may have had overheating issues before as several issues were going on.  The relay that runs the cooling system fans, very specific problem for the magnum, for the radiator was blown and so the cooling fans were not operating correctly.  The water pump was found to be leaking, also a side effect of no antifreeze.  The whole cooling system needed to be thoroughly flushed to clean the system. This problem could have been prevented if the previous owner had used antifreeze. Scheduale your appointment today to keep this from happening to you.

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