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Transfer Case Explosion... Dodge Ram 2500

Transfer Case Explosion... Dodge Ram 2500

Dodge 2500 September 2015 Transfer case… How many pieces do you need? This week we had a Dodge Ram 2500 that came in with no gears at all, for diagnostic and repair. The truck had used 4 wheel drive to get unstuck from out on some muddy roads and when the customer disengaged the lever, the 4 wheel drive indicator light stayed on. We believe this customer didn’t understand the full scope and meaning of what the warning light meant. He ignored the light and drove the truck going highway speeds for over 2 weeks, causing the truck to lose all gears. As the tow truck brought the truck in and the tech put it on the lift he could plainly see the transfer case no longer existed. It was in pieces! Branden called in the troops to take pictures and use the truck as an example of “What not to do” and “why indicator lights are important”. We were able to get the below pictures and want to share with our blog readers here in “Marysville, WA” and bey ... read more

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Marysville School District Supply Donations

Marysville School District Supply Donations

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, and our community buzzing with back to school activities we want to take a minute and encourage our neighbors here in Marysville to donate help make sure that our children have the supplies they need for the 2015-2016 school year. Snohomish County is a great place to live and we want to help encourage our youth by providing them with the best possible tools for learning. Bud’s will be making our own donation to the district for them to buy necessary supplies and encourage you to do so as well. We are happy to collect small or large amounts of actual supply donations here and deliver them for you. We know that it’s not always easy to catch someone during summer hours and would love to be the middle man for such a generous transaction. Each school is different and it may not be easy to find exactly what each school needs, but, they can always use the basics! Whatever is on sale right now is usually what they need anyway. We did a little ... read more

Car of the week, Week 9! 2002 Dodge Durango

Car of the week blog: Week 9: 08/06/15 Bud’s is here to report in for week 8 of Car of the Week, 2002 Dodge Durango! We are mixing it up this week with a video of our “Car of the Week”. This Durango came in for diagnosis because it was making a noise that the customer knew was not normal. Upon inspection Branden found that the bearings in the front differential were horribly worn, putting metal contaminants into the diff fluid. When fluids aren’t checked and changed on a regular schedule, they aren’t able to lubricate their machine properly. When the lubrication isn’t working properly small pieces of the parts begin to break off and move in the fluid. As the fluid becomes contaminated with particles, it becomes corrosive rather than a lubricant. Within a small amount of time the fluid goes from being the piece that keeps the differential alive, to the piece that destroys it from the inside out. Click this link to see the video n ... read more

ATE 2015 as a Team

ATE 2015 as a Team

So, this past weekend our team had the privilege of attending the 2015 Automotive Training Expo, also known as simply ATE by local automotive professionals. ATE is a weekend event here in the Pacific North West that caters to independent auto shop owners and their teams. There are management and technical classes as well as lots of time for meeting new and interesting people in the industry after class time is over. Technicians are able to pick the brains of other techs and owners are able to recruit trainers to come help improve their shops. Service writers are able to take classes to ensure they have the skills to offer the best customer service around! Bud’s is so lucky to have an owner who believes in constant and continuing growth. With key note speakers at each event meal, every team member was offered new perspectives and a chance for open discussion with different teams. The keynote speakers were just the icing on the cake as far as Bud’s team was concerned though ... read more

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