FAQs & Auto Tips from the Pros at Trottner’s Auto Repair Service in Bellingham
Trottner’s Auto Repair Service takes the care and longevity of your vehicle very seriously, and we’re dedicated to providing helpful auto tips to drivers in Bellingham and throughout the region. Our ASE-certified technicians have extensive experience in the industry and are always happy to provide additional vehicle maintenance and repair information. From simple oil changes to complicated engine repairs, we’re only a phone call or short drive away. And on a limited basis, we can even come to you with our mobile service!
Why is regular auto maintenance important?
Regular auto maintenance is a very important part of vehicle ownership. Proper maintenance helps ensure your vehicle will serve you dependably for a very long time. Inspecting and rotating tires, performing fluid and filter checks, and making sure belts and hoses are safe are essential parts of good maintenance. If potential problems aren’t addressed in a timely fashion, they can lead to dangerous incidents on the road or expensive repairs down the road.
Can Trottner’s Auto Repair Service Repair Any Vehicle?
The auto repair specialists at Trottner’s Auto Repair Service are able to work on every type of vehicle except European brands. Whether you have a classic American Ford truck or an energy-efficient Toyota or Kia, we can repair your car correctly and quickly.
How Long Do Repairs Take?
In this modern world, it’s difficult to be without a car. While the length of your repair service depends on the type of work being performed, we can usually have your vehicle repaired within one day or less.
Do You Have Rental Cars Available?
While Trottner’s Auto Repair Service doesn’t have service loaner cars available, in most cases our customers are able to wait in the lobby until service or repairs are completed. If repair is expected to take longer than a comfortable waiting period, our shuttle service can take you to your home or office and pick you up again when repairs are complete.
Do I Need an Appointment for Maintenance or Repair?
While we prefer auto repair and service appointments be made ahead of time, you can also walk in and we’ll accommodate you as quickly as we can. When scheduling an appointment, let us know what auto services you need – such as auto electrical work, auto heating and cooling repair or engine services.
Do You Offer Transmission Service & Repair?
Trottner’s Auto Repair Service offers transmission diagnostics for the convenience of our customers. If we find a problem we can refer you to a trusted and affordable partner shop.
When Should I Schedule Oil & Filter Changes?
It’s important to maintain a regular schedule of oil and filter changes to extend the life of your vehicle and prevent potentially expensive repairs down the road. While every vehicle is different, we recommend oil and some filters be changed every 5,000 miles, and a 30/60/90K maintenance schedule for all other service.
What Are Some Signs That I Should Call My Mechanic?
When you think about it, you know your individual vehicle better than anyone else. You drive it every day and know how it feels and sounds when everything is right. Pay attention to changes, no matter how small, using all your senses to inspect your car or truck frequently.
Steering wheel shake
Clunk or clunking
Noise when turning
Squeaking or grinding
Gas, oil or burning smell
Leak marks below vehicle
Sudden Poor Fuel Mileage
Loss of Power
Increased Exhaust Noise
We recommend bringing a list of symptoms to give us when you schedule your service or repair appointment. Be prepared to answer some questions about the situation:
- Is the problem constant or periodic?
- Does it occur when the vehicle is cold or after the engine has warmed up?
- Do you notice the issue at all speeds, during acceleration, when braking or as you shift gears?
- When did the problem first start?
Can I Remain Involved Throughout the Repair Process?
The expert team at Trottner’s Auto Repair Service welcome as many questions as needed for you to fully understand any service or repair being recommended. We want you to be and feel fully informed before we begin work on your vehicle. And we’ll always call to keep you updated, especially if we discover any other issues than originally discussed.
Choose Trottner’s Auto Repair Service in Bellingham and Mobile Service for All Your Auto Repair & Service Needs!
Serving Whatcom County including Bellingham, Acme, Alger, Birch Bay, Blaine, Bow, Deming, Everson, Fairhaven, Ferndale, Lake Samish, Lummi Island, Lynden, Maple Falls, Nooksack & Sudden Valley