Domestic Car Repair

  • Are oil changes getting more expensive?

    oil being put into the car

    At Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

  • Bad Transmission? Fix It or Sell It?

    close up of a transmission in a car

    So, you’ve determined your transmission is bad. What next? Choosing what to do can be overwhelming, and you need someone you can trust to help you decide what work needs to be done. Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID is here to help you make the right decision when it comes to your transmission. There are a few things to consider when your transmission goes out. You might feel inclined to just get a new car, but should you? 

  • Brake Fluid - It's a Problem! Why??

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    There is a reason we check your brake fluid when you come in for a service check.  Maintenance pays big dividends and we want to avoid high repair costs for our Twin Falls drivers.  Did you know that brake service isn't just all about the brake pads, drums & rotors?  That we have found low brake fluid to be the cause of a large percentage of brake issues here at Blue Lakes Auto Repair?  Seriously, brake fluid is an important part of your braking system and with your service intervals being less frequent on the newer vehicles 5,000-10,000 more miles this has become an issue!  Why?...

  • Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

    car parts At Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.
  • Different Types of Automotive Headlights

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    Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID.

  • Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

    Oxygen Sensor

    At Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

  • Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

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    At Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

  • How can you tell if your transmission is slipping?

    transmission up close

    A slipping transmission is never a good thing. What causes it, what forms does it take, and how do you know if yours is slipping? From Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, here’s what you need to know.

  • How often should you get your filters replaced?

    mechanic putting filter into car

    Your car, truck, or SUV is equipped with various filters that keep the air going into your engine clean, the air you breathe in the vehicle, the fuel that supplies your engine, and the oil that keeps it going. How often should you have them replaced? It depends on the filter, the vehicle, and the environment. Here’s what you need to know, from Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID.

  • How Potholes Damage Your Vehicle

    pothole in road with car in the background

    Hitting a pothole always hurts - you may not be sure exactly what happens when you hit a pothole, but you can tell it’s not good for your car, truck, or SUV. Here are issues caused by potholes, and what to watch out for if you hit a really rough one, from Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID.

  • If you see steam, pull over!

    Woman checking out under the hood where steam is coming from

    Something will go wrong with your car, truck, or SUV eventually. The important thing is knowing what to do, and how to deal with it. Just knowing what to do in a situation often means the difference between a quick repair and thousands of dollars worth of work. If you see steam coming from under the hood, it’s important to deal with it appropriately and quickly. Here’s what’s going on, and what to do, from Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID.

  • Keeping Track of Maintenance - Why It’s So Important

    mechanic working on car Keeping track of maintenance done on your fleet vehicles and commercial trucks is one of the most important aspects of fleet management. At Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, we track maintenance and repairs for a number of reasons. Here’s why:
  • Looks Like A Problem? YES!

    Lady with car hood up - steam rising

    Sometimes it is EASY to see if your car or truck needs to come into our shop for professional repairs! 
    1.  You see steam rising from the engine!
    2.  The Check Engine Light is on!
    3.  The engine starts, but there is an odor that is not right.
    4.  You hear grinding or thumping noises.

  • Make Your Radiator Go The Extra Mile

    hand holding radiator in front of car with hood up

    Since the first automobiles, there have been radiators. Every liquid-cooled engine on the road has, and has always needed, a radiator; without it, the engine would overheat in no time, causing catastrophic engine failure. While the efficiency of radiators, the materials they’re made out of, and the shape and size of them have changed over time, radiators haven’t actually changed much over the last century or so. At Blue Lakes Auto Repair we know that even though radiators generally last a long time, they do occasionally fail. When your radiator is malfunctioning you can trust our technicians to repair yours and get you back on the road. 

  • Mazda defies the odds in manufacturing

    With cars like the RX series, the Miata, and various other iconic automotive feats, Mazda has long been an innovative and daring manufacturer that defies the odds. At [BUSINESS_NAME] in [BUSINESS_CITY], stock and performance maintenance, repair, and customization is our primary focus, with a team of expert technicians who specialize in top-tier automobiles.

  • New Rims - reading measurements and why they matter

    row of wheels

    At Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, we’re focused on keeping your car, truck, or SUV running well - but we’re here to keep it looking good too. Here’s some information on wheel sizing, to help you make sure your new wheels will fit your vehicle.

  • Protect Your Car from Interior Leaks and Drips

    interior of car

    Leaks and drips that get the interior of your vehicle wet are definitely an inconvenience. Sitting water promotes rust, bad smells, and can ruin your carpet. Furthermore, the water often seems to come from seemingly nowhere, adding to the frustration. From Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, here are some of the leading causes of water on your floor, and what you can do about it.

  • Sometimes it is obvious, others we have to hunt for it!

    car wiring chewed up photo

    Here at Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls we often do diagnostics and sometimes the problem is obvious after hooking the car up to the computer and reading the codes.  However, sometimes it isn't obvious during a test drive or after hooking it up to all those computer programs!  You know there is a problem and a Check Engine Light is on with the fleet customer telling you the car has been having issues starting and the light has been going off and on depending on several factors.  No pattern, no simple answer but the problem becomes obvious when you start following the "threads of the issue" thanks to all that ASE Technician training.

  • Synthetic vs. Conventional oil - what’s the difference?

    oil being poured from container

    Keeping up with oil changes is one of the most important aspects of keeping your engine in good shape. However, you’ve probably noticed that the price of oil changes can vary pretty dramatically depending on what you get, and the oil all looks the same. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between synthetic and conventional oil, from Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID.

  • Transmissions - the key to better fuel economy

    automatic transmission

    There have been a lot of technological advancements, and breakthroughs in efficiency to make modern cars, trucks, and SUVs so much more fuel-efficient than their counterparts. While engine design certainly plays a huge role, automatic transmissions have come a long way as well, contributing greatly to the gas mileage of your vehicle. From Blue Lakes Auto Repair in Twin Falls, ID, here are some ways transmissions have changed to meet the demands of fuel efficiency.

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Blue Lakes Auto Repair

490 Washington St S
Twin Falls, ID 83301

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