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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.



Engine and Drivetrain Problems

Let's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at D & D Auto & Fleet.



Vibration While Driving

This issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.



Poor Braking Performance

Your brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at D & D Auto & Fleet.



There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. D & D Auto & Fleet has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Jen A.

    D&D has quick and friendly service. They checked my brakes recently, and I found that the previous service did a number on my studs and over tightened my lug nuts. Thanks y'all!


  • -Tina H.

    These folks are what honest repair people look like! They even offer a service to go check out a vehicle BEFORE you buy and get stuck. I highly recommend them for your car repair, Miss Debbie runs a tight ship. Thank you.


  • -Angela T.

    This place was awesome! They put a new water pump in my Scion xB for almost half the price Toyota was asking, and they did it in one day!! Awesome and honest!


  • -Daniel N.

    VERY NICE PEOPLE AND WELL PRICED. TRUST WORTHY AND I WILL BE BACK. GMC 1500 SIERRA.


  • -Alyssa B.

    My fiancé & I have recently discovered D&D automotive a couple months ago and we would absolutely recommend them to anyone! Anytime we have a problem with our truck we take it right up there and they do a great job. We never have any problems with them, Debbie who works in the office is super friendly and helpful! I can't believe we didn't find out about this place sooner because we will not be taking our vehicles anywhere else but there :)


  • -Jing P.

    Mark & Deb show they care for your cars and very reasonable price. They know what is wrong with your car. I've been with them for almost 6 yrs and I had recommended them to lots of friends.


  • -Vincent W.

    I had visited many places today to clear a DTC historical code. The Jeep dealer wanted $133 and keep the vehicle for two days. The staff is very friendly, professional, and caring. They didn't even want me to pay anything for 5 minutes of work to clear a code. I even offered just $20 for his time. I will definitely use this place in the near future. Thank you.


  • -Rhonda F.

    Very friendly and courteous staff. A friend of mine referred me to them. They did a great job fixing my vehicle. They're reasonable and honest. I went there thinking I had needed a major part to be replaced and after they put it on the diagnostic I was informed it was something else that was simple and less expensive too. I'm really pleased with them and their work. I will use their services again in the future. Thank you D&D.


  • -Fernando V.

    I was told by a friend two years ago about D&D and they have been servicing my car ever since. Honest, awesome results, excellent pricing.


  • -Brenda S.

    I have been going to D&D for 15 plus years; my husband died almost 6 years ago and he is the one who got us started with D&D. He thought so highly of them and their work that I just naturally continued using them and wouldn't want to go anywhere else. In fact, my husband's truck, which I still have, has to have an alternator or a starter and I plan to have it towed to D&D tomorrow. They are great people and do excellent work.

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