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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&G Auto Service.



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&G Auto Service.



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&G Auto Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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  • Had occasion to go back and use D&G again recently and they are still awesome! Great work, reasonable prices, above and beyond quality and super to deal with. Definitely Fully Recommend.
    -Lazz M.

  • Great, honest family owned auto service. I always had family and close friends work on my car. When I moved to this area, I didn't have a local shop I could trust. A friend recommended D&G and they have been great! Great service and very reasonable prices. A nice local shop you can trust.
    -George A.

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  • We love taking our cars here. They are friendly, helpful, and trustworthy. Our cars are well taken care of. They are very efficient. I was able to have my oil change done in a short amount of time. The quotes we have received for repairs have been reasonable. I highly recommend this business for car maintenance and repairs.
    -Anita S.

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    -Paul D.

  • Excellent service ! Very friendly and honest family business. Will not take my car anywhere else!!
    -Chrissy H.

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    -Christina P.

  • D&G Auto is a mechanic you can trust! Jim and his workers make sure that I drive away in a safe vehicle every time! D&G is the only mechanic who I'll let work on my car.
    -Colleen W.

  • I've been going to D&G Auto for years and I wouldn't go anywhere else! Thanks Jimmy for always taking such great care of my cars!
    -Janice R.

  • Great service, quality work, done quickly, and for a very fair price. Those are the basic tenets of any good business and D & G delivers in spades. My only concern is that if too many people find out about this gem then the business will become too busy!
    -John D.

  • Once again, had another great experience with the latest repair. 20 plus years of unbeatable service and value to me and my family. Just say NO to overpriced chain stores and dealerships with their " freebies " and gimmicks. Go to D & G for fast, friendly, quality service at more than fair prices ! You'll be glad you did !!
    -Jim M.

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    -Matt B.

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