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530-221-4132 | 1270 Hartell Ave Suite C

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Redding, CA

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 & H Automotive.



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 & H Automotive.



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 & H Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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I have taken several cars here for various reasons. Every time is quick and easy and fair pricing. I don't know a bunch about cars and could have been screwed over fairly easy but wasn't. They are friendly and very knowledgeable and usually pretty quick. I will continue to take my cars here in the future and definitely recommend others to as well.

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Thank you so much, Norm and Shane! Your integrity and kindness is unsurpassed! The high quality of your service has made me a customer for life!

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Been going to D&H for years and have taken several vehicles to them. They have always been honest and dependable and the customer service is amazing.

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I had a great experience at D & H auto. The service was friendly and honest and quick. They went above and beyond to make sure that my needs were met with my repairs. I look forward to using them again.

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Great Service and Fair Prices. I was new to CA and I felt like I was in good hands with D & H.

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I have used their services on multiple occasions for my own vehicle and my sons. They have always provided me excellent service at a competitive rate and without a wait. I will continue to use their services whenever I have automotive service needs.

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They have great service and are very honest, they won't do anything you don't need, every time I go in they give me quality service. It's good to find someone you can trust. Check them out they are great.

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This place is great. The techs were knowledgeable, the work was fast and high quality.

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D&H automotive is the greatest. Wish I knew about them years ago.

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These guys know what they are doing. Been here 3 times now usually to get my A/C recharged and they are fast and friendly guys. They do a thorough and complete job. Would not hesitate to give these guys a look.

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