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Achoo! Allergies Can Affect Your Vehicle Too!

Achoo! Allergies Can Affect Your Vehicle Too!

You may be surprised to learn that allergies can, in fact, affect your vehicle, and in turn, affect you. Your vehicle’s cabin air filter is responsible for keeping these pesky allergens out of your vehicle. Without a properly working cabin air filter, you may find yourself reaching for those tissues and hand sanitizer.  Your cabin air filter is a feature commonly found on most late-model vehicles. It will clean any air that comes into your vehicle’s cabin through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. It prevents any dust, pollen, or any other material from entering your car. If you have allergies or respiratory problems, it is easy to see how a worn or damaged cabin air filter can negatively affect you.  How often does your cabin air filter need replacing? The answer will vary by the manufacturer, but typically a qualified technician should replace your air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. This can depend on how often you drive and where. For ... read more

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It is Time for Tire Replacement

It is Time for Tire Replacement

Has the time come for tire replacement? If your answer is yes, then make sure to visit the technicians at D&K Automotive right away for a tire replacement. If you are unsure, keep reading to see if you are experiencing any of these 5 warning signs that you need new tires:  Tread depth: Your tread depth should never fall below a 1/16 of an inch.  Tread Wear Indicator Bar: Many newer cars have a built-in tread wear indicator bar. As your tires wear down, the indicator bars will gradually begin to appear. At first, they are not visible.  Cracks in the Sidewall: It is easy to check and see if you notice any cracks or cuts in the sidewall.  Bulges and Blisters: When the outer surface of the tire begins to weaken, you might see a bulge or blister in your tire, very similar to the type of blisters you get on your feet!  Too Much Vibration: If you are driving on a smooth ride and continually feel a vibration, this is a sign it is time for a tire replacement.&n ... read more

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

It seems as if it was just yesterday that the holidays were here, and you were thinking of gifts for your loved ones for Christmas. You may be all out of gift ideas for your significant others, and with Valentine’s Day, just around the corner, you may find yourself struggling to think of the next best gift idea for your beloved. The team at D&K Automotive is here to help. Here are the best valentine’s day gifts for your car lovers:  Gas Clutch SocksCar VacuumFunny Car Guy T-Shirt ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

Happy New Year’s from the team at D&K Automotive! We wish you a happy and healthy New Year’s for both you and your vehicle! You may have already thought of some New Year’s Resolutions for yourself, but have you thought about your vehicle? Don’t forget about your trusty sidekick. The team at D&K Automotive has a few resolutions in mind for your vehicle. These resolutions are designed to keep your car in good condition and avoid any breakdowns.  Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for car owners:  Change your oil. The easiest way to ensure your vehicle’s engine lasts long is to routinely change your oil.  Don’t forget about your tires. It is important to check your tire’s wear pattern and amount of remaining tread. If you notice any unusual wear, bring your vehicle into our shop, and we will examine your vehicle’s alignment. We will also look for any signs of rot and closely examine the tire pressure.  ... read more

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All’s Well That Ends Well--Reflecting on a Great Year

All’s Well That Ends Well--Reflecting on a Great Year

At D&K Automotive, we are fortunate to be able to say that we had a great year. Our technicians were able to play a part in keeping the streets of Antioch safe, and we are looking forward to another wonderful year. We want to take a moment in our latest blog to remind you that we are grateful to be able to keep you and your vehicle safe each step of the way.  At D&K Automotive, we sincerely care about our clients. When you bring your vehicle to our shop for an inspection, we will thoroughly examine each component of your engine to ensure each component is working as it should. If something seems amiss, we will let you know, ensuring you understand why something is not working. All your questions will be answered honestly and accurately.  Fixing your car right the first time is only one piece of the puzzle -- you are the other piece. The team at D&K Automotive makes sure you are satisfied in the service you receive with us from start to finish. When we say we car ... read more

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Favorite Instant Pot Recipes to Share with Friends

Favorite Instant Pot Recipes to Share with Friends

The holidays are almost here, which means soon enough, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Even though the holidays are our favorite time of the year, they can also be a bit hectic. To keep things simple, instant pot recipes are an easy way to prepare and share a meal with your loved ones. Here are our favorite instant pot recipes to share with friends:  Pressure-Cooker Fabulous FajitasPressure-Cooker Char Siu PorkPressure-Cooked Mesquite RibsPressure Cooker Homemade Chicken BrothPressure-Cooker Country Captain Chicken ... read more

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Festive Halloween Events near Antioch

Festive Halloween Events near Antioch

Are you looking for something fun to do for Halloween this year? You are in the right place, as the team at D&K Automotive is here to help you find the most festive places to trick-or-treat and celebrate Halloween near Antioch. Here are some of the most festive events in Antioch and the surrounding communities:  Halloween Hike on Devil Mountain Sat, Oct 26, 4:30pm Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton, CA Halloween Masquerade Ball Fri, Oct 25, 7:00pm Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill, CA Starts at $35.00 Halloween Town Event Sat, Oct 12, 6:30pm Shops at Northgate Village, Tracy, CA Free Halloween in a Haunted Hall! Thu, Oct 31, 6:30pm Park Avenue, Alameda, CA Starts at $10.00 Halloween kids Baking class- Spooky Cookies Tue, Oct 29, 3:30pm Tal's Patisserie, Danville, CA Starts at $60.00 Harvest Festival 2019, a Halloween Alternative Thu, Oct 31, 6:00pm Shiloh, Oakland, CA Free Paints & Pizza Halloween (for kids) at OTP! Mon, Oct 14, 6:00pm Old Town Pizza and Tap ... read more

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Finding a Good Used Vehicle for New Drivers

Shopping for a good used vehicle is almost like going on a treasure hunt -- the pathway is often arduous, but the reward in the end is worth it. If you are looking to navigate the used vehicle market for a new driver, we are here to arm you with some helpful tips and tricks:  Set your budget and stick to it! The first step is to narrow down what you are looking for. The used car industry is full of options, so it is smart to go in with an idea of what you are looking for.  Choose the right car for your new driver. Figure out what your new driver is looking for. For example, beginning drivers may need a car equipped with safety features, or perhaps a roomy trunk for your son’s football gear.  Make sure the car you are looking at has a history of reliability and dependability.  Browse online, looking at reputable websites, for good used cars.  If you find a vehicle, use a pricing guide to decide how much the car is truly worth.  You can also chec ... read more

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Back To School Car Services You Don’t Want To Miss

 Back To School Car Services You Don’t Want To Miss

Summer is almost over, which means our kids will be heading back to school. We will be heading over to the store for those back to school supplies and racing to the grocery store for snacks. Don’t forget about your vehicle! The last thing we would want is for you to be stuck on your way to school with a broken down car. Here are back to school car services you don’t want to miss:  Oil changes are important and should be on the list.  We don’t want your kids late on the first day of class with a dead battery.  Don’t forget about the battery; we don’t want your teens late on the first day of class.  Make sure to check out your lights. Those lights need to be shining like the sun.  Take a look those fluid levels to see if they are at the appropriate level.  If you see your vehicle leaking fluid, someone should take a look at this mysterious fluid.  Check your tires for uneven tread wear and any other potential fires ... read more

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How Our Cars Make Us More Independent

Take a moment and realize how much we depend on our vehicles, whether that means we need our car to get us to work on time or perhaps carpool your daughter and her friends to their soccer game. For many of us, our vehicles symbolize freedom, as without our car for a significant period of time, our lives would come to a standstill.  You can practically do anything with a properly working car and a full tank of gas. The possibilities are endless, which is why at D&K Automotive, we think having a car symbolizes freedom and independence. With our cars at your side, we have the capacity to choose how we spend our days, and essentially our lives. The possibility for adventures is endless.  Along with celebrating our nation’s independence this July, we should take a moment to relish in how our vehicle represents freedom to us. To ensure that your car continues to be a symbol of independence and freedom, routine inspections by the team at D&K Automotive are a must. We ... read more

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