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Spring into Spring--Check Your Car’s Suspension

There are thousands of different components in your vehicle, from your transmission to your air filters, and our team at D&K Automotive is intimately familiar with every one of them. Because spring is officially here, we thought we would discuss our vehicle’s springs, which are part of our car’s suspension system.  Your suspension system is made up of several parts, including the chassis, shocks and struts, and anti-sway bar shifts. Your chassis holds up the cab of the car, and the springs, shocks, and struts support the weight and absorb any shock caused by a bumpy road. The anti-sway bar transfers the movement of your vehicle to stabilize the car.  Here are five benefits of a properly working suspension system:  Consistent handling and braking.  Help keep your tires stay on the road.  Wheel alignment.  Control your car’s bounce, roll, and sway.  Reduce wear and damage to other components of your engine.  Let’s ... read more

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: What We Love About Our Job

 Not All Heroes Wear Capes: What We Love About Our Job

While we don’t profess to be quite as amazing as Superman, we are proud of the fact that we have built an entire business and career around saving the day. Yes, we are deeply passionate about working on cars, but it’s being able to turn around a bad day for our customers that really keeps us going and motivates us to get out of bed every morning. We work hard to make a bad day better for you and know what it feels like when your car breaks down.   We work diligently to partner with our customers when it comes to their personal safety behind the wheel as well as the overall performance and longevity of your cherished vehicle. Not only that, but we take all the time it takes to hear you out and understand all that you have to share about what is going on with your vehicle. We love that our entire team has patience, passion, and integrity when it comes to meeting and exceeding your customer service expectations.   A superhero doesn't just tackle the bad guys. A t ... read more

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Our Favorite Date Night Love Songs

Ah! It’s February, and love is in the air. Our favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the memories we share with our loved ones, and those memories are enhanced by meaningful music. That’s why we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite date night love songs so you, too, can reflect on those memories while listening to these songs as you drive along in your car. Take a look at the favorite date night love songs from the D&K Automotive Repair team in Antioch:   Love Me Tender, by Elvis PresleyLove Me Do, by The BeatlesHow Deep Is Your Love, by The Bee GeesEndless Love, by Lionel Richie & Diana RossAs Long As You Love Me, by Backstreet Boys ... read more

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Resolve To Get Regular Auto Repair

 Resolve To Get Regular Auto Repair

New year, new you...lots of new resolutions! We love a new year: there is so much exciting energy. The holidays are over, and everyone returns to business with a spring in their step and the firm resolve to make this year count.  At D & K Automotive, we’d like to encourage you to make your new year count by resolving (ha! See what we did there?!) to bring your car in for regular auto repair and maintenance! Oil changes should happen at least every three months, if not more. Tires need to be rotated. Transmissions need to be checked. We want to see you have an excellent, long relationship with your car...for as long as your car shall live! With regular auto repair and maintenance, the auto mechanics at D & K Automotive can act as the “love doctors” for you and your car, thereby improving your relationship and getting as much enjoyment out of your ride as possible!  We want to see more of you this year, so come on into D & K Automotive! Our ... read more

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Top Five Reasons To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Weather

Top Five Reasons To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Weather

Here in sunny Antioch, we don’t think much about winter weather. But did you know it’s still important to winterize your vehicle? There are a lot of benefits to bringing your vehicle in to prepare it for the winter months. Here are a few of ours: Tires  Your tires need regular maintenance and inspection, and during the winter rainy months, it may make sense to switch to a different kind of tire. Your auto mechanic at D & K Automotive can help you make the decision that’s best for you. Wiper blades Wiper blades keep your car’s windows clear, but they wear down over time. Ask your D & K auto mechanic to swap them out so that you can be sure to see clearly!   Headlights and tail lights  Headlights and tail lights need to be replaced every 3-4 years, but they begin fading long before they actually burn out. On these dark winter nights, you want to be sure you can see well! Check with your auto mechanic to clean and test your headlights and ... read more

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Our Favorite Turkey Day Treats!

Our Favorite Turkey Day Treats!

Whew, what a year! At D & K Automotive, we are so THANKFUL to have gotten our shop up and running and to serve so many families in the Antioch community. As we wind down the year, it’s a good time to show gratitude to our customers. Here are a few of the recipes we love to cook up for those family gatherings. Bonus points, because of all of these transport in your car easily!  Candied Yams are such a scrumptious holiday dish. This recipe is a classic that everyone is bound to enjoy, complete with the totally unhealthy but delicious marshmallow topping! Scalloped potatoes  For a new twist on the classic mashed spuds, try this recipe for scalloped potatoes! You can make these in the traditional way as listed, or mix it up by adding extra spices!  Pumpkin Pie What family gathering would be complete without pumpkin pie? This recipe from Bon Appetit is one of our favorites and is sure to please! Rolls Thanksgiving is a time for carbs--and we love these homemade ... read more

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Which Cars Are The Worst?

Which Cars Are The Worst?

Car maintenance costs can be like the camel who asked to share the tent with his owner. As the story goes, the camel asks first to put his nose instead of the tent. On and on the requests go, until the camel has completely taken over the tent, and his rider is stuck out in the cold! If you aren’t prepared, the costs of maintaining your car can add up quickly--and eventually, you’ll need to decide whether it’s cheaper to keep your “camel,” or get a new one! If you are thinking about a new car, one factor to consider is the costs of maintenance. A car costs its driver a lot of money beyond the price of purchase. Long after you’ve got that coveted pink slip, your car is going to be needing financial outlay to stay in top running condition.  So, which cars are the most expensive to maintain? Unsurprisingly, import cars from Germany, especially luxury brands like BMW or Mercedes-Benz, will set you back the most. Between ordering specialty parts and ... read more

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Here’s How To Help Your College Student Navigate Back To School

It’s September, which means that lots of students are heading to school--including your intrepid young college students! Between the joys of acceptance letters, the crushing defeats of the “thanks, but no thanks” letters, buying new sheets, helping your student negotiate roommate situations, crying at odd moments in Target, and all the other joys that sending your kid off to college brings, have you taken a look at their vehicle? First things are first: Students often drive older cars that might require more maintenance. Even if they have something that you deem trustworthy, do bring your car to a trusted auto mechanic to make sure that all the major systems are in good working order: transmission, suspension, and fresh tires, if necessary. Also, make sure the fluids are topped up: brakes, coolant, transmission, and oil. What about insurance? Don’t assume that your student will be ok with minimal, or no insurance: they need to be fully covered! Check with your ... read more

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How To Protect Your Car From Overheating-

August is hotter than hot here in Antioch. While we can stay cool indoors by running AC, our cars aren’t so lucky. Starting a car in 100-degree weather can cause problems, so let’s look at some ways to prevent the dreaded overheating! Top off engine coolant. First and foremost, make sure your coolant is topped off. This is a simple step that can save you a lot of heartaches! We recommend keeping a gallon each of water and coolant in the trunk of your car, just in case.  Consider tinted windows. One way to keep the car’s interior cooler is to tint your windows. This can reduce the need for AC, which is notorious for causing overheating on sweltering days when it is difficult for the engine to keep up. On that note…   Turn off the AC and use the fresh air setting. Try to alternate AC with the new air setting. This will not get the car quite as cold as otherwise, but it will give your engine a chance to recuperate and can help you avoid overheating as ... read more

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What Is The Future Of Automotive Technology?

The automotive industry has been on a wild ride since Henry Ford first rolled out his horseless carriages. Here, we discuss a few of the changes that have occurred in the last decade.   Alternative Fuels First, standard gasoline is no longer the only game in town. There are alternative fuel options to fossil fuels, and there is demand for them to become more widely available, though not all alternative fuels are created equal, and each comes with their own set of issues. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel that is made from wheat or corn. With both corn and wheat being subsidized by the government, this is a really viable option. Another very popular fuel option is electricity, such as in the Chevy Volt. Methanol, a wood-based alcohol fuel, is one example of an alternative fuel that was around for awhile before automobile manufacturers stopped making cars that used it. Last is biodiesel; made from vegetable fats. Some forms of biodiesel are even made from recycled restaurant oils ... read more

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