Automotive Repairs & More

At D&D Automotive Repair, we have the tools and know-how to get your vehicle tuned up and ready to go. Whether your car needs an oil change, new brakes, or transmission repair; we will get the job done in a fair amount of time so you can get back to the important things in your life.

AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING

Have your vehicle’s heating and air conditioning system \ checked by a professional technician about once a year.

If you notice any of the following conditions, have your vehicle checked right away.

  • A musty smell when the air conditioning or heating is activated
  • An odd sweet smell when operating the heating system
  • Inadequate cooling or heating temperatures when heat and air are in use
  • The vehicle’s temperature gauge reaches the “red” zone
  • Steam coming from the engine compartment
  • An unusual smell inside or outside the vehicle
  • Strange noises when operating either the air conditioning or heating system
  • Absence of air flow when engaging the air conditioning or heating systems

ALIGNMENT

Does your car pull to one side? Do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car on the straight and narrow? With all vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed resulting in a smoother ride.

Maintaining your vehicle's wheel alignment reduces tire wear. Whether you recently had a steering or suspension component replaced, a major or minor accident, grazed a curb, or are a victim of Waukesha’s potholes or railroad tracks you can count on D&D to get your tires back to manufacturer’s specifications.

We also check your suspension system as part of the alignment procedure, allowing us to detect worn parts before they cause costly problems.

BATTERY SERVICE

Make sure your vehicle’s battery is maintained regularly to support the increasingly high demand for electrical power.

The BG Battery Service prevents corrosion and preserves the battery’s full power for easy, immediate starting. We recommend a BG Battery Service once a year to extend the life and improve the reliability of a vehicle’s battery. Not all starting problems directly link to the battery and sometimes a weak battery is a symptom of a bigger problem.

If you need a new battery, we limit our store selection to Interstate and AC Delco batteries for their reliability and warranty options.

BELT REPLACEMENT

The belts in your vehicle transfer power from one component to another. For example, the serpentine belt transfers power from the crankshaft to the alternator.

A squealing belt, dimming headlights while driving, and loss of battery charge all indicate that a belt needs replacement. Our technicians perform a physical inspection to check for cracking, fluid contamination, uneven rib wear, misalignment, and rib separation.

BG PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

D&D Automotive Repair is a BG Products Authorized Dealer. This means we not only stock and sell BG products, using all the proper equipment and fittings to service your vehicle using these products. BG Products are used in our oil changes, brake flushes, power steering flushes, transmission flushes, cooling system flushes, and battery services. BG Products help add longevity to your vehicle.

BRAKE FLUSH

Brakes work by creating friction to slow and stop a vehicle. This friction creates a substantial amount of heat, which in turn causes rapid oxidation of brake fluid. Deposits form in the brake system causing a serious brake system malfunction, which compromises the vehicle’s safety.

Brake fluid attracts moisture, which breaks down the additives that protect brake system components. Performing a brake flush with BG Products removes the old fluid from the entire brake system, increasing the life of brake calipers, master cylinders, pneumatic parts, and brake lines. We recommend a brake flush every 30,000 miles.

BRAKE SERVICE

Our brake inspections take approximately 30 minutes to an hour to complete. We begin by performing a road test, checking brake pedal travel and sponginess while listening for not just the obvious brake pad or brake shoe grinding, but other noises as well.

Upon returning to the facility all fluid levels are checked. Next, we actually lift the vehicle and remove all four wheels in order to visually inspect and measure the disc pads and/or drum brake shoe lining thickness, followed by a careful inspection of the brake rotors/brake drums. All brake lines are examined for any noticeable leaks.

We also examine the calipers for reliability to ensure even wear of the new brake pad/brake shoes. D&D Automotive finishes the job with an inspection of the springs, anti-rattle clips, and other often-overlooked brake hardware parts.

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

The five most common reasons your check engine light has been triggered include:

  • O2 sensor (part of the emissions system, monitoring and helping adjust the air-fuel mixture)
  • A loose gas cap
  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Mass air flow sensor (monitoring the amount of air mixed in the fuel injection system)
  • Spark plug wires

However, it’s sometimes necessary to perform further testing rather than just change the part(s) listed on the scanner, as many times they could be symptoms of an underlying problem. Simply changing parts could be more expensive than having a qualified technician equipped with the proper testing tools professionally investigate and verify the problem.

COOLING SYSTEM SERVICE

The engine cooling system affects your car’s overall dependability and engine longevity. Cooling systems have advanced over the years with new coolant formulations and new radiator designs and materials.

The key parts of the cooling system remove heat from the engine and automatic transmission, in turn dissipating heat to the air outside.

The water pump circulates coolant through the engine. The coolant then absorbs the heat and returns it to the radiator where the heat is dissipated. In turn, the thermostat regulates the coolant temperature to keep it consistent for efficient engine operation.

COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH

Over time, rust, scale, and other effects of corrosion build up in the cooling system. When deposits form on heat transfer surfaces, your vehicle’s engine loses the ability to effectively cool off. Buildup also restricts coolant flow, causing overheating and possible engine damage.

Choose the BG Universal Cooling System Cleaner:

  • Removes built-up scale, oil, and harsh mineral deposits
  • Removes tough residues caused by oil fouling and coolant inhibitor breakdown
  • Removes corrosion byproducts that speed inhibitor depletion

We recommend you have this service performed every 30,000 miles.

COMPUTER DIAGNOSTICS

ELECTRICAL ISSUES

EMISSIONS REPAIR

The repair of emissions related failures has emerged as a specialty in the automotive field. Diagnosing and repair vehicles that fail an emissions or On-Board Diagnostic Inspection can involve the repair or replacement of multiple systems and components and can be quite challenging.

A recognized repair facility like D&D Automotive will have at least one technician with WISETECH or ASEL1 training. Only repairs performed at a recognized repair facility will be applied to cost waivers.

ENGINE REPAIR

EXHAUST SYSTEM

Your exhaust system does more than just keep your car quiet. It also routes exhaust fumes away from the cabin, helps your engine run properly and maintain optimum fuel efficiency, and reduces polluting emissions. Here are some useful things to know if you suspect your vehicle may need muffler or exhaust system repairs. One of the most obvious signs for many drivers is a deep or loud rumbling sound coming from your car. When this happens, it's time to get it to a mechanic.

CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

The catalytic converter is one of the highest-priced exhaust systems. A failing catalytic converter may sound like someone shaking a box of rocks when your vehicle is idling when parked or stopped in traffic. If you notice any of these issues, schedule an appointment right away.

EXHAUST LEAKS

If you notice a new vibration or loss of power when operating your car, have the exhaust system checked for a potential leak. Exhaust systems affect fuel efficiency. If you notice you have to fill up your gas tank more often than normal, have your exhaust system checked out. When the exhaust leaks, your engine works harder. When your engine works harder, it requires more fuel.

FACTORY AUTHORIZED MAINTENANCE

Vehicle maintenance is just like brushing and flossing your teeth or going to the gym to workout. It takes time, effort and commitment. The benefits to your vehicle are the same as to your health.

As a rule, keeping your car properly maintained and heading off problems before they become major repairs substantially lowers the cost of operating your vehicle. Because vehicles are engineered so much better these days, properly maintaining your vehicle also allows it to last to your expectations and beyond. Maintenance equals increased fuel efficiency, greater vehicle reliability, lower operating costs, higher resale value, increased confidence, and huge savings over the life of your vehicle.

Car manufacturers recommend the following basic maintenance schedule:

  • Oil and filter service - every 3,000 miles
  • Tire rotation and balance - every other oil service
  • Courtesy check - every time your vehicle is at D&D for service
  • Brake Fluid Flush - 30,000 miles/li>
  • Fuel & Air Induction Service - 30,000 miles
  • Cooling System Service - 30,000 miles
  • Automatic Transmission Flush - 30,000 miles/li>
  • Fuel Filter - 30,000 miles
  • Driveline Service - 30,000 miles
  • Power Steering Flush - 30,000 miles

FILTERS

You’ve heard of them all, but may not be familiar with just how vital they are to your vehicle.

Here are the basics …

  • Cabin Air Filter – captures dust, pollen, and other particles and prevent them from entering the vehicle’s cabin (and the air you breathe) and should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles
  • Engine Air Filter – captures dust and other particles from entering the engine and should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles
  • Fuel Filter – prevents tiny particles of dirt from clogging up the fuel injectors and should be replaced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles
  • Oil Filter – oil is pushed through the filter to remove any debris the oil may have picked up. When the filter is clogged, it’s completely bypassed, which is why we change it with every routine oil change, meaning about every 3,000 miles
  • Transmission Filter – keeps contaminating particles out of the fluid and is normally changed with a transmission kit every 15,000 to 30,000 miles

FUEL SYSTEM

Fuel related car troubles? We follow methodical testing procedures and have all the necessary parts to properly check your fuel pump and other fuel related components. Auto fuel services include, but are not limited to:

  • Fuel pump
  • Tire rotation and balance - every other oil service
  • Fuel filter
  • Fuel pressure regulator
  • Fuel injector
  • Fuel return line
  • Fuel pressure line and fuel rail

FUEL SYSTEM FLUSH

Deposits accumulate on intake valves, injectors, ports, fuel injectors, and combustion chambers causing loss of power, rough idle, hesitation, misfire, pinging, knocking, poor gas mileage, and hard starting. BG fuel system cleaners and conditioners clean fuel injectors, throttle body, plenum and air intake, intake valves and ports, and remove combustion chamber deposits.

BG fuel products restore fuel economy, reduce environmentally damaging exhaust emissions, and restore the fun of like-new drivability to your vehicle. We recommend this service every 30,0000 miles.

FLUID LEAK DETECTION SERVICE

Most people do not check their fluid levels as often as recommended, resulting in leaks they can spot on the sidewalk. However, in the majority of cases the leak has completely saturated the area surrounding the leak. Now, the link is hard to spot, making it necessary to steam clean the vehicle's engine to help determine the source of the leak and the severity. Older vehicles may even have multiple leaks.<

You can have a large leak from a gasket, but once replacing the gasket the minor leak from a seal may become visible. This is why the steam cleaning is performed twice. Once before the repair to identify the source and severity, and then a second time after the repair to ensure the problem has been resolved—and to notify the customer if more leaks are present.

HEADLIGHTS AND SIGNAL LIGHTS

If your headlights go out or any of your signal lights no longer works, you’re dealing with a safety issue and may end up with a legal citation. Call us to schedule a time to replace any non-working bulbs and get you back on the road safely.

OIL CHANGES

High operating temperatures, combined with the increasing regularity of stop-and-go driving cause rapid depletion of critical oil additives. Without these protective additives, oxidation reduces oil to heavy, black sludge in the crankcase, oil screens, oil passages, rocker arms, and other critical areas of the engine.

Used at oil change intervals, BG’s line of engine products safely and effectively clean and remove deposits and fortify new oil for optimum performance and engine protection. An oil change is also an opportunity for a quick multi-point checkup by a certified technician. Take advantage of our 17-point vehicle inspection performed at no additional charge.

POWER STEERING FLUSH

The power steering pump generates extremely high temperatures and pressures that can cause failure without notice. High quality BG power steering fluid makes sure that doesn’t happen.

BG power steering products remove residues from the entire steering system, ensuring smooth, quiet operation while preventing leaks, sticking, and wear of parts. We recommended this service 30,000 miles.

PRE- PURCHASE VEHICLE EVALUATION

Reduce your risk of purchasing a lemon car and someone else's problems. We road test potential purchases to determine problems with the steering or suspension systems. Also, count on us to perform an in-depth visual inspection of all under vehicle components, remove the tires to check the brakes, check the battery and the vehicle's electrical system. We also inspect all fluids and fluid levels are inspected. At your request, a more extensive inspection of all vehicle systems can be performed.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Bring your car in for regular preventive maintenance is probably the single most important thing you can do as a car owner to keep your vehicle happy and save money on repairs in the future. Have oil and filter changes on a regular basis and check air pressure in your tires every month or so.

Other levels to have checked include:

  • Engine fluid levels
  • Antifreeze
  • Power steering fluid
  • Coolant
  • Wiper fluid

STARTING AND CHARGING SYSTEM

Few things are more frustrating than trying to start your vehicle and having an issue with it either not starting or taking several tries to start, leaving you with the worry of becoming stranded somewhere. The charging system includes the alternator, voltage regulator, and connected wiring. The purpose is to keep the battery charged while the vehicle is in operation. The starting system the ignition switch, starter motor, battery and connected wiring. The starter motor rotates the engine until it can rotate on its own power.

SPARK PLUGS

Spark plugs do one thing and they do it well. They ignite the fuel and air mixture in the engine’s cylinders to generate the power that moves the vehicle. A spark plug doesn't last forever and needs to be changed periodically. Consistent trouble starting the car is not necessarily a problem with the battery. Spark plugs might not be generating sufficient spark and drain the battery. Engine misfires and surging are signs the spark plugs may not be working properly and need changing.

SUSPENSION

The suspension system on your vehicle is often referred to as the ride and handling system. The ride and handling system supports the vehicle's weight, keeps the wheels in contact with the road, and helps provide a comfortable ride for the passengers. Regular maintenance of your vehicle's suspension plays a major part in its handling characteristics.

Items in the steering and suspension evaluation include:

  • Engine fluid levels
  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • CV boots
  • CV joints
  • Idler arms
  • Inner tie rod ends, lower ball joints
  • Lower control arm
  • Mounts
  • Outer tie rod end
  • Pitman arm
  • Power steering fluid
  • Power steering hose
  • Power steering pump
  • Rack and pinion
  • Steering gear box
  • Sway bar bushings, sway bar link
  • Upper ball joints
  • Upper control arm

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT

If your vehicle's timing belt is broken it will not run and it can cost thousands of dollars if it breaks.

Explained as simply as possible, inside your motor you have intake and exhaust valves that open and close as the piston moves up and down. The timing belt controls the valve operation, specifically the timing. Unfortunately, there are no warning signs or noises that indicate that a timing belt is about to break. Visual inspection and regular replacement will decrease your chances of a break down. When replacing a timing belt, several hardware parts should also be replaced. Those parts include the tensioner, the water pump, and idler pulleys. After all these parts have been running just as long as the timing belt and are under the same extreme conditions.

TIRES AND TIRE MANAGEMENT

The tread of the tires refers to the rubber compound that surrounds the circumference of the tire. It is usually grooved to dispose water while driving, as well as provide traction on loose surfaces. Certain precautions must be taken in order to assure that tires wear properly. Balanced tires offer s smoother ride by minimizing the vibrations and bounces often occurring. Wheel balancing also helps Improve traction and steering control, and especially extends the life of the tires. Tires do fall out of balance, causing a noticeable vibration in the steering or braking. Rotating the tires allows them to wear evenly. When done properly, all the tires will be worn out at the same time. We advise you have your tires rotated every 10,000 miles.

TOWING

If your vehicle is need of a tow we suggest using Complete Towing in Waukesha, 262-542-8697.

TRANSMISSION FLUSH

When transmission fail, the likely cause is breakdown of automatic transmission fluid (ATF). BG’s diverse line of transmission products, including high quality ATF, stand the test of time—meaning no more worry about transmission failure due to poor, broken down transmission fluid. We recommend this service every 30,000 miles.

TRANSMISSION REPAIRS

Whether you feel, your transmission slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears; the car shaking at any speed; a burnt smell coming from under your hood; fluid visibly leaking from the vehicle; or clunking, screeching, or whistling sounds coming from the vehicle, call today for a transmission inspection.

WINDOW REPAIR

Do you have a cracked windshield? Call us to set up an appointment to have it replaced.

WINDSHIELD WIPERS

Are your wipers not completely clearing your windshield or leaving streaks? Call today to schedule an appointment for replacement.