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Most Common Engine Problems

We’ve all had that feeling of panic when we put our key in the ignition and our car either clicks and does nothing else or the car tries but just won’t start. An even more frustrating feeling comes when that mocking red “check engine” light won’t go out, but it gives no indication of what is wrong. Here are three things that can happen when your car has engine problems and what each is likely to indicate. As you will notice, not all problems that indicate engine trouble are actually engine-related. Engine Doesn’t Turn Over If you turn the key in your ignition and all you hear is a click then it is more likely your battery that is having a problem, not your engine. If the engine tries to turn over, your problem could be: Failure of the starter motor relay A defective fuel pump A clogged fuel filter It is also possible that there is a problem with the ignition switch itself. Check Engine Light This may be the best and the worst thing car manufacturers ever put in cars. On one hand, it lets you know there is some kind of problem but on the other, it gives you absolutely no indication of what that problem might be. More than likely, you are facing one of these: A loose or missing gas cap Faulty spark plugs or spark plug wires Defective distributor or coil packs Trouble with the oxygen sensor Dirt in the fuel line Engine Overheating When smoke starts pouring out from under your hood, panic is so often the first reaction. Is your car...

Car Service Checklist

We all understand that it is much less expensive to prevent a car problem than it is to fix one. People sometimes avoid getting an annual checkup for their car much like they avoid an annual health checkup for themselves. In the end, both can result in a great deal of damage that can cost more money than you feel comfortable having to spend. You depend on your car on a daily basis so it is important to see that all its systems are working correctly. The California highways are not someplace you want to end up stranded if you can prevent it. Let’s take a look at what an annual checkup should include. First Things First Before you rely on what others say needs to be done on your car, your greatest friend is the owner’s manual. It is created specifically for your car and will give you the best idea of when to check various parts. If you have somehow misplaced the owner’s manual, you can most likely find a free copy online. Self-Inspection As a general rule, you should learn where the various fluids are in your car and check them monthly. Often, problems with the fluid levels or appearance can alert you to a problem that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Also take a few moments to check that there are no visible bald spots on your tires and the air pressure is at the optimal level for your car. Check that all your lights, including the turn signal lights, are functioning properly and cleaned. Lastly, if your wipers are...

Tips for driving in extreme heat

Under extreme heat it’s important to keep your cool and your car cool as well. Here some tips for you, your family and your car: Keep Tires Inflated: Now that you know that hot weather can affect your tire pressure, what can you do about it? Ensure that tires are properly inflated. According to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, tires should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations printed on the vehicle door placard or in the owner’s manual, not the number on the tire. Goodyear says that nearly seven in 10 of us are driving around on underinflated tires. Check Tire Tread: Tires with good treads help with safe driving. Try this coin test to see if your tires need replacing or not. Take a penny and insert it upside down along your treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires. Top Off Fluids: Make sure that your fluids under the hood are all at optimal levels. Also, if you have a big road trip scheduled, you may want to get an oil change before you leave. According to Jiffy Lube, motor oil does more than just lubricate moving parts. It cools areas of the engine and provides protection over a wide temperature range. If you’ve got older motor oil, it may not do its job as well as it could. Read Up on Recalls: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN Lookup Tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a...

What do you really know about your Acura?

Acura is one of car brands we are proud to represent. If you own an Acura car, you surely are in good hands. But what do you really know about your Acura? Here’s a few interesting facts we’d like to share with you: 1.Created in 1986, Acura was the first Japanese luxury car brand to hit the market. 2. The origin of the Acura name is derived from Latin — acu — defined as “done with precision” or “mechanically precise.” Originally, Honda pronounced the marque as “a-coor-uh,” but customers preferred “Ah-cure-uh” so the new name stuck. 3. Acura and Marvel Entertainment have had a professional partnership since 2010. In fact, Acura models actually appear in movies like Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. 4. The Acura logo, introduced in 1990 for the 1991 model year, is a stylized “A” (for Acura) that can also be interpreted as a skewed “H” (for Honda). The logo that was originally authorized without approval by Soichiro Honda did not contain the small horizontal bar joining the two vertical pillars—thus, it did not form the letter “H”. 5. The Acura NSX, not the 2015 Ford F-150, was the first vehicle produced with an all-aluminum body. 6. Acura’s 2014 global sales totaled 195,000 vehicles, down from a record 232,000 in 2005. North America accounted for 97 percent of the 2014 volume, with China pitching in 4,464 vehicles and another 1,173 coming from Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. 7. Honda’s Acura MDX was given the title of Best Value for large crossover vehicles by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2014. This award means that the Honda Acura MDX doesn’t...
D&H Believes Education Can Change Lives

D&H Believes Education Can Change Lives

D&H Enterprises are a proud partner of ASCEF, the educational foundation that started 20 years ago by the spouses of members of the Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA). The purpose of the ASC Educational Foundation is to provide educational and training, opportunities, scholarships and endowments in the field of automotive repair and maintenance. But that’s not all: ASCEF has been changing the lives of hundreds of students wanting to pursue a career in the automotive field. The funds raised provide scholarships and support sustainable training programs throughout California. The scholarship program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in post-high school technical/academic training or college undergraduates in the automotive service field satisfying certain criteria. Currently the Foundation issues eleven annual scholarships that can range from $1000 to $2000 and can be applied toward tuition, tools and books. In 2015 scholarships awarded totaled $14,800. This was why D&H Enterprises had to get involved with this project: supporting education in the automotive field is as rewarding as having a successful business. Thanks to the generosity of Concord’s community we are now in a place we can give back with this wonderful town. Everyday ASCEF makes a difference in young adults lives and D&H support, together with other donors support, has a huge impact on the continuity and future of this amazing project. Joel Kumparak, student at DeAnza College, was one of ASCEF scholarship winners. As he stated: “Winning a scholarship from ASCEF has help me advance my education by helping me pay for classes at my local college that offers automotive training courses. I wasn’t able to...
Spring Cleaning: Auto Tips

Spring Cleaning: Auto Tips

Spring is here, finally, and there’s no better time to do a full cleaning to your beloved car than now. The question is: where to start? Here’s a few tips: Carpeting and Upholstery: Focus first on the interior carpeting and upholstery. Using a damp towel, wash down the seats. Get rid of any rock salt debris, mud or dry dirt on the carpeting using a carpet-cleaning machine, if possible. Batteries, Plugs & Wires: All of these components give the spark to your your vehicle and they work extra hard when it’s cold. Winter stress can compromise their performance up to 60 percent. Test and replace old or weak batteries, plugs and wires, especially those more than three years old. It will certainly be cheaper than a tow and replacement down the road. Wash the underbody: Wintertime driving will coat the bottom of your car with salt, sand and other grime that can cause corrosion. Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car much harder to resell or even dangerous to drive. Spend a few extra dollars for the undercarriage power wash at the local car wash or spray the car’s bottom with your own hose. The Console: Wash the consoles carefully. Avoid getting electrical connections wet, but do wipe them down appropriately. Clean out cup holders, too. Use a wet cloth to get the top of the dashboard, but be careful to dry it thoroughly. Tire Pressure: Cold weather can reduce tire pressure, so make sure all tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and balanced. You can check the inside of your car door to...