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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Brandon, MS

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 Darrell's Auto Electric & Complete Auto Repair.



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 Darrell's Auto Electric & Complete Auto Repair.



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. Darrell's Auto Electric & Complete Auto Repair 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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The ONLY place I will have any of my vehicles worked on! Expertise, Reliabilty, Great Communication, Time Sensitive, Friendly, Honest, Family Owned and Operated, are just a few reasons Darrell's is my CHOICE! They were definitely the best part of a bad situation when it came to repairs on my car!

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Wonderful honest people that do an excellent job! Darrell's is the only place I would allow to work on our vehicles!

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Only people that work on my vehicles. Hands down the best!

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Wonderful service and wonderful people. THE place I trust to work on my cars.

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Been using Darrell's FOR YEARS. They've got a VERY knowledgeable crew and are VERY nice!

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We've been taking our vehicles to Darrell's for over 11years. They've always done a great job! They explain their work, costs are fair and the turnaround time is pretty quick. My only wish is that they were open on Saturdays. Their hours are Mon - Fri 7am to 5pm. I definitely recommend Darrell's!

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I have used Darrell's on multiple occasions to fix our vehicles. They have been upfront, honest and way less expensive than other repair shops. I once had my car towed to the dealership by mistake. Their quote was $1600 to replace one part and another $2200 for another fix. I called Darrell's asking for an estimate. They gave me a ballpark over the phone, $1000 and $1400 respectively. They towed my car to their shop, inspected the work, and lowered their initial quote by nearly $200!!!! They have always been willing to discuss options, new vs rebuilt, and the pros and cons. I felt I was a part of the decision which is important when making investments in cars that you may not be keeping for much longer.

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Wonderful service. I consistently get my oil changed here, and anything else my outback needs. I don't trust anyone else with my car. Love supporting this local mechanic vs. large corporation chains that will lie, and do anything to get an extra dollar in their pockets. My husband grew up with this family, and they are absolutely amazing people.

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Knowledgeable experts, kind, competent, fair, and honest. I don't think about going anywhere else. They take care of my 17 year old Navigator that has 230, 000 miles on it.

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Nice, honest to women. Will call my husband if I need them to.

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Very skilled knowledgeable mechanics.

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So glad a friend of mine recommended Darrell's Auto Electric. I love supporting a local family owed business and every time you go you see the same faces. Very friendly people!

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I've used them in the past ALONG with my bro and they do great work! No complaints from this family!

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Glad i finally found a honest mechanic! I've taken my car to a lot of places and wasted a lot of money and finally my car is fixed! Definitely recommend!!

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