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541-752-3316 | 305 NW 2nd St Corvallis, OR 97330

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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 D & B Bear Service.



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 D & B Bear Service.



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. D & B Bear Service 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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Our daughter is a student at OSU and her car broke down and we live 5 hours away, but they were very helpful when they called my daughter and worked closely with her in getting her car diagnosed (they spent all day diagnosing the issue and discovered it was a bad transmission). They treated my daughter with full respect and friendliness and we really appreciated how they treated my daughter during the stressful time. D & B Bear Service came highly recommended by the OSU Parent Group and we most definitely have become their customer for future car repairs while our daughter is a student at OSU.

, 01/25/2021

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I worked for and was service manager at D & B BEAR for 31 years and have recently changed careers. Owner Denny Rice is a one-of-a-kind suspension specialist & provides a great family-driven full-service shop that you can count on. Thank you for the time spent with you all.

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My parents have owned D & B Bear service for nearly 40 years. They pride themselves on being honest and always putting the customer first. They also have always offered friendly service. My father started working at his family's business when he was 12 years. His experience is something that you don't find that often. If you are looking for great, friendly, honest service, give Jack a call today.

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We discovered these guys from a person who sold us a used car. It was a '94 Honda they had been responsible for since it was new. I have been driving for 55 years and have used many repair shops in many cities. We have used these guys on many occasions in the last several years for all of our cars' repairs. I used to work on cars myself when I was young so I know when I am getting BS. These guys are very very good - the best I have ever had. Do yourself a favor and give them a shot.

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Great, friendly service. They kept me informed about the progress and estimates for the repairs they did throughout the day. I will always take my car back here as long as I live in Corvallis.

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They have done me right a couple times now by coming in with quotes under others, and never going over their own quote, and my truck has been great!

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