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Our blogs are updated once a month, usually on the first day of the month. On this page, we offer advice, tips, and insights for becoming a safer driver and for better travels on Chico roads. Bookmark this page and remember to check back!

If you need auto repair service, don’t forget that you can schedule an appointment at this link for D&E Auto Repair in Chico. We look forward to seeing you! Remember that you are a part of the family at D&E Auto Repair in Chico. We’re located at 3328 Esplanade St., Chico, CA 95973.

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How To Celebrate The Holidays With Your Family

How To Celebrate The Holidays With Your Family

Photo by Spencer Backman on Unsplash How To Celebrate The Holidays With Your Family You've got to love the holidays, but let's be honest: they can get a little stressful. Between shopping, cooking, and traveling, finding quality family time can take lots of energy and effort. Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite activities to partake in during December, perfect for the whole family! Gingerbread House-Making Party  If you’re looking to host an event for your family, why not throw a gingerbread house party? This is a great activity that children of all ages can enjoy, so invite as many extended families as you like!   Make sure plenty of options are available and let them go crazy! To make it fun for kids, set up stations where they can decorate their own gingerbread houses. You may also want to plan some games incorporating food or have it as ... read more

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Why It’s Essential To Pay Attention To The Warning Lights On Your Vehicle’s Dashboard

 Why It’s Essential To Pay Attention To The Warning Lights On Your Vehicle’s Dashboard

 Why It’s Essential To Pay Attention To The Warning Lights On Your Vehicle’s Dashboard  Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Vehicles are more advanced than ever, with a wide range of sensors and other technologies designed to keep your engine healthy, your tires properly inflated, and your brakes working like new. That's why drivers must pay attention to the warning lights on their dashboards to catch problems as early as possible.  See a mechanic if anything pops up on the dashboard as soon as possible.  It’s essential to come into a mechanic as soon as something pops up on your dashboard, even if you have other plans or don’t think you have the time. Going in to see someone will ensure that there isn’t a more significant, more costly issue at hand. Even if something is wrong with your vehicle that will require intensive labor, ge ... read more

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What To Do When Your Car Overheats

What To Do When Your Car Overheats

Photo by Daniel @ bestjumpstarterreview.com on Unsplash   What to do when your car overheats  You're happy driving on the road on a hot summer day when your vehicle's engine starts smoking out of nowhere, and you have to pull over. What will happen next?!    Engines can overheat for many other reasons, but the most common is caused by the warm seasons, mainly during the summer. This can happen to anyone's engines when they overheat due to the hot weather. Lucky, we are here to help you and give you some advice on what to do when your vehicle overheats.    Tips on what to do  Turn off the air conditioner: Running the A/C puts a heavy load on the engine; the best thing to do ... read more

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Best Road Trips For Spring Break

Best Road Trips For Spring Break

Photo by Raphael Rychetsky on Unsplash   With the weather warming up and spring break coming up, it can be perfect timing to take your family on a road trip! You can have time to explore and relieve some stress while still socially distancing too. If you are planning on getting behind the wheel and going out to explore the state, this month's blog is ideal for you as we will share some of the best road trips for spring break.   But before you get into your vehicle, and start with the adventure, ensure your vehicle is working correctly so you can prevent any issues on the road or any other major accidents. We want you to have the best experience of your life, and because of this, below are some ideas of road trips that you ... read more

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Why We are Thankful for You

Why We are Thankful for You

Photo by Kiy Turk on Unsplash   Our auto mechanics at D&E Auto Repair in Chico are thankful for trusting us with your vehicle and choosing us as your auto repair shop. We're grateful for becoming a loyal client with us, and we appreciate each of you! We realize that you could have chosen any other auto repair shop, but you chose us and trusted our mechanics! Trust is a hard-earned currency nowadays, so we are glad that we were able to earn yours.    With the holidays coming soon, we should stop for a little and reflect on all the hard work we have done during these challenging times and the people that have been there for us. Always remember that being grateful helps people connect to something larger than themselve ... read more

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Best Summertime Road Trip Destinations From Chico

Best Summertime Road Trip Destinations From Chico

We love living in Chico, and we all have Butte County pride. But in the summertime -- especially this summer -- many of us are itching to travel out of Chico. Home is home, but some of us want to go camping, seek cooler climates, hit the beach, or drive across our beautiful country. Here are some of the best summertime road trip destinations from Chico in 2021. Sacramento -- Not too far away from Chico is Sacramento’s Old Town by the waterfront. Yeah, it’s a tourist trap, but it’s fun! Now that we get to ease COVID restrictions, there is a lot to do in Sacramento. We love getting a horse-drawn carriage tour to see the sites and soak in the history of the gold rush. If you love fondue and want to treat yourself to something special, visit The Melting Pot in Sacramento, which recently reopened in April. Truckee -- Want to head into the mountains to cool off a little? Truckee is an adorable town, and the outdoors will be calling you to get out and play. You have many a ... read more

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D AND E AUTO REPAIR Fuel Saving Tip: Myths

With high fuel prices comes lots of gas saving advice.  Some of it, like what you hear on AutoNetTV, is great.  Some is myth.  And some is just designed to prey on people desperate to save some money on gas. When you get one of those e-mails that’s going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.  Does it really make sense?  Does it defy the laws of physics?  Do some research on the internet or ask your service advisor. There aren’t any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn’t suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional.  You’ll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement. Give us a call D AND E AUTO REPAIR 3328 D ESPLANADE CHICO, CA 95973 (530)

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Steering

Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles.  Let’s break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second the actual parts that steer the vehicle. Most people under 40 have never driven a car or truck without power steering.  Most vehicles today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer.  The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles have an electric pump.  Some vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering. The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak.  You can postpone that day by having a power steering service from time to time.  We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid.  This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts.  Ask your service advisor for the recommended change interval. What about ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in CHICO

There's not much CHICO residents can do about the price of gas in CA, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don't need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved fuel economy. Go a little slower on CA roads. CHICO residents who go more than 60 mph/100 kph will see their drop dramatically. Leave early so you don't need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speeds use less gas. Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands around CHICO. Hey, at current CHICO gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Give us a call. D AND E AUTO REPAIR 3328 D ESPLANADE CHICO, CA 95973 (530) 343-9703 At D AND E AUTO REPAIR we install quality NAPA replacement parts

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Severe Driving In CHICO

Severe Driving In CHICO

Most CHICO motorists know that their owner's manuals have schedules for  vehicle maintenance. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The distance and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule. Now when you hear “severe service”, you may think it doesn't apply to you because you don't feel your driving conditions are severe or extreme – it's just normal everyday driving around CHICO. At D AND E AUTO REPAIR, we discuss the conditions that manufacturers classify as severe so that you can make the judgment on your own driving. Most CHICO drivers operate under severe driving conditions at least some of the time. How do you know which schedule to follow for your vehicle? Carefully think about your driving conditions and decide if you should do your preventive maintenance closer to the severe service recommendation or th ... read more

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