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Are oil changes getting more expensive?

oil being put into the car

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?

working on a truck on a lift

Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.

There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones.  If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit.  However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on!   Then you call our shop for help!

Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

car parts

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

battery warning light

It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

Diesel engines: the essentials

mechanic working on diesel engine

When you think about diesel engines, you probably think about large trucks and machinery, and maybe a few oddball cars over the years.  But how long has diesel really been around, and why is it used the way it is today? R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA has the answers you need to become more in-tune with your diesel truck and engine. 

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

hand screwing lid off of coolant

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

How do you jump start your car?

jumper cables being held by person in front of car

If you drive a luxury or performance vehicle, you’re an owner of a reliable machine. Still, occasionally problems do arise. On vehicles like these, with so many electronics, a dead battery is a common issue. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc we want to keep our customers informed, here’s how to jump-start your vehicle safely. 

Is your vehicle heater blowing cold?

heater in car

The climate control system in your car works hard to keep you at a comfortable temperature. If you’re having heater issues, trust the performance car specialists with us at R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA to get you comfortably back on the road.

JASPER - Products You Can Trust

Dennis Bertles a Navy Seabee Veteran

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe we provide only the best products to our customers and that’s why we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Every day at our shop we provide repairs for a multitude of customers who truly rely on JASPER products to keep their vehicles going strong. Meet Mr. Dennis Bertles, a Navy Seabee veteran and an awesome guy that loves his JASPER products. He depends on JASPER’s 3-year, 100,000-mile warranty and loves the products that they offer.  Mr. Bertles has a Jasper Vortec 5.3L long block engine replacement and a Jasper transfer case replacement in his 2005 Tahoe. Thank you Mr. Bertles for your service to our country and for your dedication to the JASPER brand.

Leaky Injectors Need Your Attention

Injector

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we see our fair share of damage that could’ve been prevented. Leaking injectors are one of the main ways a diesel engine can meet its demise - but the good news is, engine failure can be avoided, as long as the problem is taken care of.

Let Us Be Your Engine Specialists

Man with clipboard checking under hood of car

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we specialize in engine maintenance, service, customization, and repair. All of our technicians are equipped with the best equipment and training in the industry to ensure they know exactly what your specific engine needs are, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive.

Looks Like A Problem? YES!

Lady with car hood up - steam rising

Sometimes it is EASY to see if your car or truck needs to come into our shop for professional repairs! 
1.  You see steam rising from the engine!
2.  The Check Engine Light is on!
3.  The engine starts, but there is an odor that is not right.
4.  You hear grinding or thumping noises.

New Chevrolet Engine Option from JASPER

 GM Gen IV 5.3L Class-1 DOD/AFM Delete Engine

If you own a 2007-2009 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado, GMC Sierra, or Yukon then JASPER’s latest offering of a Remanufactured GM Gen IV 5.3L Class-1 DOD/AFM Delete Engine is for you. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe we strive to provide our customers with only the best products and that’s why we are proud to provide quality products from Jasper Engines and Transmission.

New Chrysler Engine Options from JASPER

Pentastar Engine

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe we strive to provide only the best products to our customers and that’s why we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. JASPER has recently announced the expanded availability of the Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar engine line. This engine is available for the 2011-2014 Volkswagen Routan.

New Engine Options Available for Chevrolet and GMC Vehicles!

GM Gen V 5.3L GDI engine

Here at R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA we offer only the best products for our Lacombe, LA drivers and the new GM Gen V 5.3L GDI engine from our partner Jasper Engines & Transmissions, who is the nation’s leader in remanufactured engines and drivetrain products, make no exception.

When you experience issues with your Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, or Sierra (Hybrid) you now have an option to KEEP your vehicle and install a New JASPER GM Gen V 5.3L GDI engine which comes with their 3 yr | 100,000-mile Parts & Labor nationwide warranty which is fully-transferrable. That vehicle you love is now ready for lots of vacation trips and hard work.

The JASPER way is to fix any issues with the engine and re-design any inherent problems in the original product which is why they have been a leader in the market since 1942! We love their products because we know our customers can depend on the quality as well as the warranty if there should be an issue which brings complete peace of mind.

New Ford Engine Options from JASPER

Ford 3.5L EcoBoost Turbo GDI engine from JASPER

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe we provide only the best products to our customers and that’s why we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. That’s why we are excited to announce the availability of the Ford 3.5L EcoBoost Turbo GDI engine from JASPER. This engine is available for the following applications: 2011 - 8/26/2015 F150, 2015 - 6/23/2016 Transit, and 2015 - 8/26/2015 Expedition and Navigator.

New JASPER Option for Medium-Duty On-Road Trucks

Cummins 6.7L

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc we offer only the best products to our Lacombe drivers, that’s why we’re excited to announce the expanded availability of the Cummins 6.7L ISB/QSB Rear Gear Running Complete engine from our partner Jasper Engines & Transmissions. JASPER is the nation’s leader in remanufactured engines and drivetrain products.

If you are experiencing issues with the current engine on your 2013-2018 medium-duty on-road trucks, agriculture, construction, and industrial applications you now have an affordable option for an engine replacement. This engine is available with and without head studs and is completely remanufactured using a standard set of new parts. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc, we love JASPER products because we know that our customers can depend on the quality of the product while having peace of mind because of the warranty this great company offers.

Oil Leaks

oil cap on car

Are you leaking oil? R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA can help. Oil leaks mess up your driveway and make a mess under the hood. It can also get pricey constantly having to fill the engine, not to mention inconvenient.

Own a Ford Truck? New Engine Options Available for You

Ford 6.7L Scorpion Running Complete Diesel Engine

At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc we offer only the best products to our Lacombe, LA drivers, that’s why we’re excited to announce the availability of the Ford 6.7L Scorpion Running Complete Diesel Engine from our partner Jasper Engines & Transmissions. JASPER is the nation’s leader in remanufactured engines and drivetrain products.

If you are experiencing issues with the diesel engine on your Ford truck, you now have an affordable option that will allow you to keep the truck you love by installing a remanufactured Ford 6.7L Scorpion Running Complete Diesel Engine giving you more power to do the work you need your truck to do. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc, we love JASPER products because we know that our customers can depend on the quality of the product while having peace of mind because of the warranty JASPER offers.

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