Automotive Repair

  • Air Filtration & Why It Is Important

    dirty air filter vs clean filter

    Your vehicle's engine needs clean air to burn the fuel – and it needs a lot of clean air. In fact, a typical vehicle needs about 216,000 gallons of air for every tank of gas. All that air passes through a filter that catches the dust and dirt. Eventually, the filter gets completely full, and because the filter can only hold so much, dirt starts getting through. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, we ensure you get the best air quality in your vehicle and explain the process of where this dirty air is going to our area drivers. 

  • Bad Battery?

    Without a working battery, your car will not be able to start. If you perform proper maintenance, however, an average car battery can start your car reliably for roughly four years. Your vehicle's radio and headlights, plus a slew of other important functions, are powered by an electrical current generated by your vehicle’s engine but a vital part of generating electricity is having a place to store it while it’s not being used, which is where a car battery comes into play. The battery holds electrical energy while a car is off in order to help the engine turn over and create a spark to start internal combustion.  What you don't want is to have a bad battery!!

  • Bumper Cover Damaged Or Loose?

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    Your bumper covers are always in danger. Between other drivers, obstacles in the road, flash floods, or any other hazard you may encounter, at some point it’s likely your bumper covers will accrue some damage. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we can fix that.

  • Don't Neglect These Signs, You May Need New Brakes

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    Your brakes have a lot to do with how your car drives. Brakes are a frequently neglected item on a lot of people’s checklist, and many drivers on the road have subpar brakes and don’t even know it. A car that brakes well and brakes correctly are just as important as acceleration, handling, or any other aspect of a vehicle’s drivability. A car with brake issues has the potential to be a far more enjoyable ride when fixed.

  • Have an Off Track Window in Your Vehicle? Here's What to Do

    Car windows

    Automotive windows are one of those things that you take for granted, until something goes wrong. One of the more irritating issues a window can develop, is dislocating from its track while attempting to roll it up or down. Why does this happen, and how do you fix it? At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we’ve got answers to your questions and solutions to your problems.

  • How Critical Are Belts On Your Vehicle?

    drive belt

    Your drive belts are simple but integral components to the function of your car, truck, or SUV. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, belts are one of the first things we assess when looking over a vehicle, as they alone are in charge of operating your AC, water pump, alternator, and power steering.

  • How To Rainproof Your Windshield

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    At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, we understand that safety and driving comfort are largely dependent on truck maintenance. Driving in the rain can be a hassle, especially if your vehicle isn’t prepared.

  • How Valve Adjustments Can Keep Your Vehicle Going

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    At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, our main goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV always performing at its best. Valve adjustments are an integral aspect of that goal.

  • Is It Time To Replace Your Ball Joints?

    separated ball joint that needs to be replaced

    We know you’re busy. At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we also know that while there are certain issues with your car, truck, or SUV you can ignore for a while, some of them shouldn’t wait. While serious issues are often obvious, sometimes they aren’t - ball joints are one such case.

  • Is that Noise Coming from Your Radiator?

    fan filter

    At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we know how irritating an issue with your car, truck, or SUV can be, even if it doesn’t immediately affect your vehicle’s performance. One such problematic issue, the excessively loud radiator cooling fan, is a common plague many automobile owners will experience.

  • Is Your Transmission Shuddering?

    close up of a transmission

    Transmissions may experience an array of issues, some more serious (or annoying) than others. Since transmissions play a vital role in the operation of your vehicle, it's important to know what to look out for. If your transmission is shuddering, here’s some advice from our team here at R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA.

  • JASPER Expands their Chrysler Transmission Product Line

    Chrysler 68RFE

    Here at R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc, we are always striving to provide Lacombe, LA drivers with the highest quality products. That’s why we proudly work with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. JASPER is a leader in the nation for remanufacturing engines and drivetrain products at a price point that is affordable. Their latest offering is no exception. JASPER recently announced that they have expanded their remanufactured Chrysler 68RFE transmission product line. This remanufactured transmission is available for both 2WD and 4WD 2019 RAM 2500-3500 diesel applications.

  • JASPER Has New Cylinder Head Offerings

    Cylinder Head

    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 newest offering from Jasper Engines & Transmissions. JASPER is the nation’s leader in remanufactured engines and drivetrain products and now they are offering Ford/International 7.3L/444TE Diesel Cylinder Heads.

  • JASPER Now Offers Turbocharger for Nissan Juke 1.6L Engine

    Turbocharger for Nissan Juke 1.6L Engine

    At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions as we are always looking for ways to provide our drivers with only the highest quality of service and products. JASPER recently announced the availability of a turbocharger for the 2011-2017 Nissan Juke that is equipped with a 1.6L engine.

  • Keep Your Fleet Going for Miles to Come

    fleet of commercial vehicles

    Does your fleet have vehicles equipped with four-wheel or all-wheel drive? More and more, companies are moving towards vehicles equipped with one or the other - they’re safer and more useful, particularly in inclement weather or less than ideal conditions. If your fleet is powered by all four wheels, R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA has you covered.

  • Keeping the Road Rage Under Control

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    Stress while driving is commonplace no matter where or when you’re driving. It’s very easy to become angry due to other drivers and even yourself, but it’s just as easy to avoid road rage and the stress altogether.

  • Knowing Your Vehicle's Specifications

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    Whether we’re talking about your engine, transmission, differential, suspension, or otherwise, correct specifications are necessary to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable, drivable, and running smoothly. From our team here at R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, here’s what you need to know.

  • Maintaining Your Battery

    vehicle battery

    At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we know how annoying a dead battery can be. Here’s some information on the subject, that will hopefully help you understand your battery issues a little better.

  • Maintaining Your Radiator Hoses

    radiator hoses

    Your radiator hoses are under a lot of pressure, in both the figurative and literal sense. From R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, here’s what you need to know about the radiator hoses on your car, truck, or SUV.

  • Radiator Cooling Fan Won’t Turn Off?

    Automotive radiator

    At R & D Automotive Specialists, Inc in Lacombe, LA, we know how annoying little quirks and issues can be. A common problem vehicles experience is a cooling fan that doesn’t kick on and off when it’s supposed to. While a fan that won’t kick off is far less troubling than a fan that won’t turn on, it’s still a problem that needs to be fixed for a variety of reasons. Here’s why, and what you should do.

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