D & R Automotive
D&R Automotive Reviews
(619) 449-1224
10517 Prospect Ave., Santee, CA 92071
Hours: 8-5 Tuesday thru Saturday

Car Care Tips

Knowing something about how your vehicle performs and handles makes communicating with service advisers and technicians fast and easy.

Performance Problem

How to Describe It

Cuts out

Temporary, complete loss of power. Engine quits at sharp, irregular intervals. May occur repeatedly or intermittently. Usually worse under heavy acceleration.


Mild to severe ping, usually worse under acceleration and load. Engine makes sharp, metallic knocks that change with throttle opening. Sounds like marbles rattling around.


Engine runs after ignition switch is turned off. Runs unevenly and may make knocking noises.


Momentary lack of response as accelerator is pressed. Can occur at all speeds. Usually most severe when starting from a stop. May cause engine to stall.


Pulsation or jerking that changes with engine speed. Exhaust has a steady spitting sound at idle or low speed. Not normally felt above 30 mph.

Rough idle

Engine runs unevenly at idle. Car may also shake.


Engine delivers limited power under load or at high speed. Won't accelerate as fast as normal. Loses too much speed going up hills. Has less speed than normal.


Less than anticipated response to increased throttle opening. Little or no increase in speed when accelerator is pushed down to increase cruising speed. Continuing to push pedal down will finally give an increase in speed.


Engine stops running or dies out. May occur at idle or while driving.


Vehicle speeds up and slows down with no change on accelerator pedal. Can occur at any speed.

Here is a troubleshooting checklist that will help you document problems with your vehicle. You can give this checklist to your counterperson, service advisor, or service technician when you take your vehicle in for service.