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Are oil changes getting more expensive?

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At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, MO, 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?

Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

car parts

At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, MO, 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 Light On? We Can Fix It

dash light on

Diagnostics are an important aspect of modern vehicle maintenance and repair. Your car or SUV is equipped with an array of computers and sensors which monitor your engine activity, and flag anything that isn’t operating as it should. At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, we are experts in performance and luxury automobile repair - and when diagnosing the problem is sometimes the most difficult part of the process, an expert is what you need. For cars like Audi, Porsche, BMW, VW, MINI, and Subaru, selecting the right shop is key to correctly diagnosing and correcting any sort of malfunction.

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!

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, MO, 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.

ECU problems and reprogramming

diagnostics

If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, Porsche, etc., you’re probably no stranger to state of the art electronics, sensors, and control systems. At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair, our technicians have the right knowledge, ability, and equipment necessary to keep your car or SUV in top-notch condition.

Give Your Car that Extra Boost with a Performance Engine

engine

It may be time to retire your old engine, or perhaps you’re looking to boost your vehicle’s performance. Either way, you need a high-performance engine installed, and you need it done right. From bolt-in crate engines to professionally modified motors, Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City has a team of expert mechanics you can trust to do the quality job you’re searching for. We specialize in engine repair and replacement for high-performance automobiles like Porsche, Audi, BMW, VW, and Subaru.

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 Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair we want to keep our customers informed, here’s how to jump-start your vehicle safely. 

How Do You Maintain Your Engine?

man working on car with hood up

No matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, maintenance is the key to giving your engine a long life. At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, MO, we focus on keeping your engine running strong.

Is it time to replace your engine?

At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, MO, we know it isn’t always easy deciding what to do next when it comes to major engine repairs. Fortunately, that’s what we’re here for - to help you make the best decision for your situation.

JASPER - Products You Can Trust

Dennis Bertles a Navy Seabee Veteran

At Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City 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.

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.

Remanufactured Engines…Just Asking For Trouble?

3-D blueprint of car with a physical engine in it

Has the day finally come to replace your engine? If your engine is tired, worn out, and problematic, we can help at Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair. First, let's take a look at remanufactured engines; what they are, what ‘remanufactured’ means and why they’re a great way to give your car a new life.

Sometimes it is obvious, others we have to hunt for it!

car wiring chewed up photo

Here at Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City we often do diagnostics and sometimes the problem is obvious after hooking the car up to the computer and reading the codes.  However, sometimes it isn't obvious during a test drive or after hooking it up to all those computer programs!  You know there is a problem and a Check Engine Light is on with the fleet customer telling you the car has been having issues starting and the light has been going off and on depending on several factors.  No pattern, no simple answer but the problem becomes obvious when you start following the "threads of the issue" thanks to all that ASE Technician training.

Take care of it or high repair bills? Which do you prefer?

Oil gunked up on an engine.

We see this with our fleet customers, our regular Jefferson City car pool drivers and our diesel truck drivers so it isn't just one type of driver that ends up with a nightmare on their hands costing thousands of dollars to repair, asking about the costs of a JASPER replacement engine!  The fact is your driving habits and maintenance habits can easily avoid this issue!  6 EASY STEPS - Service, Tires, Don't Ignore Service Engine Lights, Keep it Clean & Stop Driving Crazy!

What does the PCV System do & why is it important to you?

emissions testing being done on a vehicle

On modern vehicles, the PCV system (Positive Crankcase Ventilation System) is essential to ensuring your car or truck is ready to go when you are and remains a long-lasting, reliable vehicle. It’s much more than just emissions control - your PCV system serves multiple purposes and is quite interesting! How does it work, and what are those purposes?  Here at Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair in Jefferson City, MO, we have those answers for you!

  • Jasper
  • Acdelco
  • Asa
  • ASE
  • BF Goodrich
  • BG Products
  • Bosch Automotive
  • Bridgestone Firestone
  • Cooper Tires
  • Cummins Diesel
  • Duramax Diesel
  • Federated Car Care
  • Fleet Services
  • Flowmaster
  • Goodyear
  • Ford Power Stroke Diesel
  • Hunter
  • iATN
  • Magnaflow
  • Michelin
  • Motorcraft Parts
  • NFIB
  • RV Repair
  • State Inspection
  • Tires
  • Towing
  • Toyo
  • Uniroyal

Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair

2900 Renns Lake Rd
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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