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Providing Auto Repair for the Greater Minnesota area – thanks

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In 2012 we were able to repair and maintain vehicles from the following communities.  Thanks to all our customers from St Paul,  Eagan,  Albertville, Annandale,  Hudson,  Becker, Big Lake, Maple Grove, Buffalo, Cedar Lake, Delano, Elk River, Corcoran, Eden Prairie, Howard Lake, Loretto,  Maple Lake,  Maple Plain, Monticello,  Montrose,  Mound, Princeton,  Rockford,  Rogers, St Michael, South Haven, Victoria, Waverly, Edina,  New Hope, Chrystal, Plymouth, Rice and Canada!   Call 763-684-1811 or email us at to make an appointment

As a Napa AutoCare Center, we offer monthly specials, backed by the Peace of Mind Warranty.

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DW Auto is a Napa Autocare shop;    Napa AutoCare provides resources for auto maintenance and repair . Our Participation in national advertising campaigns allows you to save on parts via mail in coupons and specials.

Call for more information; if you see a Napa rebate offer please mention it when making an appointment.

The Napa website includes car maintenance and consumer tips to help you know your vehicle, click here to you get to know your car.

The Napa Peace of Mind Warranty is

  • Included FREE with your qualifying repair or service work.
  • Covers parts and labor on qualifying repairs and services for 24 months/24,000 miles.
  • Honored nationwide by thousands of NAPA AutoCare Centers, so you’re protected even when you travel

The websites for Buffalo MN have great photos of the area news! Find the links on our contact page!

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David Wray Auto will take care of your auto care needs- both maintenance and repairs-  be sure to check out the other community businesses and services while in the area .  We offer a free shuttle into Buffalo if you are waiting for a repair!

You will find a shortcut to community websites and other resources  by clicking on our contacts page/links.

Looking for the Buffalo Chamber website?   For information on whats happening around Buffalo MN,  also check out  the Buffalo MN website .  The Wright County Journal Press and  the local radio station KRWC are also great resources for the Buffalo area news.

David Wray Auto is  a member of the Buffalo Area Chamber, and supports other local businesses;  remember to  ” Shop local”.

DW Auto offers Subaru Auto Repair discounts for MNSubaru members

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A shout out to welcome  MNSubaru members to our sight- you may have found us in the  club directory; at  MNSubaru

Any questions about Subaru maintenance, service or repair?   Just contact Dave or Mike at David Wray Automotive.

Ask about the special labor discount for club members.    We are happy to add other car clubs to our specials page, send a note via the contact page-links with club information.



Your online reviews of David Wray Auto are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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We appreciate hearing from our customers-    we rely on word of mouth advertising!   We specialize in finding solutions  to car maintenance and repairs for our customers automotive needs- share the word for your neighbors and friends.

Thanks to everyone who sends a note;  Either through email or the website,; also for  posts on our DWA facebook page  

and  reviews on the various other sites like  Google, Yahoo or Angies list.   It all helps in promoting our goal of servicing our neighbors vehicles.

Whats that noise? Is your car trying to tell you something?

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Troubleshoot Your Vehicle With This Vehicle Sounds Chart

Now it’s time to listen up, and hear what your car may be saying to you. There is generally only one correct interpretation of the sounds your vehicle emits, and getting it correct can save you time and money. Identifying mechanical sounds takes training and practice. It’s not always easy to hear the difference between, say, a failing wheel bearing and an irregularly worn tire, or normal intermittent brake noise versus worn pads going metal-to-metal.

Which noises are potentially dangerous, and which could wait until you can set up an appointment with David Wray Auto? And, just how can you pinpoint the location of a particular sound, anyway?

As you drive your vehicle be aware of its operating characteristics and normal sounds from the engine, transmission, driveline, exhaust system and tires.  Excessively loud or abnormal sounds fall into the category of €œnoises.€  They can be very helpful to service technicians when diagnosing the cause of a problem.

The following definitions of common noises are provided to assist you in communicating the problem when making an appointment:

  • Boom:  Rhythms sound like a drum roll or distant thunder.  May cause pressure on ear drum.
  • Buzz: Low pitched sound, something like a bee.  Usually associated with vibrations.
  • Chatter:  Rapidly repeating metallic sound.
  • Chuckle: Rapid noise that sounds like a stick against spokes of a spinning bicycle wheel.
  • Chirp: High-pitched rapidly repeating sound like chirping birds.
  • Click: Light sound like a ball point pen being clicked.When it is in the front end during a turn, this sound may be traced to an  CV joint or axle.
  • Clunk/Thump: Heavy metal-to-metal sound, like a hammer striking steel.A heavy bumping sound, softer than a clang, usually indicates you should look at suspension bushings, including shock or strut mounts.
  • Grind: Abrasive sound, like a grinding wheel or sandpaper rubbing against wood.If it occurs when the brakes are applied, either the linings are gone or you’ve got one of those unpleasantly-aggressive friction material formulas that tend to eat rotors.
  • Groan/Moan: Continuous, low-pitched humming sound. Has the powersteering fluids been checked lately?
  • Growl/Howl: Low, guttural sound like an angry dog.
  • Hiss: Continuous sound like air escaping from a balloon. Time to check hoses for leaks
  • Hum: Continuous sound of varying frequencies like a humming in the wind.
  • Knock:  heavy, loud, repeating sound like a knock on the door. Often it’s a warning that something important (and expensive) is about to let go.
  • Ping:  Similar to knock except at a higher frequency.
  • Rattle: A sound suggesting looseness, such as marbles rolling around in a can.
  • Roar: Deep, long, prolonged sound like an animal or winds and ocean waves.
  • Rumble:  Low, heavy continuous sound like that made by wagons or thunder.
  • Squeak:  High-pitched sound like rubbing a clean window.
  • Scraping:  Something like “jeet-jeet-jeet-jeet” that speeds up as the car gathers speed probably means an object of one sort or another is contacting the driveshaft, possibly an exhaust shield or hanger or the parking brake cable. Your brake system, especially drum hardware, is also a distinct possibility.
  • Squeal:  Continuous, high pitched sound like running finger nails across a chalkboard.  Adjusting the belts may be in order.
  • Tap: Light, hammering sound like tapping pencil on the edge of a table.  May be rhythmic or intermittent.
  • Whir/Whine: high-pitched buzzing sound like an electric motor or drill.  Not what an impatient 3-year old does but just as annoying. This is a hard one to pin down, but it’s apt to come from worn ball or roller bearings, mismatched gears, too light a lube in a manual gearbox (ATF, maybe?) or alternator bushings getting ready to go.
  • Whistle:  Sharp, shrill sound like wind passing through a small opening.