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Engine Diagnostics

You might not have heard of engine diagnostics, but this technique is used to find the root cause of any problems your car’s engine might be dealing with. It’s important to understand a bit about engine diagnostics. Then you can understand why it’s so important and how your car and its engine can be aided and improved by this form of testing.

There is a lot to learn, and you will find all of the important parts covered in the information below. It could help you to look after your car better and notice the signs that its engine is experiencing difficulties. For most people, their vehicle is an essential part of their day to day lives. So, looking after it and knowing how to get problems fixed fast is vital. Read on now to start learning more about engine diagnostics.

What Is Engine Diagnostics?

To put it simply, an engine diagnostics test makes it possible to pinpoint the exact problems your engine has. It’s all about gathering data that is then fed back to you. It can be carried out by a mechanic or anyone with the right equipment on hand. It’s relatively straightforward, but it’s what’s done with the data afterwards that’s most important, and that requires knowledge and experience.

A device is hooked up to the car, and this feeds the information back to the computer. It’s then possible to view the codes, which relate to specific issues with your engine. By reading those codes, you discover what the problem with the engine is. That’s when the time to formulate a response to the problems arrives.

When to Bring Your Car to Us

The most common reason why people bring their car to us is that the check engine light is displaying on the dashboard. This can be an alarming site because everyone knows how important the engine is. If you do notice this problem, bring it in so that a diagnostic test can be run on it. The sooner you do this, the safer your car will be.

This doesn’t have to be the case for a diagnostic test to be carried out, though. If you have any concerns or are experiencing any problems, don’t hesitate to come to us for help and support. If there are problems there, the test will pick them up immediately, and then the work can be done to put those problems right.

Vehicle Diagnostic Testing

A device is used that reads the data that your car is capable of feeding into it. This is then sent to a computer where the results of the testing can be viewed and assessed. There is a space just above the car’s dashboard where the device can be plugged in. When that’s done, it will be hooked up the car’s computer system. However, having access to the device and using it on your engine is only helpful if you know how to read the OBD codes and interpret them. This is what we can do.

OBD Code

So, what are OBD codes? These codes tell us exactly what problems your car is currently facing with its engine. Each code that is fed back to the computer represents a particular fault. There might be many or there might be none. But knowing for sure is the only way to start the repair process properly and accurately. We have access to a database of codes which allow us to know exactly which code corresponds to which problem. So, no mistakes can be made along the way.

Visual Vehicle Inspections

It’s also important to carry out visual inspections of the car. This can help aid the repair process when your vehicle does have a problem with its engine. It’s something that shouldn’t be ignored because it’s vital to get the most complete and comprehensive portrait of the engine and what is happening with it before any further action happens.

We have a team of skilled, certified and experienced technicians who have done this kind of work many times before. That means they know what they’re looking for as they inspect your car’s engine and look for potential faults with it. This can help them to decide which way to progress when it comes to fixing your car.

Getting the Work Done

Getting the work done is the most important part of the process. This, of course, is what is focused on after the diagnostic testing has been carried out. The information and data gathered from the testing process will make it clear where the problem is located and what’s going wrong. This speeds everything up, and means that your car will be back on the road in no time.

Our team will get to work on this to fix your problems right away. They have carried out plenty of engine repairs before, so they can use their knowledge and experience to make sure that you get the best outcomes for you, and that no problem is left unresolved.

The Benefits of Good Engine Diagnostics Services

The condition of your car’s engine is paramount. Without a fully functioning engine in place, it will never give you the levels of performance or reliability that you want from your car. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you use the very best and most up to date testing systems and services when you suspect there is a problem with your car’s engine.

Vehicle diagnostic testing is so useful because it runs through the whole engine and tests every possible fault that might be there. It can then report back accurately on where the problems lie. It’s then up to the mechanic to make sure that the right steps are taken to fix any of the problems that were highlighted by the engine diagnostic testing.

At HB Auto & AC, we specialise in offering engine diagnostics services. That means you can rely on us to offer you help and support with whatever problems are indicated. Contact us for more information.

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Motor or Engine Noise? https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/motor-engine-noise-fountain-valley-huntington-beach/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:25:42 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=931 The post Motor or Engine Noise? appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Motor or Engine Noise?

As long as I’ve been around vehicle repair it always strikes me as curious to see how things come in waves. A particular brand vehicle might have electrical problems for a year. Another will have brake related problems. Maybe we get a bunch of window repairs on all cars…

This year we’ve seen six cases of motor or engine noise.

Not unusual in an auto repair shop, but the nature of the engine noise I’m referring to is a clacking or knocking. It’s sometimes slight, sometimes more pronounced, and most of the people bringing this to us are new customers.

More interesting is the actual source of the engine noise. Every case of that mysterious noise that we have seen is from a LACK OF MOTOR OIL in the engine! Holy smokes!

Check Your Oil

We all get busy, but I implore everyone to please check their own oil, or have someone else do so, at appropriate intervals. Serious damage can happen if an engine runs low on oil. A newer vehicle is less likely to go low on oil because of the newness of the gaskets, seals, and rings. As a vehicle ages the gaskets and seals wear and fail. The rings may wear and allow oil to burn like John Candy’s old Mercury in the movie, “Uncle Buck.”

Not all engine noises are serious.

To prevent ANY engine noise we highly recommend regular service or inspection by experienced technicians. We are always pleased to do ‘quick check’ on all of your vehicle’s fluids at no charge for all our customers, and many of their sons and daughters, who are way too busy to think of such things.

If you hear ANY unusual sounds, especially engine noise, from you vehicle, have it checked immediately.

Mention this article and we’ll get on your car like a 1955 Texaco service station!

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Mini Cooper Air Conditioning https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/mini-cooper-air-conditioning/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:22:06 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=928 The post Mini Cooper Air Conditioning appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Mini Cooper Air Conditioning

We see things like this on a regular basis.

Larry’s 2004 Mini Air Conditioning was not working. The dealer said it needed a compressor replacement at a cost of over $1500! We fixed his Porsche earlier last year so he gave us a look at the Mini. We found the AC compressor clutch coil not working. From the BMW dealership the cost of the new compressor alone was over $800! Because of our long experience in auto air conditioning, we knew what we could do. While replacing the compressor coil only we found the main shaft seal leaking and replaced that also. Now the air conditioning FREEZES the passengers at much lower cost than previously quoted and saved the customer over $800! We like working on air conditioning!

Here is another kind of Air the Cooper is capable of.

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VW Specialties Huntington Beach https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/vw-specialties-huntington-beach/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:19:20 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=927 The post VW Specialties Huntington Beach appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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VW Specialties Huntington Beach

One of our favorite places to go for parts and shop talk is gone! VW Specialties on Gothard. Ron was a long time friend, fellow mechanic and parts wizard who could find VW and Audi parts that seemed to have disappeared from the face of the earth. We hope well for Ron and hope to see him in the future. It is our hope that those who have called Ron their mechanic will consider HB Auto & AC their next reliable VW and Audi repair facility in Huntington Beach. We’ll be your best VW Service next to Ron we know and we’ll do our homework to find those illusive parts!

Memories

I’ve never really thought about the memories I’ve had concerning auto repair because I grew up where you either fixed it or walked. Along the way a person can become an expert welder, fabricator, artists, painter, hydrolic specialists, tuner, racer, electrician, these darned things got a lot of things going on! They transcends the definition of “cars” or “trucks” to “personal statements”, “my ride” and the most valuable and trusted title of “the family car / van / SUV”. I remember riding in a 1942 Ford Coupe, Austin Healy Sprite, Porsche Super 90, 1951 spoked wheel MG, 1947 Rolls Royce, 1951 “Olds 88”.

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Auto Repair in Huntington Beach, #1 https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/huntington-beach/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:14:50 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=926 The post Auto Repair in Huntington Beach, #1 appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Auto Repair in Huntington Beach, #1

After being the best Radiator and Air Conditioning Auto Repair Shop in north Orange county in business 30 years as Bolsa Radiator, and repairing other shops mistakes, we have evolved the past 8 years into what many of our customers have told us is the only people they will ever take their car to. We thank them with all our hearts and return their trust and faith in us by working hard at being the #1 Auto Repair Shop in Huntington Beach. The testimonials on LocalYahoo.com and other search sites tells us we are on the right track.

We will always strive to have the latest technology and service information at our disposal for our customers as we have in the past. All our staff are committed to being the #1 Auto Repair Shop in Huntington Beach!

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Auto Brake Repair in Huntington Beach https://www.hbautoandac.com/brake-repair/auto-brake-repair-huntington-beach/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:11:46 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=925 The post Auto Brake Repair in Huntington Beach appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Auto Brake Repair in Huntington Beach

Maybe it’s just me but it seems Huntington Beach has something against Auto and Truck brakes. We just got through with a boomer year for brake repair. I’m sure we haven’t got the biggest hills, especially since they flattened out “Edwards Hill”, it just seems the locals are going through brakes at a record pace.

Many of the later model vehicles will not need brake work till after 100,000 miles. However we will still get these same vehicles in at 30,000 miles that need some repair or replacement. Even though it may be “old school” I still recommend to pump the brakes slightly as you stop. Seems to give a little more life to them.

Check out the earlier blog for the 5 costly misconceptions of brake repair.

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Auto & Truck Battery https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/auto-truck-battery/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:09:57 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=924 The post Auto & Truck Battery appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Auto & Truck Battery

Before any battery is replaced it is thoroughly checked.

We like Interstate Batteries. They have proven themselves in racing and commercial applications. Their warranties are good throughout the United States and our personal experience has been very good.

It is our practice to check every battery when we change your oil as part of our multi check oil change or our Mechanics Courtesy Check. Battery service prevents towing and non starting situations.

We also sell DELCO Batteries when requested by our customers. Also a quality product

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Auto Cooling Systems https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/auto-cooling-systems/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:07:39 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=923 The post Auto Cooling Systems appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Auto Cooling Systems

Water Pumps, Thermostats, Radiators, Hoses, Fan Clutches, Belts. After 20 years as a radiator shop in Huntington Beach, Westminster and the Fountsin Valley area, and working on radiators as big as Volkswagon Bugs (they have radiators now), we have more experience in radiator and cooling system repair than 99% of the auto shops in Huntington Beach.

A failure can be as small as a loose hose clamp, as big as a cracked head or block. Either one can bring the car to a stop. Preventative maintenance is your best bet and a little vigilances by looking at your temperature gauge on a regular basis. Remember, besides tires and gas, the single biggest reason for on road failure is the cooling system!

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Auto Belts and Hoses https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/auto-belts-hoses/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:53:43 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=921 The post Auto Belts and Hoses appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Auto Belts and Hoses

We always use the best. These small but critical parts of a vehicle do so much but get little respect. Most car manufactures have a recommended replacement schedule that can be subjective. Surprisingly some have NONE! It is best to adhere to a schedule unless there is a good reason not to. If a progressive corrosion has set in the hoses then best to replace sooner than scheduled. The CAUSE of the corrosion should also be addressed at that time to prevent further premature age and break down.

The belts may also fail prematurely if the vehicle sits for extended periods of time in an extreme atmosphere such as a high heat as in the desert, or near salt air such as here in Huntington Beach or surrounding areas. In fairness to todays vehicles, many belts and hoses go over 100,000 miles. However it may have been in a short period of time so AGE is not so much a factor. Because we’ve seen more than most, it has been our policy to consider age or use to determine replacement or preventative maintenance. It amuses us that many of the latter model vehicles have only one belt and as many as 27 hoses!

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Nitrogen!!!!!! https://www.hbautoandac.com/auto-repair/nitrogen/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:51:14 +0000 http://hbauto.wpengine.com/?p=920 The post Nitrogen!!!!!! appeared first on HB Auto & AC.

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Nitrogen!!!!!!

Now on this I may have limited information. I will tell you everything I know about this relative to auto application and personal knowledge. For those who are easily intimidated by the unknown and if you don’t know what nitrogen gass is or does, fear not. You are breathing it as you read. It is approximately 79% of the air you breath. It is colorless, odorless, inert. It’s inertness is it’s value when it is used in the support shocks that hold up your rear hatchback door or engine hood. No oxygen means no oxidation to rust inside of these support shocks or large variance of pressure in the usual temperatures we live in. So it works well as a low weight spring. It also is installed in tires of airliners, military vehicles, UPS trucks, and probably in NASCAR and drag racers.

We sell nitrogen as a tire enhancement and it works to a certain point. No rust at the rims, stays in the tire longer because of the molecules are larger, doesn’t vary as much in pressure or temperature. It can help with fuel mileage. My favorite story about nitrogen is with Harry.

Harry is retired, running around the US in his diesel pusher motor home. Saw our “Nitrogen!” sign and insisted we install it in all 6 of his large motor home tires. 2 weeks later, the phone call I wont forget. “Wow! This is great! My gas (diesel) mileage is great! Almost double with the nitrogen in my tires”. Our job as mechanics is to see through metal and plastic and tell the future. Now I had to be a detective through the phone. I responded to Harry. “Harry, what else is going on?” After a few inquiries he confided in me that he recently purchased a new Saturn vehicle that he is towing behind the motor home at no more than 60 miles an hour because of the dealerships recommendation for his new Saturn. With a larger vehicle, there can be compounding wind resistance and power demand between 50 to 70 miles an hour. Harry is still one of our favorite people.

If you want, we have Nitrogen for your tires.

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