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Mini Cooper

We've 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 Prosche 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. We like working on air conditioning

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Auto Memories Huntington Beach

I've never really thought about the memories I've had concerning auto repair because I grew up where you either fixed it or rode your bike. Along the way a person can become an expert welder, fabricator, artists, painter, hydraulic specialists, tuner, racer, electrician, these darned things got a lot of things going on! They transcend 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 wooden spoke wheel MG, 1947 Rolls Royce, 1951 "Olds 88" that my Mom called "Black Beauty

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Auto Timing Belt Replacement

Many Import and some Domestic vehicles have a Timing Belt. We have an excellent illustration under "Timing Belt" on the Home Page and a good explanation on it's workings and importance. Best to pay attention to recommended replacement schedule and keep you motor working past 200,000 miles

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AUTO REPAIR RADIATOR Huntington Beach

When it comes to this, few know more than our technicians at HB Auto & AC. Chris worked on cooling systems almost exclusively for over 20 years one gets a pretty good feel for a lost art. We've detected more over heating problems, coolant leaks, head gasket failures and the many other "radiator" and coolant related problems than almost anyone, PERIOD. This has given us a perspective on vehicles that carry over especially in reference for maintenance. Nothing will deteriorate and become like MUD more quickly than a failing radiator and or cooling system. There is a progressive corrosion, electrolysis or acidity that can classically happens in a radiator or cooling system. They always need metering or proper maintenance. In a similar way, we've discovered that ALL AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS can have their own electrolysis, acidity or chemical reaction. That's one of the reasons motor oil is changed on a regular basis. My favorite fix is welding an aluminum radiator (or AC condenser or ... read more

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CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

This we take seriously. Some times it is a small issue. You can check your owners manual for some help. You can bring your car in for a quick computer scan at NO COST when you print this article and bring it with you. It is wise to not let this condition go too long because there is a possibility that the problem can get worse. Also when there is a "drivability" problem indicated by the check engine light the motor is not at it's most efficient, causing less gas mileage and more pollution. Also the car will not pass smog when this light is on

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AUTO TUNE

We have a antique farm motor on dislay in our lobby dated 1917 that in order to tune would consist of cleaning the intake valve and spark "contacts", and making sure there was gas in the tank. Things have changed. From the skill of valve adjustments with timming and adjustments of the points, to PROPERLY reading the electronic scanner to determine exact sensor reading, the new vehicles computer systems can be more complex than the lunar lander's computer

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