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What Are the Different Types of Fluid Leaks?

What Are the Different Types of Fluid Leaks?

Your vehicle relies heavily on multiple fluids to keep its engine, and other systems cooled, powered, and lubricated. Over time, you may find some of these fluids in a puddle underneath your car. When this happens, you've discovered a fluid leak. Some liquid leaks require immediate attention and repairs, while others aren't as severe. We'll go over some of the basics to analyze your fluid leaks. Types of Fluid That May Leak While you can assume that the fluid running from your car is gasoline or engine oil, there are more fluids than the two. Below are some of your vehicle's fluids that may be the puddle on the ground: Brake Fluid - This yellowish solution is responsible for engaging your brakes. While this type of leak rarely happens in modern cars, it is still possible. Coolant (or Antifreeze) - Coolant is a bright-colored solution, usually pink, orange, or green, that helps maintain your engine temperature. Coolant is a sticky, syrupy liquid and is prone to leaki ... read more

After the Love Has Gone

After the Love Has Gone

Image by AD_Images at Pixabay   Are you a stranger to heartbreak, or do you have the scars and the story of the love you lost along the way? It seems that only the most aware, concerned, and loving among us never feel the sting of a love that has gone cold. Sooner or later, we all feel heartbreak, rejection, or miss the feeling we had when love was new, and we couldn’t wait to see our partner again. It’s hard sometimes to keep a relationship alive and well. It takes constant work. Neglect it, and you will eventually see things begin to fall apart. Treat it right, and you can have decades together. And that can be costly, both in terms of your money and your time. No, I’m not talking about your marriage or your sweetheart. I’m talking about the relationship you have with your car.  And it truly is a relationship with your car. Yo ... read more

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Romantic Valentines Date Ideas in Huntington Beach, CA

Romantic Valentines Date Ideas in Huntington Beach, CA

With Valentine's Day coming up, we thought you could use some local recommendations on date ideas. All you need is to buckle up with your sweetheart and drive to do one of these romantic activities. Go to an Oceanfront Resort Spas There's nothing more romantic than a spa day for two. Soak in the sensual aromas on your weekend getaway with a massage, facial, and more. We guarantee that you and your loved one will enjoy this much-needed pampering getaway. One of our top recommendations in the area is the Waterfront Spa in Huntington Beach. Take a Nature Walk You and your partner can enjoy the beautiful weather by walking hand in hand for this wonderful holiday. Whether you decide to stroll through Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Central Park, or the Huntington Beach Pier, it's going to set the mood. Do a Brewery, Wine, or Distillery Tastings If you and your S.O. are in it for a good time, we suggest visiting a tasting room. Here are some of our favorites in t ... read more

10 Helpful Tutorials For New Drivers

10 Helpful Tutorials For New Drivers

Photo by Jan Baborak on Unsplash   With Christmas done and the new year beginning, this may be a time of teaching someone in your home how to drive for the first time. It can be nerve wracking for parent and child, trying to keep the work ahead of you serious and focused without terrifying a new driver.   The first thing we’d like to recommend is to set up some goals with your young driver, skills tests that they will pass under your watchful eye. We recommend that you download this PDF from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a great checklist to knowing all the necessary skills. (Their website has a lot of great guidance.)   Be sure to check their preparation when they drive. Make sure they are making proper adjustments to the steering wheel, seat, and mirrors ... read more

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Is It Safe To Drive If You Have a Nail In Your Tire?

Is It Safe To Drive If You Have a Nail In Your Tire?

To be honest, the answer is: no, it's very unsafe to drive with a nail in your tire. Whenever any foreign object gets stuck in your tire, the chances of a blowout are significantly increased. For instance, the nail will cause an air leak in the tire. If you're driving at high speeds with an underinflated tire, you can suffer a blowout, causing your tires to explode. Once this happens, you will lose control of your vehicle and increase your chances of an accident.   The situation above is undoubtedly the worst-case scenario. In some cases, the nail in your tire may be harmless for the time being. Sometimes, a pin can lodge itself into the tread so much that it physically blocking can't allow air to escape.    However, the harmless spike might not be friendly for long. If the nail shifts or digs into your tire deeper, it can open up a small hole for air to leak. This is why it's essential to have this problem repaired at an auto repair shop ASAP, so you ... read more

5 Road Trip Hacks For Family Holiday Travel

5 Road Trip Hacks For Family Holiday Travel

Photo by Sergey Tarasov on Unsplash   With December finally here, there's lots of anticipation to have a wonderful holiday ahead. Going "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house" is an American tradition as old as the Interstate system, and it comes with its own beautiful traditions and pitfalls.   Holiday traveling can be wonderful, or it can be horrible. It really depends on who's traveling and what they think of the experience on the road. Thankfully, after nearly 75 years of highway travel, we've learned a thing or two about how to make a holiday trip less stagnant. Even as technology seems to pull us more into ourselves, a holiday trip can be a wonderful forum to reconnect with your family; in a way that makes them feel loved and happy to belong. Here are 5 tips to help you and your family have a better road trip experience.    Do your due diligence! Weather, traffic, and local events are often listed on travel ... read more

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Fix Everything For ONE Low Monthly Payment Special

Fix Everything For ONE Low Monthly Payment Special

  Today you can fix your car for one low monthly payment!   At HB Auto & AC, we're offering a Fix Everything For ONE Low Monthly Payment Special.   No need to worry about paying large repair bills anymore. Now you can get your vehicle fixed and drive home today with no cash out of pocket today!   Here's how it works     Free 30 Minute Hands On Diagnosis (where we learn what’s NEEDS to be fixed)     Free Estimate For What The Total Repairs Will Cost    Then set you up with low monthly payments, ZERO cash out of pocket for 30 days, and NO CREDIT NEEDED.    Free Pick Up/Drop Off (within 5 miles)    Stellar 3-Year / 36,000-Mile Nationwide Warranty To Make Sure You Have No Future Issues With The Repairs    Pay off the repairs within 6 Months with ZERO Interest    Schedule an appointment today!   ... read more

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Why You Shouldn't Fly Over Speed Bumps

Why You Shouldn't Fly Over Speed Bumps

Drivers in California are certainly well acquainted with speed bumps. They can be found in school zones, housing communities, to shopping parking lots. And they sometimes seem like they're inescapable. They are used in areas where speeding is a frequent issue or safety hazard, so they're intended to make you slow down. However, some drivers may not notice them or be impatient or reckless and end up running it over one of these humps. Ramming your car in and over a speed bump can be very harmful to your vehicle, and we're here to tell you why. Different Areas That Can Be Affected Traveling too fast over a speed bump is similar to hitting a pothole at high speed. The jolt you feel afterward can cause significant problems with your vehicle alignment, springs, shocks, struts, and/or ball joints. It can even change your tire pressure or cause a tire to blow out. Lastly, it can scrape the car's undercarriage and impact the exhaust system.  How to Properly Drive Over S ... read more

How To Show An Attitude Of Gratitude For Your Vehicle

How To Show An Attitude Of Gratitude For Your Vehicle

Photo by autowelt_2014 on Pixabay   Welcome to November! It’s a month of reacquainting ourselves with our families as the holiday season begins. In the United States, we share the annual tradition of a large turkey dinner with our family to recognize the grateful pilgrims. After a difficult crossing over the Atlantic Ocean, they arrived centuries ago and managed to thrive in their first year.    And we should show gratitude to all the players in our story who help us out:   ·  The family who love and support us.   ·  The friends who care for us.   ·  The neighbors who accept and respect us.   ·  Even the pets who love us despite our flaws.     As a car owner, where would you be if your car refused to start tomorrow?    Our cars have held up in terrible circumstances for many drivers, managed to make it for miles on fumes, and handled potholes, bumps, and near-mi ... read more

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What Are the Smog Check Rules in CA?

What Are the Smog Check Rules in CA?

We're all aware of how great the state of California is - it is the "Golden State," after all. It is the most populated state in the US with roughly 40 million residents, and a populated state means lots of cars. With that many cars, the pollution in the area can be detrimental. To minimize vehicle emissions, California instated a rule requiring most vehicles to go through a smog check to better the air quality. The air we breathe is precious, and everyone should do their part to ensure clean air for generations to come.   The Smog Check Program has proven to reduce air pollution over the last several decades. Smog checks are intended to identify cars with high levels of emissions and have them fixed to be more efficient. If you reside in Huntington Beach, CA, passing a smog test is required if you want to register your vehicle.    What Vehicles Require a Smog Check? The rule states that every gasoline-powered car, alternative fuel vehicle, and hybrid ... read more

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