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Yearly Archives: 2021

Why Isn't My AC Cold Enough

Why Isn't My AC Cold Enough

  If your car’s air conditioning goes out on a hot day, your commute to work, running errands, or the beach will be miserable. If it isn’t blowing cool air or even warm air, then your A/C system should be diagnosed immediately.    A non-optimal air conditioning system is a common problem we see here at H B Auto & AC. The root of the problem for your A/C blowing mildly cool or warm air ranges from simple to complex. Sometimes it can be caused by normal wear and tear or damaged or malfunctioning parts within the system. Here are the most common issues: Freon Leak Freon is a non-flammable gas chemical used to cool the external air before it is blown back into your car. Each vehicle needs a specific amount of freon to operate correctly. When there is a leak in the system, the freon will eventually run low or run out. The leak can be caused in numerous ways: a damaged hose, a loose gasket, or just a general loose connection. To fix this, we use a charging ... read more

Why Does Huntington Beach Have So Many Hot Rods?

Why Does Huntington Beach Have So Many Hot Rods?

Photo by Julio Ramirez on Unsplash   Welcome to the June Blog for HB Auto & AC!    Have you ever noticed how many hot rod cars are driving around Huntington Beach, California? Just last month, our blog featured the many events going on this summer. There are dozens of hot rod car events in the summer months.   The area grabs the attention of hot rod collectors and enthusiasts who come from all over to attend the wide range of hot rod events, and for good reasons-- we're the perfect community for it.   Here are some reasons why Huntington Beach draws the hot rod community:   Older demographic --  Classic cars are typically more prevalent among older men and are less popular among the young ... read more

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What Happens When Your Water Pump Wears Out?

What Happens When Your Water Pump Wears Out?

When we are working with our vehicles, there are some parts that fail and do not need replacing promptly. The water pump is not one of these parts, though. It is one of those parts of the engine that cools it down. If it goes, it must be replaced immediately. Here are some warning signs your water pump may need replacing soon. You Notice Unhealthy Circulation When your water pump is functioning correctly, it will move coolant through the radiator and around the engine. It usually runs with the aid of a pully. When it is beginning to fail, the pump will create poor circulation via way of the impeller. Leakage If in the morning you notice there is an orange or green puddle beneath your vehicle, think it may be the water pump. You will want to get the part looked at as soon as you can. Ick What is Ick? Ick is a tell-tale sign of a slow leak. It causes buildup and corrosion on the parts that the water pump circulates the coolant from and to. If you have a slow leak, it is not necessa ... read more

Best Car Shows of Summer 2021

Best Car Shows of Summer 2021

Photo by Wes Tindel on Unsplash With spring starting to shift towards summer and immunizations reaching new highs, people are beginning to get back out and enjoy events again. If you love cars as much as we love repairing and maintaining them, you should know that there are plenty of upcoming car show events around Huntington Beach! Here are some of our favorites:   Gary’s Classic Car Show with Buena Park Emblem Elks Lodge, 7212 Melrose St., Buena Park, CA Every Friday, 4 – 8 PM   Donut Derelicts Cars & Coffee Adams Avenue Donuts, 9015 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA Every Saturday, 5 – 8 AM ... read more

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What Is a Catalytic Converter?

What Is a Catalytic Converter?

Most people worry about engine pollution from cars plying around the country daily. Fortunately, there is no need for alarm because most manufacturers fit these vehicles with catalytic converters, pollution-reducing units. With decades of war on emissions, this technology is present in virtually every modern exhaust system globally. Governments such as that in the US have enforced laws for manufactures to fit catalytic converters to every manufactured car. The catalytic converter forms a staple base for every emission control. What is a Catalytic Converter and What Does it do? The catalytic convertor technology is a new technology to reduce our vehicle's effect on the atmosphere. Unless yours malfunctions, is stolen, or broken there is no reason for motorists to worry. Its main function is to clean harmful gases from your vehicle's exhaust emissions. How do Catalytic Converters Work? The technology used in catalytic convertors turns harmful chemical reactions into harm ... read more

Which Is Cheaper? Maintaining Your Old Car vs. Buying A New One

Which Is Cheaper? Maintaining Your Old Car vs. Buying A New One

Welcome to April’s blog! We’re looking over the pros and cons of maintaining your car as opposed to buying a new one when things begin to fall apart. It’s straightforward to tell where an auto mechanic stands: fix your car. But we often see customers bringing in vehicles that are just beyond fixing. They’ve waited too long, pushed it too far, and done the kind of irreparable damage to their engine that makes us wince. We have to advise them that they’d be better off getting a new car and letting go of their current model.  The unfortunate part about that is how much money the client is losing. Preventative maintenance saves money. It costs considerably less to bring your car to the auto mechanic at regular intervals and trust their instruction. You should believe a qualified mechanic when they tell you, “You’ll need to get that timing belt replaced in a few months,” than to drive for an additional year and then have the timing belt ... read more

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My Check Engine Light Just Came On; Now What?

My Check Engine Light Just Came On; Now What?

The check engine light is one of the more mysterious parts of your vehicle. It seems like it can come on right out of the blue, leaving you to wonder what in the world is wrong. As technology continues to advance on vehicles today, trying to discover the exact reason why that light comes on eludes even the most conscientious of drivers. In the end, this is a warning light that should not be ignored. As such, it is wise to know ahead of time what you should do if your check engine light comes on. See a Certified Technician You will want to keep in mind that the check engine light in your vehicle is designed to be a warning signal. While it might not always be clear what it is warning you about, the key is that something may be amiss with your car. To regain the confidence that you need while driving your vehicle, you will want to take it to a certified technician right away. These are professionals who know exactly where to look to determine why the check engine light has come on in t ... read more

Why Is Our Auto Repair Team Known For Automotive Air Conditioning Repair?

Why Is Our Auto Repair Team Known For Automotive Air Conditioning Repair?

Welcome to our March blog! We hope the arrival of spring means good things for you and your family this year. As the seasons change, so does the focus. We strive to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter, in moderate, gentle ways. Have you ever looked at HB Auto & AC’s banner and wondered what the AC stands for? It means air conditioning, but that ‘AC’ might seem incredibly out of place in a temperate location like California.  AC is not a typical auto repair focus, but AC is most definitely our focus here at HB Auto & AC. We’re known around Huntington Beach or Fountain Valley as the AC experts. So what makes HB Auto & AC the place to go to first for air conditioning auto repairs? In the simplest terms, after owning a radiator shop over 25 years that’s the way things turned out. When owner Chris Ramirez began working on cars, he found AC units a big focus of his business. Some interesting times put car after car in his garage for ... read more

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How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

There are so many things you have to keep in mind as a car owner. Once you purchase the vehicle, it becomes your responsibility to keep up with the maintenance so that it will run efficiently and safely for your years of ownership. It's important to keep track of regularly scheduled maintenance items and you may also want to know how some things operate so you understand what it needs and when. The timing belt, for example, is something that has to be replaced every now and then What The Timing Belt Does The timing belt controls the engine's rotation and how the valves open and close to let air and gas into and out of the engine. It coordinates the engine's functions and causes the fuel to ignite in the proper chamber. As you can tell from that explanation, it does a lot and is a very important part of the overall function of the vehicle. Replacement Needs The timing belt is crucial to the engine function so you will want to replace it ... read more

5 Best Romantic Drives Near Huntington Beach

5 Best Romantic Drives Near Huntington Beach

Photo by Josh Duke on Unsplash It’s February, and that means we’re in the shortest month of the year. It’s also the month of St. Valentine’s Day, where people look to either validate or re-evaluate their relationships in their lives. So if the last few months have made you feel a little cramped at home, this is an excellent time to get yourself together and do something romantic for your partner. We’re still stuck with COVID19 making our lives a little less wonderful at the moment, but that’s what makes road trips so wonderful. California has lots of beauty in the outdoors, especially along the Pacific Coast. There are a host of destinations you can go to for a romantic excursion with enough space ... read more

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