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Is Your Vehicle Ready To Roll If Disaster Strikes?

Is Your Vehicle Ready To Roll If Disaster Strikes?

Photo by Brice Cooper on Unsplash It’s been a rough past year, and we’ve got one more important month to get through-- the dry, hot days of September. The hottest month of the year, August is also the least wet month. As we enter the decay of Autumn, the dry weather and blistering heat make wild areas, forests, and savannas brittle and combustible, and it only takes one careless spark to destroy the homes and livelihoods of millions of people.  An essential element in a repeating crisis is that we learn from the mistakes of previous years without realizing through loss. In the event that disaster strikes and you need to self-evacuate, it is vital that you adequately prepare your vehicle for what could be a long trip and that you are ready to go (if and when the call comes).  Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your vehicle is eva ... read more

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5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool During Those Hot Summer Nights

5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool During Those Hot Summer Nights

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash   Is it hot enough for you yet? August reminds us of just how hot the summers in Southern California can be (extremely hot). It can make travel difficult, especially when you go sightseeing or to the beach, only to come back to a car that is essentially a hellish oven.   No one likes getting into a burning hot car on a hot summer day. Huntington Beach is blessed with the ocean breeze, but California’s dry heat can make driving in the summer a miserable experience.   Here are 5 ways to keep your car cool:   Crack the windows when you leave the car - allowing just a little air to breeze in will help keep things tolerable. Also, try opening the back windows when you arrive and fan the driver’s side door over and over again to pump warm air out of the car. Coverage - use a sunshade for the fro ... read more

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What Is The Difference Between Major & Minor Service?

What Is The Difference Between Major & Minor Service?

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash   Let's explore the difference between minor service and major service, and what these services do for your automobile! Minor and major service can be confused in the conversation for minor and major repairs. Service means the work we do to keep our cars in shape. The word Repair is the signifier; it’s all about undoing the damage we do to our cars. The difference between these two things is that service is the steps that we take to prevent needing repairs.    Your car may be in need of service, but what kind? Let’s take a look at the differences between major and minor service.   Minor Service - a minor service usually takes place at intervals of 7500 miles ... read more

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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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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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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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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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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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3 Signs of Starter Failure

3 Signs of Starter Failure

There’s nothing more alarming than returning to your car and finding it unable to start. Some drivers are experiencing problems with their starter but get it confused with other common mechanical issues. Your vehicle’s battery powers the starter. The starter consists of a small electric motor and a relay that cranks the engine on. The starter relay is situated between the motor and the battery, where it transmits power. Below are five ways to tell if your vehicle is experiencing starter issues.  The lights come on, but the engine doesn’t.  When you stick the key in the ignition, the engine should turn over. However, if you start the engine and only the dashboard lights come on, there may be a starter problem.  There’s an unusual clicking sound.  If there’s a noticeable clicking sound when you turn your ignition or push to start, the starter may have gone bad. A clicking sound is usually a warning th ... read more

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5 Signs of a Bad Radiator Problem

5 Signs of a Bad Radiator Problem

No matter what the temperature is outdoors, your vehicle has moving engine components operating in sweltering conditions. The radiator comes into play by circulating coolant throughout the engine. The radiator helps keep the engine cool enough to function but hot enough that its moving parts can still convert energy. It's common knowledge that the radiator is an essential part of the cooling system, but it's difficult to detect when something is wrong. Below are a few symptoms to look out for that may indicate the radiator isn't working properly. This isn't an exhaustive list, and you may notice more than one symptom happening at one time.  Coolant Leak Depending on the type of coolant your vehicle uses, the coolant may be green, red, or yellow. Its primary function is to cool the engine. The radiator is composed of metal and plastic parts. Over time the plastic material may start to crack or become brittle. If there's a radiator leak, you may notic ... read more

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