Huntington Beach Auto Repair


April is National Car Care Month!

April is National Car Care Month, which means it’s time to think about proper preventative maintenance for your vehicle. April is the perfect time to get your vehicle in shape for Spring and Summer driving and road trips. The Car Care Council reminds car owners during April not to ignore issues with your vehicle and to have your car inspected before going on any road trips or long drives.    Spring brings lots of rain,  so it is important to check your vehicle’s tires, brakes and windshield wipers to ensure that your car is prepared for the rainy weather. Bald tires can cause your vehicle to lose traction on the road in wet weather conditions. Getting stuck in rainy weather with windshield wipers that aren’t working properly can be extremely dangerous. Windshield wipers need to be replaced at least once a year, and April is a great month to do so.    If it has been a while since your last vehicle inspection or you are planning a road trip this ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer!   Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield ... read more

Are Oil Changes Important?

As car owners, one of the first things you learn in that your vehicle needs an oil change usually every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Even though we are often at the auto shop getting an oil change when needed, many may not understand the actual importance of an oil change and why it is need so often.    When you visit your local auto repair shop for your regular oil change, you are most likely getting your engine oil replaced, the system flushed out, and a new oil filter installed. The oil that is changed has a very important job - when your vehicle is running, the oil is circulated throughout the engine. The oil helps keep your vehicle’s engine lubricated, which keeps it from overheating as well as helping to avoid metal to metal contact between parts. While circulating, the oil also picks up debris and dirt which helps to keep the engine clean.    When the oil picks up dirt around the engine, it brings it back through the oil filter, which will catch all of th ... read more

My Check Engine Light is On - What Do I Do?

We understand that it can be extremely stressful to see your vehicle’s check engine light turn on. You may be confused, especially if you haven’t noticed any other obvious signs of an issue. When the check engine light turns on, your vehicle is telling you that it has sensed some type of problem with your vehicle. However, it doesn’t always indicate a major or expensive problem. The only way to know the real cause of the issue is to have diagnostics run at your local trusted auto repair shop.    Your vehicle includes a complex computer system that is connected to sensors on different components throughout your vehicle. When a system isn’t working properly, a sensor will detect this and send a signal to the computer system, which will trigger the check engine light to turn on. As soon as you notice the check engine light turn on, it is important to have your vehicle inspected at your earliest convenience. Continuing to drive your vehicle with the check ... read more

Happy New Year from Topline Performance!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Holiday Vehicle Road Trip Checklist

The holidays are upon us, and soon many of us will be piling up in our vehicles heading to family member’s homes or vacations spots to spend the holidays with friends and families. In order to make sure that your vehicle is road trip ready, make sure to go over the following holiday vehicle road trip checklist to ensure that your family is safe on the road!   Check Tires   Once of the most important items to check on your vehicle before a long road trip is your tires. Make sure that your tires air pressure is set properly and that your tires have good tread and grip. A bald tire can be dangerous, especially when driving in rain or snow. It is also good to have your tires balanced and aligned at your local auto repair shop if needed.    Change Oil   If your vehicle is due or nearing due for an oil change, be sure to have that taken care of before hitting the road. An oil change will protect you against an overheating engin ... read more


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Winterize Your Vehicle!

Winter is around the corner, and it’s now the time to start getting your vehicle ready for the colder weather. Just a few simple maintenance items will not only ensure your safety on the road, but will protect the overall integrity of your vehicle over the next few months. Regular vehicle maintenance is important and will help you avoid costly repairs down the road. You may already be familiar will some of the top vehicle maintenance items, such as oil changes, inspections, and tune-ups. When we transition from fall to winter, there are certain systems that need to be checked that will become important to proper handling during the winter months.   When it comes to winterizing your vehicle, here are the top services to check off of your list at your local trusted auto repair shop:   Flush or Top-Off All Fluids   This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids w ... read more

Three Ways to Protect your Car’s Exterior Paint

Preserving the paint is a crucial thing to do if you want to keep your car in the best-looking condition at all times. It can maintain the sparkle of the paint and give your car an overall new appearance. The exterior of your car remains exposed to all kinds of weather elements like the sun, rain, and snow. This can negatively affect the outer paint of your car, causing it to become dull, and even scrap off at some places of the car’s body. Exposure to sunlight is unavoidable, especially when you are driving. The constant exposure to these weather elements can make the outer paint gloomy, which affects the overall appearance of your car. If you want to extend the life of your car, then it is vital to protect the exterior paint. Besides, it is also crucial if you wish to sell your car, as a well-protected paint job can earn you a greater value. Below are some effective ways to protect your car’s exterior paint. Use a Pressure Washer A pressure washer is a worthwhile ... read more


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3 Simple Checks to Conduct on your Four-Wheel Drive

Several people who own four-wheel drives and the ones who love to navigate through difficult terrains in their vehicle often fail to pay attention to the fact that off road driving can put a severe amount of stress on your vehicle. It is significant to realize that conducting a thorough inspection of 4x4 off road parts before and after an off road drive will help you to ensure that your vehicle is in fine condition. Most four-wheel drive owners usually check important things such as the tire pressure of their vehicle, coolant, oil level, and others. Unfortunately, they often ignore small or less important parts of their vehicle. However, you should note that any sort of issues to such parts of your vehicle will gradually result in serious damages to your vehicle and you may even have to spend hundreds of dollars to fix it. Off roading enthusiasts who wish to stay away from these kinds of hassles should check the following parts of their vehicle before embarking on an adventurous tr ... read more

5 Signs that Indicate Faulty Spark Plugs in a Car

The spark plugs are important components of an engine that produce electric sparks to ignite the fuel-air mixture in the engine cylinders for producing energy. They constitute a major part of the ignition system and keep the engine running by constantly igniting the fuel-air mixture. Spark plugs have a limited lifespan, exceeding which it becomes malfunctioned. In some cases, the spark plugs of a car will fail even within its intended lifecycle. Usually, a car’s spark plugs need to be replaced every 30,000 miles and are carried out at most auto repair centers as a part of regular servicing. Faulty spark plugs will cause issues with the performance of the engine that is easily noticeable. Below are some of the common warning signs that indicate faulty spark plugs in a car. Engine Misfiring An engine misfire results in the engine to stop for a moment and then regain its normal operation. This is most recognizable when accelerating or when the car is in idle ... read more


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