Huntington Beach Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2019

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

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