Oil change - conventional or synthetic?


Your ExpeTec Automotive Service Advisor might ask you every time you get an oil change - conventional or synthetic? He might tell you that synthetic is better - and almost always more expensive - but you probably don’t know why. Is he just trying to squeeze more money out of you, or is there really a difference?

In fact, there are several substantial differences between conventional and synthetic motor oils. They both start as crude oil pumped from the ground, but that is essentially where the similarities end.

Synthetic oil is not only refined, but distilled, purified, and further refined into smaller, more basic molecules. This not only removes more impurities from the crude oil, but lets individual molecules in the oil be tailored to the needs of your engine. These customized molecules provide higher levels of performance and protection than conventional oils, resulting in a less stressed, longer-lasting engine. Synthetic oils also typically have more additives to help them work better.

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Safe Driving Tips

Regular repairs and maintenance are a normal part of any car’s life - but getting into an car crash will add an unnecessary burden to your normal budget and convenience. However, it is easy to greatly decrease your likelihood of being involved in a crash while driving in Huntington Beach by following these safe driving tips:

Stay attentive. It is important to always try to be the best driver on the road and assume that everybody else is not paying attention. Always be sure that the path is clear before accelerating or turning, and stay vigilant of what is happening around you. Reacting to a situation just a fraction of a second sooner could make the difference between ending up in a crash or avoiding one. It is also important not to drive tired - it can be even worse than driving drunk - and to always drive sober and without distractions.

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Auto Repair Near Me

Auto Repair Near Me

For any car owner who needs repairs, it's a common question: how can I find trustworthy Auto Repair Near Me

Before today's digital age, word of mouth was the most common way for people to find new businesses to patronize. But today, it's easy to find something you'll love in just a few minutes with a simple " Auto Repair Near Me" web search.

But it's important to find a good mechanic you can trust and build a good relationship with them before you need it. Would you rather have somebody you can trust and know that your car will be in good hands if it breaks down and needs emergency repairs, or wait until your car is no longer drivable before scrambling to find somebody who can fix it? In the desperate scramble to get back on the road, it's much harder to make a rational, well-researched decision, and you might end up with a mechanic who overcharges you or does shoddy work.

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ExperTec Fun Car Facts

Another Happy ExperTec Car!

Here’s some fun facts you may not have known about the automobiles we all know and love and rely on for transportation:

Antilock brakes were invented over 50 years ago. Although they are a relatively recent safety feature on most passenger cars, antilock brakes have actually been around for more than half a century. The British company Road Research Laboratories created the first antilock braking system in 1958, which was called “Maxaret” and used in production on the 1966 Jensen FF sports sedan. These systems were initially extremely expensive and were not widely used, but advances in brake controller technology have made ABS standard on almost every recent model vehicle. 

Windshield wipers were invented by a woman. Mary Anderson invented windshield wipers in 1903 after visiting New York City, where she noticed that the streetcar driver had to keep his window open in a sleet storm and clean his windshield by hand with a squeegee. She acquired a patent for the windshield wiper but couldn’t sell her invention to car companies, who claimed that the device did not have commercial value. But after her patent expired in 1920, windshield wipers soon became a standard feature on automobiles. Even in sunny Southern California, changing your wiper blades is an important part of automotive maintenance - you don’t want to be caught in a rainstorm and have wipers that only make your windshield cloudier!

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My Gas Gauge Stopped Working!

Even the most novice drivers know how to read two things on their dashboard: their speedometer, and their gas gauge. But what happens if your gas gauge isn’t reading your fuel level accurately? Sometimes, your gas gauge might get stuck in one place or randomly move around, often accompanied by a lit check engine light. If this happens without you noticing, your vehicle can very possibly run out of fuel while the gauge is still far from empty, leaving you stranded.

Many people who notice that their fuel gauges stop working simply fill their gas tank every few hundred miles, but what if you forget? What if a friend borrows your car and isn’t aware of the issue, and runs out of gas in the middle of their journey? A broken gas gauge, while it won’t disable your engine or affect your car’s performance, can easily lead to a huge inconvenience, having to leave your car stuck on the side of the road while you look for a ride or walk to the gas station. Or, if you don’t even know that your car is out of gas, what if it results in an expensive tow to a mechanic and hundreds of dollars wasted on diagnosis and repair that could have easily been avoided?

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