We’re talking air filters!

This week on ExperTec of Huntington Beach’s cars 101 blog, we’re talking air filters.

Any gas or diesel motor needs air to work. Without oxygen, fuel won't be able to spark and make the explosive energy necessary to get your motor running. Nonetheless, not just any air will work. The air must be clean before getting sucked into your motor. Envision driving through a dust storm or rainstorm and getting the majority of that water or dust sucked into your engine. Not only will your fuel have issues igniting, there will also most likely be harm to your motor's internals. Dust, debris, and other pollutants can rapidly contaminate a motor and shorten its lifespan. Foreign particles act as abrasives to the metal parts within a motor, bringing on wear to your cylinders, cylinder rings, gaskets, and anything else they get blasted against. Current motors are additionally programmed to run most effectively on an exact proportion of oxygen to fuel, and not all air contains the same measure of oxygen.

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The color of your car’s exhaust smoke...

This week on ExperTec of Huntington Beach’s cars 101 blog, we’re gonna cover something that could mean a lot of things… the color of your car’s exhaust smoke.

Even if there is no noticeable change in your vehicle’s performance or efficiency, and no warning lights light up, smoke coming from your exhaust is usually a sign that something is going wrong. If you notice a sudden difference in your car’s exhaust vapors, you should be very concerned.

There are a few different colors of smoke you may see that can point to common issues which are relatively easy to diagnose.

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Does An Electronic Ignition Need Spark Plugs?

Here at ExperTec Automotive in Huntington Beach, we specialize in all sorts of repairs to help keep your car running right. This week, we'll introduce you to another tiny part that can cause you huge problems, your engine's spark plugs. Spark plugs are present in all automobile combustion engines except for diesels, although the number of spark plugs you need differs according to how many cylinders your engine is. They are usually about as wide as your finger and maybe half as long, but just one failing or worn out plug can have a noticeable negative effect on your car's performance, or even cause more extensive - and expensive - damage if left untreated.

A spark plug is a component which delivers the electricity from your car's ignition system in the form of an electric spark to your cylinders' combustion chambers, detonating the mixture of air and fuel inside and driving the piston down, turning the crankshaft and eventually your wheels. Because it carries electrical current, a spark plug is insulated with porcelain to keep it from flowing into the engine block. Spark plug problems can come from either the plug itself or the spark plug wires, and it can be hard to pinpoint where the problem is if a spark plug is malfunctioning.

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One of the most common repairs - the oxygen sensor

This week on ExperTec of Huntington Beach’s cars 101 blog, we’re gonna cover another one of the most common repairs - the oxygen sensor.

Most cars produced since 1980, and every new car, has an oxygen sensor as part of its emissions system. This part is about the size of a spark plug and located in your car’s exhaust, where it measures the proportion of oxygen to fuel in your car’s exhaust gases and reports it to your car’s ECU. The oxygen sensor’s purpose is to help your ECU run the car’s engine as efficiently as possible and produce as little pollution as possible.

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Starters and More!!!

Here on ExperTec Automotiive of Huntington Beach’s blog, we’ve covered the California Smog Check, timing belts, brakes, and more. This week, we’ll introduce one of the smallest parts of your car, which can cause one of the biggest inconveniences. Imagine that you have an important meeting - a job interview, a friend’s birthday, a concert, whatever. You take all of the right steps to get there on time: you set aside an hour or two to get ready, give yourself an extra half hour of driving time so that you can get there early, check the traffic before you go and plan the best route - but when you turn your key, nothing happens. Your car is not starting, and you have no idea why.

Most people don’t think about it until it’s to late, but a car’s electric starter motor is the most important part of your ignition system. Today, we’ll cover what a starter motor is, what it does, how it works, and why you should trust Expertec Automotive of Huntington Beach to get your car starting up reliably again.

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