We're Talkin' Smog Checks!

Hello again readers! We here at ExperTec Automotive are back this week to discuss something slightly different. It may not be considered basic vehicle maintenance, lead to vehicle failure, or even noticeably effect your vehicle’s performance, but neglecting this crucial part of owning a vehicle could legally keep your car off the street: the California smog check.

The California Smog Check program mandates that cars made in 1976 or later must get a smog check, aka emissions test, every two years. It was enacted with the goal of reducing air pollution, by requiring that owners must repair cars which produce excessive emissions. Anybody wishing to sell a car over four years old must also perform a smog check first.

How exactly does a emissions test work, and what are some of the most common causes for failing one?

Well, an emissions test is performed by using special equipment to measure the amounts of different particles and chemicals in the exhaust emitted by a vehicle. If they are over a certain number, then your car will fail.

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Oil Change Myths to Function

This week, I’m back to talk about one of the most basic and common automotive maintenance procedures - the oil change. I’ll be explaining everything from common oil change myths to the function of motor oil, to why you need to change your oil and how often your vehicle’s motor oil should be changed, and finally why ExperTec Automotive in Huntington Beach is the best choice in the Orange County area to get your oil change!

So first, the basics - what is an oil change? Well, the entire process actually involves changing the car’s oil and oil filter. The old, used motor oil is drained from the engine and replaced with new oil, and the used filter is also removed and replaced with a new one. It may sound like a relatively simple process, and in fact for most cars it is, but there are some cars that are harder to operate on, and additionally there are several areas where it can easily go wrong, leading to much bigger problems.

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Brake Repair - Huntington Beach

 

At ExperTec Automotive in Huntington Beach, we offer all kinds of automotive services. Our professional team of certified mechanics is dedicated to keeping your car operating to its safest and fullest potential, and minimize your risk of car trouble.

But even more important than keeping your car running is keeping it stopping. You should always make sure that, in an emergency situation, your car’s brakes are able to handle the daunting task of bringing thousands of pounds of metal to a halt in time to avoid a collision.

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Timing Belts & More!

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Hello again blogosphere, it’s Mr. Car Guy here again with the very best auto shop in Huntington Beach, ExperTec Automotive! Now last week, we talked about brakes, and the week before that we talked about tires, both of which are very important in keeping your car in control and avoiding accidents. But this week, I’m gonna talk about perhaps the single most important maintenance item in a car’s engine - the timing belt. Realistically, a car’s timing belt is perhaps the one item whose failure could most likely mean the end for your entire engine.

A timing belt is a ribbed belt that is run in a specific setup on one side of a car’s engine to keep the crankshaft and camshafts timed properly. In essence, it is keeping the top half of your engine (valves) synced to the bottom half (crankshaft). If your car is 15 years old or older, it most likely has a timing belt. Some new cars, such as Audi and Honda, still use timing belts in their engines, but several manufacturers have switched to metal timing chains that are supposed to last as long as the engine. The surest way to determine if your car has a timing belt or not is to refer to the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If there is no listing for timing belt service, your engine has a timing chain. The manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for timing belt replacements differ between cars, but in general timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or 5 years - whichever comes sooner.

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Tires & Service 101

Automobiles are large and complex machines, and have thousands of parts which keep them working. At ExperTec Automotive in Huntington Beach, our professionally trained mechanics specialize in all kinds of services to keep your car in good condition. Our team has a thorough knowledge of all of the systems and components that keep your automobile running smoothly. But only four small patches of rubber directly connect the car to the road, and all too often this key component is overlooked. How often is it that people let their tires go bald because they don’t notice the difference, or even are unaware how to check if their tires are worn?

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