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We all know how mundane your daily drive to work or running those weekly errands can be so, here’s some fun auto repair and maintenance facts. Hopefully these will help you know more about the your automobile you 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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The Oxygen Sensor - One of the most common repairs

This time on Cars 101 with ExperTec Automotive Costa Mesa, we’re laying out one of the most common repairs that cars need, the oxygen sensor.

If your car was made after 1980, it most likely has an oxygen sensor as part of its emissions system. The oxygen, or O2 sensor, is about the size of a spark plug and located along your car’s exhaust system, usually either right before or after the catalytic convertor. Its function is to measure the proportion of oxygen to fuel in your car’s exhaust gases and report it to the ECU, which helps the ECU run your car’s engine as efficiently and cleanly as possible. 

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Timing Belts & More!

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This week on Cars 101 by ExperTec Costa Mesa, we’re talking about timing beltsTiming belts are one of the most important components in your vehicle’s engine, and keep its separate parts running in sync.

Your vehicle’s timing belt is a ribbed belt which keeps the engine’s crankshaft and camshafts timed properly, which keeps the top half of your engine - its intake and exhaust valves - synced to the bottom half - the crankshaft. If your vehicle is 15 years old or older, it most likely runs with a timing belt. However, many manufacturers have switched to metal timing chains in newer vehicles, which are designed to last as long as your engine. The recommended maintenance schedule for timing belt replacement differs by vehicle, but a good general rule is to get your timing belt replaced every 60,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes sooner.

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Starters and More!!!

Previously on Cars 101 with ExperTec Automotive of Costa Mesa, we’ve talked about smog checks, timing belts, oxygen sensors, and much more. This week, it’s all about this small part of your car that can potentially cause you a huge inconvenience.

Imagine that you’re getting ready to head out to an important meeting - for example, a job interview, a work seminar, or a concert. You’re right on schedule and ready to get on the road and get there in time, but when you sit in your car, all of a sudden it won’t start.

Most people don’t even think about it until it’s too late, but your car’s electric starter motor is arguably the single most important part of your vehicle’s ignition system. Here, we’ll explain to you what a starter is, what it does, and how it works.

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Costa Mesa

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(949) 645-7722

1934 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa CA
92627
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(714) 848-9222

7680 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA
92648
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