Beach Benz

Servicing Mercedes Benz Exclusively for over 20 years

Hey Huntington Beach Drivers; What Is The Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Huntington Beach?

Is it:

  1. A Hamburger;
  2. Coffee;
  3. A Soft Drink, or
  4. Gummy Bears?

Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving, but if you chose ‘coffee’, then give yourself an extra two points; coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Huntington Beach and around the country.

Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!

You’ll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the type of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You’ll thank yourself later for two reasons, one being that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and the other is that you won’t have to worry about getting that cinnamon roll frosting out of your dashboard after that near miss.

Keep drinks in spill-proof containers, too, so you can keep your eyes on the Huntington Beach road without worrying about where that spill is headed.

So; taking a food break… Or filling out accident reports. We don’t have to ask you which you prefer: It’s a no brainer.

Beach Benz, along with AutoNetTV, wants you to keep both eyes on the road. Please eat safely and keep your eyes on the road.

Beach Benz
7492 Slater Ave
Huntington Beach, California 92647
Give us a call at: 714 842-9816

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Huntington Beach car owners! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your sedan feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel efficiency. The fuel filter’s job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won’t start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your car will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow detrimental particles into your engine.

A car with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around Huntington Beach, but sputter and strain on the freeway because it’s starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in California and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural California, your fuel filter will have a harder time keeping the fuel clean.

And, we hate to say it, but buying the cheapest gas from bargain Fountain Valley area stations sometimes means dirtier fuel that’ll clog the filter sooner. Major brands tend to be cleaner and certainly have higher levels of detergent additives.

Of course, car makers recommend intervals for changing the fuel filter. But, it’s a little more complicated than that for Huntington Beach auto owners. Some vehicle manufacturers stopped listing recommended intervals for fuel filter replacement or have very long intervals like every five years or eighty thousand miles. So you may need to look to other sources for recommendations. Cars older than six or seven years are especially at risk because they have had time for dirt and rust to build up in the fuel tank. A clean fuel filter keeps the gas flowing. Even a partially clogged filter puts added strain on the sedan fuel pump. That can shorten its life and result in a costly repair.

As is often the case, spending a little money now on something as inexpensive as a fuel filter can save money for Huntington Beach motorists down the road by improving fuel economy and preventing expensive repairs. At Beach Benz in Huntington Beach, we can check your fuel filter. It is better than fixing a burned-out sedan fuel pump or ruined fuel injectors.

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Some of us Huntington Beach motorists just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. Huntington Beach auto owners live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive between Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, where you want to go or the look you’re after; there is a tire for you.

The same is true about wheels. The hardest part for Huntington Beach auto owners is choosing from the thousands of wheels available at California tire shops.

The team at Beach Benz may not be able to help with that, but we can help you get some things in mind before you consult with your Huntington Beach tire professional. Let’s start with function and think about how you drive.

For example, maybe you have a large SUV but you don’t drive off-road around Huntington Beach, so an off-road tread isn’t important. Also, because you are not out bouncing over rocks in the California backcountry, you don’t need a high profile tire to protect your rims. So that means you can probably go with the low-wide look.

If you have a winter season with rain and snow or if you find you need better ice and snow performance, they make great, high-performance snow tires that won’t make it look like you are driving a tractor.

There really are a lot of options for any given vehicle. Huntington Beach car owners will find it very helpful to have a discussion like this with their Huntington Beach tire pro or the tire experts at Beach Benz when they need new tires. You can find the best solutions for your driving needs and to make improvements in ride or handling.

Picking a wheel that is the same size as what you are now running is critical and pretty simple. But, it gets trickier if you want to upsize. Just get some help when you go bigger. All that tire and wheel still needs to fit in the available space. You do not want your tires to rub when you turn or hit a bump. Huntington Beach car owners also need to make sure their brakes and suspension bits will fit with their wheel of choice. It doesn’t matter how great your car looks if it’s not drivable.

Taller, wider wheels and tires probably weigh more than your stock shoes. And it’s “unsprung” weight – that has a big impact on brake performance. The upsized shoes increase rotational inertia – if you go too big you may need to upgrade your brakes to compensate.

Another possible problem is an inaccurate speedometer. This happens because the number of rotations can change with the new wheels. Fortunately, speedometers and odometers are all controlled by the engine computer; so it is straightforward to get it reprogrammed at Beach Benz to compensate for the bigger tires.

No matter what you are after: low cost, long life, high performance, traction or stunning good looks, your wheel and tire professional at Beach Benz in Huntington Beach, California can help you identify your needs and give you a custom fit. With all the options available, you don’t have to compromise. There is a tire out there with your name on it!

Keeping Your Car Young In Huntington Beach

As Huntington Beach consumers, we live in a disposable society. It’s amazing all the stuff we throw away.

New stuff comes out so fast in California, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids in Fountain Valley, our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff – especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough, we had to do without. 

Huntington Beach drivers couldn’t afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It’s a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don’t break down as often. And the good news for us Huntington Beach penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles with proper care. The engineering’s there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the car maker’s maintenance schedules.

Is it really that bad for Huntington Beach motorists to get off schedule? Well, it all adds up. Every time you go a couple thousand extra miles between oil changes, you’ve created an opportunity for harmful sludge to form and clog passages. Then some parts don’t get oiled and they start to wear out faster. 

Skip a cooling system service, and the corrosion inhibitors become depleted, and the radiator starts being damaged – one step closer to a failure. The same thing is true for transmission service, power brakes, fuel system cleaning – really everything on your schedule.

It’s also even more important for older vehicles in the Huntington Beach area. Those engines and other systems have had more time to get dirty, so they’re working harder anyway. But it’s never too late for Huntington Beach drivers to get back on track with important maintenance and to hold off further costly damage.

It’s just another example of our parents knowing what’s best. (Surprising how often that happens.) And it really does start with the oil change, just like Dad said. When you get a full service oil change they top off all your fluids and check for other items that are on your maintenance schedule. That’s like your safety net; go in for oil changes on time, and let your service professional at Beach Benz in Huntington Beach help you keep track of the rest.

Of course, it is inevitable for Huntington Beach motorists that some things are going to wear out along the way – critical stuff like alternators, water pumps and such – they don’t last forever. But that stuff is cheaper than a new car payment. And taking care of problems early means they have less time to cause other problems. It’s like having high cholesterol; you don’t want to wait for a heart attack before you address it.

Beach Benz
7492 Slater Ave
Huntington Beach, California 92647
714 842-9816

To Save Gas Around Huntington Beach: Keep Up with Your Scheduled Service

One topic that hits the news in Huntington Beach on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some California motorists is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel efficiency. For those of us Huntington Beach car owners who don’t want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.

Following recommended service intervals by coming into Beach Benz is one of the best ways Huntington Beach auto owners can keep their SUV running efficiently. That means better gas mileage. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can’t lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces gas mileage.

Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for California car owners.

Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your truck engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change.

You can imagine what dirty fuel injectors can do to your sedan as you drive around Huntington Beach. If your pickup owner’s manual recommends a fuel system cleaning, come into Beach Benz and ask us to get it done for you.

A simple, but very effective way for Huntington Beach car owners to save gas is to keep their tires properly inflated. Low tires can cost you up to a mile per gallon. Check your tire pressure when you gas up – or at least once a month.

Beach Benz
7492 Slater Ave
Huntington Beach, California 92647
714 842-9816