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Why Backyard Mechanics are Almost Extinct

Why Backyard Mechanics are Almost Extinct

Why backyard mechanics are almost extinct    Perhaps you remember your dad spending a few hours under the hood of the family car,  fixing it up to be like new.  A toolbox and a few box wrenches were about all he needed to get the car running again. Somewhere in time, this skill faded away and now you almost never see anyone work on their own car. You could even consider backyard mechanics to be almost extinct!  If your car develops a problem, you have to go to a professional mechanic to do the repairs.  So, what caused the backyard mechanic͟ to all but disappear? The Rise of Technology 30 years ago, cars were less reliable and far less complicated than they are now. The engines were large and the few components were simple, like the starters and alternators.  As time went along, the high-quality levels achieved by Honda and Toyota drove all of the competing auto manufacturers to improve quality and the race was on for higher gas mileage. This led t ... read more

What Really Makes Your Car Wear Out?

What Really Makes Your Car Wear Out?

Reasons cars wear out Most people think that a car wears out from driving too many miles.  While that can be true, it is only part of the story and high mileage alone doesn’t mean much to a professional mechanic. Experienced technicians know that wear and tear is actually a combination of factors, not just how far the car has been driven. We are going to share some things to consider as your car ages. You can keep these in mind if you decide to shop for a previously owned vehicle. Start-ups and short trips are where the most wear occurs in an engine.  A cold engine is under-lubricated and it takes a few seconds for the oil to completely coat the surfaces.  The metal itself will begin to expand as the engine warms up and this places stress on all of the gaskets and seals. In a 2 mile trip, the engine barely warms up only to immediately begin cooling and contracting again which reverses the process.  Compare this to a long road trip where the engine is ste ... read more

Automotive Air Conditioning Maintenance and Climate Change

Automotive Air Conditioning Maintenance and Climate Change

Image by NoobInNature NIN from Pixabay In the early 1990s, there was growing concern about automotive air conditioning refrigerant leaking into the atmosphere and contributing an expanding hole in our earth’s ozone layer. Scientists predicted certain gasses including Freon gas were causing damage to our planet’s climate, so automobile manufacturers took steps to lower environmental impact. Freon was the standard refrigerant used in automotive air conditioning systems before concerns over global warming. Climate change laws and regulations banned freon, and automobile manufacturers switched to using R134a, which is friendlier to ... read more

Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic Converter Theft

  <   If your car sounds louder (and we mean a LOT louder) when you start it up, chances are something is up. It may just be a piece of exhaust pipe with a newly formed hole in it or… somebody has decided to delete your vehicle’s catalytic converter for you. Catalytic converter theft is on the rise here in the state of Washington. This used to be a rarity, but theft has been increasing over the past year or two. Our shop alone has had at least one vehicle at any given time over last 4 months missing a catalytic converter. What does the catalytic converter do? The catalytic converter is a portion of the exhaust that has been filled with a brick of ceramic coated in a combination of three different elemental materials: palladium, platinum, and rhodium. Depending on the vehicle and the engineering desires of the manufacturer, any given catalytic converter will have different percentages of these precious metals. These metals are what break down the more haza ... read more

High Road Auto and Covid-19

High Road Auto and Covid-19

We are and will continue keep the shop open to keep you moving. Auto repair shops are on the Homeland Security list of critical infrastructure. We know that some are concerned that you will not be able to get your vehicle worked on; we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep you safe and moving. We are taking extra steps to clean the vehicle before and after repairs.   These days you need your car for trips to the grocery store, pharmacy and medical appointments. We are here to make sure you do not need to add the car to your concerns. Make your appointment on-line or by phone: 206-789-7521,  text 206-919-7241,   Service Request Your team at High Road. The full list link, Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critic ... read more

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