Monthly Archives: April 2021

Keeping Your Car's Engine Cool

Keeping Your Car's Engine Cool

Keep a cool head (engine head that is) Keeping your car’s engine cool is essential to having a car (and keeping it running). Every car is equipped with several gauges and lights that alert you when problems are cropping up with your engine. Perhaps the most important of them all is the temperature gauge, that quiet little gauge that never seems to change. It is so steady that it becomes tempting to ignore it, but you do that at your peril. The small changes in the temperature readout can indicate changes inside your engine that can cause serious trouble later. Your engine is designed to work best within a certain temperature range and the cooling system automatically flushes coolant throughout the engine to maintain that temperature. It doesn’t matter whether it is a hot summer day or an icy January morning, a properly function cooling system regulates the temperature to stay within the standard temperature range. What Can Go Wrong When your Car is Overheating Seve ... read more

What Safety Systems are in My Car?

What Safety Systems are in My Car?

Safety systems are more important for smaller cars Here at High Road, we love small cars like the Honda Civic and  Toyota Corolla.  These types of cars are nimble, reliable and easy on gas. Qualities that make them a commuter favorite. But small cars have a disadvantage in an accident;  they are lighter than most other cars and thus more vulnerable. It is important to take care of your safety systems regardless of how large your car is, but it is even more important if your car is small. The brakes are the most important and should be monitored for wear at least every other oil change, just like your tires.  Worn tires and brakes put you (and everyone else) at risk. Should your brakes feel spongy, or even just different, get them checked immediately. Failed brakes or tires turn your car into a missile and you are inside it.  SRS (airbag) systems and seat belts are the lifesavers when things go wrong. If the SRS light is on, have a technician check i ... read more

Why Honda is the Choice of High Road Automotive

Why Honda is the Choice of High Road Automotive

The Honda Difference What makes Honda one of the preferred brands of High Road Automotive? We were recently asked this question by a client who needed to replace their old car.  The client wanted to know which brand we, as mechanics, would recommend to them. Every automotive repair shop gets this question from time to time,  and we have a lot of fun answering it. The stated joke is always that it depends on our mood, what we had for breakfast and a thousand other variables that could influence our answer. But just for fun, I asked several members of our staff and I was surprised by the single answer that I got.   The answer at High Road Automotive was universally Honda.  However, there were some qualifications to this. Honda has a quality culture that goes far beyond just reliability and we rarely do major repairs. Craftsmanship The construction of the Honda automobile shows careful touches even in the places that are never seen by the v ... read more

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

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