Everything You Need to Know About Changing a Tyre

Knowing how to change a tyre is an essential skill for every driver. It not only prepares you to confidently handle roadside emergencies but also ensures that you’re not left stranded on the side of the road, waiting for help.

Understanding the Importance of Transmission Fluid

While transmission fluid may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your car’s health, in truth, it is a vital component in the smooth operation of every vehicle. Transmission fluid is indispensable in ensuring smooth gear shifts and optimising the longevity of the system.

Does My Car Need a Logbook Service?

A logbook service involves a qualified mechanic servicing your vehicle in accordance with manufacturers’ guidelines. Typically, manufacturers recommend a logbook service every six months or every 10,000 kilometres driven.

Why Is My Engine Overheating?

Your engine overheating is a huge problem that can cause significant damage to your vehicle if not addressed quickly. Understanding the causes and symptoms of engine damage from overheating and taking preventive measures are essential for every car owner.

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

As the weather starts to cool down and foggy mornings get more common across Queensland, it becomes more important to get your car ready for winter. Whether you are heading south in search of snow, going somewhere rainy, or staying local this winter, having a mechanic check over your car will drastically increase your safety on the road. The Highfields Mechanical team is here with all the winter driving tips you need to stay safe when faced with the difficult conditions the colder months can present.

What You Need to Know About Electrical Issues in Your Car

From the starter motor to the cooling system, virtually every component of your car relies on electricity. While this technology can enhance your driving experience, making it more enjoyable and secure, an increased number of electrical components also means more chances of auto electrical problems.

5 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioning Needs Repair

On hot days, your car’s air conditioning system is one of the most important features of your vehicle. However, it’s also a system that is prone to the wear and tear that inevitably comes with frequent usage. If your car’s air con fails on a hot day, it can turn a comfortable drive into a sweaty nightmare.

When should I get my brakes serviced?

The brakes on your car are arguably the most important safety feature, ensuring that you and your family have stopping control in an emergency situation. Common car brake issues can be dangerous for this reason, and it’s vital that you look after your brakes with regular servicing.

Do electric cars need servicing?

Electric vehicles (EV) are becoming more common with each passing day, as internal combustion engines (ICE) become less standard and electric cars gradually become more popular. But for many people, how they actually work and how they need to be maintained is still a bit of a mystery.

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

When summer arrives, the last thing any driver wants is to find out their car isn’t prepared for Australia’s scorching heat. Protecting yourself from the most intense summer temperatures is about more than preparing for a hot steering wheel or seatbelts. A bit of car maintenance before December arrives can make all the difference between a comfortable drive and breaking down in the heat.

Everything you need to know about engine oil

Engine oil is one of the most important liquids in your car. It is vital for smooth, everyday operation and the longevity of your engine. Its basic function is to protect the metal components of your engine from the extreme friction and heat that is produced when the machine is in operation.  It accomplishes this by lubricating the metal and ensuring these components never actually touch while the engine is running. This keeps the components from warping and becoming damaged by the heat-stress, allowing the engine to operate over long periods of time (as long as the oil is maintained properly).

Why Car Coolant is Important

Car coolant, or antifreeze coolant, is a combination of water and antifreeze that is essential for keeping your engine running. Topping up your coolant fluid levels will help to keep your car engine temperature stable and prevent it from getting too hot or freezing. Coolant is essential for all cars and off-road vehicles, so it is important to have an understanding of which engine coolant is suitable for your vehicle.

What To Do When Your Car Radiator is Leaking

What does your car radiator do? Your car’s radiator is an essential component designed to remove the excessive amounts of heat that is produced by the friction of the engine’s operation and the burning of fuel. If your radiator isn’t working properly it can quickly lead to your car overheating, potentially causing major damage to

What is my Tow Capacity? Everything You Need to Know about Legal Tow Weights

Heading out for a weekend of camping or a caravanning trip is, undoubtedly, a favourite Aussie holiday. But caravanners and trailer-towers are getting caught out at a massive rate, with their vehicles found to be either overweight or their weight distribution uneven. As reported by the ABC in June, a police blitz found this

How Often Should I Get a Car Aircon Regas?

Most people don’t give much thought to their car’s air conditioning system until it stops working on a hot day. While your car’s climate control is easily overlooked, the truth is that it is one of the most important systems for maintaining your comfort levels on the road. A problem with your air conditioner

How Often Should I Get My Tyres Checked?

Tyres are rarely the first thing to come to mind when most people think of a car’s safety features. However, tyres are actually one of the most important parts of a vehicle’s safety because they connect your car to the road. Like most components of your car, tyres are prone to wear and tear

What’s Wrong with My Car Transmission? Signs of Car Transmission Fault

The transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Responsible for changing your gears and transferring power to the drive train, there’s no denying how vital it is that your transmission is functioning properly. A poor transmission makes it more difficult for drivers to safely accelerate and reach the speed limit

Fuel prices got you down? Give these tips a try!

It’s no secret that fuel prices are skyrocketing. After two years of a pandemic and now war in Ukraine, it’s easy to feel the hip-pocket wearing thin with each trip to the bowser. But, while there’s a good chance high fuel prices will be sticking around like gum on your shoe, there are some

How often should you get your car serviced?

Getting regular car servicing is the best way to ensure your vehicle runs efficiently year-round. How often you require a car service will depend on your vehicle – if your car is old, has experienced significant wear and tear or is driven every day, you may need to get a car service more often

Why are my car’s brakes squeaking?

It isn’t uncommon to hear a squeaking sound coming from your brakes from time to time. This can be due to a number of factors including dust being on the brake pads or general wear. When deciding whether your brakes need attention, it’s best to assess the situations in which they’re squeaking. Firstly, it’s

Why is my steering wheel shaking at high speeds?

When driving, it’s important that you always feel in control of your vehicle, especially at high speeds. A persistent shaking coming from your car’s steering wheel shouldn’t be ignored as it can be incredibly dangerous. This is why drivers benefit from understanding some of the issues’ most common causes. Being able to trust your

The importance of wheel alignment

In order to keep your vehicle moving in the same direction and keep you safe on the road, it’s important to get your wheel alignment checked every 10,000km or twice a year, whichever comes first. A wheel alignment service involves manually adjusting the suspension of your vehicle to ensure each component in your system