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November 15, 2017

When to Replace the Brakes on Your Honda or Acura

When to Replace the Brakes on Your Honda or Acura Independent Auto Care DenverHere at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we know how vital it is to know when to replace the brakes on your Honda or Acura. Brakes are so important to keep your vehicle safe and functioning at optimal levels. If you notice any issues, please come see us right away for a full inspection and service if needed.

Brake pads, calipers, and brake rotors are the main components of car disk brake systems. These parts will eventually wear out with time. Being able to tell when to replace the brakes on your Honda or Acura will ensure that you get repairs made before one failing part affects any of these other components which will compound the complexity and cost for a fix.

Factors that Change Your Brake Lifespan

 There are a few factors that will change how long your brakes last. Knowing these factors may help you understand how to affect the life of your brakes.

  • Driving: If you stop suddenly often and spend time riding the brakes, your brakes’ lifespan is going to be shorter. Gentle and smooth braking helps the pads last longer. Everyone needs to slam on the brakes on occasion, but the less often you need it, the better.
  • Environment: City driving takes a toll on brakes because of the constant stop and go. Areas with lots of mountains or steep elevation changes are difficult on brakes as well because more brakes are needed to control the downhill speed.
  • Brake Pad Hardness: Harder compound brake pads generally last longer. Softer brake pads do better in urban areas because they work well under low-speed conditions. Choosing a brake pad that is right for your conditions will be important.
  • Materials: Different materials have different life expectancies based on usage. Carbon-ceramic brakes generally last longer than regular metal brakes but they are expensive and are often used on high-performance sports cars. Carbon-ceramic brakes also need to be warmer to work well. Regular metal brakes are still the standard for most cars and are generally the most effective for the money.

When You Might Need to Replace Your Brakes

Most brake pads should be replaced at around 50,000 miles. Depending on the type of brakes and the kind of driving you do, some brakes may need to be replaced at as little as 25,000 miles, while others will last up to 75,000 miles. If you are not sure how long your brakes are expected to last, check your owner’s manual.

Of course, if you hear your brakes squeal or scrape, you may need to have them changed no matter your mileage. Brake pads have small metal hairs at the bottom to let a driver know when it might be time to get the brakes changed. It is a sign your brakes have used most of the softer pad material. If the brakes feel jittery, you may need to replace the brake rotors.

If you need to know when to replace the brakes on your Honda or Acura, contact us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker. One of our certified technicians can take a look at your brake system and take care of any repairs needed. Let us keep you safely on the road.

October 15, 2017

All About the 2018 Honda Accord

All About the 2018 Honda AccordHere at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we’re excited to tell you all about the 2018 Honda Accord. This has been one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. for good reason, but fans have been wanting a more substantial update to modernize this rather ubiquitous vehicle. From what we’re seeing and hearing, the latest model is really standing out from other sedans.

Let’s get to know all about the 2018 Honda Accord.

New Engine and Transmission

The V6 is no longer. Honda is using the I4 engine for the 2018 Accord. It will be available in a 1.5-liter base engine with 192 hp and 192 lb-ft. torque and in a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder with 252 hp and 278 lb-ft. torque. Though it has a little less power than the V6, it’s close. Thanks to turbochargers, in-line 4 cylinders are comparable, so the demise of the V6 is no surprise.

The six-speed manual transmission will be available for both engines, though the automatic will also continue. A new 10-speed automatic will be an option for the 2.0-liter engine.

Change in Size

The 2018 Accord will have a longer wheelbase and the stance of this vehicle will be wider. Overall, the length and height will both be shorter to improve driving dynamics as well as style. There will be an increase in rear legroom which will please passengers. The wider stance of the vehicle should make it feel better on the pavement and smooth out the ride.

Hybrid Version

The new Accord will have a hybrid option with a 2.0-liter engine. Further details are pretty scarce. Honda is keeping quiet on the hybrid for the most part, though they did share plans to further increase the mileage and place the battery under rear seats to save trunk space.

Driver Assistance

A number of electronic driving aids will be included in this Accord: adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, collision mitigation braking, a driver awareness monitor, as well as blind-spot monitoring.

We’re hoping the latter proves to be an improvement over attempts by other automakers, which have been buggy. It is not a good sign if the system reacts to a row of parked cars or is delayed in braking for actual cars blocking the road. The systems are improving though, and we expect Honda to have one of the better versions.

New Look, Better Interior

As we mentioned, both the body and the interior are also changing in the 2018 model. The new design direction buys more room for backseat passengers who don’t want to sit with their knees tucked up to their chins. And a sleek, new interior dashboard, along with other interior upgrades look to be improvements over previous design choices.

Now that you know all about the 2018 Honda Accord, keep it in mind if you are thinking about buying a new car. In the meantime, if you need your current Honda serviced, contact us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We will take good care of your car.

September 15, 2017

Getting Your Honda or Acura Ready for Fall

Getting Your Honda or Acura Ready for Fall at Independent Auto Care DenverAt Independent Auto Care in Parker, we want to share some tips for getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall. As the weather starts to get colder, it is an easy time to get your car ready for the potential deep chill of winter. Fall is a great time to take care of some rather easy car maintenance that will save you trouble on the road.

Wiper Blades

Changing your blades annually in the fall is a great move for helping you prepare for stormy weather. A fresh set will be up to the task of cleaning your windshield and replacing wiper blades is a simple and inexpensive task. Be sure to get the correct size for your vehicle (use the in-store buying guide) and remember to replace a blade on the back of your car as well, if you have one.

Check and Fill Fluids

For the colder temperatures, be sure that your windshield wiper fluid is good for freezing temperatures and that it is full. Now is also a great time to check your anti-freeze as well as your brake fluid. As your brakes wear, some fluid loss is normal; however, if you notice a large drop in brake fluid volume, that could indicate a problem. If so, you could give us a call at Independent Auto Care in Parker and we can figure out if there is a larger problem that needs to be addressed.

Spare Tire Check

No one wants to get a flat tire only to be faced with a flat spare. When getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall, now is the perfect time to check the inflation on your spare tire. If your spare is located under your vehicle, be sure that the raising and lowering mechanism is also in working order.

Replace Your Air Filter

Properly getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall includes checking on your air filter. Typically, you need to change your engine’s air filter at least twice a year. So if this hasn’t been done in the last six months, now is the perfect time to do it. A dirty filter will reduce your car’s fuel economy, emissions, and affect vehicle performance. With a car tune-up, your air filter will be changed and other upkeep performed.

Check Your Lights and Battery

A good number of electrical problems and ignition issues stem from corroded or loose battery connections. Making sure that your battery is connected properly is an easy way to ensure that your battery will not cause you engine or electrical trouble. Also be sure that your lights are all in working order, now that the days are getting shorter it is important that you be able to see properly and that people can see you when you are driving.

If you want help getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall, get in touch with the experts at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We’ll help keep you safe on the road this winter and all year long.

August 15, 2017

Get to Know the 2018 Acura TLX

Get to Know the 2018 Acura TLXOur technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker, Colorado keep up on the latest car models and think you should get to know the 2018 Acura TLX. Acura clearly still wants to pursue the sport-sedan market by bringing us a revitalized version of the 2015 TLX. We think it is worth your time to take a look at the new TLX too.

What’s New?

The 2018 Acura TLX engine offers the same amount of power, and the “A-Spec” TLX arrives with a firmer suspension and more responsive steering. It also includes an exhaust that is less restrictive and better looking. These are all fine points to be excited about. The A-Spec also comes with more road noise and looks more visually aggressive. It will make this car stand out a bit more without increasing your car insurance as a result.

Outstanding Value

The 2018 Acura TLX is a great value. The FWD is offered at $42,800 while the AWD stands at $44,800. This undercuts most of the competition while including some extras like wireless phone charging and ventilated front seats in the A-Spec version. This excellent value is even cheaper than the Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle, giving those who want to steer their spouse away from the wagon look an extra advantage. The TLR also offers mileage that beats the standard 35 mpg, an added selling point.

Tasteful Restraint

The TLX offers two surprisingly good Acura engines. The TLR 4-cylinder offers torque that is unexpected for a 4-cylinder. At the same time, the V6 revs up and sounds like a much more expensive car when it is at full throttle. The TLR offers a reasonable size with a certain style and elegance that is eye-catching yet reserved. We like it better than many of the chrome decorated breadboxes on the road today.

The Drawbacks

If the 2018 TLX were the perfect vehicle, we think it would offer options for larger brakes and a 6-speed manual. These options were available on the TL predecessor but weren’t purchased in enough volume to make them worth offering again.

Early Acura offerings like the Legend coupe and the Integra GS-R also had a youthful exuberance that some say has been missing from the Acura lineup. Acura has turned a bit more conservative over time and could perhaps loosen up. From what we understand, the TLR A-Spec is an early statement of a coming departure from these more reserved offerings of the recent past. We’ll be keeping an eye on future models that could bring an infusion of much-needed excitement to the Acura line-up.

Now that you have had an opportunity to get to know the 2018 Acura TLX, if you are on the hunt for a new vehicle, you certainly have a head start on what to expect from this new model. And if you already have an Acura that needs some attention, call us at Independent Auto Care in Parker to make an appointment. Since 2006, we’ve specialized in Honda and Acura car repairs and can give your vehicle the quality auto care it deserves.

July 13, 2017

5 Great Reasons to Love a Honda

5 Great Reasons to Love a HondaAt Independent Auto Care in Parker, our Honda-enthusiast customers have inspired us to share this list of 5 great reasons to love a Honda. Though there are so many new brands in the market today, many customers prefer to stick with a more tried and car company. Honda is a brand that remains popular over time because of the quality offered and the trust the company has earned over the years.

  1. Quality

A good number of Honda owners stick with the Honda brand once they have purchased their first Honda vehicle. Honda has manufactured some of the best quality vehicles available over the years. A number of highly satisfied customers report being able to put over 300,000 miles on their Hondas before needing any engine work. Also, the comfort and excellent quality of Honda’s vehicle interiors make their cars some of the best cars on the road today, both inside and out.

  1. Excellent Gas Mileage

With rising gas prices, many buyers want vehicles that have great gas mileage. Honda vehicles have some of the best gas mileage rates in the industry. For those who commute long distances, great gas mileage is a key factor in being happy with their vehicle choice. Having great gas mileage helps more than a Honda owner’s bank account, it also helps them be more environmentally responsible. 

  1. Outstanding Safety Ratings

The majority of Honda’s models earn 4 or more stars for safety. Given their excellent safety ratings, it really is no wonder Honda is such a popular brand.

Hondas offer great features: anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability assist (VSA), all-around airbags, lane change assist features, and active head restraints are some of the many features that ensure the safety of passengers and drivers on the road. Additionally, Honda is offering more and more of these features as part of its standard package on more models.

  1. Keeping the Kids Safe

Honda pays special attention to the little ones that travel with us on the road. Their vehicles include the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. This system keeps child safety seats secured during an accident.

Honda also includes an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), which stops the deployment of airbags on the front passenger side if the passenger does not weigh enough to be helped by an airbag. This reduces the chance of unnecessary and potentially dangerous injuries.

  1. Nice Looking

Honda takes pride in producing vehicles that are affordable and practical, but Honda also prides itself on having good-looking vehicles. Not only are they good looking, but also some of their vehicles are also unique and distinctive, which is nice when so many cars on the road are practically indistinguishable from each other.

So, there’s our list of 5 great reasons to love a Honda. Many of our customers have even more. Regardless of your reasons, if your car needs some TLC, come see us at Independent Auto Care in Parker for all your Honda needs, oil changes to AC repairs and so much more.


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