Smart Car Care in Ashland: Debunking The Maintenance Free MythJanuary 17, 2017
Myths start with a grain of evidence and are then built up and circulated around the Ashland area with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some car bloggers in VA recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off.
Let’s examine a couple of the more popular rants going around Ashland and look at the truth behind them. The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that any Ashland service center who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan. The truth on which the myth, is based is that most vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on some cars. A grease fitting may have been installed in conjunction with a repair. And most trucks and truck based SUVs still require chassis lubrication. This is because they are more heavy duty and proper greasing is still required to keep them going. Talk to us at Air Park Auto Service in Ashland.
Another common rant is that modern cars don’t need tune-ups. Do cars need tune-ups? That depends on your definition of a tune-up, which has changed as technology has progressed. Before engine control computers, electronic ignition and fuel injection, a tune up meant replacing mechanical parts that wore out. You’d manually adjust fuel and air mix and timing. When these adjustments were off, spark plugs would foul and need to be replaced.
This definition just doesn’t apply to modern vehicles. Ashland auto service centers generally consider a tune-up to be the major service visit, recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
Of course you can’t lubricate a sealed joint. Of course you can’t adjust a carburetor if your car doesn’t have one. You don’t need to change spark plugs every year if your says they can go longer. What are these car bloggers getting so worked up about?
The danger with these modern-day myths, is that they prevent Ashland drivers from taking care of the routine preventive car maintenance that s DO recommend. Listen to this partial list of things you still need to do to take care of your car. How many of them are really any different today than they were 20 or 30 years ago?
Oil change, cooling system service, transmission service, tire balancing, tire rotation, wheel alignment, suspension service, power steering service, proper tire inflation, brake service, differential service, battery maintenance, engine air filer, PCV valve, breather element, fuel filter, belts, hoses, timing belt, windshield wipers . . .
You get the picture. Your car or truck is still a machine that needs to be maintained. And, hey, your s have always adapted to keep pace with automotive technology. Next time you come across an angry voice about your car care, talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Air Park Auto Service service advisor, or do some research of your own.
Air Park Auto Service Fun Stuff: What Was Your Teenage Dream Car?November 29, 2016
The adolescent years are full of all sorts of riveting milestones. Your first kiss, your first job, and, of course, getting your drivers permit and hitting the road.
Jay Leno wished for a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 as a kid and bought one as an adult.1 Justin Bieber didn’t have to wait – he was driving around in a Lamborghini at the age of sixteen. The perks of wealth!
We have a lot of customers who have weighed in on the matter, and we’ve gotten into more than a few animated discussions about whose teenage dream auto would have been more fun in which situation.
Iconic Movie Cars
Some say their pick was influenced by a popular movie of their youth. From the ’55 Chevy Harrison Ford drove in American Graffiti, the 1970 Dodge Charger in The Fast and the Furious, to the ’81 Porsche 928 in Risky Business. And who can forget the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 from Gone in Sixty Seconds?
Most Ashland teens didn’t get to pick what vehicle they got to drive. And some youth didn’t even get to drive Dad’s old beater.
Did you dream about a sleek Bugatti? A lifted Dodge 4×4 all ready to tear it up off-road? A tricked-out muscle car? Come on in and give us your best argument, or write your thoughts in the comments below. We are anxious to hear what you have to say about it.
Air Park Auto Service Car Talk: Is Your Car a Good Investment?November 29, 2016
Some individuals buy cars in the hopes that they can squeeze all the life out of them until they can’t possibly drive another mile. While other Ashland car owners prefer to buy a car, drive it for two or three years, and then upgrade to a new auto. If you’re one of the latter, you will want to a car that has an above-average resale value. This way, you’ll be able to get a good return on your auto when you’re ready for your new ride.
Here are ten vehicles that have historically had exceptional resale values:
- Toyota Tacoma
- Toyota 4Runner
- GMC Canyon
- Chevrolet Colorado
- Jeep Wrangler
- Toyota Tundra
- Subaru WRX
- Chevrolet Camaro
- GMC Sierra
- Subaru Forester
Buying one of these cars is a wise idea because they’ve proved to be reliable, sturdy, and will be sought after by Mechanicsville dealers and private buyers for many years to come.
The most crucial thing to do to make sure that your car retains its value is to take first-rate care of it. Whether it’s on this list or not, count on the team of auto experts at Air Park Auto Service in Ashland to keep your car running like new!
Fleet Service & RepairJune 15, 2016
If you own a service fleet of trucks, trailers or vans, you know how difficult it can be to find a reliable repair service that will perform good maintenance and take great care of your fleet vehicles. It’s important to find a shop and technicians that know your business and know the unique needs of fleet vehicles.
Why is regular maintenance for fleet vehicles so important?
You may not think of your fleet vehicles as needing regular maintenance, but fleet vehicles often acquire mileage faster than most person vehicles if they spend the majority of the day driving, instead of just commuting like personal cars. Scheduled, routine maintenance helps your fleet vehicles stay in great shape and in peak performance – which makes for easier driving, better gas mileage and minimal repair costs down the line.
In addition to the repair costs of major part failure, when your fleet vehicle is out of commission, you know that you not only incur costs from the repair, but the detrimental costs to your business when you lose time arranging alternate means of transportation and dealing with repairs.
What are some of our standard fleet services and repairs?
Truck and trailer repair
Engine repair – diesel and gasoline
On-site repair and maintenance
With NAPA certified parts and shops, you don’t have to worry about warranty. With over 50 Metro Atlanta Area locations, rest assured your fleet will be covered no matter what store you need to take your service vehicle. Contact us today to see how we can help keep your fleet in great shape!
Warning Lights OnMay 15, 2016
Dashboard Warning Lights – The Check Engine Light
It’s a busy weekday morning. You barely get out the door in time, and when you get to the car, start the ignition, and a dashboard warning light comes on- the check engine light.
The check engine light is probably every driver’s most hated warning light. It gives no details about what’s wrong, and the list of potential problems goes on and on, ranging from minor malfunctions to costly problems.
NOTE: If your check engine light comes on and is flashing, this indicates a serious problem and you should get to the nearest auto repair facility immediately.
Top 3 Most Common Causes of the Check Engine Light
Oxygen Sensor : The oxygen sensors in your car helps determine how much fuel you burn. A defective oxygen sensor effects mileage calculation and leads to a decrease in fuel economy.
While oxygen sensors are a relatively easy and inexpensive part to replace, failing to replace them in time can eventually destroy your catalytic converter. And depending on the car, a catalytic converter is thousands of dollars to replace.
Gas Cap : It might seem silly that something as small as a gas cap can trigger your warning light, but the gas cap keeps fuel from evaporating, keeping your emissions and gas mileage low.
Check to see if your gas cap is loose before you leave the driveway. Turn off your engine, and replace the gas cap tightly before turning your car back on. It may take a while for the light to go off, even if the gas cap is the culprit. If the light doesn’t go off within the next couple of days, take your car to your mechanic.
Catalytic Converter : A dying catalytic converter leads to lower gas mileage, and makes it difficult for your engine to accelerate. If you notice any of these problems, take your car to your mechanic as soon as possible to fix it.
Regardless of whether the problem is minor, like a loose gas cap, or major, like a catalytic converter failure, you risk serious damage to your car and the safety of yourself and others on the road when you continue to drive with your check engine light on.
The first thing you should do is bring your vehicle to an experienced, certified mechanic like our team at Air Park Auto Service. They will be able to diagnose the problem and give you an estimate on how much it will cost you.
If your check engine light, or any other of your dashboard warning lights, has come on and you don’t know why, contact Air Park Auto Service in Ashland to figure out the problem and get an estimate of your repair cost. Don’t wait- you save money and lives when you act early!