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Service Intervals

Question: I'm really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help! Air Park Auto Service Answer: The simple answer for Ashland residents is to follow the vehicle's recommended service intervals listed in your owner's manual or in your service center's database. But the team at Air Park Auto Service in Ashland sympathizes with Read more...

Simple Answers from Air Park Auto Service for Ashland: Check Engine Light

Question: My Check Engine light is on and my boyfriend thinks he can get the code read and know what part to replace to fix my car.  I say it’s not that simple.  Who’s right? Air Park Auto Service Answer: Good news – you are!  Just look at it logically: there are hundreds of things Read more...

Transfer Case Service

Most in the Richmond area may not know much about transfer cases, but if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you've got one. It makes sure you have power available for both the front and rear axles when driving around VA. For example, if you have a rear-wheel drive SUV, power goes to the rear Read more...

Cooling System

We're often asked questions in Ashland, VA about the cooling system – the system that cools your engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let's examine the topic in two areas: first, the coolant itself and second, the parts that make up the cooling system. The coolant in your vehicle is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates Read more...

5 Reasons To Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

Thanks for visiting the Air Park Auto Service auto care blog. Today's post lists 5 important reasons Ashland drivers should follow recommended maintenance schedules. 1. Be Safe A well-maintained car doesn't put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Think brakes, headlamps, tires. 2. Get Better Fuel Economy Regular maintenance is an investment in optimum Read more...

Oil Change

An oil change at your local Ashland, VA, auto shop sounds simple, but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly, literally:  petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. Read more...

Gasoline Direct Injection

Question: My new car has a “GDI” engine. What does that mean to me and other Ashland vehicles with this new type of engine? Air Park Auto Service Answer: GDI stands for Gasoline Direct Injection. It's a type of fuel injection system that is becoming very popular on modern engines. Let's talk about the two most Read more...

Windshield Wipers

Today at Air Park Auto Service we're going to talk about windshield wiper blades. Now that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is: We protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we taken care of them too. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our Read more...

Cabin Air Filter

Let's talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them in Richmond that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles in Richmond have them, so some people confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter. Every Read more...

Change Your Oil, VA Drivers!

As engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer. High quality oil in a well-engineered engine has led to extended intervals. Here's the problem: With longer oil change intervals, it's for Ashland to follow them closely. Back in the day of 3 months or 3,000 miles (4,500 kilometers), if you went an extra month or Read more...