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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...

Alternator

Question: My battery keeps going dead. I had it tested and it is fine - what could be the problem? Air Park Auto Service Answer: Well, your could be caused by several things. Let's start with a likely suspect: your alternator. The alternator is like a little electrical generator. It is spun by the serpentine Read more...

EVAP System

The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very harmful to the environment. Evaporative emissions control systems – EVAP for short – are mandated in all cars and trucks. The job of the EVAP system is to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind Read more...

Simple Answers from Air Park Auto Service: Engine Air Filter

Question: What's the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer? Air Park Auto Service Answer: That's a fair question from Ashland drivers because the harm takes a while to manifest. Let's take a small step back and talk about what an engine air filter does. The air all around us contains Read more...

Tracking True In VA, Wheel Alignment In Mechanicsville

Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Mechanicsville car owners until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment from the rest by hitting a curb or pothole on Mechanicsville roads. The tires will wear out very quickly and will need to be replaced prematurely. It could also lead to Read more...