Check Engine Light

Mar 19th, 2019

When your Check Engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That's perfectly understandable. That same Check Engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap.

There's a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It's really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem.

Call Air Park Auto Service at 8047985180 for help with your Check Engine light.

Think of taking your temperature. Say it's 101?. Your heat sensor ? the thermometer ? tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn't tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information, more tests.

For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So your trained technician takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others.

When your engine management system logs a problem and illuminates the check engine light, your Ashland service technician at Air Park Auto Service will plug in a scanner, download the trouble codes and go to work tracing the cause of the problem.

That's just the first step. That's when our Air Park Auto Service technician's training, equipment, databases and skill get put to work diagnosing the problem and fixing it.

If your check engine light is flashing, it means that the problem could lead to serious damage. You should get to Air Park Auto Service as soon as possible to get the problem solved. If it's on but not flashing, you have some time to get in at your convenience.

Simple Answers from Air Park Auto Service for Ashland: Tire Rotation and Balancing

Jan 12th, 2019

How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced?

Air Park Auto Service Answer:
The interval for tire rotation could depend on a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the vehicle manufacturer. The background question for Mechanicsville drivers is why do tires need to be rotated?

Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders faster up front. Rotating the position of the tires allows for more even wear among all the tires. Now the suspension set-up on certain vehicles may also affect the relative wear between the front and rear. There are several rotation patterns - your friendly and knowledgeable Air Park Auto Service tire professional will see that you get the correct pattern for your particular vehicle.

Wheels and tires are not perfectly balanced due to slight variations in the manufacturing process and the placement of tire pressure monitoring sensors. So weights are strategically placed on the wheel to ensure that the tire spins true. When a wheel is out of balance it is essentially bouncing thousands of extra times as you drive. Now this can result in an uncomfortable vibration for Mechanicsville drivers in the steering wheel or through the seat. An unbalanced tire will also wear more quickly and it is punishing on your shocks and struts.

Mechanicsville drivers should have their wheels balanced if they detect a vibration or uneven wear. A wheel balance check every year is a good idea. Because tires cost so much in the Richmond area, it's a great idea to do everything you can to make them last as long as possible. Proper tire inflation, regular tire rotation and wheel balancing are keys to long tire life. The team at Air Park Auto Service in Mechanicsville can your tires for signs of uneven wear and diagnose and correct the problem.

Air Park Auto Service
10982 Richardson Road
Ashland, VA 23005

See below for links to our previous blog posts:

Synthetic Oil
Service on Heater Core
Shocks & Struts
Engine Air Filter
Fuel System
5 Reasons to Keep Your Car Well-Maintained
Check Engine Light
Cooling System
Fuel Pump
Gasoline Direct Injection
Gasoline Direct Injection
Oil Change
Service Intervals
Transfer Case
Windshield Wipers