Entries by Zach Edwards

Is the Air in Your Car Safe?

Many people are asking themselves this question in recent weeks. The quick answer is this: I’m not sure. I’m not a scientist of that sort, but chances are the air in your vehicle is being filtered. Starting around the early 2000 model-years, most vehicles were equipped with a cabin air filter, also referred to a […]

Automotive Air Conditioning

People often wonder how much it costs to fix the AC in their car. This is a great question, and I’d like to offer a bit of information to help everyone out. Let’s start with a bit of background information. In the past, vehicles used the refrigerant R-12 which was called Freon. Since 1994, vehicles […]

Timing Belt Cost

One important function of our shop is education. I really enjoy talking about these machines we love so much. A common conversation we have pertains to timing belts. Many car and truck engines use timing chains, but today we’ll stick to the belt. The timing belt keeps the air intake and exhaust valves in “time” […]

Automotive Air Conditioning

People often wonder how much it costs to fix the AC in their car. This is a great question, and I’d like to offer a bit of information to help everyone out. Let’s start with a bit of background information. In the past, vehicles used the refrigerant R-12 which was called Freon. Since 1994, vehicles […]

Price vs. Value

I recently had a great conversation, with a great customer, about pricing. He told me that he liked our service, and thought it was high-quality, but when compared to a few other shops in the area, our prices seemed higher. He wanted to know why. My answer lies in value, not price. Let me explain: […]

Skilled Labor

The automobile technician of today’s world is changing quickly. Today’s technician must be able to use his/her body to perform repairs to the machine, and also use their experience and education to see into the mind of an increasingly autonomous machine. How do they do it? Sometimes I don’t even know. How do we find […]

Lifetime Fluids

Many cars have been sold with the vehicle manufacturer touting “lifetime” fluids, which means certain fluids never need to be changed during the lifetime of the vehicle. This sales technique was implemented to help relieve the fear and intimidations some consumers were experiencing if thinking of buying a European vehicle. Now, Asian and domestic manufactures […]

Winter Driving

For many of us, holiday travel is fast approaching. We’ll soon pack our cars, pour a thermos of coffee, download our audiobooks, and go the distance to spend time with our loved ones. The drive can be a fun part of the vacation, so long as we’re prepared. I was recently driving to Bend and […]

Check Engine Light

By now we’re all aware of the infamous check-engine light, as well as other annoying dash lights. But do we really know what they mean? Let me help. The MIL, or malfunction indicator lamp, is a dash light which can only come on if a problem exists which could cause higher-than-allowable tailpipe emissions. The car […]

Timing Belt Cost

One important function of our shop is education. I really enjoy talking about these machines we love so much. A common conversation we have pertains to timing belts. Many car and truck engines use timing chains, but today we’ll stick to the belt. The timing belt keeps the air intake and exhaust valves in “time” […]

A Good Deal

I recently had the privilege of spending 15-20 minutes talking with a young man who had replaced the engine in his Subaru this past winter. He wasn’t our customer, but a friend of a customer— who told him I might be able to offer insight. After relaying the complexities of his story, he asked if […]

Automotive Air Conditioning

People often wonder how much it costs to fix the AC in their car. This is a great question, and I’d like to offer a bit of information to help everyone out. Let’s start with a bit of background information. In the past vehicles used the refrigerant R-12, which was called Freon. Since 1994, vehicles […]

Price vs. Value

I recently had a great conversation with a great customer about pricing. He told me that he liked our service, and thought it was high-quality, but when compared to other shops in the area, our prices seemed higher. He wanted to know why. My answer lies in value, not price. Let me explain: When customers […]

Fixing Cars is Hard

Fixing cars is hard. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a downright difficult job. And the most challenging aspect of it may surprise you. It isn’t spending hours diagnosing an engine problem only to discover a transmission is to blame, or the frustration of finding more repairs are needed after performing $1500 of […]

Regular Maintenance and Oil Changes

People often ask me if there an advantage to having our shop perform their oil changes. The answer is “Absolutely!” Having your oil changed by your regular mechanic is one of the best things you can do for your car, and your peace of mind! Quick lube establishments are wonderful for providing fast and convenient […]

Fluid Maintenance

Many cars have been sold with the vehicle manufacturer touting “lifetime” fluids, which means certain fluids never need to be changed during the lifetime of the vehicle. This sales technique was implemented to help relieve the fear and intimidations some consumers were experiencing if thinking of buying a European vehicle. Now, Asian and domestic manufacturers […]

Starting and Charging Systems

Cars. They’re so darn complicated, and like our bodies, the various systems work together and depend on each other. One particular system, the starting and charging system, is often overlooked. With modern vehicles utilizing separate computers for nearly every function on the vehicle, the starting and charging system plays a critical role in the proper […]

Check Engine Light

By now we’re all aware of the infamous check-engine light, as well as other annoying dash lights. But do we really know what they mean? Let me help. The MIL, or malfunction indicator lamp, is a dash light which can only come on if a problem exists which could cause higher-than-allowable tailpipe emissions. The car […]

Winter Driving

For many of us, holiday travel is fast approaching. We’ll soon pack our cars, pour a thermos of coffee, download our audiobooks, and go the distance to spend time with our loved ones. The drive can be a fun part of the vacation, so long as we’re prepared. I was recently driving to Bend and […]

Timing Belt Cost

One important function of our shop is education. I really enjoy talking about these machines we love so much. Commonly customers ask questions about timing belts. Some cars and trucks use timing chains, but today we’ll stick to the belt. The timing belt keeps the air intake and exhaust valves in “time” or synch, with […]

Automotive Air Conditioning

People often wonder how much it costs to fix the AC in their car. This is a great question, and I’d like to offer a bit of information to help everyone out. Let’s start with a bit of background information. In the past, vehicles used the refrigerant R-12, which was called Freon. Since 1994, vehicles […]

Automotive Air Conditioning

People often wonder how much it costs to fix the AC in their car. This is a great question, and I’d like to offer a bit of information to help everyone out. Let’s start with a bit of background information. In the past, vehicles used the refrigerant R-12, which was called Freon. Since 1994, vehicles […]

Fixing Cars is Hard

Fixing cars is hard. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a downright difficult job. And the most challenging aspect of it may surprise you. It isn’t spending hours diagnosing an engine problem only to discover a transmission is to blame, or the frustration of finding more repairs are needed after performing $1500 of […]

A Good Deal

I recently had the privilege of spending 15-20 minutes talking with a young man who had replaced the engine in his Subaru this past winter. He wasn’t our customer, but a friend of a customer— who told him I might be able to offer insight. After relaying the complexities of his story, he asked if […]

Ashland Automotive – Premium Fuel

Customers often have questions about fuel. At the top of the list is this: Do I need to use premium fuel? The short answer is all vehicles have a label next to the gas cap (inside the flap) stating which type of fuel is required. Premium fuel is only required if the label says so. […]

Lifetime Fluids

Many cars have been sold with the vehicle manufacture touting “lifetime” fluids, which means certain fluids never need changed during the lifetime of the vehicle. This sales technique was implemented to help relieve the fear and intimidations some consumers were experiencing if thinking of buying a European vehicle. Now, Asian and domestic manufactures are following […]

Ashland Automotive

Cars. They’re so darn complicated, and like our bodies, the various systems work together and depend on each other. One particular system, the starting and charging system, is often overlooked. With modern vehicles utilizing separate computers for nearly every function on the vehicle, the starting and charging system plays a critical role in the proper […]

The VW Scandal

Recently there’s been much in the news about the Volkswagen scandal. It’s too soon to tell what the result will be, but as any die-hard fan of Volkswagen knows, it’ll take more than a little “defeat software” to shake me loose of my first love! Many of our customers have asked me to clarify of […]

Winter Driving

For many of us, holiday travel is fast approaching. We’ll soon pack our cars, pour a thermos of coffee, download our audiobooks, and go the distance to spend time with our loved ones. The drive can be a fun part of the vacation, so long as we’re prepared. I was recently driving to Bend and […]

Skilled Labor

The automobile technician of today’s world is changing quickly. Not only must the tech be able to use their body to perform repairs to the machine, but they must use their experience and education to see into the mind of a computerized machine which is increasingly autonomous. How do they do it? Sometimes I don’t […]

Timing Belt Costs

One important function of our shop is education. I really enjoy talking about these machines we love so much. Customers commonly ask questions about timing belts. Some cars and trucks use timing chains, but today we’ll stick to the belt. The timing belt keeps the air intake and exhaust valves in “time” or synch with […]

Environmental Impact

by Zach Edwards We all know cars pollute. Besides driving less, there are things we can do to reduce the impact our car has on the earth. Let’s start with a bit about the Check Engine light. If your Check Engine light is on, the “root problem” needs to be diagnosed and repaired by a […]

Solid Battery Connections

Cars. They’re so darn complicated, and like our bodies, the various systems work together and depend on each other. One particular system, the starting and charging system, is often overlooked. With modern vehicles utilizing separate computers for nearly every function on the vehicle, the starting and charging system plays a critical role in the proper […]

Teens & Cars

As many parents begin the daunting task of choosing a car for their teen, they turn to their trusted repair shop for answers. As the parent of a 15-year-old, I too ask myself “What is the best car for my child to learn to drive?” There are so many cars to choose from, the decision […]

Fixing Cars is Hard

Fixing cars is hard. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a downright difficult job. And the most challenging aspect of it may surprise you. It isn’t spending hours diagnosing an engine problem only to discover a transmission is to blame, or the frustration of finding more repairs are needed after performing $1500 of […]

Ashland Automotive – Care for Your Car

Cars. They are quite the machines. We expect so much of them, and in return we tend to give so little. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not pointing fingers here. I’ve been guilty of some of the same car transgressions I warn against—I have been known to put off the oil change, or coolant leak repair […]

Ask Zach from Ashland Automotive

Q:  I’m shopping around for different estimates for scheduled maintenance. Why do the costs vary so much? A: Let’s use one of the most common estimates as an example—one that often needs explanation—the ever-looming timing belt job. Many car owners call and ask about the cost of a timing belt replacement, and the estimates can […]