Entries by Zach Edwards

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 […]

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 […]