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Your browser does not support video   Have you ever noticed that your auto maker has a schedule in your owner’s manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let’s define what severe driving conditions aren’t: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for twenty miles or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour in 75°F weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly, and you are driving under severe conditions. Let’s look at the critical parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around Ashland are harder on an engine than longer ones. As your engine cools down, water in the air condenses onto the engine. When you heat the engine again, the water evaporates off. This…

Recommended Ashland Service Intervals

Everyone in Ashland, Virginia knows we are advised to go to our Ashland dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Ashland residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – “Everything’s fine, see you in six months.” Or “You’ve got a small cavity starting, let’s schedule an appointment to take care of it.” By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues. This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big expensive problems. And you avoid those huge bills. If Richmond folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist…

Recommended Service Intervals At Duffy's Repair Service

Most people in the Richmond area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for the areas around Mechanicsville, Ashland and Henrico in Virginia. The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety. Protection. Let’s start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your SUV. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance….

How Many Miles Are On Your Car?

Nowadays, Ashland motorists are paying more at Richmond gas pumps. For some families in the greater Richmond area, it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That’s got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many Virginia car owners are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before. Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Ashland, Virginia highways have over 75,000 miles on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in Richmond can’t afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a break down. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment. Determining what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many…

Is Your Ashland Driving Severe?

People near Ashland Virginia often ask Duffy’s Repair Service how often they should have a particular service done. It’s a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner’s manual, or have your Ashland Virginia service advisor at Duffy’s Repair Service look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Ashland Virginia will say that their driving is normal and that the ‘regular’ schedule probably applies to them. ‘Severe service’ sounds pretty extreme – ‘I don’t drive like that’. Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are…

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  • Duffy’s Repair Service

    9974 Lickinghole Road
    Ashland, VA 23005

  • Phone: 804-798-5922

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