Yearly Archives: 2017

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in Ann Arbor say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Ann Arbor drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories we've heard t ... read more

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Maintenance

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in Ann Arbor: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Convenience Auto Service

Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for Ann Arbor drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for Ann Arbor drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle's tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it's an important number for Ann Arbor vehicle owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction and handling on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary.Don ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Ann Arbor

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Ann Arbor can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest Ann Arbor computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files and clean your memory registry. You can optimize your hard drive and a number of other things.What you're doing is maintaining your computer to make it efficient. It's the same thing with your vehicle. You maintain it to make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel while you drive around Ann Arbor. And you save money.To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in tw ... read more

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Fuel System

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in Ann Arbor

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Ann Arbor area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Ann Arbor service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure.And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at Convenience Auto Service ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the Ann Arbor area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Convenience Auto Service soon. Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would ... read more

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Brakes

Battery Replacement at Convenience Auto Service in Ann Arbor

Battery Replacement at Convenience Auto Service in Ann Arbor

Hello, welcome to Convenience Auto Service. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Ann Arbor runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Convenience Auto Service are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in Michigan, specifically how cold it is. (Many Ann Arbor drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperat ... read more

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Battery

Convenience Auto Service Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario plays out every day at Michigan auto repair facilities. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the car will need to undergo a diagnostic examination. The typical car has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at Convenience Auto Service in Ann Arbor are the ones who tackle the difficult diagnostic jobs. Once they have determined th ... read more

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Exhaust

What Ann Arbor Customers like About Us at Convenience Auto Service

A big part of the service we provide at Convenience Auto Service for our Ann Arbor customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued Ann Arbor area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Convenience Auto Service automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our Ann Arbor customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Convenience Auto Service is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in Ann Arbor live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Convenience Auto Service service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service ... read more

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at Convenience Auto Service

There are a lot of things in life that Ann Arbor residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Ann Arbor dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences. Scheduled maintenance is also part of good vehicle care. Ann Arbor drivers should take their vehicles in regularly for a good check-up. But many folks struggle to remember or actually even ignore this auto advice. When it comes to our vehicles, we're more likely to listen to, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” than, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more pa ... read more

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Inspection

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Ann Arbor car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Ann Arbor, Michigan, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart Ann Arbor drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for Ann Arbor residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Ann Arbor drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at Convenience Auto Service.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid ... read more

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Maintenance
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