Monthly Archives: January 2019

Power Steering Service in Ann Arbor

Power Steering Service in Ann Arbor

Most Ann Arbor drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine; a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump.These hoses can develop leaks, so it is a good idea for Ann Arbor drivers to have them inspected at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why power steering fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owner's manual for the right type - or just ask your friendly and knowledgeable ... read more

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Steering

Emergency Items for Ann Arbor

Emergency Items for Ann Arbor

Safe Michigan travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at Convenience Auto Service. But there are other things Ann Arbor residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save your life — or someone else's.First, Ann Arbor auto owners should consider keeping an auto emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should contain items that will allow you to deal with common emergencies on the road.Some items you should carry in your vehicle include jumper cables (or a booster box), flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools. Other useful items include gloves, two quarts of oil, some antifreeze, water and everything you need to change a tire. You might also consider a can of tire inflator, which is a great temporary fix for minor flats.But taking care o ... read more

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Safety

Tracking True in Ann Arbor: Wheel Alignment

Tracking True in Ann Arbor: Wheel Alignment

At Convenience Auto Service, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Convenience Auto Service alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your Ann Arbor auto service center look it over. Of course, if you've been in an ... read more

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Alignment

Automotive Tips from Convenience Auto Service: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Ann Arbor. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when Ann Arbor drivers should replace their brake pads at Convenience Auto Service. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Convenience Auto Service service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.Convenience Auto Service2280 W. Liberty StreetAnn Arbor, Michigan 4810373

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Brakes

The Convenience Auto Service Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern Ann Arbor vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It's no wonder that when something goes wrong with their vehicle it can be pretty complicated for Ann Arbor drivers to track down the source of the problem.To help your service advisor at Convenience Auto Service figure out what's wrong, your vehicle is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine light comes on to tell you there's a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your friendly and knowledgeable Conve ... read more

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Diagnostics
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