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Economics of Maintenance for Ann Arbor Auto Owners

Economics of Maintenance for Ann Arbor Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Ann Arbor is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in Ann Arbor who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in Ann Arbor and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's mainten ... read more

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Make Your Vehicle Last

Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, Michigan folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most Ann Arbor drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us Michigan penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Ann Arbor vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed a ... read more

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The median age for cars in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Convenience Auto Service we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Ann Arbor area, bring it into Convenience Auto Service for high-mileage maintenance.2280 W. Liberty StreetAnn Arbor, Michigan 48103734-769-0170 Many people in Michigan are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in Ann Arbor with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and ... read more

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Keep Your Ann Arbor Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Keep Your Ann Arbor Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Ann Arbor - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in Michigan affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around Ann Arbor or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Convenience Auto Service can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged ... read more

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Relax When the Wind Blows in Michigan: Winter Car Prep for Ann Arbor Drivers

When autumn comes around in Ann Arbor, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Ann Arbor drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Ann Arbor drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the Michigan winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of Michigan winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Convenience Auto Service in Ann Arbor, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates the p ... read more

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Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

If you've ever been driving around Ann Arbor and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Convenience Auto Service. We're at 2280 W. Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. Or give us a call at 734-769-0170.Experts at Convenience Auto Service recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It's easy to remember if you do it when Daylight Saving Time changes in the fall. That way you'll have bright headlamps for those long Michigan winter nights.There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a little more but you can't believe the difference ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Ann Arbor residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Ann Arbor residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Ann Arbor service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Convenience Auto Service2280 W. Liberty StreetAnn Arbor, Michigan 48103734-769-0170 These recalls always affect safety, so Ann Arbor residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches.Recalls are pretty serious for ... read more

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Convenience Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Convenience Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Michigan service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Ann Arbor drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Convenience Auto Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Convenience Auto Service headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Convenience Auto Service inspections: Ann Arbor drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a Michigan summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at Convenience Auto Service

Serpentine Belt Service at Convenience Auto Service

Most Ann Arbor folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Ann Arbor market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line is ... read more

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The Easy Way to Save Cash in Ann Arbor

The Easy Way to Save Cash in Ann Arbor

The hottest Michigan news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Ann Arbor. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Ann Arbor can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for Ann Arbor drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most Ann Arbor service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask Convenience Auto Service. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many Ann Arbor gas stations have ... read more

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