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Convenience Auto Service On Your Serpentine Belt

Convenience Auto Service On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Ann Arbor, Michigan, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around Michigan in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Ann Arbor residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Ann Arbor, Michigan, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of ... read more

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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Ann Arbor Drivers

The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Ann Arbor Drivers

People in Ann Arbor have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in Ann Arbor were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge ... read more

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Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Ann Arbor Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in Ann Arbor. Some vehicles in Ann Arbor no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts are up in ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Ann Arbor

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Ann Arbor

There's a segment of the Ann Arbor area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Convenience Auto Service for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in Ann Arbor have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs ar ... read more

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Ann Arbor

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Ann Arbor

About 90% of our driving decisions in the Ann Arbor area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Ann Arbor drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Ann Arbor area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Ann Arbor drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the sto ... read more

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Convenience Auto Service: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Convenience Auto Service: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Ann Arbor streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in Ann Arbor. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is d ... read more

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Technician Training at Convenience Auto Service

Technician Training at Convenience Auto Service

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at Convenience Auto Service in Ann Arbor. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.It's also very important to your Ann Arbor service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our Ann Arbor auto service center spends annually to make sure our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are properly trained.Convenience Auto Service offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our Ann Arbor service centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. Convenience Auto Service technicians follow ... read more

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Maintaining Your Older Car in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Maintaining Your Older Car in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Ann Arbor, Michigan: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Ann Arbor motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Ann Arbor area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Michigan have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Convenience Auto Service a call at 734-769-0170 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't ... read more

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Gas Savings in Ann Arbor: Sharpen Your Pencil

Gas Savings in Ann Arbor: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Ann Arbor increase the cost of living for Michigan drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Ann Arbor vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to Michigan news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Ann Arbor vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Ann Arbor folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have ... read more

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Ann Arbor Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Ann Arbor drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Ann Arbor drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Ann Arbor?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero Michigan temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in Michigan?Do you drive often in dusty Ann Arbor areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Ann Arbor?Do you drive in very hot or very cold Michigan weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Ann Arbor on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Ann Arbor surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilom ... read more

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