Category Archives: Maintenance

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Convenience Auto Service we get a lot of Ann Arbor drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Michigan, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Ann Arbor drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Ann Arbor to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Convenience Auto Service for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.2280 W. Liberty Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 734-769-0170 The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all of your fl ... read more

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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Ann Arbor

Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Ann Arbor

Every Ann Arbor car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in Ann Arbor don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that Michigan people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Convenience Auto Service can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Ann Arbor. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Ann Arbor home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around Ann Arbor roads. Your vehicle actually needs about ... read more

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Synthetic Oil for Ann Arbor Autos

Synthetic Oil for Ann Arbor Autos

If you are a driver in Ann Arbor and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Ann Arbor, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle. Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils o ... read more

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