101 Parkland Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Dear Orion Guests,

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health.

Spring is here and so are we! The flowers are blooming and warm winds are not far off. We took some time to be safe at home with our families and now we're back ready to keep you safely on the road. We hope we're nearing the end of the self-quarantine period, so let us know if this is a good time to get your car into Spring shape while it isn't being driven. We are still following strict safety standards for the health of our team and our guests. Please call or email the shop to set up an appointment.

Everything OK with your ride? We would love nothing more than to hear from you. Reach out and let us know you are OK. We miss you!

Be safe and be well,
Rich and The Crew

Reminder: Here's How We're Keeping You Safe!

We're still modifying our practices to ensure the safety of our guests and the safety of our team. So, here is the plan to keep us all safe and happy:

Until further notice, Only Orion team members will be allowed in the building.

1. Guest will schedule an appointment by phone, email, or website.
2. A member of our team will contact you to schedule a drop off time.
3. Once you arrive, drop your keys in the after hours chute in the little vestibule in front of building.
4. One of us will contact you with an assessment. Our software is perfect for communicating recommendations. You can call, text, or email us, or approve the work in the email we will send you.
5. Once the work is completed, we'll take payment over the phone and schedule a time for pickup.
6. After service, we'll thoroughly disinfect your vehicle and park in front of the building.

As always, we're thoroughly cleaning our facility throughout the day and are restricting our team's travel as much as is possible.

  • Avoiding Common Issues with Your Mercedes Over the Summer

    Asphalt Road in Sunset

    Automotive issues can be a hassle; they drain your bank account, take valuable time out of your schedule, and leave you without a reliable mode of transportation. Furthermore, if you truly enjoy time spent in your Mercedes-Benz, which, chances are you do, it can be devastating to be without your vehicle for any period of time. That’s why preventive maintenance is an important aspect of car ownership – especially when it comes to luxury vehicles such as Mercedes.

    Over the summer, there are common issues drivers experience that are often avoidable with proper preventive care. Before each season, there are certain maintenance tasks that should be attended to, especially before the summer season. In this article, we’ll go over some great maintenance tips to help you avoid issues with your Mercedes over the summer.

    Beat the Heat

    Your Mercedes’ engine temperatures can reach staggering numbers on any given day, but over the summer engine temperatures can get especially high when fighting the outside heat. To avoid overheating and premature part wear, it is essential to “beat the heat” by taking the proper precautions in your maintenance routine. Here are some helpful guidelines to abide by this summer, and for years to come:

    1. Have a cooling system check

    Summer is the one season of the year that your Mercedes becomes especially vulnerable to engine overheating. When an engine overheats, it’s often due to a lack of proper cooling system care rather than a sudden automotive repair issue. Therefore, it’s important to have frequent inspections performed of your Mercedes’ cooling system, which includes several pieces including the radiator, coolant, valves, hoses, and other components that are vital to keeping your engine cool during the summer months.

    2. The importance of fluid maintenance

    Your Mercedes utilizes several different fluids in order to function and perform optimally at all times – especially when temperatures rise. Fluids such as: brake fluid, power-steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield fluid, radiator fluid, and engine oil are critical to check out before summer hits. Engine oil in particular is important for keeping various components and parts well lubricated to avoid excess friction and heat buildup in your engine. Inspecting fluids, changing filters, and performing fluid flushes can help keep your car reliable over the warmer season.

    3. Tire care: a common oversight

    Tire care is a common oversight in auto maintenance, but it’s one of the most important components of ongoing care for your Mercedes. Tire wear patterns can tell you a lot about how your car is running and what condition various systems are in. For instance, if wear patterns are inconsistent, it could point toward an issue with wheel alignment, tire balancing, or even suspension problems. Keeping your tires full of air, balanced, and rotated, and wheels properly aligned, can help avoid blowouts at high speeds – a serious danger to anyone on the road.

    4. Air conditioning

    Having a cool cabin to retreat to in your Mercedes during the summer months is essential (if you’ve ever sat down in a boiling hot car with leather seats then you know what we’re talking about!). There’s a lot that can go wrong with the cooling system under extreme temperatures: faulty wiring, contaminated air filters, and low refrigerant can all lead to a cooling system malfunction, leaving you without air conditioning. Over the summer is usually when such air conditioning and HVAC issues arise – right when we need those functions the most; therefore, having your vehicle’s air conditioning system inspected and serviced before summer is a sound recommendation.

    Mercedes SLS GTs amg in Summer Evening

    The Mercedes-Benz specialists here at Orion Automotive Services in Ann Arbor, MI, offer friendly, expert services to drivers in the community at a fraction of the cost of nearby dealerships. We know how tough it can be to stay on top of auto maintenance tasks such as the ones discussed in this article, which is why we make it our mission to provide a simple, streamlined way to care for your car. Specializing in European imports, we have a narrowed focus so that we can offer the highest level of care to our clients. To learn more about our services and for help preparing for the warmer months of the year, please call one of our helpful professionals for details.

    * Mercedes SLS GTs amg in Summer Evening image credit goes to: Andrius Kaziliunas.

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