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.

  • How to Fix Engine Oil Leaks in Your Volkswagen

    Engine oil leaks are concerning and problematic for all drivers, let alone Volkswagen drivers who value efficiency and reliability. Though Volkswagen’s aren’t particularly prone to oil leaks over other types of vehicles, fixing such issues requires the expertise of a VW specialist to ensure the problem doesn’t occur again. In this article we’ll go over what causes oil leaks, how to detect them, and what you can do to fix them.

    Is it Really Engine Oil?

    Yes, the engine oil is important for your Volkswagen’s functioning. Keeping the oil in good condition and at the appropriate level is essential in order to keep the various components of the engine from causing friction, generating excessive heat, and prematurely wearing down parts. However, your VW also utilizes other fluids that can leak from time to time. Engine oil is distinct from other fluids in that is an amber or yellowish color, whereas coolant is bright-colored green or pink, transmission fluid is dark reddish brown, and regular condensation should be clear. Before you panic, make sure your Volkswagen is actually leaking oil.

    Areas to Inspect

    There are a few places that can cause disruption to the flow of oil in your Volkswagen, leading to leaks that are visible beneath the car or under the hood of the car. Leaks are problematic and can cause serious damage to your engine—especially if they go unaddressed for periods of time. If you notice any oil leaks, these are the first places to check:

    Drain Plug

    The most common reason for oil leaks is improper servicing. A loose, worn, or untightened drain plug is a simple yet critical oversight in changing your VW’s oil. If the drain plug isn’t appropriately tightened back on, oil can leak beneath your car. If the drain plug is worn, then the service technician should suggest that it be replaced to avoid leaks.

    Filler Cap

    Another common oversight by automotive services and individuals who change their own oil is forgetting to tighten the filler cap. A loose filler cap is far too common, and often leaks to messy, disastrous oil leaks. As the oil spills out over the cap, it drips down into the various parts of your engine; this is not only messy, it’s also dangerous and causes serious damage.

    Valve Gasket Seal

    The valve gasket seal is what’s responsible for keeping the engine oil contained within the system so that it doesn’t leak out and so that it circulates properly. Over time these seals and gaskets begin to wear under the high heat conditions of the engine. Volkswagens that have accumulated more mileage are at a higher risk for this happening, which makes ongoing maintenance a critical, preventive task.

    Oil Filter

    Oil filters age and become worn over time, but they also accumulate gunk and debris which causes them to need to be replaced from time to time. A dirty oil filter can inhibit the proper flow of oil throughout your engine, and can cause deposits and buildup to occur. A dirty oil filter can cause an oil leak if it’s not able to filter oil through all the buildup quickly enough.

    How to Prevent Oil Leaks From Occurring

    It should come as no surprise that in order to prevent oil leaks from occurring in your Volkswagen, it is imperative to follow through with regular servicing. Here are a few things you can do to help:

    Routine Maintenance

    The most important preventive task to keep oil leaks at bay is changing your oil and oil filter on a regular basis. It is usually recommended to change your oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first; however, if you drive in particularly dusty or rural areas, or are in a lot of stop-and-go traffic, you may need to change the oil and filter more frequently. It’s best to consult with a professional and follow your Volkswagen’s designated maintenance plan.

    Ongoing Inspections

    Routine vehicle inspections almost always involve checking the oil quality and level. Simply by keeping an eye on the oil, your automotive technician can determine if you are at risk of developing an oil leak.

    Hiring a Specialist Can Save You Time and Money

    Fixing an engine oil leak can be a relatively simple process, but it can also involve extensive repair work depending on the damages that have occurred and the origin of the problem. The Volkswagen pros here at Orion Automotive Services in Ann Arbor, MI, have diagnosed and treated countless oil leaks in VWs from all over the area. Oil leaks are relatively common, but when you hire a VW specialist to handle the issue it significantly reduces the likelihood of the problem occurring again, which will save you time and money in the long run. If you’d like to learn more about our pricing, appointment availability, or our qualifications, please get in touch with us directly.

    * Volkswagen Touareg ІІ image credit goes to: PavloBaliukh.

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