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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.

  • Mass Air Flow Sensor Failure in Volkswagen

    Volkswagen Cars on Road

    The mass airflow (MAF) sensor is an important part that contributes significantly to your Volkswagen’s functioning. Since MAF sensors aren’t all made in the same way with the same parts and pieces, it’s critical to have a Volkswagen specialist attend to diagnostic and repair procedures for the part. The MAF sensor is a part that generally lasts throughout the lifespan of your Volkswagen; however, occasionally the part can become damaged or malfunction requiring servicing or replacement. In this article, we’ll talk more about the MAF sensor part in general, including what you should be on the lookout for when it starts having issues.

    Why is the mass airflow sensor important for your Volkswagen?

    Although the MAF sensor is a relatively small part, its purpose is large. It helps to configure the proper air and fuel mixture to deliver to the engine for proper combustion and ignition processes. Then, with a series of other contributing components and parts, the sensor relays information to the car’s on-board computer about the amount of air flowing into the engine. Your Volkswagen’s computer analyzes the information to figure out how much fuel the engine needs to adapt to the driving conditions. It’s concerning when the mass airflow sensor malfunctions or wears prematurely, as it can lead to troublesome and inconvenient symptoms. The longer the issue goes unaddressed, the more damage the engine and other components incur.

    Warning signs to look out for

    As we mentioned before, the mass airflow sensor greatly contributes to how your Volkswagen performs on a daily basis. If the MAF sensor begins to fail or falter, it can create noticeable symptoms that you’ll want to bring to your Volkswagen specialist to diagnose. It’s also important that you relay the symptoms accurately to your automotive shop, as they will always attempt to re-create the problem as per your experience. Here are the most common warning signs of a failing MAF sensor that you should be aware of:

    Decrease in gas mileage

    Volkswagens are partly known for their fuel efficiency, as they are one of the fewer high performance vehicles on the market that are still able to maintain excellent gas mileage. If you begin to notice that your gas mileage or fuel efficiency has taken a dive, it’s important to bring your VW in for an inspection – the issue could be due to a failing MAF sensor.

    Engine stalling

    Engine stalling is often due to the engine not receiving the proper amount of fuel or air in order to combust or ignite. Usually when your engine stalls it takes a toll on your engine over time, so it’s important not to let the problem persist. It is also common for the check-engine light to illuminate when the engine stalls, which can aid your VW specialist in diagnosing the problem.

    Lowered power capacity

    As a high performance car, it’s highly disappointing when your VW expresses a decrease in power capacity. For the same basic reason that the engine may stall when the MAF sensor fails, you may also experience a decrease in power.

    Idling issues

    Many drivers don’t pay much attention to their car as it idles in the driveway or at a stop sign; however, the way your car idles can tell you a lot about what’s going on with the engine. Rough idling could be due to a failing MAF sensor, but it’s important to have your VW specialist perform a thorough differential diagnosis to eliminate other potential causes.

    Problems with starting or igniting

    Volkswagen cars are known for their reliability and consistency. When you run into starting problems it can be highly concerning, and it could be related to MAF sensor failure. It is also common to be able to start the car, but only for it to stall immediately after.

    Volkswagen Touareg ІІ

    How to prevent MAF sensor malfunction

    MAF sensor malfunction or failure is critical to address right away; not only will continue to experience symptoms the longer the problem goes on, but the symptoms will only worsen as time goes by. To prevent MAF sensor failure, follow these steps:

    • Bring your VW to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment
    • Remove and clean the MAF sensor as needed
    • Attend to other contributing parts like the PCV valve
    • Follow your routine maintenance schedule set forth by the Volkswagen manufacturer

    As long as you stay on these tasks, you’ll likely avoid MAF sensor failure. Here at Orion Automotive Services, we have attended to MAF sensor issues countless times over the years. If you have experienced concerning symptoms in your VW, please call us to schedule an appointment right away.

    * Volkswagen Cars on Road image credit goes to: shaunl.

    * Volkswagen Touareg ІІ image credit goes to: PavloBaliukh.

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