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.

  • Signs of Wheel Bearing Failure in Your Volvo

    Volvo Wheel Bearing

    If you drive a Volvo, you have a quality-manufactured, European-engineered car. While these are dependable vehicles, they do have mechanical failures on occasion. One common problem that Volvo owners might experience is wheel bearing failure. This is a problem that you should have addressed right away by an experienced Volvo mechanic. You should be attentive to your vehicle and stay alert to notice any new issues that might arise. There are several symptoms that warn drivers of impending wheel bearing failure in a Volvo, so you can have the problem fixed before it worsens.

    How is a Bad Wheel Bearing or Hub Assembly Diagnosed?

    Technology plays a major role in today’s modern cars. For modern vehicles and for those manufactured after 1997, there is a single bearing and hub assembly attached to each wheel on the vehicle. The wheel hub assembly includes wheel studs that attach the car’s wheels to the car itself. It is mounted to the suspension and steering system on the front of the car and on the rear axle at the back of the car.

    In all actuality, the single hub design is supposed to last the vehicle’s entire lifespan, but just as with any other mechanical part, it can suffer from wear and tear that causes it to break down and wear out prematurely. There are several driving situations that can damage the vehicle’s wheel bearing or wheel hub:

    ● Hitting potholes
    ● Collisions
    ● Hitting curbs

    While the wheel bearing and hub are designed to take a lot of abuse, it is often overlooked when other parts of the car, such as shocks, coils, struts, suspension parts, or tires and wheels are repaired or replaced. When the bearing or hub is damaged and showing signs of premature wear, it will show the driver some warning signs of the problem.

    Symptoms of a Failing Wheel Bearing or Hub Assembly

    There are several things that could warn a driver of a failing wheel bearing or hub assembly. If you have noticed any of these problems, you should have your car checked by a qualified Volvo technician.

    A loud sound, such as roaring, from the tire or wheel area

    When the hub assembly goes bad, it is because of a damaged wheel bearing. This part will cause a metal to metal grinding sound that resembles a roar, which lets you know that the bearing is wearing out. The sound might be misleading, and you might not be able to determine which bearing is going bad. If one side wheel hub assembly has failed, you should replace both sides on the same axle.

    Vibrations

    If there are vibrations from the steering wheel at lower speeds and it worsens as the car accelerates, you most likely have a damaged wheel hub assembly. The steering might feel loose while you are driving, negotiating dips or making turns.

    Tire and wheel combination have excessive play when car is lifted

    When the mechanic lifts your car for brake service or an oil change, if the tire and wheel combo that are tightly attached to the wheel hub assembly wiggle when they are pulled, there is a problem with the wheel hub assembly.

    Wheels make a clicking noise

    If there is a clicking sound that is audible when the vehicle accelerates, that could signify a wheel hub assembly problem.

    Dangers of Bad Wheel Bearings

    If your vehicle has a bad wheel bearing, it is very dangerous. You shouldn’t drive the vehicle until you repair the wheel bearing because you could be putting your life at risk. If the bearing completely fails while you are traveling at a high speed, it could lead to a fatal crash. If you must drive the vehicle a day or two until the repair is made, drive at low speeds.

    Volvo XC40

    If you suspect a problem with your wheel bearing, contact Orion Automotive Services in Ann Arbor, MI. Call us today at (734) 995-3188 to schedule your Volvo service. For more than 2 decades Orion Automotive Services has provided the area with quality automotive repairs. We have years of experience handling European vehicles, so you can rest assured the job will be handled properly.

    * Volvo XC40 image credit goes to: y_carfan.

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