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.

  • Transmission Problems in Your Mercedes at Ann Arbor

    Mercedes Transmission

    When people think of a professional, high-end vehicle with a reputation for quality, there’s a pretty good chance they’re thinking of some type of Mercedes. Sleek, smart, and exuding quality and refinement, it’s not hard to see why a Mercedes is the perfect car for those who expect nothing but the best.

    For this reason, any issue or malfunction that interrupts a Mercedes’ luxe image is wholly unacceptable for any driver of this type. While a Mercedes undoubtedly represents quality, any vehicle given time or wear is likely to show a few signs of their age. However, being able to identify the early stages of a variety of problems can help ensure the repairs required are quick and swift to employ.

    In this article we’ll be looking at some of the signs and signals that your Mercedes might be struggling with issues with its transmission.

    What Does a Transmission do?

    Your Mercedes’ transmission is in charge of making sure the right amount of power is provided to your wheels, which allows them to drive at a given speed. This is achieved by the shifting of gears. These days, cars will most commonly either have a manual or automatic transmission.

    Signs of Trouble

    There are many common signs of an issue with the transmission, and while the list found below isn’t exhaustive, it does cover some of the most frequent symptoms you might find your Mercedes suffers with.

    1) Check Engine Light
    Most commonly, your car’s onboard computer (OBD) will be the first system to note issues with the transmission. The system will generally try to inform you of this via illuminating your Mercedes’ ‘check engine’ warning light.

    2) A Rough Shift
    An issue most commonly reserved to vehicles with an automatic transmission, if your car changing gears is noticeable and choppy instead of effortless and smooth, then it is likely that your transmission is struggling.

    For drivers with a manual transmission, feeling the gears grind or prove difficult to move can be a similar indicator of transmission issues.

    3) Noises
    Irritating buzzing, humming, or whining sounds coming from your vehicle are also signs that your transmission might be under strain. While these sounds can differ from vehicle to vehicle, any unusual sound coming from your Mercedes should always be thoroughly investigated.

    4) Leaking Transmission Fluid
    Probably one of the clearest diagnostic signs of a damaged transition, leaking fluid will become noticeable under your car when parked. This may not always be a sign of a transmission issue however, as it can also just be a transmission leak, which can be easily patched. Either way, you’ll need to have this problem checked over by a professional mechanic.

    5) A Burning Smell
    Probably one of the most worrying signs of a transmission issue, a burning smell should never be ignored. Issues with the transmission fluid can cause your entire transition system to overheat. This will require immediate attention, and if not seen to could result in the complete and total failure of the entire transmission system.

    6) A Slippy Transmission
    If you find your Mercedes is struggling to stay in the correct gear, then it is likely that the link holding your gears is loose or broken, and is no longer holding your gears firmly in place. This can make your car a hazard, so must be taken to a professional Mercedes repair shop to repair straight away.

    Mercedes Transmission Issue Check

    Seek Repairs As Soon As Possible

    As it is an integral part of your car, any issue with the transmission system in your Mercedes should be dealt with straight away. This will prevent your car from becoming a dangerous hazard, as well as reducing the amount of damage caused by other systems trying to make up the shortfall left by the damaged part. In short, getting things fixed fast will save you time and money.

    If you’re a Mercedes driver living in Ann Arbor or any of the surrounding areas of Michigan, and are worried about the state of your vehicle’s transmission, then drive on down to Orion Automotive Services. With an outstanding 5-star rating across Google, Yelp, and Facebook, you can rest easy knowing your Mercedes is in the safest, most trusted hands possible.

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