101 Parkland Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Hi friends,

We at Orion are continuing to take the necessary steps to keep our guest and our staff healthy.

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

We will do anything in our power to make doing business with us easy. We are happy to pick up and deliver your vehicle for free (within 15 miles please).

We are, as always, thoroughly cleaning our facility throughout the day and we are restricting our teams travel as much as is possible.

I know this is an inconvenience for all of us, but we believe it is essential to 'flatten the curve' so we are able to protect those of us who are particularly at risk from this virus. Please take a moment to thank all the people who are keeping food and essentials rolling.

Take a minute to thank Michigan Medicine and St Joes hospital staff. Call one up if you know and say thank you.

So let us keep you rolling through all this. We are here to serve!


Lucky for us we cook at the shop every day!

  • What are the Potential Causes of Noises after Shutting Off Your Car?

    Car Noise Post Shut-Off

    It’s common for drivers to notice odd or concerning symptoms while driving the car, especially while performing certain functions like accelerating, braking, turning, or traveling uphill; however, we rarely pay close attention to how the car acts once the engine is off—we simply walk away and go on about our business. It’s important to remain in constant awareness of how our cars are behaving, even when they’re not running.

    When something isn’t working right in your car, it will show signs that indicate where the problem is originating—this includes noises that your car might produce once the engine is turned off. This is especially important to note when you bring the car in for servicing or repair. If you’ve recently noticed that your car is making concerning noises once the engine is off, don’t panic—the noises could be completely normal; however, for safety reasons, and in the interest of saving money, it’s best to have the problem checked out. This article will give you some basic idea of what could be going on with your car and what you can do to help fix the issue.

    Possible Causes of Post Shut-Off Noises

    Noises that occur in your car once the engine is off can be relatively normal, depending on the location and nature of the sounds. Recording or taking video of the problem can be helpful for your trusted automotive specialist to properly diagnose the problem. These are the most common causes of post shut-off noises coming from your car—and you’ll notice, they’re mostly coolant system-related:

    No Problem At All

    Determining whether or not noises are normal takes skill and expertise when it comes to general vehicular knowledge. For instance, a skilled automotive technician will know that some vehicles are equipped with coolant tanks that create noises once the car is shut off. In this case, water-related noises like bubbling is standard.

    Damaged or Failed Head Gasket

    Head gaskets act as a seal for the coolant system, keeping the coolant in, and other foreign bodies out—such as debris or gasses. If you have a blown head gasket, bubbling noises can be a concern either while driving or after the vehicle has been shut off. Along with concerning noises, you might also noticed diminished engine performance.

    Air in the Wrong Places

    In the other “cooling” system, or the internal air cooling system used to control the climate inside the car’s cabin, it is possible to hear gurgling sounds coming from behind the glovebox, where the main components of the system are located, including the heater core that can become contaminated with outside air.

    Coolant Level is Low

    Your coolant should not ever run low—as this normally indicates that your car has sprung a leak somewhere in the coolant system. When coolant runs low, then general laws of science cause outside air to enter and contaminate the coolant system. Besides blown head gaskets, other seals, valves, or hoses can create coolant leaks leading to lower coolant levels.

    Other Coolant Problems

    Air can enter the coolant system in other ways besides just from a leak. Coolant fluid changes are required as part of ongoing maintenance for all vehicles, and when these procedures aren’t properly executed they can cause air to leak into the coolant system, creating odd noises to occur once the car is turned off.

    Why It’s Important to Have Your Car Inspected Immediately

    Following up with concerning noises, smells, or behaviors is essential when it comes to ensuring your car’s longevity and performance. Furthermore, it can save you money in the long run as you avoid problems worsening, leading to more extensive (and expensive) repair work. It’s best to have your car inspected by an automotive shop that specializes in the specific type of vehicle you drive for the best results.

    Post Shut-Off Car Noises Check

    What We Can Do to Help

    In Ann Arbor, MI, the automotive experts here at Orion Automotive Services have provided quality automotive care for clients whom we come to regard as our family and friends over the years. Since we opened our doors, we have been able to ensure the safety of countless individuals and families by offering specialized automotive services at an affordable price. If you’ve recently noticed that your car is experiencing a performance issue, or is making odd noises after the engine is turned off, please give us the opportunity to properly diagnose and treat the problem—it could help you avoid engine overheating and other significant engine repairs.

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