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.

  • 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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