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 Does The Oxygen Sensor Do In An Audi?

    Audi Oxygen Sensor

    The oxygen sensor is in the vehicle’s exhaust system, not too far from the area of combustion. It monitors how much oxygen remains in the exhaust after fuel has been burned. The oxygen sensor plays a critical role in making sure your car’s combustion process is efficient as possible. This helps with your fuel mileage as well as vehicle performance.

    If the oxygen level isn’t correct, then the sensor will indicate there is a problem with the air-to-fuel ratio in your Audi and the sensor will signal your car’s computer, letting it know an adjustment is necessary. The computer will then make the necessary adjustment and the oxygen sensor continues doing its job through monitoring and signaling while making sure your car’s air to fuel ratio is right. This ensures your vehicle has the most efficient fuel burn that it possibly can. This is important for your wallet, because lower fuel mileage will cause you to have higher travel expenses.

    Your Oxygen Sensor is Important for the Environment

    While your Audi oxygen sensor will help you, it also helps the environment. Your Audi oxygen sensor ensures that fuel is properly burned, so it produces emissions that are less harmful to pollute the air. Your oxygen sensor helps keep your car’s performance at optimal levels, as how the fuel burn has a big influence on how well your vehicle runs.

    It also affects the lifespan of vehicle parts, including the catalytic converter. When an oxygen center malfunctions or stops working, it can cause the catalytic converter to fail long before its time. The catalytic converter is an expensive fix, which you don’t want to have to address. Depending on the engine, some vehicles have more than one oxygen sensor. For example, traditional V6 and V8 engines have three oxygen sensors while V6 and V8 transverse engines have four oxygen sensors.

    How To Test An Oxygen Sensor

    If you suspect a problem with your oxygen sensor, you can have it tested. It can either be left on the Audi or removed for testing. The testing process requires two tools, a high-impedance digital voltmeter and a backprobe. First, the wires around the sensor are checked to make sure they look normal and there is no wear and tear. The vehicle should be started, and it will need to continue to run until the engine reaches 600 degrees Fahrenheit to make sure an accurate sensor reading can be acquired.

    The back probe and voltmeter are used to measure the sensor as a set number of points and under specific conditions to determine if there are measurements that are faulty or inaccurate. Since testing the oxygen sensor does require special tools and knowledge, you should let your qualified Audi mechanic handle the process so that a proper diagnosis can be done.

    It Is Less Expensive To Replace An Oxygen Sensor Than To Continue Driving

    It is much less expensive to have a faulty oxygen sensor replaced than to continue driving your car with a bad oxygen sensor. You will have higher travel expenses because of the worse gas mileage. You might also damage other vehicle components, especially the catalytic converter. A catalytic converter replacement could cost $1,500 to $2,000. You will need to have a licensed Audi mechanic to handle the replacement of the catalytic converter because it is a detailed process and involves working with the emissions system on your vehicle. If you have noticed anything unusual with your car’s performance or decreased gas mileage, you should have it checked by a qualified technician right away.

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    European Automotive Services

    Not all auto repair shops are the same. European vehicles require special training and knowledge. You can entrust your Audi repairs to Orion Automotive Services in Ann Arbor, MI. With more than 20 years of experience in repairing European-engineered vehicles, we can make sure your Audi repair is handled promptly and professionally. We can troubleshoot problems and perform diagnostics to determine the actual cause of the problem. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment for your Audi repair or maintenance, call us today! We provide friendly, professional service to all our customers while building lasting relationships so you always know where to go for quality service.

    * Audi Logo image credit goes to: josefkubes.

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