Monday, January 14, 2019

Hitting the Apex By: Nick Pott

Nick, Pott, Shop Manager
Happy New Year everybody! I am sure by now most of you have made a resolution, and have all the intentions of making 2019 "The Year of (Insert Name Here)!" I say good on ya! Do whatever you gotta do to make yourself happy and whole. Whatever it is, make it hapn' Capn'! I just ask one favor. Whatever you decide to do, or not do, own who you are. Don't lie to yourself about who you are. No one is happy doing that. Also, don't blame life's shortcomings on others. Chances are no one is buying it. We are all adults here people, act like it! I am just kidding of course, do whatever you want. Who am I to tell you otherwise? I am certainly not qualified to criticize or coach anybody, with the exception being of course car repair and/or race car advice. For those things, I am your guy! 2019 is gonna be a great year folks, and I am looking forward to our monthly chats!

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne..........."

Can Potholes Cause Accidents?

Living in Michigan, potholes are a regular occurrence. If you’ve ever driven with someone from Michigan, more than likely if they hit a pothole you’ll hear an audible “I’m sorry” come out of their mouth. Not an apology to the other passengers, but to the vehicle! 

Depending on how deep or how wide it is, a pothole can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. This can cause an accident!
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A lot of us have become expert pothole drivers; dodging them is a Michigan specialty. But did you know that potholes can cause huge problems to your vehicle? Even if you manage to keep control when you hit one, significant damage can be done to your vehicle’s shocks and struts, which can cause components of the suspension system to break, the steering system to become misaligned, and even cause damage to the exhaust system and wheels.

When driving, make sure that when you do see a pothole, slow down and, if you can, drive around it. Make sure you’re also aware of the other vehicles on the road because they may also be watching out for that same hole! Especially this time of year, with ice on the road, potholes can become a huge danger. 

Slow down, check your surroundings for other vehicles, and either drive very slowly through (if hole is small enough) or drive around! ArborMotion is always more than happy to service your vehicle if a pothole comes out of nowhere. The next time you aren’t able to drive around a pothole or it’s deeper than you thought, bring your vehicle to ArborMotion and we’ll inspect it for you to make sure you have not done any damage to your baby!

Schedule a Service Today with Foreign Car Repair Specialists in Ann Arbor
At ArborMotion, we specialize in foreign car repair in Ann Arbor. All our technicians are ASE certified and three have ASE Master Technician certifications. If you want a reputable technician who specializes in your brand of vehicle, schedule an appointment with us today.

Car Hacks to Get You Through Winter!

Driving in the winter time is no one’s favorite thing to do. Snow, ice, freezing rain, these are just some of the things that create a driving frenzy. There are ways though to make sure that this winter doesn’t get the best of you or your car. 

Here are some tips and tricks to use this winter to help you save some time and stay safe. 

- If you aren’t one of the lucky ones with an automatic start and you have to spend time defogging your windshield and other windows, try this trick. Spray a thin layer of shaving cream on to the inside of any window you wish to defog, wipe clean and your windows will not fog up on your ride into work. Shaving cream has the same active ingredients as defoggers, so instead of sitting in your driveway watching your car slowly clear up, try this trick to save time. 

- Trying to scrape ice or snow off of side mirrors can be tricky. More often than not, you’re left with a thin layer of ice which makes it hard to navigate the roads. Try wrapping the mirrors in small plastic bags, this way after a snow or ice storm all you have to do is rip the bags off and boom!...perfectly clear mirrors. 
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- One of the worst things that can happen is when your car locks freeze. Unless you have the handy tool that blows hot air into the lock to break up the ice, you’ll find yourself in a jam. Try coating your key in hand sanitizer, the alcohol in the sanitizer will melt any of the ice that’s in the lock’s tumbler allowing your keys to work properly. You can find small hand sanitizers at any major department store. Keep one on your key ring for quick fixes. 

- The majority of us can tell when a snow/ice storm is coming, and this isn’t by watching the news. We’ve all seen our neighbors prop up their wiper blades to prevent them from sticking to the windshield. This is a great idea. But what happens when ice sticks to the wipers that are propped up? Take it a step further and wrap the wipers in cloth or even a plastic bag. (Just like your side mirrors.) This way, the wipers are not only not stuck to your windshield, but they’re also not covered in ice. 

- One of the bigger items that should be checked, especially in cold weather, are your tires. Tires not only need to have good pressure but they also need traction. When driving in snow and on ice, it’s important to be able to grip the road as much as you can. All you have to do to check the traction is place a penny into one of the grooves of the tire and if Lincolns head disappears, your tires are good. But if he doesn’t, then you should consider getting winter tires for better traction. (ArborMotion not only puts on winter tires, but we can also store your summer tires too.) 

- Not only do locks freeze, but so do doors. Instead of playing tug of war with them when you’re trying to hurry off to work, try spraying some cooking spray onto the rubber edges of the doors. Wipe them clean and in the morning your door will open nice and easy. 

- Finally, if you ever get into a situation where your entire car is stuck in snow or ice, keep kitty litter in your trunk. When stuck, throw some kitty litter around the tires that are stuck as this will give your tires traction. If you don’t want to use kitty litter, put down your floor mats, these work just the same! 

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Hopefully some of these tips and tricks will prevent some major and minor disasters this winter. If you have any questions about your car or want to schedule service, call or stop by ArborMotion. We’re more than happy to give all of our customers help this winter when it comes to making sure that your driving journey is a safe one. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Gifts to Give to Your Car

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Christmas is the time for giving, so why not give your car the love it deserves? Here are some gift ideas for the car enthusiast or even for you!

1. Floor Mats
2. Car Detailing
3. Roadside Assistance
4. Portable Cellphone Charger

    Learn more here!

    ArborMotion Goes Above & Beyond When it Comes to Foreign Car Repair in Ann Arbor

    ArborMotion has technicians and service advisers who go above and beyond to make sure that your vehicle leaves running better than when it came in, and our work on your car is no exception. When you bring your luxury vehicle to ArborMotion, we’ll make sure to give it the treatment it deserves. You can count on technicians who care about every vehicle that comes through. Next time you need service, don’t hesitate to call or schedule an appointment online. 

    Hitting the Apex!

    By: Nick Pott
    Nick Pott, Shop Manager

    It’s December and the cold is finally here. Is it early? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just dreaded so much that when it does come around, no one is ready for it. December means many things to people. 

    To a race car guy like me, it means that now is the proper time to hunker down and get busy on the car that’s sitting on jack stands in my garage. To me, race cars are especially cool because they don’t need maintenance for the winter. 

    On your daily driver, you need to make sure your coolant is in good shape so that the heat works properly. We get a lot of funny looks explaining that your heat relies on good coolant, and that the A/C has nothing to do with your coolant, but these are both true facts! You also need to make sure your battery is up to the task of starting your car when it’s 9 degrees and you have half an inch of ice on your windshield. That isn’t the best time to find out your battery is bad. Race cars don't need batteries and coolant while they sit in your garage. 

    What am I getting at? Sell your car and buy a race car! 

    However, my wife tells me that may not be good advice for everyone. If you’re concerned about your daily driver, get your car in and get it checked out by a reputable European auto repair shop like ArborMotion. That way you don't have to worry. As for the race car guy or gal in your life, stop saying they’re hard to shop for. Surely you know how to order race car parts. If you don’t have a race car guy or gal, we’re out there, you just have to look!

    Happy Holidays!

    ArborMotion’s Top 10 Favorite Holiday Treats

    Holiday season is upon us and for most people that means yummy food and treats! Whether you have big holiday parties surrounded by loads of people or just an intimate gathering, food is often the main ingredient. 

    Some of you may be thinking of a certain food or treat that your family always has … “it wouldn’t be the holidays without .” At ArborMotion, we’ve listed our top 10 favorite holiday treats. Did yours make the list?

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    1. Decorated sugar cookies 
    2. Candy canes
    3. Chocolate Santa’s
    4. Assorted popcorn tins
    5. Shortbread
    6. Marshmallow wreaths
    7. Peanut butter kiss cookies
    8. Eggnog 
    9. Peppermint bark
    10. Fruit cake 

    If yours didn’t make the list, let us know your favorite! 

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Hitting the Apex!

    By: Nick Pott

    Happy November to all you Hitting the Apex fans! Let's talk a little bit about weight this month. Why weight? Well, the holidays are a time where weight always seems to matter. From “what size turkey did mom get,” and “how much does that package cost to ship?” to “how much potato salad should I bring?” or “oh my god I ate too much and now my pants are too tight,” weight is inherently on our minds in November and December. 
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    Nick Pott, Shop Manager

    We should probably be glad we aren't in England when pounds are all they talk about when shopping! Even kids are concerned with weight. "Mom, his wrapped gift is heavier than mine and that isn’t fair!” Parents know what I'm talking about. This is also the time of year that race car builders and drivers are concerned with weight. "What can be made lighter?" and "where can we distribute weight better?" are topics heard in garages where grown men and women argue about things that physics has already dictated for us. 

    The general rule in race cars is to go for the lowest weight and a neutral center of gravity – low and in the middle. This is true for passenger cars as well; not necessarily the overall weight, but too much weight in the car or unevenly distributed weight can make your trip to Grandma’s house more than a little challenging. Put five adults in your sedan and your car will take longer to accelerate and to brake and will make it harder to turn (this is known as "pushing" in racing). Be careful this holiday season when you’re going to visit family and friends. Is eating five pounds of turkey at dinner going to affect your car ride home from Mom's? No, but 175 pounds might, so don't pick up that hitchhiker after dark on the side of the highway. That’s how horror movies start, and I like all my readers. 

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!

    Schedule a Service Today with Foreign Car Repair Specialists in Ann Arbor

    At ArborMotion, we specialize in foreign car repair in Ann Arbor. All our technicians are ASE certified and three have ASE Master Technician certifications. If you want a reputable technician who specializes in your brand of vehicle, schedule an appointment with us today