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Common Car Service Diagnostics and Adjustments

Common Car Repair

Technicians at our Ann Arbor Suburban Chrysler Jeep dealership accurately and efficiently diagnose problems with your vehicle. Issues with the electronic control unit (ECU) in particular can harm car control. Common ECU issues lead to poor car performance and decline in fuel economy. Suburban, Chrysler, and Jeep vehicle diagnostics are our specialty.

What is the ECU?

The electronic control unit is like the brain behind the car. The unit controls the actuators of an internal combustion engine to keep the car running at top performance. Actuators start and stop the engine. The ECU controls emissions, protects the engine, and more.

The unit reads values off motor sensors, interprets the data it receives using mapping software, and then adjusts the actuators accordingly. Our technicians understand how to read and respond to ECU data in order to assess the heart of the electrical problem. It is as simple as calling our dealership to make a service appointment.

Suburban, Chrysler and Jeep Diagnostics

Our technicians understand that the types and number of ECU units vary by car model. Our experts have the experience and training to read your car’s ECU data accurately and diagnose the electrical problem, based on specialty codes.

A faulty ECU is a common issue and may be the root of your car problems. If your vehicle’s check engine light comes on several times or never shuts off, a faulty unit may be the cause. Our experts will check the unit safely for you.

When your car does not start, and you have no clear explanation as to why, an ECU issue may be the source of the problem. When the car battery and starter both work yet you still cannot turn on the vehicle, bring it to our dealership for a performance check.

Poor car performance often indicates that a servicing is due. Examples of poor performance are a decline in fuel economy and jerking of your car as you change gears. Perhaps your car has a difficulty turning or performing other actions than it did a few years ago.

Vehicle Servicing

At the Suburban Chrysler Jeep dealership in Ann Arbor, we react quickly to ECU problems. After our technicians perform the service diagnostics, they adjust the unit and related parts to make your car more responsive to your demands. We optimize your car’s performance to increase your driving pleasure. Call or come see us today.

Get Your Engine Oil and Filter Change

Oil Change

If burning out your engine on the highway isn’t a clue, the little oil can or “Maintenance required” light in your dashboard will certainly do the trick.

Engine oil and filter changes are no laughing matter, and they should be a like-clockwork task if you want to keep your car on the road. At Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, your engine oil change tips and maintenance tricks are in good hands.

Why get an oil change?
Oil is an important component of your vehicle’s engine, helping lubricate it so it works like a well-oiled machine, as the saying goes. The lubrication helps prevent the harsh metals of the engine from dangerous friction, which can wreak havoc if it’s not oiled properly.

When oil gets old – and you can tell by checking your dipstick under the hood – it can become sludge-like, and it loses its smooth surface that protects the engine. Oil changes help keep the fluid clean, so your engine stays safe. Stay up-to-date on your maintenance and help protect your vehicle from overheating.

How often should you have an engine oil change?
Oil changes are available everywhere, from your local, private mechanic to super big-box stores. They’re convenient to get because they’re a maintenance requirement for almost all vehicles, but depending on what you drive, your oil changes might change.

The standard engine oil and filter change occurs around every 3,000 miles, but with advances in auto technology and efficiency, some can go to 5,000 miles without changing. The important thing for drivers is to check your owner’s manual for maintenance guidelines. Keep in mind, too, that hot weather and frequent, short trips can drain on your oil life and gas mileage, making your vehicle work harder. But remember, your car’s oil change deadline might depend on the oil you use.

What kinds of oils are available?
Conventional engine oil is recommended for change every 3,000 miles. Conventional oil is often more affordable than synthetic, but your 3 months / 3,000 mile mark comes up pretty quick, especially if you do a lot of driving. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, can bide you more time.

Some synthetic oil can allow up to 7,000 miles between changes. Don’t wait for the “Change oil” light to come on, or your car to be smoking on the side of the road. Take a tip from Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor for your engine oil change to be done right, on time and regularly.


Chrysler 200 is IIHS’s Top Safety Pick

Chrysler 200At Suburban Chrysler, we are thrilled to let car buyers know that the Chrysler 200 sedan has won Top Safety Pick honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This important award recognizes vehicles that offer “superior crash protection.”

The 200 sedan is one of just 13 vehicles to earn the award this year. It is subjected to several safety tests, including a new driver-side crash test in which a quarter of the car’s front end collides with a 5-foot-tall barrier.

What’s so safe about the 200 sedan, other than its overall ability to win this Top Safety Pick award?

A host of things. The Chrysler 200 sedan has:

  • Front active head restraints that move forward and upward during a rear-end collision. This leaves less room for the driver’s or passenger’s head to whip back and forth against the head rest.
  • High-strength steel as the foundation for its body and frame.
  • A specially designed safety cage created with crumple zones in the front and back to redirect crash energy away from occupants.
  • Multistage airbags in the front that use only the force needed to protect passengers, depending on the severity of the crash.
  • Side-curtain airbags that offer protection in side-impact crashes or rollovers.

While it doesn’t protect passengers, the theft deterrent included in the Chrysler 200 sedan does protect your car against unauthorized operation—thanks to a Sentry Key that allows the engine to start only with a properly encoded key—and lets you know about attempted theft. The doors, trunk and ignition are protected against unauthorized entry.

Of course, the Chrysler 200 sedan has a 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The starting MSRP is $18,995.

Come on by Suburban Chrysler to take a peek at our award-winning, safety-conscious Chrysler 200 sedan.


Suburban Chrysler Features New 9-speed Automatic Transmission

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Modern car manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of production cars. As gas costs increase, drivers want to know they are getting as much from every gallon as possible. Here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, we’re excited by the announcement from the Chrysler Group that there will be three new models in 2013, all of which will have a new 9-speed transmission.

Buyers here in Michigan will see up to 200,000 cars on sale this year featuring the new performance-beating transmission. The new Jeep Liberty will be the first to go on sale with this new feature, followed by the 200 midsize sedan and the new Dodge Dart. That’s great news for buyers.

The new Jeep Cherokee will debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show, with production sales to follow. The Liberty will switch to a new front-drive platform, like the Fiat 500L. In the Dodge Dart, the new 9-speed transmission will be an option, along with other manual and automatic transmissions.

You can get different things from different car transmissions. With the 9-speed’s shorter, easier shift changes, the whole system uses less fuel, which means that drivers can see a real difference in the car’s fuel consumption. While a 9-speed transmission might seem too much for the average driver, real car lovers or people who want to cover a lot of miles will find this makes a real difference.

You can see these cars on sale later in 2013. If you are psyched about the idea of a 9-speed transmission, come see us at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor so that we can get you in line for a test drive.

Considering a coal-powered car?

Chrysler 200 Ann Arbor MIHere in Michigan, slightly more than half our electricity is generated from coal. That means if you drive an electric car or a plug-in hybrid and are recharging it overnight, it’s powered partly by that dirty fossil fuel.

Here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor we understand your environmental concerns. We know you recycle, use CFLs in your light fittings, and walk or bike whenever you can — so we think you should also know about the question marks over coal-powered cars.

Electricity is a more efficient source of motor power than internal combustion, and an electric car has no tailpipe emissions. But the picture changes when you look at the life-cycle impact. Norwegian researchers have concluded that “greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically” if coal is used to produce the electricity. If you’re not sold on hybrids, perhaps we could suggest an alternative: a conventionally-powered but economical vehicle that’s assembled nearby.

The Chrysler 200 is an upscale sedan and is built in Sterling Heights, so there’s no environmental impact from shipping. It gets 21 mpg city/29 highway from a frugal, 2.4 liter engine, and emits at the rate of 376 grams of CO2 per mile. The Jeep Compass and its sister, the Patriot, are other options. Maybe you’ve never thought of Jeeps as green, but they are getting 23 mpg city/30 highway and have just 346 grams of emissions per mile, all thanks to a 2.0 liter engine and manual transmission. The shipping impact is minimal, too, since these Jeeps are built in Belvidere, Il.

We’re not anti-electric here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, but we also know coal power can be harmful to the environment. That’s why we’re happy to offer vehicles that keep green factors in mind.