At Lou's Wolverine Transmission and Auto Repair, we want our Ann Arbor customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. Give us a call at 734-663-3314, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Lou's Wolverine Transmission and Auto Repair offers.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Lou's Wolverine Transmission and Auto Repair will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Lou's Wolverine Transmission and Auto Repair as soon as possible.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at Lou's Wolverine Transmission and Auto Repair about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Lou's Wolverine Transmission and Auto Repair where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Lou and his team are unbelievable. Not only do they do incredible work but they are also incredibly fair and will have no problem telling you what should be done rather than what will make them the most money. They really care about the customer. That's why my family and I refuse to go anywhere else for service. Lou is the only place to go, in my opinion.
Lou did a great job on my truck! He was very professional and punctual in working on my vehicle and getting it back to me in a very timely manner. I found his prices to be reasonable. I appreciate his keen insight in addressing all of my concerns, without any additional charge. I will be going back to him and highly recommend this place!
If you're looking for a good auto shop that specializes in transmissions and drivetrains, stop searching. Not only did they fit me in on a busy afternoon, but they returned my car same day, fixed the issue I was experiencing with my AWD subie, and did it all at a fair price. No surprises, no additional services, just a solid experience. I can see why Lou's has been an Ann Arbor institution for 20 years.
Great prices and amazing service. Not just transmission work but all maintenance. Thanks again
Dan is a great guy who treats you fairly.
Took my Buick there with transmission problems They were very upfront, helpful. They've been there forever and had great reviews. And with good reason. They do quality work and know what they are doing. Will try other things before overhauling if they have a chance to fix it. In my case a Trans flush & cooler (Very reasonable price to do it and I wanted to have one anyway). Trans was OK for a while but went back to not shifting right. The did a complete overhaul and at less than I feared. What are you gonna do? You can't throw away the car... Other repair places offered to do it but if I was going to do it I wanted someone that did it every day. Very happy with them and glad they are here in town. Oh, I didn't know as a Veteran I got a discount but they saw my Military licence plate and gave it to me without asking. That's Honest!
Lou's staff from front end to back in the shop is PHENOMENAL. They treated me with the utmost respect and were nothing short of honest and transparent the entire time. Even after I paid for a complete transmission rebuild and still had problems with my 2009 Equinox, they held onto my car until they were sure they had made it right - free of charge. I would recommend their services to anyone with transmission issues.
Lou (and now Dan) always take care of me. Honest and quick. Thanks guys!
I love the guys at Lou's! Dan always goes out of his way to help me save money and provides amazing service. Being a female, I have a hard time dealing with shops because people assume I don't know anything about cars and I've lost count how many times someone tried to pull the wool over my eyes. I know I can trust Don and the guys. They get you in and out and the pricing is beyond reasonable. I won't take my car anywhere else!!
Lou retired. The business is now owned by his Nephew, still out standing service and will still continue to use for repairs I'm unable to do myself or don't have the equipment to do. I had a second vehicle that had trans axle problems around January of 2018 and I took it into him. In 2013 I had the transmission for my 1998 ford ranger rebuilt. Two years latter, the transmission is still going strong.
Had a catastrophic failure on the transmission of my old Explorer. It honestly looked like it might be totaled. Had it towed to Lou's, they jumped right on it (even though it was the Friday before Christmas). Replaced the leaking cooling lines, verified the tranny was still good and had me back on the road in just a few hours. Life savers.
Lou got my trans replaced in my Super Duty in less than a week! My truck drives like a champ now, I cannot recommend him enough! Was straightforward, less expensive, and quicker than any other shop!
Lou's has been GREAT to me every time Lucille (my car) has needed repairs. Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable & just good people work there. Rebuilt my transmission a year ago & she's still running good. No complaints whatsoever about Lou's.