Case Studies – Our Service Solutions

A Collection of the Odd, Unusual and Interesting Found While Servicing our Client Vehicles.

Originally intended as a showcase for customers of our workshop and staff’s abilities, this page has evolved in an interesting and informative teaching tool, and one of the most popular pages on our site!

By nature, these are rather extreme examples of failures, and not what we typically find during service. Our goal at Atlantic Motorcar is to prevent these from happening to you and your car. But rest assured, if we can fix these challenges, regular maintenance is breeze!

We like to call this our “YES WE CAN!” page. You can also view many of these concerns on our Facebook page. Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on it.”

13Sep, 2021

Audi Electrical Diagnosis – HVAC Blower Motor and Control Module Failure

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Awww Audi
Mike our shop foreman at the Atlantic Technical Center (ATC) discovered this today when diagnosing a HVAC fault in a client car. Nice call Mike! Now this is bad…whenever we find melted connectors, it’s what we call a “clue”, but also is a very interesting find, instructive even. Especially if you understand Ohm’s Law or E = IR, and also the relationship between heat and resistance, also known as P=I2R.

Great question!
Normally electric power is useful, making a lamp light or a motor turn for example. However, electrical energy is converted to heat whenever a current […]

8Sep, 2021

Let’s Talk About Steering Wheel or Tire “Pull”

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Let’s Talk About Steering “Pull”
What can cause your vehicle to pull to one side? Let’s assume the obvious reasons have been rectified.
Your vehicle’s alignment has been checked and has either been re-set to the manufacturer’s specs or it is in good shape.
What could cause your vehicle to continue to pull to one side or the other?

Three Reasons Your Vehicle May Pull
There are three main reasons your vehicle may pull to one side.

  • Number one, and most common, you might have improper inflation in one or more of your tires.
  • Number two, you might have severe, […]
5Aug, 2021

Land Rover Discovery II – Ignition Lock Problems, And The Correct Solution

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The Problem
This Land Rover client presented us with a beautiful 2004 Discovery with an intermittent starting problem. We love Rovers, both old and new, and we also enjoy a good challenge!

On inspection, our Land Rover technician verified that the issue, and carried out a visual assessment. Then using the diagnostic computer we checked and scanned for codes, none were found, but did verify that the lock cylinder for the ignition had an excessive amount of wear.

The Proper Repair
The only true and permanent repair is to replace the ignition […]

3Aug, 2021

Mini Cooper Clutch – When Good Flywheels And Pressure Plates Go Bad

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Background
Let’s talk Minis! As there is no Mini Cooper new car dealer in Maine, we’ve become the largest Mini service center in the state, aside from the routine day-to-day service, we also get to see some interesting Mini Cooper service challenges, like this one.

‘Da Clutch
Mini Coopers are wonderful cars, but like all cars, clutches do wear out with use and milage. What we’ve also seen is problems with excessive clutch pedal effort. The problem comes on rather slowly, is often not noticed by the driver, who becomes acclimated […]

6Jul, 2021

An Ounce Of Prevention – Antifreeze and Coolant Service

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The Importance Of Antifreeze/Coolant Service
Take a look at these photos, notice the brown areas of clogging and material at the bottom of the radiator? Nowhere is this more frequent than on engines using an aluminum cylinder head, and cast iron block…like most modern cars.

And we also find this clogging not just in radiators, but also in heater cores. A heater core is a radiator-like device used in heating the cabin of a vehicle. Hot coolant from the vehicle’s engine is passed through a winding tube of the core.
Fins attached to the core tubes serve to increase […]

21Jun, 2021

Car Batteries – Facts About Lead Acid Or AGM Types

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Why AGM Batteries?
Absorbent Glass Mat batteries (AGM) have been a market favorite for the past decade for reasons of capacity and durability. These batteries are becoming much more common in European and imported autos like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Volvo.

How They Work
In principle, the AGM batteries work like any other lead battery. However, the AGM batteries, compared to flooded batteries, have several significant improvements that make them more efficient. Additionally, just like other types of batteries in the market, they have their advantages and disadvantages.

Choose The Right Type
The right battery for your car will give good service from 3 […]