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.”

8Dec, 2017

AMC Tech Tip – Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights In Cold Weather

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AMC Tech Tip – Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights In Cold Weather

What
As winter approaches, many motorists will experience a low-pressure warning light on the dash or simply observe that the tires look a bit less full than they should. The main reason for this is the dropping temperatures, which cause the air to become denser and consequently lower the tire pressure. Of course, tires naturally lose pressure over time, or there can be a puncture.

Why
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are a real boon to safety and convenience, and they have been required […]

7Dec, 2017

Vintage Mercedes Project – Or Reviving A Cold War Warrior

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Vintage Mercedes Project – Cold War Warrior

Mercedes 300TE Mercedes 300TE

The vintage Mercedes project car is on the road tonight, Jared, one of our Service Advisors is doing the overnight road test.

Just one year before the Berlin war fell, this Mercedes rolled new out of the factory. I’m a Cold War fan, student and history buff, having grown up in that era, so this project had a special meaning to me, one of the last Mercedes to roll out when “West Germany” was still a country.

Everything is done except […]

22Nov, 2017

AMC Service Tip – Replacing Stuck or Blind Hole Bearing Races

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Problem

Removing Stuck Bearing Races Removing Stuck Bearing Races

Tapered roller bearings are commonly found in wheel bearings, transmission, differentials, and other automotive systems. They consist of two parts, the bearing cone with the roller bearing, and a “race”, which is the highly polished and hardened surface on which the bearing rides. The race is pressed into the part or casting and the roller bearing installed on top of it.

So let’s say you have a bearing race (transmission, wheel, differential or other) in a “blind” hole that you need to replace. By “blind” we mean you can’t […]

13Nov, 2017

Investing In Your Team – BMW Service Training

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Investing In Your Team – BMW Training – Last Weekend

Investing In Your Team - BMW Training - Last Weekend Investing In Your Team – BMW Training – Last Weekend

Want to most sincerely thank to the awesome AMC Team for attending BMW Service Training last weekend. I know that giving up a weekend isn’t what everyone looks forward to.

Ongoing training is something that we very strongly believe in here at AMC, it’s been a key corporate value since we first started in business over 30 years ago. It benefits you the […]

8Aug, 2017

Tech Tip – Buying A Pre-owned Car?

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Just had a customer contact me this morning about the purchase of a used BMW from a private seller. The price sounded too good to be true…until I heard the rest of the story. Seems it needs a “few things” – “It idles up-and-down and will even stall. It could be a mass airflow sensor, oxygen sensor, or something similar.”

Yikes, right? Might be a bargain, or might be real headache, but you don’t know until you have the car looked at professionally. As our Service Manager Rick likes to say “The […]

8Aug, 2017

AMC Tech Talk Q&A – Oil Change Intervals – When Should I Really Change My Oil?

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“Hi, just curious – if we are using the more expensive synthetic oil isn’t the oil change longer and more mileage allowed?
– Jenny”

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Hi Jenny,
Thats a great question!
We recommend oil changes on a 5,000 – 7,500 mile interval, even with synthetic engine oil.This is especially true of older vehicles as the engine wear tends to allow byproducts of combustion into the oil, in other words, it gets dirty quicker. If you check your engine oil on the dipstick after a few thousand miles, you’ll be surprised how dirty it is.

The Lexus factory service schedule for your year vehicle is every […]