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.”

5Nov, 2019

Porsche Water Leaks and Electrical Problems – Drains Aren’t Just For The Sink

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Drains aren’t just for bathtubs, or the kitchen sink, they also exist in your car to drain away from the effects of rain, ice, and snow. Yet, they’re one of the most neglected of service items. Often considered only when it’s too late.

The Problem
If your car has persistent condensation in colder weather and damp mildew smell, chances are that the foam pads in the footwells and on the floor behind the seats are saturated with water. A cursory check will confirm this for you: have a feel around the join of the floor carpet […]

15Oct, 2019

How to Fix Squeaky Brakes

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What Causes Breaks to Squeak?
Don’t expect brakes to be totally quiet—sometimes, they’re going to make some noises. Don’t panic, because a squeaky brake can stop a car just like a silent one can.

What causes the squeal? Modern brakes use a cast-iron disc squeezed between two brake pads lined with friction material. Under the right conditions, the disc, the pads and the caliper they’re mounted in can start to vibrate—in exactly the same way a violin’s string vibrates when stroked by the horsehairs on the bow. Most brake squeals occur at a single discrete […]

15Oct, 2019

Mercedes Brake Line Repair – Rust Damage

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Mercedes Brake Line Repair – Rust Damage
If you look at this late model Mercedes, you’d think that it hardly would have a problem with rusted brake lines, a safety issue that has afflicted domestic cars for decades, but until recently, was quite rarely seen on European autos.

Why This Happened
We’ve seen the transition from the older bonded phosphate brake lines used on the European cars that never rusted, to painted lines. We’ve found that the painted lines are much more susceptible to cracking the coating and then rusting the exposed metal.

But knowing where to […]

6Aug, 2019

Mercedes Benz Scheduled Service – Protects Your Warranty

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Expert Service For Your Vehicle – Details Matter
When it comes to servicing your Mercedes-Benz, trust the experts at the Atlantic Motorcar team.
Let our Bosch certified Mercedes-Benz technicians perform the required scheduled maintenance on your new and certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Don’t know whether you need a Service A or B? Let us help!

Mercedes-Benz A-Service
The A-Service first visit is at approximately 10,000 – 15,000 miles or 1 year. The exact time is determined by the vehicle’s Flexible Service System.
Then it is approximately every 20,000 miles or 2 years. This is for the model year 2009 […]

23Jul, 2019

Mercedes Benz – Camshaft Adjuster, VVT Faults and Timing Chain Faults

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Background
Mercedes-Benz is one of the most well-known auto manufacturers in the world and continues to rival other automotive giants with their durability and German engineering. Unfortunately, all cars have their shortcomings and failure points. For Mercedes, the camshaft adjuster solenoid (sometimes called the “oil control valve”) is one part that prematurely fails.

What is a Camshaft Adjuster Solenoid/Oil Control Valve?
As part of the variable valve timing (VVT) system, the camshaft adjuster solenoid is responsible for allowing the oil to adequately flow through the VVT system. The VVT system engages in delivering extra power to the vehicle when it’s traveling […]

18Jul, 2019

AMC Tech Q & A – Oil Change Intervals

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Question
A question we sometimes get is – “Curious about oil changes. Synthetic has been around 15000 miles. Looks like you recommend 5,000?

Answer
To which we are glad to reply, “Great question!
Yes, we do recommend a shorter interval for older cars.

We have an expression, “Oil is cheaper than metal,” I’ll explain. We all know that oil is used to lubricate the engine components to maximize wear and tear, it also serves transfers heat and helps filter out contaminants from engine operation.

Here’s Why
First, let’s address why we change the oil. It’s for two reasons, one is that components in engine oil break down […]