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.”

10Nov, 2020

BMW and Mercedes Benz – Ceramic and Aluminum Fuse Problems – How and Why

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About The Problem
One of the more common electrical issues we see with the vintage Mercedes vehicles are problems related to the fuses and fuse box. Like many of the older European models, these cars were designed and engineered with identical or similar parts, in this case, the ceramic and aluminum exposed fuses. At the time, this was an excellent solution, but now, some 20 years later, we frequently see a series of pattern failures on vintage Mercedes, and almost always the same issue over time: fuse failure. While the ceramic and aluminum fuse failure is particular to older European vehicles; however, it’s a simple problem to fix in the […]

15Jul, 2020

Mercedes Benz Intake Manifold Problem Explained, And How To Correct It

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Many owners of late-model Mercedes-Benz cars equipped with 3.0 and 3.5l V6 engines (M272 or M273), as well as some of the later V8s, have or will likely soon experience a near-universal Mercedes Benz intake manifold problem.  Generally, we find problems in performance, which include poor idle, loss of power, and a Check Engine Light.

The Mercedes Benz intake manifold problem is caused by one of the inlet manifold tuning flaps breaking, causing unexpected and deficient performance depending on the orientation of the flap that has broken.  To review the system, let’s describe what the Mercedes intake system is doing and […]

8Apr, 2020

Ozone Treatments During Service – Eliminate Odors and Purify Your Car

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We’ve all heard it. That smell that could be who knows what coming from the vents of your car or under the seat or in the upholstery itself. You’ve tried cleaning and scrubbing, baking soda, everything you can think of, all of the tips in our post about cleaning your car’s interior. When all else fails, the next step is an ozone treatment. You may have heard of it. Ozone machines are the area of professional detailers. We’ll break it down for you here.

What Is An Ozone Treatment?
Ozone treatment is the use of gas ozone (O3) […]

25Mar, 2020

Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Faults – Check Engine Leaks

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Evap System Evap System

The evolution of evaporative emissions systems has been driven by changes in emissions standards. While some vehicle manufacturers have introduced very different designs along the way, most use primarily used a vacuum-based design as a foundation. The exceptions are its hybrid electric vehicles, which use an evaporative leak check monitor (ELCM) similar to the Toyota key-off vacuum pump system, and 2011-03 Ford Fiestas, which use a natural vacuum leak detection (NVLD) system similar to the one used by Kia and BMW.

What is It
The oil and fuel in your vehicle give […]

14Feb, 2020

Tire Pressure Warning Light (TPMS) Light Coming On in Cold Weather? Here’s Why

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TPMS Light On

TPMS Light Coming On in Cold Weather? Here’s Why!
If your TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) warning light goes on during a cold snap, it may not mean your tire has a leak.

Fun Fact
Tire pressure can decrease about 1 PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. It’s not that more air is escaping your tires, but rather the air inside the tire condenses, taking up less space when it’s cold. It’s similar to how a cake, just out of the oven, flattens out a bit […]

6Jan, 2020

Tire Wear – Tire Cupping, Causes and Correction

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What Does Cupping Look Like?
Tire cupping is an uneven wear pattern, which occurs due to irregular up-and-down motions of a wheel (bouncing). It interferes with the proper contact of the tire with the road, scooping rubber in spots.

When it comes to your tires, cupping is a bad sign and typically means you have other problems with your car that are affecting your tires.

The term “tire cupping” is unfamiliar to many drivers, but it’s a problem that happens more frequently than you’d think. Cupping, also known as tire scalloping, refers to when a car […]