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.”

20Nov, 2018

Volvo XC70 Headlight Electrical Problem – Fix For Once And All

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Problem
Vehicle presented with an intermittent headlight, warnings being received on the dash warning light system, and the headlight itself was inoperative when first examined.
Generally speaking, finding the reason for the failure is just as important, if not more so, then repairing the problem itself.
If you simply replace a part, without correcting the root cause, the problem is just going to reappear, often ruining the newly installed part.
At Atlantic Motorcar, we test, not guess, and we have the knowledge, and experience, to make sure it’s done right, the first time, which results in […]

15Nov, 2018

Why Did This Happen to My Car? – Prevention vs. Repair

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AMC Answer Series – Why Did This Happen to My Car?

The Question
It happens all too often. At least 2 to 3 times a week, vehicles are towed into Atlantic Motorcar for major repairs. Too frequently we find that these are vehicles that have been poorly maintained. Many times we are asked the same question, “Why did this happen to MY car?”

After examining the vehicle and explaining it was due to lack of maintenance, most people are quite surprised. Often I am told, the vehicle has been serviced somewhere, on a […]

28Sep, 2018

Unhappy Kitty – Jaguar Check Engine Light On – Bringing Back The Purr!

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The Unhappy Kitty – Jaguar Check Engine Light On
This is a great study of dedication, and a solid illustration that logical thinking, some “detective work”,
and understanding of how automotive systems actually work, make all the difference in service outcomes.
In other words, “knowing”, rather than just “parts changing”.

It’s also a cautionary tale that “scanning the computer” and use of fault codes, does not fix cars, it may or may not give an indication of the area in which to investigate, but unless there is true knowledge of how the system operates, it can lead to unnecessary […]

24Sep, 2018

Good News – Mercedes SBC – Sensotronic Brake System Recall – Extended To 25 Years!

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Good News
Good news for those who own a 2003 to 2012 Mercedes equipped with the troublesome SBC brake system.
The original 10 year recall warranty extension, has been extended again, this time to an unprecedented 25 years, with unlimited milage! 
If you reference the attached images, you’ll find that Mercedes has done the right thing, and not only extended the warranty, but also agreed to reimburse for previous repairs!
Kudos to the good folks at Mercedes HQ who have taken this course, it’s not only right for the customers, but also right for the company.
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20Jul, 2018

“Rat Race” – Mercedes Wiring Harness Repair – Damaged By Rodents

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AMMercedes Wiring Harness - Diagnosis And RepairC Tech Case – Rat Race
This Mercedes E350 came in with a no start condition, radio inoperative, and a host of other electrical issues. We weren’t the first to work on this vehicle, it was clear that many hands had been in here before, and apparently given up without success.

Cause
The highly skilled AMC Service Techs Kyle and Scotty collaborated, were able to trace the fault, after a good day of diagnostics, and interior disassembly, to a electrical wiring and fiber optic cable issue, located inside one of […]

18Jul, 2018

BMW Electric Water Pump Failure – How, Why, and What To Prevent

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What

This BMW 540 has was diagnosed with a defective engine coolant pump. Symptoms were overheating and damaged drive belt system. Disassembly of the front cover and removal of the water pump allowed for inspection of the pump.

How
The mode of failure with this pump appears to be simple age and miles, likely exasperated by a lack of coolant changes. The bearing failed on the pump, allowing the plastic impeller to contact the aluminum housing, you can see the growing on the surface. Finally the plastic impeller itself failed, the vehicle overheated, and came […]