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.”

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 most expensive car you can buy is a […]

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 […]

13Apr, 2017

Audi Engine Oil Consumption – Correction

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12Apr, 2017

Tech Talk – The Truth About Tires

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Michelin TiresTires, you know, those black, round things that you car sits on, the things we only pay attention to when they are flat?

We often get asked what are the “best” tires out there. Now “Best” and “Cheap” don’t really belong in the same sentence, so let’s pick another term “Best Value“. Value in terms of cost, durability and ride handling, for the next 3-5 years you own your car.

Without a doubt, and what we’ve based our business on, the “Best Value” in tires is Michelin. Hands down. It’s what I run […]

11Apr, 2017

Volvo and Land Rover Differential Problems, Noise and Solution

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The Problem
This 2010 Volvo XC70 came to us with about 96K miles, and a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The noise was noticeable at low and moderate speeds while driving, and sounded like a loud whine or hum depending on vehicle speed. Initially this noise sounded like a defective wheel bearing but on further exam we determined the noise was in fact coming from the rear differential, the gear system that transmits force from the transmission to the rear wheels. We’ve seen this before, both on the later model Volvo and the Land Rover LR2 vehicles, and it’s […]

31Jan, 2017

BMW and Mini Battery Registration (Replacement)

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BMW_BatteryThe electrical system in late-model Minis and BMWs is quite sophisticated, in that it tailors charging as closely as possible to both the type and age of the battery. The Engine Management computer also controls the alternator output. When replacing a battery, this computer needs to be informed if you’ve replaced the battery or updated the vehicle from a conventional Lead Acid battery to an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) type; it charges the AGM differently than a traditional battery.

How It’s Done

This process of updating the alternator-control computer is called Battery Registration. Ignoring […]