16 Apr, 2012

Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake or Car Pull – After Tire “Balance”

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Great question one we often get is from folks who have had their tires “balanced” at another location, yet the steering wheel still shakes. This can be not only frustrating, but can actually damage your car! At 60 miles per hour, an average size tire rotates 850 times per minute. At this speed, slight variations in balance, sidewall stiffness or roundness can cause the wheel to literally slam into the pavement 14 times a second. The ultra-sensitive road feel of today’s vehicles gives drivers a hands-on detection of vibration, a warning of potential problems. Unchecked, excessive wheel vibration can result […]

12 Apr, 2012

BMW and Volvo Control Arm Bushings – Replacement

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Control arm bushing replacement is a common repair in many Volvo models like S60, S80, V70, XC70, XC90, (BMW and Mini suffer the same fate, we can help here as well!) blame it on Maine’s rough roads. There two ways of doing this job: The Old Way – The first way is expensive, and frankly prone to failure, for it is not unusual to replace these parts again, often in less than 2 years due to road conditions. Also the Volvo dealer will ask around $800.00 for the repair.
The AMC Way – Think Outside The Box. Sometimes, different is better, and you know […]

12 Apr, 2012

Audi A3 Clutch Failure and Replacement

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Audi Clutch Failure – Even the newest and best maintained cars sometimes “break”, like this late model Audi A3. Low mileage, clutch pressure plate cracked right in half. Car was not driven hard or abused.
Successful repair protocol dictates that one understand the nature of the failure, so the causal factor can be eliminated, preventing a repeat occurrence. In this case, one is at a loss for a cause, other than bad “car karma”. 🙂

11 Apr, 2012

BMW 2.5 and 3.0 Liter M54 Engines – Crankcase Breather Update Kit

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See the “gooey” yellow stuff? That’s not peanut butter, but rather engine oil and condensation/water which have mixed to form this sludge. New customers in today with this problem, 72k miles on the car, beautiful auto, but severe engine oil leakage and burning smell. You guessed it, a breather system in need of the update, and correction of subsequent oil leakage issues caused by the crankcase pressure. Thankfully we stock this kit, as we do most BMW parts, and our BMW techs were able to turn the car around in a timely fashion.

With the advent of cold weather we’re seeing […]

11 Apr, 2012

BMW 2.5 and 3.0 Liter M54 Engines – Crankcase Breather Update Kit

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See the “gooey” yellow stuff? That’s not peanut butter, but rather engine oil and condensation/water which have mixed to form this sludge. New customers in today with this problem, 72k miles on the car, beautiful auto, but severe engine oil leakage and burning smell. You guessed it, a breather system in need of the update, and correction of subsequent oil leakage issues caused by the crankcase pressure. Thankfully we stock this kit, as we do most BMW parts, and our BMW techs were able to turn the car around in a timely fashion.

With the advent of cold weather we’re seeing […]

11 Apr, 2012

BMW 740iL – M62 Engine Reseal

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Curious what a big German V8 engine looks like apart? Here’s one you don’t see every day. This very nice BMW 740 needed some attention, an upper engine reseal, and the AMC team was up the task. Oil consumption was measured in hundreds, not thousands of miles, and the car left a white cloud of smoke on start up. A defective crankcase breather system, replacement of some very leaky engine seals, and then a through cleaning and service cured the problem, resulting in a very well running BMW, and a delighted customer. You can’t help but love German design and engineering, […]

11 Apr, 2012

VW TDi Engine – Low Power, Clogged Intake Manifold

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VW TDi Tech Tip – TDi lost it’s pep, can’t make it up hills, fuel economy down. Chances are it’s intake manifold and throttle shut off valve are clogged with carbon build up. Think about trying to breathe through a straw and you’ll have a good idea what you poor TDi feels like after 50-80K miles.

Thankfully we’ve developed a service protocol than can restore your TDi’s Zoom, with a proper cleaning and servicing of the intake manifold system. This is not the VW scheduled service list, but chances are if you TDi has over 60K miles, it’s suffering from some […]

11 Apr, 2012

2007 – 2008 Mini Cooper – Engine Timing Chain Tensioner Update

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Mini Coopers 2007-2008 (R56) – Engine Noise – Timing Chain Tensioner Failure – N12 and N14 Engines
We’ve seen a surprising number of Coopers, two in the last week alone, come in with a knocking noise in the engine, this has been dubbed the “Death Rattle”. Should you hear this noise on your car, DO NOT IGNORE it, we have a car in the workshop today in which the timing chain has failed, damaging the engine. Mini has released a service kit addressing this problem, the key thing to correct it BEFORE failure. If you have this problem, call us right away […]

11 Apr, 2012

Volvo Sunroof Leaks – Cleaning Drains

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If the floor of your Volvo is wet, or you hear water sloshing about, it’s almost a sure bet that your sunroof drains are clogged. The drain hose is attached to a “tulip” shaped valve which tends to get clogged with leaves and other debris over the years. The Fix – Sometimes, if you are careful, you can direct a stream of water into the front drain openings of your sunroof to flush out the hoses and drains. If the drains are really clogged, or the hoses have become disconnected, then you must remove some interior trim to access to hose. […]

11 Apr, 2012

BMW Subframe Bushings – Symptoms and Replacement

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Does your BMW suspension feel loose, or is it sometimes making a clunking noise in the rear on bumps and/or acceleration? Here’s a common issue we see on many BMW sedans, wagons and SUVs.The rear suspension bolts to something called the “subframe” which in turn attaches the suspension and wheels to the body of the car. For reasons of ride quality, noise and isolation, the subframe is isolated from the car body by rubber mounts called “subframe bushings”.

As these are a rubber product, over time the rubber deteriorates and separates from the metal housing, creating a “loose feeling” in the steering, […]