Why "Why did my coils springs break?" It's a question we hear often, especially on older vehicles. The answer is that its often not just one factor that leads to coil spring failure, but rather several. To answer this question, we've taken the time to do some research on coil spring failures, both common, and esoteric. Like most parts on your auto, coil springs have a finite service life, and when its up, it's up, often in a very dramatic way. Broken coil springs are a safety issue, adversely affecting vehicle handling, tire wear and suspension alignment. A broken coil [...]
2007 Volvo XC70, during replacement of the steering wheel module, one of our Volvo techs noted the steering wheel was loose, and the retaining bolt not tight. Upon removal of the wheel, he noted multiple cracks at the splined hub, apparently a casting defect, and a major safety issue. We've noted a number of loose wheels on the later model Volvos, but this is the first one we've seen with this extent of cracking in the cast aluminum hub. Correction consisted of replacement with a new unit, and torquing the retaining bolt to the proper setting.
You probably read yesterday about our methods to repair the "unrepairable" Mini Cooper convertible top. Here's an idea of what goes into the service and repair process - don't try this at home. Chances are if your Mini top develops a problem, the dealer is going to replace the entire "top cassette", which is a rather pricy fix. Over the years we'd identified and developed repair processes for the most common Mini top issues, making for some very happy Mini customers. While not every Mini convertible will develop this problem, if it does occur, it's good to know that the [...]
Installing a trailer hitch may not be high on every BMW owner's list of things to do, but for those who need to use this fun and versatile AAV (All Activity Vehicle) to tow, its a necessity. Fortunately BMW makes a very complete kit to add this to your X3, complete with wiring harness and plug. Our BMW service team has done a number of these, very nice to see how they turn out. So if you need to "Get Hitched", or anything else for your BMW, just give us a call. Your car is as valued to us as it is to [...]
Saab Airbag SRS Problem - While we love computers, and the workshop is fully equipped with the latest in factory diagnostics, it's not all glory here, sometimes it takes a good bit of investigative detective work to get the bottom of problems. In this case a Saab 93 with a Airbag (SRS) warning light on. Car came out of the dealer, and to us to correct this fault. This was one of those problems that just couldn't be solved with a computer, it required removal of the driver's seat, center console and carpeting to find the broken wires going to [...]
Mini Cooper Top Problems? Despite what the dealer may tell you, you DO NOT have to replace the complete top. Because the Atlantic Motorcar Center services so many Minis, more than anyone else in Maine, we've developed a method to repair these, for about half of what the Mini dealer wants, which makes for some very happy Mini owners. Questions about your Mini, be it Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman or Countryman, call us, for expert service your Mini top, or anything else on your Mini Cooper!
All cars, be it a BMW or Volvo use the same layout for the brake system. A disc brake system of your car has many parts, but one which almost all of us know is the Brake Pad - which consists of a friction material with a metal backing, and the Brake Rotor - a large circular disc, located just inside your wheels, onto which the brake pads press when you push the brake pedal. The brake system on most car is a really an energy transfer system, taking forward momentum, and changing it into heat, from the friction of the [...]