25 Apr, 2013

Tech Tip – Burned Engine Valves

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Tech Tip – Burned Engine Valves
You’ve likely heard the term “burned valve” or the car needs a “valve job” at one time or another. While this was a common problem in days gone by, these types of major engine malfunctions are pretty rare now with the superior engineering and materials in newer cars. However, we did just finish up an exhaust valve replacement on a vehicle, and I thought it might make an interesting object lesson to show what a burned valve looks like.

Most valve failures, at least the “burned” type, are on the exhaust valve side of the engine, […]

10 Apr, 2013

Stopping Steering Wheel Shake

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It’s mud season in Maine, and already the calls are coming in. “My steering wheel shakes when I go 55.” or “My wheels feel funny.” Just today in fact I took a call like that. Let us save you both some time and money and share a simple secret – Mud. Yes, that’s right, mud is usually the culprit.

Here’s Why
You don’t have to be off road to find mud in Maine, many of us live on dirt roads or have dirt driveways, and then there is the ever-present “sand” that is used on the road when it snows. All that […]

10 Apr, 2013

Audi and Volkswagon Mechanical Fuel Pump Problem – Camshaft Wear

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Own a Audi or VW model with the 2.0 TFSI engine? – Read on, we may be able to save you and your car from some real headaches. Some of these engine have have developed a chronic problem with camshaft drive lobe, which can lead to a very expensive repair. On these cars, known at TSFI engines, there are two fuel pumps, a low pressure electrical feed pump in the fuel tank, and a higher pressure mechanical pump which is driven off a lobe on the intake camshaft, think of the old diesel engine injection pump designs and you get […]

10 Apr, 2013

German Artwork – Attention To Detail – The Atlantic Motorcar Way

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At Atlantic Motorcar, we believe that it is the little things that matter, like cleaning up ‘das Benz SL500 for summer, a service customer car. Will the customer notice, not sure, but we will, and we’ll know that we did the job right, the first, with pride…that’s the Atlantic Motorcar Way.

While resealing the upper engine, we had to take a photo, look at those beautifully detailed and machined rocker arms, like artwork in aluminum. Work scope involved replacement of the camshaft covers on both banks of this Mercedes engine.

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10 Apr, 2013

Tech Tip -Trip Check – Why We Suggest Trip Checks Before Vacation

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Towed In – See that rusty metal surface?
On this Mercedes E430, it once held a metal seat for the passenger front coil spring. Unfortunately age and road salt took its toll, and the spring seat failed. This failure disabled the car, and the suspension collapsed on the passenger front side.

Trip Check – Our Trip Check normally takes less than 1 hour, and offers you a peace of mind that’s priceless. While we don’t have a crystal ball – yet – a AMC Trip Check is the next best thing! Don’t let this happen to you a 1,000 miles from home.

This is a Michigan car, […]

10 Apr, 2013

Tech Tip – All Batteries Are Not Created Equal – Wood Not Required

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Tech Tip – A Cautionary Tale – Today’s car’s use a very specific type and size of battery. Unfortunately the days of visiting the local Sears to get a “DieHard” battery installed are over. Batteries are tricky things in today’s computerized cars, the incorrect battery type or mounting can damage your car, cause alternator failure or no start, even create an electrical fire (yes, really, see BMW recalls about that).

A byproduct of battery charging is hydrogen gas, which is highly explosive – think Hindenburg. So a trunk or interior mounted battery must be of the non-venting type, or have a […]

3 Apr, 2013

“Tired” Of Run Flat Tires – We Have A Suggestion

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Run Flat tires are the worst. No, really. That’s what people say. It’s true. J.D. Power says so. Yeah. That guy who does the surveys. And hands out the trophies. No not the big silver ones, the glassy corporate-looking ones. You know the ones. You see them in those car commercials. Complete story here – http://jalopnik.com/everyone-hates-run-flat-tires-464884753?utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Alternative?
So let’s talk about the Atlantic Motorcar Center approach to “Run Flat” tires for your Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini Cooper or Volvo. Our answer, don’t do it, don’t go there.

While run flat tires are now factory fitment on many late model German autos, we’ve found, […]