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

AMC 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 the wire chases. As these chases run from the front [...]

By | July 20th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on “Rat Race” – Mercedes Wiring Harness Repair – Damaged By Rodents

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

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 to a stop. As the water pump [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Water Pump Failure – How, Why, and What To Prevent

Electrical Issues – Telling Simple From Not

This vehicle was sent to us by another repair shop with the concern that it did not start, or would only start intermittently. The battery, starter, and finally the key switch were replaced in an attempt to get it to start. In fact, the starter was replaced twice. Then it was towed to our workshop. Mystery? Had the battle is recreating the problem, which it did here. Mystery? Not really for the Atlantic Motorcar Service Team, we see these cars day in and day out, we specialize in knowing, not just guessing. And when you do the same thing again [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Electrical Issues – Telling Simple From Not

5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light May Be On (And How To Prevent It)

Understandably, most car owners dread the moment when the check engine light pops up on the dashboard. This is even scarier when they are on the highway or driving over long distances. Simple fact is, the light can be attributed to a number of issues. Most often it’s typically not an emergency or big repair. At Atlantic Motorcar Center or other qualified specialists,  can be able to diagnose the problem rather easily. Since the mid 1990s, most modern day vehicles, Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Volvo and VW, along with others, have on-board diagnostic systems that aid in identifying the particular issue that caused [...]

By | June 27th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light May Be On (And How To Prevent It)

Rear Fog Lights – Truth and Fiction

Rear Fog Light Switch - Volvo Intent and Design For the new owner of a European auto, the rear fog light is often a source of great mystery, chances are they've never seen it before on their domestic car or truck. A common question we are asked is "Why does my European car have only one fog light". Or an equally common question, "I think I have a rear fog light out, only the driver's side seems to work." While not common in the U.S., rear fog lights are mandatory in Europe, and are especially common on German and [...]

By | June 25th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Rear Fog Lights – Truth and Fiction

Classic Mercedes Benz Coupe – Back On The Road

Knowledge, Integrity, Trust Classic Mercedes Benz, returning customer. He also owns the "Cold War" Benz we mechanically restored last fall, that was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects I've been involved in during my 30+ years of German auto service. Until now. Then this car comes along. This visit was the resurrection of his beloved 1971 Mercedes 250 Coupe. There really is a very special character to these cars, you have to see to fully appreciate. The attention to detail was remarkable, and this example is very, very original. Study In Contrasts AMC Master Tech "Big Nick" makes [...]

By | June 23rd, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Classic Mercedes Benz Coupe – Back On The Road

A Word About Classic Mercedes Service – Yes!

How We Can Help If you've come to this page looking for help with your classic Mercedes, you've come to the right place! Ownership of a classic Mercedes Benz should be a pleasure, not a problem. Your vehicle can, and should, be as reliable as the day you drove it out of the new car showroom, and with our service, it can be. One of the greatest challenges to ownership of a classic Mercedes is finding a qualified and properly trained service facility that has the tools, knowledge, and staff that are not only familiar with your vehicle, but care about it as much as you do. Finding such a team that is likewise [...]

By | May 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on A Word About Classic Mercedes Service – Yes!

Mercedes Oil Cooler Seals, 642 Diesel Engine Cause And Correction

If you own a Mercedes with a BlueTEC diesel engine, you may have heard quite a bit about the oil cooler leaks that have plagued some models. It is in fact quite a common issue with many of the BlueTEC diesel Mercedes. If  like many of the owners out there, you are probably left with a lot of questions and wondering things like, “Which BlueTEC engines have oil cooler leaks?”, and “What are the signs of a leaking oil cooler?” That’s where the Atlantic Motorcar Center comes in. You see, we're professionals in Mercedes service, after 33 years, we know these [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mercedes Oil Cooler Seals, 642 Diesel Engine Cause And Correction

Mercedes CLK and SLK – Power Top Problem and Repair Service

Mercedes with the Vario Top History The classic Mercedes SL chassis (aside from being Bruce’s favorite car ever) also know as the SL300, SL500, SLK, and CLK has to be one of the most amazing cars from a electromechanical technology standpoint. First released in 1989 (129 chassis) and are still in current production. The R129 replaced the R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 in 2003 (US). The R129 was produced as a two-door roadster with an automated (electro-hydraulic) textile tonneau cover. All R129s came standard with an detachable hardtop that could fitted by folding [...]

By | March 24th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mercedes CLK and SLK – Power Top Problem and Repair Service

Nitrogen And Automotive Tires – Peanut Butter & Jelly Or Snake Oil?

The Claim You've likely see 0r heard the claim, "Nitrogen gives me better fuel economy, makes my tires last longer, and I don't lose air from my tires. It's more responsible for the environment." All noble and good things, except...actually, we're all riding on nitrogen filled tires. Let's let that sink in for a moment and I'll explain. So called "normal" air, that stuff is all around you and me, but we can't see, is composed of 78% nitrogen. It's free, and when we need to top off a tire, one doesn't have to hunt around for tire dealer who [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Nitrogen And Automotive Tires – Peanut Butter & Jelly Or Snake Oil?