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15 Jan, 2018

Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

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BMW, Mini Cooper “Lifetime Fluid”

There is a trend with many manufacturers to use so called “Lifetime” transmission fluids in their new cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been doing this for years.

 
The real question is what is a “lifetime”? If the lifetime of the car is the reference point, most owners will be sorely disappointed, […]

15 Jan, 2018

BMW and Mini Cooper Battery Replacement – Registering New Battery

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Tech Tip – Registering New Battery on BMW and Mini Cooper

Did you know that the BMW engine computer, known as a DME (Digital Motor Electronics) must be programed to know a new battery has been installed?

Our Senior Service Technician Nick explains why. We’re obviously playing up the humor here, but the topic isn’t a joke, it’s a real issue.

Otherwise the battery can under or overcharge, and cause premature battery failure. Older batteries become sulfated with time and require a higher charging rate. So unless the DME is notified a new […]

10 Jan, 2018

BMW Engine Camshaft Bolts Problem – Repair and Correction

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What Happens
Certain late model BMWs can experience a problem with the camshaft sprocket retention bolts failing.
This is a design defect, and well know in professional BMW service circles.
You can see on the photo below, that VANOS (variable valve timing system) to intake camshaft bolts have broken and backed out, 3 of the 4 bolts are damaged and loose.

BMW said “in very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (Vanos) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break.” In such cases, the driver would be alerted by […]

4 Jan, 2018

Volvo Differential Rebuilding Service – Out of Our Area? Send Your Unit To Us

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The Problem
The rear differential design has been in use in the Volvo world since the 2008 to at least the 2014 model year, so it’s something to consider if you own a vehicle in that range. We service a tremendous amount of Volvo XC70s, and have seen the problem largely on those models, but have read reports of it being an issue on the S80 as well. Now the earlier Volvos had their own set of differential or bevel gear problems, which you can read about on our blog at Volvo AOC problems.

What We Do
We mentioned that we’ve seen this problem before, and […]

8 Dec, 2017

AMC Tech Tip – Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights In Cold Weather

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AMC Tech Tip – Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights In Cold Weather

What
As winter approaches, many motorists will experience a low-pressure warning light on the dash or simply observe that the tires look a bit less full than they should. The main reason for this is the dropping temperatures, which cause the air to become denser and consequently lower the tire pressure. Of course, tires naturally lose pressure over time, or there can be a puncture.

Why
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are a real boon to safety and convenience, and they have been required […]

7 Dec, 2017

Vintage Mercedes Project – Or Reviving A Cold War Warrior

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Vintage Mercedes Project – Cold War Warrior

Mercedes 300TE Mercedes 300TE

The vintage Mercedes project car is on the road tonight, Jared, one of our Service Advisors is doing the overnight road test.

Just one year before the Berlin war fell, this Mercedes rolled new out of the factory. I’m a Cold War fan, student and history buff, having grown up in that era, so this project had a special meaning to me, one of the last Mercedes to roll out when “West Germany” was still a country.

Everything is done except […]

22 Nov, 2017

AMC Service Tip – Replacing Stuck or Blind Hole Bearing Races

By | November 22nd, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on AMC Service Tip – Replacing Stuck or Blind Hole Bearing Races

Problem

Removing Stuck Bearing Races Removing Stuck Bearing Races

Tapered roller bearings are commonly found in wheel bearings, transmission, differentials, and other automotive systems. They consist of two parts, the bearing cone with the roller bearing, and a “race”, which is the highly polished and hardened surface on which the bearing rides. The race is pressed into the part or casting and the roller bearing installed on top of it.

So let’s say you have a bearing race (transmission, wheel, differential or other) in a “blind” hole that you need to replace. By “blind” we mean you can’t […]

13 Nov, 2017

Investing In Your Team – BMW Service Training

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Investing In Your Team – BMW Training – Last Weekend

Investing In Your Team - BMW Training - Last Weekend Investing In Your Team – BMW Training – Last Weekend

Want to most sincerely thank to the awesome AMC Team for attending BMW Service Training last weekend. I know that giving up a weekend isn’t what everyone looks forward to.

Ongoing training is something that we very strongly believe in here at AMC, it’s been a key corporate value since we first started in business over 30 years ago. It benefits you the […]

8 Aug, 2017

Tech Tip – Buying A Pre-owned Car?

By | August 8th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Tech Tip – Buying A Pre-owned Car?

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 […]

8 Aug, 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 […]