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Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Faults – Check Engine Leaks

Evap System The evolution of evaporative emissions systems has been driven by changes in emissions standards. While some vehicle manufacturers have introduced very different designs along the way, most use primarily used a vacuum-based design as a foundation. The exceptions are its hybrid electric vehicles, which use an evaporative leak check monitor (ELCM) similar to the Toyota key-off vacuum pump system, and 2011-03 Ford Fiestas, which use a natural vacuum leak detection (NVLD) system similar to the one used by Kia and BMW. What is It The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very [...]

By | March 25th, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Faults – Check Engine Leaks

Tire Pressure Warning Light (TPMS) Light Coming On in Cold Weather? Here’s Why

TPMS Light On TPMS Light Coming On in Cold Weather? Here’s Why! If your TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) warning light goes on during a cold snap, it may not mean your tire has a leak. Fun Fact Tire pressure can decrease about 1 PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. It's not that more air is escaping your tires, but rather the air inside the tire condenses, taking up less space when it's cold. It's similar to how a cake, just out of the oven, flattens out a bit as it cools. [...]

By | February 14th, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on Tire Pressure Warning Light (TPMS) Light Coming On in Cold Weather? Here’s Why

Tire Wear – Tire Cupping, Causes and Correction

What Does Cupping Look Like? Tire cupping is an uneven wear pattern, which occurs due to irregular up-and-down motions of a wheel (bouncing). It interferes with the proper contact of the tire with the road, scooping rubber in spots. When it comes to your tires, cupping is a bad sign and typically means you have other problems with your car that are affecting your tires. The term “tire cupping” is unfamiliar to many drivers, but it’s a problem that happens more frequently than you’d think. Cupping, also known as tire scalloping, refers to when a car or truck’s tire tread [...]

By | January 6th, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on Tire Wear – Tire Cupping, Causes and Correction

Why An Oil Filter Housing Leak On A BMW Engine Shouldn’t Be Ignored

What Happens Oil leaks on any engine are both a nuisance and fact of life but few can cause damage like the BMW oil filter housing gasket. I haven't seen too many higher mileage BMWs that don't have some kind of oil leak that goes without repair. The N 54 and series of engines have been excellent, and very durable, once the oil leaks are handled. However, they are not engines that do well when the oil leaks are not promptly and professionally addressed. If there's one oil leak on these engines that is critical to address, it's the oil filter housing gasket. This [...]

By | December 13th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Why An Oil Filter Housing Leak On A BMW Engine Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Volvo Trailing Arm (Rear Control Arm) Bushings – The Correct Repair

The Problem We often come across 2008-20015 Volvos that come with for concerns of excessive tire wear, or "loose handling" issues. Often the customer has been at other shops and paid for multiple parts, repairs or alignments in an attempt to correct the issue. Yet it remains, and the car is then referred to our facility for evaluation. What Happens Almost invariably we find that the rear trailing arm bushings, a rubber and steel mount, and the only part that secures and locates a critical part of the rear suspension system to the body (attaching to the hub where the wheel [...]

By | December 8th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo Trailing Arm (Rear Control Arm) Bushings – The Correct Repair

Porsche Water Leaks and Electrical Problems – Drains Aren’t Just For The Sink

Drains aren’t just for bathtubs, or the kitchen sink, they also exist in your car to drain away from the effects of rain, ice, and snow. Yet, they’re one of the most neglected of service items. Often considered only when it's too late. The Problem If your car has persistent condensation in colder weather and damp mildew smell, chances are that the foam pads in the footwells and on the floor behind the seats are saturated with water. A cursory check will confirm this for you: have a feel around the join of the floor carpet and rear carpet behind the [...]

By | November 5th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Porsche Water Leaks and Electrical Problems – Drains Aren’t Just For The Sink

How to Fix Squeaky Brakes

What Causes Breaks to Squeak? Don't expect brakes to be totally quiet—sometimes, they're going to make some noises. Don't panic, because a squeaky brake can stop a car just like a silent one can. What causes the squeal? Modern brakes use a cast-iron disc squeezed between two brake pads lined with friction material. Under the right conditions, the disc, the pads and the caliper they're mounted in can start to vibrate—in exactly the same way a violin's string vibrates when stroked by the horsehairs on the bow. Most brake squeals occur at a single discrete frequency. The speed of the vehicle [...]

By | October 15th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on How to Fix Squeaky Brakes

Mercedes Brake Line Repair – Rust Damage

Mercedes Brake Line Repair - Rust Damage If you look at this late model Mercedes, you'd think that it hardly would have a problem with rusted brake lines, a safety issue that has afflicted domestic cars for decades, but until recently, was quite rarely seen on European autos. Why This Happened We've seen the transition from the older bonded phosphate brake lines used on the European cars that never rusted, to painted lines. We've found that the painted lines are much more susceptible to cracking the coating and then rusting the exposed metal. But knowing where to look is the [...]

By | October 15th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mercedes Brake Line Repair – Rust Damage

Mercedes Benz Scheduled Service – Protects Your Warranty

Expert Service For Your Vehicle - Details Matter When it comes to servicing your Mercedes-Benz, trust the experts at the Atlantic Motorcar team. Let our Bosch certified Mercedes-Benz technicians perform the required scheduled maintenance on your new and certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Don't know whether you need a Service A or B? Let us help! Mercedes-Benz A-Service The A-Service first visit is at approximately 10,000 - 15,000 miles or 1 year. The exact time is determined by the vehicle's Flexible Service System. Then it is approximately every 20,000 miles or 2 years. This is for the model year 2009 and [...]

By | August 6th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mercedes Benz Scheduled Service – Protects Your Warranty

Mercedes Benz – Camshaft Adjuster, VVT Faults and Timing Chain Faults

Background Mercedes-Benz is one of the most well-known auto manufacturers in the world and continues to rival other automotive giants with their durability and German engineering. Unfortunately, all cars have their shortcomings and failure points. For Mercedes, the camshaft adjuster solenoid (sometimes called the "oil control valve") is one part that prematurely fails. What is a Camshaft Adjuster Solenoid/Oil Control Valve? As part of the variable valve timing (VVT) system, the camshaft adjuster solenoid is responsible for allowing the oil to adequately flow through the VVT system. The VVT system engages in delivering extra power to the vehicle when it’s traveling under added stress, such as [...]

By | July 23rd, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mercedes Benz – Camshaft Adjuster, VVT Faults and Timing Chain Faults