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Volvo XC70 Headlight Electrical Problem – Fix For Once And All

Problem Vehicle presented with an intermittent headlight, warnings being received on the dash warning light system, and the headlight itself was inoperative when first examined. Generally speaking, finding the reason for the failure is just as important, if not more so, then repairing the problem itself. If you simply replace a part, without correcting the root cause, the problem is just going to reappear, often ruining the newly installed part. At Atlantic Motorcar, we test, not guess, and we have the knowledge, and experience, to make sure it's done right, the first time, which results in happy customers! Finding Examination by [...]

By | November 20th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo XC70 Headlight Electrical Problem – Fix For Once And All

Why Did This Happen to My Car? – Prevention vs. Repair

AMC Answer Series - Why Did This Happen to My Car? The Question It happens all too often. At least 2 to 3 times a week, vehicles are towed into Atlantic Motorcar for major repairs. Too frequently we find that these are vehicles that have been poorly maintained. Many times we are asked the same question, “Why did this happen to MY car?” After examining the vehicle and explaining it was due to lack of maintenance, most people are quite surprised. Often I am told, the vehicle has been serviced somewhere, on a regular basis. Are You Being Told The [...]

By | November 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Why Did This Happen to My Car? – Prevention vs. Repair

Unhappy Kitty – Jaguar Check Engine Light On – Bringing Back The Purr!

The Unhappy Kitty - Jaguar Check Engine Light On This is a great study of dedication, and a solid illustration that logical thinking, some "detective work", and understanding of how automotive systems actually work, make all the difference in service outcomes. In other words, "knowing", rather than just "parts changing". It's also a cautionary tale that "scanning the computer" and use of fault codes, does not fix cars, it may or may not give an indication of the area in which to investigate, but unless there is true knowledge of how the system operates, it can lead to unnecessary work and parts replacement. [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Unhappy Kitty – Jaguar Check Engine Light On – Bringing Back The Purr!

Good News – Mercedes SBC – Sensotronic Brake System Recall – Extended To 25 Years!

Good News Good news for those who own a 2003 to 2012 Mercedes equipped with the troublesome SBC brake system. The original 10 year recall warranty extension, has been extended again, this time to an unprecedented 25 years, with unlimited milage!  If you reference the attached images, you'll find that Mercedes has done the right thing, and not only extended the warranty, but also agreed to reimburse for previous repairs! Kudos to the good folks at Mercedes HQ who have taken this course, it's not only right for the customers, but also right for the company. Read on for more [...]

By | September 24th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Good News – Mercedes SBC – Sensotronic Brake System Recall – Extended To 25 Years!

“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 Electric 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 Electric 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