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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?

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

BMW, Mini Cooper Transmission 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, for it seems to us that almost all of the fluids need service around 60K miles, far shorter than the lifetime of most European cars. While fluids and lubricants have doubtlessly improved over time, we suspect that the real reason for [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

BMW and Mini Cooper Battery Replacement – Registering New Battery

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 battery is installed, it will often overcharge, and damage the new battery in short order.   [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW and Mini Cooper Battery Replacement – Registering New Battery

BMW Engine Camshaft Bolts Problem – Repair and Correction

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 a check-engine warning light. Power to the [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Engine Camshaft Bolts Problem – Repair and Correction

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

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 [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo Differential Rebuilding Service – Out of Our Area? Send Your Unit To Us

Sometimes, It’s More Than Just Cars

Joe and our new Friend I Met A Hero Today My client with the vintage 1988 Mercedes project car we’ve been working on for the last month. A humble man, he’s currently 95 years old, joined the British RAF (Royal Air Force) at age 16, flew a Lancaster bomber against the Nazis at age 17 in the Second World War. Then after the war flew in support of the Berlin airlift, flying in supplies to the starving residents of West Berlin. He shared that he met Winston Churchill twice (Churchill remembered him on the second meeting), and recalled that [...]

By | December 15th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Sometimes, It’s More Than Just Cars

Classic Mercedes Case Study – Happy Ending!

On Road Test Vintage Mercedes Project - Cold War Warrior 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 for the engine oil leak reseal, will [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Classic Mercedes Case Study – Happy Ending!