AMC Tech Q & A – Oil Change Intervals

Question A question we sometimes get is - "Curious about oil changes. Synthetic has been around 15000 miles. Looks like you recommend 5,000?" Answer To which we are glad to reply, "Great question!" Yes, we do recommend a shorter interval for older cars. We have an expression, "Oil is cheaper than metal," I'll explain. We all know that oil is used to lubricate the engine components to maximize wear and tear, it also serves transfers heat and helps filter out contaminants from engine operation. Here's Why First, let's address why we change the oil. It's for two reasons, one is [...]

By | July 18th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on AMC Tech Q & A – Oil Change Intervals

Mini Cooper Mystery – Solved

Mini Cooper "Mystery" This vehicle was sent to us by another repair shop with the concern that it did not start, or would only start intermittently. The chassis wiring harness had been cut and modified in an attempt to bypass a defective module, and get the car running. When one examines the fuel pump wiring harness, and notes the bare wires, it was indeed fortunate that it never ran. After 8 months sitting at the other shop, it was towed to our workshop. Mystery? Mystery? Not really for the Atlantic Motorcar Service Team, we see these cars day in and [...]

By | May 20th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mini Cooper Mystery – Solved

BMW – Computer Diagnostics and Programing

Get On The Can Bus I’m old enough to remember the days when cars only had one computer, the engine control unit, aka the “ECU”. Now a days most cars have not not one, but dozens of computers or modules all talking to each other over what is called a Controller Area Network or “CAN Bus”, somewhat like the “USB” (Universal Serial Bus) of your home computer. Cool idea as it simplifies running hundreds of individual wires, but it really ups the technology service game. Here we are programming a replacement part, known as RDC module, that is part of [...]

By | May 20th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW – Computer Diagnostics and Programing

Audi, BMW and Mini Cooper Carbon Build Up Correction (Decarbonization)

The Problem BMW and Mini Cooper (along with other vehicles) with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines are both cars that can experience carbon build up over time causing drivability and performance issues. GDI is a met hod that automakers have used to inject gasoline at a high pressure directly into an engine’s combustion chamber rather than into the intake tract or cylinder port.  Fuel is better measured than older fuel injection or carbureted systems - making the vehicle more fuel efficient, as well as yielding more power with an engine of identical displacement. The Audi, BMW engines and the Mini Cooper N12 and N14 (along with later [...]

By | May 15th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Audi, BMW and Mini Cooper Carbon Build Up Correction (Decarbonization)

The Truth About Brake Fluid Changes

The Truth About Brake Fluid Changes Most people know that routine car care involves checking the brakes. Squeaky brakes get attention, and so does a car that seems to be taking longer to stop than is normally necessary. But brake fluid? Many car owners forget it even exists. Yet proper maintenance of your vehicle includes caring for this essential fluid. If you have questions about brake fluid, you’re not alone. Customers often wonder whether it’s necessary to change the fluid and if so, how often it needs to be done. Here are some tips and facts to answer your most [...]

By | March 27th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on The Truth About Brake Fluid Changes

Audi and VW Timing Chain Problems – Good News – We Can Correct For Once And All!

We Can Help! Atlantic Motorcar has extensive experience with correcting problems on the Audi and VW engines which have experienced timing chain issues. If you have been given the bad news of a timing chain problem on your Audi or VW, give us a call, and visit us for a Free Second Opinion. We offer 6 Months To Pay and Complimentary Loaner Cars during the service process.  We know that we can save you money, and beat the dealer cost, as we know that you'll be delighted with our service, and a customer for life! Issues with timing chains are common [...]

By | March 14th, 2019|Case Studies|Comments Off on Audi and VW Timing Chain Problems – Good News – We Can Correct For Once And All!

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!