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

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