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

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