Investing In Your Team – BMW Service Training

Investing In Your Team - BMW Training - Last Weekend Want to most sincerely thank to the awesome AMC Team for attending BMW Service Training last weekend. I know that giving up a weekend isn't what everyone looks forward to. Ongoing training is something that we very strongly believe in here at AMC, it's been a key corporate value since we first started in business over 30 years ago. It benefits you the customer as it assures that we always have the latest and greatest in knowledge, and service techniques, to service your car promptly and efficiently. It's also [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Investing In Your Team – BMW Service Training

AMC Tech Talk Q&A – Oil Change Intervals – When Should I Really Change My Oil?

“Hi, just curious – if we are using the more expensive synthetic oil isn’t the oil change longer and more mileage allowed? – Jenny” ==================== Hi Jenny,Thats a great question! We recommend oil changes on a 5,000 – 7,500 mile interval, even with synthetic engine oil.This is especially true of older vehicles as the engine wear tends to allow byproducts of combustion into the oil, in other words, it gets dirty quicker. If you check your engine oil on the dipstick after a few thousand miles, you’ll be surprised how dirty it is. The Lexus factory service schedule for your [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on AMC Tech Talk Q&A – Oil Change Intervals – When Should I Really Change My Oil?

Audi 2.0 TFSI Engine Oil Consumption – Correction

What is the problem? The early version of the TFSI gasoline engines found in the A5, A4 and Q5 have an inherent design fault which leads to high consumption of oil. The base problem seems to relate to the piston rings, which allow small amounts of oil to leak round the pistons into the cylinders, where it burns and therefore leads to high oil consumption. The typical way drivers become aware of this is when the 'add one litre of oil' notice comes up on the dashboard. When this comes up you don't need to immediately stop, but you should add [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Audi 2.0 TFSI Engine Oil Consumption – Correction

Tech Talk – The Truth About Tires

Tires, you know, those black, round things that you car sits on, the things we only pay attention to when they are flat? We often get asked what are the “best” tires out there. Now “Best” and “Cheap” don’t really belong in the same sentence, so let’s pick another term “Best Value“. Value in terms of cost, durability and ride handling, for the next 3-5 years you own your car. Without a doubt, and what we’ve based our business on, the “Best Value” in tires is Michelin. Hands down. It’s what I run on my own car, and my wife’s car, [...]

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Volvo and Land Rover Differential Problems – Out Of Town – We’ll Repair – Send To Us

The Problem This 2010 Volvo XC70 came to us with about 96K miles, and a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The noise was noticeable at low and moderate speeds while driving, and sounded like a loud whine or hum depending on vehicle speed. Initially this noise sounded like a defective wheel bearing but on further exam we determined the noise was in fact coming from the rear differential, the gear system that transmits force from the transmission to the rear wheels. We've seen this before, both on the later model Volvo and the Land Rover LR2 vehicles, and [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo and Land Rover Differential Problems – Out Of Town – We’ll Repair – Send To Us

BMW and Mini Battery Registration (Replacement)

The electrical system in late-model Minis and BMWs is quite sophisticated, in that it tailors charging as closely as possible to both the type and age of the battery. The Engine Management computer also controls the alternator output. When replacing a battery, this computer needs to be informed if you’ve replaced the battery or updated the vehicle from a conventional Lead Acid battery to an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) type; it charges the AGM differently than a traditional battery. How It's Done This process of updating the alternator-control computer is called Battery Registration. Ignoring the registration process after replacing a [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW and Mini Battery Registration (Replacement)

Volvo Fuel Pump Failure

Tech Tip - Volvo Fuel Filter Changes, Prevent Problems and Save Money See the photo? That's a electric fuel pump, you don't want to have to buy one, read on for a a quick way to save yourself some real money, and headache! Volvo has a 105K or 120K mile schedule for replacement of the engine fuel filter. Lately we've been seeing an increasing number of the Volvo electric fuel pumps failing. Prevent Rather Than Repair We feel that this problem is brought about by extended intervals between fuel filter replacement. In the past, fuel filters were often changed at [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo Fuel Pump Failure

BMW and Mini Cooper Turbo Failure

Problem A common yet avoidable problem we see with BMW and Mini Coopers is turbocharger failure. Turbocharger failures can be catastrophic, so they are important to address at the first sign of a problem. As its name implies, a turbocharger is a device increases the power output of an engine. In our workshop, we see a number of turbocharger or "turbo" issues, on a number of different cars. Almost always on vehicles not serviced by us, but rather referred to workshop by the dealer, or another repair facility. Over the years we’ve compiled a very effective set of diagnostic principles to make the [...]

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BMW Seat Occupancy Sensor

What It Is A vehicle’s passenger occupancy sensor detects whether a passenger is in the seat and decides whether or not to allow the airbag to deploy in the event of an accident. If the sensor determines a weight on the seat is not a person, the airbag does not deploy. The traditional seat occupancy sensor is a mat sewn under the upholstery on the surface of the seat. Beginning in 2006, manufacturers began replacing traditional seat occupancy sensors with occupancy classification sensors that not only determine whether the weight in the passenger seat is a person or not, but also [...]

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BMW, Audi and Volvo Torque Converter Problems

Problem In our workshop, we see a number of transmission issues, on a number of different cars, from BMW, Audi, Volvo, and Honda. Almost always on vehicles not serviced by us, but rather referred to workshop by the dealer, or another repair facility. Over the years we've compiled a very effective set of diagnostic principles to make the determination of the failure mode, and corrective action, very straightforward. Prevention The old bromide that "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" never rang truer than in the case of the automatic transmission. Proper servicing, which is all too [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW, Audi and Volvo Torque Converter Problems