Case Studies – Our Service Solutions

A Collection of the Odd, Unusual and Interesting Found While Servicing our Client Vehicles.

Originally intended as a showcase for customers of our workshop and staff’s abilities, this page has evolved in an interesting and informative teaching tool, and one of the most popular pages on our site!

By nature, these are rather extreme examples of failures, and not what we typically find during service. Our goal at Atlantic Motorcar is to prevent these from happening to you and your car. But rest assured, if we can fix these challenges, regular maintenance is breeze!

We like to call this our “YES WE CAN!” page. You can also view many of these concerns on our Facebook page. Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on it.”

25Jun, 2018

Rear Fog Lights – Truth and Fiction

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Rear Fog Light Switch – Volvo

Intent and Design
For the new owner of a European auto, the rear fog light is often a source of great mystery, chances are they’ve never seen it before on their domestic car or truck. A common question we are asked is “Why does my European car have only one fog light”.
Or an equally common question, “I think I have a rear fog light out, only the driver’s side seems to work.”

While not common in the U.S., rear fog lights are mandatory in Europe, and are especially common […]

23Jun, 2018

Classic Mercedes Benz Coupe – Back On The Road

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Knowledge, Integrity, Trust

Classic Mercedes Benz, returning customer.
He also owns the “Cold War” Benz we mechanically restored last fall, that was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects I’ve been involved in during my 30+ years of German auto service. Until now.

Then this car comes along. This visit was the resurrection of his beloved 1971 Mercedes 250 Coupe. There really is a very special character to these cars, you have to see to fully appreciate. The attention to detail was remarkable, and this example is very, very original.

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15May, 2018

A Word About Classic Mercedes Service – Yes!

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AMC Classic Mercedes ServiceHow 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 […]

24Apr, 2018

Mercedes Oil Cooler Seals, 642 Diesel Engine Cause And Correction

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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 […]

24Mar, 2018

Mercedes CLK and SLK – Power Top Problem and Repair Service

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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 R129

6Feb, 2018

Nitrogen And Automotive Tires – Peanut Butter & Jelly Or Snake Oil?

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Nitrogen in TiresThe 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.”

Nitrogen in TiresAll 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 […]