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.”

31Jan, 2017

Volkswagen 2.0 TSI Timing Chain Failures

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VW and Audi 2.0T TSI Engines had some issues relating to the lower timing chain tensioner.   This includes both CCTA, CBFA, CAEB and CPMA engines from 2008-2015.  On this model these was an early version of this tensioner that may fail losing its hydraulic tension.

When the 2.0T TSI Timing Chain Tensioner Fails it can cause the intake or exhaust valves to contact the piston while the engine is running.  If this happens you will need the cylinder head to be removed and the valves to be replaced.  At this time you would also need to verify there was no further damage […]

4Mar, 2016

Good News – Mini Cooper Timing Chain Warranty Extension, Recall & Reimbursement

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Good News
If you own a 2007-2010 Mini Cooper S over 30,000 miles on the odometer, you’ve likely paid to have the timing chain system, or perhaps even the engine, repaired or replaced.

* Important – We literally receive hundreds of phone calls per year on this issue. Please note that unless you are a service customer of AMC, or live in the state of Maine, or are willing to transport your Mini Cooper here for service, we can not answer questions about out of state vehicles, and would refer you to the the local Mini Cooper dealer in your state for assistance. If you are a current customer […]

3Mar, 2016

The Measure Of A Workshop – Or How To Find A New Home For Your Car

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To Start
For sometime now I’ve been involved with other shops, either in a consulting, or in an industry 20 Group. Over the years I’ve developed a set of criteria that I’ve shared with friends and family about how to properly evaluate where to obtain high quality, ethical auto service. These apply if your auto is an Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Saab, Volvo or VW.

Some of these items may seem basic, even commonsense, but all too often folks make the decision of where to take the car under duress, you want to have an ongoing relationship with shop before problems occur, […]

4Feb, 2016

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

3Feb, 2016

BMW Sunroof Repair and Reseal – Wind, Water Leak and Noise

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Problem

Correction and repair of water and wind leaks. Correction and repair of water and wind leaks.

This BMW 5 series presented with a concern of sunroof wind noise, and a possible water leak or entry. A quick inspection of the existing seal showed that it had become compressed, not an unusual occurrence for a tubular rubber product after time, much like an engine’s gaskets can get hardened and leak, so the rubber seal on the sunroof, installed back when the car was first manufactured, needed service.

Correction
The Atlantic Motorcar Center has developed a very through […]

28Jan, 2016

2012 BMW N20 Engine – Oil Filter Housing Update Kit

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The Problem
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2012 BMW with the N20 engine presented with an apparent coolant and oil intermix fault, in other words, the normally green antifreeze was black with oil, and antifreeze had gotten into the engine oil.

Testing confirmed that coolant was being contaminated with engine oil, and the engine oil was noted to have a white foamy mixture on the dipstick and fill cap. Tech diagnosed as a defective engine oil filter housing, the original housing was plastic, BMW has since released an update kit which is constructed of aluminum.

Repair
Tech replaced oil filter housing with update kit, […]