15 Jan, 2018

Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

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BMW, Mini Cooper “Lifetime Fluid”

There is a trend with many manufacturers to use so called “Lifetime” transmission fluids in their new cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been doing this for years.

 
The real question is what is a “lifetime”? If the lifetime of the car is the reference point, most owners will be sorely disappointed, […]

8 Dec, 2017

AMC Tech Tip – Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights In Cold Weather

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AMC Tech Tip – Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights In Cold Weather

What
As winter approaches, many motorists will experience a low-pressure warning light on the dash or simply observe that the tires look a bit less full than they should. The main reason for this is the dropping temperatures, which cause the air to become denser and consequently lower the tire pressure. Of course, tires naturally lose pressure over time, or there can be a puncture.

Why
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are a real boon to safety and convenience, and they have been required […]

22 Nov, 2017

AMC Service Tip – Replacing Stuck or Blind Hole Bearing Races

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Problem

Removing Stuck Bearing Races Removing Stuck Bearing Races

Tapered roller bearings are commonly found in wheel bearings, transmission, differentials, and other automotive systems. They consist of two parts, the bearing cone with the roller bearing, and a “race”, which is the highly polished and hardened surface on which the bearing rides. The race is pressed into the part or casting and the roller bearing installed on top of it.

So let’s say you have a bearing race (transmission, wheel, differential or other) in a “blind” hole that you need to replace. By “blind” we mean you can’t […]

13 Nov, 2017

Investing In Your Team – BMW Service Training

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Investing In Your Team – BMW Training – Last Weekend

Investing In Your Team - BMW Training - Last Weekend 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 […]

8 Aug, 2017

Tech Tip – Buying A Pre-owned Car?

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Just had a customer contact me this morning about the purchase of a used BMW from a private seller. The price sounded too good to be true…until I heard the rest of the story. Seems it needs a “few things” – “It idles up-and-down and will even stall. It could be a mass airflow sensor, oxygen sensor, or something similar.”

Yikes, right? Might be a bargain, or might be real headache, but you don’t know until you have the car looked at professionally. As our Service Manager Rick likes to say “The […]

13 Apr, 2017

Audi 2.0 TFSI Engine Oil Consumption – Correction

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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 […]

11 Apr, 2017

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

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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 it’s […]

3 Mar, 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, […]

14 Apr, 2015

Washer Solvent Warning Light Sensors and Rain X Deicer

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Low Washer Fluid Warning Low Washer Fluid Warning

The Problem
Have you experienced a washer low level light that seems to stay on all the time, or worse yet, doesn’t come on at all, even when the fluid is low or empty? This is something we are seeing more and more often, now that the New England snows have finally left us, problems with the fluid level sensors in customer car’s washer solvent bottles. The problem seems to occur across the car lines we service, and doesn’t seem to matter what kind of car, we’ve […]

13 Mar, 2015

BMW Engine – When Good Oil Pans, Go Bad – Oil Leaks

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Drive Oil Level Data Drive Oil Level Data

I title this when “Good Oil Pans Go Bad” to illustrate a point, 99% of the time, the engine oil pan does nothing but hold your engine’s oil, but when the gasket between the engine block and pan fails, it’s a bad thing.

What
Aside from the engine oil leak making a mess in your garage or parking space, and possible engine damage from low oil level, that oil has a nasty habit of finding it’s way to your engine’s catalytic convertor. Oil on a very hot […]