Ozone Treatments During Service – Eliminate Odors and Purify Your Car

We’ve all heard it. That smell that could be who knows what coming from the vents of your car or under the seat or in the upholstery itself. You’ve tried cleaning and scrubbing, baking soda, everything you can think of, all of the tips in our post about cleaning your car’s interior. When all else fails, the next step is an ozone treatment. You may have heard of it. Ozone machines are the area of professional detailers. We’ll break it down for you here. What Is An Ozone Treatment? Ozone treatment is the use of gas ozone (O3) to remove odors, bacteria, and [...]

By | April 8th, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on Ozone Treatments During Service – Eliminate Odors and Purify Your Car

Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Faults – Check Engine Leaks

Evap System The evolution of evaporative emissions systems has been driven by changes in emissions standards. While some vehicle manufacturers have introduced very different designs along the way, most use primarily used a vacuum-based design as a foundation. The exceptions are its hybrid electric vehicles, which use an evaporative leak check monitor (ELCM) similar to the Toyota key-off vacuum pump system, and 2011-03 Ford Fiestas, which use a natural vacuum leak detection (NVLD) system similar to the one used by Kia and BMW. What is It The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very [...]

By | March 25th, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Faults – Check Engine Leaks

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

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

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

Volvo XC70 Headlight Electrical Problem – Fix For Once And All

Problem Vehicle presented with an intermittent headlight, warnings being received on the dash warning light system, and the headlight itself was inoperative when first examined. Generally speaking, finding the reason for the failure is just as important, if not more so, then repairing the problem itself. If you simply replace a part, without correcting the root cause, the problem is just going to reappear, often ruining the newly installed part. At Atlantic Motorcar, we test, not guess, and we have the knowledge, and experience, to make sure it's done right, the first time, which results in happy customers! Finding Examination by [...]

By | November 20th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo XC70 Headlight Electrical Problem – Fix For Once And All

Why Did This Happen to My Car? – Prevention vs. Repair

AMC Answer Series - Why Did This Happen to My Car? The Question It happens all too often. At least 2 to 3 times a week, vehicles are towed into Atlantic Motorcar for major repairs. Too frequently we find that these are vehicles that have been poorly maintained. Many times we are asked the same question, “Why did this happen to MY car?” After examining the vehicle and explaining it was due to lack of maintenance, most people are quite surprised. Often I am told, the vehicle has been serviced somewhere, on a regular basis. Are You Being Told The [...]

By | November 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Why Did This Happen to My Car? – Prevention vs. Repair