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

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)

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 [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW and Mini Cooper Turbo Failure

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

By | March 3rd, 2016|Case Studies|Comments Off on The Measure Of A Workshop – Or How To Find A New Home For Your Car

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

Problem 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 service and replacement process for the BMW models affected with [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Sunroof Repair and Reseal – Wind, Water Leak and Noise

Mini Cooper Timing Chain Service

- Mini Cooper Timing Chain Service - New kit installed Big Nick hard at work doing a timing chain update in a newer Mini Cooper. Be it a Cooper, Cooper S, or Clubman, we see this nearly weekly on the Mini Coopers in our area. You can read all about Mini timing chains at our Mini Timing Chain 101 page - http://tinyurl.com/Happy-Mini Fortunately this was caught BEFORE it failed and damaged the engine. When looking at the R56 Mini Coopers (2007 and newer) , we'd always advise checking to see if the timing chain has been updated to the newer [...]

By | January 13th, 2016|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mini Cooper Timing Chain Service

BMW Service Engine Clogged Breather System – Oil Consumption Use

BMW Service Valve Cover -Note sludge or clogging in ventilation port BMW Service with N52 Engine - This vehicle came from another shop with an uncorrected engine oil leak and high oil use. Consumption was on the order of 1 quart per 100 miles, yes, you read that right. We started by finding the incorrect engine oil fill cap had been installed by the previous facility, causing an oil leak on the top of the engine, but that was only one problem. The real culprit was a problem with the crankcase ventilation system. Using our special BMW service diagnostic tool, we [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Service Engine Clogged Breather System – Oil Consumption Use

Mini Cooper – Engine Problem – Carbon Deposits On Intake Valves

Problem occurs with both "S" and non "S" models Carbon Deposits On Intake Valves As the largest Mini Cooper service specialists in Maine, at the Atlantic Motorcar Center we've noted a significant increase in late model Mini Coopers with cold start or cold running problems, even to the point of stalling, or Check Engine warning lights coming on. We've found that many of these Mini Cooper direct injection engines suffer from an excessive carbon build up on the back of the engine intake valves.  The carbon build up can cause drivability issues such as stumbling, flat spots and lack of power, [...]

By | December 22nd, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mini Cooper – Engine Problem – Carbon Deposits On Intake Valves