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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Washer Solvent Warning Light Sensors and Rain X Deicer

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 seen it in Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen. [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on Washer Solvent Warning Light Sensors and Rain X Deicer

BMW X3 Engine Oil Pan Leaks – The Tao Of Repair and Satisfaction

The Tao With Atlantic Motorcar's BMW service team - The word "Tao" is a Chinese concept signifying 'way', 'path', 'route', or sometimes more loosely, 'doctrine' or 'principle'. We're happy to share information on BMW service, because we know an informed customer is a happy customer, and freely share with other shops as "a rising tide lifts all boats". We  title this such to illustrate a point, yes, this is not a simple repair, yes, but one, if done correctly, will last another 100,000 miles. That’s our goal with BMW, and other autos here, fix it right the first time, and prevent problems from happening [...]

By | April 13th, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW X3 Engine Oil Pan Leaks – The Tao Of Repair and Satisfaction

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

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 item like a convertor at speed, aside [...]

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Headlight Lens Refinishing – We Do That – Save Money And See Better

Tech Tip - Headlight Lens Refinishing – Save Money And See Better – Headlight refinishing - Volvo. We can do the same on Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Saab and Lexus. How many of you get in your car that’s a few years older now and find that your headlights are no longer shining like they used to? More and more cars have gone from glass headlight housings to plastic ones for cheaper production costs and weight reduction. One side affect we see more with lights of this type is heavy pitting and discoloration from the natural elements we [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on Headlight Lens Refinishing – We Do That – Save Money And See Better

BMW Service – Taillight Wiring Electrical Problem

BMW E60 (528Xi) - The car presented with an intermittent turn signal and brake light, warnings being received on the dash mounted iDrive system. Examination by our BMW Service techs quickly reveled that the fault was the rear rear circuit board, and wiring harness for the passenger side. BMW electrical connector, noted melted ground contact pin. You will note that the ground lead wire and electrical connector have melted into the plastic wiring plug, damaging both the wire, the connector, and the taillight circuit board. BMW has had an issue with this on the E60, and on other BMW [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Service – Taillight Wiring Electrical Problem

BMW Radiator – Replacement and Prevention

Why BMW engine radiator, clogged with debris. BMW E60 Radiator, you'll note leaking at the cores on the bottom rows. The cause became quickly evident, the back of the radiator was covered with leaves and other debris that had been drawn into the radiator core. Nearly impossible to clean without removal, or extensive disassembly, it can help if you are able to clean out any visible leaves. Also a strong underbody car wash may aid in displacing the debris. If you car has the symptoms noted above, you might want to give us a call, BEFORE the failure occurs. The update [...]

By | February 27th, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Radiator – Replacement and Prevention

BMW Service – Ignition Coils – Catalytic Convertor Replacement

What BMW Service - That flashing red or yellow Check Engine light? It means something, and on later model BMW, Audi, Mercedes, and other imports, it frequently means that one or more ignition coils have given up the ghost, especially if you've got 80,000 to 100,000 miles on the odometer. Bosch coil, Bosch is OEM for BMW on this part. So what is the ignition coil? Quite simply, this small little electronic device provides the voltage that fires the spark plugs, and is the heart of your BMW's engine performance...unfortunately, it's also one of the key things that can disable [...]

By | February 16th, 2015|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Service – Ignition Coils – Catalytic Convertor Replacement