AMC Tech Case - Rat Race This Mercedes E350 came in with a no start condition, radio inoperative, and a host of other electrical issues. We weren't the first to work on this vehicle, it was clear that many hands had been in here before, and apparently given up without success. Cause The highly skilled AMC Service Techs Kyle and Scotty collaborated, were able to trace the fault, after a good day of diagnostics, and interior disassembly, to a electrical wiring and fiber optic cable issue, located inside one of the wire chases. As these chases run from the front [...]
Problem 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 access it from the back of the [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Car presented with Incorrect air flow out the heat/ac vents. Upon inspection we discovered that a previous servicing facility had worked on the vehicle and left the ACC system in total disarray. Vacuum lines were disconnected, flaps were wire tied closed, actuators were disabled, vacuum manifolds were plugged, in short, the ACC air direction system was non-functional. This required removal of the dash pad and center console to fully inspect and access what was needed to make the system operational once again. Subsequently upon removal we found broken flaps, damaged cable actuators and stripped gears. This is a major undertaking, [...]
Engine oil sludge does not just affect Saabs, take at look at the oil pan and lower engine on this VW Passat. That black gooey substance is not tar, but engine oil sludge. Unfortunately the car was switched over to a full synthetic engine oil too late in its life, for the first three years it was run on a conventional oil, you can see the results. It is cheap insurance to always use a fully synthetic engine oil on all European autos newer than 1999. We use Castrol Syntec in our workshop, it is the factory fill on many [...]
With only 22,000 miles, rodent damage on the ABS rear wheel speed sensor data cables. Somehow a mouse found its way inside the car, under the seat, under the carpet, under the foam padding, and into the rear wiring harness conduit for a quick snack. Required extensive work to diagnose and then removal of the passenger seat and carpeting to service.
A fun and rewarding job, installing a stainless steel sport exhaust on a brand new BMW M3 coupe. Looks pretty and sounds even better!
Audi/VW timing belt replacement is a bit of a project as it requires the removal of the front nose of car. When replacing the timing belt it is critical to also replace the engine water pump and thermostat as they are located behind the timing belt, requiring belt removal to access. Not the most technician friendly design. It is also strongly recommended to replace the tensioner roller, serpentine belt and inspect the tensioner seals for oil leakage.