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 […]

7 Dec, 2017

Vintage Mercedes Project – Or Reviving A Cold War Warrior

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Vintage Mercedes Project – Cold War Warrior

Mercedes 300TE Mercedes 300TE

The vintage Mercedes project car is on the road tonight, Jared, one of our Service Advisors is doing the overnight road test.

Just one year before the Berlin war fell, this Mercedes rolled new out of the factory. I’m a Cold War fan, student and history buff, having grown up in that era, so this project had a special meaning to me, one of the last Mercedes to roll out when “West Germany” was still a country.

Everything is done except […]

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 […]

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 […]

31 Jan, 2017

BMW, Audi and Volvo Torque Converter Problems

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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.

PreventionTorque-Converter-Between-Engine-Driveshaft
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 […]

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, […]

4 Feb, 2016

Mercedes CLK and SLK – Power Top Problem and Repair Service

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Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 2.29.48 PM Mercedes with the Vario Top

History
The classic Mercedes SL chassis (aside from being Bruce’s favorite car ever) also know as the SL300, SL500, SLK, and CLK has to be one of the most amazing cars from a electromechanical technology standpoint. First released in 1989 (129 chassis) and are still in current production. The R129 replaced the R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 in 2003 (US). The R129 was produced as a two-door roadster with an automated (electro-hydraulic) textile tonneau cover. All R129