Unhappy Kitty – Jaguar Check Engine Light On – Bringing Back The Purr!

The Unhappy Kitty - Jaguar Check Engine Light On This is a great study of dedication, and a solid illustration that logical thinking, some "detective work", and understanding of how automotive systems actually work, make all the difference in service outcomes. In other words, "knowing", rather than just "parts changing". It's also a cautionary tale that "scanning the computer" and use of fault codes, does not fix cars, it may or may not give an indication of the area in which to investigate, but unless there is true knowledge of how the system operates, it can lead to unnecessary work and parts replacement. [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Unhappy Kitty – Jaguar Check Engine Light On – Bringing Back The Purr!

Good News – Mercedes SBC – Sensotronic Brake System Recall – Extended To 25 Years!

Good News Good news for those who own a 2003 to 2012 Mercedes equipped with the troublesome SBC brake system. The original 10 year recall warranty extension, has been extended again, this time to an unprecedented 25 years, with unlimited milage!  If you reference the attached images, you'll find that Mercedes has done the right thing, and not only extended the warranty, but also agreed to reimburse for previous repairs! Kudos to the good folks at Mercedes HQ who have taken this course, it's not only right for the customers, but also right for the company. Read on for more [...]

By | September 24th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Good News – Mercedes SBC – Sensotronic Brake System Recall – Extended To 25 Years!

“Rat Race” – Mercedes Wiring Harness Repair – Damaged By Rodents

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 [...]

By | July 20th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on “Rat Race” – Mercedes Wiring Harness Repair – Damaged By Rodents

BMW Electric Water Pump Failure – How, Why, and What To Prevent

What This BMW 540 has was diagnosed with a defective engine coolant pump. Symptoms were overheating and damaged drive belt system. Disassembly of the front cover and removal of the water pump allowed for inspection of the pump. How The mode of failure with this pump appears to be simple age and miles, likely exasperated by a lack of coolant changes. The bearing failed on the pump, allowing the plastic impeller to contact the aluminum housing, you can see the growing on the surface. Finally the plastic impeller itself failed, the vehicle overheated, and came to a stop. As the water pump [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Electric Water Pump Failure – How, Why, and What To Prevent

Electrical Issues – Telling Simple From Not

This vehicle was sent to us by another repair shop with the concern that it did not start, or would only start intermittently. The battery, starter, and finally the key switch were replaced in an attempt to get it to start. In fact, the starter was replaced twice. Then it was towed to our workshop. Mystery? Had the battle is recreating the problem, which it did here. Mystery? Not really for the Atlantic Motorcar Service Team, we see these cars day in and day out, we specialize in knowing, not just guessing. And when you do the same thing again [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Electrical Issues – Telling Simple From Not

Classic Mercedes Benz Coupe – Back On The Road

Knowledge, Integrity, Trust Classic Mercedes Benz, returning customer. He also owns the "Cold War" Benz we mechanically restored last fall, that was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects I've been involved in during my 30+ years of German auto service. Until now. Then this car comes along. This visit was the resurrection of his beloved 1971 Mercedes 250 Coupe. There really is a very special character to these cars, you have to see to fully appreciate. The attention to detail was remarkable, and this example is very, very original. Study In Contrasts AMC Master Tech "Big Nick" makes [...]

By | June 23rd, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Classic Mercedes Benz Coupe – Back On The Road

A Word About Classic Mercedes Service – Yes!

How We Can Help If you've come to this page looking for help with your classic Mercedes, you've come to the right place! Ownership of a classic Mercedes Benz should be a pleasure, not a problem. Your vehicle can, and should, be as reliable as the day you drove it out of the new car showroom, and with our service, it can be. One of the greatest challenges to ownership of a classic Mercedes is finding a qualified and properly trained service facility that has the tools, knowledge, and staff that are not only familiar with your vehicle, but care about it as much as you do. Finding such a team that is likewise [...]

By | May 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on A Word About Classic Mercedes Service – Yes!

Mercedes Oil Cooler Seals, 642 Diesel Engine Cause And Correction

If you own a Mercedes with a BlueTEC diesel engine, you may have heard quite a bit about the oil cooler leaks that have plagued some models. It is in fact quite a common issue with many of the BlueTEC diesel Mercedes. If  like many of the owners out there, you are probably left with a lot of questions and wondering things like, “Which BlueTEC engines have oil cooler leaks?”, and “What are the signs of a leaking oil cooler?” That’s where the Atlantic Motorcar Center comes in. You see, we're professionals in Mercedes service, after 33 years, we know these [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mercedes Oil Cooler Seals, 642 Diesel Engine Cause And Correction

Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

BMW, Mini Cooper Transmission 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, for it seems to us that almost all of the fluids need service around 60K miles, far shorter than the lifetime of most European cars. While fluids and lubricants have doubtlessly improved over time, we suspect that the real reason for [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

BMW Engine Camshaft Bolts Problem – Repair and Correction

What Happens Certain late model BMWs can experience a problem with the camshaft sprocket retention bolts failing. This is a design defect, and well know in professional BMW service circles. You can see on the photo below, that VANOS (variable valve timing system) to intake camshaft bolts have broken and backed out, 3 of the 4 bolts are damaged and loose. BMW said “in very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (Vanos) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break.” In such cases, the driver would be alerted by a check-engine warning light. Power to the [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Engine Camshaft Bolts Problem – Repair and Correction