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

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

Volvo XC70 – Engine Oil Sludge – Low Oil Pressure

This is a problem we see much more on Saabs than Volvos, in fact in the last 7 years I've seen this but 3 times. The photos tell it all on this one, symptoms where engine oil light on at idle and engine oil pressure very low. Sludge deposits were found in both the engine oil pump and pickup screen. The o-ring seals in the pan, a common cause of low pressure on these cars, were intact, looking to have been recently replaced. A previous servicing shop had removed the engine oil pan and cleaned the pickup in an attempt [...]

By | August 18th, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on Volvo XC70 – Engine Oil Sludge – Low Oil Pressure

2001 Volvo XC70 – Turbocharger Lubrication Failure

Volvo turbos on the 2nd generation cars generally last the life of the engine, so it was unusual to see this car here with a defective turbocharger. Half the battle in repairing anything is to figure out WHY it failed, so a repeat failure can be avoided. You'll notice on the turbocharger below the impeller or fan which drives the unit is severely worn at the ends. This is caused by the turbo fan contacting the housing, usually because of wear in the turbo bushings or damage to the shaft. In this particular turbo the shaft is actually broken into [...]

By | August 12th, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on 2001 Volvo XC70 – Turbocharger Lubrication Failure

2006 Volvo XC70 – Handbrake Shoe Delamination Failure

Volvos are great cars, but like every car there are some special service points which require attention. All too often these items are overlooked by general repair shops, the old adage "Jack of all trades, master of none." applies here. One problem on the later Volvos is delaminating of the parking brake (handbrake) shoes. The friction material is glued, rather than riveted, onto the metal structure of the parking brake shoes. After time the adhesive holding the shoe onto the metal fails. This is often manifested by a "scrapping" or rubbing noise in the rear brake area. All too often [...]

By | August 11th, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on 2006 Volvo XC70 – Handbrake Shoe Delamination Failure