4 Jan, 2018

Volvo Differential Rebuilding Service – Out of Our Area? Send Your Unit To Us

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The Problem
The rear differential design has been in use in the Volvo world since the 2008 to at least the 2014 model year, so it’s something to consider if you own a vehicle in that range. We service a tremendous amount of Volvo XC70s, and have seen the problem largely on those models, but have read reports of it being an issue on the S80 as well. Now the earlier Volvos had their own set of differential or bevel gear problems, which you can read about on our blog at Volvo AOC problems.

What We Do
We mentioned that we’ve seen this problem before, and […]

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

Volvo Fuel Pump Failure

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Tech Tip – Volvo Fuel Filter Changes, Prevent Problems and Save Money

See the photo?
That’s a electric fuel pump, you don’t want to have to buy one, read on for a a quick way to save yourself some real money, and headache! 14962741_10153508589697185_5413845415310232774_n

Volvo has a 105K or 120K mile schedule for replacement of the engine fuel filter. Lately we’ve been seeing an increasing number of the Volvo electric fuel pumps failing.

Prevent Rather Than Repair
We feel that this problem is brought about by extended intervals between fuel filter replacement. In the past, fuel filters were […]

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, […]

13 Mar, 2015

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

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Drive Oil Level Data 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 […]

5 Mar, 2015

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

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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. 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 […]