Case Studies

A Collection of the Odd, Unusual and Interesting Found While Servicing Our Client Vehicles.

Originally intended as a showcase for customers of our workshop and staff’s abilities, this page has evolved in an interesting and informative teaching tool, and one of the most popular pages on our site!

By nature, these are rather extreme examples of failures, and not what we typically find during service. Our goal at Atlantic Motorcar is to prevent these from happening to you and your car. But rest assured, if we can fix these challenges, regular maintenance is breeze!

We like to call this our “YES WE CAN!” page. You can also view many of these concerns on our Facebook page. Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Volvo 850 Turbo – Improper Repair HO2 Sensor Wiring

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Aftermarket HO2 sensor spliced in by previous servicing facility, note nylon wire tie securing to sway bar! Any wonder why the Check Engine light was on? That’s why we use only Original Equipment parts on our client vehicles, aftermarket parts cost both the owner and workshop time and money.

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Mercedes SLK – Water Entry Into Body Computer

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Water entry into trunk filled and damaged the pneumatic body control module.
Believe it or not we were able to repair this unit, saving our client hundreds of dollars.
Our service facility is equipped with a state of the art electronic service workshop.
More importantly, we were able to find and correct the water leak preventing expensive future problems.


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Volvo V70 – A/C Evaporator Core Replacement

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Defective evaporator core requires removal of the dash and center console.
Quite a project, the dye stains on the evaporator core provide confirmation of the leakage.
Although this part often fails from age, its cheap insurance to keep the cabin air filters clean and free of dirt and water, water and debris will enter and will cause corrosion to the evaporator core. Although a V70 is pictured here, the procedure is the same on the Volvo 850 and S70 models.

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Saab 9-3 Sedan – Engine Oil Pan Damage

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A very unfortunate event, this Saab 9-3 turbo oil pan struck a rock and damaged the pan allowing the engine oil to leak out. Note the broken aluminum oil pan parts and material caught in the oil sump pickup. Metal particles may have entered the engine lubricating system.


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