AMC Car Repairs Blog

This is AMC Car Repairs Blog, we try and post regular updates that our viewers would like to read. We will talk about a range of topics, it could be anything from; Vehicles we specialize in;  Volvo, Audi, Seat, Skoda & Volkswagen, General Car Maintenance, Diagnostic information, Spark plugs, Cambelts, Unusual car related facts and much more. The Topics will be varied and we will try and write them in a relaxed format so everyone can understand, not just the car enthusiasts that tune in. If you have a topic you would like us to cover, let us know and we will try to accommodate you. We hope that you enjoy reading them.

Mercedes – None Start – Diagnostics

Mercedes – Non Start – Diagnostics This Mercedes was a non start, we love nothing better than an interesting job to get our heads around. Diagnostics is one of our specialty’s. This Mercedes was a non start, we traced the fault to a Snapped pin on Mercedes Engine Control Unit with water ingress.  

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Diesel Particulate Filter Removal finally being policed

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Removal finally being policed by the DVSA. Nearly a year ago we wrote about changes that were due to be introduced regarding MOT tests and the removal of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs). We also discussed the penalties to car owners for driving a non compliant vehicle. The DVSA are finally cracking down on Garages and MOT Testers who offer a DPF(Diesel Particulate Filter) Removal Service. The DVSA have given Two Sheffield Testers, a 2 year ban after being found to be selling DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) Removal Services, see link below to read the full story. To Read about the MOT Testing ban for Mechanics carrying out DPF Removal please click here.   We have always advised customers that this is not a service we will provide and explained to them the impact that removal would have … Continue reading

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Diagnostics on Porsche

Diagnostics on Porsche Called out to a fellow local garage to assist with a faulty porsche that kept on throwing cam and crank correlation codes out. The main dealer had failed to diagnose the fault we scoped the cam and crank signals and found this. Red signal is camshaft bank 1 and blue signal is camshaft bank 2, green is crankshaft signal. The Blue signal was 11 degrees retarded so timing needs attention. Please click here to view Cam and Crank Signal Image

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4 legged Furry Friend- Damage to Seat Belt

4 legged Furry Friend –  Damage to Seat Belt: This week one of our customers 4 legged Furry Friend is in the bad books for chewing in the wrong place! The Casualty was a Seat Belt! As you can see from the photo below the damage was sufficient that we needed to replace the Seat Belt to ensure it would perform properly. Hopefully he will stick to chewing his dog toys and treats from now on!      

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Hissing Ford Focus no engine management light!

Hissing Ford Focus no engine management light! We came across this ford focus today making a hissing noise but had no engine management light.  Carried out a Smoke Test and traced fault to leaking turbo boost hose as shown in video. Click here to watch smoke test video

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Does your car need a service?Whats hidden under your bonnet?

Does your car need a service?Whats hidden under your bonnet?  A lot of people would be horrified to know whats hidden under their bonnet, if your car has had a service recently you can breath a sigh of relief as your car will be a lot healthier than some we have seen recently. We often hear people say “I don’t know why my car has suddenly gone wrong and needs repairing”.  When asked when they last serviced their car they say “oh, I can’t remember it was quite a while ago”. Cars a similar to people they need clean air to breathe or they struggle running properly. By not servicing a car, the oil becomes polluted and collects carbon deposits which eventually stick on parts within the engine and cause premature failure, oil leaks or general running problems. These are … Continue reading

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Skoda Adverts

Stumbled across these awesome Skoda Adverts thought we would share them with you! They really grabbed our attention, hope you enjoy them, there very clever! They may not be the latest adverts but still worth a watch! Skoda Fabia vRS Mean Green TV commercial and Skoda Octavia Advert

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This is why you should always Check your Nuts!

This story is a great example of why you should always Check your NUTS! A pedestrian was left with a fractured chest and skull when he face-planted into the ground after a runaway tyre hit him on the back of the head. Roberto Carlos Fernandes, 50, was walking along the pavement with his wife in Ipatinga, Brazil, when the loose tyre came speeding towards him. It had just come off a vehicle on the opposite side of the dual-carriageway – and careered over two reservations towards the couple. It bounced several times before smashing into the back of his head – face-planting him into the hard concrete. Click here to see the video of what happened It may have been a freak accident but in reality if wheels are not fitted correctly and torqued to the right setting then this … Continue reading

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Volvo Specialists – New Forest

 AMC Car Repairs are now Volvo Specialists: We are very pleased to announce that we are Volvo Specialists we have recently invested in the full Volvo Diagnostic Equipment (DICE and VOE).  So if you would rather use an Independent Volvo Garage then get in touch with us. Our New equipment enables us to Program and Diagnose Volvo’s in the comfort of your own home (if the job allows or we can collect and return the car upon completion of work). We Cover the New Forest, Lymington, Hythe, Totton, Southampton and Surrounding areas. We have set up a New Facebook page dedicated to Volvos so if you own a Volvo check it out. Volvo Specialist – New Forest Facebook page click here We are not just Volvo Specialists we will work on other makes and models also, but we wanted to … Continue reading

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April 2017 will see (VED) vehicle tax changes!!

Vehicle Tax Changes: Are you considering buying a new car? If so these new vehicle tax changes may affect you, as vehicles registered from 1st April 2017 will have their tax calculated on their carbon dioxide emissions. We have attached a guide below for you to read about what the changes are and how they may affect you. Click here to find out more about Tax Changes

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