Tag Archives: Diagnostics

Vehicle Steering & Suspension

Vehicle Steering & Suspension: What is Steering & Suspension?  The Steering & Suspension are key safety related systems that affects the way your car rides and handles.  You should have these sysetms checked regularly, at least once a year. What does the Steering & Suspension do?  The suspension maintains the relationship between the wheels and the frame of the car.  The suspension system interacts with the steering system to provide vehicle control.  When the system is working correctly, the suspension system helps absorb the irregularities in the road, such as potholes, rough terrain etc, but absorbing these irregularities it helps maintain vehicle stability.  The steering system transmits you input from the steering wheel to the steering gear and other steering components that control the cars direction, so if you move the wheel fiercely the car will steer in that direction … Continue reading

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Car Lights & Windscreen Wipers

Car Lights & Windscreen Wipers Car Lights & Windscreen wipers play a major role in safe driving – the chances of accidents increase if you can’t be seen or see others.  Its all to common to get a car in with a fault of this nature that hasn’t been addressed, if you find your car has one of these faults get it booked in and resolved at once. What do they do?  The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow or dirt from building up on the windshield and removes them to maintain clear visibility through the windscreen.  The lighting system provides nighttime visibility, signals and alerts other drivers. It also supplies light for viewing instruments and cars interior. Typical Wear & Tear:  Lights and wipers are normal wear and tear items that require periodic replacement. Factors affecting replacement intervals include: … Continue reading

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Have you any interesting animal related car stories?

Have you any interesting animal related car stories?  We have one to share with you. We recently had a Mazda 3 in with an engine management light on the dash. Diagnostics were carried out and the fault was traced to a hose in the engine that had been eaten by a mouse. This little mouse had been getting into the car and snuggling up in the warm area of the engine for his evening snooze and thought this hose was rather tasty! The damaged hose was replaced and the problem was resolved, or so we thought! 10 days or so later we got another call from the customer to say the problem had returned and  he could see that this very naughty mouse had returned and eaten the new hose we had replaced! Our customer set some traps for his … Continue reading

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Uk Driving Test would you pass if you did it today?

The Uk Driving test has changed considerably over the years, do you think you would pass if you did the test today? December this year new changes are being introduced to the Uk Driving test. A survey showed that half of british motorists didnt think they would pass their test today. So would your driving match up to the new standards? The new test regulations from December 4 will see up to 21 vehicle safety questions added, and traditional manoeuvres substituted for parallel parking or reversing and rejoining traffic. Hopeful new drivers will also be asked to follow directions from a sat nav during the test, and be required to complete 20 minutes of independent driving – increased from the previous 10 minutes. Lets quiz your skills and see how you fare: Are you able to correctly and safely follow … Continue reading

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Testing Throttle Body

Testing Throttle Body Something a little different for you today, a look inside our world of diagnostics.  We hope you will find the video attached interesting, sometimes its nice to get a close up of the testing process and see the things that are normally hidden beneath the bonnet. Click here to view video  

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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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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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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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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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Happy New Year from AMC Car Repairs!!

Happy New Year from AMC Car Repairs!! May 2017 be a Great Year for everyone. THANK YOU all for your support!! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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