An Update From Europe Vol.2 IDParts Brings Germany to You

IDParts is constantly working to import new diesel replacement and maintenance parts to the US market. Many manufacturers in Europe do not realize there are any diesels in the USA at all.  That is why we make the trek to Germany every few years to meet with manufacturers and convince them to release their product ...

We Switched to ROWE, You Should Too

We recently switched to ROWE (pronounced Row-Va) motor oils and transmission fluids and we are thrilled with the results. Everything from the packaging to the performance has been superior to other brands we’ve used in the past.

An Update From Europe: Automechanika 2018

Last week we attended the 25th anniversary Automechanika in Frankfurt, Germany. This is a huge and exciting show. How huge? All we can say is after attending this show for the first time two years ago, the SEMA show in Las Vegas seemed small. The event expected 133,000 visitors and 5,000 exhibitors across 12 buildings ...

Mk7/EA288 TDI Timing Belt Tools

The new EA288 series engine used in the new Mk7 and other 2015 TDI models use some unique tools for the timing belt job.  Here is a list of what you will need.

Grand Cherokee CRD Glow Plugs Information

Having trouble getting replacement plugs to work on your Grand Cherokee CRD?  You probably were sold the wrong plugs.  Even though it shares the same engine, the Grand Cherokee CRD uses a different plug than the Mercedes models.

Diesel Engine Oil Leaks – Places to Check

Part of owning a high mileage or older diesel is dealing with oil leaks.  It is said that you can tell that a diesel is running because it is leaking oil.  If you are chasing down oil leaks, here are some common sources to check.

How do Clutched Alternator Pulleys Work

Most modern vehicles have clutched or so called one-way or decoupler pulleys.  Proper operation of these pulleys is vital to alternator health and the health of other components, especially the serpentine belt tensioner.

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Replacing Alternator Pulley In-Car – List of VW Models & Difficulty

Replacing an alternator pulley without removing the alternator requires skill, the right tools and a cooperative engine bay design.  We’ve compiled a list of VW diesels that we work on and listed how difficult it is to replace the pulley with the alternator still installed in the vehicle.

Limp Mode After Oil Cooler Seals on OM642

If you are experiencing limp mode after replacing the oil cooler seals on your OM642 engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD, Sprinter Vans or Mercedes BlueTEC models the good news is that it is probably an easy fix.

Baby D-Max Update #1 – Issues, MPGs and Mods

Back in March, we took on the 2016 GMC Canyon 2.8L Duramax here at IDParts as a project vehicle.  So far, we’ve put a healthy 3,000 miles on our 2016 Canyon.  This time frame included the end of winter, with a few surprise snowstorms, spring rains and now the warmer weather as summer approaches. As ...

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