Diesel and the Leaping Cat: Our Impressions

Jaguar isn’t known for its diesel vehicles on this side of the Atlantic, even though they’ve offered them for years in Europe. But that’s changing: Jaguar has a diesel in three of the five models it offers in North America for 2017, more than any other automaker. The 2-liter (20d) Diesel is part of Jaguar’s ...

Daimler’s Diesel Issues

Updated July 19th with new Daimler Announcement 2017 was supposed to see a new surge of Mercedes diesel models. As the 2017 model-year ends, Mercedes still has no diesel-powered models available to purchase. What happened?

Is the Ecodiesel Done? Maybe not…

No model-year 2017 Ram 1500 or Grand Cherokee EcoDiesels have been available at dealerships. After much speculation that Fiat Chrysler USA (FCA) ran into trouble with the EPA, the EPA announced a Notice of Violation in January of 2017 & formally filed charges against FCA in March. Is this the end of the EcoDiesel?

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Check ALH Injection Pump Timing

On the ALH engine the injection pump timing is measured using a scan-tool, like a VCDS tool. Procedure Turn on the vehicle and open VCDS Click on 01-Engine Click on 04-Basic Settings In the group field, enter “00” and “GO” button A new window with a graph will appear Select the Mk4 ALH Engine in ...

BMW Extending Warranty on 335d NOX Sensors

BMW has extended its warranty to 10 years/120,000 miles for all the NOX sensors on its 335d. These sensors commonly fail and can be an expensive replacement (as our coworker learned). You can request reimbursement from BMW if you’ve already done the repair and your vehicle is eligible.

2007-2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Quick Look

With the dieselgate scandal ongoing for VW, many diesel owners have traded their vehicles in and thought, like all diesel drivers do from time to time, “What diesel should I buy now?” For those of you interested in something with a little more power, off road, and towing capacity, we suggest the 2007-2008 Jeep Grand ...

TDI Gen. 3 Tuning Options

The EA288 engine launched in North America in 2015 was a big step forward for VW. Water to air intercooler, more durable fuel system, 10 HP power increase, and the introduction of Adblue for Jetta/Golf/Beetle resulted in significantly better fuel economy. But as everyone knows, emissions weren’t to EPA standards and, well, the rest is ...

Enable “Hot Climate” Mode on Your Climatronic Mk5+ TDI

Depending on where your car was sold, it may or may not have the “Hot Climate” setting enabled in the Climatronic Unit.  You can enable this yourself via VCDS.   Open VCDS Go To Select Modules Under the “Installed Modules” window – select number 08 – Auto HVAC After the control loads – select Coding ...

E320 CDI Chip Tuning Options

The inline 6-cylinder engine in the E320 CDI is no slouch, but, the common-rail motor can do much more.  

Scangauge II and Chevy Cruze Diesel

  We picked up a Scangauge II to use with our Chevy Cruze to monitor a few different things while driving. I have found the unit to be great for monitoring when the car will begin to perform a DPF regen.  I am currently monitoring the following: MAP: Manifold Absolute Pressure reading. The MAP will ...

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