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ALH TDI Thermostat Replacement

If your TDI is not reaching full engine temperature and the air coming out of the vents is not very hot even on the hottest setting, it may be time to replace your thermostat.  Luckily, replacing the thermostat on an ALH is a straightforward affair.

CRD Glow Plugs – 5 Volt or 7 Volt?

If your Jeep Liberty CRD needs replacement glow plugs, you might be confused by the different options, including choosing 5 volt or 7 volt editions.  This guide will walk you through making the right choice.

Mk V Jetta/Golf/Sportwagen Rear Brake Change How-To

This how-to details the procedure for changing the rear brakes on any Volkswagen on the A5 chassis. The process is the same for gas and diesel models. Required Parts: Rear Brake Set (A5) Includes everything you need to change the rear brakes on your Mk. V Jetta or Sportwagen. Required Tools 13mm Wrench 19mm Wrench ...

BMW’s New B Series Diesels

In North America diesel enthusiasts continue to live under the cloud of VW’s diesel emissions scandal. In Europe major cities are threatening to ban internal combustion engines all together, diesels first. But while that’s happening, manufacturers are introducing new versions of common rail diesels that are more powerful, more efficient, and yes, cleaner than ever. ...

How To: Chevy Cruze Under-Tightened Intake Clamps

The Gen1 Chevy Cruze Diesel has had its fair share of emission sensor failures over the years. Many owners speculate that the sensor failures are related to un-metered air entering the vehicle’s system. The Cruze uses a MAF(Mass Airflow) sensor to obtain a measurement of airflow that is entering the vehicle’s intake system. The MAF ...

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VW 01M Automatic Transmission Service ALH TDI

In this video Corey completes a fluid and filter service on an 01M 4-speed automatic transmission in a Mk4 Jetta TDI ALH. The 01M automatic transmission was first introduced in 1995, and was used on many VW models until 2006.

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Mercedes New Workhorse – the OM 654

The 2.1 liter OM651 diesel engine was the most-produced engine in history for Mercedes.  That’s right, Mercedes sold more OM651 powered vehicles than any other engine, ever.  From large sprinter vans to small C-Class sedans, the OM651 was reliable, durable and fuel efficient.  It held its own against its larger brothers, too, like the venerable ...

2017 Ecodiesels Approved for Sale

The Ecodiesel is back! In late July the EPA gave official approval for Fiat-Chrysler to resume selling model year 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel models.  This bring to a close what at first some assumed to be a “Dieselgate Part 2” follow up to VW, complete with buybacks and fines.  However, according ...

Chevrolet Cruze Gen 2 Diesel Review

In 2014 Chevrolet jumped back into the passenger car diesel market with the Generation 1 Cruze in North America. Reviews were generally positive, and after a one-year break, Chevy upped the ante with a Generation 2 Cruze and a new diesel. And this time the oil-burner is available with a 6-speed manual as well as ...