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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.


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 ...

Mercedes Oil Cooler Seal Leak on 3.0L V6 Engines

The 3.0L V6 Mercedes Diesel engine has proven to be a strong and reliable motor.  This engine is used in everything from an E-Class sedan up to the 3500 dually Sprinter vans.  The combination of power, durability and fuel economy makes this engine a superior choice everywhere it is used.  The Achilles heel of this ...

Yes, the 2.8L Duramax is a cousin of the Jeep CRD 2.8L from VM Motori

Is the 2.8L Duramax the same as the Jeep Liberty CRD 2.8L? We get asked this question all the time here at IDParts, and we’ve noticed there is a lot of confusion about the actual source of the Colorado/Canyon 2.8L Duramax engine. It isn’t a “real” Duramax or even a “GM” engine, and it isn’t ...