Category: Technical & How-Tos

Buying a Fixed TDI? Things to Check!

BostoVolkswagen is auctioning bought-back TDIs to dealers for fix and resale. There are quite a few available (3,400 on cars.com last time we checked) and they appear to be selling well. Many TDI fans see this is their last chance to snag a nearly-new TDI, as VW says they won’t be importing any in the ...

North American International Auto Show Recap by IDParts.com

Detroit: We attended the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on its opening day, January 20. A lot of the news stories leading up to the show were about autonomous and electric cars. But when we arrived at the Cobo Center that Saturday most of what we saw was…trucks. GM, Ford, and Chrysler ...

Checking AdBlue/DEF Level On Your TDI

Unlike most diesel trucks, VW does not equip their vehicles with a DEF level gauge anywhere in the instrument cluster.  This makes it hard to determine how much DEF is in the tank, especially when trying to decide how much DEF to add during a refill. Spilled DEF can be messy and hard to clean ...

Colorado ZR2 Duramax: The Best Factory Package Ever?

Last year Chevrolet re-introduced their compact pickup, the Colorado (or Canyon in GMC form).  We were excited to see that Chevrolet fulfilled their promise to offer a diesel-version.  The stout 2.8L inline 4-cylinder engine was torquey down low and made all the right noises.  We came away from our test drives impressed, though worried there ...

What to do if your diesel fuel gels

If you can’t start your diesel after a colder-than usual night, or if the engine is running rough and with low power, you might be experiencing fuel gelling.  Read more about fuel gelling, how to prevent it and what to do about it if it occurs.

3.0L Touareg TDIs Approved for Sale

On Black Friday, VW announced it’ll allow dealers to start selling the 3.0L Touareg TDIs once again, model years 2013-2016! Dealers are going to price these to sell, with brand new 2016 vehicles going for just under $9,000 off the sticker price and previous years discounted heavily as well. The vehicles are going to be ...

BMW 335d Tune Update

Earlier this year we added a 2011 BMW 335d to our project car lineup. The car’s been trouble-free since purchase. All we’ve done is some routine maintenance (oil and filter, cabin and air filter) and we’ve made a few improvements. First was to jettison the heavy OE wheels and run-flat tires for Kosei wheels and ...

Refreshing ALH Fuel Injectors

First, let’s get this out of the way: Fuel injectors are a wear item on all diesels, including the VE, or rotary pump TDIs sold in North America from 1996 through 2003. Although projected wear rates vary, by the time your TDI approaches a quarter million miles, odds are the nozzles are worn and the ...

Diesel Engine Runaway – What is it? What do you do about it?

Engine runaway is a dangerous condition that is more common in diesel engines than gasoline engines. Read on to learn how to handle this situation!

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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.