Category: Technical & How-Tos

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 ...

WeatherTech AlloyCover Review

WeatherTech’s line of Made-in-USA tonneau covers come with WeatherTech’s reputation for great build quality and fit that they built on their lines of floor mats.  Will WeatherTech’s new offering be compelling enough to be chosen over existing options?

VW Announces the EA288 Evo – a 2.0 TDI “Mild Hybrid”

Hybridization of the diesel engine has been done here and there mostly by Mercedes Benz.  Ultimately, adding a hybrid drivetrain to a diesel engine has complications that gasoline-hybrids don’t suffer from, namely cost (diesel engines are already more expensive to make than gasoline engines) and decreasing returns (diesel engines are already efficient, sometimes as efficient ...

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Adjusting Displayed Fuel Economy on Mk7 TDI

If your in-cluster display (aka MFD) is displaying MPG numbers that are not accurate you can correct this and bring the MPG numbers closer to reality by adjusting the calibration number using VCDS.

New Project Vehicle – 2017 GMC Canyon

After the Ford Ranger was discontinued in 2011, the only option for a midsize pickup truck was the Toyota Tacoma.  Thankfully, GM re-entered the market in 2015 with the new Colorado (and Canyon twin). Our crew here at IDParts was obviously thrilled when GM decided to put a torque-y 4-cylinder diesel engine in the truck. ...

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 ...