Category: B5.5 Passat TDI

The Best Diesel Fuel Additives

There are many, many different fuel additives available for diesels. A quick google search or a stroll down the aisle at your local parts store will give you plenty of options from which to choose.  Are they necessary and which one is the best?

TDI Service Schedules

Full list of VW TDI service schedules broken down by platform.

How to Bleed & Flush Your Brake Fluid

In this video, we’ll show you how to flush the brake fluid on a MkIV Jetta by using a Motive Power Bleeder.

TDI Mileage over the Years

TDI mileage has been all over the map in recent years. We pulled together data from all over the diesel world to find out why.

Koni Dampers

Everything you ever wanted to know about Koni Shock and Struts.   Basically Koni makes three types of dampers: Twin tube hydraulic (Reds and Orange) Low pressure gas (Yellows and Coilovers) Frequency selective damping (FSDs) Reds have been around the longest, and are twin tube hydraulic dampers that are adjustable outside the car. So you ...

Brake Bleeding with Extoil Brake Bleeder Kit

Bleeding your brake fluid is a regularly scheduled maintenance item to remove debris and air that builds up inside the caliper.  Regularly bleeding your brakes can improve braking performance and pedal feel.  This kit from EXtoil makes DIY brake bleeding really easy.

MkV Jetta TDI Clutch Change Tip

The 2005-2006 A5 or MkV Jetta TDI is reaching the age where many cars need new clutches. Since the 5 speed transmission in the A5 Jetta TDI is very similar to that in the previous generation there are a wide variety of clutch options. However, a new twist appeared in the MkV Jettas. The MkV ...

TDI Turbo Failure 101 – Oil Contamination

The #1 cause of turbocharger failure is due to oil contamination.  What is it and how can you avoid it? The turbochargers used in the Volkswagen TDI engines should last for the majority of the vehicle’s lifetime. There are many causes for premature turbocharger failure and this article will concentrate on one cause we see ...

Brake Rotor Basics

On modern VWs, whenever you replace your brake pads, you should also replace your brake rotors. This is because brake rotors become scored from use, and a pad might not seat correctly on a worn rotor. Below we highlight a few key characteristics of brake rotors and show you what to look for when buying.