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 ...

First Drive – 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

For over a decade Volkswagen was the leader in both number of models available with diesel and overall number of diesels sold.  The recent exit of VW, perhaps permanently, has left a hole in the market – one that Chevrolet is eagerly trying to fill.  The Chevrolet Equinox diesel is perhaps the best case-for-diesel model ...

3.0 Liter TDI Fix Approved

On October 23rd, the EPA approved a deal with VW to fix the 3.0 liter TDIs. 

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 ...

SEMA Show 2017 Recap

SEMA Recap: 2017 was IDParts’ 6th year attending SEMA. Each year there seems to be one vehicle that appears in more displays than anything else. Our first year attending it was the Subaru BRZ/Scion FRZ. We were told there were over 80 of them at the show. A couple years later it was the latest ...

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 ...

Volkswagen Gen 1 Fix Impressions: Vol.2

In the middle of August, I had my 2010 Jetta “fixed”. As I reported immediately after the fix, the car drove as well, if not better, than before the fix. Power delivery and responsiveness was improved. And, as predicted by VW, the engine was slightly noisier than pre-fix. This was especially noticeable on the highway. ...

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