Mercedes New Workhorse – the OM 654

The 2.1 liter OM651 diesel engine was the most-produced engine in history for Mercedes.  That’s right, Mercedes sold more OM651 powered vehicles than any other engine, ever.  From large sprinter vans to small C-Class sedans, the OM651 was reliable, durable and fuel efficient.  It held its own against its larger brothers, too, like the venerable ...

2017 Ecodiesels Approved for Sale

The Ecodiesel is back! In late July the EPA gave official approval for Fiat-Chrysler to resume selling model year 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel models.  This bring to a close what at first some assumed to be a “Dieselgate Part 2” follow up to VW, complete with buybacks and fines.  However, according ...

Reset Sprinter Service Reminder

Here’s how to reset the service indicator on your Sprinter Van after you’ve done a routine maintenance service (oil change, fuel filter change, etc.) For vehicles without Steering Wheel Buttons: Switch on ignition without starting engine. Hold down the 0 button until you hear a beep (can take about 20-30 seconds). Press the button with ...

Volkswagen Gen 1 Fix: First Impressions

On July 27 Gen 1 TDI owners waiting for an EPA fix for their cars got good news: Today, Volkswagen received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for an emissions modification for affected Model Year 2009-2014 2.0L TDI vehicles with Generation 1 engines in connection with our ...

Chevy Cruze Diesel Fuel Filter Change How-To

HOW-TO: A tutorial on changing the fuel filter in your 2014-2015 Chevy Cruze Diesel

Land and Range Rover Diesels are Here!

Actually, they’ve been here for a few years, and in Europe for much longer: 90 percent of Land Rovers sold in Europe are diesels. The engine, built for Land Rover by Ford (but not used in any Ford product) includes some high tech features: Graphite iron block Water-cooled turbocharger Exhaust heat exchanger Two stage oil ...

VW 6-Speed Clutch Replacement Options

In 2009 VW started offering 4 cylinder TDIs with 6-speed manual transmissions. These cars included Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Jetta Sportwagen, and, starting in 2012, Passat. Like most VWs, these cars have dual mass flywheels and clutches made by LUK or Sachs. TDI owners buy more manual transmission cars than gasoline VW buyers. And many TDI ...


ALH Alternator Replacement How-To Video

In this video Corey from replaces the alternator on a Mk4 Jetta TDI with the ALH engine.  This will be the same procedure on a Mk4 Golf TDI and New Beetle TDI with ALH engines, though the New Beetle will have less room and may require more disassembly.

Cruze Diesel DEF Reservoir Heater Failures

One of the common failure items on a Gen1 Chevy Cruze diesel is the DEF tank reservoir heater.

The Gen 1 Clean Diesel TDI Fix Explained

VW has finally settled on a fix for the Gen. 1 TDI clean diesel engines. If you were one of the 270,000 affected TDI owners who kept their vehicles, read below for details.

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