How We Destroyed Our 2017 MK7 Golf GTI Oil Pan (And How It Can Happen to You)

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You’re driving down the highway. It’s pouring out. It’s late. You’re almost home. And then, it happens: THUD. You hit something. Well, we did at least.  Here’s how we blew out the oil pan (and other ...

This 1000+ Wheel Horsepower F80 M3 Will Take A Tesla's Lunch Money In A Drag Race

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The BMW M3 is an icon in the world of performance cars. Its perfect balance of power and precision has made it a track darling for the better part of three decades. When the F80 was introduced, there ...

How To Disassemble, Clean, And Rebuild The Inner CV Axle Boot On A W204 Mercedes C300

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If your Mercedes has suffered a rear axle CV boot failure and you catch the problem quick enough, you can save the axle without being forced to buy a new one. This DIY is a messy one, but it's ...

Your Order Is Now Ready For Pickup

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Our retail center has an awesome new addition, and it's a way for you to pick up orders placed online without ever having to wait in line at the counter....

How To Inspect And Replace A Door Latch On A MK5 Volkswagen GTI

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If you own a high-mileage MK5 GTI, there's a good chance you will need to replace a door latch at some point. Your door might not lock, and the instrument cluster might not recognize the door being ...

The Engine On My $15,000 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG Seized After One Week

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I bought a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 on the used car market, and after just one week of ownership, the engine seized. I was on the side of the road. Here's how it happened. ...

How To Change The Brake Lines On An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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All Porsche 911s have excellent brakes from the factory, however, that performance degrades with age, especially if not cared for properly. Even the newest model air-cooled Porsche 911 is at least 20 ...

How To Replace Or Reseal The Brake Vacuum Pump On An MK5 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The brake vacuum pump on the MK5 GTI (or any car with the TSI motor) is prone to failure. The main point of failure is a leaking gasket which causes a vacuum leak and directly affects braking ...

How To Check For Leaks On A Plastic Valve Cover With A Built-In PCV

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Your PCV system is an extremely important, yet often overlooked collection of parts that affects how well your car runs. On some cars, like our  2007 MK5 Volkswagen GTI, the PCV system is actually ...

How To Reinforce BMW E36 M3 Strut Towers

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It's no secret that the BMW E36 chassis is an awesome platform for building a race car, but it's not without some design flaws. When BMW designed these cars, they wanted to shave weight on the ...

How To Replace Your Valve Cover And Valve Cover Gasket On A MK5 GTI (Jetta, EOS, Passat, A3)

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Let's face it, valve covers love to leak. I personally have one that needs attending to this winter. Thankfully, it's not too complex of a job on the MK5 GTI or any other car with the VW BPY engine. ...

How To Inspect And Replace Rear Wheel Bearings On An MK5 Volkswagen GTI

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A failing wheel bearing is never a comfortable feeling. Usually, you hear it before you feel it. This sound ranges in volume from a slight hum, to something like you're standing next to a helicopter. ...

I Bought A 208 MPH Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG for $15,000

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The 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG is one of the greatest cars ever made. It's not just the top speed of 208 mph, or the timeless styling, or the sound, the power, the stereo, or the massaging seats, ...

Why Team Bearded Ryno Is Turning A BMW E36 Into A Rally Car

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  Quick! What's the first car manufacturer to pop into your head when you think of Rally Racing ? If you're anything like me, you'd be thinking of a certain blue, AWD, turbo flat-four sedan with ...

How To Replace Cooling Fans On An MK5 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Have you noticed your car running warmer than usual? Are there grinding or rattling sounds coming from the front end when your fans are on? Cooling fan failures crop up in a variety of ways; ...

How To Change The Fuel Pump On An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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If your engine is having problems running, and your diagnosis includes low fuel pressure and/or abnormally loud engine bay noises, it may be time for a new fuel pump....

VIDEO: Here's What The Future Of FCP Euro Looks Like

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18,000 square-feet of motorsport, video production, distribution center, customer pickup, and community center expansion. ...

Everything That Went Wrong With Our High-Mileage MK5 Volkswagen GTI

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So, here’s the good news: FCP Euro bought a 2007 MK5 Volkswagen GTI on the used car market. The bad news is: there are a ton of things wrong with it. ...

VIDEO: Why Avantoberfest Is One Of The Best Automotive Events Of The Year

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What do you get when you combine long-roofed Audi Avants, great people, and scenic driving through the backroads of New England? You get Avantoberfest, and it's one the best, most authentic car meets ...

VIDEO: How To Replace Side Marker Lights - Volvo S60, S80, V70, XC70, XC90

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Though the styling may be questionable, side marker lights are actually required by law here in the United States. If your side marker lights have gone out, separated, or are just falling apart, a ...

VIDEO: How To Replace Brake Pads And Rotors On A VW MK5 Golf R32 (Passat, GTI, CC, TT, S3)

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Does your brake pedal or steering wheel shudder under hard braking? Do the pads sound like they're squealing at low speeds? Does your brake pedal engage lower than you remember? If so, than it's time ...

The Easiest Way To Clean Your Wheels

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Frequent cleaning of your wheels isn't just to look good, it can actually be considered preventative maintenance. Here's a simple method using just a spray bottle and a hose that you can amplify ...

Seven New European Cars That Offer A Manual Transmission

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Spoiler alert: the 2019 BMW 3-Series does not come with a manual transmission. And while that won't matter to most people in the world, it matters to us enthusiasts who love to row our own gears. ...

How The Volvo Community Helped Fix My Broken V70R In Less Than 24 Hours

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Simply put, I have suffered a major setback on the Volvo V70R. One of my cars rolled out of my garage, down a steep incline (my driveway), straight into my Volvo V70R.  The Subaru community is known ...

VIDEO: The 2018 FCP Euro Vendor Awards

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FCP EURO HOSTS FIRST-EVER VENDOR AWARDS, PRESENTS SIX KEY VENDORS WITH AWARDS RECOGNIZING SUCCESSFUL 2018 PARTNERSHIPS....

How To (Safely) Get More Power Out Of Your Volvo V70R

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Modifying a car, whether it be for better power, handling, reliability or even fuel economy, comes with compromises. Usually, if you increase one, you decrease the other. For example, better fuel ...

VIDEO: How To Replace Your MK6 Golf GTI Cabin Air Filter - Audi/VW (Jetta, Passat, EOS, A3, Tiguan, Rabbit, Beetle, CC)

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One of the most overlooked services on any car is cabin filter replacement. While a vehicle is still under warranty, the dealership usually takes care of cabin filter replacement approximately every ...

How To Change The Hood & Deck Lid Shocks On An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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Hey you, stop propping your hood or deck lid with a stick. Replace those tired shocks once and for all with this short DIY....

How To Replace Brake Pads and Rotors - MK6 VW/Audi A3, Beetle, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Rabbit

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  Does your brake pedal or steering wheel shudder under hard braking? Are they squealing at low speeds? Does your brake pedal engage lower than you remember? If so, than it's time to refresh your ...

How To "Stage Zero" Your Volvo V70R

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  Whenever you buy a used car, it's advisable to do a quick "tune up." What's entailed in that tune up depends entirely on the make and model vehicle, but on a Volvo V70R, it's actually all pretty ...

How To Install Rear Lower Control Arms & Shocks On A BMW E46

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We'll show you how to do it in just a few simple steps....

How To Change The Engine Oil On An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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The air-cooled Porsche 911 is also an oil-cooled machine. A large cooling fan blows air over the cylinders and heads to provide some direct air-cooling, but a big portion of the overall cooling comes ...

Why The Volvo V70R Is A Better Performance Project Car Than A BMW E46 M3

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If you're looking to purchase your first go-fast project car, there is one candidate that repeatedly comes to mind—an E46 M3. Widely regarded as the last "true" M3, the combination of the chassis, ...

How To Change The Fan Belt On an Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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Here's a quick tutorial on how to change the fan belt on your classic air-cooled Porsche911. ...

Dedication

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  The purpose of the forthcoming verbal spew is to describe what separates FCP Euro from other companies—against  all other companies. ...

FCP Euro Earns A Spot On Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies In America For Fifth Year

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For Immediate Release - August 23, 2018, Milford, CT -- Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, and Zappos.com are just a few of the Inc. 5000 awardees for 2018. Now, for the fifth year, FCP ...

Porsche 911 Jacking Points DIY - How To Safely Raise Your 911 On Jack Stands

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The air-cooled Porsche911 is a very unconventional sports car. It has a flat floor, torsion bar suspension, and an engine hanging out behind the rear wheels. Almost all of the maintenance procedures ...

VIDEO: Mercedes Brake Rotor Upgrade - Really Quick Product Review (SL65, CLS63, SL55, SL63, SLS, C63S, C63)

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This week on Really Quick Product Reviews, our Technical Support Lead Kyle Bascombe shows how, if you own a C63 S Mercedes-Benz, upgrading to a better rotor can actually save you money. Did we ...

VIDEO: Volvo Oil Pan Kit- Really Quick Product Review - (S60, V70)

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Welcome to Really Quick Product Reviews, a new series where members of the FCP Euro staff quickly review key parts and kits in our catalog. This week, Volvo Catalog Manager Jay Van Gorden walks us ...

VIDEO: Why This Audi RS2 and Supercharged Volkswagen Beetle Were The Coolest Cars At Wolfsgart Today

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An Audi that was built by Porsche, born in Germany, sold in Japan, now registered in Canada, shown off in Vermont sums up just one of the cars we saw today during day two of WOLFSGART 9.0 in ...

VIDEO: Welcome to Wolfsgart 9.0

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The FCP Euro events team is on the ground at WOLFSGART 9.0 in Vermont and day one of the three-day weekend-long show is in the books. Here's what you missed, and what to expect for the rest of the ...

VIDEO: Our July 2018 Cars And Coffee Was The Biggest One Yet

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308 cars big....

If You Didn't Come To Our Cars And Coffee Today You Missed Out

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Impressive. Enthusiastic. Unexpected. These are just a few words that only begin to describe today’s turnout at our July 2018 Cars and Coffee. ...

VIDEO: Coast to Coast II - Dapper Drift Episode 10

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In this episode of Dapper Drift, we pick up at mile 1,558 of Denis Ivanov's 3,000 mile cross-country journey from California to our headquarters in Milford, Connecticut. Simply put, shit broke. ...

VIDEO: Volvo V8 Timing Cover Seal Kit - Really Quick Product Review (XC90, S80, 4.4L V8)

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Volvo Product Manager Jay VanGorden is here to show our the timing cover seal kit that he personally assembled for his 4.4L V8. ...

VIDEO: How To Install An Audi/VW Coilover Kit - SACHS Performance (GTI, Golf R, S3, A3, A3 Quattro)

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In our latest DIY video, Director of Motorsport and driver of the #72 Volkswagen GTI TCR Nate Vincent walks us through step-by-step how to install a Sachs Performance Coilover Kit and 034Motorsport ...

VIDEO: Waterfest 24 2018

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Waterfest 2018 was more like underWaterfest 2018 due to all the rain that fell over the weekend but regardless, we had a great time, and so did everyone in attendance. Here's what the show looked ...

Watch Volkswagen's Record-Breaking Pikes Peak Run From Inside The Car

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The video footage just doesn't do the run justice. ...

VIDEO: Here’s How Fast A 2017 MK7 Volkswagen GTI Laps Lime Rock Park

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We ran our completely stock, project MK7 GTI around Lime Rock Park for a timed lap. Here's how it did. ...

VIDEO: How To Replace Your Engine Air Filter - Audi/VW (Jetta, Passat, GTI, A3, TT, Tiguan, CC, Q3)

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If you have an MK6 GTI, you probably already understand why it's important to change out the engine air filter regularly. Here's how to do it:...

An Insider's Guide to FCP Euro

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We help European car owners have a more enjoyable and enduring ownership experience. Here’s how we do it:...

VIDEO: Coast to Coast - Dapper Drift Episode 9

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The E55 AMG drift sedan goes coast-to-coast. Well, almost. ...

VIDEO: Really Quick Product Review: Porsche Center Radiator Upgrade Kit (911, Cayman, Boxster)

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Welcome to Really Quick Product Reviews, a new series where members of the FCP Euro staff quickly review various parts and kits in our catalog. This week, Technical Support Lead Kyle Bascombe unboxes ...

Singer Vehicle Design's Latest Creation Is A Carbon-Fiber Lightweight Masterpiece

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There is nothing quite like an old, classic, completely stock Porsche 911. That is, until you compare it with something like Singer Vehicle Design's latest creation, the "Dynamics and Lightweighting ...

VIDEO: 2017 Volkswagen GTI Track Review at Lime Rock Park - The Long Haul Project MK7 Episode 1

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This 2017 MK7 Volkswagen GTI is the latest FCP Euro project car. We've got big plans to turn this into a balanced daily driver, while also being fulfilling on track. Here's how we're going to do it:...

Here's Why LIQUI MOLY Actually Works

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If I asked you to name a brand of motor oil, a number of brands might pop into your mind. Castrol, Mobil 1, Valvoline, etc. One thing in common among these brands is the ability to find them anywhere ...

Join Us For Cars & Coffee On July 29th!

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If you can make it, we'd love to have you!...

VIDEO: Watch The Faces Of People Riding In A GTI TCR For The First Time

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Last week, we installed a passenger seat in our Volkswagen GTI TCRs and gave hot laps at Lime Rock Park to our VIP guests. Here are their reactions:...

Here's Why Volvos Are Considered Safe

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I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video of a violent crash between a 2008-2016 Volvo XC70 wagon and a transport truck traveling at full speed. Miraculously, the driver of the Volvo was okay. You ...

VIDEO: Linking Summer Jam - Dapper Drift Episode 8

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Trial, error. Trial, error. Trial, SUCCESS! ...

The Record-Breaking Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Started As A Volkswagen GTI TCR

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The 2500-pound electric race car shares more in common with our Volkswagen GTI TCR than we thought. ...

Weekend Wallpaper: 1991 Porsche Carrera C2 Cabriolet

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 It's time to spice up your desktop. ...

What It's Like To Ride Along In A Volkswagen GTI TCR Race Car

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We’ve all imagined the pure, unadulterated feeling of speed as we watch a race car zip past us, whether it be on television or in person. We're positive we know what that must feel like and how much ...

Grassroots Motorsports E30 318iS Project - What's Up with the Engine?

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As much as the GRM crew wanted to keep this E30 mostly stock inside and out, upon inspecting the engine that whole plan had to be thrown out the window....

Really Quick Product Review: Audi/VW MQB Chassis SACHS Performance Coilover Kit

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Welcome to really quick product reviews, a new series where members of the FCP Euro staff quickly review various parts and kits in our catalog. This week, our Director of Motorsports and driver of ...

This All-Electric Volkswagen Just Crushed The Previous Pikes Peak Record

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The Volkswagen I.D. R found a full 16-seconds over the previous year's record time. ...

Why This $5000 1990 Volvo 740 16-Valve Wagon Was The Best Deal On The Internet

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Bring a Trailer has been a wonderful waste of time during my lunch hours. When I need a break from the every day grind, I pop open BAT and look at cars I can't normally afford. But recently, a ...

Grassroots Motorsports E30 318iS Project - Cleaning Up the Ol' Girl

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Although Grassroots Motorsports' E30 318iS project car still does not run, any engine work had to wait until the car got a thorough cleaning - both inside and out.  ...

Really Quick Product Review: MK7 Golf Sachs Performance Clutch Kit

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Welcome to really quick product reviews, a new series where members of the FCP Euro staff quickly review various parts and kits in our catalog. This week, our Catalog Director Mike Rivera is unboxing ...

How To Rebuild And Refresh Brake Caliper Pistons On Your Car

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When a car sits outside for an extended period of time, it's good to follow a list of things to check and/or repair. I have grown fond of my Volvo for being able to start up after lying dormant for a ...

Grassroots Motorsports E30 318iS Project - The Beginning

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We share a lot in common with the folks at Grassroots Motorsports.  Whether it's on a long weekend drive, or a personal vacation, or traveling to races, we're constantly checking classified ads ...

Really Quick Product Review: 034Motorsport Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System

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Welcome to really quick product reviews, a new series where members of the FCP Euro staff quickly review various parts and kits in our catalog. This week, our Director of Motorsport Nate Vincent is ...

How To Quickly And Inexpensively Repair A Cracked Exhaust

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Some of us, logically, like to fix things properly the first time. These are the same type of people who carry a bottle of spray detailer with them in the car in case a bird decides to defecate on a ...

Weekend Wallpaper: 2003 W211 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Edition

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It's time to spice up your desktop. ...

Why I Hate My Non-European Car

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You know that feeling when you can’t pinpoint what sickness you have, but you just feel weak and exhausted? That’s how I feel in my Civic every day. ...

How We Gave Out Over 4,000 T-Shirts At Lime Rock Park

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Simply put, Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock Park was the biggest company event we've ever had. Here's how we made history....

Cars and Coffee Event Recap - June 2018

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Come for the cars, stay for the coffee. ...

The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide

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Remember all those times when something went wrong and only dad could help fix it? It's time to pay him back and this year, we know exactly what to get him. ...

Weekend Wallpaper: Mercedes-Benz C300 Edition

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It's time to spice up your desktop. ...

How To Fix A Leaky Oil Filter Housing On An N51, N52, N54, Or N55 Engine

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If your oil filter housing is leaking on your N51, N52, N54, or N55 BMW engine, you need to take care of it ASAP, or it could lead to catastrophic failure. Here's how. ...

How To Replace The A/C Compressor On A P2 Chassis Volvo

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Now that we're getting into the warmer months, the functionality of your air conditioning is going to become more and more important. The last thing you want is to be stuck without it on a hot summer ...

What It's Like To Ruin A Mercedes - Dapper Drift Episode 7

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Imagine taking an angle grinder and a drill to a perfectly good fender. That's what it took to flare the fenders of the E55 AMG Drift Machine in the latest episode of Dapper Drift. ...

How To Choose The Right Engine Oil For Your Car

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API, ACEA, ILSAC, Long Life, SAE, JASO what does all this mean? We've got the answers. ...

Weekend Wallpaper: Volkswagen GTI TCR Edition

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It's time to spice up your desktop. ...

Humble Mechanic Charles Explains Everything Wrong With Our MK5 Project Car

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Mechanically, at least. The rust is a whole other issue. ...

How A 10-Cent Part Saved Us Thousands In Repairs

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  It was July of 2017 when we started our quest to find a Volvo S60 content car. We weren't looking for something that was "pristine", but didn't want a roach either. We also wanted something ...

Cars And Coffee Is Back June 10th!

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  Our first event had over 100 cars in attendance. This next one, with warmer weather, should be an even better turnout. ...

Show Us Your Build!

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There are so, so many custom projects out there in the world, and if you're someone who's building something cool, unique, and out-of-the-box, we want to hear from you—to help you show it off to the ...

Why You Should Do A Track Day If You Haven't Already

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Ever see those videos that say "professional driver, closed course?" That could be you. Well, so long as you follow a few steps first. ...

How Lime Rock Park's Spectators Supported FCP Euro This Weekend

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When I asked Nate Vincent, driver of our #72 GTI TCR, how he was doing this weekend, he summed it up in one word: "Busy." With two races on the same day at our home track, along with a picnic for our ...

How To Pass Tech Before A Track Day

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If you've never been to a track day before, know that one of the requirements is passing a tech inspection before they let you on track. Here's how to ace it with flying colors. ...

How To Work On Your Car When You Have Kids

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The two biggest reasons that people don't work on their own vehicle is knowledge and time. Knowledge is pretty easy to acquire these days, as a blog like this or a DIY video will walk you through ...

Why Your 2.0 TSI Deserves The iAbed Rear Main Seal Upgrade

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The standard OE rear main seal on a 2.0 TSI Volkswagen is, for lack of a better word, complete trash. Here's how to replace it with a better, more robust option from iAbed. ...

AER At Watkins Glen Recap - 2018

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February 4/18 through 4/22 marked FCP Euro’s return to Watkins Glen for the second race of the 2018 season with American Endurance Racing. Watkins Glen is such a historical track with history ...

Here's What Happens During A Test Day

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On Friday, May 11, the FCP Euro motorsports crew was at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT for a test day. We'll be competing there during Memorial Day weekend 2018, one of the most important and ...

How To Clean Out + Replace The Sunroof Drain Port On A BMW E30

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If you're noticing leaks from your sunroof, or water accumulation, or can even just visibly see dirt and grime build up in your E30's sunroof drain, her's a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to ...

Here's What Happened At The 2018 Supplier Training Expo

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  It was eventful from the moment we boarded the plane....

How To Make The Most Of Memorial Day Weekend At Lime Rock Park

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This is going to be one for the history books. ...

Why This V10 BMW M5’s Engine Bay Is Coated in Gold

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The E60 BMW M5 is arguably one of the most iconic sedans of the past 20 years. With its 500-horsepower V10 engine, this super sleeper will pull all day long— that is, until one of the M5's many ...

Here's Your First Look At The Volkswagen GTI TCR Concept

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Europeans rejoice. ...

May 2018 Cars and Coffee: A Video Recap

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The best way to appreciate cars is through video, and luckily we've cut one together from our event this Sunday. ...

The Coolest Cars At Our May 2018 Cars And Coffee

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We had over 150 cars in attendance. Here are our favorites....

The Cheapest, Most Reliable AMG Car Ever, Period!

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If I were to describe to you a car that was reliable, inexpensive to repair and super cheap to purchase, what would immediately come to mind? If you’re like me, you are probably thinking Honda, ...

Cars And Coffee Is Back May 6!

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If you can make it, we'd love to have you!...

The Best of the 2018 New England Dust Off

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For the past few years, the New England Dust Off has been taking over Thompson Motor Speedway, bringing together some of the coolest Dubs and Audis in the area....

Car Aficionados Unite at The 2018 UC3 UConn Spring Show

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The hype for the UC3 Spring Show 2018 began weeks ahead of the event, but in the days leading up to the April 15 show some feared rain would cause a postponement. With vendors and participants as far ...

Here's Our Favorite Rides At The 2018 UConn Car Show

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For over a decade, the University of Connecticut Car Club (UC3, for short) has been bringing New England together under one theme: our love of cars. ...

The Axle Dilemma - OEM? Aftermarket? Rebuilt? Used?

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When it comes time to purchase a replacement part for your older European vehicle, such as the Mercedes-Benz W123 models that will be discussed here, there often isn't much of a decision making ...

How to Replace a Water Pump on an E39 BMW 5-Series (6-cylinder)

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It’s no secret that the E39’s Achilles Heel is its dismal cooling system. Built almost entirely out of plastic, the system doesn't age well. When its components fail, they have a well-documented ...

FCP Euro Weekly Auto Digest

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 We found some of the best distractions on the internet   WATCH: 2983 hp of AMG in one race:...

The Paddock Episode 4 - Circuit Of The Americas

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The first race of our PWC 2018 season is in the books. What happened? Click below to find out. ...

How To Prep Your Car For Warm Weather

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The season of spirited driving is upon us. Here's how to get ready....

Why LIQUI MOLY Oil & Additives Is The Real Deal 

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Why would one love something as mundane as engine oil and additives? Well, when the product lives up to the hype, what's not to love?...

The Paddock Episode 2 - Meet The Cars & Crew

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The biggest weekend of FCP Euro's motorsports career is finally here—we're live, at Circuit of the Americas, for the first round of the 2018 season. Come along for the ride. ...

FCP Euro Partners With SCDA To Help You Get On Track

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One of the most common questions I get asked by my fellow employees and car enthusiasts is how they can get into track days and racing. There really isn't a secret formula, but there are really great ...

The Paddock Episode 1 - Meet The Drivers

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In one week, we'll be on track at Circuit of the Americas. Just two years ago, the guy on the left was racing his own E30, running the operation from his driveway. How'd it all happen? Welcome to The ...

Here's How We're Shipping More Packages To You, Faster! 

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Alternate title: Here's what $90,000 of conveyor belts looks like. ...

How To Restore Your Headlights For Under $30

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  A step-by-step tutorial to bring any automotive headlight back to new condition, no tools required. ...

How To Replace The Plugs And Coils On A Volkswagen GTI 

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Even though it's part of your car's nervous system, swapping plugs and coils on your GTI is super simple. Here's how to do it. ...

Fixing Suspension Problems: From Tire Pressures To Polyurethane Bushings

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  Let us guess—You love your car, but it just doesn't feel the same as it did years ago. We're here to help, and the problem could lie in the very many suspension components on your vehicle. Here's ...

How To Diagnose A Bad Fuel Pump: Symptoms and Misdiagnoses 

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  Most fuel pumps that are replaced aren't actually "bad" in the first place. Use these recommendations to test whether or not your pump has actually kicked the bucket....

How To Diagnose And Replace Bad Ignition Coils 

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Direct ignition coils are a common failure item in a vehicle's ignition system. But how do you truly know if your vehicle's misfire is due to ignition coils?...

How To Pick The Right Coolant For Your Car 

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Buying coolant for your euro car can be an ordeal. What type do you get? How much of it do you need? Where can you get it? We've got your answers and some data to help you make the right call for ...

How To Pick The Right Brake Fluid For Your Car

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With so many different types of brake fluid, how do you know what's best for your car? We're here to explain it all. ...

Spend $100 on Meyle Products, Get A Free Fender Cover

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Who doesn't like free stuff?...

Why I Work At FCP Euro - Rob DiCola, Fulfillment Manager

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Hear from our employees as to why they chose FCP Euro. Rob DiCola, our purchasing manager, explains his story:...

AER Road Atlanta Recap - 2018

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February 2/14 through 2/18 marked FCP Euro’s return to Road Atlanta for the first race of the 2018 season with American Endurance Racing. Road Atlanta is like a homecoming for our Mercedes C300. It’s ...

The Final Push - Motorsport Monday - Episode 1

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We're kicking off our 2018 motorsports season with a weekly vlog called Motorsport Monday. ...

FCP Euro adds Sachs Performance to the Partner Line-up for 2018 PWC Campaign.

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FCP Euro is proud to announce its partnership with Sachs Performance for their 2018 racing efforts, joining an already established team of partners including LIQUI MOLY, 034Motorsport, and Heinlein ...

How To Replace The Front Struts On A BMW E30

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Does your E30's front end feel sketchy over bumps? Here's how to fix it....

How To Service a ZF 8HP Transmission

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Keep your 8HP transmission shifting as good as day one with this easy DIY....

How To Change Rear Shocks On An E30

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All you need is basic hand tools to fix the bouncy rear end of your E30....

FCP Euro Partners with 034Motorsport for the 2018-2019 Pirelli World Challenge Seasons

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How To Change The Hood Shock On A BMW E30

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60 seconds is all you need to swap out your E30's old hood shock....

The Key To A Good Race Isn't A Car At All

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The idea behind the Winnebago Minnie Winnie RV is simple: it’s a toilet on wheels. Also a living room, bedroom(s), command center, party pad... OK, so it’s a whole house you can park wherever. It ...

I Drove A Base-Model VW Golf Over the Rockies in a Snow Storm and Saw the Donner Party

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Two days before Christmas, my wife and I found ourselves stranded in the Denver airport after missing a connection to southwest Utah. The choice in front of us was simple: wait two days for the next ...

FCP Euro Partners with LIQUI MOLY for 2018-2019 Pirelli World Challenge Campaign

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For Immediate Release - January, 25, 2018, Milford, CT -- FCP Euro is proud to announce a new long-term partnership with LIQUI MOLY for the 2018-2019 Pirelli World Challenge season. FCP Euro has ...

Here's What Happened At Sonoma Winter Jam 2017 - Dapper Drift Episode 6

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Simplty put, Winter Jam is the biggest drift event on the west coast. How could we miss it?...

Here's How To Pick The Right Power Steering Fluid For Your Car 

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All the answers are right here. ...

How To Replace The Index 12 BMW Fuel Injectors On A BMW N54

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We're going to remove the mystery and fear surrounding N54 fuel injector replacement....

FCP Euro Enters Two Volkswagen GTI TCRs In The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Season

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  It's official. We're bringing two Volkswagen GTI TCRs to our HQ in Milford, CT. ...

Here's What Happened At FCP Euro In 2017

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Time flies when you're having fun and this year, we're not sure where the time went. ...

How To Replace The Low-Pressure Fuel Line On A BMW N54

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Spoiler alert, this job isn't that hard to complete. Cure that pesky 29F3 code.  ...

How To Replace The Battery In A BMW Key FOB

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This might be the easiest BMW DIY you'll ever do. ...

Car Control Should Never Be a Negotiation

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Uneven road surfaces—they do a number on your car's suspension and, over time, those components wear out. That's where Lemforder comes in....

How To Choose Oil For Your Oil Change

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  Oil changes are easy—drain the old stuff out, and put the new stuff in. But what kind of stuff are you putting in? What weight? What type? What brand? We're here to help. ...

Seven New Years Resolutions You'll Actually Keep

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    Every year, we make resolutions that rarely last beyond the end of January. This year, we're helping you focus on the resolutions that really matter—the ones for your car. With up to 18% off, ...

How To Replace The Mass Air Flow Sensor On A Volvo (2000-2010)

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If your check engine light is on and your Volvo is experiencing some trouble running, it may be time for a new Mass Air Flow Sensor. The Mass Air Flow Sensor is responsible for metering the amount of ...

Driver's Log - 2017 PWC Season Rounds 11 + 12 - Laguna Seca

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Coming into the final weekend of our rookie season, I had fallen from 4th to 6th in overall points after contact in the previous round at CotA resulted in me not finishing the second race....

How to Replace & Bleed a Power Steering Rack

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Thanks to its compact design and relative mechanical simplicity, hydraulic power steering rack and pinions are found in most current passenger vehicles, sport utility and light trucks. Due to the ...

How To Change The Oil On A BMW F30

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If you've changed oil on any vehicle, you already know the drill. N20 and N26 engines used in the F2X and F3X cars predominantly feature a plastic oil pan on the rear wheel drive models which is a ...

How To Replace The Front And Rear Brakes On A Volvo S60/V70 R Model

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The "R" model utilizes Brembo's fixed calipers, rather than the "floating" design used on inferior models. ...

How To Replace The Cabin Air Filter On A P2 Chassis Volvo

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One of the most commonly overlooked maintenance items on your Volvo is its cabin air filter. The cabin air filter ensures that the air that enters into the vehicle cabin is filtered, purified, and ...

How To Replace A Fuel Filter On A P2 Chassis Volvo

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When it comes to a routine tune up, we all automatically think about the ignition components such as new spark plugs, ignition wires, a new cap, rotor, etc. But other than the air filter, part of the ...

Driver's Log - 2017 PWC Season Rounds 7 + 8 - Utah

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Headed back from a fantastic weekend in Utah with my Rooster Hall Racing team. The high altitude and hot temperatures posed additional challenges beyond that of competing in a hotly contested 30-car ...

How To Replace A BMW E46 Control Arm

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A control arm is one of the most important components on your suspension. Learn how to replace it here. ...

How To Replace The Rear Shocks And Mounts On A Volvo S60

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  As your vehicle ages, its suspension components wear out which can cause noise over bumps, poor handling, uneven tire wear, sloppy steering response and poor braking. Thanks to CRP and their Rein ...

How To Improve The Look And Function Of Your Early Model P2 Volvo Wipers

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If you own a pre-2005 Volvo P2 chassis model, simply put, your wipers can use an upgrade. The wipers on your car use the earlier outdated "frame" style wipers which typically use a frame structure ...

Volvo P2 Brake Pedal Position Sensor Replacement

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Is your check engine light on? Does your DIM display give the message "Engine System Service Required"? Do you have an ECM-9400 code stored in the vehicle? It sounds like you need a new brake pedal ...

How To Change The Oil On A Diesel Mercedes

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The OM616, OM617, and OM617a inline diesel engines came equipped in a variety of Mercedes platforms starting in the mid-1970's on through the mid-1980's, at least in the U.S. marketplace. With over a ...

Volvo P2 Door Mirror Disassembly and Replacement

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I can't tell you how many times I've seen cars cruising down the road with missing mirrors. Now, you have to think to yourself, a mirrors purpose is to allow you to view where your driving so that ...

Driver's Log - 2017 PWC Season Rounds 9+10 - CoTA

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Despite having the best race of our season, we lost a shot at the podium, and maybe a win, in unfortunately spectacular fashion....

How To Replace The Plugs And Coils On A Volvo S60

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Keeping up with common maintenance items is crucial to keeping your Volvo running in perfect order and is generally a simple task in terms of installation. By doing the maintenance yourself you'll ...

How To Replace The Starter On A Volvo S60

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Replacing the starter on a 2001 Volvo S60 T5 is an easy DIY that takes about 1 hour to complete. It also helps if you have small hands to maneuver in tight quarters....

Diagnosing The Volvo P2 "Anti-Skid Service Required" Message

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Chances are that many of you have received the common "Anti-Skid Service Required" message from your P2 Volvo. If you haven't, there's a good chance that you may come across it during the span of ...

How To Replace The Upper Engine Mount On A Volvo S60

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Since 1993, Volvo 5 and 6-cylinder FWD vehicles have used an upper engine mount designed to keep engine movement at a minimum. They are built from aluminum and rubber, the latter typically succumbing ...

How To Repair The Turbo Return Line Seal On A Volvo S60

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Lets face it, oil leaks are the worst. They leave stained driveways and parking lot spaces, coat our under carriage, and can even burn off emitting odor into the passenger compartment. Luckily for us ...

How The New 2018 BMW M5 Drives According To Journalists

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The most important feature on the new 2018 BMW M5 is the ability to transition between AWD and rear-wheel drive formats—but what's that actually feel like behind the wheel?...

How To Test The Vacuum Pods On A Mercedes-Benz W124

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Here's what to do if the air conditioning isn't working on your W124 Mercedes....

How To Replace The Exhaust Bracket On A Volvo S60

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How many times have you been behind a Volvo and noticed that its rear muffler was unsupported and bouncing around? Even better, have any of you AWD owners out there ever experienced a condition when ...

How To Replace An Alternator On A Volvo S60

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Replacing an alternator on a P2 chassis Volvo is a moderate level repair which usually takes no longer than 3 hours to replace. Before ordering your alternator from FCP Euro, be sure to check the ...

How To Replace The Power Steering Pump On A Volvo S60

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Over time, the power steering pump in your P2 chassis Volvo may begin to leak—causing a loss of fluid, resulting a loss of power steering function, and a whole big mess in your engine bay. Here's how ...

This Is What It's Like At FCP Euro During Cyber Week

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Santa's workshop has nothing on FCP Euro's Distribution Center. ...

How To Replace A Steering Angle Sensor On A Volvo S60

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How To Refresh The Brakes On A Volvo S60

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One of the pro tips, among the many in this video, is painting your calipers so they'll match the look of your new rotors. ...

Volvo P2 S60 Inner & Outer Tie Rod End Replacement

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Volvo inner & outer tie rods are essentially the link between your steering rack and your steering knuckle. These tie rods contain an integrated ball joint which wears out over time and leads to play ...

How To Install Sachs Front Quick Struts On A P2 Chassis Volvo

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Bouncy, rough, noisy, and uncertain. If any of these words describe the way your car drives, your struts might just be toast. Strut replacement can be a pretty involved job, and in some cases a ...

Here Is Your Car Before And After Cyber Week

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Let us help paint the picture for what's possible. ...

Happy Thanksgiving From FCP Euro

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We're nothing without you—our customers, vendors, family, and friends. ...

How To Replace A Headlight On A P2 Volvo S60

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Yes, you have to remove the front bumper, but it's not as bad as it seems. Here's the full tutorial on how to do it....

Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Review: The Ultimate Snow Tire?

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After seeing the pictures and news clips of the winter apocalypse in Buffalo, I figured now was as good a time as any to winterize my Volvo 940's shoes. If you’ve been following FCP Euro’s blog, I ...

How To Replace Your Volvo Fuel Pressure Sensor

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A common failure on P1, P2, and P3 Volvo chassis are fuel pressure sensors—and you don't want that to happen. Here's a full tutorial on how to replace it....

Join Us As We Race For The AER Championship This Weekend At NCM Motorsports Park

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8 hours of racing in the rain—that's what this Saturday is all about. ...

Watching A Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Shred Tires Is The Best Thing You'll Do Today

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There is a lot of noise on the internet—fake news, people yelling into cameras making terrible videos, advertisements forcing us to buy something, etc etc. But every so often, there are pieces of ...

What It Will Take To Win Overall For The 2017 AER Season

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I'm writing this blog post from inside the FCP Euro race team's pit garage at NCM Motorsports park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. What's more important than our location, though, is our standing—second ...

Here Is What A Pit Stop Looks Like For A Professional Endurance Racing Team

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Pit stops seem simple since they happen in a flash—but in reality, they're wildly complex and choreographed events. While at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 8-Hours of California, we watched a ...

The Key to My Heart - Replacing and Rekeying a BMW E30 Cylinder

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Years before working at FCP Euro, I worked at Home Depot in the hardware department. I didn't know it at the time, but I acquired a skill there that would come in handy when working on my BMW ...

How To Replace A Headlight Bulb On A BMW F30

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Replacing a low-beam headlight bulb is a relatively straightforward task, but on a BMW F30 3-series, you've got to take the wheel off in order to do so. Our BMW catalog manager, Gareth, is here to ...

How To Fix The Alarm Siren Code of Death - Volvo S60

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So I had just finished up replacing the alternator on our 2004 Volvo S60 content car, shot the ending scene to our Volvo DIY Repair Video, turned the ignition key to pull the car our of our DIY ...

Volvo S60 PCV Breather Box Guide - Symptoms and Diagnosis

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  Hello From Sweden!   We decided to give our 2004 Volvo S60 content car the famous "PCV Glove Test," where you remove the oil cap and slip a rubber glove over in its place. The PCV system should ...

A Reliable Drift Car Is The Best Drift Car - Dapper Drift Episode 4

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  You know the feeling when your GTI engine blows and the hub on your motorcycle disintegrates while ripping down the highway, leaving your only choice of transportation as your Mercedes E55 AMG ...

How I Stopped the Ticking Behind my BMW 325i E30 Dash with my Finger

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For the past few weeks I've been hearing a clicking sound from somewhere in my dash, assuming it was the lifters or something in the engine bay. I spent most of my time in that area, looking around, ...

What Type of Oil Should I Use In My Car?

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So, you’re in the motor oil section of your favorite auto parts retailer, FCP, staring at the gorgeous images our in-house photographer’s eye has captured (shameless plug inserted accurately), all ...

How To Change The Oil On A Volvo S60

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Whether its a Volvo S60 or any other European car for that matter, it will need a periodic and frequent oil change. If your Volvo is in need of some liquid maintenance, now is a great time to stock ...

How To Replace The Tail Lamp Assembly On A Volvo S60

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Let's face it, things happen. I'm pretty sure that no-one wakes up in the morning and is like "Hey, I think I'm going to go out and smash my taillight today." But, as we all know, it happens and ...

Volvo S60 Serpentine Belt & Tensioner Replacement

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Replacing the Serpentine Belt and & Tensioner on a P2 chassis Volvo S60 is an easy job to complete requiring about an hour of your time and a little bit of patience. Typically this repair is required ...

Volvo S60 Side Marker Lamp Replacement

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If you know Volvo parts, then you know that a broken side marker lens is not all that uncommon esopecially on something like the Volvo S60. In fact, I challenge you to find at least one Volvo on the ...

Volvo S60 Sway Bar Link Removal & Installation

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All Volvo P2 chassis vehicles like the Volvo S60 are notorious for having front and rear anti Volvo sway bar end link failures. These components are located at both the front of the vehicle and at ...

Volvo S60 Transmission Drain & Fill Service

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We had just finished up all of the engine work on our 2004 Volvo S60 2.5T content car when we decided it was time to start working on the drive-train. With 151K miles on the car, we thought it was a ...

Volvo S60 Turbo Boost Hose Replacement

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Like any rubber hose on a Volvo S60, turbocharger boost hoses can become worn and deformed over time from both age and in some cases, oil residue. Replacing your boost hoses is great preventative ...

What I Didn’t Realize Until After my BMW 325i E30 Rear Shock Replacement

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Nate took my BMW 325i E30 for a drive one afternoon, after a quick drive downtown and back he handed me the keys. Sweating and nervous he exclaimed “you need rear shocks.” I knew they had blown, but ...

Why Do BMW 325i E36/E46 Trailing Arm Bushings Have Slits In Them

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A common question we often get asked is why do the new style trailing arm bushings for the BMW E36 like the 325i, E46, E83, E85, and E86 have a slit in the casing. The answer is pretty simple....

Volvo S60 P2 Window Regulator Sliding Block (Slider) Replacement

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Have you ever pulled up to the the drive through window to get your first cup of coffee of the day, hit the switch to roll down the window and boom!? Your Volvo S60 window glass tilts, slides down ...

Your 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Desktop Wallpaper Is Here

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It's Friday, you're killing time at work, counting the hours before the weekend starts and you begin throwing Mercedes parts at your project C63 AMG. You can spend the next five minutes of your life ...

How An Easy Suspension Mod Will Improve Your Tire Wear And Handling

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So many car owners look for a quick hack or an easy modification that's not only relatively inexpensive, but will drastically improve the dynamics of the vehicle it's attached to. This is one of ...

This Is What Makes Bilstein Shock Absorbers So Great

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The technology is simpler than you might think....

Volvo P2 S60 Cup Holder Assembly Replacement

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From 2001-2004 the Volvo S60 and Volvo V70 interior has been known for one infamous imperfection, it's cup holder. The Volvo S60 cup holder lid was designed in the early days of the S60 & V70 to flip ...

Know Thy Brake Fluid

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This is the time of year when the leaves begin to change color, we begin to pull out our warmer clothing, and prep our cars for the coming winter season. Usually during this time we perform some type ...

CTEK battery tenders. Don't risk being stranded!

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If you're leaving your car unattended for any length of time, it's always a good idea to ensure your battery is properly maintained.  Rather than disconnecting the battery or removing it from the ...

The Lessons I Learned when Replacing BMW E30 Headlights

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After the life-threatening experience the night before, it was time to fix the headlights on the E30. As you might remember from my first post, I don't like directions, but I often need them. So I ...

How to fix engine and drivetrain vibrations with Hutchinson

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The engine mounts on your vehicle are commonly overlooked and neglected. Crucial to the operation of the entire drivetrain, your engine mounts act as the link between the engine and the chassis which ...

First Things First - What I changed when I first bought my BMW E30

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The E30 BMW 325i I just purchased immediately became my daily driver. I commute roughly 25 miles on the highway to the FCP Euro offices every day. In previous mornings I would listen to a podcast on ...

How to Replace Your Volvo P2 Engine Air Filter

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The air filter in your Volvo must be changed regularly to maintain top efficiency and power. Over time, your filter becomes clogged with dirt and debris which can rob your engine of power. During ...

How to Replace Your Air Spring on an E70 X5

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Air suspensions may seem like a major pain to deal with but I was recently given the opportunity to replace rear air springs on an E70 X5 xDrive3.0i and was surprised at how relatively simple the ...

Mercedes Electronic Steering Lock Failure - Part Two

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In Part One of this series I introduced you to a fairly common failure point with late model Mercedes C and E class vehicles. The electronic steering lock or ESL failure will prevent your vehicle ...

Our Time at Waterfest 23 (July 15, 2017)

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  Waterfest is the largest VW/Audi Car Show and Motorsport event in North America, and the second largest of its kind in the world. Waterfest, now in its 23rd year, is a two-day event held at Raceway ...

How to Perform an Oil Change on an E90/E92/E93 M3

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Before heading off to Bimmerfest, I decided to change the oil in my M3 and do a few other checks. Changing your own oil will save you a lot of money compared to taking it to the dealer, and it’s not ...

Bimmerfest East 2017 Recap

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I want to give everyone an idea of what Bimmerfest East this past weekend entailed and what we were able to accomplish during the two days we spent in Englishtown, NJ....

How to Reset Your Service Light On a P2 Chassis Volvo

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"Time for Regular Service”...

Mercedes Electronic Steering Lock Failure - Part One

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One of the most disconcerting things that can occur is turning the key in your ignition and getting absolutely no response from your vehicle. For owners of Mercedes C-class and E-class vehicles, this ...

Volvo Fuel Door Hinge Replacement

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If you own a P2 chassis Volvo, then chances are that you’re no stranger to the poor design of the fuel door hinge. The fuel door hinges on these cars are made of a cheap plastic which most commonly ...

[NOT READY] How to Replace a Coolant Flange on a 1.8T (AMB)

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The coolant flange is one of the more common parts to fail on a 1.8T. I have witnessed three different situations where the original flange failed right around 120k-140k miles, I have heard that it ...

Who Really Makes Genuine Audi/VW Parts?

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How do you know if the part you're buying is going to last? Sometimes choice is one of the most difficult things a car enthusiast can face. Agonizing over which brand to use and researching ...

FCP Euro Motorsports Weekend Update, 03/05/2017

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BMW Owners! We've got an ad in every issue of Roundel BMW magazine this year... have you seen it?  If so, be sure to post a photo of the ad and tag #fcpeuro online!  We'd love to see some photos of ...

Surprise VW Rabbit Repair

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  Here at FCP Euro, we like to take care of everyone, especially those who are a part of the family. One of those family members is our resident photographer Ralph Rodriguez who has been with us ...

Techna-Fit Stainless Steel Brake Lines at FCP Euro

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I’ve recently added Techna-Fit stainless brake lines to our online Mercedes catalog as a quality alternative to the original equipment brake hoses we offer. Stainless steel lines are designed to ...

A Car that Doesn’t Suck Your Soul - The BMW E30

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Ten years ago I couldn't have spelled E30. I grew up among science and practical knowledge, with Lego and woodworking throughout my entire adolescence. My father had a 1964.5 Mustang, and I grew ...

What it's like owning an Audi B7 S4

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We have enjoyed our time with Project Audi B7 S4, and in our initial review of the vehicle we discussed how it was just on loan to us from M&M Motors in Clinton, CT....

How to replace the hood strut and air filter on an Audi B7 S4

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As we wrap up our stay with Project Audi B7 S4, we decided to take the time to address of some of the smaller issues that a "new to me" owner would tackle after taking receipt of a project vehicle. ...

Audi B7 S4 Rowe Oil Change How To

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As I tacked on mile after mile on project B7 S4's clock, I suddenly realized that I overlooked the most basic routine maintenance one should first handle whenever taking possession of a used vehicle, ...

Audi B7 S4 rear sway bar upgrade with 034 Motorsport

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Still giddy after our last road test on project Audi B7 S4, and the newer handling capabilities of our project vehicle, I left myself wondering if there was more we could get out of our project ...

Audi B7 S4 Suspension Upgrade with Bilstein B8 Shocks

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It is hard to argue out of the box handling performance on a B7 S4 (or any Audi Quattro for that matter), even with All-Season Nokian tires, factory suspension that is 11 years old, and no other real ...

Audi B7 S4 Brake replacement with Zimmermann and Akebono

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In our initial road review of project Audi B7 S4, we noticed almost immediately that our subject car was not responding well to brake pedal pressure application under deceleration. It was as if the ...

Things to know before buying an Audi S4

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Introduced in late 2004, the fourth generation B7 S4 was more a facelift than it was a new platform for Audi. While this model featured sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing design cues compared to ...

RECAP: Pirelli World Challenge at Lime Rock Park

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Coming off of 2 solid finishes at Mosport, we were feeling good about our Rounds 5 & 6 this past weekend at Lime Rock Park. However, I had never been there before, so we took the opportunity to ...

Driver's Log - 2017 PWC Season Rounds 5 + 6 - Lime Rock Park

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Coming off of 2 solid finishes at Mosport, we were feeling good about our Rounds 5 & 6 this past weekend at Lime Rock Park. However, I had never been there before, so we took the opportunity to ...

Driver's Log - 2017 PWC Season Rounds 3 + 4 - Mosport

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What a great weekend at Mosport this past weekend for Rounds 3 & 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge. We were coming off of our first weekend of pro racing with a sour taste in our mouths, as I had been ...

Driver's Log - Anthony Magagnoli - 2017 PWC Season Rounds 1 + 2 - VIR

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Reflecting back on my first pro race weekend, I'm feeling very blessed for having such incredible support from my team, fiancee, family, and friends. This has been truly a life goal of mine that was ...

To save or not to save... a Volvo 242 story

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Part 1: Accidentally Find a Project Car Somehow the Craigslist ad for this 1976 242 came to my attention. I sell Volvo parts on ebay, part out cars, and refurbish worn out 240’s as a side business, ...

UC3 Uconn Car Show Coverage

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For my first car show of the season, I wanted to check out the UConn car show at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. For the past 2 years, I’ve been hearing it’s an awesome show with a good blend ...

FCP Euro Weekly Apex 3/19

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 We found some of the best distractions on the internet this week!...

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Contitech Engine Belt Replacement

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  Engine belts power various components off your engine's crankshaft, providing timing for valves and energy for alternators, pumps, etc. Over time they break down, requiring replacement....

Trusted from Race to Road: ROWE Professional Oils & Lubricants

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ROWE Professional Oils & Lubricants are an icon in Europe among automotive enthusiasts, often exceeding manufacturer requirements for European vehicles.  Now, FCP Euro carries the highly sought after ...

FCP Euro Motorsports Weekend Update, 2/26/2017

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The response we continue to receive for FCP Euro Motorsports is very overwhelming.  Here's an example that was sent to us this week from someone who raced professionally in the 80's, and understands ...

American Endurance Racing: Road Atlanta 2017 - FCP Euro Race Recap

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How would I describe the first race of the 2017 American Endurance Racing season? If I were to use a few words to describe the entire weekend I would use the following: Perseverance ...

FCP Euro to Compete in the 2017 American Endurance Racing Season with a Mercedes C300 Race Car

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In 2016, FCP Euro competed in a grueling American Endurance Racing season with a BMW e30. The car completed 83 hours of racing and finished 8th out of 118 cars. Joining the BMW e30 in 2017 will be a ...

ROWE Partners with FCP Euro for 2017 Pirelli World Challenge

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ROWE joins title sponsor FCP Euro in its partnership with Rooster Hall Racing for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season. Rooster Hall Racing, and its owner Todd Brown of Louisa, VA, are campaigning ...

FCP Euro Partners with Rooster Hall Racing for 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Season

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FCP Euro is proud to announce its partnership with Rooster Hall Racing for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season. Rooster Hall Racing, and its President, Todd Brown of Louisa, VA, are campaigning ...

Rein Automotive Partners with FCP Euro for 2017 Pirelli World Challenge

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Rein Automotive joins title sponsor FCP Euro in partnership with Rooster Hall Racing for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season. Rooster Hall Racing, and its President, Todd Brown of Louisa, VA, are ...

Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - The Car Gets Wrapped

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With Road Atlanta only a few days away, this past week our Mercedes C300 endurance race car made it's way up to the quiet corner of Connecticut to get itself some new clothes....

How to Follow FCP Euro Motorsports

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There's a lot going on with the FCP Euro Motorsports team, and we've got tons of exciting things to share with you this season. If you want to follow along with the progress of the build and our ...

Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - Teaser Video

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Short and sweet, today we've got a teaser video highlighting some of the progress we've made on the Mercedes C300 race car over the past few weeks, enjoy. And remember to follow us on Facebook on our ...

Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - Differential Rebuild and Install

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Just recently we sourced a Quaife LSD Limited Slip Differential from the UK. This differential, while utilizing a different method of locking, is the same style differential as all BMW M cars and ...

Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - Brakes & Motorsports Monday

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Progress is abound!...

Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - The Cage

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There are many makes and models which are popular in racing where roll cage kits are available - BMW e36, e46, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX for rallying. The tubes are pre-bent and notched, and all ...

Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - Stripping the Car

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What started as a very nice Mercedes Benz C300 6 speed soon became a shell of a luxury car as the small team tore apart the interior recently. One of our objectives was taking the car from good to ...

The Road to Atlanta

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Mercedes C300 Race Car Update - The Pickup

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Deep in the heart of New York City, we found a unicorn. A unicorn that we're going to be racing through the 2017 American Endurance Racing series this year. The car is a 2010 C300 Mercedes Benz 6 ...

Mercedes Fuel Sender Replacement or Cleaning

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As the original components on our classics age, a repair or replacement will be par for the course until each system and component has been sorted out. Yes, some systems will continue to perform ...

Avoid the Dealership with Xemodex Remanufactured Volvo Electronics

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Part of the fear in owning a modern Volvo is its perceived dependence on the dealership. Some electronic modules require programming after installation in order for them to work properly, like the ...

How to Track your Engine's Health through Oil Analysis

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Oil analysis helps us figure out the health state of the engine’s oil, which is essentially the lifeblood of the engine. It’s often a mystery to figure out as newer cars have much longer oil service ...

How to Replace a Seat Memory Switch in an E-Class (W211/W219)

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One of the biggest nuisances associated with getting in a W211 or 219 are sticky, inoperable switches. The most common sticky switches are for the seat memory and Airmatic. Today we will be replacing ...

Rebuilding the 325is - Will it Survive a Hydrolocked Engine?

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The sun is gleaming outside, birds are chirping, and the sky could not be more blue. I collapse down onto the rolling stool that was positioned in the center of the old cold damp barn converted into ...

How to Change Valve Cover Gaskets on a Saab 9-3

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Valve cover gaskets are something I consider replacing as preventative maintenance when it has seen over 100k miles. The gaskets tend to become hard+brittle with increasing likelihood that it may ...

How to Replace Rear Trailing Arm Supports on an E34 5-Series (BMW)

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Time: 1 hour Difficulty: 2 out of 5...

How to Install a Power Steering Fluid Filter

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When you think of replaceable filters in your car, the first one that pops into your mind is the oil filter, of course. Next up, you might think about the air filter, followed by the cabin air filter ...

Three Neglected Maintenance Items on Mercedes-Benz W123 Diesels

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The venerable W123 chassis produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1977 through 1985, especially the diesel variety, has a reputation for being unstoppable. “They will just run, and run, and run!” As a result ...

Should You Put Racing Seats in a Daily Driver?

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On older cars, where a car seat is nothing more than a chair bolted to the floor, people could easily swap their stock seats for aftermarket racing buckets. But modern car seats present numerous ...

I Need to Make a BMW E30 Last for 18 Hours of Racing at Watkins Glen

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It's happening!  We are going racing!  FCP Euro has entered a BMW Spec E30 in American Endurance Racing's first event of 2016 at the iconic, and freshly repaved, Watkins Glen International in New ...

How to Replace Transmission Mounts on a BMW 5-Series (E34)

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The GM 4L30E automatic transmission (a.k.a A4S-270R, a.k.a A4S-310R) used in BMW's E34 cars (and some years of the E36) have four transmission mounts. This DIY will discuss replacing the rear two ...

How to Read A RWD Volvo Identification Plate

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Ever wanted to know a little bit more about your car? Beyond knowing the basics like model year, and recommended tire pressures, your product plate can tell you a lot more about your car than you ...

How to Determine Volvo Brake Rotor Sizes

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It's easy to make a mistake when shopping for brakes on a Volvo as almost every Volvo model could be had with multiple combinations of brake rotor sizes. Whether the varying sizes were intended for ...

Preparing our BMW E30 for 18 Hours of Endurance Racing with AER

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There is so work much to do.  Where to begin?  ...

Automatic Transmission Fluid Level Check for GM-Transmission BMWs (E34, E36, E37)

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This procedure is outlined for the GM-built automatic transmissions that were commonly installed with many six-cylinder engines in the 1990s era 3-Series (E36), 5-Series (E34), and Z3 (E37). To BMW ...

The Importance of Selecting The Proper Coolant For Your European Car

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Do you, as a DIY mechanic, ever give much consideration to your engine’s coolant? I would wager that if you do you are an exception. I believe most DIY’ers do not. This belief is based on years of ...

Green Cap or the Gray Cap? The Volvo Radiator Cap Conundrum

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For Volvos of all years, you essentially have two choices of radiator caps: the Green cap or the Grey cap. Grey caps were prominent on RWD Volvos, with green caps making their appearance in FWD ...

Elevate Exhaust System Review for P1 Vehicles (C30/C70/V50/S40)

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If you are in the market to modify your Volvo, you may be quickly disappointed to find how very few parts exist for these cars. Once you do finally discover the few things which can be upgraded, you ...

BMW A4S-270R A4S-310R GM 4L30-E Transmission Fluid ATF Change DIY (E36 E34 E37)

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Time: 1 hour Difficulty: 2 out of 5 The car’s trailing arms (a.k.a. rear control arms) are basically the meeting points for the rear wheels and all critical suspension components. The trailing arm ...

How to Change Coolant in a Diesel W123 Mercedes-Benz

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It often seems that coolant is one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind maintenance items even for most DIY mechanics. Especially with modern coolants that have extended lifespans of 5 years or 100,000 ...

How to Replace Rear Shocks on a P1 Volvo (C30/V50/C70/S40)

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Whether you drive your cars thousands of miles a year, or leave it parked for many seasons, hydraulic shocks and struts will inevitably be in need of replacing at some point in the vehicle's life....

How to Replace Struts and Strut Mounts on a Saab 9-3 (GM)

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Several months ago I replaced the front struts on a 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc. The struts were shot and I skimped on replacing any of the other components as they seemed to “look” ok. For months it bugged me ...

Announcing the Team Line-up for FCP Euro's BMW E30 in American Endurance Racing

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An endurance race is true test of man and machine.  It takes a reliable car, a strategy, money, and a team.  Having FCP Euro on our team has helped get us the parts that (hopefully) will get us ...

How to Change a BMW 5-Series Cabin Filter (E39)

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There are two times of year that usually have me changing the cabin filter on my cars: Pollen season and leaf season. But if you have an E39 like the BMW 525i, you should probably take the job one ...

Using Free Service Manuals for Mercedes-Benz W123 and W124 Models

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Whenever an automotive manufacturer produces a vehicle, they publish what is called a Factory Service Manual (FSM). The FSM provides step-by-step procedures for completing maintenance and repair ...

How to Repair a Stripped Thread With a Helicoil

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Many a DIY'er has been there before - you've just completed several hours of hard labor replacing several key suspension components and all you have to do is get the wheels on before you can drive ...

How to Replace Rear Sway Bar Links on a BMW 5-Series (E34)

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Sway bars are critical to good handling in corners. They connect the suspension components on either side of the car and help the vehicle ride flatter through curves. As a car starts to lean outward ...

How to Unclog Sunroof Drains on a Saab 9-3

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During a rainy week I noticed water coming in around the front dashboard area. It seemed to be coming from the headliner near the top of the windshield in a few spots, mostly from right above the ...

Who Makes the Best 5 Cylinder Engines? Audi, Volvo, or the FCP Euro Race Team?

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While leading our class at Watkins Glen during the second 9-hour race with American Endurance Racing on April 24, our BMW E30's engine stopped working. It was pulling hard in 4th gear going up the ...

The Dark Side of Volvo's Excellent V8

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Not many people know that at one point, Volvo offered a V8 in a select few of their vehicles. It's a wonderfully powerful and smooth engine that has ample torque, spins fast with a high redline, and ...

How to Fix Intermittent A/C in a Volvo (P1/All)

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As we approach the summer months, air conditioner use becomes a daily ritual; discovering that the AC functions intermittently could be devastating. When an air conditioner begins to fail, the most ...

How to Replace a Rear Window Strip on a Saab 9-3

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Has your Saab 9-3 rear window strip seen better days?...

How to Change Engine Oil and Filter in a Diesel Mercedes-Benz

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The OM616, OM617, and OM617a inline diesel engines came equipped in a variety of Mercedes platforms starting in the mid-1970's on through the mid-1980's, at least in the U.S. marketplace. With over a ...

Picking a Donor Engine for the FCP Euro BMW E30 Endurance Race Car

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In case you haven't read the article yet, we broke a connecting rod in our relatively stock BMW M20B25 during our last race at Watkins Glen.  The engine may still be salvageable, but with only about ...

How to Change Fuel Filters in a Diesel Mercedes-Benz (OM61X)

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When the OM61X equipped diesel cars were being produced back in the 1970's and 1980's, Mercedes-Benz knew that the diesel fuel available could often be rather dirty - full of particulate matter that ...

Purchasing a Used P1 Volvo: Advice

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Having owned two S40s, a C30, and a recently purchased V50, I have acquired quite a bit of experienced with P1 maintenance and common problems. While also having examined hundreds of Volvos when ...

How to Replace a Radiator on a Saab 9-3

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A reader asked if I could write a post on replacing a radiator (which I assumed would be for the 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc I usually write posts about). I wasn’t planning on replacing mine (yet) but figured ...

Diesel Mercedes-Benz Fluid Maintenance Needs

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One of the most effective ways to make sure your classic diesel Mercedes keeps on ticking for a long time to come is to stay on top of fluid changes. In between changes, however, all of the fluids in ...

With Age, Every Part Becomes a Wear Part

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Anyone who owns a car understands that typical wear parts need to be replaced - things like brakes, shocks, belts, etc. Generally these are things that move, compress, switch, twist, grab...they work ...

How to Install a Volvo Wheel Bearing Lock Brace (P1)

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On older Volvos, owners often dismissed ABS messages because the culprit was likely a faulty solder on the control module; no functioning ABS, but not harm to the car. However, ABS warnings should be ...

How to Replace a Wheel Speed Sensor on a BMW 5-Series (E39)

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The BMW E39 cars have an electronic wheel speed sensor located at each hub. In simplest terms, the car uses these sensors to count the number of rotations made by each wheel. Its monitors each one if ...

Why You Should Consider a Battery Minder System

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Car batteries are a wear item that gets replaced every few years. Hopefully you’ll change it before you get stuck somewhere with a bad battery, which is the leading cause for car breakdowns. Most ...

A $28 Oil Analysis Could Have Saved My BMW M20B25 Engine

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Our April AER race at Watkins Glen was cut short when the engine went "boom" and stopped running at about 100 mph through the esses.  Many hours of "what the hell happened" later, we discovered that ...

Car Show: The Vintage Gathers 500 Pre-e36 BMWs to Asheville

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I’ve been to plenty classic car shows that had sections devoted to my favorite marques, but I have never before seen so many ancient variations on a single brand until The Vintage visited my hometown ...

How To Keep Up On Your Volvo's Maintenance

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One of the simplest of things to keep up on your Volvo is its maintenance. Your Volvo requires regular routine maintenance to keep it in tip top shape, running efficiently, and to maintain its peak ...

How To Store Your Car Outdoors

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Like it or not, there will come a time that you just won’t be able to drive your car. Maybe it's because you need to put it away for the season, or that you need to take care of other projects before ...

Eliminating an Annoying Trim Noise near the Radio

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In the winter I’d get this endless, annoying noise from the dash whenever I drove the 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc. It didn’t come back as much when the spring season warmed it up but it would still return at ...

Fuel Pressure Sensor Replacement (C30, S40, V50, C70)

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If you car begins to exhibit strange throttle behavior, lacks throttle response, or has surging power, the likely culprit is the fuel pressure sensor. It's very common for this sensor to get gunked ...

How to Replace a Rear Roof Handle on a Saab 9-3

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A few weeks ago I had a rear passenger unexpectedly break off the rear roof handle as he was leaving the vehicle. We all had fun with it saying he was trying to do a chin-up on the way out but we ...

How to Repair Stripped Threads on Your Car's Fasteners

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I recently found 2 of the 3 engine cover bolts to have stripped out threads on a 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc. The bolts no longer would bite and just kept spinning indefinitely. The bolts were fine but the ...

Regular or Premium Gasoline?

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This is one of those car topics that gets debated like politics or religion. This article isn’t meant to fan those flames but instead it’s to share what I’ve observed so you can make your own ...

2001 W210 E320 4matic Ball Joint Replacement DIY (Wagon)

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Worn balljoints may introduce vibration at highway speeds, vagueness in the steering and in extreme cases clunking noises in the suspension. At the first indication of wear, or if the boots are ...

W210 E320 4matic Front Shock Replacement DIY

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Normally this job would require the use of a special (Klann type) spring compressor, as access to the spring is limited by the design of the upper spring perch. The perch is attached to the car and ...

P1 Volvo Key Fobs - Battery Replacement & Features

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To many people, a car key is just a key. It unlocks the doors, it may control lights, and it is a tool used for starting the vehicle. However, technology and design have progressed to the point that ...

Learn How To Replace Your Volvo Inner CV Joint Boot

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The half axle is rotated by the transmission, and transfers the transmission movement to the wheels. The half axle is composed of two different mechanisms. The inner side has three roller bearings, ...

Replacing Drive Belts, Tensioners, Pulley On BMW E39 Six-cylinder Engines (525i, 528i, 530i)

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The drive belts on the BMW e39 engines are regular maintenance items, but the pulleys and tensioners need careful attention once a car passes 100,000 miles. The job is not particularly difficult if ...

The Importance of a Skid Plate, P1 Volvo installation

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It is often suggested that skid plates are only necessary for off road vehicles or lower cars. While it is more likely for an oil pan to be damaged during off road exploration or scraping the city ...

Don’t Fear the Rover: 5 Realizations From My First Time Working on an LR3

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I admit that I have had a fascination with Land Rovers. Though I have never owned one, I constantly search them on Craigslist. I have a few logins to the forums. And I have done enough homework on ...

AER Race #2 - Palmer Motorsports Park - Weekend Recap

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The difference between professionals and amateurs is the level of preparation.  This holds true in many arena, from business to sports, and especially auto racing.  Our second endurance race ...

TSI Oil Change DIY

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I may be the BMW Catalog Manager at FCP Euro but my better half happens to own a Volkswagen. I changed the oil on this vehicle at home with basic tools and decided to share the process with you. ...

Breathing New Life Into A 450SL

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It is a true honor to join the editorial team at FCP Euro from the Desert Southwest of the United States. Today we launch a series on the Mercedes-Benz, R107 chassis, covering topics such as what to ...

How to Change the Brake Fluid on a Saab 9-3

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The Saab WIS doesn’t indicate a service schedule for changing the brake fluid (also known as bleeding the brake system) but this is something that should be done as preventative maintenance. I ...

The Right Classic Mercedes

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You’ve always dreamed of driving out of your garage on a beautiful day in something that turns heads at every stoplight. With horns honking and others giving a thumbs up, you simply grin, give a ...

The Right Fuel and Octane for Classics

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For classic car owners there are certain topics that consume the internet in both the form of questions and answers. Topics such as “What fuel to use? What octane? What brand of oil? What weight of ...

P1 Volvo Hood Removal and Alignment

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Whether you are replacing your hood (bonnet), correcting panel alignment after an accident, or simply desire to drive around with an exposed engine bay, hood removal and alignment is a straight ...

Mercedes 450SL Oil Change

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Oil by the barrel, oil in abundance and oil in short supply, like it or not, it is a vital part of our lives and a vital part of our cars engine. Without oil, not enough oil or improper oil pressure, ...

DIY: Land Rover LR3 spark plug change

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This is not a hard job at all. It just takes patience when loosening the spark plugs. It took us about 2 hours to do this job using all Land Rover parts from FCP Euro, including a late-night run to ...

Mercedes 450SL A/C Repair and Restoration

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PART 1 Now that we are officially into summer, at least in the northern hemisphere, there is no better time to talk about air conditioning. This week we will cover the A/C system in the 1975 Mercedes ...

N51/N52N Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

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This DIY is going to be centered around handling the replacement of a valve cover gasket (and associated gaskets) on N51 and N52N engines. Unlike early N52 engines, which used a magnesium valve cover ...

Mercedes 450SL Emissions System

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For 1975, U.S. buyers were privileged to an all new feature—emissions! Yes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, required that all cars be fitted with an emissions system to hep curb ...

How to Clean the MAF on a Saab 9-3

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The Mass Air Flow sensor (MAF) is something considered to be an item that needs periodic cleaning. The sensor measures air velocity for the car’s computer to determine the right air/fuel mixture. The ...

How to Reset & Relearn E90 BMW Automatic Transmission Adaptations (ZF6)

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Automatic transmissions are fickle beasts which can be astronomically expensive if not maintained. Throw in the fact that it's a BMW, and the need for regular maintenance becomes quite clear. ...

Mercedes 450SL Tires - The Right Choice

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While we don’t often pay enough attention to our tires after we have them installed, we certainly do spend hours trying to pick the best looking tire. This great social experiment was had recently at ...

P1 Volvo Turbo Control Valve (TCV) Replacement

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Boost issues can be frustrating. They can also be difficult to track down, especially on a Volvo where there are many sensors, hoses, and electrical components. If you are experiencing sporadic ...

Mercedes 450SL A-6 Compressor

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REFRIGERENT r12 or r134 In our second part of the Mercedes 450SL air conditioning restoration, we will focus on prepping the system for freon....

Volvo PCV Breather Box Guide - Symptoms and Diagnosis

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We’ve received countless calls from Volvo owners unsure whether they have a PCV breather system problem or an oil sludge issue. We've put together a quick guide explaining how the Volvo PCV breather ...

The FCP Euro Lifetime Replacement Guarantee Is Actually Real

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Like any gearhead, I love buying parts just as much as turning a wrench, but the same roadblocks keep me dissatisfied when shopping at certain retailers. Free shipping often comes at a price, long ...

Mercedes 450SL Timing Chain - Part 1

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One of the most challenging jobs on the 1975 450SL will be the timing chain. It starts out innocently enough but will take on a life of it’s own....

Repairing a Window Regulator on a Saab 9-3

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A few months after getting a 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc I found that the rear passenger side power window would not always roll back up. Instead it would try to roll up but soon stop and make a crumpling ...

Mercedes 450SL Engine Timing Chain - PART 2

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  Prepping a Mercedes 450SL for a timing chain Now we are ready for step two of the timing chain replacement on our 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL. The first step is to decide how you will go about moving ...

How to Use A Motive Power Brake Bleeder

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Regularly scheduled brake maintenance is important to keeping your brakes functioning properly and efficiently. But more often is the case that people will overlook the vital inspection and/or ...

Mercedes-Benz 450SL Plugs, Wires, & Ignition

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I was recently asked if I would write an article on spark plugs and wires. Like tires, additives, cleaners, batteries, etc., we have so many choices and each with a claim to be the “best.” So just ...

Mercedes 450SL D-Jetronic

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As we progress on our journey through the 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL, it is important to look at the D-Jetronic or D-Jet fuel injection system....

OEM Supplier parts on FCP Euro

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If you are browsing through all the brands you may come across a brand listed as "OEM Supplier" Pretty vague, right? Well, yes and no. OEM Supplier parts on FCP Euro are the same part that is ...

Flushing / Bleeding Brakes on a P1 Volvo

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If you notice that your brakes are beginning to feel spongy, despite significant meat remaining on the pads and rotors, it is probably time to bleed the brakes. Over time, dirt, air, and moisture can ...

Mercedes 450SL Timing Chain Installation - Part 3

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Our timing chain three part series concludes with the installation of the chain. It is of utmost importance to be thorough and to check everything two and three times....

AER Race #3 - NJMP | Our BMW E30 Surpassed 42 Hours of Racing This Year

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Round 3 of American Endurance Racing was held at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville NJ.  South Jersey in the middle of July is a sauna.  Add in wearing a 3 layer nomex suit, a 120*F cockpit, ...

Engine Coolant For Your Mercedes

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Over the years, coolant or antifreeze (one in the same) has certainly changed and not just formulation wise, there seems to be every color in the rainbow. There is good old green, orange, red, ...

DIY: Changing Oil on an LR3 with the V8 Engine

Changing oil is probably the most straightforward DIY projects an owner can tackle—as long as the manufacturer put all the vehicle’s oil holes in the right places. Once you can get past the Land ...

Mercedes 450SL Power Steering

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The early Mercedes 450SL power steering system is very robust and quite simple. The other positive is, pumps, hoses, steering boxes etc., are all available should the need arise....

P1 Volvo Steering Wheel Replacement

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P1 Volvos came with a variety of different styling packages, but the most well known is the "R-design" trim. Unlike the actual R models, the Volvo 850R and Volvo S60R for example, or the recent ...

Mercedes W123 - 240D Vacuum Overview

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If you already own a Mercedes W123, 240D it will be no secret that vacuum is used everywhere. Despite the fact that this car, in my opinion, is one of the greatest cars ever built, both in a timeless ...

Introducing FCP Euro's OEM Parts Index

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We are really excited to announce one of our newest features that we’ve been working on for a while....

Introducing FCP Euro's Shipping Calander

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This week we've got another feature to announce, one we’ve been working really hard on for a long time....

How to Replace a Coolant Expansion Tank on an E39 Six Cylinder BMW

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The coolant expansion tank (AKA reservoir) is one of those parts that you hear stories about. It just sits there quietly for years until one day its plastic body just gives way under the pressurized ...

How To Replace The Upper Engine Mount On Your P2 Volvo

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One of the most common Volvo engine mounts to fail on your P2 is it's upper engine mount. This engine mount attaches to the upper strut brace on one end and the engine on the other. The mount is ...

11 Cheap RWD Volvo Parts You Need to Buy Now

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Remember the days where you would walk down the grocery store aisle and spot your favorite snack on sale for $0.50? You wouldn’t think twice, and yes of course, you would buy it. These days are a ...

Diesel Algae in your Mercedes

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