FCP Euro's DIY Blog

Alex Fiehl

Alex is FCP’s Blog Editor and a Desktop Engineer from Endwell, NY. He has over 9 years of experience working on a wide array of import makes, but has found his home with European cars. With a BMW and Volvo at home, the garage is always busy.

Recent Posts

How To Replace The Upper Engine Mount On A Volvo S60

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Dec 6, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself, Video

Who Really Makes Genuine Audi/VW Parts?

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Jul 24, 2017
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. ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

The Importance of Selecting The Proper Coolant For Your European Car

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
Sway bars are critical to good handling in corners. They connect the suspension components on either side of the car and help the vehicle ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Unclog Sunroof Drains on a Saab 9-3

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace a Radiator on a Saab 9-3

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Diesel Mercedes-Benz Fluid Maintenance Needs

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Why You Should Consider a Battery Minder System

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Eliminating an Annoying Trim Noise near the Radio

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
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 ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Feb 2, 2017
Worn balljoints may introduce vibration at highway speeds, vagueness in the steering and in extreme cases clunking noises in the suspension. ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous