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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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