FCP Euro's DIY Blog

Andrew Peng

Andrew is an aerospace engineer and car fanatic that enjoys working on his garage of Volvos and Subarus. When he’s not busy attending car meets and shows or taking things apart, he enjoys driving his cars and finding interesting new ways to break them. He can be reached via his personal website at http://andrewpeng.net, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, or Twitter.

Recent Posts

The Dark Side of Volvo's Excellent V8

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Feb 2, 2017
Outside of Volvo diehards and enthusiasts, not many people know that Volvo had a V8 option for the XC90 and S80. It's a wonderfully powerful ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Change Volvo XC90 Front Control Arms

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jan 27, 2017
As your beloved Volvo parts age, more and more of the suspension is wearing out and can make funny clunking noises. The most recent job I ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How to Replace Volvo Subframe Bushing Inserts

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jan 27, 2017
Volvo's use of transverse engine configurations in it's '93+ FWD and AWD models means it needs a rather large subframe to hold everything ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How to Change a Volvo XC90 Fuel Filter (P2)

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jan 8, 2015
The fuel filter on the Volvo XC90 is one of the easiest to change in any passenger car I've worked on. It's generally recommended to change ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

What is an Evaporative Emissions System?

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Dec 24, 2014
Modern cars have advanced to the point where the much of the concern of pollution is no longer from the tailpipe - modern emissions controls ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

What is Volvo's MOST Bus?

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Nov 6, 2014
As automotive electronics are getting more and more complex, automotive manufacturers have been seeking more streamlined and efficient ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Choose an Engine Oil & Determine An OCI

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Oct 28, 2014
Engine oil has evolved great deal since it was used in the first automobiles, and it serves a great deal of purposes in the engine. Choosing ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Using E85 in Performance Applications

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Sep 5, 2014
There has been a lot of talk over the past few years in the performance automotive circles about this curious new fuel that is slowly ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace a Volvo XC90 V8 Alternator

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Aug 20, 2014
Early Volvo XC90 V8 models were plagued with premature alternator failures, often happening well before 100k miles. This actually happened ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Warped Brake Rotors - Vibrating Reality or Internet Myth?

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Aug 8, 2014
Many of us have been there before - we apply the brakes to slow down our car and suddenly, the steering wheel shakes, the car lurches and ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Volvo AWD Systems Explained

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jul 23, 2014
Romping with my Volvo XC90 in Colorado had me thinking about AWD systems and how they relate to vehicle performance. This led me further ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

6 Tips for Effective Use of Anti Seize

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jul 15, 2014
Anti-seize compound is commonly applied to fasteners to prevent the threads from becoming galled or damaged - especially when dissimilar ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Polyurethane Suspension Bushings Explained

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jul 7, 2014
A car's suspension system cushions the vehicle from imperfections and undulations in the road surface, smoothing out the bumps while ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Clean and Reuse a K&N Filter

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jun 20, 2014
K&N filters are great drop-in replacement air cleaners that are reusable and may also provide a slight performance benefit. I have a K&N ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Choosing The Best Coolant: It's Just Antifreeze, Right?

Posted by Andrew Peng
on Jun 6, 2014
Engine coolant - that ubiquitous (traditionally) green, sweet smelling, slick liquid present in virtually all automobiles can be considered ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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