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Chris Stovall

Chris is a journeyman mechanic from Berkeley, California, specializing in late model Volkswagens and Audis. A glutton for punishment, his spare time is spent rebuilding every component of his ’83 Rabbit GTI.

Recent Posts

VW/Audi DSG Automatic Transmission Service DIY

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Feb 1, 2017
As I recently wrote about, transmission services have changed significantly in the last 20 years. Transmissions themselves have changed ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Make a Volvo Feel Like New

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Jan 27, 2017
Even the best kept Volvo can unavoidably feel, well, old. While it would certainly be a tall order to refresh every surface and restore ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How to Upgrade a Volkswagen/Audi Valve Cover Gasket (Mk1/Mk2/4000)

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Feb 6, 2015
A very common oil leak on any older VW is the valve cover gasket, but using the original parts is not always the best course of action. The ... Read more

Topics: Audi, VW

3 Simple Upgrades For a Mk4 Volkswagen Jetta

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Feb 1, 2015
The Mark 4 Volkswagen is all things to all men. Its simple, serviceable, bulletproof design brings both reliability and driving pleasure to ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Recover From a Flooded Interior

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Jan 10, 2015
Winter is still coming on strong, and rain is still falling. We've written a lot about what to do to prepare your vehicle for the severe ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Lean Faults & Vacuum Leak Diagnosis Using an OBD-II Scanner

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Dec 19, 2014
Diagnosing a newer car is easier than you think. Since 1996, all new cars like the Volvo S60 and BMW 325i have been fitted with the OBD-II ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself

Easy OBD-2 Misfire Diagnosis

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Dec 15, 2014
Misfires can be the easiest things in the world to cure, or the thing that drives you to drink. Luckily, OBD-II cars are straightforward to ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How Volkswagen's Continuous Injection System (CIS) Works

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Dec 12, 2014
Early fuel injected Volkswagens have the most ingenious fuel delivery system I've ever seen. The system worked so well, in fact, that it was ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

What's Inside a Hydraulic Lifter?

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Dec 2, 2014
Back in the day, servicing your own car was a labor of love. On air-cooled Volkswagens, there were millions of things that needed to be ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Change Transmission Fluid on a Non-DSG Volkswagen/Audi

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Nov 28, 2014
It seems that the newer the car, the less serviceable it is. New Audis don't even come with an oil dipstick! The transmission dipstick was ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Volkswagen VR6 Tips & Maintenance

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Nov 20, 2014
Volkswagen has a long tradition of innovation. They've always done things slightly differently, from the ground up. One of Volkswagen's most ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Clean & Modify Sunroof Drains on an Audi A6 (C5)

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Nov 10, 2014
Winter is upon us again, and that means rain. If you're lucky enough to own a Volkswagen or Audi with a sunroof, you could be looking at a ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Here's How A Volkswagen/Audi EVAP System Works

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Nov 4, 2014
Have you ever left your gas cap off and got a check engine light? It happens to the best of us, don't be afraid to admit it. Why does the ... Read more

Topics: Audi, VW

When and Why Alignments are Important

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Oct 19, 2014
An important part of keeping an Audi or Volkswagen well-maintained and operating correctly is the vehicle's wheel alignment. This is one of ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Checking Automatic Transmission Fluid in a Late Model VW/Audi

Posted by Chris Stovall
on Oct 16, 2014
The fill port - notice the special tool on the right and fluid pouring out on the left. The plastic piece above the tool can be an issue if ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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