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

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As I recently wrote about, transmission services have changed significantly in the last 20 years. Transmissions themselves have changed immensely, and the latest and greatest transmission is the DSG ...

How to Make a Volvo Feel Like New

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Even the best kept Volvo can unavoidably feel, well, old. While it would certainly be a tall order to refresh every surface and restore every nook and cranny of the car, you can pretty quickly return ...

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

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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 factory gasket, used on pretty much all 4 cylinder VW/Audis ...

3 Simple Upgrades For a Mk4 Volkswagen Jetta

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The Mark 4 Volkswagen is all things to all men. Its simple, serviceable, bulletproof design brings both reliability and driving pleasure to the consumer, all at an affordable price. The chassis ...

How to Recover From a Flooded Interior

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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 weather, but sometimes good preparation is not enough – even ...

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

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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 system, which monitors the engine very closely, specifically ...

Easy OBD-2 Misfire Diagnosis

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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 diagnose, and diagnosing a dead coil is gravy work that can ...

How Volkswagen's Continuous Injection System (CIS) Works

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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 used in pretty much everything Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, ...

What's Inside a Hydraulic Lifter?

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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 checked during a service. Points needed to be adjusted, zerk ...

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

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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 phased out years ago, and transmissions were equipped with ...

Volkswagen VR6 Tips & Maintenance

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Volkswagen has a long tradition of innovation. They've always done things slightly differently, from the ground up. One of Volkswagen's most lasting designs is the VR6 engine, which has been used for ...

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

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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 flooded interior if your sunroof drains aren't working ...

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