FCP Euro's DIY Blog

Michael Rivera

Mike is a former ASE Certified Technician and has over 10 years experience working on various European makes and models. This FCP veteran has been with us for almost 8 years and has worked very closely with our customers helping with technical advise and service. Mike is our Audi & VW catalog manager and is heading up the build out and restructuring the Audi & VW segments of the FCP Catalog. He can be reached at [email protected]

Recent Posts

Our Time at Waterfest 23 (July 15, 2017)

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Aug 3, 2017
  Waterfest is the largest VW/Audi Car Show and Motorsport event in North America, and the second largest of its kind in the world. ... Read more

Topics: Culture

What it's like owning an Audi B7 S4

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jul 10, 2017
We have enjoyed our time with Project Audi B7 S4, and in our initial review of the vehicle we discussed how it was just on loan to us from ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

How to replace the hood strut and air filter on an Audi B7 S4

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jul 5, 2017
As we wrap up our stay with Project Audi B7 S4, we decided to take the time to address of some of the smaller issues that a "new to me" ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

Audi B7 S4 Rowe Oil Change How To

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jun 28, 2017
As I tacked on mile after mile on project B7 S4's clock, I suddenly realized that I overlooked the most basic routine maintenance one should ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

Audi B7 S4 rear sway bar upgrade with 034 Motorsport

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jun 23, 2017
Still giddy after our last road test on project Audi B7 S4, and the newer handling capabilities of our project vehicle, I left myself ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

Audi B7 S4 Suspension Upgrade with Bilstein B8 Shocks

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jun 23, 2017
It is hard to argue out of the box handling performance on a B7 S4 (or any Audi Quattro for that matter), even with All-Season Nokian tires, ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

Audi B7 S4 Brake replacement with Zimmermann and Akebono

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jun 23, 2017
In our initial road review of project Audi B7 S4, we noticed almost immediately that our subject car was not responding well to brake pedal ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

Things to know before buying an Audi S4

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jun 19, 2017
Introduced in late 2004, the fourth generation B7 S4 was more a facelift than it was a new platform for Audi. While this model featured ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi

How to Use A Motive Power Brake Bleeder

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Feb 2, 2017
Regularly scheduled brake maintenance is important to keeping your brakes functioning properly and efficiently. But more often is the case ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Starter Replacement On N51/N52 Engines

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Feb 2, 2017
For those of you with a BMW N51/N52/N52T engine you will know that given the design of this motor, it means positioning the starter directly ... Read more

Topics: BMW

BMW Power Steering Reservoir Replacement

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Feb 1, 2017
If you have a late 80’s to present BMW you likely have seen a similar looking depiction in your engine bay like the collage above. Almost ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace & Bleed a Power Steering Rack

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jan 27, 2017
Thanks to its compact design and relative mechanical simplicity, hydraulic power steering rack and pinions are found in most current ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Faulty Oxygen Sensor Symptoms & Diagnosis

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jun 28, 2015
Knowing when your car's oxygen sensor has failed can save hundreds of dollars in diagnostic fees and wasted parts. The oxygen sensors are a ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself

What to Look For When Used Car Shopping

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Aug 16, 2014
As enthusiasts and avid car nuts, we tend to know from bumper to bumper what we are looking for when we go used car shopping. Be it a car we ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Volvo XC70 (P2) Wheel Hub, Bearing, Brake Replacement DIY

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Jul 17, 2014
Groaning or howling sounds that change with road speed are typical in higher mileage Volvos. Often, a poor alignment can cause tires to wear ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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