FCP Euro's DIY Blog

Nicolas Siemsen

Nicolas lives in Tucson, AZ where he spends his weekdays as an emergency manager, and his weekends working on cars, either his or his friend's. He has a passion for old cars, which he indulges through the classic W123 Mercedes-Benz, and for fast cars, currently an E39 540i M-sport.

Recent Posts

Three Neglected Maintenance Items on Mercedes-Benz W123 Diesels

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
The venerable W123 chassis produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1977 through 1985, especially the diesel variety, has a reputation for being ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Change Coolant in a Diesel W123 Mercedes-Benz

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
It often seems that coolant is one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind maintenance items even for most DIY mechanics. Especially with modern ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Using Free Service Manuals for Mercedes-Benz W123 and W124 Models

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
Whenever an automotive manufacturer produces a vehicle, they publish what is called a Factory Service Manual (FSM). The FSM provides ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Repair a Stripped Thread With a Helicoil

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
Many a DIY'er has been there before - you've just completed several hours of hard labor replacing several key suspension components and all ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

The Axle Dilemma - OEM? Aftermarket? Rebuilt? Used?

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
When it comes time to purchase a replacement part for your older European vehicle, such as the Mercedes-Benz W123 models that will be ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Change Engine Oil and Filter in a Diesel Mercedes-Benz

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
The OM616, OM617, and OM617a inline diesel engines came equipped in a variety of Mercedes platforms starting in the mid-1970's on through ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

With Age, Every Part Becomes a Wear Part

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Feb 2, 2017
Anyone who owns a car understands that typical wear parts need to be replaced - things like brakes, shocks, belts, etc. Generally these are ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Why Mercedes DIY Diagnosis Can Save Serious Cash

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Apr 9, 2016
Since you are here reading this blog I imagine that you have a sense that doing your own car repairs can save you money, but what if I told ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

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