FCP Euro's DIY Blog

Tim Wong

Tim is a Canadian from Windsor, with a knack for taking things apart, and sometimes putting them back together. He is a mechanical engineer by day and backyard mechanic by night. His mantra in life is to never break another bolt.

Recent Posts

Here's Why LIQUI MOLY Actually Works

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jul 9, 2018
If I asked you to name a brand of motor oil, a number of brands might pop into your mind. Castrol, Mobil 1, Valvoline, etc. One thing in ... Read more

Topics: Parts

Here's Why Volvos Are Considered Safe

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jul 6, 2018
I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video of a violent crash between a 2008-2016 Volvo XC70 wagon and a transport truck traveling at full ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Volvo

Why This $5000 1990 Volvo 740 16-Valve Wagon Was The Best Deal On The Internet

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jun 21, 2018
Bring a Trailer has been a wonderful waste of time during my lunch hours. When I need a break from the every day grind, I pop open BAT and ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Culture, Volvo

How To Rebuild And Refresh Brake Caliper Pistons On The Car

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jun 19, 2018
When a car sits outside for an extended period of time, it's good to follow a list of things to check and/or repair. I have grown fond of my ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How To Quickly And Inexpensively Repair A Cracked Exhaust

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jun 18, 2018
Some of us, logically, like to fix things properly the first time. These are the same type of people who carry a bottle of spray detailer ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How To Change The Oil On A Diesel Mercedes

Posted by Tim Wong
on Dec 11, 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

Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Review: The Ultimate Snow Tire?

Posted by Tim Wong
on Nov 20, 2017
After seeing the pictures and news clips of the winter apocalypse in Buffalo, I figured now was as good a time as any to winterize my Volvo ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Install a Power Steering Fluid Filter

Posted by Tim Wong
on Feb 2, 2017
When you think of replaceable filters in your car, the first one that pops into your mind is the oil filter, of course. Next up, you might ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Read A RWD Volvo Identification Plate

Posted by Tim Wong
on Feb 2, 2017
Ever wanted to know a little bit more about your car? Beyond knowing the basics like model year, and recommended tire pressures, your ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Green Cap or the Gray Cap? The Volvo Radiator Cap Conundrum

Posted by Tim Wong
on Feb 2, 2017
For Volvos of all years, you essentially have two choices of radiator caps: the Green cap or the Grey cap. Grey caps were prominent on RWD ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How To Store Your Car Outdoors

Posted by Tim Wong
on Feb 2, 2017
Like it or not, there will come a time that you just won’t be able to drive your car. Maybe it's because you need to put it away for the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

11 Cheap RWD Volvo Parts You Need to Buy Now

Posted by Tim Wong
on Feb 2, 2017
Remember the days where you would walk down the grocery store aisle and spot your favorite snack on sale for $0.50? You wouldn’t think ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace a Radiator Cooling Fan Switch Seal on a RWD Volvo

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jan 31, 2017
Be it oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, or coolant, leaks are the worst. You could argue which of these leaks cause you the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Identify Leaking Fluids Under a Car

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jan 31, 2017
It’s never a good feeling to walk out to your car and see a puddle under it. As wishful as it is, a stray cat probably did not take a ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Repair a Window Switch on a RWD Volvo

Posted by Tim Wong
on Jan 31, 2017
Last week, I wrote about upgrading your window switches to lighted window switches, bringing a little bit more life into the cabin of your ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself