How To Disassemble, Clean, And Rebuild The Inner CV Axle Boot On A W204 Mercedes C300

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If your Mercedes has suffered a rear axle CV boot failure and you catch the problem quick enough, you can save the axle without being forced to buy a new one. This DIY is a messy one, but it's ...

How To Inspect And Replace A Door Latch On A MK5 Volkswagen GTI

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If you own a high-mileage MK5 GTI, there's a good chance you will need to replace a door latch at some point. Your door might not lock, and the instrument cluster might not recognize the door being ...

The Engine On My $15,000 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG Seized After One Week

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I bought a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 on the used car market, and after just one week of ownership, the engine seized. I was on the side of the road. Here's how it happened. ...

How To Change The Brake Lines On An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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All Porsche 911s have excellent brakes from the factory, however, that performance degrades with age, especially if not cared for properly. Even the newest model air-cooled Porsche 911 is at least 20 ...

How To Replace Or Reseal The Brake Vacuum Pump On An MK5 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The brake vacuum pump on the MK5 GTI (or any car with the TSI motor) is prone to failure. The main point of failure is a leaking gasket which causes a vacuum leak and directly affects braking ...

How To Check For Leaks On A Plastic Valve Cover With A Built-In PCV

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Your PCV system is an extremely important, yet often overlooked collection of parts that affects how well your car runs. On some cars, like our  2007 MK5 Volkswagen GTI, the PCV system is actually ...

How To Reinforce BMW E36 M3 Strut Towers

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It's no secret that the BMW E36 chassis is an awesome platform for building a race car, but it's not without some design flaws. When BMW designed these cars, they wanted to shave weight on the ...

How To Replace Your Valve Cover And Valve Cover Gasket On A MK5 GTI (Jetta, EOS, Passat, A3)

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Let's face it, valve covers love to leak. I personally have one that needs attending to this winter. Thankfully, it's not too complex of a job on the MK5 GTI or any other car with the VW BPY engine. ...

How To Inspect And Replace Rear Wheel Bearings On An MK5 Volkswagen GTI

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A failing wheel bearing is never a comfortable feeling. Usually, you hear it before you feel it. This sound ranges in volume from a slight hum, to something like you're standing next to a helicopter. ...

How To Replace Cooling Fans On An MK5 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Have you noticed your car running warmer than usual? Are there grinding or rattling sounds coming from the front end when your fans are on? Cooling fan failures crop up in a variety of ways; ...

How To Change The Fuel Pump On An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

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If your engine is having problems running, and your diagnosis includes low fuel pressure and/or abnormally loud engine bay noises, it may be time for a new fuel pump....

Everything That Went Wrong With Our High-Mileage MK5 Volkswagen GTI

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So, here’s the good news: FCP Euro bought a 2007 MK5 Volkswagen GTI on the used car market. The bad news is: there are a ton of things wrong with it. ...

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