FCP Euro's DIY Blog

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

Posted by Nicolas Siemsen
on Apr 15, 2018
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 Replace a Water Pump on an E39 BMW 5-Series (6-cylinder)

Posted by Eric Seeger
on Apr 14, 2018
It’s no secret that the E39’s Achilles Heel is its cooling system. Built almost entirely out of plastic, the system does not age well. And ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Miscellaneous

How to Replace & Bleed a Power Steering Rack

Posted by Michael Rivera
on Dec 30, 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

How To Replace An Alternator On A Volvo S60

Posted by Jay VanGorden
on Dec 1, 2017
Replacing an alternator on a P2 chassis Volvo is a moderate level repair which usually takes no longer than 3 hours to replace. Before ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How To Replace A Headlight On A P2 Volvo S60

Posted by Jay VanGorden
on Nov 22, 2017
Yes, you have to remove the front bumper, but it's not as bad as it seems. Here's the full tutorial on how to do it.... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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

The Key to My Heart - Replacing and Rekeying a BMW E30 Cylinder

Posted by Alex Frank
on Nov 14, 2017
Years before working at FCP Euro, I worked at Home Depot in the hardware department. I didn't know it at the time, but I acquired a skill ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself

What Type of Oil Should I Use In My Car?

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Nov 7, 2017
So, you’re in the motor oil section of your favorite auto parts retailer, FCP, staring at the gorgeous images our in-house photographer’s ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

CTEK battery tenders. Don't risk being stranded!

Posted by Kyle Bascombe
on Sep 20, 2017
If you're leaving your car unattended for any length of time, it's always a good idea to ensure your battery is properly maintained.  Rather ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself

[NOT READY] How to Replace a Coolant Flange on a 1.8T (AMB)

Posted by David Fresne
on Jul 24, 2017
The coolant flange is one of the more common parts to fail on a 1.8T. I have witnessed three different situations where the original flange ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Who Really Makes Genuine Audi/VW Parts?

Posted by Alex Fiehl
on Jul 24, 2017
How do you know if the part you're buying is going to last? Sometimes choice is one of the most difficult things a car enthusiast can face. ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

RECAP: Pirelli World Challenge at Lime Rock Park

Posted by Michael Hurczyn
on Jun 2, 2017
Coming off of 2 solid finishes at Mosport, we were feeling good about our Rounds 5 & 6 this past weekend at Lime Rock Park. However, I had ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

To save or not to save... a Volvo 242 story

Posted by Jacob Morgan
on Apr 12, 2017
Part 1: Accidentally Find a Project Car Somehow the Craigslist ad for this 1976 242 came to my attention. I sell Volvo parts on ebay, part ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Restoration, Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

FCP Euro Weekly Apex 3/19

Posted by Michael Hurczyn
on Mar 17, 2017
 We found some of the best distractions on the internet this week!... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Motorsports

Become a Paid BMW Contributor to FCP Euro's Blog

Posted by Alex Frank
on Mar 14, 2017
Become a regular paid contributor to FCP Euro's Blog!... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous