FCP Euro's DIY Blog

Join Us For Cars & Coffee On July 29th!

Posted by Michael Roselli
on Jul 8, 2018
If you can make it, we'd love to have you!... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Culture

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

Grassroots Motorsports E30 318iS Project - Cleaning Up the Ol' Girl

Posted by JR Huntington
on Jun 21, 2018
Although Grassroots Motorsports' E30 318iS project car still does not run, any engine work had to wait until the car got a thorough cleaning ... Read more

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

Grassroots Motorsports E30 318iS Project - The Beginning

Posted by JR Huntington
on Jun 19, 2018
We share a lot in common with the folks at Grassroots Motorsports.  Whether it's on a long weekend drive, or a personal vacation, or ... Read more

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

How A 10-Cent Part Saved Us Thousands In Repairs

Posted by Jay VanGorden
on May 31, 2018
  It was July of 2017 when we started our quest to find a Volvo S60 content car. We weren't looking for something that was "pristine", but ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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