Easiest Oil Change Ever Courtesy of Schwaben Tools!

Introduction The Schwaben 6.5 Liter Extractor system is hand -operated for fast extraction of any type of fluid. Two different diameter extracting tubes are included to suit your particular application. The unit has a vacuum release button for quick and easy release. Displace 6.5 Liters ( 6.8 qts.) of fluid in minutes while maintaining a [...]

July 20th, 2017|Audi, BMW, Buying Guide, DIYs, Engine, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Easiest Oil Change Ever Courtesy of Schwaben Tools!

Torquing Tips

Torque to Yield or “Stretch” Bolts Many bolts will have a torque specification listed in the format - xx Nm (xx Ft-lbs) + xx degrees. These bolts are torque to yield bolts, commonly referred to as “stretch” bolts. The correct procedure for torquing these bolts is: Stage One - Torque the bolt(s) to the initial [...]

June 26th, 2017|Audi, BMW, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Torquing Tips

Oil Change Fundamentals, Tools, and Procedures

Introduction: The most essential of vehicle services, the oil change, sometimes raises the most questions. Most of us relate oil with lubrication, and it’s true that lubrication is its primary function, but it does a lot more than you think. There are many questions and theories about what type of oil to use and how [...]

June 19th, 2017|Audi, BMW, Buying Guide, DIYs, Engine, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Oil Change Fundamentals, Tools, and Procedures

ECS Exact-Fit Brake Lines

The Heart of a Complete Brake Job: Automotive brake fluid hoses are often ignored during a vehicle brake service. Brake pads and rotors are commonly accepted replacement items, but many motorists mistakenly assume that their brake hoses should last the life of the vehicle. That assumption is incorrect and dangerous. Stock brake hoses are made [...]

June 2nd, 2017|Audi, BMW, Braking, Buying Guide, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on ECS Exact-Fit Brake Lines

Suspension & Steering Basic Fundamentals & Inspection

Introduction: This PDF has been created for informational purposes to help answer any questions you might have on what components make up the suspension on your vehicle, and how to recognize when they’re in need of replacement. After reading this PDF you will understand: * How to recognize ball joints, tie rod ends, shocks, struts, [...]

May 31st, 2017|Audi, BMW, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Suspension, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Suspension & Steering Basic Fundamentals & Inspection

Understanding Wheel Offset and Backspacing

Introduction: You might ask, why install wheels with different offset and backspacing? There are two reasons; for performance, and for looks. Wider tires and an increased track width can create a dramatic improvement in traction and handling, and many cars simply look better with larger and wider wheels and tires, especially when looking for an [...]

May 26th, 2017|Audi, BMW, General, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on Understanding Wheel Offset and Backspacing

Tire Sizing & Ratings – All Makes & Models

Introduction: This PDF has been created for informational purposes to help answer any questions you might have on tire sizing and ratings (Passenger Car tires only). After reading this PDF you will understand: * What is printed on the sidewall of a tire * How to quickly read and understand tire ratings * How to [...]

May 25th, 2017|Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on Tire Sizing & Ratings – All Makes & Models

Carbon Fiber Cleaning and Care

Introduction: Although Carbon Fiber is an expensive and “exotic” material, it’s maintenance doesn’t have to be. With a little caution and these simple procedures, you can keep your investment properly protected and looking like new. Carbon Fiber Cleaning and Care: General Precautions: Be careful not to nick or deeply scratch the clear coat on the [...]

May 25th, 2017|Audi, BMW, Body & Exterior, Car Care, Engine, Intake, Interior, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Carbon Fiber Cleaning and Care

ECS Wheel Stud Conversion Kit Installation Instructions

Introduction Our wheel stud conversion kits offer the following features and benefits: Faster wheel installation as the studs make it easy to line up the wheel on the hub Peace of mind knowing that studs are a safer way to ensure proper wheel-to-hub contact No more need for a wheel hanger to mount wheels You [...]

May 25th, 2017|Audi, BMW, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on ECS Wheel Stud Conversion Kit Installation Instructions