Best Holiday Gift Ideas for a Car Enthusiast

In the classic film Dawn of the Dead, audiences were shown the first cinematic piece featuring a zombie outbreak and mass hysteria. Similarly to the out-of-nowhere horde of brain-hungry corpses, the Holiday season brings a seemingly overnight invasion of Holley leaves, tinsel, and public domain characters that mindlessly occupy the country. Along with the flood of decorations comes the wave of depression, anxiety, and Santa-induced stress that obnoxiously waves at you from your neighbor’s lawn as a fifty-foot-tall inflatable harbinger of doom.

November 20th, 2018|About, Buying Guide, Schwaben|0 Comments

For Science! Is the Schwaben Fluid Extractor the Best Way to Change Your Oil?

When we introduced the Schwaben Fluid Extractor, it was met with some understandable skepticism. Many DIYers and mechanics alike weighed in and made their arguments for or against the method of changing oil with a vacuum device like the fluid extractor. We showed in our video that it is the easiest way to perform your [...]

October 19th, 2018|About, DIYs, Schwaben, Volkswagen|Comments Off on For Science! Is the Schwaben Fluid Extractor the Best Way to Change Your Oil?

How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions

Summer is coming to a close and the fall air is drawing near, especially if you live up North. Some cars are put away for the winter and the trusty old beater is awoken once again to take the brunt of the salt and weather damage, while other cars are prepared for winter conditions. [...]

September 20th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions

5 Ways to Make Your Next DIY More Fun on Your Audi, BMW, MINI, or Volkswagen

When you own a vintage or performance car, the goal is to have more fun times driving it than you have moments that make you frown. As with any hobby, however, there are those times that something goes wrong or its just time to take care of that nagging maintenance. Whether you are driving something [...]

August 3rd, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Engine, General, MINI, Schwaben, Volkswagen|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Make Your Next DIY More Fun on Your Audi, BMW, MINI, or Volkswagen

DIY: How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way

Introduction: This article will give you all the information you need to successfully bleed your brake system. The following topics will be covered: When and why you need to bleed your brakes The different methods you can use The different tools that are available The different types of brake fluid and why it is [...]

April 23rd, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Braking, DIYs, MINI, Porsche, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on DIY: How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way

Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: E46 SMG Adaptation

SMG Adaptation Whenever you replace a major component on your SMG transmission, you will need to perform a system adaptation to insure proper functionality. Our Schwaben BMW professional scan tool works perfect for this.  We are performing this on our 2003 E46 M3, and the procedure will be the same or very similar on most BMW [...]

October 27th, 2017|BMW, DIYs, Performance, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool BMW, Software, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: E46 SMG Adaptation

Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool- B8 Daytime Running Light Always On

1: Switch the ignition on (do not start engine) and plug the scanner into the OBDII port​ ​​2: Select "VAG"   ​3: Select "Audi"   4: Select "Systems" ​5: Select "Control Unit" ​ 6: Select "Common"   ​7: Select "Cent. Elect."   ​8: Select "Long Coding"   9: Write down the original values before attempting to change anything ​ 10: Select "Software Coding"   [...]

September 25th, 2017|Audi, DIYs, General, Performance, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool VAG, Software, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool- B8 Daytime Running Light Always On

Tyler’s B8 A4 Daily Monster

Modifying cars for many enthusiasts is not only a hobby, but a form of expression you take with you everywhere. More accurately, this form of self-expression takes you everywhere. For our friend Tyler that was exactly the purpose behind this B8 A4 build. Tyler sat down with me at a small sandwich shop in [...]

September 22nd, 2017|Audi, Body & Exterior, Carbon Fiber, Drivetrain, ECS Nation, Engine, Exhaust, General, Intake, Interior, Lighting, Performance, Schwaben, Software, Suspension, Turbo, Uncategorized, Wheels|Comments Off on Tyler’s B8 A4 Daily Monster

N54 Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Carbon Fiber Intake Install

Installing the ECS Tuning N54 Carbon Fiber Intake System is a rewarding project than an experienced technician will be able to complete in a few hours, plan accordingly based on your experience level.  Before you begin, read and familiarize yourself with these instructions and make sure you have all of the required tools on [...]

September 21st, 2017|BMW, Car Care, Carbon Fiber, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Intake, Performance, Project Cars, Schwaben, Tech Tips|Comments Off on N54 Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Carbon Fiber Intake Install

Audi TT MK1 1.8T & VW MK4 1.8T Timing Belt Installation

As some TT owners discovered through painful experience, waiting too long to replace the timing belt can result in expensive engine repairs when a broken belt lets pistons and valves bump in the dark. Today, we’ll replace a timing belt and water pump on a 2003 TT 1.8T 225 HP engine, code BEA. Even [...]

September 20th, 2017|Audi, Car Care, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Audi TT MK1 1.8T & VW MK4 1.8T Timing Belt Installation