*Queue corny 1950s instructional video music* Hello consumer, are you finding yourself sticking to your leather seats like an egg on a cast iron pan? Are your tired of wondering where the luxury went in your BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Saab, Volvo, or other European car? Have you ever packed extra clothes on short trips, assuming you will sweat through your current garments? If you, like millions of others, have an automobile equipped with air conditioning that just isn’t pulling its weight, then you’ve landed in the right place. *Needlescratch*. Judging by recent AC Parts sales, many of you are working on the air conditioning system of your European car lately. The air conditioning system is a complicated one, and successfully diagnosing bad AC parts can be an ongoing struggle without a good foundation in how they work. Consider this your A/C 101 basics course, hopefully after reading this you
I acquired a new track toy, a 2003 Beetle Turbo S. My friend and I have been doing some wrench turning to get it ready for the tough life of a track toy, but at a recent event, I had difficulty getting the car started at times. I originally thought it was a battery related problem given that the battery in the vehicle was rather old, but even after changing the battery, I was having intermittent issues getting it started. The starter sometimes didn’t even sound like it was turning, and other times, there was a bit of a whine after the car got started. I decided the bite the bullet and swap out the VW 1.8T starter and ever since then it has been turning over without issues! It was an easy fix, and while these steps were on a Beetle Turbo S with the O2M 6-speed transmission, the
This is now the 4th year in a row we’ve been to the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals in one format or another, and easily we have to say one of the best from our own perspective. Formally known as the Carlisle Import and Kit nationals, we’ve noticed the VW based Manx buggies will show up in force regardless of the name. They also seem to be mostly comprised of early risers, judging by how those air-cooled engines all fire up at the crack of dawn every year. I digress, camping out at Carlisle always adds to the whimsy of the show. If you’re into it, remember we will be having eEuroFest June 10th with the Lime Rock campground open on June 9th, we wonder if the Manx buggies will show up to that. Under the tent at the Saabs@Carlisle show-within-a-show, we were able to witness first hand what the
There’s a running gag with the inner New England dub scene that it will ALWAYS rain for the Dustoff. Meant to “Dust Off” your VW or Audi show car after a winter of careful storage, the Dustoff 2017 is meant to be the groan and stretch after a long hibernation, and it’s HUGE! Thousands of devote attendees filled their cooling systems put air in their tires, and put another zip tie on their distributor caps (I kid) and made the hike out to Thompson Speedway this April 29th, and we were there selling eEuroFest packages, giving away site credits, and soaking up the sun rays for the first time in all the Dustoffs we’ve attended. We are exited to have Blake and Tom as the car show managers for OUR show at Lime Rock (we are calling in the bigtime experience), and this year the show ran without a hitch.
If you are looking for some light at the end of the cold rainy tunnel known as April, look no further than Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the New England Dustoff. This annual event is geared towards the VW/Audi community with show classes for each generation. However, all makes and models are welcome in the exhibition and spectator parking lot. It is a family-friendly event, and the organizers work hard to retain a low key, enjoyable day for car enthusiasts of all ages. Kids 12 and under are even given free admission. If you are looking to check out some of the top names in the industry, make sure to stop by the Paddock area where are all the vendors will be set up. As an Executive Sponsor for the event, eEuroparts will be back to meet and greet everyone, and hand out credits to our website. If you are