My name is Charles. I am a Volkswagen technician, and have been a mechanic, a grease monkey, and a car enthusiast for many years. I started this site mainly to connect with my customers in a way that I can’t in the shop. However, it’s my hope it can also serves as a community forum to share information, impart a little wisdom, and have a little fun. Let’s get started.

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R32 Engine and Transmission Removal ~ Time for an Engine Rebuild

Today we pull the engine and transmission on the R32. Because the car has 200k plus miles, I want to take the engine out of the car, clean the engine bay, and do an engine teardown. This is all very important steps before adding a turbo to the car. #r32 #humblemechanic Become A CrewMember If […]

THIS Was the Source of The Suspension Noise, and The R32 was CHEAP!

One of the main reasons I got this car so cheap was the issues the front suspension was having. Noises, creaking, grinding from the suspension were all issues on the R32. Before tearing down the car to rebuild the engine, I wanted to diagnose the suspension noises. Today we take the suspension apart to figure […]

How to Deal With Breaking a Customer's Car

As a New Technician, or really an experienced one, getting a diagnosis wrong on a car will 100% happen. I don’t care how good a tech is, this will happen. Understanding that you will get some diagnosis wrong is VITAL. It’s also important to learn how to deal with misdiagnosing and how to handle it. […]

EVERYTHING to Check Before Buying an R32 ~ MK4 Buying Guide

What should I check before buying an R32? What should I check before buying a MK4? I get this question all the time. Today I will show you all the things you need to check before buying a used R32. This is a complete guide to buying a MK4 Volkswagen R32, but can be used […]

How To Replace and Upgrade Car Speakers (Remove Rivets, Custom Mounts)

Learn how to replace the speakers in your car or truck. The factory speakers in most VWs are installed with rivets. Learn how to easily drill out rivets, and a better way to install upgraded car speakers. Also learn hot to modify the factory MK4 tweeter housing to fit an upgraded tweeter. This will be […]

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