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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Saying Goodbye to My 2005 VW Passat


Complete R32 Engine Rebuild for Boost ~ VR6 Turbo

In this video we complete the R32 engine rebuild. This is a vr6 engine rebuild with a head gasket spacer to add boost. The R32 will get an HPA Turbo kit with a target of 500WHP. Today I will show you how to install cams, cam adjusters, a cylinder head, head gaskets, head gasket spacer, […]

VW Golf R 2022 Review ~ The BEST Golf R YET?

The MK8 Golf R will be the best performing Golf R to date. A bold prediction for sure. Today we drive the new MK8 Golf R at Wookies in the Woods. Megan from VWofA answers the biggest Golf R questions on horsepower, pricing, features and more. I also compare the drive of the new MK8 […]

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. […]

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