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VCDS Tutorial ~ How to Use VCDS Scan Tool

Today we have a VCDS Tutorial. I will walk you through the basics of using VCDS scan tool, including coding, fault codes, MVB, Basic settings, adaptation, Graphing, and more. If you are a VW or Audi tech, or DIY repairs on a VW/Audi you need to watch this video. This is a basic VCDS tutorial covering how to use the scan tool. I have been using VCDS or VAG-COM for almost 15 years. I even had Santos from Ross-Tech look up my purchase from way back in 2015. This video is all about the basics of using VCDS.

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It is finally here! The audio only version of the Humble Mechanic Podcast. So many of you wanted to listen on the go, in the car, working out, and now you can. While I wait for iTunes, Google approval you can listen to the show here on the blog. Once those approvals come, you will be able to subscribe and download the audio podcasts from your favorite place. 

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Trouble viewing? Watch “VCDS Tutorial ~ How to Use VCDS Scan Tool” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. Again, if you have a question for a show like this, email me Charles(at)humblemechanic(dot)com with Question for Charles in the subject. Also if you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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Smoke Testing a Plastic Valve Cover with Built In PCV

This plastic valve cover has some of the PCV valve built in. Today we take that valve cover apart, look at the pathways of the PCV and oil separator. We also test using a smoke machine to diagnose the failure. This is also a great excuse to play around with my smoke machine LOL VAPE BRO!

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Help Support The Show
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

Listen to the Show
It is finally here! The audio only version of the Humble Mechanic Podcast. So many of you wanted to listen on the go, in the car, working out, and now you can. While I wait for iTunes, Google approval you can listen to the show here on the blog. Once those approvals come, you will be able to subscribe and download the audio podcasts from your favorite place.

 

 

Trouble viewing? Watch “Smoke Testing a Plastic Valve Cover with Built In PCV” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. Again, if you have any questions, email me Charles(at)humblemechanic(dot)com with Question for Charles in the subject. Also if you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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Viewer Car Questions ~ Audio Podcast Episode 212

Today I will be taking your car related questions. The topics we cover are, car repair, DIYs on cars, Volkswagen, mechanic’s tools, and anything car related. To ask a car question for a show like this, email me Charles(at)Humblemechanic(DOT)com. Be sure to put the phrase “Question for Charles” in the subject. That is the best so you can avoid the spam monster. If you don’t get your question on this show, email it again just to be sure. Everyone has car questions, I am glad to be able to help

Sponsor of the Day CRP AUTO
CRP deals in a ton of OE automotive parts. They also make the factory DSG fluid for VW. Having them as a sponsor will give us access to more information about fluids than I would ever get from VW. I am really excited to have them as a resource of information. To learn more about the great products they have, check out CRPAutomotive.com 

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Help Support The Show
Many of you have asked about supporting the show. For that I thank you. For now, the best things you can do are SHARE THE SHOW, and shop with my links on Amazon. You will not spend any more money that you would normally. Here is the Amazon link Humble Mechanic on Amazon or you can check out some recommended tools I have listed below.

Listen to the Show
It is finally here! The audio only version of the Humble Mechanic Podcast. So many of you wanted to listen on the go, in the car, working out, and now you can. While I wait for iTunes, Google approval you can listen to the show here on the blog. Once those approvals come, you will be able to subscribe and download the audio podcasts from your favorite place.  Join me as I take your automotive questions on:

Trouble viewing? Watch “Viewer Car Questions ~ Podcast Episode 213” on YouTube.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. Again, if you have a question for a show like this, email me Charles(at)humblemechanic(dot)com with Question for Charles in the subject. Also if you have an idea for a show, contact me via email, or use the contact me form!

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Failing VW parts

vw POOR AIR CONDITIONINGToday we are back with more failed VW parts. We are right in the middle of a pretty hot summer. With a hot summer comes failing Air Conditioning. One of the most common things we are seeing fail is A/C compressors. We are doing several a week. The most common seem to be on 2.0t TDI (engine code CJAA) and 2.5 engines. It is not the only thing that I see cause poor air conditioning, but it is common.

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. Also check out their new site at SHOPDAP.com

Join me today as we break down:

  • What is an A/C compressor?
  • The 2 main styles of compressor
  • Ways that a/c compressors fail
  • Symptoms of a failing A/C compressor
  • Diagnosing a bad A/C compressor
  • Is replacing a bad A/C compressor a DIY
  • Replace the compressor or repair it?
  • and more


Trouble viewing? Watch “How VW A/C Compressors Fail ~ Video” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a part of a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Thanks again to Deutsche Auto Parts for being such a great sponsor.vw POOR AIR CONDITIONING

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Hey everyone. Today we are looking at more Failed Volkswagen Parts. This video is about how VW water pumps fail. We are specifically talking about the water pumps driven by a timing belt. I have done a video about how the CCTA water pumps fail, if you want to check that out. The timing belt driven water pumps were very common just a few years ago. There are also serpentine belt driven pumps that will fail in similar ways.

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. Also check out their new site at SHOPDAP.com

Join me today as we break down:How VW water pumps fail

  • What is a VW water pump?
  • How does a VW water pump work?
  • How do VW water pumps fail?
  • Symptoms of a failing water pump
  • Ways to diagnose a failing water pump
  • Average time to failure
  • Metal impeller vs Plastic
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “How VW Water Pumps Fail ~ Video” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a part of a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Thanks again to Deutsche Auto Parts for being such a great sponsor.How VW water pumps fail

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RainEater wiper blade review

Wiper blades are one of the most important things on a vehicle. Sadly they are also very often overlooked. Or people opt for the cheap $4 blades that do not last, or do not properly clear the windshield. As a dealer tech, I am very much a fan of factory wiper blades. So when the folks at RainEater asked me to check their wipers out, I jumped on that challenge. Overall I was impressed with the build quality of these wipers. I also like that they are not capped at the end of the blade like the factory ones. That is one less failure point.

Join me today as we test drive RainEater wiper blades:

  • What I look for in a wiper bladeRainEater wiper blade review
  • Compare to OEM wipers
  • First non OEM wipers on my Passat
  • Ease of install
  • Cleaning the windshield
  • Pros of RainEater wiper blades
  • Cons of RainEater wiper blades
  • Demo of OEM wiper blades
  • Demo of RainEater wiper blades
  • RainEater on Facebook
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “RainEater Wiper Blade Review ~ Video” on YouTube.

Overall I think these are pretty good wipers. I left them on my Passat for a long term update.

As always, post your comments below. If you have a tool or product you would like for me to review, use the contact me form. Or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, and put TOOL REVIEW in the subject.RainEater wiper blade review

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How VW keys fail

Today we are looking at how VW keys fail. Keys become a pretty hot button issue. They don’t fail all that much, but when they do it can be a real hassle. I also wrote a blog post years ago talking about the keys and why they cost so much. You can check that out at Why Does A Volkswagen Key Cost So Much?

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. Also check out their new site at SHOPDAP.com

Join me as we break down VW Keys

  • What a VW Key is
  • What a VW key can do
  • How VW keys work
  • What is Immobilizer?
  • How VW keys fail
  • How VW remotes fail
  • How to check the VW remote battery
  • Time to failure
  • Diagnosing a bad VW key
  • Diagnosing a bad VW remote
  • Is this a DIY
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “How VW Keys and Remotes Fail ~ Video” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a part of a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Thanks again to Deutsche Auto Parts for being such a great sponsor.

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