TDI Swap!

Jan of 2019, I was contacted by a offroad racing team. These guys had been using old mechanical pump Mahindra engines in their builds. They were bothered by how heavy these engines were, produced very little power and had a peak RPM of 2800.

I suggested they use an ALH TDi engine from Skoda Octavia. It met all their requirements as it’s significantly lighter(150kgs! lighter), has a higher RPM limit(5000) and can be tuned/upgraded to produce more than 200HP.

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AC Compressor repair

Last year the Air-con on my Skoda Octavia(2002 1U) started behaving erratically. Did some basic diagnosis(pressure check in both lines, fans and compressor clutch check) revealed something wrong either with :-
1. Thermal expansion valve(TXV)
2. Refrigerant control valve(RCV)

After some further diagnosis, I confirmed it was the RCV. I proceeded to take the car apart. Upon examining the compressor internals, my suspicions were confirmed, it was the RCV. But the compressor had some aluminum shavings in the oil. This was very bad news for my wallet

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ABS ECU Repair

Skoda Octavia/Laura 1Z(2009 Facelift L&K). It had an ABS issue.
Skoda service made a bill of upwards of 1lac(1400$) just to replace the ABS unit. I was never going to spend that much on ABS repairs. EVER.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands and picked up my Stahlwille toolkit. Taking the ABS pump was no big deal, it’s anchored down by 2 dowels and 1 bolt.

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