Tim Thurber’s Car Site


I have been an automotive do-it-yourself guy for a number of years. Below are a number of articles that I have written along the way. Some are old and some are new. They exist as tribal knowledge for those of you who, like myself, want to embark on these journeys.

DISCLAIMER: This website is full of how-to articles that I have written while working on my own vehicles. I assume no liability for any procedure that you undertake, regardless of the outcome. If you are unsure of how to proceed, please consult a service manual or bring your vehicle to a qualified technician.



Subaru Impreza – Hardwire Dash Cam and Valentine-1 Radar Detector


Volvo XC90 Transmission Flush with DiCE fluid reset

Volvo V50 – Alarm System Activation Cause Analysis – with VIDA / DiCE

Volvo XC90 – Disable Daytime Running Lights with VIDA / DiCE

Volvo XC90 – Reset CCM with VIDA/DiCE to remedy HVAC blend door actuation noise

Volvo XC90 – Reset SRI (Service Reminder Indicator) or “Time for Regular Maintenance” message

Volvo XC90 – VIDEO how-to – Brake Vacuum Pump Oil Leak Re-seal

Volvo V50 – VIDEO how-to – Front Brake Rotor and Pad Replacement

Volvo XC90 – Rear Brake Pad Replacement – How-to article

Volvo XC90 – Valentine-1 Radar Detector Installation, + 12V switched hardwire


Timing Case Profile Gasket – BMW 318i and 318iS – E30 and E36 – M42 engine
The article I am “most famous” for; In 1999 I had to pull the head off my ’91 E30 BMW 318iS to replace a troublesome gasket and there was not a photo do-it-yourself article at the time.

Convertible Hardtop Headliner replacement – E36 318i 325i 328i M3
I reupholstered the hard top for a 1995 BMW convertible. Hardtops are rare and good headliners are even more rare.

1995 E36 M3 – LOTS of various technical tips and findings from a few years of driving one
Stereo install, seatback cable repair, cleaning MAF, Door striker switch, differential fluid drain and fill – and more!