The Cabin Filter – the lungs of your car

Poor air flow and an unusual odour is usually the sign that it’s time to replace the cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter is the filter responsible for filtering the air that enters your vehicle via heating and air conditioning systems. This filter traps dust, pollen, and other foreign particles. It prevents them from entering the vehicle and polluting the cabin.

Cabin filters work in essentially the same way as a regular engine air filter and when they get dirty they should be replaced. This should be done at the regular service interval recommended by the manufacturer.

Usually a dirty cabin filter will produce a few symptoms that can let the driver that attention may be required.

One of the most common symptom associated with a bad cabin air filter is poor air flow from the vents inside the car. A badly contaminated cabin filter will not be able to filter the incoming air as effectively as a clean filter would. This will cause limited air flow for the air conditioning system. This will cause the vents to blow with noticeably less force, reducing the overall cooling capacity of the air conditioning system. This will also place an additional strain on the air conditioning blower motor.

Another symptom can be an unusual odour coming from the vehicle’s interior vents. An excessively contaminated filter may produce a dusty, dirty, or musty smell. The smell may become more pronounced when the air is turned on, and may make the cabin uncomfortable for the passengers.

A cabin filter is a simple component that should be replaced when necessary to keep the air conditioning system working as efficiently as possible. This will also keep the cabin as comfortable as possible for the passengers.

So next time you have your car serviced get them to change your pollen filter and have a look at what condition the old one is in.

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Uprated clutch and flywheel supplied and fitted by ADE Tuning


An uprated clutch and flywheel was installed to this street sleeper of a VW Corrado. The Corrado was originally a 2.9 VR6 engine beast before the owner decided on a engine conversion. He fitted the R32 engine from a VW Golf but kept the standard clutch/ gearbox set up.

With the car on the ramp we set about removing the old clutch and flywheel so we could check to see what set up would best suit the car and power. The owner of the car didn’t want anything to aggressive and wanted a smooth drive. So we supplied an organic clutch kit with a lightened VR6 flywheel.

With the clutch kit fitted back in the car, we carefully ran the car through all the gears. With all gears being selected easily the rest of the car was built back up before going out for a test drive.

With the car no longer having a slipping clutch the uprated clutch had done its job.


Are you interested in uprating your clutch set up?


BMW 335D X-Drive Custom Remap with Supporting Modifications

The owner of this BMW 335d X-Drive was booked in for a custom remap. The owner had already modified the car by fitting hybrid turbo’s and a front mount intercooler. He had also removed the diesel particulate filter.

The already powerful twin turbocharged 3.0l v6 engine pulls 308bhp as a standard car, so we where excited to see what power this car could really make. As the BMW 335d X drive is 4wd we hired out the 4wd rolling road for the custom remap. With the car strapped down we carefully set about writing the custom remap. Writing the remap on the rolling road allows us to carefully monitor the fuelling, timing etc. until we reach a performance level that is within safe parameters for the car.

Rolling Road Results

With the modifications fitted and a custom remap we increased that power to 414bhp with 488ft/lb torque, which really makes this BMW 335d X-Drive a bit of a street sleeper. And with the car being 4wd it handles the power as though it was a standard car 😉

*DPF delete is only recommended for race and track cars

VW Festival 2017 – Our Pictures

VW Festival 2017

VW Festival is the UK’s largest family friendly VW show based at Harewood House, near Leeds. It is a full weekend of live entertainment, live music, VW’s galore and a great venue with a laid back atmosphere. The show was established in 2005 and now receiving 21,000 attendance, it offers something for everyone.

Each year they put on displays containing groups of awesome vehicles. The displays run over the Saturday and Sunday, with Trophies will be awarded to the most impressive, interesting or innovative vehicles on each display. This years categories where Air Cooled, Mk1 Golf, Ratty VW, Herbie-style Beetles, Movie cars and VW beach-buggies. Rachael being the proud owner of the orange mk1 Golf, she applied for the mk1 Golf stand.

The car got a lot of attention on the display and didn’t look out of place with the other mk1 Golfs 🙂

The weekend was brilliant and the little bit of rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Have a look through some of the pictures we captured over the weekend…