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BMW E46 3 Series Power Steering Pump Problems

We often take power steering for granted until the accessory belt breaks or a part fails and we're left to muscle the front wheels around on our own. And as the section width of the average passenger car tire has gotten wider it has become almost impossible to do without some sort of power assist. But too much assist can feel cheap and make for a rather numb driving experience. For BMW, which calls each of its vehicles "The Ultimate Driving Machine," anything less than perfect steering feedback, without too much effort, is not good enough which is why they equipped the 1999-2006 BMW E46 3 Series with an optional active power steering assist system.

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Symptoms of a Bad Electric Fuel Pump

Nearly every modern fuel-injected car and truck requires a fuel sending unit. The Fuel Pump for 1999 to 2003 Chevrolet and GMC Pickup Trucks takes the form of an electric pump mounted in the fuel tank, which you might be able to hear as a quiet whirring sound when the key is first turned. This pump doesn't just send gas from the tank to the engine but it is also maintains the required pressure within the fuel system to ensure the injectors deliver the correct amount of fuel into each cylinder so the engine can deliver the performance you need. But when your electric fuel pump has issues it can cause major drivability problems for your car.

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2006-2012 Honda Civic AC Compressor Problems

As the weather heats up this summer, you'll need to make sure that the air conditioning system in your Honda Civic is in proper working order for maximum comfort while commuting or on a road trip. But if you're having issues with the AC unit, they can be one of the most expensive repairs to complete and you can often save yourself a lot of money by knowing the common problems before your attempt the job on your own.

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Problems with 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler Power Steering Box

Now, more than 20 years after the first one rolled off the assembly line, one of the biggest issues that many owners have is with the Jeep TJ Wrangler power steering box. But while many of them now sport oversized and aggressive rubber, the TJ Wrangler was originally equipped with comparatively smaller 205/75R15 tires. The increased resistance from bigger, wider tires means the TJ Wrangler’s power steering box that has already seen years of abuse has to work even harder as it tries to muscle the front wheels from side to side. This increased wear on an old power steering box assembly and power steering pump causes dead spots in the steering travel and can eventually lead to the complete failure of the power steering system.

Common Types of Diesel Injector Failure on the 6.0L Ford Powerstroke Engine

One of the most common points of trouble and a common source of reliability complaints with the 6.0l Ford Powerstroke Diesel is the failure of the diesel injectors. These injectors drive diesel fuel into the cylinder where it is oxidized and ignited, creating the legendary earth-moving power the Ford Powerstroke is known for.

The Difference Between Shocks & Struts

While they mostly do the same job and the words are often used interchangeably, shocks and struts refer to two vastly different suspension designs. You cannot use a shock absorber in the place of a strut, and vice versa. This can naturally lead to some confusion when trying to order the correct parts for your car, especially since many cars use struts for the front and shocks for the rear.

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Performance Benefits of Slotted And Drilled Rotors

One of the most important systems on every vehicle on the road today is the brakes because going fast, or even moving at all, isn’t fun or efficient if you aren’t able to stop. A properly functioning brake system is vital not only to vehicle control, but also safety. It won’t matter at all how well your car runs if you can’t slow down enough to navigate a turn or avoid running into hazards on the road. Having a well-serviced braking system helps you control your stopping distance, but also gives invaluable peace of mind in addition to better control of the overall driving experience knowing you can brake late when needed.

Is Your Mercedes AirMatic Suspension Sagging or Compressor Seized?

As your Mercedes ages, the AirMatic suspension system can develop malfunctions that are almost always accompanied by a hefty repair bills at the dealer.

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Problems with the Z55 Autoride Suspension in 2000-2014 GM Trucks

On many of GM’s larger trucks there was an optional Z55 suspension package available. Autoride is GM's trademark name for their automatic load-leveling suspension and computer controlled shock system. The Autoride system provides for a great ride, but when the system fails it can leave a big hole in your pocketbook. BuyAutoParts.com offers brand-new passive replacement shock absorbers for Z55 equipped GM trucks that will maintain ride quality and handling at a much lower cost.

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1998 – 2004 Audi and Volkswagen Control Arm and Ball Joint Failure

With such a complex suspension, repairs are often difficult, time consuming, and expensive. Many A4, A5, Allroad, and Passat owners will try to save money by only replacing the single control arm which exhibits the most wear. But this rarely, if ever, restores the stability of the entire suspension and many of our customers become discouraged when the symptoms of a worn suspension persist.