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Category Archives: Car Parts Resources

Choosing the Right Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is a very important emissions control component installed in your vehicle's exhaust system. The unit works by passing exhaust gasses through a fine grid of catalyzing material to create a chemical reaction that reduces harmful emissions. Through this process, toxic gasses like nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and any unburnt hydrocarbons are converted…
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3 Quick Tips for Buying the Most Affordable Auto Parts

Whenever you purchase auto parts, does it seem like your budget’s already taken a huge hit? Do you cringe whenever you leave the auto parts store with a water pump, alternator, exhaust pipe or other components? Has the dreaded “labor” part of the mechanic’s bill taken a backseat to your parts expenses? It’s time you…
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How to Save Money at the Mechanic’s with Affordable Car Parts

If you’re not planning to do it yourself for your next car repair, you can still save money at your mechanic’s shop. Is this really possible? Yep, it’s true. While labor costs usually contain the bulk of your mechanic’s bill, there are “padded costs” within the parts & components breakdown. And while this upcharge may…
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How Automotive AC Works

It’s funny how some of us take our car’s air conditioning for granted. When it’s hot outside, we just click the “AC” button and turn the fan setting to “MAX” – without ever giving it a second thought. The Evaporator, AC Condenser and everything else do their jobs, and everything’s OK. The only time we…
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The Ultimate Turbocharger Diagram

Turbochargers are one of the most complex components of an automobile. Much mystery surrounds the turbocharger. It's somewhat of a “mechanical monster” to most people - even those folks that actually own a turbocharged engine. And that's somewhat surprising; after all, turbochargers are pretty slick pieces of machinery. They do totally cool things to an…
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Common Car Air Conditioning System Problems and How to Fix Them

It’s 90 degrees outside. Things are really heating up. It’s an inferno out there. Now is not the time to experience car A/C issues. When you hit that little “A/C” button on the dashboard, you expect the cold air, and quick. When warm air arrives instead…well, it’s time to hit the “panic” button, right? Not…
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Five Major Signs of Alternator Problems

Trying to figure out if your car is having battery or alternator problems can be a difficult task, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. In the long list of questionable car issues that are the result of two similar components (starter or battery? brake pads or rotors? muffler or catalytic converter? etc.),…
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Mechanics 101: What is an Alternator?

Ask a casual car enthusiast what an alternator is, and you’ll get one of the following five responses:   1)“It’s a type of battery.” 2)“It powers the car.” 3)“It runs one of those belts inside the engine.” 4)“Isn’t that the same thing as a battery?” 5)“To be honest, I have no idea.”   Technically speaking,…
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5 Reasons to Invest in the Best Muffler

You want the best for your car, right? If needed, you’ll put in the 89 or 93 octane fuel. You’re always on top of oil changes, and you regularly perform routine maintenance. When it comes to replacement parts, the same principle applies: given the choice of an average part and an exceptional one, superior quality…
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The Ultimate Car Repair Cheat Sheet – Infographic

Take the guesswork out of your car repairs for good! Know the level of time commitment, cost of parts, and the tool kit necessary before you start your next project.      To share this infographic on your own site, cut and paste the embed code below! We only ask that you credit us for…
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