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How We Rebuild Hard-To-Find Parts

While we pride ourselves on our extensive catalog and ability to source some hard-to-find components for older vehicles, some vehicles are so obscure that finding a reliable source for parts can be challenging. With a particular focus on turbos, superchargers and steering components, we try to find as many good, rebuildable cores as we can,…
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How to Fix Your Power Running Boards

Along with some roof rails and a spare tire mounted on the tailgate, running boards were a must-have accessory during the SUV boom of the 1990’s. They’re a perfect visual representation of compromise; you’d like a go-anywhere lifted truck, but your kids would appreciate the lower step-in height, and you can’t show up to the…
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Symptoms of a Damaged or Failing Alternator

The alternator supplies power to a vehicle’s electrical components like the headlights. The alternator tends to fail gradually, and its warning signs can signify future breakdown long before it occurs. Diagnosing a problematic alternator early can save you from a world of trouble. Avoid ignoring the tell-tale signs, and get the problem fixed before you’re…
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Wheel Hub Bearing Failure Warning Signs

Symptoms of a Worn Wheel Hub Bearing Signs of a worn wheel hub bearing vary in severity. Some may be difficult to detect, leading to damage before corrective action can be taken. The time frame in which damage occurs is linked to driving condition and/or the mechanical practices that were followed at installation. Noise is…
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Symptoms of a Bad Crankshaft Position Sensor

The crankshaft position sensor, otherwise called the engine speed sensor (ESS), monitors the rotation of the crankshaft. It can be identified as a thin, long, black cord, located next to the crankshaft. Based on the reading of the crankshaft position sensor, the Engine Control Unit (ECU) determines which cylinder should be fired with respect to…
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2019 North American International Auto Show (Detroit) Highlights

Being that it’s in the Motor City, the North American International Auto Show (or Detroit if you prefer brevity) is the highlight of the auto-show season. Iconic cars have been revealed here in memorable ways, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee making its debut by driving up Cobo Hall’s front steps and smashing through a window…
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Common Symptoms of a Failing Intercooler

The intercooler is fitted between the turbocharger and engine, and between two turbochargers in twin-turbo systems. The intercooler located near the engine is often called an aftercooler. Be it an intercooler or aftercooler, the function remains the same: to lower the temperature of the compressed air that is generated by the turbocharger. Intercoolers are also…
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K03 vs K04 Turbo for the Audi & Volkswagen 1.8T

What’s the last time you saw an Audi on the road older than a first-generation A4? The B5-chassis A4 was a turning point for the brand, and it’s probably the reason Audi is still around today. It was also the first vehicle to use the 20v 1.8T engine, which soon found its way to the…
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The Right Way to Delete Power Steering From Your Honda Civic EG

On the 1992-1995 Civic, trim levels CX, DX and VX came equipped with manual steering, while the higher-spec LX, EX and Si had power steering as a luxury feature. 25 years later, when most of these cars are modified and few are left as humble commuters, the manual steering is more desirable; when the car…
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