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How To Fix BMW E46 Steering

BMW is now, for better or worse, in the depths of its turbocharged, automatic-transmission, all-wheel-drive future. While these technological advancements certainly put down impressive performance numbers, they also add weight, complexity, and remove some of the fun from the driving experience that made cars like the 2002 and E30 so iconic. Today’s “Ultimate Driving Machine”…
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Jack’s Auto Parts & Machine – Lake Havasu City, AZ

This month’s BuyAutoParts customer spotlight is Jack’s Auto Parts & Machine in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Located right by the tourist center of this vacation destination town, Jack’s is an independently-owned Carquest franchise that’s been locally owned and operated for 45 years, while still offering the entire catalog of a national chain, plus everything we…
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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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Ford 7.3 PowerStroke Turbo Buyer’s Guide

The Ford 7.3L PowerStroke diesel engine has legendary reliability, but since these trucks are around 20 years old and most of them have 200,000 miles or more, a few repair bills here and there are to be expected. One of the most common repairs for a 7.3L is turbo replacement. The turbo isn’t designed to…
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Chevy Cruze 1.4 Turbo Issues

Because of today’s stricter fuel economy and emissions standards, more mainstream vehicles are turbocharged. As this technology trickles down to economy cars, turbo failure becomes more common, since more vehicles are equipped with turbos and many of them are “everyday” economy and family cars which usually get driven more than the sports and luxury cars…
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How Much Does a Ford Fusion Steering Rack Cost?

The Fusion is Ford’s entry in the formerly-competitive midsize sedan segment, competing against names like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. While all versions of the Fusion seem to be well-regarded and well-reviewed, Ford announced in early 2019 that 2021 would be the final model year for the Fusion, with no replacement planned,…
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Vans Are Back!

It’s hard to determine what the heyday of the van truly was. A 1960’s VW Microbus full of hippies? A 1970’s “Heavy Chevy” with a wizard mural airbrushed on the side blasting an 8-track tape of Rush’s 2112? Or was it Chrysler essentially inventing the modern minivan in 1984, becoming the standard-issue family transport for…
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How Much Does a Chevy Cruze Catalytic Converter Cost?

The first indication that the catalytic converter in your Chevy Cruze may need replacement would be a check engine light and corresponding P0420 code. On most vehicles, this is a pretty straightforward diagnosis that we have outlined here. But the Cruze is a relatively new car, and this error seems to be most common between 80k…
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Shelter in Place: What About Your Car?

Look, we’re just as tired as you are of every company you’ve ever given your email address to reaching out with their COVID-19 plan. But your car is probably one of your most valuable assets and potentially the most valuable if you aren’t a homeowner. Given the potential economic fallout from this global crisis, taking…
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