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Why Our Remanufactured AC Compressors Beat the Competition!

While we pride ourselves on our extensive AC 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. We carry brand new aftermarket compressors for most mainstream applications, but we fill in holes in our catalog with quality remanufactured…
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Unique Parts for Hybrid Vehicles

While they used to be a unique oddity, hybrid cars have become exceedingly normal and mainstream. As the tech has become more widespread, costs have come down enough to make it a more rational purchase now than it was when early adopters were trading in a well-worn CRX HF for a funky-looking first generation Honda…
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What’s In An AC Kit?

AC is a huge part of our business, and our best-selling AC component would definitely be the compressor. For many people, it may be the only AC part they actually know of, and it’s certainly most people’s first suspect when the vents stop blowing cold air. But A/C is a complex system with a lot…
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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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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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How to Add Power Steering to Your Classic Car

Adding power steering is a very popular modification for older vehicles, most notably old trucks or muscle cars. These vehicles usually have large V8 engines that put a lot of weight over the front wheels, and the trucks often have large, heavy off-road tires that further exacerbate the problem. Power steering reduces the amount of…
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Replacement AC Clutch vs AC Compressor

BuyAutoParts has a quality replacement AC compressor and clutch assembly for nearly every vehicle on the road. We frequently get questions asking about ordering just the compressor or A/C clutch on their own, because only one of them was diagnosed as needing replacement. The entire auto repair industry is moving away from that practice for…
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How to Identify Your Duramax Diesel Engine Code

For the 2001 model year, General Motors finally replaced the Detroit Diesel 6.2L and 6.5L turbodiesel V8’s they had been using for 20 years, with a new 6.6L V8 developed in-house with Isuzu’s heavy truck division. The new engine was much more powerful than before, being developed from the beginning for turbocharging, and using Bosch…
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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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