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Saginaw 68/86 Power Steering Gearbox Buyer’s Guide

The Saginaw 68 and 86 are far and away our best-selling power steering gear boxes, most likely because of how many cars they were in and how many of those are still on the road. As you can tell from the names, the 68 and 86 are two different gearboxes, but in practice they are…
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How To Pick The Right Turbo For Your Dodge Ram Cummins Diesel

It’s true that everyone has their own brand loyalty, but when it comes to old Diesel pickups, the Dodge Ram Cummins seems to have the best hit rate. When it first became available for the 1989 model year, the Cummins 6BT blew away the competition such as the Detroit Diesel 6.2L and 6.5L in the…
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BuyAutoParts Turns 30!

October 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of BuyAutoParts.  We don’t have an exact anniversary date, because like many businesses, ours started as a one-man operation working out of our founder’s garage. But over the next three decades, this grew into a flourishing wholesale business, then one of the first customer-facing auto parts websites, then a…
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How To Replace A Turbocharger

At one point, turbochargers were a cool new unexplored technology. Putting a turbo onto an early Porsche 911 turned your dentist’s car into an infamous snap-oversteer death machine. Mitsubishi was so proud of the Starion ESI-R that they covered the interior in now-fantastically-dated TURBO logos. The Ford Mustang SVO dropped the iconic “five liter” V8…
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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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