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    Teddy, Thanks for your input. I understand and agree with most or your reply. The whole point though, is quality. Otherwise what are you buying? Most of the troublesome parts were made in china. I am more familiar with china made products than I'd like to be. Fact is china is actually ruining the world base product supply. When you take a close look at a china mfgd part, you first find that the metal structure is either castings with small to large holes, covered up with a grey putty, or pressed steel parts where the metal is contaminated causing weak spots and corrosion. You also find parts inside that do not really fit, such as springs that are too long, insulating washers too thin, fastener threads incorrect, and rough mating / moving parts. Then you find dirty solders, missing solders, solder tabs too small for the pc board, and wiring attached to terminals with solder only. On top of that a reliable parts supply for repair of china made products does not exist. The point is that a person or garage cannot even do preventative work without serious risk. It's become better to keep a rusty, corroded part till it dies. China has taken manufacturing to a new all time low, and napa is buying those parts and representing them as quality with both advertising and cost. Car parts that are unreliable is a serious problem for the world.
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    Try Rock Auto. My brother uses them a lot for his truck and their car. This should be the right link https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/ford,2006,f-150
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    5% Discount Code: 9801412D458852 Expires: February 28, 2018 Please enter this code in the ‘How Did You Hear about Us’ box to receive the discount. Please enter ONLY the discount code, no other words or numbers. Please note that orders using discount codes must be placed online and the discount code must be entered before an order is submitted to receive the discount. RockAuto.com is an online auto parts store founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999 by the Taylor family. RockAuto.com ships thousands of auto parts from over 300 manufacturers to customers worldwide. The RockAuto Catalog includes a full line of mechanical parts, from small items like filters and wiper blades to complete remanufactured transmissions and engine long blocks. The RockAuto catalog also contains a growing number of body parts: door handles, mirrors, sheet metal, bumper covers, even carpets! The RockAuto Catalog includes vehicles from the early 1900s to today, making it easy to find parts no matter what you drive. Prices on RockAuto.com are reliably low every day! Order online at www.RockAuto.com 24 hours a day. Parts are conveniently delivered to your door. Need help finding parts or placing an order? Visit our Help pages for further assistance!
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    I think this is a Relay which is used for power the electronic system installed in your car, it could either be off your car headlights or any other electronic part, It would be best to ask your mechanic regarding the part.
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    Mercedes-Benz and Ford Motor Co. would seem an unlikely couple. But in the American auto market they have used similar strategies to carve out dominant, cash-gushing positions in the industry’s two most lucrative segments: luxury vehicles and large pickup trucks. Both automakers, industry insiders say, have sliced the market so finely with so many different models that few will dare challenge their supremacy. Click Here to read more!
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    When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both. Choosing between original and aftermarket car parts — and even used parts of either type — is all about squaring your priorities with your budget. You’ll have different options depending on the part and the shop. And the best choice will depend on whether you’re trying to keep repairs cheap, restore your car’s appearance after a wreck or soup up your ride. » SIGN UP: Find savings on your car expenses Before we get into that, here are the key differences: Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are of the same quality as its original parts. They’re also the most expensive. Aftermarket parts are cheaper, and made by other manufacturers — often several, giving you more options. Used parts may have a bit of wear and tear, but should be inspected or rebuilt to ensure they’ll work. These are the cheapest option. Choosing between aftermarket and OEM parts Your decision will depend on the type of repair and the quality and price of the parts. Always look for parts that come with a warranty, even if they’re OEM, so you’ll be protected in case they fail. Auto body repairs Some aftermarket parts may be OK for auto body repair, but others won’t be as good, says Michael Calkins, manager of technical services at AAA. “There’s a lot of variation in quality.” For example, he says, aftermarket parts often don’t have the same level of rustproofing as original parts, fit and finish don’t match, or panels don’t align properly. If OEM parts are used in auto body repair, the car should look and work exactly as it did before the damage, because everything will match up. OEM parts are also crash-tested, unlike many aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts come at varying price points and levels of quality, but because they are cheaper, insurance companies often prefer them. If you want OEM parts but are dealing with an insurer that wants the shop to use aftermarket parts, ask to pay the difference. “There’s also the option of used parts, depending on the age of the vehicle,” Calkins says. “It may be cheaper than an aftermarket part but still have all of the original quality.” Mechanical repairs A used part, whether it’s OEM or aftermarket, can really save money on repairs under the hood, so long as it’s inspected first and warrantied. And some aftermarket companies reverse-engineer their products to be even better than OEM versions. For example, many car buffs will tell you that you can get heavy-duty shocks and struts or brake pads that are made of stronger materials. Scan some reviews online, or talk with your mechanic if you’re not sure whether an aftermarket part could be an upgrade. Adding some extras If you’d like to modify your ride by adding something like a backup camera or back-seat TV screen, you’ll probably be looking for aftermarket parts. Certain aftermarket upgrades could increase your car’s resale value. This is especially true for improvements like a better sound system or alloy wheels, rather than mechanical repairs. Who provides OEM or aftermarket parts? The options you’ll have for parts depends on the nature of the repairs and what type of shop you take your car to: Dealership repair shops will offer only OEM parts — they have no reason to offer a cheaper product from a competitor Independent mechanics may be able to offer you a choice between OEM and aftermarket parts Independent garages that specialize in your type of vehicle will likely have both, but with quicker access to OEM parts, including used OEM parts, which can really save you Auto body shops can offer both, but if your collision repair is part of an insurance claim, the insurer will likely prefer aftermarket parts to save money Depending on the job, the cost of OEM versus aftermarket parts varies. Whenever you’re given the choice, ask to see estimates for both so you can weigh your options. Source: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/auto-loans/oem-vs-aftermarket-parts-car-choose/
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    More Fluids and Lubricants! RockAuto's selection of Motor Oil, Coolant/Antifreeze, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid and other products by Aisin, Motorcraft, Beck/Arnley, Pentosin, etc. continues to expand so you have convenient access to the fluids specified for your vehicle. Help ensure successful repairs with Dielectric Grease, A/C Flush, Brake Lubricant, Transmission Fluid Conditioner and other new products by AGS, GPD, Four Seasons, Lucas Oil, and more. Find the fluid, chemical or lubricant you need under "Fluid" in the relevant category for your specific vehicle (Cooling System, Engine, Transmission-Automatic...) and under the "Tools & Universal Parts" tab. More Specialty Tools! RockAuto now has even more tools designed to assist with specific repairs. Our tools by GPD, Lisle, Performance Tool and others will get the job done correctly and can transform a knuckle-busting odyssey into an efficient, enjoyable repair. Find a Pitman Arm Puller, Piston Ring Installer, Flywheel Turner, Cam Pulley Holder and all the other specialty tools under "Tool" in the relevant category (Steering, Fuel & Air...) of the "Tools & Universal Parts" tab.
  8. 2 points
    Source: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/fake-auto-parts-and-road-safety/ ANY legitimate car nut would tell us not to scrimp on automotive parts, especially counterfeit ones, since the “savings wouldn’t be worth the headache”. Lately, there is clamor within the domestic auto-parts industry about the proliferation of fakes being sold by unscrupulous auto supply shops. Most are imported from abroad and costs only a fraction of original parts but bear very identical packaging. Current available data from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) tallies 7,690,038 registered vehicles across the country, bulk of which are in National Capital Region. Even a third of that figure would be a very lucrative market for fake parts. Fakes are not to be confused with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. OEM parts undergo the same rigid quality and performance testing standard procedures as original ones. Besides, some of a vehicle’s components are actually made by separate OEM companies as contractors to huge car manufacturers, like Toyota, Mercedes Benz, BMW, or Honda. Examples of top 100 global OEM companies are JTEKT Corp., Bosch GmbH, Denso Corp., Yazaki Corp., BASF SE and NTN Corp. Independent bogus manufacturers may counterfeit both original and OEM parts. Recently, auto enthusiast and veteran journalist Rey Langit hosted auto parts advocate lawyer Noven Joseph Quioc in one of his programs. Lawer Quioc said the Philippines unfortunately lacks facilities for accident and fatality analysis, such as those in developed countries like the US, making efforts to understand the cause of accidents difficult. Quioc said fake auto parts are not treated at the same level as spurious drugs or food items since they don’t seem to have an immediate lethal or health impact. Langit said it is quite alarming that some of the most commonly counterfeited parts are directly related to passenger safety than cosmetic value. Examples are mag wheels, tires, bearings, brake discs, brake pads, rubber rings, axle boots, oil filters and under chassis components, such as tie rods, rack ends and ball joints. In most cases, consumers are unaware that they are buying a fake part since the packaging of counterfeits is almost like that of original products. There are times that a consumer would consciously prefer a fake auto part for the fraction of a cost in order to save. That’s why many car enthusiasts suggest to only purchase parts from reliable and reputable auto supply shops. These shops usually have posters or flyers that show comparisons of packaging and product quality of parts in order to help consumers identify if what they are buying is fake. More often that not, fake products have misspellings, grammatical errors or design inconsistencies, such as misaligned texts or inaccurate colors in the packaging. The quality of the boxes and hologram/security stickers are of substandard quality. Some parts are also plastic-sealed to avoid tampering. “Fake car parts compromise the safety of everyone in the vehicle. For instance, buying fake rims, tires or brakes may not seem much, but many thrifty car owners forget to understand that these parts keep direct contact with the road. Should these parts fail, the accident will most likely be catastrophic, if not cause of traffic,” said Jose Nicolas Calanoc, deputy editor of C! Magazine. “Those who are buying fake automotive parts should ask themselves: are their and their passenger’s lives worth that amount they get to save?” he said. Arnel Doria, president of Safety Riders Association of the Philippines and Safe-T Ryders Training Center, said in a recent news conference that the menace of fake auto parts is not just restricted to loss of life but translates into a loss of revenue for an industry, as well. It also means less taxes and revenues for the government because the firms that make these fake parts do not pay taxes. Worse, many of these fake parts are smuggled into the country. That’s why international and local auto parts makers are coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to raid and seize these items. The law-enforcement agency has been at it for almost two decades now, following complaints. Once caught, importers, distributors and retailers of fake parts will be charged in violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Recently, the National Bureau of Investigation conducted simultaneous raids in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Davao and Tagum, resulting in a rich haul of fake automotive parts. Again, would you rather risk your life and your loved ones for a fraction of a price? To reach the writer, e-mail [email protected]
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    Thanks for joining @MCT ! After you posted this I had to take a look at the wiki on this because I don't know myself. I always thought freon was R22, R134, and the newer R1234yf. Even a shorter word for "refrigerant" but come to find out its a registered trademark for The Chemours Company as a brand (spin-off from DuPont). Interesting read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemours
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  11. 1 point
    Do you buy online? Or do you like to have the part in your hand before you buy it?
  12. 1 point
    A Proud Deplorable, I don't know who you are, but you clearly don't know me. You're probably a napa washington employee or owner. What I said happened, happened. The fact that you're unhappy about me letting people know changes nothing, the pretending to know me, but hiding your name will be figured out by anyone with half a brain. It shows even further how child like and dishonest the owners william, and george in the machine shop are. The rest of your reply is not worth replying to.
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    There are many advantages for precision machining, the most obvious part is it can reach to high precision that the normal way can’t do. Precision also depends on precision processing equipment and accurate control system, and use the precision mask as an intermediary, to achieve small control for precision by removal or addition.so what specific characteristics for precision machining? Let engineer from Kanou Precision introduce the details now: 一,Precision parts cutting processing There are mainly precision turning, mirror grinding and grinding. By using single crystal diamond turning tool with a fine grinding to do micro-turning, and the thickness can be around 0.01mm, It often is used to machine high precision and high polishing parts that is non-ferrous metal materials with Spherical surface, aspheric surface, surface. 二,Precision Parts Machining When the precision machining use nm, even use 0.1nm as the target, The Cutting processing can’t meet the requirements, then we need use special machining method like Application of chemical, electrochemical, thermal or electrical energy, etc, to achieve the High Precision requirements. These processes include mechanochemical polishing, ion sputtering, and ion implantation, electron beam exposure, laser beam processing, metal evaporation, molecular beam epitaxy, etc. For the introduction about precision machining to you is here, You can visit our website:kanouprecision.com to know more news about us. Kanou specializes in the production of quality machined parts, precision turned parts, offering professional machining services at a competitive price and on timely delivery. With our extensive machining capabilities, we produce the most challenging precision machined parts covering all Industries especially in mass production in the automotive industry. Our main products including metal assembly part, medical component, Light part, connectors, fasteners, automotive spare part, aerospace components, auto components, etc, we can also custom the precision part as customer’s requirement, and assembly service is also acceptable. Our purpose is to make more benefits to the customer.
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    First try to find out what they fit but because they are 20 series and low profile, I would try to get $150-250 each so $600-1000 as long as the rims aren't bent or damaged.
  15. 1 point
    I have and usually the pricing is cheaper, but lookout for knockoffs from china.
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    I'm pleased to hear that. Anyway, I believe that could be the wire that goes to spark are not properly connected or the spark plug it self has lot of dirt.
  17. 1 point
    I had bought a front grille for my car and it took too much time to install it. Now I find a new one and it indicates that the installation is easy and no sweat. But I have no idea on installing it in my car? That's crazy.
  18. 1 point
    You might want to check carid.com, I just ordered from them and they were cheaper than rockauto on walker exhaust.
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    Rubber shock absorber for automobiles With the development of social economy, the automobile industry at home and abroad is facing a period of rapid change, which is characterized by further improving the service life of the automobile under the premise of ensuring driving safety, riding comfort, high speed and luxury. Damping products are used to control the vibration and noise of automobiles and to improve their handling stability. They are generally placed in the engine frame, rod holder, suspension shaft lining, center bearing bracket, bump limiter and torsional vibration absorber to improve the safety and comfort of automobiles. Damping products can be divided into four categories: bracket type, shaft lining type, buffer type and damping type. The main requirements of damping, heat resistance and fatigue resistance are good. Automobile shock absorber rubber products include engine bearings, suspension components, rubber springs, rubber air springs and impact rubber protective parts. In recent years, in order to improve the safety, comfort and maneuverability of automobiles, the variety and quantity of shock absorber rubber products for automobiles are increasing as the number of shock absorber rubber products on a car has reached 50-60 pieces.
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    Thanks for your help Alex. I used the second link you provided and sent a part request to most of the dealers on the list.
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    The oil dipstick is a common part in the engine lubrication system. Its core function is to ensure that the oil of the engine oil bottom is in a reasonable range, and also has the function of sealing the crankcase and providing support for other accessories. Although the structure is simple, it is essential on the engine. Oil gauge is widely used by automobile manufacturers at home and abroad because of its cost advantage over oil level sensor. The oil dipstick is usually used in combination with the ruler tube, so that the user can easily understand the oil level in the engine and ensure the engine oil storage in a reasonable range. Reliable lubrication of engine is guaranteed by lubricating oil rice. Too much oil or too little will affect the normal operation of the engine. The addition of the lubricating oil must be appropriate. When the oil in the engine oil bottom is insufficient, the engine is not lubricated and the engine is badly lubricated. The engine will seriously damage the engine. If the engine oil is too much oil, the engine will stir the engine oil sharply in the end of the crankshaft and connecting rod, not only increases the engine power in the engine, but also increases the power inside the engine. Loss, but also will increase the amount of oil splashed onto the cylinder wall, resulting in the phenomenon of burning oil. Therefore, the engine oil sump must be controlled within the proper range.
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    Some of the most well known auto parts manufacturers submit their parts catalog data to a third party platform called ShowMeTheParts. It's a great resource to find the right auto parts for cars, trucks, light duty and heavy duty. the catalog features fitment data as well. http://www.showmetheparts.com/catalog.html
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    Centrifugal pumps are widely used in automobile engines. The basic structure consists of a pump house, a connecting plate or a belt pulley, a water pump shaft and a bearing or shaft bearing, a pump impeller and a water seal, etc., The water pump is the main component of the automobile. The engine drives the pump bearing and the impeller rotation through the belt pulley, while the pump coolant is driven together by the impeller rotation. Under the action of centrifugal force, the coolant is flung to the edge of the water pump house, which creates a certain pressure and then flows out of the channel or water pipe. When the coolant is thrown out, the pressure at the center of the impeller is reduced. The coolant in the water tank is sucked into the impeller by the water pipe under the difference pressure between the pump inlet and the impeller center to realize the reciprocating cycle of the cooling liquid. The grease which should be prevented from the leakage of coolant is used for lubricating on the shaft bearings. The grease leakage should be prevented at the same time. The seals and gaskets are used for preventing leakage of water pump. If you need the water pump, please contact me [email protected] It’s my pleasure to offer service for you.
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    Not airtex, but here is GMB http://auto-house.pro/pdf catalogue/gmb water pump catalog 2012-13.pdf
  25. 1 point
    It'll be interesting to see how this takes shape. Online sales are huge and a missed revenue source for some states.
  26. 1 point
    I'm the same, really depends but I always check Amazon. Lately, Rock Auto has been the best price on high quality parts even with shipping. I prefer to go with higher quality to not do the job again. If I can get a better price on the same part, I go for it. Nowadays it's really all about getting the best price and with the internet, you can shop around in the comfort of your house or on mobile when on the move.
  27. 1 point
    That's a great looking UTV!
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    Tire rack has some good deals but you have to really look around I find when it comes to tires. You may find the same deal or better going to a tire retailer when they run promos..
  29. 1 point
    Know it all. Just 'cause you have a cool 'stache don't mean you know everything.
  30. 1 point
    Tire rack has been in business a long time. You can buy tires from them and have them shipped to a certified repair shop. https://www.tirerack.com/content/tirerack/desktop/en/deliver_installation.html
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    Nice sunglasses, Goes well with the 'stache
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    Here's a website that has a catalog of older Chevy manuals. There are more than 368 various Chevrolet related Manuals, Booklets, Bulletins and Information (pre-1960), totaling over 26400 pages which are Online for everyone's use. This information is provided FREE and is for research and to help promote the preservation of the Pre & Post-War Chevrolets for future generations. This page is updated regularly with new additions. http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/
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    ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2018-- Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, will report its first quarter 2018 results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Interested parties can listen to the event via a webcast scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The webcast will be accessible via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website (www.AdvanceAutoParts.com). For individuals unable to access the webcast, the event will be available ... View the full article
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    The factory-recommended replacement intervals for filters can vary quite a bit depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, as well as how it is driven. As a rule, older vehicles (those more than 15 to 20 years old) typically have more frequent service intervals than newer vehicles. Why? Because late-model vehicles require less maintenance, thanks to improvements in motor oils, transmission fluids, engine design and filter media. Many long-life air and oil filters use synthetic fiber media or a blend of cellulose and synthetic fibers to extend filter life. Changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles was standard practice decades ago. But it’s no longer necessary because most multi-viscosity oils today are a synthetic blend or a full synthetic that resist viscosity breakdown and oxidation for a much longer period of time. Late-model fuel-injected engines also run much cleaner than their carbureted ancestors, which reduces oil contamination in the crankcase. Oil and filter change intervals for most late-model vehicles range from 5,000 to 7,500 to 10,000 miles or more. Many vehicles don’t even have a time/mileage recommendation anymore but rely on a computer algorithm to turn on a “service reminder light” when an oil change is needed. A key point with today’s extended service intervals is that they depend on two things: using a top-quality motor oil that meets OEM service requirements, and a premium or long-life oil filter (brand name or private label) that has the storage capacity to go the distance without clogging. The most common mistake that’s made when recommending or choosing an oil filter is to go with the least expensive filter on the shelf. That can be a big mistake if a customer is not changing their oil for 5,000 miles or more. Many economy filters lack the storage capacity to go beyond 4,000 or 5,000 miles before they clog and go into bypass mode and route unfiltered oil to the engine. Our advice is to always recommend a premium or extended-life filter to every customer who is following extended service intervals, as well as customers who are buying synthetic motor oil because they want the best protection for their engine. Recommended replacement intervals for engine air filters can range from 30,000 to 50,000 miles or more, but it depends more on exposure to dirt than time or mileage. The dirtier the environment, the more often the air filter should be replaced. Inspecting the air filter when the oil is changed is the best way to tell if it is dirty. Cabin air filters that trap both dust and odors typically have a service life of about one year regardless of mileage because the charcoal particles that absorb odors degrade over time. Dust-only cabin air filters should be inspected and/or replaced every two years or 30,000 miles, or as needed depending on operating conditions. In-line fuel filters typically have a recommended replacement interval of 30,000 to 50,000 miles. But many of today’s fuel filters are part of the fuel pump module assembly inside the fuel tank and are “lifetime” filters with no recommended replacement interval. The filter should have enough capacity to last upward of 10 years or 150,000 miles – unless the fuel is somehow contaminated with a tank of dirty gas (it happens!). Most late-model automatic transmission filters also are “lifetime” filters with no specified replacement interval. Under “normal” use, the fluid and filter often can go upwards of 10 years or 150,000 miles. However, many transmission experts still recommend changing the fluid and filter every 50,000 miles for preventive maintenance. Fluid and filter life can be cut short if the transmission runs hot (towing can cause this), or as a result of hard use. Discolored fluid that smells like burned toast is a sign of overheating and should be changed without delay. Source: http://www.counterman.com/replacement-intervals-for-oil-and-air-filters-in-todays-vehicles/
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    It’s in every American’s blood to achieve more, do better, strive. (Well, most Americans. Everyone has that one cousin who doesn’t do a whole lot.) But in this hyper-aware, hyper-competitive world in which we live, I’d like everyone to do one, huge thing: less. Of everything. What? Yes, that’s right, less. You know that phrase you often hear when meeting new people and exchanging business cards, “I’m a jack of all trades, master of none?” That’s not a good thing. And I’m not sure why we hear it so much. I think it’s meant as a badge of honor. Or maybe it’s meant to be a sign of humility. But that person needs to listen to his or her own words and act on them. I don’t care how big your business is. Everyone is trying to do too much, be too much to too many other people and businesses. The signs are everywhere: Too few employees trying to do more and more complex tasks; companies offering myriad services, many of which seem impossible to accomplish them all well; half-completed projects; people chasing their tails, going after the shiny new ball of aluminum foil. What’s the result? Are your sales down? Do you feel like you’ve thrown everything you can at the wall and nothing is sticking? If so, I’m pretty sure it’s not the market: It’s you. Stop it. Stop trying to be everything, and watch your sales improve. Let’s get back to our customers and give them what they want and need. What’s the best way to do that? Listen to them. It isn’t any harder than that. The future is not in a web page, an app or an algorithm. Success is rooted in connecting with people, discovering their needs and providing them the products and services they need to do their business. It’s as simple as that. Source: http://www.counterman.com/stop-trying-to-do-too-much-and-watch-your-sales-improve/
  36. 1 point
    That's a plastic push pin that usually comes from the manufacturer as part of the assembly. Whats the year, make, and model of the vehicle? I'm not sure if the dealer would sell it separately, you would need to look at the schematic, probably only as the complete unit. Might need to get the entire latch assembly. You could look through the Dorman hardware catalog and see if you can match something up that's close then search for the dorman part number: https://www.dormanproducts.com/flipbook/dorman/automotive-hardware/2006-Automotive-Hardware.pdf
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    Air filters, cabin air filters, oil filters and (sometimes) fuel and transmission filters are important maintenance parts that typically are replaced according to a time and/or mileage schedule. A vehicle’s service schedule recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual or in a separate brochure. Unfortunately, many motorists never read – or totally ignore – the recommendations. Factory service schedules are designed to prolong the life of the engine, transmission and cooling system, to reduce premature wear and breakdowns, but also to minimize maintenance costs while the vehicle is still under warranty. That’s why factory oil change recommendations have been stretched to 7,500 to 10,000 miles or more on many late-model vehicles. Most late-model cars and light trucks no longer have recommended change intervals for transmission fluid and filters, or for fuel filters. These so-called “lifetime” fluids and filters are supposed to last a long time – but they won’t last forever. Experience has shown that “lifetime” filters and fluids don’t live up to the hype. Fuel filters always should be replaced when a fuel pump is replaced (unless the filter is part of the fuel pump module assembly). Likewise, transmission filters should be replaced if a customer is changing the fluid in their transmission. Last Line of Defense Against Contaminants Filters are the first line of defense against contaminants. Air filters keep dirt and abrasive particles out of the engine. A good-quality air filter will trap about 98 percent or more of the particles that can cause trouble inside an engine. As the filter media becomes saturated with dirt, it’s efficiency actually increases. But, as the filter becomes clogged with more and more dirt, it also becomes more restrictive to airflow. The greater the pressure drop across the filter, the more it hurts performance and fuel economy. Ideally, an air filter will be replaced before it causes a restriction in airflow. Whether or not an air filter goes 30,000 miles or 50,000 miles before it needs to be replaced depends on driving conditions and how much dirt the filter has ingested over those miles. Driving on dusty rural gravel roads is a lot different than suburban or city driving. Air filters need to be inspected regularly and changed more on an “as needed” basis than the mileage on the odometer. The same advice goes for cabin air filters, which typically need to be replaced every couple of years. Carbon-impregnated “odor” filters are only good for about a year before they lose their ability to absorb odors. Cabin air filters are an often overlooked maintenance item because many motorists are unaware their vehicle has one, or how often it should be changed. The filters usually are located behind the glovebox or under a panel in the cowl area of the windshield. With oil filters, the situation is a little different. An oil filter traps dirt and metallic wear particles in the crankcase to protect the bearings, rings, camshaft and valvetrain components. The life of the oil filter depends on how rapidly contaminants are generated inside the engine. If the air filter is doing its job and prevents dirt from being sucked into the engine, and the rings and cylinders are in good condition and holding a tight combustion seal, and the oil is doing its job of minimizing wear, an oil filter easily should last until the next oil change is needed. Oil filters have a built-in bypass valve so if they do become clogged and the pressure differential becomes too great, the bypass valve will open, allowing the engine to maintain normal oil pressure. The only problem is that the oil will be unfiltered, which means the bearings, cam and valvetrain have no protection against abrasive wear particles. The small size and limited dirt-holding capacity of many late-model oil filters means regular changes are a must. Source: http://www.counterman.com/coolant-sealers-can-help-vehicle-owners-save-money/
  38. 1 point
    I don't know what that is, it might be a housing or part of the release bearing. Do you have a parts schematic you can refer to?
  39. 1 point
    Hi, We are Surplus Parts Service and we would like to introduce ourselves. Surplus Parts Service or SPS is an asset recovery company focused on the auto parts industry. Surplus Parts Service will liquidate your unwanted or surplus auto parts, heavy duty parts and accessories inventories. We have helped dealerships, wholesale distributors, retailers, and even OE's with their inventories. Our auto parts asset recovery programs are designed for our customers to maximize the value of their products, whether surplus, overruns, stocklifts, closeouts, store closings, or returned inventory. We pay cash for our purchases and we take care of dispatching trucks to pick up the material, making it an easy transaction for you. Let us help you to free up your capital and space issues. We are flexible to your needs and will discuss and consider any concerns or restrictions that you may want to address before we make you an offer. Our goal is to be your long term business asset and to allow your company to invest more time on your core business activities and less time on your unwanted inventory. Please visit us at www.surpluspartsservice.com or call us at 832-277-2430.
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    FORMULATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRACK USE In 1957, Raybestos® started partnering with drivers in the Indy 500 and sponsoring the Safety in Speed award. This started a long tradition of excellence and recognition in the racing world. Over the years, many drivers have taken the checkered flag using Raybestos® brakes. Today, drivers still rely on Raybestos' quality and innovation for first-lap-to-last-lap championship performance. Race proven by champions globally, Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads are engineered to provide reliable, consistent braking in all track conditions. Extensive high-temperature, fade-resistance testing on our friction guarantees championship results. Formulated for high-performance track use, our Racing friction is not designed for street use. It is intended for track use only. When using Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads you can expect: Superior friction formulations Dependable, aggressive and fade-resistant braking Superior shear strength Low wear rate Extreme stopping power and unparalleled safety For safe, long-wearing disc brake pads, why would you look anywhere else? Get into pole position with Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads. Materials: Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads offer semi-metallic formulations designed for high-heat racing conditions. Design: These brake pads are designed and engineered for the demands and extreme usage needed on a race track. They are not meant for street use. The racing program has a strong selection of popular stocking part numbers featuring a number of: Application-specific compounds, including high-speed oval, road course, short track, dirt and rally. Pad shapes to fit the world's leading racing caliper manufacturers. A variety of pad thickness options. Custom pads are available through the "Build to Order" part of the program. Just select the pad shape, formulation and thickness you need. We will press it right here in the United States. Mechanical Retention System: Our Mechanical Retention System securely attaches the friction material to the backing plate with integrated steel hooks, providing unmatched shear strength. The Mechanical Retention System system is a proven winner on the most severe racing applications in the world, from Watkins Glen to Martinsville Speedway. https://www.brakepartsinc.com/raybestos/en-us/products/brake-pads/racing
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    I guess the Eagle thought it was free cat....
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    Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-16/amazon-looms-over-icahn-and-starboard-s-auto-parts-retailer-bets Activist investors targeting auto-parts retailers are taking hits to their investments, and Amazon isn’t helping. When hedge fund Starboard Value LP disclosed a stake in Advance Auto Parts Inc. in 2015, it said the stock, then at $171, could more than double. The retailer’s shares have instead nearly halved since then, after warning weak sales will continue for an industry that’s also drawn interest from billionaire Carl Icahn. Advance Auto’s peers O’Reilly Automotive Inc. and AutoZone Inc. also have also plunged this year amid disappointing demand. SOURCE: BARCHART Perhaps the biggest bogeyman weighing on the shares is Amazon.com Inc., which sent shockwaves across the retail industry in June with its $13.7-billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. The online juggernaut has also been making inroads with autos, launching a car-research site and a parts marketplace last year. While car-part distributors -- with their technical expertise, trove of components and ability to quickly deliver to mechanics -- are more insulated from e-commerce than other retailers, though they’re not invincible. “We fear an increased level of price transparency -- these companies either more aggressively price or promote their products to drive the same level of sales growth,” Seth Basham, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said of the auto-parts retailers. “I don’t think it’s a primary driver of what’s been hurting same-store sales in the industry this year, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a bigger impact going forward.” Investor Interest The more immediate challenges dragging on the industry include economic uncertainty for low-income customers, higher gas prices and warmer weather that has eased the wear and tear on consumers’ cars, Advance Auto Chief Executive Officer Tom Greco said Tuesday. Starboard’s view is that Amazon is a mild headwind -- at most -- to the industry, a person familiar with its strategy said. The New York-based hedge fund is pleased with Advance Auto’s efforts to cut costs and bolster its online presence and sees earnings improving early next year, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Further encroachment by online rivals could pose a threat to industry profit margins that are in excess of 20 per cent -- part of what initially drew investors like Starboard and Icahn to the aftermarket parts business. With the average age of vehicles on American roads approaching 12 years, investors also are betting an older vehicle fleet will mean more repairs and parts replacement. To capture that expected growth, Icahn has strung together several companies that deal in automotive parts, including service and retail chain Pep Boys, Auto Plus and parts supplier Federal-Mogul. For now, e-commerce represents a sliver of the $277-billion aftermarket parts business, according to estimates from Wedbush and the Auto Care Association, an industry trade group. Online sales were about $11-billion last year, with EBay Inc.’s roughly 40-per-cent share being the largest, Wedbush estimates. Amazon had about a 25-per-cent share, though it’s growing at a rapid clip, Mr. Basham said. Amazon Encroaches Amazon launched the Amazon Automotive store in 2006 and has been expanding its inventory since then. It’s added a parts-finder filter that lets shoppers enter the make and model of their cars to find the correct parts. “We’re continually expanding our selection and improving the customer experience with things like our Part Finder, Amazon Garage and, most recently, Amazon Vehicles,” a company spokeswoman said in an email. Icahn Automotive, which owns Pep Boys and Auto Plus, and Starboard declined to comment. Spokespersons for O’Reilly, AutoZone and Advance Auto also declined to comment. In trying to assess the potential threat from Amazon and other online parts sellers like RockAuto and EBay, analysts are honing in on retailers’ exposure to the consumer-facing “do-it-yourself” market, as opposed to the “do it for me” approach in which retailers sell to professional mechanics. The do-it-yourself market could be more vulnerable because consumers who aren’t in a hurry to buy a new wiper blade or spark plug may go online to find the cheapest price. DIY Slowdown The do-it-yourself segment already is lagging, according to the Auto Care Association, which estimates sales will grow at a compound annual rate of 3.8 per cent in the five years ending in 2017, compared with a 4.4-per-cent increase for the do-it-for-me market. The slower growth also is a reflection of cars getting increasing complex and loaded with technology, which contributes to more repairs necessitating technicians, said Behzad Rassuli, senior vice president of strategic development at the Auto Care Association. Some bumpers, for instance, now are built with embedded sensors that need to be properly calibrated. “The opportunity for the consumer to repair their own vehicle has been dwindling,” Mr. Rassuli said. Mr. Icahn said as much when speaking about his acquisition of Precision Auto Care Inc. in June, the latest addition to his chain of auto-repair shops. He’s also planning to take advantage of higher utilization of cars driven by the growth of ride-hailing businesses, he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview at the time. Greg Henslee, O’Reilly’s CEO, has said the impact of companies like Amazon will be limited because they will struggle to sell component to consumers who don’t know what’s wrong with their car. Online retailers “will continue to take a little bit of market share here and there,” Mr. Henslee said on an earnings call in February. “I don’t see them nearly as one of our most prominent competitors.” Digital Experience Even if their expertise diagnosing car troubles offers some protection, traditional parts retailers still are under pressure to improve their digital experience, especially since a buyer will often go online to ensure a part is in stock before picking it up at a store. Advance Auto is investing heavily in technology to ensure a “consistent experience every time, both in-store and online,” Mr. Greco said on the company’s earnings call Tuesday. He told analysts consumers will have a “faster and more frictionless experience” online. If you’re a parts retailer, “you’re definitely concerned,” Wedbush’s Basham said. “You’re thinking about ways to defend your turf and to capitalize on the way consumers are changing their behaviour.”
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    The earnings came out today and the stock dropped... Barron's article: http://www.barrons.com/articles/advance-auto-parts-what-just-happened-1502806791 A big earnings missed combined with disappointing guidance have caused shares of Advance Auto Parts to lose a fifth of their value this morning. By Ben Levisohn Aug. 15, 2017 10:19 a.m. ET Advance Auto Parts (AAP) was trying to get its engine started heading into its earnings report this morning. Instead, it's stalled once again. Advance Auto Parts had gained 7% during the past month at the close of trading. but then it released its second-quarter financial results. Advance reported a profit of $1.58 a share, missing forecasts for $1.65, on sales of $2.26 billion, in-line with analyst expectations. And while its same-store sales were flat--beating expectations for a 0.2% second-quarter decline--Advance now expects comparable-store sales to drop between 1% and 3% this year, below expectations for a 0.5% decline. Guggenheim's Steven Forbes and team explain why they "remain on the sidelines" following Advance's results: Now, shares of Advance Auto Parts are in freefall--and taking its competitors with it. Shares of Advance have plunged 20% to $87.19 at 10:02 a.m. today, while O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) has fallen 2.9% to $192.70, and AutoZone (AZO) has dropped 3.7% to $505.93.
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    here are a number of things that could be causing this p0420 catalyst efficiency code. The most common thing is the catalytic converter itself is no longer functioning properly. The other likely thing is the rear O2 (oxygen) sensor is no longer working properly. Other things could include exhaust leaks, damaged exhaust pipes, damaged O2 sensor wiring/connectors, plugged catalytic converter, etc. The easiest thing to do first is a visual check of things. Visually inspect the exhaust system for leaks, check the catalytic converter for dents, holes, severe discoloration, and check for a rattle inside. If any of those syptoms are there, the converter likely needs replacement. Then, visually inspect the downstream O2 sensor (behind the converter). Check for broken wires, obvious faults, etc. If all that checks out, you'll want to check the operation of the O2 sensor. To do that, you'll need access to a scan tool or oscilliscope. Check that the waveform is pretty steady. If the reading fluctuates then the sensor is likely bad and will need to be replaced. Try this, turn the ignition key to the on position, (engine not running) and pull the fuse to your ECM for 30 seconds and then re-install it. Once re-installed, start the engine and let idle for 1 min and then go for a test drive. If the engine stalls, let it. The ECM is relearning the sensors and engine, just restart it and after 1 min when the RPM drops. Go for a test drive and see if the service engine light comes back on and re-scan for the DTC codes and address the issues indicated by the DTC code.
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    They had to change because of EPA policies @APF
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    I have used EZ Chill Refrigerant this year and it works well. Walmart seems to have the best price at $17.88 , here's the link: https://www.walmart.com/ip/EZ-Chill-Measure-and-Charge-Can-with-Inline-Gauge/16930284
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    Napa is one of the auto parts stores that has their own branded brake pads. I have no idea who makes them, is it a reputable manufacturer? From what I see here, they have Napa Proformer, Napa Premium, Napa Ultra Premium, and Adaptive one. Good, Better, Best scenario. I guess the Napa proformer is the entry level brake pad and the Napa Ultra Premium is the best. If you have used Napa's brake pads before, please comment with your feedback. I found this info on their brakes page: http://www.napabrakes.com/magnoliaPublic/home/products/brake-pads.html Adaptive One®(Specialty) Revolutionary braking system with two unique (inner and outer) ceramic formulations. Adapts to all driving styles and vehicles for consistent pedal feel and safe, smooth stopping under all conditions. No Noise Cleaner Wheels Long Life Limited Lifetime warranty NAPA Ultra Premium ™(Best) OE performance without dealership prices Exact OE noise dampening characteristics Noise-free guarantee Industry-leading safety and quality testing Specialty materials for towing, fleet and other demanding applications Limited Lifetime warranty NAPA Premium™(Better) Chosen by more professional installers Friction formulas designed for better stopping performance Exclusive Silent Guard™ shims for quiet braking stop after stop Full vehicle application coverage Two (2) year warranty NAPA Proformer™(Good) Quality tested formulas for safe and reliable operation One (1) year warranty
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    Wagner is holding a contest through August 25th... #ThingsWorthBrakingFor When you’re on the road, some things are just too good to pass by. Maybe it’s your favorite barbecue joint, a parade, or some live music—we all have our own #ThingsWorthBrakingFor. Now is your chance to submit your photo to the #ThingsWorthBrakingFor contest by Wagner®. Ten Honorable Mention winners will receive a one-year paid subscription to an online music streaming service, and one Grand Prize Winner and guest will receive a weekend getaway package for winner and guest to any of the following cities: Austin • Boston • Charleston • Chicago • Denver . Nashville • New Orleans • San Diego • Seattle Check out the entries below for inspiration. Enter now through August 25, 2017. Contest entry form: http://www.wagnerbrake.com/games/things-worth-braking-for-contest.html ENTER NOW
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