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Is It Dangerous to Buy a Car with Aftermarket Parts Installed?
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Why Are There so Many Aftermarket Options for Mufflers?
Your car came from the automaker with a stock muffler. Eventually, it will rust and deteriorate, and you’ll need to replace it. You have options when this happens. You can most certainly purchase another...
How to Install an Aftermarket Air Intake
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What's the Difference Among OES, OEM, and Aftermarket Car Parts?
Aftermarket auto parts can be good quality and cheaper than Original Equipment Supplier (OES) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts.
Is an Aftermarket Car Part as Good as an OEM Car Part?
Aftermarket parts are often seen as being of lower quality than OEM car parts but they offer more variety and can be a great cheap auto part option.
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What Is a Reprogrammable ECU?
The ECU, or engine control unit, is part of your car’s computerized brain and is responsible for monitoring and managing all aspects of engine operation. For anyone who isn’t interested in upgrading their...
All About Aftermarket Parts
Have you ever wondered why a part varies in price from the dealership to the parts store on the street corner? Have you ever wished you could find less expensive parts to...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Rims
The car’s rims are what the inside edge of the tire is mounted on. The rim makes up the circular design of the wheel, so the tire can be safely placed on the automobile....

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Question about wheel size
You want a wheel that has the same offset, backspacing, and width as your existing wheels in order to avoid handling problems. If you had OEM wheels, I could tell you the offset but inasmuch as you have aftermarket wheels,...
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New brakes squealing bad new rotors replaced and all lines bled and all shims in place
If you are not using OEM pads, rotors and shims, that can account for the squealing. If you want to attempt to resolve it as is, Permatex Disc Brake Quiet (Part No. 80729) might work. Use that compound sparingly though...
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Can you resurface the rotor?
You can not install new brake pads on a vehicle without either re-surfacing the brake rotor on a lathe or replacing the rotor with a new one. This is because allowed thickness variation on a rotor (new or used) is...
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Can 205/40z17 84w tires fit on my 2012 Malibu?
Tire size 205/40z17 is not specified for your vehicle and thus does not fit. Use of that size will alter your speedometer reading, at minimum, and possibly affect other vehicle speed sensors affecting shift patterns. Your current tires are probably...
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I have a new catalyic converter that I purchased
You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to install those parts or perform associated repairs. If you desire that your catalytic converter be replaced by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right...
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My gas cap light keeps coming on. It won't click when I turn it, so I bought a new cap. New cap won't click closed either. What co
If you need a gas cap, especially if you are trying to resolve what you believe might be a cap related fault, use an OEM (dealer supplied) cap. Using a genuine OEM cap of the design supplied when the car...
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Question about compatible windows.
A comprehensive national database that can be used to identify interchanges, and the actual sources, for used car parts, such as door windows, is Car-part.com. At Car-part.com input your year, make and model and then select "glass, front door" or...
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There is a part on the throttle body that broke, where and how would I go about finding another?
if you are referring to the plastic case that contains the "throttle position sensor" (TPS), the TPS is readily available in the new aftermarket or even as a new OEM (dealer) part. The throttle body itself, and all associated parts...
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replaced the starter. went to connect the negative battery terminal, the starter made a whirring sound and sparked at terminal.
Electrically, there a couple scenarios that can account for this, all equally odd, but if you were not having any problems with the car's starting circuit prior to replacing the starter (i.e., just the starter motor failed) and you have...
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The throttle position sensor has been replaced three times on a 2003 Buick lesabre. What is causing it to go bad?
Within conventional throttle position sensors there are metal contacts that sweep across a printed resistor board. Repetitive motion and vehicle vibration can cause these contacts to wear, over time, eventually causing sensor malfunction. If you are sure that the TPS...
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Is it possible to change the radio and put a new one in? I want to be able to have Aux in my car. 2007 Suzuki
Hello - yes, aftermarket radios are readily available with a huge variety of features like an Auxiliary input jack. Some Internet vendors, like Crutchfield, allow you to input the year, make and model of your vehicle, and they guide you...
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What kind of battery terminal fits a Suzuki sx4?
Duralast Battery Cable, part number 07765 or part number 07764 will work on your vehicle. If you are seeking the negative terminal cable assembly, that is readily available from Suzuki dealers and easily installed. The positive side of the circuit...
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New valve clicking noise
Hello. The ticking sound you are hearing will probably be an exhaust leak, valve lash,incorrect oil usage, or something improperly installed during the aftermarket exhaust installation, I suggest that a stethoscope is used by a technician to help determine what...
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Will 96 parts fit on my 95 honda passport?
If you are looking for a specific USED part for your 1995 Passport, you will find the part for your model year in the on-line searchable database at Car-Part.com. You needn't search for interchanges if you use that database as...
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2006 Toyota 4x4 4Runner's front CV axle replacement.
My experience with aftermarket parts is identical to yours. If you want the CV axle that was specifically designed for the vehicle and manufactured to reasonable standards, buy the part that is vended by Toyota. On a case-by-case basis, some...
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Need to replace the alternator in my 2000 Nissan Pathfinder and have no clue what brand to get. 2000 Nissan Pathfinder
Hi there - Denso and Bosch are original equipment suppliers for Nissan. These may be purchased as "rebuilt" or "remanufactured" at lower prices than new, or Nissan-branded parts from a number of quality parts supplier. "Less expensive" may only consider...
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Can I get front struts for 2013 Kia optima 2.0 turbo somewhere other than dealership?
Front struts on this vehicle are only available from the dealer. Rear shocks are available as aftermarket parts but I recommend you buy the rear shocks from the dealer as well. Although this may seem disappointing, and the cost is...
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I'm converting my 1994 v6 Camaro to a v8. I'm putting in a 69 327 SBC motor. What headers do I use? Year? 1994 Chevrolet Camaro
Hello - since your '94 Camaro could be purchased with a 5.7L V8 as well (LT1, LT4), there are several header configurations that will work for you. Your driving and performance needs will have a lot to do with choice...
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I have a range rover sport 2016 .how do i prevent backwindow getting full of dust on gravel roads
A trunk lid spoiler (above the window) might reduce the deposition of dust and dirt on the window. You should first check with the new car dealer to see if an OEM version is available. If not, there appear to...

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