Tag: auto parts

36 Posts

May 01, 2008

Is it ever okay for a dealership to "cannibalize" a brand-new car for parts?

Dear Car Talk

On Saturday I selected a brand-new Honda Accord from a local dealer here in Hawaii, and gave them my down payment. I was to pick it up last night. But as I was on my way over to get it...

dealers ethics auto parts

May 01, 2008

When you're repairing a car, do the parts need to be clean?

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My husband is an excellent mechanic and can put together just about any vehicle made. Trouble is, he never cleans any of the parts off before he puts them back in. It is MY opinion that putting in dirty parts...

auto parts cleaning

what do i do if my dealer says the car parts i need no longer exist
Dec 01, 2007

What to do, when your car's manufacturer decides to stop making parts?

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I purchased a Nissan Sentra GXE brand new in 1999. The reason I chose Nissan was its reputation for reliability. At 120,000 miles the "service engine" light came on, and I brought it to the dealer. He found that the metal fuel-filler...

auto parts

is an oem part not made by the regular manufacturer
Jun 01, 2004

Does an OEM part mean it was made by the car manufacturer?

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My son's Chevy Caprice Classic is leaking radiator fluid and a local garage told us it needs a new radiator The cost of an OEM radiator was estimated to be plus two hours of labor I looked on the Internet...

auto parts

Dec 01, 2001

Is 33% markup standard on auto parts at my local mechanic's garage?

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I discovered recently that the parts used by my local repair shop are marked up by percent I take this to mean that if I went to the dealer and bought the same part it would have been a lot...

garage policies auto parts

Jul 01, 2000

Which is better: selling my Camry outright or parting it out?

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I'd like your advice on whether I'd make more money selling my ' Camry All-Trac outright or by parting it out The car has miles and will soon need a new transmission valve job struts and who knows what else...

selling used cars junkyards auto parts

Jun 01, 2000

Why are my new mufflers LOUDER than the old one?

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For the past month I have been trying to get a certain muffler company to put a quiet muffler on my car I originally brought the car into the shop because of an incessant rattle I was informed that the...

mufflers exhaust system auto parts

May 01, 2000

Do I need a name brand rebuilt carburetor or can I install generic?

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My pampered BMW e has miles on it It has been lovingly cared for and purrs like a kitten But recently it started sounding like a B- bomber The BMW mechanic showed me the catalytic converter and I saw where...

auto parts carburetors

Nov 01, 1999

Is there a resource out there to see which used car parts can be used on other makes and models?

Dear Car Talk

I'm sure this is probably top-secret information but maybe you can let me in on the secret For years I have tried to find a cross-reference that will tell me which parts from one car will fit into another car...

auto parts used cars

Jul 01, 1999

Are rebuilt alternators just as good as manufacturer supplied alternators?

Dear Car Talk

I have a white ' Toyota Corolla which I purchased used in When I bought it there were miles on the odometer Less than six months later it needed a new alternator I took it to my favorite mechanics not...

alternators belts auto parts