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What Causes Water Pumps to Fail?

Water pumps can fail prematurely due to corrosion inside the cooling system or from an imbalanced water-pump shaft. But in most instances, water pumps fail because of shaft leaks.

When Long-Life Spark Plugs Don’t Go the Distance

The extended life of premium plugs doesn’t always ring true in real-life driving, where conditions may not be optimal for achieving the promised results.

Direct Injection Engine (GDI) vs. Port Fuel Injection

GDI isn’t perfect, but it’s become the technology of choice on many newer models.

Conventional Oils vs. Synthetics: It’s All About that Base

The base oil is what determines if the oil is considered a synthetic or conventional oil.

Power Steering Moves from Hydraulic to Electric … and Beyond

The first mass-production car with power steering was the 1951 Chrysler Imperial, and ever since then, the system used to reduce the force needed to turn vehicles has evolved.

Windshield Wipers: An Underrated Safety Component

Drivers tend to ignore their wipers until they break or stop working entirely – and then they come to you.

Shocks and Struts: Different Parts, Similar Function

Selling shocks and struts can be an uphill challenge because when they fail, they rarely leave the driver stranded.

Chassis Parts: Know When to Replace Them

Let’s face it: Chassis parts are often neglected unless there’s a broken or badly worn part.

Oxygen Sensors: Critical Components of a Modern Engine

An O2 sensor works in conjunction with the PCM and other components such as mass airflow sensors to calculate the precise amount of fuel the injector should pulse into the cylinder for combustion to occur.

Antilock Braking Systems: Component Overview and Replacement Opportunities

Modern ABS applies individual brake pressure to all four wheels through hub-mounted sensors and a dedicated computer controller.

Specialty Chemicals: There’s One for Every Automotive Repair Job

There’s virtually no part of the vehicle where a chemical isn’t used to aid in the repair or replacement of a component

Torque-to-Yield Fasteners

Today, TTY fasteners are employed for bolted joints in a variety of automotive components, such as ball joints, knuckles and tie rods.