Tag: auto parts

34 Posts

Car hood propped open by sticks and branches
Oct 11, 2017

A Saab Story with a Happy Ending: Parts Cars Rule

Jim Motavalli

Everybody's getting rid of their derelict Saabs, and their loss is my gain.

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Auto parts stores
Aug 11, 2016

In Praise of the Humble Parts Guy

Craig Fitzgerald

The last two weeks working on my project 1979 Chevy Blazer have been a constant flurry of activity, punctuated by approximately 27,391 runs to one of the six parts stores within a five mile radius of my house. It's given me a new appreciation for the qualities of a good parts counterman.

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JC Whitney winking animals advertisement
Mar 30, 2016

10 Bad Ideas From the JC Whitney Catalog

Craig Fitzgerald

JC Whitney was like the Victoria's Secret catalog for greasy idiots. Yes, there were regular car parts in there, but it was the fantasy of equipping your 1951 Oldsmobile with a hood ornament in the shape of Jayne Mansfield that kept the catalog growing.

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Aftermarket parts versus factory parts
Oct 10, 2013

When Are Aftermarket Parts OK?

Dear Car Talk

Steve needs to do some repairs on his Dodge Durango but his friends are giving him conflicting advice. A mechanic buddy says he should definitely use real Dodge parts, but a friend who does auto rebuilding says he can get away with aftermarket products. Tom and Ray explain that there's no one-size-fits-all answer for aftermarket parts, but Steve can probably get away with using them in this case. Find out why, right here.

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whats are some facts every gearhead knows
Oct 04, 2012

Advice for an Aspiring Auto-Parts Expert

Dear Car Talk

Brad is starting a job at an auto-parts store and he wants Tom and Ray's advice to help him impress at work. Will Tom and Ray have any good advice for him? Or should Brad learn that asking Tom and Ray for job coaching, two guys who have made a career out of working as little as possible, was not a great idea?

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Saab driver side door won't unlock
Feb 07, 2012

Today: The Saab that Locked Itself

Dear Car Talk

John's dad is locked out of his Saab thanks to a faulty part. With Saab in bankruptcy, will he ever be able to get back in?

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Selling a damaged Plymouth Voyager
Dec 08, 2011

How do I sell a car for parts?

Dear Car Talk

Barbara gave the rear of her 1998 Plymouth Voyager Minivan a huge wedgie by backing into a cement post, but the engine is still in good shape. How should she go about selling this car for parts?

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what is the point of an air dam
Jun 01, 2010

Can Brad just go ahead and rip off that air dam?

Dear Car Talk

So the air dam on my '91 Chevy C1500 has taken a beating and is starting to come off. Rather than try to rig it back on or replace it, I want to simply remove it and be done with...

auto parts

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...

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May 01, 2008

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

Dear Car Talk

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...

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