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Counterfeit Parts

Recently Consumer Reports did testing on a brand of tires and gave them an extremely low rating. Since their testing was so much lower than tire maker's tests showed, they investigated and found Consumer Reports bought their tires online from what they thought was a reliable source but turned out to be cheap Chinese counterfeit tires that looked just like the real thing. If Consumer Reports can be fooled by counterfeit parts bought online, with all of their resources, the average buyer needs to really be cautious.

Not only are counterfeit parts a problem but the cheaply made parts are flooding both the market online and at many discount parts suppliers

Often the the cheaper parts will work fine for a while but fail in a short time. This is real common with electronic parts and alternators and starters.

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Other times the part doesn't work right out of the box which can lead you to think the problem might be something other than what you thought and a lot of time can be wasted in more testing.

Original equipment parts are usually a good bet but there are also many good after market parts out there. The key is don't look for the cheapest deal as it very well may end up being the more expensive option in the long run. Look for name brand parts and be careful of discount auto parts.

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Automotive Recalls

We often hear about auto recalls when they become big news, but recalls happen quite often and are not always publicized. Many cars running around out on the road have recalls that have never been addressed.

For those who bought used vehicles or have moved since a vehicle purchase, they may not get a notice.

How do you find out if there is a recall on your car? Go to Carfax and enter your make and VIN#. If your car is not listed you can check with a dealer or go to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA.

Millions of drivers could be endangered by operating vehicles that have been recalled but have not been repaired, according to an investigation conducted by Edmunds. They found there were at least 2.7 million vehicles listed for sale last year that still were subject to unfulfilled recalls. There are no laws that require a car's owner to notify a potential buyer that the car being sold is the subject of a recall. More about recalls and 14 of the largest.starbar.gif

Ignoring that Check Engine Light
Check Engine Light When the first GM cars with onboard computers and diagnostic capabilities came out in the early 80's, they could recognize a limited amount of problems and could store less than 20 trouble codes. It's not unusual for an average car today to recognize and set 125 codes or more just for the engine and transmission.

Then there is Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control, Air Bag, suspension and other systems that have their own codes.

Some of these engine and transmission codes are for problems that usually won't cause problems we notice while driving. We often hear, "that light has been on for years, I don't worry about it anymore" or "Since this is a minor problem, can I continue driving it and not fix it right now?"
Unfortunately you only have one check engine light. If you ignore the light because of a problem that doesn't seem to affect the way the car drives, something else might crop up that will cause big problems and you may not know until it's too late because the light is already on.

Some problems that the light can come on to warn you about can cause poor mileage or be a warning that you may be left by the side of the road soon. Other warnings can be about things that can cause catalytic converter, transmission or engine failure.


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