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Know You Car and Save Money #2

As we continue our Living The Dream Auto Care educational series, we figured that there will be many parts of a vehicle that you hear about only because something went wrong. However, there are two components you often learn about before disaster strikes – at your annual state inspection. And fortunately so. If you’ve ever been rejected for a “sticker” because you have a loose tie rod or ball joint, consider yourself lucky. You’ll soon see that finding out about either of these suspension parts after it goes bad can lead to unpleasant consequences. Ball joints are the part of the vehicle suspension system that connect the steering knuckle (or wheel hub) to the control arm. They work similarly to the ball-and-socket design of the human hip joint. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball-and-socket that allows the suspension to move and, at the same time, the wheels to steer. Additionally, ball joints also help support the weight of the vehicle. Bad ball joints are OK ... read more

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The Difference Between OEM, OES, and Aftermarket Parts

It is believed by many that OES (Original Equipment Supplier) parts have to be purchased directly from the dealer. OES parts are made on the same assembly line as the OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) except it goes through a couple added steps. Branding of the part or stamping with the manufacturer logo IE: HONDA, and then gets wrapped and labeled in the manufacturers packaging. This OES part has just become more expensive to the consumer because of theses added steps and inflated by numerous middlemen. Due to the regulations of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification there are quite a few OEM companies on the market because multiple OES brands are required. For the Auto manufacturers to have a steady supply on the production line, they must have several supply sources that provide them with equal quality parts. This ensures if a manufacturer has any problems with one supplier it will not disable the vehicles production and allow for substitution ... read more

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Know Your Car and Save Money

Welcome to the first installment of the Living The Dream Auto Care educational series – Know Your Car and Save Money. Throughout the next few months, we will provide some relatively simple information to our guests (and anyone who wants to learn car care from the best J) regarding the basics of automotive terminology and care. Our intent is to de-mystify the lingo, help you know when your car needs attention, and – more importantly to you, we’re sure – keep your automotive costs low. If you’re car savvy, congratulations. Feel free to add to the discussion – to help your fellow guests. And if you know someone who is not, please share this information. We’re going to cover this topic top to bottom – and hopefully, you’ll find it interesting… Therefore, let’s start right at the bottom – where the rubber meets the road. Proper At-Tire
Maybe someone can help us with this – who was the first person to suggest kicking the tires? Our initial car care tip: don’t do
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