Auto Parts

Starter Solenoid

Chances are when you are late to work or busy running all those errands you have put off, you are not thinking very much about the car that gets you from place to place. Unless you are an auto mechanic or someone who genuinely has a love of cards, chances are that you take your […]

Drive Shaft Parts

There are many parts in the drive train that transmit torque from the engine to the wheels. These include the clutch, transmission, drive shaft and the differential. The role of the drive shaft is to transmit torque while allowing for movement of the differential. The two main drive shaft parts are the slip yoke and […]

Wheel Hub Bearing

When's the last time you bought a trailer and tried to drag it behind your car without any wheels? I certainly hope your answer was "never." When it comes to trailers, wheels, and thus wheel hub bearings, are an extremely important part of the package when it comes to hauling. Luckily, it's doubtful you will […]

Crankshaft Pulley

Engine accessory systems, such as the alternator and coolant pump, are powered by the engine through the crank shaft pulley. This small and lightweight component is one of the most important outside of the engine block. It is connected to the various systems by one or more long belts, and often has an internal dampener […]

Ignition Switch

The typical car ignition switch is a complex rotary device with many brass terminals on the back. There are four main key positions and most switches also have an optional lock position. The majority of cars, trucks, boats, and small aircraft use this type of switch to start their engine and control the power to […]

Car Safety Belt

The car safety belt is one of the most effective life saving devices ever invented. This simple arrangement of fabric straps and buckles saves thousands of lives every day around the world. It also saves many more people from serious injury by stopping them from hitting part of the car during an accident. The car […]

Tailgate Window Motor

Having a tailgate window on your vehicle that can be operated from the front is a great convenience for many people. However, when the window starts to give you problems, it might be the right time to change the motor that controls it. There are a couple of approaches that you can take to get […]

Fog Lamp

If you are a driver, chances are you have had this exact same experience. You are driving along in the dark, perhaps it is raining or the early morning fog has been rolling in, making visibility a nightmare. Suddenly, behind you, comes a large vehicle, its lights glaring in on the back of your neck, […]

Lower Ball Joint

The lower ball joint is a spherical bearing used in a wheel strut to connect the steering knuckle with the control arm. It is an essential component that allows the suspension and steering systems to work together. The joint is sealed and does not require lubrication or regular maintenance. However, the joint will eventually wear […]

Clutch Disc

The transmission on your vehicle is a vital part of the functioning of it. The clutch disc is a part of the transmission that cannot be ignored and must be replaced in the event that it wears out. A mechanic that specializes in transmissions is your best resource for finding the right parts for your […]

Brake Master Cylinder

The braking system in most vehicles requires hydraulic pressure to operate. The brake master cylinder is a component that converts the mechanical force applied to the brake pedal into this pressure. It is essentially a short tube containing two small pistons, with a reservoir filled with brake fluid attached to the top. The cylinder and […]

Flywheel Lock

Those who will be working on their engine and find that they must disassemble it will require the flywheel lock tool to accomplish the job. There are many places where you will find this tool for a very low price. The price is low enough to ensure that you include it in your tool box […]

Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter has significantly reduced pollution from vehicles since it was introduced more than thirty years ago, but what is really impressive is that it costs nothing to run and does not wear out. Engine exhaust gases are converted into less harmful gases inside the converter as they pass over a honeycomb coated with […]

Transmission Vacuum Modulator

Making your own repairs at home is a great way to save some money in your transportation budget. Many people have discovered that small repairs and engine maintenance can be easily handled at home, and by someone with a little basic knowledge of car repair. One of the main concerns that you will have to […]

Brake Rotors

Problems with brake systems can be difficult to diagnose and find out what exactly is happening with the parts. There are some things that you can look for that will tell you what part of the brakes are damaged and need to be replaced. If you have been feeling the problem in the steering of […]

Windshield Wiper Motor

You never realize how important your windshield wipers are until they stop working. In fact, we rarely give them a second thought until it is raining outside and you have to see out of your windshield. Then it is vital that your windshield wipers are in good condition and the windshield wiper motor is working […]

Flex Coupler

Your exhaust system on your vehicle is an important component to how well the car performs. The flex coupler kit that you use when you are installing a new exhaust system is an important consideration. When you need a new exhaust system on your vehicle, make sure that all the components, including the flex coupler […]

Power Window Motor

The change from crank windows to a power window is one of the best conveniences that have been put on cars. However, with all of this convenience comes a certain amount of risk. When your window stops working on a crank window, you can most likely move the window so that it is in the […]

Suspension Spring

The suspension spring is a simple component that vastly improves vehicle handling, braking and ride quality. Most springs are made from steel that has been heat treated to increase its rigidity. The most common types are the leaf spring and coil spring, followed by the torsion bar and air spring. Damaged springs that have lose […]

Hydraulic Shock Absorber

There are a lot of various parts on a vehicle that can easily go wrong and cause a problem without you actually being aware that they are going bad at the time. One of these things is known as a hydraulic shock absorber. These can be important in the operation of a motor vehicle because […]

Disc Brake

The braking system on your vehicle is the single most important safety component you have. Without a good system of stopping the vehicle, you would not be able to drive it. The brakes not only stop or slow us when we are driving, but they hold the car still when we are in a dangerous […]

Mass Air Flow Sensor

On every vehicle there are a variety of sensors that are designed to relay information back to the computer. These various sensors then work together with the computer to make sure that the vehicle runs as it should. One of these information gathering parts is the mass air flow sensor, which is a component of […]

Radiator Surge Tank

A radiator surge tank is a part of most radiator systems that work to cool off an engine. While it is true that not all radiators will employ the use of a radiator surge tank, a good majority of them do. The truth is that you will probably never even notice this small part of […]

Piston Heads

The three main components in every reciprocating engine are the piston heads, connecting rods and camshafts. The pressure of the combustion gases pushes down on the piston heads and connecting rods, turning the camshafts in the process. The camshafts are connected to the wheels through the transmission and driveshaft. The piston heads also push the […]

Convertible Top Motor

Convertibles are a lot of fun to drive, aren't they? Putting the top down on your car on a sunny day and feeling the wind blow through your hair is one of the best feelings that you can have while you are driving your car. Some of the convertibles on the market have manual tops […]

Sway Bar Bushing

The sway bar bushing in your vehicle will wear down over time and will affect the control that you have over the steering of your vehicle. The most noticeable symptom of a worn sway bar bushing is the loud clunking sound that you will hear in the front of your vehicle. The bushings are attached […]

Car Headlamp

A headlamp is something that is on every vehicle but is one that you do not usually think about on a regular basis. The car head lamp is positioned on the front of a vehicle so that it can illuminate the road and any obstacles that you might encounter in either the darkness or during […]

Engine Oil Pump

If you own a vehicle, then one of the major operating systems in that automobile is the oil distribution system, and at the heart of those lines of oil is the engine oil pump. The engine oil pump is actually something that can cause catastrophic engine failure in your vehicle if you are not careful, […]

Power Cylinders

The steering on your vehicle is one of the important functions that you will need to drive your car properly. When your car has power steering, it will be even more difficult to steer than when you have a manual steer car. In fact, it can be very dangerous to try and steer your vehicle […]

Rear Axle Seals

The rear axle seals are large rings that stop the oil inside the rear axle housing from leaking out. There is one seal for each rear wheel, located just in front of the axle bearing. The seals are long lasting but they can fail if worn bearings allow the shafts to deform them. Another cause […]

Alternator Regulator

The charging system in your vehicle uses the alternator regulator and the power source for your vehicle, the battery. The alternator is used to charge your cars battery while it is running and run the car separate from the battery. If the vehicle used just battery power to run, you would have to replace your […]

Auto Heater Core

Whenever you are dealing with a problem with your heater, you are most likely dealing with a problem that is found in your auto heater core. This is because your heater relies on the way that the engine is cooled. You automobile works to cool itself by using coolant in the radiator to collect heat […]

Crankshaft Position Sensor

There are so many different parts to a vehicle that it is often like a giant puzzle, and if something goes wrong and no longer fits into the puzzle, finding out what the problem is can be a large pain in the rear end; especially if you do not know what to look for. One […]

Rear Window Defogger

The back window in your vehicle gets just as fogged as the front windshield; however, many cars don't include a rear window defogger as a part of the vehicles factory installed accessories. You can choose to have the defogger installed and enjoy the benefits of clearing off your windshields on those cold and foggy mornings […]

Vacuum Reservoir

You could read an entire book about the various parts of your engine, and still not cover all of them. One of the parts that you probably have never heard of is the vacuum reservoir. This small component can actually be something that causes a lot of problems if it rusts and goes bad. If […]

Seat Belt Tensioner

There are so many different components that go into vehicle safety, that we don't often think about the various elements and how they come together to make sure that we are as safe as possible when we are driving around in our automobiles. However, if you ever find that the seat belt tensioner on your […]

Throttle Bushing

If you are like most people who use a vehicle on a regular basis, then your automobile is probably full of parts that you have never heard of before. This, however, does not mean that any one of these parts could end up going bad and causing you a lot of problems. For example, if […]

Automobile Radiator

If you are like most of the car buying public, then you probably do not worry too much about what goes on under the hood of your car until something goes wrong. However, there are a few things that good car owners should know to keep a watchful eye on their automobile radiator to help […]

Oil Pressure Gauge

An oil pressure gauge is an important part of your vehicle, and it works to make sure that the oil is kept at the appropriate temperature and that it is circulating through the engine in the way that it should. If you have a problem with the oil pressure gauge then you will definitely want […]

Spark Plug

Routine maintenance is an important part to the health of any vehicle, and it is important that you remember to check on these small things at least once every year, so that you can be sure to keep your vehicle running in the best possible condition for as long as possible. One of the first […]

Exhaust Muffler

One of the biggest things about owning a car is making sure that you can keep up with the maintenance so that it will run safely and properly at all times. Something that will have to be checked and replaced every once in a while is an exhaust muffler. This piece of equipment works to […]

Oxygen Sensor

Believe it or not the small, relatively unknown oxygen sensor is an important part of your vehicle and when it goes wrong you could find yourself without a means of transportation. This part of the automobile can usually be tested through the computer system and it will alert you when it malfunctions. Thankfully, most auto […]

Rear Bumper

Even though we all try our best to be good drivers, the chances that we will be in an accident are fairly large. This is because as good drivers as we are as an individual, does not stand up to the large amounts of people on the road who are not good drivers. So while […]

Steering Gear Box

Everyone who's ever driven a car knows how to operate a steering wheel. In fact, it is one of the first things that you learn when you get into a car. One thing that you may not know is that the steering mechanism of your vehicle is actually a very complicated piece of equipment and […]

Auto Air Conditioner

If you own a slightly older vehicle, chances are that you have had problems with your auto air conditioner at some point. While many times we take these repairs to a certified mechanic, the truth is that usually we can complete these repairs ourselves. The mechanics of the auto air conditioner are not that difficult […]

Electric Fuel Pump

If you have a vehicle with an electric fuel pump, you may not realize everything that it does to help keep you running down the road smoothly. After all, this one piece of equipment is just a larger piece in the chain that works in your car or truck's motor. With so many different parts […]

Car Door Locks

Car door locks are something that we use on a daily basis without ever pausing to think about how they work or what we will do when they mess up. While a lot of cars still use manual car door locks, there are a great many of us that have begun to rely on automatic […]

Turbo Flange

If you're not a mechanic, you may have no idea what a turbo flange, or even a normal flange, is. Well, a flange is a small rim that provides extra strength to a beam. It can be either an internal or external rim, and in the case of automobiles, it often serves as a guide […]

Bumper Absorber

Many people are surprised to learn when they get into an accident that there is more to your bumper than meets the eye. If you get in a minor fender bender and there is not any substantial damage to your car, chances are you can thank your bumper absorber. Say what? Yes, your bumper absorber! […]

ABS Speed Sensor

If you have ABS brakes than you probably have what is known as an ABS speed sensor, which is also called a speed sensor or even a wheel sensor, depending on who you are talking to. Many people don't even know that they have an ABS speed sensor until it stops functioning correctly and at […]

Diesel Fuel Injector

If you have always owned and worked on gasoline vehicles and you believe that there may be an issue with your diesel fuel injection you should take note that a diesel fuel injection system is different than a gasoline engine. This is a big difference, in fact many people are surprised by this difference and […]

EGR Valve

The EGR valve is one of those things that many people are sure that they know how to clean, but knowing how to clean EGR valve correctly is important. If you clean the valve in the wrong manner you may find that you take away from is efficiency or effectiveness. Proper cleaning of the EGR […]

Transfer Case Doubler

Many people who off road and go trail riding are always looking for better trail performance. Many seek out the better trail performance with lower gears so they modify their transmission and their differentials. If they are still looking for lower gears to slow things down and get more control as they go over large […]

Exhaust Manifold Flange

Every internal combustion engine has what is known as an exhaust manifold flange. The exhaust manifold flange for an internal combustion engine is made from a piece of sheet of steel with a bead that extends around the entire outer edge of the part. The exhaust manifold flange is used to connecting at least one […]

Engine Crankshaft

The engine crankshaft, or crank as it is often referred to is an important part of the engine. If the engine crankshaft does not work properly than the entire engine will not work, so if you have been told that your engine crankshaft needs to be repaired or replaced this is something that you need […]

Xenon HID Headlight Bulb

When most people think of car safety equipment, they think of seatbelts, airbags, and similar devices. The headlight bulb is actually an important car part when it comes to keeping you safe and preventing accidents. Your headlight bulb may need to be replaced from time to time just like any other light bulb. Knowing why […]

Diesel Fuel Storage Tank

Diesel fuel storage tanks are tanks that are designed for the purpose of storing diesel fuel. In vehicles, the diesel fuel storage tanks are usually part of the engine system and allow the fuel to be stored and pumped into the vehicle's engine. Because the storage of fuel is a safety issue as well as […]

Radiator Cooling Fan

Without automotive radiator fans your vehicle cannot work right. If the radiator or radiator fan is not working properly your engine will overheat and could be severely damaged. Most of the engines today are liquid cooled and what this means is that the engine needs a radiator that will cool the water so that the […]

Truck Shock Absorber

You may have heard of a truck shock absorber and wondered what this is really all about and if you need to have a shock absorber on every vehicle that you own. If you didn't have a truck shock absorber on your truck, mini-van, or SUV you would have a difficult time riding comfortably. When […]

Electric Vacuum Pump

Has it been suggested to you that you install an electric vacuum pump into your vehicle? Were you not even aware that there was such a thing made for vehicles? If so, you are not alone but an electric vacuum pump may be exactly what you need to operate the power brake booster in your […]

Engine Knock Sensor

Most people don't know that they have an engine knock sensor on their vehicle, unless of course they have had issues with engine knocking and then they learn all about what causes engine knock, what is sounds like, and even what their vehicle does when there is engine knock. The purpose of the engine knock […]

Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt is used in a lot of cars and it gets its name from the way it winds itself through the car, much like a snake would wind itself around something. A serpentine belt is simply a belt that is continuous and is used to drive many different devices or parts of a […]

Car Air Conditioner Compressor

If you have a vehicle and you live in a climate where you need an air conditioner as you go down the road, you will be counting on, in large part, the air conditioning compressor to do its job. The air conditioning compressor is often referred to as the heart of the air conditioning system […]

Engine Head Gasket

If you've been told that you have to have your engine head gasket replaced you may not even be sure what this means, you just know that you are going to have to pay for what could be a costly repair, depending on your vehicle and your mechanic. A head gasket is something that is […]

Control Arm Bushing

Most people have never heard of a control arm bushing, but when the control arm bushing has gone bad or needs to be replaced on your vehicle chances are you will know it and suddenly you will become very familiar with the name as well as the purpose of the part. It's important to differentiate […]

Car Headlight Bulb

Every vehicle contains many parts designed to maximize safety and make driving easier on drivers. Most people think of airbags, car alarms, and anti-lock brake systems when they think of vehicle safety features. These are very important, but one of the most overlooked safety features on a vehicle is the headlight bulb. The headlight bulb […]

Engine Cooling System

All of the parts if your car or truck work together to make sure the engine can start and the car can run properly. Most cars have gasoline-powered engines, yet gasoline is not very efficient in terms of turning energy into power to make the engine run. Because gasoline is fairly inefficient, much of its […]

Car Side View Mirrors

Car safety features are put in place by auto manufacturers to make traveling by car or truck as safe as possible. Safety features range from anti-theft devices to anti-lock brake systems to side airbags in motor vehicles. All of these features can help you to avoid accidents, minimize injuries in the event that an accident […]

Custom Car Exhaust

Custom exhaust systems are a great way to improve the performance of your car. By learning how to install custom exhaust systems, you can give your vehicle more power and increase torque. All of this can improve the vehicle's performance over time. Learning how to install custom exhausts also allows you to improve the appearance […]

Truck Bumper

Your truck bumper serves an important purpose and also contributes to the overall appearance of your vehicle. If your truck bumper has been damaged in an accident, or if you want to customize your vehicle with a new truck bumper, it's important to know what to look for when making a purchase. Understanding the function […]

Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge

An air/fuel ratio gauge is exactly what it sounds like; a gauge that montiors the ratio of fuel to air in an engine. Other names for an air/fuel ratio gauge include air/fuel ratio meter, air/fuel guage, and air/fuel meter. Even though there are several names for this vehicle part, they are all responsible for the […]

Car Shock Absorber

The car shock absorber is part of the vehicle's suspension system and plays an important role in making sure the vehicle is operating safely and correctly. Before you can understand how a car shock absorber works, you should also understand all of the parts of the suspension system and how they work together to ensure […]

How Does a Cold Air Intake Work

If you are interested in how vehicles operate or you want to customize your own vehicle, you may be interesting in learning how does a cold air intake work. Before you can learn about cold air intake and how it works, you need to understand exactly what the air intake on a vehicle is and […]

Wheel Speed Sensor

Most of us never think about it, but how does your vehicle know how fast you are going? Most vehicles use a wheel speed sensor. A wheel speed sensor is a device that is used to determine how fast the wheel's on the vehicle are rotating as it goes down the road. A wheel speed […]

Engine Motor Mount

Many of us never think about our engine motor mount because we do not have a full appreciation for what it does. Without a fully functional engine motor mount as you motored down the road your engine would literally twist its way out of the engine compartment, forcing your vehicle to literally rattle apart and […]

Rear Main Seal

If you have ever been told that you need to replace your rear main seal and then told how much it would cost, you may still be suffering from sticker shock. If you don't know, the rear main seal is essentially a large rubber seal that fits between the engine and the transmission. The purpose […]

Fuel Pressure Regulator

Many people have never heard of a fuel pressure regulator until something starts going wrong with the fuel aspect of their engine. The fuel pressure regulator is an integral part of the fuel system and if it is not functioning properly it could prove catastrophic for your vehicle as well as your pocket book. Luckily, […]

Brake Vacuum Pump

When you have a vehicle that has been upgraded in the way of disc brakes and a high performance engine you will also need to consider installing a brake vacuum pump. A brake vacuum pump is a necessity not only for the performance of your vehicle but also for safety's sake. If you have upgraded […]

Piston Ring Compressor

If you like to rebuild engines or even service your worn out engine you will probably need a piston ring compressor. If you don't do any of this sort of work or you haven't in the past you may have never even heard of a piston ring compressor in the past. A compressor is used […]

Cat Back Exhaust Systems

If you enjoy enhancing your vehicle with aftermarket parts and customizations, you may want to try using cat back exhaust systems as your next improvement. Car manufacturers design and sell cars that have stock parts and systems. While these stock parts may be adequate for most buyers, other buyers want to improve their vehicle's performance […]

Automobile Emission Control

Automobile emission control systems are the systems that reduce vehicle emissions that cause air pollution. When the automobile was first invented, there were no automobile emission control regulations. However, increasing concerns about the environment prompted lawmakers to develop emissions regulations for personal and commercial vehicles. These systems can reduce a number of emissions and help […]

Power Steering Pump

Many people drive their vehicles every day without thinking about all of the parts that work together to keep the vehicle moving and working safely. In vehicles with power steering, one of these parts is the power steering pump. Learning more about the power steering pump can help you understand how it works and give […]