Category Archives: Auto Parts

Shock Absorbers and Stopping Distance

Springs and shocks control the motion of each wheel of a car. Springs enable the suspension to move up and down over bumps and imperfections in the road. Shocks absorb and dissipate the energy from that motion. Without shocks the … Continue reading

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Runaway Hubcap Replacement: 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla

My mom lost another hub cap from her car recently. I’ve replaced 2 or 3 of them over they years already. This usually occurs as a result of winter driving and vicious potholes, and consequently we have an unadorned black … Continue reading

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How to Price Auto Parts Fast

My pickup truck failed its safety inspection last weekend. One of the front shock absorbers needed replacement. So I looked up the phone numbers for 3 nearby auto parts stores and let my fingers do the walking. Using the following … Continue reading

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Got My Tire Rack Credit

About a week ago I finally got around to shipping the punctured tire back to Tire Rack for credit. Because it still had more than 9/32” of tread left, and I had road hazard protection on it (I don’t remember … Continue reading

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Flat Tire In Corolla Land

One night a few weeks ago my Mom got a flat tire on her car. She called me for help. What to do? Luckily (proper preparation, actually) we have AAA memberships. I called them and help was there within about … Continue reading

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Headlight Bulb Change, Not So Fast

Well, if we thought all bulbs were easy to change quickly from the last time I did so, we’d be mistaken. Flashback to a previous model Toyota Corolla / Chevy Prizm (in this case a neighbor’s car) and we find … Continue reading

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Price Shopping: Seatbelts

I need a new driver’s side seatbelt assembly for my Toyota MR2. The driver’s side belt is frayed. For many parts one could go with used parts. But for safety devices I’d go with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. So … Continue reading

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