Tips & Advice
What is the difference between a rebuilt and remanufactured engine?
The main difference between a rebuilt and remanufactured engine concerns the standards to which the product is tested. A remanufactured engine is tested to meet the standards of a new engine, and it's crafted using the blueprints and specifications of the original equipment. With a rebuilt engine, repairs are done to replace parts that have failed, but other components are left intact. While rebuilt engines may perform adequately, they might not function at the same high level as a new engine or one that has been remanufactured.
Is it worth buying remanufactured truck parts?
Remanufactured truck parts can represent a sound investment, and they're less expensive than new truck parts. They also offer a high level of quality, since they're crafted to meet the standards of a new truck part and come with solid warranties.
What is a remanufactured transmission or differential?
A remanufactured transmission or differential is one that has been completely restored to meet the standards of a new part. This involves adding new components and restoring mechanical tolerances. Remanufactured parts offer a higher level of quality than parts that have simply been rebuilt, and they typically come with warranties that are longer and more generous.
How much does it cost to maintain a truck?
The cost of maintaining a truck can average between 5 percent and 10 percent of the vehicle's purchase price. Maintenance cost will depend on factors such as the age, make, and model of the truck. Truck maintenance involves things such as brake servicing, checking the batteries and the drive axles, servicing the driveline and exhaust system, as well as the steering, engine, and suspension.
What are the most commonly replaced truck parts?
Trucks are heavy vehicles, and this weight can place a great deal of strain on a truck's braking system. For this reason, a truck's brake pads and brake rotors often need regular replacement. The list of commonly replaced truck parts also includes tires, headlights, brake lights, turn signals, windshield wiper blades, and batteries.
What is a car air filter?
An air filter is used to screen incoming air that enters the intake system, on its way to combine with the fuel to create an air/fuel mixture that is essential to proper performance. Dirt and small debris can wreak havoc on carburetors and clog fuel injectors, creating poor performance. Air filters alleviate this.
Tire rotation is when you move the wheels on a car to different positions to prevent wear. Usually the front tires are moved to the rear and vice versa, with the new front tires switching sides. The idea is to create even wear on all four tires. It’s nearly impossible to have perfect alignment, and even the slightest change creates a different tire wear. Tires can wear on the inside or outside (the tread), or even in the middle if not properly inflated. Rotation prevents too much wear occurring on one tire and creates a more balanced ride.
Radiator fluid is a liquid mixture that is used to cool the engine, prevent freezing, and protect the cooling system from oxidation and degradation. It is a mixture of water and chemicals that prevents freezing and oxidation of the radiator. In cold environments, it prevents the fluid (water) from freezing, which can seriously damage the engine and cooling system. Radiator fluid is cooled in your radiator, and then moves throughout the engine block to cool it. You have to change this out periodically.
Brake fluid is used to lubricate the car’s braking system t. Over time, this fluid can break down and need changing, but it usually has a long life expectancy. You can easily check it yourself, so consult your manual to get specifics on where it is located and how to check it.
What is transmission fluid?
Transmission fluid is used to keep your transmission lubricated and cool. It is usually a reddish color and needs to be changed out occasionally for optimum performance. Check the levels yourself or have it checked periodically by a professional.