Archive for the Tech Tips Category

Heat: The Number One Enemy of Alternators

It’s that time of the year again to rely on your training to diagnose problems with starters and alternators. Remember – low rotational speeds, high amp draws (AC, cooling fans, stereos) and high outside ambient temperatures – along with extreme under hood temperatures – can lead to failures. Use This Chart, Courtesy of OE+, to Match the Symptoms/Conditions to the Cause/Remedy’s.

When Do Starters and Alternators Need Replacement?

Our 100% NEW starters and Alternators are built with premium components and are 100% computerized load tested prior to shipment. They are manufactured to meet or exceed OEM units in fit, form and function. Our OEF3 gives Professional Service Providers higher confidence in new as compared to remanufactured. We support 1,000 unique SKUs and they offer a lifetime warranty for professional installer’s peace of mind. How do you know when starters and alternators need replacement?

Hot Weather and Charging Systems

With summer here, it is a good time to take a look at the effects heat has on charging systems. We often say that heat is the number one enemy of an alternator, and that is true, but besides destroying alternators outright, heat also has pronounced effect on an alternator’s output. See just how much heat can effect output with this graph courtesy of OE+.

OES VS. Aftermarket Mufflers

When replacing an exhaust system, most Professional Service Providers are looking for a direct fit option with all the features and benefits of the original muffler. Original Equipment Style (OES) is what is preferred. It allows you to keep the appearance and performance of the original muffler. Learn more about AI’s exhaust systems.

What is the difference between Chassis and Severe Duty Chassis?

Trucks, fleet and other heavy use vehicles need parts that are up to the rigors that their owners put them through. A great solution to this problem is to utilize Severe Duty parts that offer the fit of OE but have been over-engineered to withstand the harsh use of fleet and work vehicles. What to look for when sourcing Severe Duty parts.

Tech Tip: AI Brake Hardware

When replacing brake pads or brake shoes in the brake system, it is imperative that the brake hardware is replaced. A few dollars spent on hardware now can save a few hundred dollars in repairs and downtime later. Learn what effects brake hardware.

Tech Tip: Premium E-Coated Rotors

Looking for a premium brake rotor that has the same attributes as the original rotor? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. Our premium rotors are 100% fully machined and mill-balanced providing a smooth, confident application of braking force. Read on to learn about product coverage and all the quality features.

Restoring Original Ride Feel Effectively

When the time comes to replace worn struts on your customer’s vehicle, there are many options on the market. Most Professional Service Providers are opting for complete strut assemblies. These assemblies are made from 100% new components. Includes strut, strut mount, coil spring, boot, bump stop and mounting hardware. Autopart International offers over 600 unique SKUs for foreign and domestic vehicles. Our award winning Pro-Struts are a great solution to restore the customer’s vehicle to like-new ride feel.

Tech Tip: Catalytic Converters

A catalytic converter is the device used to lessen the amount of CO, NOx and HC present in tailpipe emissions. It is monitored by the onboard computer for engine efficiency and pollution control. The modern catalytic converter performs two functions. It oxidizes (burns) the CO and unburned HC present in the exhaust stream and it reduces the amount of NOx released into the air. What makes a catalytic converter fail?