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The Great Debate:
OEM vs Aftermarket Parts

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  • Young woman with a car breakdown
    5 reasons why summer heat is hard on vehicles

    The hot days of summer are really hard on your vehicle's electrical system. In fact, heat accounts for as many breakdowns as the cold of winter. You should give your vehicle a good inspection to prevent an inconvenient electrical system failure, saving yourself from becoming stalled.

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  • car engine work
    A car repair shop secret that do-it-yourselfers should know

    Car repair shops must balance offering value pricing with reliable repairs. The most successful shops have a secret on how to keep costs low without compromising quality work. Do-it-yourselfers can use this same strategy to keep their costs low, too.

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  • Used pickup truck
    5 great reasons to buy a used truck instead of new

    When faced with the decision to buy a truck, you might want to consider giving a serious look at used trucks instead of a new one. There are distinct advantages in buying a truck with some miles in its history. Discover why used is often the better choice.

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    Live online car repair advice is just a click away

    Do-it-yourself car repairs can save you a lot of money. But what if you're not quite sure how to do it? That's becoming less of an issue. Technology has made it possible for you to talk one-on-one with a live mechanic for how-to advice. Check it out.

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  • Tune up lawn mowers
    Lawn care enthusiasts:
    Start your engines

    When spring arrives, there is always a sense of anxiousness about starting your lawn tractor or mower for the first time. You might discover your machine is a little sluggish to start. Chances are a few new parts may get everything working like new again.

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  • High output alternator
    5 times to upgrade to a high-output alternator

    Typical stock alternators that come in vehicles are generally sufficient, but there are times when you'll need to generate more electrical power. It depends on the accessories you're powering. Find out when it may be time to upgrade to a high-output alternator.

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  • Engine maintenance
    Debunking a myth about warranties and parts

    As a consumer, you have a right to choose the replacement parts that go into your vehicle without any worry about voiding your warranty. It's all thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Learn more about your rights.

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  • Lawn and garden equipment maintenance
    9 tips for finding OPE replacement parts

    If the owner's manual is nowhere to be found, how do you find the replacement part you need for lawn and garden equipment? You're going to have to do some research, but you can pinpoint the part that's needed. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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  • Snowmobile
    5 electrical parts to keep snowmobiles trail ready

    Snowmobile enthusiasts know that electrical components make the difference between hitting the trails or sitting on the sidelines. These 5 mission-critical parts need to be up to the task. Make sure your sled is ready for the winter ahead.

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  • Stranded car in winter
    5 top tips for preparing your vehicle for winter

    A breakdown on the road is never good, but it's even worse in winter with cold and snow. Preparing your vehicle ahead of time can reduce chances of a breakdown, or make it easier to fix if it does happen. Find out what to do to be winter ready.

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  • Red car
    How solenoids work in starting a vehicle

    Solenoids are less likely to be the prime suspect when a vehicle has starting problems. People often first think of the battery or starter. But solenoids play an equally important role in the starting process. Discover what solenoids do.

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  • 3 components to check if your tilt trim motor quits

    You're the one who's suppose to be taking the day off for a day of relaxation on the water, not your tilt trim motor. If your tilt trim motor quits working, here's what to check to get it back in action.

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  • The benefits of reverse engineering

    Reverse engineering is the process that enables companies like DB Electrical to offer replacement parts that fit your make and model of vehicle. Find out what's all involved to make it happen.

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  • How to hire a mechanic to install your part

    Repairing your vehicle isn't simply a choice between dropping it off at the shop or doing it yourself. You can buy the part yourself at a cost savings and then hire a mechanic to install it.

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  • Pros and cons of new versus used parts

    When searching for a replacement part, you'll be faced with a decision to buy used or new. Which really is the better value? Here's what you'll need to consider to make the best choice.

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  • When good alternators seemingly go bad

    Installing a new alternator that doesn't work is a major frustration. But when that happens it isn't always the fault of the alternator. Find out what else could go wrong.

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  • What's a core charge and should you pay it?

    Here's a plain English explanation of what it means to pay a core charge. Why do some sellers charge it? Why doesn't DB Electrical ever ask customers to pay a core charge?

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  • Buying a discontinued car model. Yes or no?

    The domestic auto makers are dropping most sedan models. Does it make sense to buy one of these vehicles before they are gone? Take a look at the pros and cons before you buy.

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  • The factory-direct advantage

    DB Electrical sells its products on a factory-direct basis. What does that mean, and what are the advantages to you as a consumer? Find out why it's the smart choice for you as a buyer.

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  • 5 signs that your starter could soon quit starting

    A dead starter means your vehicle sits idle, and it could happen anywhere. Before your starter leaves you stranded somewhere, pay attention to these signs of a starter going bad.

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  • 5 warning signs that your alternator could fail

    Many times there are indicators that an alternator is in the twilight of its service life. Learn the signs that indicate your alternator may soon fail. It's best to replace an alternator before total failure.

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