Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ford Escape Window Regulator with Motor

Ford Escape Window Regulator and motor assemblies are now available at Monster Auto Parts.
The Escape window regulators are New, not re-built, completly assembled and are a direct bolt on and plug in for easy replacement.

One year, no hassle replacement warranty.

As always Monster Auto Parts has the replacement Ford Escape Window Regulator with Motor at discount prices.

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Ford Focus Rear Window Regulator

Ford Focus REAR power window regulators with power window motors are now avaliable at Monster Auto Parts.

We have had the front window regulators for some time and now have the window regulator with motor for the rear back doors for the Ford Focus sedan.

The Ford Focus Sedan Window Regulators are New, not re-built and are a direct bolt on and plug in application.

Fits the Ford Focus 4 door Sedan 2000-2007

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Silverado Towing Mirrors

Silverado towing mirrors.I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado with power heated mirrors (regular non towing mirrors). I want to upgrade to the power heated extendable towing mirrors with external signal or with the turn signal in the glass that Monster Auto Parts has. Since my Silverado doesn't have the turn signals in the mirrors, will the new towing mirrors with the turn signal work? Has anyone tried this?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Dear MonsterAutoParts,

I just wanted to let you know how truly impressed I am with your service. As you can see below, I ordered two tail light assemblies for our 2000 Jeep Cherokee. The internal circuit boards that control the brake lights on our old tail light assemblies went out, and with no brake lights, we had to park the car to avoid getting hit from the rear.

After a quick Google search, you guys proved to have the best price, and I was prepared to wait at the very least a couple of weeks before being able to drive the car again. Also, having been burned before by ordering auto parts online, I had in the back of my mind that the parts would come in - and not be of a good quality, or even worse, be the wrong parts and have to be returned.

As your web site states, you 'exceeded my expectations'. Just a few moments ago, I installed the tail light assemblies, and we can safely drive our vehicle once again!

I appreciate your promptness in taking care of my order, and in delivering the right parts at a great price!

I now have a new 'bookmark' in my web browser:

The next time I need anything, your online store will be the first place I look!

Take care and thanks again,



"I was skeptical of the price vrs quality, but after checking with the BBB,
other on-line review sites, and your own web site.....I placed the order.
I ordered a right side (passenger) headlight for a 2002 Pontiac Montana.
The order was placed after 9pm on Wed (July 1). The shipping notice was received on
Thur (July 2), and UPS delivered it on Friday (July 3).

The part is perfect. Exact match. All adjustment screws work. The lens
is DOT approved. The mounting points match exactly. All for about $200
less than the dealer.

My only regret is that I didn't order both headlights. At this price, I
should have.

By the way, great job on packaging (double boxed). And you amazed me
that the shipping point really was Alpena, MI. I was guessing that you were
acting a as clearing house for orders.

I've been singing your praises to all my gear-head friends.
I didn't have to use it, but your written return policy is what sold me.

Paul T. - Warren, MI"

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Door Pin / Detent Roller

Door Pin Detent Roller
Top Hinge Mounted , Rolls The Cam That Holds Door Open
Mounts On Top Hinge Controls The Cam That Holds Door Open
Roller Pin Fits Left Or Right Front Door
Roller Pin Fits Either Extended Cab Or Regular Cab Pickup
Will not fit 99-02 Silverado New Body Style Pickup Truck
Replacement Chevy Truck Door Hinge Detent Pin Built To OEM Specifications

Chevy Truck Roll Pin
Chevy Suburban Roll Pin
Chevy Tahoe Roll Pin
GMC Truck Roll Pin
GMC Suburban Roll Pin
GMC Yukon Roll Pin
Cadillac Escalade Roll Pin

Monster Auto Parts

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Radiator Cooling Fan / Condenser Cooling Fan

Why do they fail and what happens when they do?
The most common mode of failure is electric motor burnout. When a Cooling Fan motor fails, you will experience an overheating condition, which if not repaired immediately, can result in other engine damage, including leaking head gaskets as well as warped or cracked heads and blocks. The replacement of an electric fan motor only is a difficult, time consuming, expensive, and potentially damaging to the remaining plastic components. Most plastic shrouds and fan blades are not available as separate units from either the OE dealers or the aftermarket.

Always compare the replacement unit to the original before
installation, especially the fan blade.
• Always disconnect the battery prior to fan assembly replacement.
Fans may start without any warning!
• Clunking sounds or a wobbling fan indicate problems with the motor
shaft bushing. Replace as a whole assembly to save time and
• All Cooling Fan Assemblies are guaranteed to fit and function on the
application it is listed for.
• Refer to the vehicle’s shop manual for specific installation
• After installation, be sure to run engine until the cooling fan(s) cycle
on and off. If fans do not operate properly, refer to shop manual for
more diagnostics.

Monster Auto Parts

Before aftermarket Radiator Fan Assemblies, what options did you have when the electric fan motor failed?
1. Purchase a Radiator Cooling Fan / Condenser Cooling Fan Assembly from the OE dealer.
2. Purchase a Radiator Cooling Fan / Condenser Cooling Fan Assembly from a salvage yard.
3. Rebuild the old unit with an aftermarket replacement fan motor, where available.
The problem with rebuilding the old unit is that sometimes the assemblies are equipped with 2 separate motors. Replacing only the failed motor sets up the installer for a comeback in the near future if the second motor fails. Many OE motors are permanently attached to the shroud, causing the installer to waste valuable labor time, (up to 11/2 hours), trying to grind the steel retaining pins that attach the motor to the plastic shroud. The fan motors are recessed in the plastic shroud making damage likely. If the shroud or fan blade is damaged during the rebuild, often times the only option is replacement of the entire assembly.
4. Cost. The cost of new motors and the labor to replace them can sometimes be higher than a complete assembly.

Why should you replace the entire Fan Assembly instead of continuing to replace just the Motor?
Save Valuable Labor Time
A complete assembly allows you to save time.
Avoid the risk of damaging the plastic components.
In some cases, replacement of both fan motors plus labor can be as expensive as a complete fan assembly with shroud, fan and harness.
Replacing only one motor, on a two motor assembly, sets you up for a comeback when the second motor fails down the road.
Some OE assemblies have motors that are riveted to the plastic shroud making them difficult to replace. Other assemblies have shrouds or fan blades that frequently crack when the motor fails or when trying to replace the motor.

Monster Auto Parts

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fuel Filler Neck / Pipe

Fuel filler neck assemblies are becoming a popular replacement truck part.
The fuel filler neck assembly is comprised of metal and rubber and is used to transfer gas from the fill area (holds the gas cap) to the gas tank.
The filler neck assembly is prone to rust causing fuel or vapors to escape.
The rubber hose is also prone to rotting or tearing, again causing fuel and emissions leaks that can cause a check engine light or failed inspection.
The most popular fuel filler neck assemblies at Monster Auto Parts;
Ford Ranger, Ford F150 Truck and Dodge Ram Pickup Trucks.

1994-2002 Dodge Pickup Truck Gas Filler Neck / Pipe

1990-2000 Ford Ranger Fuel Filler Neck

1997-1998 Ford Pickup Truck Fuel Filler Neck

1994-1997 Mazda Pickup Gas Filler Neck

1990-1995 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Filler Neck

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dodge Caravan Replacement Window Regulator Assemblies

2004-2007 Dodge Caravan replacement window regulator assemblies are now available at Monster Auto Parts.

We stock the window regulators for the front passengers and drivers door for your 2004, 05, 06, 2007 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan.

Also available window regulators are model years 1991-2003.

Our Dodge Carvan replacement window regulator assembly include a complete cable driven regulator and a new power window lift motor.

The window regulator and motor are completly assembled and include the correct mounting locations and power plug in connector for easy replacement.

All of our Dodge Caravan and Grand Carvan replacement window regulators and motors are new, not re-built.

Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan

Monster Auto Parts offers a 1 year no hassle warranty on all parts.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Chevy Tahoe Third Brake Light - High Mount

Chevrolet Tahoe Third Brake Light / High Mount Stop Light

2000*-2006 Tahoe Third Brake Light / High Mount Stop Lamp

High Mounted Third Brake Light Assembly
Tahoe With Liftgate (not dual rear doors)
Tail Light Includes Lens, Housing And LED Board
DOT and SAE approved
Tail Light Fits 2000 Silverado Body Style Tahoe (not Classic Tahoe)
Tail Light Fits 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 2006 Chevy Tahoe
Fits Tahoe LT, LS or Z71
Replaces Dealer # 15170955
Replacement Tahoe High Mount Third Brake Lamp Built To OEM Specifications

New Item Available

Monster Auto Parts

Monster Auto Parts has the Chevrolet Tahoe high mounted third brake light ( dealer number 15170955 ) are back in stock and ready for quick shipping. This is the LED brake light / stop lamp that is mount on top of the lift gate on the 2000 - 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe and are only replaceable as a complete unit. The Chevrolet Tahoe high mounted brake light is new, factory tested, DOT approved and sells below dealer pricing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chevy Malibu Front and Rear Door Window Regulator Assembly

Chevrolet Malibu Replacement Window Regulator Assemblies

Chevy Mailbu 1997-2003
Malibu Classic 2004-2005
Replacement window regulators for the front or rear (back) door.

The Chevrolet Malibu replacement rear window regulators include the cable driven regulator and a new power window lift motor.

The front replacement window regulators include the window regulator only, your power window motor is easily transferred from the defective regulator to the new replacement regulator.

Our replacement window regulator assemblies and power window motors are new, not rebuilt.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Silverado Sierra Rear Window Regulator and Motor

GM Replacement Window Regulator with Motor for the Rear Doors are now available as an aftermarket item at Monster Auto Parts

Left Hand Driver Side Rear and Right Hand Passenger Rear
2001-2006 Silverado, Sierra, Sierra Denali
2000-2006 Suburban, Yukon XL
Cadillac Escalade ESV, EXT

Chevy Avalanche Window Regulator / Motor

Chevy Silverado Window Regulator / Motor

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Grand Cherokee REAR Window Regulator Now Available

The REAR Window regulators are now available as an aftermarket replacement item.
2001-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
No modification necessary.
Direct bolt on and plug in.
Until recently the only replacement was from your local dealer with a price tag of $200-$350. And this was the cost of the part only.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Window Regulators with Motor

Monster Auto Parts

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tune-up General Information

The term tune-up is used to represent a combination of individual operations rather than one specific procedure.
If, from the time the vehicle is new, the routine maintenance schedule is followed closely and frequent checks are made of fluid levels and high wear items, as suggested throughout your manual, the engine will be kept in relatively good running condition and the need for additional work will be minimized.
More likely than not, however, there will be times when the engine is running poorly due to lack of regular maintenance. This is even more likely if a used vehicle, which has not received regular and frequent maintenance checks, is purchased. In such cases, an engine tune-up will be needed outside of the regular routine maintenance intervals.
The first step in any tune-up or diagnostic procedure to help correct a poor running engine is a cylinder compression check. A compression check will help determine the condition of internal engine components and should be used as a guide for tune-up and repair procedures. If, for instance, the compression check indicates serious internal engine wear, a conventional tune-up won't improve the performance of the engine and would be a waste of time and money. Because of its importance, the compression check should be done by someone with the right equipment and the knowledge to use it properly.
The following procedures are those most often needed to bring a generally poor running engine back to a proper state of tune.
Minor Tune-up
*Check all engine related fluids
*Clean, inspect and test the battery
*Check the cooling system
*Check all under hood hoses
*Check the drive belt
*Check the PCV valve (V8 engine)
*Check the CCV system (6 cylinder)
*Replace the spark plugs
*Inspect the spark plug and coil wires
*Inspect the distributor

Major Tune-up
All items listed under Minor tune-up, plus...
*Check the fuel system
*Replace the air filter
*Replace the spark plug wires
*Replace the distributor cap and rotor
*Check the ignition system
*Check the charging system.

Check your owners manual and / or repair manual for procedures on your specific vehicle

Monday, January 7, 2008

Vehicle Safety Inspection

Vehicle inspection is a procedure mandated by national or subnational governments in many countries, in which a vehicle is inspected to ensure that it conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both. Inspection can be required at various times, e.g., periodically or on transfer of title to a vehicle. If required periodically, it is often termed periodic motor vehicle inspection; typical intervals are every two years and every year.

In some jurisdictions, proof of inspection is required before a vehicle license or license plate can be issued or renewed. In others, once a vehicle passes inspection, a decal is attached to the windshield, and police can enforce the inspection law by seeing whether the vehicle displays an up-to-date decal. In the case of a vehicle lacking a windshield (e.g., a trailer or motorcycle), the decal is typically attached to the vehicle body.

With regard to safety inspection, there is some controversy over whether it is a cost-effective way to improve road-traffic safety.

United States
In the United States, each state government is free to decide whether to require vehicle safety inspection, as well as the specifics of the inspection program. Not all states require it, most do not; some states that used to require it have discontinued it.
Under the Clean Air Act (1990), states are required to implement vehicle emission inspection programs in metropolitan areas whose air quality does not meet federal standards. The specifics of those programs vary from state to state. Some states, including Kentucky and Minnesota, have discontinued their testing programs in recent years with approval from the federal government.

States and Federal Districts with periodic (e.g., annual) vehicle safety inspections
*District of Columbia (every two years)
*Hawaii (every year, except brand new vehicles receive an inspection valid for two years, ambulances, rental cars, vehicles used in public transportation, and other, every six months)
*Louisiana (every year; emission test in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area)
*Maine (every year; emission test in Cumberland County)
*Massachusetts (safety inspection every year, emission inspection every two years)
*Minnesota (Motorcycles; Random, annual)
*Mississippi (safety inspection every year)
*Missouri (every two years; emissions testing in the St. Louis area)
*New Hampshire (every year)
*New Jersey (every two years)
*New York (every year)
*North Carolina (every year; emissions inspections in 48 of 100 counties, exempting diesels and cars 35 years or older)
*Pennsylvania (every year; emissions inspections every year in 25 of 67 counties)
*Rhode Island (safety and emission inspection every two years)
*Texas (every year; emission test in the largest urban areas - Houston Metro, Dallas Metroplex, *Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso)
*Utah (every two years for the first eight years, then every year)
*Vermont (every year)
*Virginia (every year; emission inspection every two years in urban and suburban jurisdictions in Northern Virginia)
*West Virginia (every year - safety)

States with safety inspection only required prior to sale or transfer
*Maryland (emission inspection required biennially)

States which only require federally mandated emissions inspections
*Alaska (Municipality of Anchorage and Fairbanks North Star Borough) every two years, depending on age and type of vehicle
*California (for most Zip Codes, every two years for all vehicles made after 1975 which are more than six years old)
*Colorado (in some localities, every year or two, depending on age and type of vehicle)
*Florida (six counties)
*Georgia (metropolitan Atlanta area only, every year, most recent three model year cars are exempt)
*Illinois (Chicagoland and eastern suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri)
*Indiana (Lake and Porter counties only, every two years)
*Nevada (Clark County and Washoe County areas)
*Ohio (seven counties)
*Washington (urban areas of Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties)
*Wisconsin (seven counties in Southeastern Wisconsin, every two years)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007


We receive many inquiries about Aftermarket and OEM.
Why are the prices so different?
What is the difference between the two?
The prices are different mainly because the aftermarket items do not have a brand to support, such as GM. The dealer has to support his stockholders.
In many instances the aftermarket suppliers are the same factories that supplied the OEM parts to the original car manfactures. Not always.
The aftermarket companies will not tool a part they cannot recoup their investment from.
With that in mind, an aftermarket part may not be available for a part that does not fail on a large scale.
We stand behind All of our Replacement Aftermarket parts with a one year warranty.
All of our parts are NEW, not rebuilt, no core deposit hassles.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Rear Window Regulator / Motor

Jeep Grand Cherokee Window Regulator
If you are the owner of a Jeep Grand Cherokee you are probably aware of the issues with the window regulators, front and rear.
1999-2000* Grand Cherokee window regulators with motor are available as an aftermarket item. Front and Rear
*2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Built Before March 9, 2000
2001-2004 Grand Cherokee window regulators with motor are available as an aftermarket item. Front
The Rear regulators for the 2001-2004 model years are not available as an aftermarket item at this time. However, the rear regulators for the 1999-2000* will fit and function on the 2001-2004 models. The only difference is the bolt hole pattern where the regulator mounts to the door. This is a simple process. The mounting plate is easily (3 bolts) removed to modify the bolt pattern and re-assemble. Depending on your model year, you may need to re-drill 1 or 2 bolt holes.
The REAR Window regulators are now available as an aftermarket item.
2001-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
No modification necessary.
Direct bolt on and plug in.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Window Regulators with Motor

Monster Auto Parts

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Headlight - Adjustment / General Information

Headlight Bulb Replacement
Warning; Halogen bulbs are gas-filled and under pressure and may shatter if the suface is scratched or the bulb is dropped. Wear eye protection and handle the bulbs carefully, grasping only the base whenever possible. Don't touch the surface of the bulb with your fingers because the oil from your skin could cause it to overheat and fail prematurely. If you do touch the bulb surface, clean it with rubbing alcohol.
1. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
2. Reach behind the headlight assembly and disconnect the electrical connector. If you are unable to access the rear of the headlight remove the housing assembly.
3. Rotate the lockring or the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove the bulb holder from the headlight housing.
4. Insert the new bulb into the holder, secure it into the housing with the lockring and connect the electrical connector.
Headlight - Adjustment
Warning; The headlights must be aimed correctly. If adjusted incorrectly, they could temporarily blind the driver of an oncoming vehicle and cause an accident or seriously reduce your ability to see the road. The headlights should be checked for proper aim every 12 months and any time a new headlight is installed or front-end bodywork is performed. The following procedure is only an interim step to provide temporary adjustment until the headlights can be adjusted by a properly equipped shop.
1. Headlights have two spring loaded adjusting screws, located at the rear of the housing. The outer adjuster controls up-and-down movement and the inner adjuster controls left and-right movement. Note:On 2001 and later models, there is only one adjuster screw, for the vertical adjustment.
2. There are several methods of adjusting the headlights. The simplest method requires an open area with a blank wall and a level floor.
3. Position masking tape vertically on the wall in reference to the vehicle centerline and the centerlines of both headlights.
4. Position a horizontal tapeline in reference to the centerline of all the headlights Note:It will be easier to position the tape on the wall with the vehicle parked only a few inches away.
5. Adjustment should be made with the vehicle parked 25 feel from the wall, sitting level, the gas tank half-full and no unusually heavy load in the vehicle.
6. Starting with the low beam adjustment, position the high intensity zone so it is two inches below the horizontal line and two inches to the side of the vertical headlight line away from oncoming traffic. Twist the adjustment screws until the desired level has been achieved.
7. With the high beams on, the high intensity zone should be vertically centered with the exact center just below the horizontal line. Note: It may not be possible to position the headlight aim exactly for both high and low beams. If a compromise must be made, keep n mind that the low beams are the most used and have the greatest effect on driver safety.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Emergency Car Kit

Oh, the weather outside is frightful.
What if a little something should go wrong. Not any great tragedy, but just a little something.
When the weather is against you, just a little thing can create disaster.
So what does one need in their emergency winter car kit?
*Flares or reflective triangle
*Distress sign
*Telephone Change
*First aid supplies
*Basic Tools (screwdriver, adjustable wrench)
*A fully charged cell phone

Other recommended items;
*Jumper Cables
*Carpet strips, sand or kitty litter (Not the clumping kind, it turns to slime) for traction
*Ice scraper with brush
*Emergency tire sealant
*Chocolate candy

It is not difficult to put these items together in a duffel bag.
What a great gift for a young person getting their first car. Its not terribly exciting as gifts go, but it is a tremendously thoughtful gift that says you care about them.

Top Selling Small Cars in U.S.

Toyota Motor Co. and Honda Motor Corp. have long controlled the U.S. small car market, but General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are trying to make a comeback. These were the top-selling small cars for the first nine months of this year.

Vehicle 2007 sales
1. Toyota Corolla 291,981
2. Honda Civic 254,955
3. Chevrolet Cobalt 152,895
4. Ford Focus 133,043
5. Mazda 3 95,336
6. Nixxan Sentra 83,724
7. Dodge Caliber 80,352
8. Volkswagen Jetta 74,459
9. Hyundai Elantra 73,890
10.Toyota Yaris 68,465
Source; Ward's AutoInfoBank

Ford and GM research shows that small-car buyers will no longer tolerate flimsy seats, cheap plastic dashboards, noisy engines and bumpy rides. They also want sleek body styles and performance comparable to larger cars - all in a fuel efficient package.
The Focus, a refined version of the old car that debuted in 1999, is quieter, faster and more effecient than its predecessor. It and the Astra have interiors that rival larger luxury cars, and the Focus is the first car to get "Sync", a Microsoft system that allows people to control phones and personal music players with voice commands.
But the coming generation of Detroit's small cars still will have a tough time breaking into the market controlled by the Civic and Corolla.
The new Focus, while vastly improved, looks like the tired old model. It doesn't look different enough from the previous model to get people to see that it's different from the other car.
The Astra, essentially the same car as Europ's successful Opel Astra, will come in three and five door models.
While the domestics race to put out better compacts, Toyota isn's standing sill. A new version of the top-selling Corolla is coming early next year 2008.

Friday, October 12, 2007

1999 - 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee REAR Window Regulator Motor

The REAR window regulators for the 1999 - 2000* Jeep Grand Cherokees have landed at Monster Auto Parts
However, with some modification they will also fit the Grand Cherokee model years 2001-2004.
Some of our customers have discovered that the only issue is the bolt hole pattern. With some simple modification, drilling a bolt hole, the regulator works and fits.
*2000 Grand Cherokee Built Before March 9, 2000
The build date can usually be found on a sticker on the drivers door.

The REAR Window regulators are now available as an aftermarket item.
2001-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
No modification necessary.
Direct bolt on and plug in.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Window Regulators with Motor

Monster Auto Parts

Friday, October 5, 2007

NEW ITEM! Grand Cherokee Rear Window Regulator with Motor

The window regulator for the 1999-2000* Jeep Grand Cherokee Rear Door will be available later this month, October 2007. Grand Cherokee Window Regulator
*2000 Grand Cherokee Built Before March 9, 2000 -
The build date can usually be found on a sticker on the inside of the drivers door.
However, with some modification they will also fit the Grand Cherokee model years 2001-2004.
Some of our customers have discovered that the only issue is the bolt hole pattern. With some simple modification, drilling a bolt hole, the regulator works and fits.

The REAR Window regulators are now available as an aftermarket item.
2001-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
No modification necessary.
Direct bolt on and plug in.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Window Regulators with Motor

Monster Auto Parts

Monday, September 17, 2007


Intake Manifolds perform a very basic function. Simply put, it's job is to take the air as it enters the engine and direct it through intake passages into the runner ports located in the cylinder heads. Air entering the cylinders is mixed with fuel and power is produces from the combustion process. Intake manifold design greatly influences the performance of the engine throughout it's operation range.

One of the keys to making power in an internal combustion engine is to increase the flow and speed of air entering the engine. This can be accomplished several ways. One is to force the air into the engine by mechanical means such as a supercharger or a turbocharger. Both of these mechanical devices compact the air molecules, providing a denser oxygen charge and thereby producing more power. Air is also drawn in as the pistons descend in the cylinders, resulting in natural aspiration (breathing).

Driven by government specifications for fuel mileage and emission level control, new vehicle manufactures are forced to lighten automobiles. To reach this goal, the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum, plastic and other space are materials are utilized. One of the areas targeted for weight reduction is the engine itself. the use of plastic materials in engines includes areas such as valve covers, switches, ignition systems, fuel injector components and intake manifolds.

Dissimilar materials, in this case, plastic and aluminum, have different expansion and contraction rates. The use of plastic for intake manifolds has created problems unique to this material. Subjected to poor/improper service, deteriorating anti-freeze, inadequate ventilation and under hood temperatures that can average between 210 degrees and 247 degrees Fahrenheit, plastic intake manifolds are jailing. Original equipment manifolds have thin wall construction throughout the whole casting. deterioration anti-freeze in high mileage poorly maintained vehicles, thins the walls of the coolant passages resulting in coolant entering the combustion chamber and/or and external coolant leak. Another common failure is a result of exhaust gasses, (directed through the exhaust gas recirculation passages during normal engine operation) corroding the thin walls of the original equipment manifold resulting in loss of coolant. Engine backfires that occur can cause distortion of the intake manifold with resulting damage to the fuel rail assembly and have the potential to cause an engine compartment fire.

Results can include but not be limited to; external coolant loss, overheating, engine misfire, coolant entering the combustion chamber and out the tailpipe, wet spark plugs, warped sealing surfaces, damaged fuel rails and/or severe engine damage.

Symptoms will vary with each vehicle. Use the suggestions below to aid in diagnosing the vehicle.
*The beginning of any quality repair is always a visual inspection. Pay special attention to the area beneath the throttle body. Look for obvious coolant leaks.
*Perform a coolant pressure test. CAUTION: Not all coolant leaks are external. If coolant is entering the cylinders via the intake, the engine may be subjected to hydrostatic lock (Coolant cannot be compressed) Severe engine damage could result.
*Heavy steam vapors escaping from the exhaust system indicate coolant loss via the cylinders. The cause can be either intake manifold or head gaskets. HINT; after removal of the intake manifold, thoroughly inspect the area around the EGR passage for damaged coolant passage ways (3.8L)
*Blown head gaskets typically will affect only two adjacent cylinders. Two wet spark plugs in adjacent cylinders usually indicates a defective head gasket or possible warped cylinder heads.
*Defective intake manifolds would produce wet spark in all the cylinders. Pull 2 or more spark plugs at random cylinder locations and check for fluid (Anti-freeze) present in the plug.
*If repairs to the head gaskets are deemed necessary, replace the intake manifold as a preventative measure to avoid a potential and costly comeback (the manifold may fail shortly after the repairs).
*Misfiring engines will set the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light) on and misfire trouble codes will be present. A scan tool will be needed to erase the codes and turn out the MIL light after repairs are completed.
*If no coolant loss is present, suspect vacuum leaks at the mating surface areas (Manifold warping is common here).

Shop for your new replacement Intake Manifold at Monster Auto Parts
Monster Auto Parts intake manifolds have been redesigned and improved. The wall material has been reinforced in the failure prone areas commonly found on original design intake manifolds. All coolant passages are reinforced to prevent leaks from reoccurring. Thicker intake walls over all and a better fillet design help to prevent warping of the manifold at the gasket mounting surfaces.

Information provided is designed and intended for professional installers. If you are unsure about terminology, procedures or other instructional references, please consult a professional installation repair facility.


*Always compare the replacement unit to the original before installation
*Always start with a cold engine. Removing exhaust bolts from a hot engine may damage the cylinder head threads.
*Clean mounting surfaces are required for all exhaust manifolds.
See the shop manual for any warnings or special instructions for the vehicle application.
*Use caution when replacing exhaust manifolds on aluminum head.
*Never reuse the exhaust manifold gaskets.
*Torque all bolts to manufacturer's specification. See the shop manual for torque specifications and sequences.
*If the original exhaust manifold is cracked and/or has a blue color, check for a rich running engine or an ignition system failure. If this condition is not corrected, repeat failure will occur.
*For ease of installation, replace the catalytic converter and manifold as an assembly on the 1996-98 Honda Civic, especially with high miles.
*Be sure to reuse all brackets and braces. Failure to do so will result in premature failure.
*Prior to installing the Oxygen sensor into the replacement manifold, inspect the Oxygen sensor threads for damage. Failure to do so will result in damaged threads on the replacement unit.

Be sure to use anti-seize on the oxygen sensor threads to prevent galling of the threads.

Shop for your new replacement Exhaust Manifold at Monster Auto Parts

Information provided is designed and intended for professional installers. If you are unsure about terminology, procedures or other instructional references, please consult a professional installation repair facility.


The cooling fan motor, located behind or in front of the radiator, is a small, direct current motor that rotates metal or plastic fan blades to pull or push air through the radiator. As this air passes over the radiator's fins and tubes, it draws heat away from them and reduces the temperature of the engine coolant.
The fan can be driven by a drive belt off of the crankshaft or it can be operated electrically. Regardless of the design used, inspect the fan blades for stress and cracks.

Electric fans are also inspected for damage and looseness. If the fan fails to turn on at the proper temperature, the problem could be the temperature sensor, the fan motor, the fan control relay, the circuit wires, or the controller. To isolate the cause of the malfunction, attempt to operate the fan by bypassing the control. On a computer-controlled system, this can be done by using a scan tool to activate the fan. If the fan operates, the problem is probably in the coolant temperature sensor.
It is also possible to check fan function by jumping the fan relay to attempt operating the fan motor. If the fan operates, the relay may be the faulty component; however, additional tests will have to be performed on the control circuit of the relay.
A jumper wire can also be used to jump battery voltage directly to the cooling fan. If the fan motor fails to operate, check for proper ground connections before faulting the motor.
To direct air flow more efficiently, many manufacturers use a shroud. Proper location of the fan within the shroud should be at least 50 percent inside the shroud. If the fan is outside the shroud, the engine may experience overheating due to hot under-hood air being drawn by the fan instead of the cooler air. If the shroud is broken, it should be repaired or replaced. Do not drive the vehicle without the shroud installed.


The fan that draws cool air across the radiator can be driven by either a belt or electricity. Rotating fans can be dangerous. Some are controlled by an automatic switch and can start unexpectedly. When working on electric fans, keep in mind that electric cooling fans should be disconnected when working around them.

When replacing a radiator fan motor, always refer to the vehicle's service manual. The following is a general guide for cooling fan replacement.
· Disconnect the negative battery terminal at the battery. This is necessary on vehicles using electric fans, but some vehicles may require the relocation of the charging system components.
· Drain the cooling system.
· Loosen or remove the hose clamps, then remove the upper and lower hoses from the radiator.
· Disconnect the transmission cooling lines and plug them off, if equipped.
· Disconnect the electric fan motor connector, if equipped.
· Remove the fasteners attaching the fan module to the radiator.
· On some vehicles equipped with air conditioning systems, it may be necessary to discharge the system. This is the case if the radiator and condenser can not be separated in the vehicle.
· Remove the upper radiator cross member or mounts.
· Disconnect and plug the air conditioning lines at the condenser, if needed.
· Remove the radiator and fan module as one unit if possible.
· Separate the fan module from the radiator.
· If required, separate the radiator from the condenser.
· Remove the old fan module.
· Install the new fan module onto the radiator.
· Reattach the fasteners attaching the fan module to the radiator.
· If equipped, connect the electric fan motor connector.
· Reinstall the radiator.
· Refill the cooling system.
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Friday, September 14, 2007


Fan Blade Operation:
In an engine cooling-system, the fan blades pull the air through the radiator core and over the engine to remove heat. A fan belt or an electric motor usually drives the fan. Conventional belt driven fans can rotate continuously (sometimes called Flex Fan) while others are controlled by thermostatic/centrifugal clutch. Some electric fans are pull fans and some (which mount on the front of the radiator) are push fans.
Fan blades can not be serviced individually, to replace fan blades you must replace the entire fan assembly.
Refer to your vehicle's service manual for fan replacement procedures. Below are general replacement instructions.
To replace a fan blade:
· Disconnect the negative battery cable.
· On cars with power steering, remove the drive belt.
· On engines with a Thermactor, remove the belt.
· Loosen and remove the accessory drive belts.
· On cars equipped with a fan shroud, remove the retaining screws and position the shroud rearward.
· Remove the fan from the engine.
· Reverse the procedures to complete the installation
Shop for your new replacement Cooling Fan at Monster Auto Parts


Fuel Tank Operation:
A storage tank for fuel in a vehicle
The fuel tank should be inspected for leaks, road damage, corrosion and rust on metal tanks, loose, damaged, or defective seams, loose mounting bolts, and damaged mounting straps.
· Leaks in the fuel tank, lines, or filter may cause a gasoline odor in and around the vehicle, especially during low-speed driving and idling.
· A weak seam, rust, or road damage can cause leaks in the metal fuel tank.
· The best method of permanently solving this problem is to replace the tank.
· Another method is to remove the tank and steam clean or boil it in a caustic solution to remove the gasoline residue.
· After this has been done, the leak can be soldered or brazed by a properly equipped specialty shop.
· If the tank is leaking because of a puncture or small hole, it can be plugged by installing a sheet-metal screw with a neoprene washer.
· Holes in a plastic tank can sometimes be repaired by using a special tank repair kit.
· Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions when doing the repair.
· When a fuel tank is leaking dirty water or has water in it, the tank must be cleaned, repaired, or replaced.

Shop for your new replacement Fuel Tank at Monster Auto Parts

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Air Conditioning systems are constantly subjected to extreme temperature changes. Failures associated with age and operation can range from worn out clutches, leaking hoses, leaking seals, condenser and/or evaporator failures, to catastrophic compressor bearing failures. Often the compressor idler bearing seizes preventing the serpentine belt from rotating. Bearing seizures cause the belt to break, leaving the driver stranded. Air conditioning system repairs can be quite expensive, often exceeding the value of the vehicle. Repairs, depending on the number of parts that have to be replaced, can range from $1000 - $2000.
An engine with a seized A/C compressor idler bearing cannot be driven. A torn or broken serpentine belt due to a seized A/C compressor idler bearing has no drive for the water pump, power steering pump, A/C compressor, etc, effectively rendering the vehicle inoperative. The owner of an older vehicle with high miles may not wish to invest in a repair that can cost from $1000 - $2000 dollars.
Choices range from replacing or repairing the A/C compressor to repairing the complete A/C system. Installing a salvage yard compressor is another choice, but not always preferable. The salvage yard unit may also fail quickly. In some cases it may be possible to bypass the compressor with a shorter belt, but not always. Often the vehicle is not repaired and is junked.
Remove the defective A/C compressor and install a new A/C Bypass Pulley Assembly from Monster Auto Parts, Install an OE sized belt to return the belt drive configuration to the OE Specifications and allow the other systems that require a belt drive to operate normally.


Window Regulator Information Page
Window regulators and motors help raise and lower windows of the vehicle. Since we use our windows frequently, window regulators and window motors are some of the most used parts in any vehicle. For this reason, window regulators and window motors are subject to failure.
Some of the common reasons for window regulator and window motor failure include excessive strain caused by forcing the window, old or worn pulley and cable lines, and general wear. Monster Auto Parts carries some of the most reliable and dependable long-lasting replacement window regulators and window motors available. They are NEW window regulator assemblies, not re-built. All window regulators and window motors are pre-assembled direct replacements for quick and easy installation. All window regulators and motors at Monster Auto Parts come with a one year warranty.

Tips on how to replace a window regulator.
Visit your local dealer for a copy of the dealer service manual procedure.
Many dealer customer service or parts counters will let you copy this information if you ask. Some may charge for it, but either way, having the correct procedure and diagram will be a great help.

*Test your window to be sure it is aligned properly so it goes up and down without obstruction.

Do many slow tests up and down to look for issues when you have installed the regulator BEFORE you have put the entire door back together.

Monster Auto Parts offer All NEW window regulators, not re-built
*Completely assembled for easy installation
*Direct bolt on and plug in
*One Full year warranty
As you would be sitting in your vehicle;
*Left hand drivers side,
*Right hand passengers side
Front window regulators are not interchangeable with the rear.
The left hand side is not interchangeable with the right hand side.
There is a difference between the two door model window regulator and the four door.
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Component dis assembly should be done with care and purpose to help ensure that the parts go back together properly. Always keep track of the sequence in which parts are removed. Make note of special characteristics or marks on parts that can be installed more that one way, such as a grooved thrust washer on a shaft. It is a good idea to lay the disassembled parts out on a clean surface in the order that they were removed. It may also be helpful to make sketches or take instant photos of components before removal.When removing fasteners from component, keep track of their locations. Sometimes threading a bolt back on a stud, can prevent mix-ups later. If nuts and bolts cannot be returned to their original locations, they should be kept in a compartmented box or a series of small boxes. A cupcake or muffin tin is ideal for this purpose, since each cavity can hold the bolts and nuts from a particular area (i.e. oil pan bolts, valve cover bolts, engine mount bolts, etc.) A pan of this type is especially helpful when working on assemblies with very small parts, such as the carburetor, alternator, valve train or interior dash and trim pieces. The cavities can be marked with paint or tape to identify the contents.Whenever wiring looms, harnesses or connectors are separated, it is a good idea to identify the two halves with numbered pieces of masking tape so they can be easily reconnected.


Car Care Checklist
This is customary for the majority of drivers and vehicles. However, always look at your owner's manual for specific recommendations from your vehicle manufacturer.
Oil, Filters, Fluids
Engine Oil and Filter
*Check level with engine off at every fill-up.
*For maximum engine life, change oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles.
Chassis Lubrication
*Many newer cars are lubed-for-life--many others still require this service.
*Steering and suspension components may require periodic lubrication
Fuel Filter
*Replace is restricted or water contaminated. Restricted fuel filters shorten life of fuel pump.
*Replace filter every 2 years/24,000 miles.
Engine Air Filter
*Inspect filter at each oil change.
*Replace annually or when torn, water or oil soaked, dirty or showing other signs or wear.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
*Check fluid level with engine running and transmission in park or neutral, depending on manufacturer instructions.
*For maximum performance, change every 2 years/24,000 miles.
Differential, Manual Transmission and Transfer Case (if equipped)
*Check fluids at each oil change.
*Replace fluids every 4 years/50,000 miles using factory recommended lubricant.
Windshield Washer Fluid
*Check fluid level monthly
*Use washer fluid only.
Power Steering Fluid
*Check fluid with engine off using either 'Full Cold" or "Full Hot" indicator lines on dipstick.
*If frequent topping off is required, inspect for leaks and replace if contaminated.*Replace fluid every 2 years/24,000 miles.
Cabin Filter
*Replace annually, or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced.
Coolant (Antifreeze)
*Check level at reservoir -- never open a hot radiator cap.
*If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze/coolant and distilled water.
*Change coolant every 2 years/24,000 miles, on most vehicles.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Take Control of Rising Gas Prices: Don't Let Your Money Evaporate
Fight skyrocketing gas prices by taking control of your vehicle's unnecessary fuel consumption, advises the Car Care Council. Consumers can add miles to every gallon they pump by following a few easy and inexpensive maintenance steps with their car, SUV, minivan or pickup truck.Most motorists don't realize that it's the little things that don't take a lot of time or cost much that can really make a difference when it comes to saving money at the pump. Loose or missing gas caps, underinflated tires, worn spark plugs and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy.Gas saving maintenance and driving tips that really work:Vehicle gas caps - About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.Underinflated tires - When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plus causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.Dirty air filters - An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture - too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 15 cents a gallon.Fuel-saving driving tips include:Don't be an aggressive driver - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 7 to 49 cents per gallon.Avoid excessive idling - Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.Observe the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.Combining errands into one trip saves gas and time. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multi-purpose trip covering the same distance.Avoid carrying unneeded heavy items in the truck. An extra 100 pounds can cut fuel efficiency by a percent or two.We have all heard these tips and tricks before, some of them are really eye openers, and the numbers can add up to some spare change in your pocket.


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