At North Park Auto Service we provide Quality Automotive Services and the parts, components and fluids are part of that service. Most of you have heard the term, you get what you pay for? This is very true in the automotive industry. You will find prices vary competitor to competitor but what you may not know is ... why is there a difference?
Many car owners may think a part is just a part, right? Not all parts are created equal, and that’s why “the same parts” may vary so much in price. Be wary of drastic differences: Higher isn’t always better but cheaper almost always means inferior quality. Here at North Park Auto Service, we use only quality automotive parts so you can get the most out of your vehicle. So when you are shopping for estimates on your car, make sure that you are investing into quality auto parts assuring you don't have to make a return trip to your local mechanic for the same job in a short time.
Brakes - Brake shoes and pads are friction materials that rub against brake drums or rotors, slowing the rotation of the wheels. The friction material is usually made of a semi-metallic mixture (ground up metal mixed with other stuff). The friction materials of cheaper pads or shoes tend to contain more metal and thus are of a harder composition. Pads and shoes are bonded to a steel backing and in cheaper pads the bonding material is often inferior, unlike the more expensive pads that are riveted or bonded with a high quality bonding. Poorly bonded brake pads and shoes wear out faster and can possibly fail to stop your vehicle for several reasons. The harder composition of the cheaper pads and shoes generates more heat when the brakes are applied and doesn’t dissipate the heat as well. Cheap drums and rotors are made of sub-standard steel and therefore wear out prematurely, especially when they come in contact with sub-standard friction materials, as mentioned above.
Battery - We use only Interstate Batteries at North Park Auto Service. In cheaper batteries, the case is less sturdy, the quality of the posts is compromised, there are fewer internal plates and poor plate connection can cause the battery to fail when it is subjected to vibration. Installing a battery that is rated at fewer cold-cranking amps than what is required by the manufacturer is just asking for trouble.
Oil Filters - The oil filter keeps dirt out of your engine, which is an important job if you want it to last. Quality oil filters have a check valve, designed so that the engine has oil pressure immediately upon cold startup, preventing wear. Many cheap filters lack this critical element, or even worse, don’t have the fine filtering media necessary to capture the smallest particles of dirt.
Alternators/Starters/Water Pumps - Alternators, starters, and water pumps are the sorts of parts that, when they fail, can be rebuilt. When this is done right, the end result is pretty much a brand new part, although it is sold for less. Cheap rebuilt parts, however frequently lack attention to the details that result in dependable performance.
Spark Plugs and Ignition Components - Spark plugs and ignition system components power the engine, and low quality products usually result in poor performance or a car that doesn’t run. As for sparkplugs, always go with an OEM-specified plug or better. Automotive computers are designed with a certain set of parameters from the factory to achieve maximum efficiency, power, and tailpipe emissions. Put a cheap sparkplug in the engine and you throw the computer into a fit trying to compensate for the lack of spark. Installing a cheap plug in a vehicle that requires a platinum plug results in poor fuel efficiency, poor performance, high tailpipe emissions, and other issues.
Motor Oil - We use Shell, Chevron and for Syntetics Mobil 1. When you're considering a type of oil to purchase, look for the "starburst" and "donut" seals from the American Petroleum Institute (API) on the bottle. These identify that the oil meets the API's service standards, and will help keep you away from the lower quality oils.