Which brand for replacing certain critical parts

Which brand for replacing certain critical parts

Postby gamefreak [OP] » October 8th 2012, 6:07am

I got a 1994 Chevy Astro from my deceased grandmother last May. Since getting the van I replaced the Radiator, Fan Clutch, Fuel Pump and did a complete tune-up. For the tune-up and fuel pump I stuck to AC Delco and Delphi parts. My van still rough idles and I do still get a smell of gas. However the black exhaust no longer comes out of the tailpipe. My MPG also went up from 11 to 16, noticeable improvement. The van still runs Rich and I need to get the fuel mixture just perfect. My oil also turns pitch black after only 1,000 or so miles of driving.

I still have a ways to go to make this van run like a dream though. My fuel gauge now stays stuck at 1/4 of a tank and now officially doesn't work. Which probably means I have to replace the fuel sending unit. I also still have to replace the EGR valve, the Cat Converter and possibly the Fuel Lines in the spider. There is also still a possibility I will have to replace the fuel pressure regulator and the injector inside the spider. While I'm at it I may want to make sure the Idler Air Control is cleaned out.

When I replace these parts should I stick with AC Delco based parts or could I just go with any brand the auto parts stores carry. I know with fuel pumps and tune up related parts you should stick with AC Delco/ Delphi.
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Re: Which brand for replacing certain critical parts

Postby beazleybub » November 26th 2012, 4:45am

For the last 11 years I have worked for a large auto parts distributor as a truck driver.
I can tell you from experience that I pick up an equal percentage of defective parts from all the major parts suppliers.

There is really no clear cut choice because most all parts are manufactured using the same technology. Some parts are manufactured and sold to various companies with the only difference being the name stamped on them. For example, When I pick up battery cores from some of my stores on my route, I'll see "Ford" and "Lexus" branded batteries even though they are most likely manufactured by companies like exide.
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Re: Which brand for replacing certain critical parts

Postby ccookie66 » November 26th 2012, 5:14am

Depends on how much you wanna spend really. With me, I get the lowest price parts. Sometimes they last, sometimes they don't. It just a gamble.
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Re: Which brand for replacing certain critical parts

Postby RECox286 » November 26th 2012, 5:37am

For some parts, brand does make a difference. Try to stay away from anything autopartwise made in China. Any other COO

is heads above cHINA to be sure. If you stick with dealer parts, you will most likely be getting the same (cheapest) supplied

items that the car was built with, and went bad with. Still, they are a valid choice to be sure. LAPS usually have one or possibly

more than one brand that they stock or can order from the warehouse. I usually get the best (more expensive) parts I can

find at the LAPS, and that too can be a crap shoot. Pay yer nickle, take yer choice. You get what you pay for, and you pay

for what you get.

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