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Aftermarket Auto Parts Warning Says This Mechanic

Find out why this Ford mechanic says he never uses aftermarket auto parts on a Ford F-150 when doing electrical system-related repairs.
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While car owners are encouraged to wrench some repairs and maintenance on their vehicles, there are those little things that comes with experience that only trained and experienced mechanics are aware of that can make the difference between success and failure.

As an example, here’s what one Ford repair expert has to say after working on a 2010 Ford F-150 with an AC problem related to an electrical problem in which the owner had used an aftermarket part in a previous attempt at a DIY repair.

The repair described involves replacing a failing AC system fan speed controller module to solve an air flow problem from the HVAC system. However, choosing an aftermarket module proved to cause even more problems including dash control panel glitches.

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To find out what happened, here is a short video posted by the FordTechMakuloco YouTube channel that provides helpful advice when working on your Ford F-150 and other vehicles.

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In the video you will discover:

• Improper wiring is a fire hazard DIY car owners need to be aware of.

• Aftermarket parts can cause new problems to develop.

• Not all aftermarket parts are fully compatible with vehicles listed on the packaging.

• Why going for cheaper parts is not always advisable.

This is Why I Never Use Aftermarket Auto Parts!

And finally…

For additional articles about maintenance and repair, here are a few for your consideration:

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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Comments

Sad…using a Subaru engine bay on a Ford article. That would get you flogged by the UAW in Detroit. That said, F-150’s are notorious for weird electrical issues stemming from water infiltration of electrical connectors along the firewall, not to mention water sitting in spark plug wells.