Junk Parts Warnings
In the past we’ve covered a number of related warnings where using non-OEM aftermarket parts is strongly discouraged by multiple mechanics. However, we’ve also noted that not all non-OEM parts are bad and that using them can save money and time and make life just a little bit easier. In fact, many of us probably have the habit of keeping the part label or box of the non-OEM part we bought as a reminder of what we bought last year that worked fine.
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However---and this is a big HOWEVER---, there is no guarantee that the (presumably) same part you bought at the same auto parts store is really the same quality build in the said product you depend on to keep your car running efficiently and safely.
Video Warning Message to Non-OEM Parts Shoppers
That was the message in a recent Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel episode where the host showcases the difference between an older non-OEM filter with a newer non-OEM filter that carried the same part number. Although at first glance the two parts look identical, on closer inspection you can see that the differences in the quality of the build between the two are quite marked with the newer part being close to useless at the least and engine damaging at the worst.
While seeing the two filters compared might not seem like such a problem you have to consider that if it were an air filter for the engine, small fibers could easily wind up sucked into the engine through the intake manifold and cause all sorts of engine-damaging havoc.
To put this into a personal perspective, imagine buying an air filter mask at Home Depot that is designed to protect you from vapors. If the filter elements were faulty leading to you sucking fibers and/or fumes into your lungs, you would rightfully be concerned for your health. It’s the same thing with your motor and your lungs.
That said, here is the short video that is well worth watching and be sure to catch the brand name print on the junk part. Bear in mind, however, that brand names are often counterfeited too so take it with a grain of salt as the old saying goes. But be sure to look at the comments following the video for some helpful advice and experience from other car owners who DIY their vehicle maintenance.
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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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