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I found a place that blows away many places with prices.

My van lost a hub assembly the other night, had to crawl home @ 45 mph then down to 25.

Checked Autozone $179, Advanced Auto $179, napa $219

Then checked e-bay. $129. The seller on eBay was from NJ so I found their web site. http://www.stockwiseauto.com/

At their site $102.24 each. Plus 9 bucks for shipping. I ordered two of them yesterday and I'll get them delivered today.

Name brand part Timken Bearings !! I'm getting two for less then one at Napa !! $213.58 and I don't have to run out and pick them up.


Just goes to show you the mark-up in after market parts.

Check them out if you need anything. I believe I've found a new parts source. They were even lower then Rock Auto

http://www.stockwiseauto.com/
 

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I'll keep those guys in mind Ken.

I got a replacement Homelink sunvisor for my VW for 1/3 the dealer cost from a store in Slovenia!! Of course now it is not compatible with my new garage door opener.

You do have to shop around. I've spent way too much by being a NAPA nazi I'm sure, but I do like having a well stocked store within 5 minutes of my house.
 

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I'll keep those guys in mind Ken.

I got a replacement Homelink sunvisor for my VW for 1/3 the dealer cost from a store in Slovenia!! Of course now it is not compatible with my new garage door opener.

You do have to shop around. I've spent way too much by being a NAPA nazi I'm sure, but I do like having a well stocked store within 5 minutes of my house.

I was shocked to see what those homelink visors went for the first time I looked one up!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'll keep those guys in mind Ken.

I got a replacement Homelink sunvisor for my VW for 1/3 the dealer cost from a store in Slovenia!! Of course now it is not compatible with my new garage door opener.

You do have to shop around. I've spent way too much by being a NAPA nazi I'm sure, but I do like having a well stocked store within 5 minutes of my house.

Same here at one time Drake, napa or nothing. But even some of their stuff is made in china now

Part # for part # I'm saving big $$ over napa. $215 rather then $468 is a no brainer. I bought the Timken bearing brand, napa had national bearing brand. Same parts. Bet they are both made in China. :banghead3
 

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Now I did just buy front axles for my VW. I shopped around on those, and NAPA's $135 each was no worse than anyone else.

But as you guessed, Ken, made in China (just like everyone else's).
 

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Same here at one time Drake, napa or nothing. But even some of their stuff is made in china now

Part # for part # I'm saving big $$ over napa. $215 rather then $468 is a no brainer. I bought the Timken bearing brand, napa had national bearing brand. Same parts. Bet they are both made in China. :banghead3
Yes in certain bearing applications, even Timken outsources some of their bearings and puts them in a Timken package. Depends on how much demand is for the bearing. sad deal imo. :trink40:
 

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When I worked in parts stores,we sold mostly Bower/BCA bearings...even as far back as the 1980's,many of the boxes had a blank spot with "Country of origin" stamped on the box,many were made in istanbul,india,italy,japan and spain...so "importing" them from other countries wasn't anything they just started doing recently when China was added to the list...I was surprised how many were not made in the USA..even that far back..

I used to belive in buying "name brand" parts,like Moog when you needed bal joints,etc...but lately I've heard and read of many dissapointed customers who've had Moog parts fail rapidly or had a cheap substitute import part in their boxes--so now I just assume buy the parts that cost the least,because most of the time thats all your getting in the more expensive brands boxes nowadays...

I like the prices I see at online places like Rock auto--I just dont like buying parts online,because I've had poor luck getting the right ones,so have others I know who used them ...shipping the wrong parts back and paying shipping,and waiting 2 weeks for the right ones makes any savings useless in my opinion...I'd rather buy them locally for a few bucks more,then if I have to exchange them,its a lot less of a hassle...
 

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Timken hub assembly's came and are installed. They were not made in China, Assembled in Mexico.

I'm betting the bearings were made here by timken, and the rest made down in Mexico. I'm happy with them, they look exactly like what I took off.

New rotors, ceramic pads installed as well.

Found the lost spark plug after I took the inside engine cover off. All new plugs and wires. Check engine light is out and the 6.0 is purring like a kitten. She's good for another 195,000 miles. :fing32:
 

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Lost a spark plug??

Obviously a previously dropped old one??:dunno:

glenn
:sorry1: Wrong thread :banghead3 I have another thread about plugs from last week.

I went to put a new one in yesterday, it fell out of the socket and disappeared behind or under the exhaust manifold. Could not find it to save my life. :banghead3
 

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kool--thats fine--I wsa messing w/ you--

BTW --most spark plug sockets have a little rubber insert in them to hold the plug....at least my three sizes do--:trink40:

glenn
 

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Be thankfull you dont need a front wheel bearing & hub assembly for a later model F350 pickup--they cost 500+ bucks and the dealer is the only source for the correct ones!..my friend has bought several aftermarket ones that claim to fit,but they dont,they are just a tad different enough so they just wont fit...they dont seem to hold up well either,he's replaced at least half a dozen on different trucks in the past few months...

I dont care for unitized bearings much myself--but I wish my Ford Contour had them instead of the stupid bearings that you can only replace by taking the entire spindle off and having them pressed in and out..the bearings are much less expensive,but the press job costs at least 50 bucks around here--and its easy to trash a brand new bearing if you try doing it yourself with "backyard" methods or makeshift presses...my car needs at least one front wheel bearing,it sounds like your driving over a rumble strip while taking a left turn --been that way for 5+ years and 5000 miles,at first it never seemed to get any worse,but lately I dont trust it anywhere too far...
 

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More good prices on parts !!

Picked up 8 OEM injectors from e-bay for $150 shipped to my door.

8 coils for $190 shipped to my door. But I paid an extra 20 bucks for 2nd day air.

So far

All New hubs, rotors, ceramic pads, plugs and wires, coils, injectors, Mobil one oil & filter, air filter and new WW blades.

And the *** check engine light is still flashing at high speeds. :banghead3

I thought that the new wipers would have done the trick. :crybaby:

Still getting the PS 300 code !! Random Misfires.
 

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Be thankfull you dont need a front wheel bearing & hub assembly for a later model F350 pickup--they cost 500+ bucks and the dealer is the only source for the correct ones!..my friend has bought several aftermarket ones that claim to fit,but they dont,they are just a tad different enough so they just wont fit...they dont seem to hold up well either,he's replaced at least half a dozen on different trucks in the past few months...

I dont care for unitized bearings much myself--but I wish my Ford Contour had them instead of the stupid bearings that you can only replace by taking the entire spindle off and having them pressed in and out..the bearings are much less expensive,but the press job costs at least 50 bucks around here--and its easy to trash a brand new bearing if you try doing it yourself with "backyard" methods or makeshift presses...my car needs at least one front wheel bearing,it sounds like your driving over a rumble strip while taking a left turn --been that way for 5+ years and 5000 miles,at first it never seemed to get any worse,but lately I dont trust it anywhere too far...
yeah I did the ones on my mother in law's Contour; this wasnt the only Ford model done this way.... $38 ea for the bearings and I have my own 12T hydraulic press right here at home.... I still prefer greseable inner bearings outer bearings and races to anything else like all the cars used to have
much easier and cheaper to deal with and being cleanable and regreasable, though the cheapest style of bearing could be the longest lasting with a little care

I just did one on an 06 F150 wasn't hard but even Useless Zone and Advance were $190 a side. (it was after hours for Carquest or NAPA)
 

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I bought the Timken bearing brand, napa had national bearing brand. Same parts. Bet they are both made in China. :banghead3
There's a good chance we might have made the seals for the Timken bearing right here in NH, in the plant where I work.

Some of those jobs went to one of our Mexico plants, so it could have been made there, too - or possibly by one of our competitors.

I'll keep Stockwise in mind. I need to get catalytic converters for my wife's Subaru and daughter's VW (stupid PO420 code), but they didn't list anything for either one of them. Looks like they may not to much as far as exhaust parts.

Rock Auto doesn't even list the converters for my wife's Outback with the H6. I did find a pair at Auto Parts Warehouse for about $500. Ouch. Still way cheaper than a dealer...
 

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I have a couple of neighbours that use Rock Auto most of the time. They get everything shipped to a parcel place near the border in North Dakota and run down and pick it up. I tend to agree with TH that local service is worth something. What do you do if the wrong part is shipped, or the item is boxed wrong (correct # wrong part), or you have a warranty or return issue.
 
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