Automotive part brands

DeltonRushing

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Apr 19, 2012
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I am making a list of brands to stay away from and brands that are good. I am using stuff like parts, maintenance parts and fluids. Here is what I have so far. Help me add to it.

Good: Wix Filters, Mobil 1, AC Delco, Kendall Oil, Prestone, Bosch Wipers, Lucas and Optima.

Bad: Most Bosch, FRAM!!!, Super Tech, STP, Pennzoil, Puralator, Peak, Store Brands and Restore.

Please help by adding some :smile:
 

Sparky

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Dec 4, 2011
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What's wrong with Bosch and Purolator filters, or Peak washer fluid?

I stay away from any Lucas oil "additive" as it promotes oil foaming (check out Bobistheoilguy.com) and Optima batteries aren't what they used to be.
 

03envoy

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Dec 25, 2011
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Super tech Trans fluid I thought was good? I thought some SS guys used it? I Could be wrong....
 

The_Roadie

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Optima's reputation suffered greatly after a botched transfer to a Mexican factory. Years ago. I see no reason to go back now. YMMV.
 

jrSS

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Why would super tech tranny fluid be bad. It meets GM specs. Says so on the bottle.
 

Sparky

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I have a hard time trusting my transmission or engine to walmart house brand stuff, especially when you get 5 bottles of 5W-30 motor oil and they pour 2-3 slightly different colors!
 

Sparky

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MAY03LT said:
Bosch O2s = bad news
Bosch fuel pumps = boss

*knock on wood* my Bosch O2 surprisingly has been working just fine for about 2 years now. Go figure.
 

jrSS

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Sparky said:
I have a hard time trusting my transmission or engine to walmart house brand stuff, especially when you get 5 bottles of 5W-30 motor oil and they pour 2-3 slightly different colors!

Lol. Its a good thing I took my SS into a trusted transmission shop for the tranny pan drop and filter. hahaha.
 
Feb 24, 2012
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Good: Gates belts and hoses

Bad: Duralast
 

CaptainXL

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DeltonRushing said:
Bad: Most Bosch, FRAM!!!, Super Tech, STP, Pennzoil, Puralator, Peak, Store Brands and Restore.

Understand that there are no bad brands. Only better ones. Many parts need to meet minimum federal specs in order to be marketed for automotive use. Most exceed these requirements.
 

CaptainXL

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the roadie said:
Like the criminally - designed Ebay lift kits? Chinese counterfeit parts?

There are crooks out there, sometimes masquerading as legitimate vendors.

You got a point there. But I am talking about the parts carried in automotive stores. The ones you see commericals for. If you stick with them you shouldn't have a problem. Even the chinese made parts carried in stores need to meet certain criteria. They might not last as long, but its a free market and you did get what you payed for. A parts longevity is unrelated to actual fit and finish.
 

Matt

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Super Tech oil filters are surprisingly good. On BITOG they get a good rap and I've been using them for years.
 

CaptainXL

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Matt said:
Super Tech oil filters are surprisingly good. On BITOG they get a good rap and I've been using them for years.

I might want to take a look at them. The industry has been moving towards "E core" filters. As for "enviromentally friendly". They have less metal and more polyresin inside which is claimed to be stronger than the metal used to support the filter media in old filters. You might notice the filters now say PF-61E instead of the old PF-61. Supposedly it's less waste and "kinder" to the landfill/environment plus they are better/stronger.
 

dfc739

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Jul 29, 2012
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Sparky said:
*knock on wood* my Bosch O2 surprisingly has been working just fine for about 2 years now. Go figure.

I agree. My Bosch O2 has been working great... knock on wood

Also, I use supertech Dexron VI. If it's good enough to get Dex VI classification, it must be good stuff.
 

Matt

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CaptainXL said:
I might want to take a look at them. The industry has been moving towards "E core" filters. As for "enviromentally friendly". They have less metal and more polyresin inside which is claimed to be stronger than the metal used to support the filter media in old filters. You might notice the filters now say PF-61E instead of the old PF-61. Supposedly it's less waste and "kinder" to the landfill/environment plus they are better/stronger.

Some bad news...just found out the Super Tech oil filters have been discontinued. :frown: No idea why though.
 

jonbo2002

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Sep 27, 2012
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super tech oil is fine. I have been running full syn for years had a 89 Grand Marquis with 160000 on it when I sold it and they drove it till the frame rotted out with well over 200000 on it by then. sold my Lincoln Town Car with 140000 and the guy passes me from time to time I drove that hard everyday for years. My TB has 150000 and I drive 60 miles everyday to work and I tow from time to time to nothern Michigan. Plus my wifes 95 YJ jeep has over 175000 on it. any oil brand is fine as long as you keep track of it and change it when needed. pay as much as you want for oil if it helps you sleep at night, but the extra cost won't save you if you don't keep proper maintenance. working in auto salvage for 10 years I have seen blown engines blown at 15000 and good non-leaking smooth running with over 300000.
 
May 22, 2012
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Walmart, super tech, oil is not made by walmart. It is made be Pennzoil, texaco or who ever provides the cheapest bid that go around. If you look at the MSDS sheets you will see this.

This go around in 2007 it was made by Quakerstate/pennzoil.

http://www.tompkins-co.org/msds/m3076.pdf

Here is a list

TECH 2000 SUPER CONCENTRATED FUEL CLEANER
TECH 2000 SUPER CONCENTRATED FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER -- FIRST BRAND
SUPER TECH GAS LINE ANTI-FREEZE -- CRISTY
SUPER TECH BAR AND CHAIN OIL GRADE 30 -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH SAE 15W40 UNIVERSAL MOTOR OIL -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH OUTBOARD 2 CYCLE ENGINE OIL TC-W3 -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH HEAVY DUTY TRACTOR HYDRAULIC TRANSMISSION OIL -- SPECI
SUPER TECH PERFORMANCE ENGINEERED HD SAE MOTOR OIL - ALL GRADES -
SUPER TECH MINERAL GEAR OIL SAE 90 -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH SAE 80W-90 GEAR LUBRICANT -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH SAE 30 UNIVERSAL MOTOR OIL -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH R&O ANTI-WEAR OIL ALL GRADES -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH PERFORMANCE ENGINEERED SYNTHETIC BLEND SAE 10W30 MOTOR
SUPER TECH TYPE F AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH POWER STEERING FLUID -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH SAE 85W-140 GEAR LUBRICANT -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH UNIVERSAL 2-CYCLE ENGINE OIL -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH PERFORMANCE ENGINEERED SAE MOTOR OIL - ALL GRADES -- S
SUPER TECH WHITE GREASE -- HYDROSOL INC.
SUPER TECH ENGINE DEGREASER -- HYDROSOL INC
SUPER TECH MULTI LUBE -- HYDROSOL INC
SUPER TECH CARB CLEANER -- HYDROSOL INC
SUPER TECH DEXRON III/MERCON AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID
SUPER TECH RV WINTERIZER -- QUAKER STATE
SUPER TECH FULL SYNTHETIC SAE 10W30 -- SPECIALTY OIL (QUAKER STAT
SUPER TECH ANTIFREEZE -- PRESTONE
SUPER TECH UNIVERSAL PRECISE MIX 2-CYCLE ENGINE OIL -- SPECIALTY
SUPER GLUE GEL -- SUPER GLUE CORP(PACER TECHNOLOGY)
SUPER TECH SUPER CONCENTRATED FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER -- FIRST BRAN
SUPER TECH GAS TREATMENT -- FIRST BRANDS
SUPER TECH FUEL INJECTOR AND CARBURETOR CLEANER -- FIRST BRANDS
SUPER TECH & TECH 2000 WINTER FORMULA -25 WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID
SUPER TECH & TECH 2000 WINDSHIELD WASH -30F -- SOUTH WIN LTD
SUPER TECH & TECH 2000 -20 WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID -- SOUTHWIN LT
TECH 2000 & SUPER TECH SUMMER FORMULA WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID --S
SUPER GLUE REMOVER -- PACER TECHNOLOGY
SUPER GLUE -- PACER TECHNOLOGY
SUPER TECH MULTI DUTY COMPLEX GREASE -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH MOLY LITHIUM GREASE -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH MULTI PURPOSE LITHIUM GREASE -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH R&O ANTI-WEAR HYDRAULIC OIL ISO 46 -- WARREN DISTRIBUT
SUPER TECH BAR AND CHAIN OIL SAE 30 -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH UNIVERSAL HYDRAULIC TRANSMISSION FLUID -- WARREN DISTR
SUPER TECH MINERAL GEAR OIL SAE 90 -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH SAE 15W40 -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 20W50 OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 5W30 MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 GENUINE 30W MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBU
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 10W30 MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 30W MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 DEXRON III/MERCON AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 TYPE F AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID -- W
SUPER TECH SAE 30 UNIVERSAL MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 GL-5 80W90 GEAR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTI
SUPER TECH AND TECH 2000 GL-5 85W140 GEAR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUT
SUPER TECH 5W30 FULL SYNTHETIC OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH FULL SYNTHETIC SAE 10W30 -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH SYNTHETIC BLEND SAE 5W30 MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUT
SUPER TECH SYNTHETIC BLEND SAE 10W30 MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBU
SUPER GLUE PAPER GLUE -- PACER TECHNOLOGY
FIX ALL SUPER GLUE -- PACER TECHNOLOGY
SUPER GLUE FIX-ALL ADHESIVE -- PACER TECHNOLOGY
SUPER TECH ENGINE TREATMENT -- SPECIALTY OIL CO
SUPER TECH STARTING FLUID -- VALVOLINE
SUPER TECH MARINE HIGH VISCOSITY 80W90 LOWER UNIT GEAR LUBRICANT
SUPER TECH 50/50 ANTIFREEZE AND COOLANT -- OLD WORLD INDUSTRIES
SUPER TECH HIGH PERFORMANCE BRAKE FLUID DOT 3 -- SPECIALTY OIL
SUPER TECH MARINE GREASE -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH TILT AND TRIM FLUID -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH MULTI-VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID -- WARREN D
SUPER TECH SYNTHETIC BLEND 10W40 MOTOR OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH UNIVERSAL 2-CYCLE OIL -- WARREN DISTRIBUTION
SUPER TECH GAS TREATMENT -- PENNZOIL/QUAKER STATE
SUPER TECH CONCENTRATED FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER -- PENNZOIL/QUAKER
SUPER TECH FUEL INJECTOR AND CARB CLEANER -- PENNZOIL/QUAKER STAT
SUPER TECH PERFORMANCE ENGINEERED MOTOR OIL - ALL GRADES -- PENNZ
SUPER TECH RV AND MARINE ANTI-FREEZE -- FOX PACKAGING CO
 

CaptainXL

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Supertech 5w-30 full synthetic is made by warren distribution. They make synthetic oil according to their website. This has been beaten to death over at BITOG.
 

blazinlow89

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Sparky said:
What's wrong with Bosch and Purolator filters, or Peak washer fluid?

I stay away from any Lucas oil "additive" as it promotes oil foaming (check out Bobistheoilguy.com) and Optima batteries aren't what they used to be.

Used to use Purolator filters on the s-10, used Fram (never again) until one collapsed on me.

Optima did me wrong, had a red top give out on me. Had a 4 inch crack down the side and was releasing what looked like steam for well over an hour. Took it back to Advanced Auto. I show the guy the crack and proceeds to put it in the machine to test. I walk away for 20 min come back, he says It's good. I tell him run it again and it fails in 30 seconds. Not sure why he did not believe the crack was real. That battery was replaced 4 times in 2 years.
 

blazinlow89

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CaptainXL said:
I used Purolator all the time on my three GMC sonomas I used to have. No issues. Fram i never used.

But you might have had something wrong with your engine. Read this article.

Diagnosing Engine Oil Filters with Collapsed Center Tubes

Fram was the only filter I have ever had a problem with. Have used Delco, Mobil 1, purolator and wix. The one time I used fram it collapsed.
 

CaptainXL

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blazinlow89 said:
Fram was the only filter I have ever had a problem with. Have used Delco, Mobil 1, purolator and wix. The one time I used fram it collapsed.

Well it was only that one time. Come on give em a brake. They have been kicked down enough. lol
 

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