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Ford Focuses on China Instead of Mexico

Pictured: Not a Ford Focus, but still a Ford and cooler than the Focus

This is just a heads up on some auto industry news. Ford has shifted plans for its new Ford Focus plant. Instead of building in Mexico, they are now building in China. They began a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, but after receiving heavy pushback from Washington they have shifted to China. They are scheduled to begin production at this facility in 2019, while phasing out production at the current Michigan plant. This is likely the biggest decision yet for new CEO Jim Hackett, who only began on May 22, 2017.

They are not just building in foreign countries though. They have also committed to reinvigorating a plant in KY with $900 million – saving about 1,000 jobs. This is the plant where they will be producing Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions.

Arch Auto Parts wishes the best of luck to Ford and its new CEO. And once those 2019 Ford Focus parts begin to wear out,you know where to get the parts you need to keep your Ford at peak performance!

June 21st, 2017|Blog, News|

Sway Bar / Stabilizer Link – What Is It And When To Replace?

Sway Bay – The Missing Link
(Stabilizer bar, Sway bar, Anti-sway bar, Anti-Roll bar)

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Sway bar link, Stabilizer bar, Sway bar, Stabilizer link, Anti-sway bar, Anti-Roll bar or some other combination of these words…Just like your friend Robert (Rob, Robbie, Bobby, Bob), this guy can’t get his name straight. Don’t let that throw you off. A sway bar link reduces the tilt, or “roll”, of a car during a sharp turn. It functions as a torsion spring connecting the left and right wheels and keeps them at a similar height.

Think about watching an old school movie where there’s a car chase scene. Whenever the cars take a hard turn with any speed, the outside tires lift off the ground until the turn is complete and the car lands back on all four tires. As exciting as this is in movies, it’s dangerous (as the car can flip), and also damaging to the car. Now most cars have this bar to keep all four tires safely on the ground.

An off-roading vehicle, like a jeep, may not want a stabilizer link because the tires require more mobility for jostling over uneven terrain. The advantage of a sway bar is the ability to “hug” turns better while on the road. On a turn, the car is forced downward closer to the outside wheels. The sway bar counters this by forcing the car down towards the inside wheels as well (creating that “hugging” effect). The entire frame is pushed closer to the wheels until the turn is complete and the car raises back up to its normal height.

While going over a pothole, especially after a New York winter, you may have experienced the car rocking back side-to-side. The sway bar is pushing to keep both tires level, so this kind of change in elevation can strain the sway bar.

It’s always a good idea to have the undercarriage inspected by a professional after pothole season, but here are some warning signs that your stabilizer link may be damaged:

• poor steering
• loose steering wheel
• rattling noise from that area of the car

If you are in need of a new stabilizer link, tie rod, or ball joint MAS Industries has you covered with top of the line options. If you are in the Queens, Brooklyn, or Long Island NY area, you can shop online for in-store pick up, or simply find your local Arch Auto Parts store.

Make Your Ford or GM Pickup Truck Happy – Standard Is Back At It Again With New Diesel Parts

Standard has announced new diesel parts such as brand new diesel fuel injectors for Ford and GM pickup trucks.

Drive your truck into your local Arch Auto Parts today to pickup the Right Parts. Right Now.

 

May 16th, 2017|Blog, Fuel & Emission, News, SMP, Uncategorized|

$1,000’s in Prizes for Standard’s Tech Star Challenge Winners

SMP is looking for the next stud in the automotive tech tip world. Upload a one minute video video of your best automotive tech tip to Youtube with the #StandardTechStar and you could be flying to Texas and winning $5,000 worth of video equipment. There are additional prizes for runner-ups. Check out the video for details:

Arch Auto Parts proudly carries many of SMP’s products, and it would be cool if the winner was one of our shoppers!

May 11th, 2017|Blog, News, SMP, Tech Tips and Resources, Uncategorized|

Ball Joints – What Are They and When Do They Need Replacing?

Ball Joints

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Ball joints are the swivel point between the steering and the suspension. More specifically, they are the point of contact between the control arm to the steering knuckle. Like your shoulder, the round end or “ball” is allowed a full range of mobility in its socket. This is important because it allows for 360° movement enabling your car to turn.

Ball joints typically last a long time but should be inspected per the suggestion of the vehicle’s owners manual or warranty recommendation. Poor road conditions, especially pot holes, cause a lot of wear and stress on ball joints. In addition to the suggested periodic check-up, here are some possible warning signs of a faulty ball joint:

• Uneven wear of tires
• Vibration/clunking noise from the area
• Car pulling one direction

If you are in need of a new ball joint, stabilizer link, or tie rod, MAS Industries has you covered with top of the line options including MAS XL premium chassis parts and MAS RD (Rugged Duty). If you are in the Queens, Brooklyn, or Long Island NY area, you can shop online for in-store pick up, or simply find your local Arch Auto Parts store.

Arch Auto Parts Opens 12th NY Store; Kew Gardens Shoppers Save 40-70 Percent off OE Car and Truck Parts

Arch Auto Parts announces the grand opening of its 12th store at 127-25 Metropolitan Ave, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Arch Auto Parts is especially well-stocked and staffed for this vibrant neighborhood, with over 50,000 OEM and other high quality truck and discount auto parts online and at 12 retail stores in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. (more…)

January 13th, 2017|Arch Kew Gardens Metropolitan Ave, News|