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Akebono Brake Solutions Are Now OEM On Almost Half Of All New Vehicles

June 16th, 2017|

Akebono is now OEM for over 350 models of vehicles. These vehicles are primarily General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, and Isuzu models. All of these add up to [...]

Screechy Brakes Need Replacing – Federated Tech Talk – Akebono Ceramic Brake Pads | Video

June 12th, 2017|

If you have screechy brakes, your brake pads may need replacing. Willie B explains why catching the issue early could save you time, money, and hassle in this Federated Auto Parts Tech Talk.  Willie B [...]

How to Install A/C Compressor and A/C Condenser – Air Conditioner Installation Tips – Four Seasons | Videos

June 8th, 2017|

Summer is back, and there’s nothing worse than sitting in a hot car. It’s awful from that initial blast of heat when you first turn on the fan, to sticking to the seat when you’re [...]

Which Type Suspension Joint Does my Truck Need? Sealed Ball and Socket vs. Greasable Socket Joint Designs – MAS Industries | Video

June 5th, 2017|

If you are deciding between greasable ball and socket joints or sealed ball and socket joints for your truck, this is for you. MAS Industries offers Premium RD (Rugged Duty) for heavy duty and fleet [...]

DENSO and IBIDEN – More Technologically Advanced Exhaust Systems On The Way

May 30th, 2017|

As regulations on emissions get more strict, internal combustion engines, including gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid engines - and exhaust systems - must be more efficient. DENSO and IBIDEN are working to stay ahead [...]

Trico Wiper Blades Celebrates Taxi, Uber & Lyft Drivers at Times Square

May 25th, 2017|

Trico celebrated 100 years of wiper blades on the biggest stage possible: Times Square during December. As a company dedicated to helping people see better, it only makes sense that they wanted to be seen [...]

Why Do Catalytic Converters Go Bad?

May 21st, 2017|

Before You Ruin Another Catalytic Converter   Catalytic converters are great. Not only are they a great invention for turning harmful pollutants into more environmentally friendly gases, but also they are tough enough to outlive [...]

SMP Parts App 2.0 – Making it Easier Than Ever to Find the Right Part

May 18th, 2017|

SMP has created an app so that finding the right part and relevant information is easier than ever. You can even scan UPC codes to get relevant information, such as installation information. You can even [...]

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

May 17th, 2017|

Sway Bay - The Missing Link (Stabilizer bar, Sway bar, Anti-sway bar, Anti-Roll bar)   Sway bar link, Stabilizer bar, Sway bar, Stabilizer link, Anti-sway bar, Anti-Roll bar or some other combination of these words…Just [...]

Why is the Alternator (Battery) Light Turned On? 5 Step Diagnostic Checklist from MPA | Video

May 17th, 2017|

Ok, you just installed a new alternator, so why is the alternator (battery) light still turned on? The new alternator may be faulty, but there’s a chance the alternator isn’t the real problem. MPA's (Motorcar [...]

Why Race Cars Are Using the Federated Sport AGM Battery | 1:27 min. Video

May 17th, 2017|

AGM batteries have twice the cycle capability and 20x the vibration resistance of typical lead-acid batteries. Find out why even race cars are getting on board by using the Federated AGM Power Sport Battery. Two [...]

AGM Batteries Are Better | 1:40 min. Video

May 15th, 2017|

AGM batteries are becoming increasingly common as the OE standard because of cars’ growing electrical demands. Things like start/stop technology may require cars to have a secondary AGM battery in addition to the primary battery. [...]

You Should Upgrade to an AGM Battery | 1:50 min. Video

May 14th, 2017|

Federated's expert Kevin Byrd from Two Guys Garage is here with some battery advice. With benefits such as 20x vibration resistance of a normal flooded battery, lower resistance for a faster charge, longer life, and [...]

Do I Need New Windshield Wiper Blades? Get New Wiper Blades Before the Next Downpour

May 13th, 2017|

Do I need new windshield wiper blades? A little preparation can save you from a potentially dangerous situation. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months, but how are you supposed to remember that? If [...]

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

May 11th, 2017|

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 [...]