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Never Buy Car Parts From This Place (I Lost Thousands)

Never Buy Car Parts From This Place (I Lost Thousands)

rev up your engines made in China today
I’m gonna talk about problem I see all too often these days counterfeit or
cheap knockoff car parts now here’s the part of customer bought it was a mass
airflow sensor as you can see it was made in China now unfortunately the
vehicle that went on was made in Japan and the original mass airflow sensor was
made in Japan Chinese made one was less than 100 bucks and the original
equipment factory one was three hundred and fifty bucks the customer decided to
try the Chinese one I guess what bit him and me in the rear end cuz when I put it
in actually ran worse than it did was the old one I put the old one back and
drove it around looked at the data and I put the new one in the new one actually
had worse data than the old one that had been worn up and when it comes to fixing
cars nothing and I mean nothing is worse than you find what the problem is you
were placed apart it doesn’t fix the problem so you think gee it must have
been something else we’ll need to find out later if you ever do find out that
yes the original part was bad but the cheap knockoff replacement part wasn’t
any good either and unfortunately even I’ve gotten stung
by this check on my wife’s Lexus bad lights were all fogged up so I thought
oh I’ll get a cool more modern style set to put on well I did look what happened
to year and a half later that no one’s starting to crack look at that I gotta
polish them up they’re all crack because they were poorly made in China
guess what it’s like these cool looking lens I put on your matrix check it out
inside the plastic is a bubbling out I mean just poor quality and unfortunately
I see this more and more every day talking about is cheap knockoff oil
filters in this case it’s an STP but you look closely it’s made in China now good
oil filters don’t cost that much maybe eight or ten bucks if you buy the ice
quad you want don’t go out and buy these dollar ninety-nine two dollar ones you
get a chance at with your engine to save five six bucks that’s just stupid now
there’s tons of good oil filters there I got a whole video on there’s
really only a few manufacturers of oil filters like you take the Pennzoil platiunum oil filters penzoil is an oil company they don’t make oil filters
I believe Fram makes those but it’s their high-end ones that do have
silicone gaskets better valves and I drain back valves inside they’re
perfectly fine so you buy one of those for 8 or 10 bucks or something or buy
them and volume on Amazon or Ebay and get them cheaper as long as they’re the
actual ones and don’t say made in China those are great oil filters but please
don’t buy the cheapest ones you can get your hands on 99 cents a dollar 99 they
don’t filter as well and especially these days people put more and more
mileage before they change it the filters got a filtered even some of the
cheap ones will say oh good up to 3,000 miles where the more expensive ones will
say ten thousand miles or 15,000 miles they last longer
they filter better for a few bucks if you’re not changing your oil every three
but change it in every eight or ten get the more expensive filter it’s worth it
as you can see from the inside of this quality filter it’s got silicone it has
a metal relief film not a plastic one and it’s got many more pleats made of
synthetic material it actually filter better I’m talking about is air filters
you don’t want to buy the cheapest air filter either because they just don’t
filter as well well count them one two three four five six seven eight nine 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 you could tell it’s bigger 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 it’s also wider bigger surface area it’s gonna filter better
plus the OEM filters they’re often a better material if you look they’re
often thicker they’ve got a lot more filtration ability and here’s something
a lot of people don’t think about the air filter is before the mass airflow
sensor yes you have a cheap after-market filter little fibers can break off they
get sucked through the mass airflow sensor the mass airflow sensors are
often hot water sensors and what that means is that when you shut the car off
or when you start it up the mass air flow sensor hot water gets hot and it
burns impurities off if fibers from a cheap air filter get on
there can burn out your ass airflow sensor some of those things can cost
three four five hundred dollars do you really want to gamble that to save a
couple bucks on an air filter and for your safety don’t get cheap knockoff
tires especially cheap Chinese red ones check these out so here we’ll turn the
camera upside down and we look closely it says made in USA now these particular
tires have been honored for like 12 years and they’re starting to get a
little dry rot so I need to change them soon but they’ve never had a flap they
still got a ton of tread left on them before that this car had Chinese tires
on it when I bought it and they were so poorly made that they kept losing air
which is why I bought new ones and here’s the weird thing
they were just losing air through osmosis I take them off I put them in the
bathtub fill it up with water no bubbling so it didn’t show any leaks but
that cap losing pressure they were just losing it through the
casing of the tire it was so poorly manufactured that the air just over time
was leaking out now I didn’t in a bathtub because we just sit there I’m
assuming that when you drove down a highway at highway speeds the tire got
hotter then the air started to leak out more but regardless the Chinese made ones leaked air these babies haven’t leaked there in 12 years so don’t buy
cheap knockoff tires and if you don’t like no I don’t buy cheap brake pants I
don’t know how many hundreds of times that people got me a car they said
Scotty we put brakes on it but it’s squeaking like man what’s wrong and I
take them off and I look and I said you got these cheap brake pads they’re just
made too cheap and they make a lot of noise I just tell if you don’t like
noise by these Akebono pads I bought Akebono pads it’s a Japanese
company they make excellent brake pads yeah they cost more but so why did you
spend 20 or 30 dollars more on a set of brake pads it’s gonna last you today you
might get seventy eighty thousand miles or more out of a set of brake pads what
do you care if it’s twenty or thirty bucks extra for peace of mind for a
quality product it will make hardly any noise at all it really breaks our safety
item they turn all the kinetic energy of your car when you’re going 60 miles an
hour and slam on the brakes into heat energy they have to dissipate
he you doubled when I go cheap on brake pads at a customer you want to save
money on parts for his cars so he went to one of these online buyers and he was
buying some brake calipers that were Delco now if you know anything about
Delco the name is spelled DELCO now the calipers he brought me to put on his
vehicle they said Delco too but they came in an unmarked box and when I
pulled the calipers out casting them was Delco DELKO it was cast in a steel
but it was spelled wrong so that particular one was a dead giveaway they
spelled Delco wrong and like I said it was a non mark box tactically here in the
United States the boxes are all supposed to say where the product comes from nor
in the case of this bad mass airflow sensor at least it says mag China you
know where it’s coming from I don’t particularly advise buying these
chinese-made ones for air sensors but at least to told you where it was from
always check the box says main China and it’s an electronic part I would be
extremely leery about putting it on my car especially something like a mass
airflow sensor that measures how much air goes into the engine and grants per
second tells the computer how much fuel to push in the engines of the fuel
injectors by how many milliseconds it sprays it’s a very complex stuff and
often the knockoff parts just will not perform correctly right out of the box
or they break within a few months I’ve seen that happen too now purely
mechanical simple parts it could be okay like this he’s a dog bone mount it’s
motor mount it was made in Thailand they don’t go to work in Thailand this
thing’s been on here for a long time it’s all that point well no problems
it’s actually lasting better than the original one my English motorcycle
Triumph air it was made in Thailand it’s the best triumph I’ve read what I’ve
seen a factory job in Thailand is a good job I got friends from Thailand they
said sooner you got a job they’re getting paid that’s a good job that can
support a whole bunch of their family off of that they make Ducati motorcycles
in Thailand they make all kinds of stuff from Thailand there’s nothing wrong with
our stuff it’s like got motor mounts it’s steel and rubber it’s not rocket
science making those things like I said electronic stuff not so much you don’t
want to get some cheap after-market one dark I used to make pretty good
batteries in United States ages ago most of their production from what I see
comes from South Korea seeing a lot of Delco batteries they say made in South
Korea guess what they seem to be some of the worst batteries I’ve ever seen years
ago a chain here that was called Charlie’s high-low they used to sell
them they sold them pretty cheap for like 29 bucks apiece
I bought scores of them within a year or two every single one of them came back
because it was bad and here’s the reason behind that when I was young mechanic we had batteries at the gas station they were sealed vacuum sealed there was no
acid item customer wanted a battery we popped the seals repor battery acid and
charge it on a charge of machine for about an hour so theoretically batteries
could last forever because they were vacuum sealed there was nothing going on
once you put the acid and they start to deteriorate well these Delco batteries made in South Korea they are made with acid in then
they ship them over here they’re sealed batteries you can’t add anything anyways
even if you wanted to as they’re coming by ship forever they make it over here
they’re degrading over time by the time people get them here I start using them
blood acid batteries their lifespan starts to deteriorate as soon as you put
the acid in I’ve had customers buy those they’ll get a year and then they go back
they just deteriorated that badly what you want from a battery is the freshest
bad you can like eggs you want one that it’s a small possibility go someplace
where they sell a lot of batteries I personally go to an autozone that’s two
blocks down the street because one it’s two blocks down the street and they sell
a ton of batteries so they have a big turnover batteries they’re always
getting fresh ones in and even then I look at the little date sticker they all
have date stickers and if you don’t comprehend it have them explain they can
tell you how old that battery is my advice if it’s more than a month old
don’t buy it get one that’s less than a month old certainly I want this three or
four or five or six months old because it’s been sitting on a shelf
deteriorating they’re not made to sit being full of acid
to my knowledge the only place left where you can get a vacuum-sealed
battery there’s a mercedes-benz dealer for the Big giant Mercedes
last time I bought one they had them and popped it with the acid and charged it
and a way you want because a lifespan of that is pretty much indefinite because
there’s no acid in it yet so you can sit there for years not so once they put the
acid now if you don’t work on your car take e to this Jeep from the right side
of channellock players main China it’s so cheap that it doesn’t even tell you
that it’s made in China I know it is cuz it sets on the box but the tool itself
doesn’t say anything it doesn’t tell you where it’s made when they don’t tell you
where they’re made they’ve made some cheap place that’s just the way it goes
these days and I know a little bit more about cheaper knockoff auto parts or
tool and how you can discern the good from the bad from the really ugly, so if
you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring
that Bell

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  2. Currahee. 101st guy I guess. I was C/2/506 in 1970-71. Am also a fellow Houstonian. Love watching your videos, I have learned so much. I have two late model Corvairs, you ever work on them in the day?

  3. The good parts are made in Taiwan, not Thailand. (Remember, Taiwan is the renegade break-away republic which resists takeover by communist China.) AC Delco parts are sourced like this: OEM and Advantage are mostly from China. AC Delco Professional parts are made in Taiwan. Those are more expensive, but I've never had any problems with them, and they're much stronger than OEM parts.

  4. Hard to find anything that is not made in China seems like ever brand of everything is made in china


    Decades & Decades ago American Big Business thought is was a Good Ideal to Move their Companies Overseas (Cutting Expenses, CHEAP EMPLOYEE WAGES, NO Labor Laws, No Unions And Union Bosses to Deal with, NO REGULATIONS FOR Quality Control, Etc. Etc)
    Nike, Under Armour, Apple, etc. (Spilling into the Automotice Industry).
    The list goes on & On..

    Prime Example – WALMART – Low Prices, Countless Goods ( Made in China), Multiple Stores = Easy Accessibility to US Consumers…
    U do the Math!!


    But ask Yourself this Question..

    How many U.S American Born Citizens will Be willing to Work Long Hours, No Labor Laws, No Health Benefits, No Unions to represent the Average Worker with Below Minimum Wage Pay!!!

  6. Wise words – don't buy cheap knockoffs. It is simple – you get what you pay for. Things are cheap for a reason. They ain't gonna last whether made in China or elsewhere if someone is cutting costs.

  7. Here's the biggest problem my fellow Americans🇺🇸 a lot of other companies like in my hometown trico went to Mexico and it's all about cheap labor and you got companies with American names going to China and other countries because they don't want to pay us the full the full wages of 3025 to $30 an hour and companies like four Chrysler GM they want to go to countries that want to pay the workers less it make cheap crappy products for our cars but sometimes is hard to understand what you're buying but sometimes you have to be a smart consumer and educated consumer to know what you're buying for most people they just put in their cars because they want to save at least 10 or 20 bucks and then it sounds crappy didn't original than what they buy in you have to be smart nowadays

  8. I never buy O'Reilly's. My bypass hose leaked and other items like my starter motor failed after a year and a half.

  9. Modern America is a capitalist that ships its jobs to socialist and communist countries. Capitalism today is a sine qua non for consumerism. Nothing more. Garbage in, gabarge out. Repeat.

  10. same happened to me on my 02 dodge ram with the 360 gas engine…i bought a dorman crank sensor and the truck didn't like it! it would stall at random, the speed gauge would go crazy and the ignition would misfire. i safety wired the old mopar sensor back together and the truck has ran perfectly ever since…use OEM sensors when possible

  11. it's a duralast brand MAF right? and mostly autozone sells them. and if I'm correct, isn't that they have lifetime warranty? just return it and try again perhaps?

  12. You sound like trump scotty.
    Made in china doesn’t always mean poor quality.
    In china you can get stuff made with quality higher than US and you can get stuff that are garbage. It really depends on how much you wanna pay!

  13. 🙋🏼‍♂️ Fantastic story about shipping delco batteries with acid from South Korea . Who knew?🤷🏼‍♂️

  14. I was looking at AC Delco batteries at Menards. The price was good, but the date code was not decipherable even after doing a lot of online searching. I finally gave up, and thankfully didn't buy one.

  15. Crank sensor from big box auto parts store. 2 failed in one month. Though I had did something wrong on install. Bought the factory sensor; drove 30k till I got rid of the car. The factory dealership sensor was twice the price but overall would have been cheaper after paying for two tows.

  16. 5:07 since there's so much tread left on those tires don't waste it and get over to the hoonigans burnyard ASAP!

  17. My local walmart had a battery way in the back with date of April of that year and it was still March. Sure i bought it because t was from the future

  18. 8:30 surprised that dogbone rubber lasted more than a week.
    That Chinese rubber is horrible, try some of those HELP bypass caps for your heater core and tell me how that turns out in 3 months 🤣

  19. Scotty that ain’t no lie when it comes to OEM parts. The other day I was doing an oil change on my 17 F-150 5.0 typically take it to the dealer but I decided to put “better filters” so I performed the service myself. I was blown away, I used WIX cabin filter, air filter and oil filter. I compared design of WIX to the Motorcraft OEM filters coming out. I’ll have to say hands down who ever makes the filters for Motorcraft their making a way better product. Needless to say it’s going back to the dealer next time.

  20. The higher quality Fram air filter at Walmart is half as thick as the filter I replaced even though it is synthetic and has many pleats. The pleats are shorter, but they claim it lasts two years before needing replacement. Maybe if I pull it out and bang it against the wall and blow it out it could last that long, but it’s pollen season so I know it is building up fast.

  21. We get run capacitor for condenser at work and we hate China made ones. I bought some the other day and on them was made in prc. It took a little to figure it out. Prc is people republican of China.

  22. I. Guess all your Chinese parts are biting you in the rear end already making videos saying don’t redo the headlights better buy chinesse one and oh use the meguiars headlight coating and it will make um look new

  23. I bought a Chinese made copy of a clutch slave cylinder for my Mazda – it lasted 10% of the mileage of the Japanese made original before it blew out and left me stranded at the side of the road; it's false economy to buy cheap copies as I found out and I bought the expensive Japanese made item after that.

  24. True story
    A US man got married with Chinese girl, They had their first child unfortunately died right after birth.
    US man mother said " I told you Chinese things don't last long "

  25. I disagree with you on the fram oil filter they are junk best around here north west Indiana Napa gold oil filter thee times the paper in them then the other brands

  26. You can poorly made anything anywhere, you should know the Chinese can build anything in any quality the customer wants.

  27. This great, Scotty. Very informative video. I agree completely, electronic stuff from China is cheap and it may not last very long. Maybe that's ok for some applications, but I don't want unreliable stuff in my car.
    BTW, I'm not sure about Houston, but in Dallas we call those pliers "vise grips" . 🙂

  28. I've had that to happen more times than I care to remember. A few years ago I had a 1990 Ford F150. It started running bad. I bought a new Map Sencor from the local Ford Dealer. It did not help the problem. I replace several hundred dollars in parts. About a month latter. A friend went to a Salvage yard. He bought me a Used Map Sensor. Put it on my truck. It ran like new. That was a bite in the butt. lol.

  29. WOW 🤔 U Get What U Paid For It 🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🎎🎎🎎🎎🎎🎎

  30. Scotty as a mechanic we should both know certain parts have to be dealer only. Ford diesel any sensor dealer. Nissan cmp or ckp both has to be replaced dealer only … On and on. But no commercial mechanics don't know. Wix, Napa and orielys store brands are wix. Fran is garbage. Long time watcher remind me of old bosses who taught me right over ase

  31. i worked at Advance Auto for 7 years and most parts were made in china. I am not sure even if it is oem it still probably came from outside usa.

  32. I’ll stick to rockauto. Quality name brand parts such as beck arnley, AC Delco, Hitachi etc and it’s a fraction of the cost as compared to buying from these big box stores such as Autozone and advance. That same part you could have bought it as the Hitachi brand on rockauto and u would have saved ton of money

  33. The good oil filters say filters 99.9% whereas cheaper ones say 95%. Purlator makes good filters. I like the purlator one

  34. Somebody is selling this 'junk'. Who at these big box autostores is saying let's sell junk? What happened to retailers demanding quality from their suppliers?

  35. A good aftermarket brand u can buy when it comes to electrical parts is a company called Standard Motors/BWD/Intermotor. All their parts are made in Long Island city New York

  36. well,,, listen son,,, why back in the day,,, 19hunderd 73,,,well i,, used to Drkink battery acid,, nowadays,, you "boys",,, and I DO mean" boys" ,,,,,,,,,, cause,,,,,( i don't have the balls to finish this joke), luv ya Scotty just sayin

  37. The “plastic” that is bubbling looks like it’s a vinyl wrap or something. Plastic just didn’t bubble up like that

  38. So what are some other things that are made in China that you would have no problem throwing on your car? CV drive shaft? Brake pads? Rotors?

  39. Fun fact, the made in China stickers are made in the Republic of South Korea. This is why the stickers last longer than the products.

  40. So a few month ago I got into it with some guys on here over "dealer parts"..I said true dealer parts that are made with quality are expensive! They claimed how they can get dealer parts dirt cheap, they're not that expensive and you can get them cheaper than O'Reilly and blah blah blah and this is my point..yeah they maybe cheap but you're getting what you pay want good quality dealer're gonna pay for them! Like AC used to be a good brand..IMO not so much anymore when they were made in the USA they were great now they're mostly made in China and are poor quality!

  41. Looks like advance auto parts on the thumb nail . That place is horrible, every item I ever bought from them gave me issues and went out.

  42. Hey Scotty you need a garage for your cars. Don't be a cheap skate they will last longer the sun is eating them up!!!

  43. In using car AC does the cooling indicator at max or at lower cooling have any difference the fuel consumption??

  44. Once my tires were losing air all the time I took to my mechanic and he just changed out the air value steam and that fixed it. there’s a suggestion for you all

  45. Check the part. I bought Moog strut mounts. The box said made in USA. Replaced both sides. One lasted two months and broke the other broke a week later leaving two bulges in my hood. When I removed the part I took a closer look and low and behold the bottom of the part said made in Taiwan. I guess the box the part came in was made in the USA but definitely not the part. BEWARE!

  46. I have had this experience with the crank and cam sensors for Honda and Nissan vehicles. Don't buy the cheap part store part. They don't work and are bad out of the box. Case and point I had a Nissan quest van that was stuck in limp mode, would not rev past 3,000 RPMS. So went to the part store and replaced the cam sensor that was the code I got. I cleared the check engine light and went on a test drive on the way back to the shop the light came back on and limp mode. I checked wiring and everything. Then I read something online about cheap made parts being bad out of the box from parts stores. So I went to nissan and got the sensor. And guess what? Problem solved. Cheap doesn't mean good. Sometimes cheap actually cost more.

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