CAR CARE CORNER
U.S.-Made Parts Can Be Key To Positive Car Repair Experience
(NAPSI)—The next time you have someone work on your car, it may pay to ask the technician why he or she chose a specific brand of replacement parts.
That’s because a brand name can be a strong indicator of product
quality. It can also provide added assurance that the manufacturer will stand
behind the product. It might even increase the likelihood that the part was
engineered and manufactured in the
A vast majority of
Why Quality Matters
The choice of one parts brand over another can affect how your vehicle will perform following the repair. In the case of shocks and struts, the differences could include ride quality; handling precision; noise, vibration and harshness (NVH); component durability; and even tire wear.
Quality differences can be even more profound in preassembled modular strut assemblies, which include all the subcomponents—strut, coil spring, upper strut mount, spring seat, isolator, boot kit, and more—needed for a comprehensive strut replacement. While many assemblies might look alike, a single poorly designed or mismatched part could lead to a performance problem or premature failure.
“There’s a lot of science in a quality strut assembly,” Perrin explained. “You need a coil spring with the proper metallurgy, coil configuration and spring rate for the vehicle. The damper needs to be tuned to the proper ride and handling profile. Every component can either contribute to or detract from the consumer’s driving experience.”
Given that hundreds of unique strut assembly configurations are required
to cover the passenger vehicle population, maintaining U.S.-based engineering
and assembly operations helps companies more closely control product quality
and performance. For example, each
“That would be very difficult to do if we weren’t designing,
engineering and manufacturing in the
For further facts on automotive replacement parts, go to www.monroe.com.
Many car owners prefer vehicle repairs be completed using U.S.-manufactured parts.
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