The Best Upgrades For Your Truck

Millions of pickup trucks are sold each year all across America. Pickups are popular for their power, versatility, and their storage capabilities. Given the huge number of pickups sold each year, you can imagine that there are just as many making their way into salvage yards. What many truck owners don’t realize is that they can upgrade their truck without breaking the bank. Find yourself a reliable and established salvage yard like Airline Auto Parts, and you can deck out your truck for a fraction of the price. Here are some of the top upgrades we recommend based on the inventory we often have.

Nerf Bars/Running Boards

We all know that pickup trucks tend to be a bit taller than your average car. It can get tedious to have to hoist yourself into your truck every day, and it’s even worse for shorter people, children, and dogs. Nerf bars or running boards are two excellent options to make that problem disappear. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are bars or boards that act as a step below your doors. You can have them span the entire cab, place them only under certain doors, or even mix and match. Nerf bars and running boards both do the same thing; they’re just shaped differently and have either step pads (Nerf Bars) or stepping surfaces that span the length (Running Boards). These must-have accessories can cost you hundreds or even thousands when you buy them new. If you shop at a salvage yard like Airline Auto Parts, you’ll pay only a fraction of that. Look up your make and model to see if we have running boards or nerf bars in stock. We ship all over the US and offer a warranty on all parts. If we don’t have what you’re looking for now, check back often because our inventory is continuously updated as new parts come in and pass inspection.

New Lights

Pickup trucks are excellent for offroading and heading down the untravelled trail. You can keep the adventures going longer if you’re prepared for nighttime driving. Replace old and dull headlight lamps, or pick up some additional lights to mount on your pickup! Airline Auto Parts has headlight and taillight lamps as well as extra lighting options like fog lights, driving lights, and more. These specialty lights don’t last long in our inventory, so be sure to check our website often if you’re hunting some down. We carefully test every lamp and light that comes our way before we sell it. We know that proper lighting is crucial, especially for trucks that aren’t living in the city all the time. If we see any level of wear and tear on our lights, they won’t make the cut. We refurbish used auto parts to ensure they’re in perfect working order so that you can feel confident when you shop for pickup truck upgrades.

Radios/Stereos/Speakers

A truck is a big investment, and truck owners typically use their vehicle a lot. Because of this, many trucks have high-tech radios, stereos, or speakers when they find their way to us. If you’re looking for a truck upgrade, consider changing up your sound system. You can purchase these parts from Airline Auto Parts or other salvage yards and install them yourself or head to your local shop. By shopping used or refurbished, you’ll save $1000s. As you may have assumed, the awesome sound systems that come through our doors are very quickly bought. When you shop with us, you know that the part has met or exceeded our very high standards. We even offer a warranty on all parts so that you can purchase without fear. If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we can order it for you or refer you to a partner yard. All of our partners care as much about quality as we do, and we would never send you anywhere that isn’t reputable. You can get the radio or sound system you’ve been waiting for delivered in the mail, backed by a six-month warranty.

Suspension Parts

As we’ve already mentioned, many truck owners like to head off-road now and again. Uneven terrain, steep hills, and off-road debris can cause a lot of stress to your suspension system. There’s no need to panic, though, because you can find all the suspension parts you need at Airline Auto Parts. Help your truck ride smoother on and off-road, give yourself some extra shock absorption, and ride a bit higher with lift or leveling kits. Many people believe that suspension parts from salvage yards are no good, but far more trucks and cars come to us in perfect working condition than you might guess. As always, the Airline Auto team inspects each vehicle that comes into our yard to find parts that are of good enough quality to resell. If a truck was driven in the city forever and didn’t do too much rough driving, the suspension is often in great condition. Even if one area of the suspension system is broken, other parts can be salvaged. Why spend thousands at a shop to get brand new suspension when you can shop at a salvage yard for a fraction of the price? Plug in your vehicle make and model on https://airlineautoparts.net/ to see what suspension parts we have in stock. Don’t forget that we can always order what you need or refer you to a partner yard!

Truck Racks

The last truck upgrade we want to talk about are racks. Pickup trucks are designed to hold exponentially more than a car or even an SUV, but it’s still not enough sometimes. Luggage racks, bike racks, ladder racks, and more show up on our doorstep far more frequently than you might think. With the exception of a worn-down paint job or a loose bar here and there, these truck racks are always more than qualified to be resold. Our team fixes any issues that we notice so that your used part looks fresh off the shelf. Truck racks are very expensive when purchased new and are hundreds of dollars cheaper from Airline Auto Parts. Buying used truck racks is a great idea for all truck owners, but particularly those who don’t need the rack all the time. If you carry cargo once in a while, there’s really no reason to splurge on new racks. You can get like-new racks that do the job without breaking the bank. Be sure to look up the correct make and model to find truck racks that fit perfectly. The good news is that every item from Airline Auto Parts has a 6-month warranty if anything goes awry.

These are five of the most common truck upgrades we see our customers make. That being said, there are countless other ways to spice up your pickup. You can always look for new parts as well, as some of them sell out of salvage yards as quickly as they come in! If you’re a fan of saving money but still getting the best quality, always look up your desired part on Airline Auto Parts. We ship directly to you so you can focus on other things. Install your parts at home or take them to a mechanic you trust. We guarantee you’ll love what you find! Shop today at https://airlineautoparts.net/.

Electric vs. Gas Vehicles

As the years pass, people are becoming more and more aware of the damage happening to the world. Transportation is one of the leading causes of carbon emissions, and it’s an industry that we have long-fought to improve. Thanks to technology, the past decade or so has seen vehicles that are partially or fully electric. Electricity is a renewable, clear resource that is a far better alternative to fossil fuels. However, not everyone is sold on electric cars. What are the arguments for and against each type of vehicle? Let’s take a look!

Electric Cars

Pro: Better for the environment: As we just briefly mentioned, electric vehicles are far healthier for the environment than their gas-powered counterparts. Electricity can be created, unlike many other forms of energy, including fossil fuels. This means that we are not draining the earth of a valuable resource because it exists in limitless supply. Electric cars do not consume gasoline from the earth, nor do they emit greenhouse gases. For those who are environmentally-conscious, upgrading to a hybrid or electric vehicle is a simple choice. Every person that has an electric vehicle is doing their part to reduce air pollution caused by motorists.

Pro: Quickly growing in popularity.: Electric cars are popping up more and more because the idea is gaining traction. The manufacturers of the first electric car models have proven that it is a reliable alternative, so other carmakers are following their example and releasing models of their own. Now that they’re more widely available, people invest in them rather than switching to a different gas-powered model. 

 

Pro/Con: Cheaper in the long run, but more expensive upfront.: We wanted to lump these two things together to give you an honest look at this argument. Electric cars are still a bit more expensive to purchase than gas vehicles, to start with the downside. Obviously, electric cars are newer and require more advanced technology, so the discrepancy makes sense. That being said, the initial price shouldn’t be too big of a concern to you. In the long run, gas-powered vehicles will cost you much more! Paying to charge an electric car is more affordable than filling up your tank. You can save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year, depending on the price of gasoline in your area. 

 

Con: Fewer models, especially as “used.”: If you’ve ever been hunting for a used electric vehicle or electric vehicle part, you probably came to realize that they are not readily available. Salvage yards are not filled with electric or hybrid vehicles, at least not yet. As the technology becomes older and more established, you’ll be able to find electric vehicles second-hand, but for now, they can be few and far between. You also need to consider the cost of a charger as well as the higher cost of any repairs that might be required. As far as we’re concerned, electric cars will be easier to find “used” as the years pass. For some models that come in gas or electric, parts are universal and can be replaced easily. Do some research before you buy to have a general idea of the hassles that will come with future car troubles.

 

Con: They require a charging port.: As with every other electric thing in existence, electric vehicles need energy. All cars have batteries, but electric cars require far more storage and power because their battery is replacing the gas-powered engine. You’ll need to install a charging port or station on your property, which can be costly. But, as we said, it will save you money down the line. More importantly, take into account how far you travel each day. We’re seeing a growing number of parking lots with electric car charging stations, but the majority still do not have them. If you’re constantly going on long journeys, trusting that someone will have a car charging port is not the best idea. A hybrid model might be better for you if you don’t have access to a charger when you need it.

Gas-Powered Vehicles

Pro: They have been around forever and are easy to find.: Since gas-powered vehicles are the original model, they’re all over the place! You can find countless makes and models from every manufacturer. New, pre-owned, refurbished – you name the condition, and we can guarantee you’ll find one. This is obviously great for those looking to save money and buy used. You can find 2018s for a reasonable price at this point, even with low mileage. It’s convenient, quick, and comforting. 

 

Pro: Gas stations are on every corner.: You may not be able to find a charging port, but you can drive around any block and find at least one gas station. Usually, you have a few options close by for the sake of competition. You can pick where you want to go, and you never have to worry that there won’t be a fueling station within just a few miles of you at any given point in a drive. You can head to the gas station, fill up, buy a coffee, and still make it to work with time to spare!

 

Pro: Finding used or salvaged parts is much simpler.: We may be biased, but this is a major pro! It’s so much cheaper to buy salvaged or refurbished car parts when you need a repair than it is to buy new from the dealer or manufacturer. A huge majority of the parts in cars are still in perfectly fine condition when the vehicle finds its way to a salvage yard. The exterior may be ruined, or the engine may have given out, but there will always be some number of parts that are still of value. If you have a classic, gas-powered vehicle, you can likely find any part you need used (so long as it’s an older model). You can certainly find just about anything you need at Airline Auto Parts! You can even search by the exact make and model and get the part shipped right to your door. 

 

Con: Fluctuating fuel prices.: All car owners know the frustration that comes with going to get gas. Will the price be lower than your last trip, or did it shoot up several cents per gallon? Unfortunately, we have no real control over the price of gas. It’s all based on supply and demand, and the supply is starting to run low. Prices fluctuate daily in some cases. You could be lucky and get a year of falling prices, or you could pay an extra dollar or two per gallon. There’s no real way to predict the trends, and since you need your car to get around, you don’t have much choice but to pay what they’re asking. 

 

Con: Detrimental to the environment.: Of course, we can’t close out this article without mentioning the number one issue with gas-powered vehicles; their impact on the environment. Greenhouse gases are polluting the air, hurting the air quality, and destroying the ozone layer. If we don’t start to reduce pollution, climate change will become irreversible within the next few years. Swapping to electric vehicles is a great first step to take, even though it may not seem impactful now. If everyone does their part, we can reverse the damage we’ve caused to the world.

 

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both electric and gas-powered vehicles. For the time being, gas cars are still the overwhelming majority out on the road, but electric or hybrid models seem to be appearing more and more frequently. Regardless of the car you have, we can almost guarantee that you’ll find the part you need at Airline Auto Parts. Search by year, make, and model, and get salvaged or refurbished parts shipped to your door. We quality check each and every part so that you can feel confident in your purchase. Find what you need for gas and electric cars at https://airlineautoparts.net/. Our inventory changes frequently, so if we don’t have what you’re looking for right now, check back soon!

The Basic Vehicle Maintenance Tips You Need

If you’re the proud owner of a car or vehicle, you probably know the dread that comes with finding a problem. Whether the check engine light comes on, you notice odd squeaking sounds, or something just doesn’t seem quite right; your car is bound to have an issue at some point. The older a car is, the more likely they are to have problems. Vehicles are designed to last for many years, but constant use, bad weather conditions, and general wear and tear can be problematic. Some parts in cars and other vehicles are more prone to damage and breakage than others. Common offenders include belts, brakes, filters, fluid lines, and more. A mechanic or dealership is always willing to repair it for you, but they can be pricey. If you give yourself some time to master these basic car maintenance skills, you can save $1000s on repairs.

Know How To Change Your Oil

One of the simplest and most useful maintenance skills you should have is knowing how to change your oil. You should know where the oil is under the hood and how to use the stick to gauge how much you have. If you’re low and you’ve had an oil change recently, you can just add some more. If it’s time for a total change, there are a few more things to learn. You’ll want to jack up the front of your car to get to the oil pan. You can also use ramps if that’s easier for you. Locate the oil drain pan beneath the car. Place a collection pan below the oil plug, then use a ratchet to open the plug. Wait for the oil to drain completely, then put in a new drain plug. Find the oil filter (under the car or the hood), and carefully remove it. Replace it with a new, full filter and make sure it’s on nice and tight. The last step is to fill up the oil tank until the dipstick indicates that it’s full with your brand new oil! There are many helpful tutorials online if you’re just starting out. After a few oil changes, you’ll be a pro!

Don't Forget To Check Tire Pressure Every So Often

Another must-know vehicle maintenance skill is how to check tire pressure. It’s always a good idea to have a pressure gauge stored somewhere in the car/truck. They’re small and inexpensive but can save you a lot of trouble. Every so often, you want to make sure you check the tire pressure before you head out on the road. This is especially true if you live somewhere that gets very cold or if you notice that one or more tires seem to be a bit soft. You can find the pressure requirements on the driver’s side door panel of the vehicle. If any of your tires are not in the correct range, you’ll want to fill them up. You should also check to see if they are all equally low. If one tire is constantly losing pressure faster, there’s likely a leak. Many gas stations or car washes will have air pumping stations, or you can use a compressor if you have one at your house. Fill up the tires carefully, often checking to avoid over-inflation. This is a very simple car maintenance skill but essential for preventing driving on flat tires.

Have Tools To Replace A Flat Tire

Before you take your car out for a drive next, check to make sure that you have everything you need to replace a flat tire should you ever get one. Each car is a bit different in terms of tools you may need, but the general Flat Tire Checklist consists of the following:

– A jack

– A lug wrench

– A spare tire or “doughnut”

– Tire pressure gauge

 

You’ll need to remove the hubcap, then the tire itself. Grab your spare and secure it in place, making sure it is adequately inflated. You should then make it a top priority to find a garage to replace the tire properly. Try to limit how much you drive on the spare, as they are meant for emergencies, not to replace a regular tire long-term. Be sure to find a safe stop to change a flat tire away from passing cars as much as possible. Learning this skill will let you get home sooner, and you won’t be stranded on the side of the road, hoping someone comes by who can help. You’re an independent person, so you should know how to help yourself out of a common car trouble situation!

Brake Pads and Other Parts Can Be Replaced At Home

A very common area of a vehicle that can wear down is the brakes. Brake pads can wear out; brake fluid can run low, brake plates can get damaged, etc. Obviously, brakes are imperative for safe driving, so problems aren’t something you can ignore. That being said, some brake repairs can be made at home! You’ll save money and time by doing it yourself, especially if you find salvaged, used, or refurbished replacement parts. Of course, you want to get the parts from a salvage yard you trust, like Airline Auto Parts. We check each part before they’re shipped out to make sure they’re safe. If they don’t pass inspection, we won’t sell them. Many of the cars we get have brake systems that are perfectly fine, so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem locating a part you need. You want to make sure you know what you’re doing when replacing brakes to avoid potential accidents. It’s best to work with a skilled repair person for your first few times so they can check your work. Make sure you get the parts specific to your make and model – made easy on https://airlineautoparts.net/ with our search tools!

Don't Wait to Change Your Wiper Blades

Our last maintenance tip for this article is to know when to replace your wiper blades. Windshield wipers are the only thing between you and a rainy day accident, so replace them ASAP. Each car takes different wiper blades. Check your owner’s manual or do a quick Google search to find the size(s) you need. Some cars have one long blade and one short, and you want to get those specs before you head to the store or make a purchase online. Luckily, wiper blades are super easy to change out, so it’s only a 5-minute job. Signs you want to replace your wiper blades include:

– It’s not clearing off the whole windshield

– The rubber is hanging off

– It jumps or sputters as it moves

– It squeaks, even when there is a lot of rain

– The rubber or plastic is missing chunks

 

If you notice any of these telltale signs of an old wiper blade, it’s time to grab a new one. By new, we mean new to you; there’s no reason why you can’t save some money and get salvaged wiper blades. Many people incorrectly assume that cars in salvage yards are old and broken down, but that’s not always the case. Some parts are damaged beyond repair, but others, like wiper blades, might be in perfect condition! Check out Airline Auto Parts to see if we have your wiper blades in stock.

The more care maintenance tips and skills you have under your belt, the better off you’ll be. Impress your friends with your knowledge, save $1000s in repair costs, and be your own boss. When you make repairs yourself, you know everything is being done to your standard, and you don’t have to pay labor fees. These are only a few of the many self-repairable issues vehicles can have, so don’t limit your knowledge to just what you see here. Whenever you have repairs to make, head over to Airline Auto Parts first. We have acres of cars and car parts, conveniently organized by year, make, and model. You can search online for exactly what you need and get it shipped right to your front door. Visit https://airlineautoparts.net/ and start hunting today!

The Do’s & Don’ts of Buying Auto Parts

Vehicles are a big investment at any age. Not only do you have to purchase the car, but you also need to pay for insurance, gas, and any necessary repairs. Manufacturers will charge outrageous amounts of money for replacement parts. Salvage yards like Airline Auto Parts don’t agree with that choice, and we’re committed to offering name brand, used, or recycled parts to car owners who need them. Our inventory includes makes and models from around the world so that you can get your hands on the part you need hassle-free. When you go to purchase auto parts, keep these Do’s and Don’ts in mind.

Do: Check (and double check) your make and model as well as the dimensions of the part

We are all pretty well-versed with ordering things online. Auto parts are no different. However, it’s especially important to be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. Some cars’ components are pretty universal, but others are unique to a certain brand, make, or model. If you’re out of commission until your car is fixed, you want to order once and be done. If you do not make sure that your purchase is correct, you’ll find yourself unable to drive for even longer! Do your research, even if you think you know what you need. Look in your car’s manual, look up the specs online, and inspect the part yourself. It’s much better to be safe than sorry, so never feel bad about spending a few extra minutes checking measurements, stats, and other relevant information.

Do: Ask a mechanic you trust to identify the problem, then start your part hunt.

Sometimes, you may experience problems with your vehicle that you can’t pinpoint on your own. In times like these, we strongly suggest visiting a mechanic or auto-inclined friend that can thoroughly inspect the vehicle and diagnose the issue. Be sure to go to someone you trust because some garages will tell you about “issues” that don’t actually need to be fixed. Once you’ve gotten an inspection, you have the right to find a replacement part on your own. Many garages or shops will be happy to install a part you already have. You can shop Airline Auto Parts and save money! We also proudly sell to garages and shops across Texas and the US, so you’ll get the best price possible for high-quality, like-new auto parts. As always, our parts have a 6-month warranty, so if your problem persists, you don’t lose money

Do: Shop at salvage yards with good reputations and reliable parts.

When hunting for auto parts, it’s important to look at salvage yards that are reputable and reliable. You could go to the “junkyard” and possibly find the part you need, but can you trust that it’s in working order? When you shop from a salvage yard like Airline Auto Parts, you know that the part is backed by a warranty and inspected for safety before it’s added to our inventory. We make sure that the parts we sell will last, and we’re always on the lookout for any discount brand replacements. You deserve the best quality auto parts, so that’s all we offer. You want to check reviews for any salvage yard you consider because auto parts dealers can try to pass off “acceptable” parts as “good” parts. If you settle for parts in less-than-ideal condition, you’ll end up having to replace them in just a few months. Airline Auto Parts takes pride in our customer reviews, so don’t take our word; trust our past clients!

Don't: Let your mechanic/dealer convince you that they are offering the best price.

Unless you’re truly in a bind, you shouldn’t assume that your mechanic or parts dealer is giving you the best deal, even if they assure you they are. Take some time to research the parts you need and compare prices across different shops and salvage yards. If your mechanic allows, it’s always a wise financial choice to purchase recycled or used parts and get them installed. Purchasing parts from the manufacturer will always be the most expensive because they’re brand new and therefore have not depreciated in value. What shops and dealers don’t want you to know is that many commonly-replaced parts can be found in salvage yards in like-new condition. Depending on the part, it could come from a car with 100,000+ miles and look just as good as a new one. Sometimes auto parts break out of nowhere rather than from wear and tear. If you happen to have one of these fluke issues, the odds are good that a salvage yard like Airline Auto Parts can hook you up with an affordable and functional replacement for a fraction of the price of a brand new part.

Don't: Purchase a part that isn't under warranty.

Lastly, be sure that you purchase auto parts that are under warranty. You want peace of mind when shopping, and a warranty is the best way to get it. Airline Auto Parts promises 6-months of guaranteed warranty on each and every part we sell and ship. Our goal is to help you permanently fix your vehicle, not temporarily patch up a problem. If you get a part from us and it does not perform as it should, we will refund your purchase. We offer several warranty options to choose from so that you can feel 100% confident in your choice to shop with us. Finding a salvage yard with a solid warranty is especially important for a) big-ticket items that cost a lot even when second-hand, and b) when you shop online, and the part is being shipped to you. We all know that shipping services can jostle packages around during transit, and it can occasionally result in damage. That doesn’t need to be a concern when you shop with Airline Auto Parts!

We encourage you to keep these things in mind the next time you’re in the market for auto parts. Always shop from trusted businesses to avoid hassle and headaches later on. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help in finding what you need! Airline Auto Parts ships all over the US, and we hope you’ll consider shopping with us for your next replacement part. Visit https://airlineautoparts.net/ to browse our current inventory, and check back often for updates! Happy shopping!

Top 5 Common Car Problems

According to Agero, a prominent company in improving driving safety, there are roughly 69 million vehicle breakdowns in the US each year. That’s about 1 in 3 drivers who will suffer car troubles! Airline Auto Parts should be your first and only stop to get the replacement parts you need to get back on the road. We ship nation-wide and carry an enormous selection of auto parts. Here are a few of the issues that we get part orders for on a regular basis!

Brake Problems

Odds are, you’ve been in or owned a vehicle that had some kind of trouble with its brakes. There’s a huge number of things that can go haywire with your brakes, from worn pads to broken discs and more. There are a lot of moving parts in your braking system alone, so it’s not uncommon to have something go wrong over time. Here are a few signs you may have brake issues:

– Leaking fluid

– Squeaking or grinding noises

– The car pulls to one side while stopping

– Issues with the brake pedal

– Wobbling or jerking movements when the brake is applied

– Problems with the anti-lock system

– And more!

 

The good news is that Airline Auto Parts carries just about any component you may need to fix your brake problem. You can search online or on-location for the make, model, and part you need. We stock all foreign and domestic vehicles so that our customers don’t leave empty-handed. If you need a single piece or an entire brake system, we have you covered. 

The good news is that Airline Auto Parts carries just about any component you may need to fix your brake problem. You can search online or on-location for the make, model, and part you need. We stock all foreign and domestic vehicles so that our customers don’t leave empty-handed. If you need a single piece or an entire brake system, we have you covered.

Alternator Failure

The alternator is a key component in your car’s electrical system, turning the crankshaft’s energy into useful electricity to power your vehicle’s electrical systems. It also is responsible for assisting in charging the battery so that the car can do its job. Alternator failure is a common problem among motorists, leading to all kinds of electrical and overall performance issues. The alternator is the piece responsible for starting the car when it is off. It also powers the most electric-heavy components while driving or idling, such as headlights, power windows, the radio, etc. Without a functioning alternator, there is nothing to charge your battery, and you will find yourself on the side of the road with a dead vehicle. Replacing a faulty alternator can be costly, so do yourself a favor and shop recycled, used, and remanufactured options at Airline Auto Parts! Search by year, make, and model to get exactly what you need!

Cracked Windshield

Windshields can typically take a licking and keep on ticking, but every so often, they’ll crack under pressure (literally). While driving at high speeds, you may get hit with a rock or stone or other debris from the highway. If it hits you with enough force and in the right spot, your windshield can crack. A small crack won’t obstruct your view, but it’s a good idea to get it repaired or replaced ASAP. Fluctuating temperatures may cause the glass to expand or contract, causing the crack to get larger. Before you know it, half your window is covered with fine lines that distort your view! As you would imagine, replacing a windshield can cost a pretty penny. There are countless vehicles just like yours sitting in yards like Airline Auto’s with perfect windshields! We can match you with a windshield from the make and model you need for a fraction of the cost of visiting a dealership or even most garages. With a 6-month warranty on all products, you can feel confident that your windshield will arrive undamaged or your money back!

Transmission Problems

The transmission is another common part to have technical difficulties with. It’s extremely important, so any issues should be checked out right away. The transmission is responsible for converting the engine’s combustion power into momentum to drive the wheels. In other words, the transmission is why your car can accelerate. When things go awry, you can run into some dangerous situations. Many cars now have an automatic transmission, but standard/manual vehicles are also out and about on the road. Each of these requires vastly different elements and parts when things go wrong. There are a few ways to identify a faulty transmission:

– Your car feels like it is trying to change gears, and you cannot stop it

– Shifting gears is rough and jerky

– Shifting is delayed 

– You have problems maintaining the correct level of transmission fluid

– Strange noises while shifting

– And more

If you notice any of these “symptoms,” it’s time to check out your vehicle. Don’t go to the dealership to get a new transmission – that’ll cost you far more money than it should! Instead, find a local shop or garage that you trust and that charges fair prices. If you’re in need of any part of the transmission, check online at https://airlineautoparts.net/ by make, model, and part! We ship all over the US quickly and promise a 6-month warranty.

Cosmetic Issues

We constantly hear about cosmetic issues such as dents, rusts, scratches, broken mirrors, detached bumpers, etc. While most of these problems are little more than inconveniences, many car owners detest them. Things happen that cause damage, and most car owners want to fix it when they can. In some cases, it’s appropriate to replace the area entirely rather than repaint, buff out, or reattach it. Cosmetic reasons are one of the driving forces for used car parts. You may think that all the cars used for parts are old and run down, but that’s not always the case! Airline Auto Parts and similar salvage yards could be able to find your body panels, interior elements, mirrors, hubcaps, and more for a fraction of the price of the same items new from the manufacturer. People often hunt for parts of vehicles following accidents that destroy the bumper, hood, or side panel. Since Airline Auto Parts stocks just about any vehicle you can think of, the odds are good that we have what you need. We’ve helped many customers with rarer cars find replacement panels and parts, and we can help you too!

We hope you’ve found this article informative and helpful. If you suffer any of these car troubles, make sure your first stop is to Airline Auto Parts. We offer fair prices to all customers, and our shipping process is designed specifically to keep your parts safe and get them to you quickly. Check out https://airlineautoparts.net/ to see what parts we currently have in stock. Our inventory is constantly changing, so keep us in mind whenever you need to repair your vehicle!

Our Houston Junkyard’s Guide to DIY Transmission Removal (Part 2)

replacement vehicle transmission

In our previous blog, we started the process for transmission removal so that you could install your used replacement transmission. Here are the last few steps.

How to Finish Removing Your Vehicle’s Transmission

7: Starter

There are 3 bolts holding the starter in place. You will see oxygen sensors, so get the wire out of the way. Next, remove the nut and the metal mount. There’s a bolt that holds the starter in place, and a second bolt may be behind the starter. In this case, our salvage yard in Houston recommends you start from the front of the engine. Remove the bolt located here with a long extension. For the third bolt, use a 1/4 inch ratchet with an extension to remove it. Now you can remove and set aside the starter.

8: Wiring Harness

Start at the end of the harness. Remove the clip with a trim removal tool by sticking it under the clip and prying it up. Now, a speed sensor should be visible. Disconnect it by pressing down on the tab and pulling it out and unclipping it. Next, unplug the reverse light switch and remove the clip again, then the harness is free and you can set it aside. Afterward, remove the dust cover from the transmission and then remove the clutch cable with a pry bar. Next, use a flathead screwdriver to remove the retaining clip so that you can then remove the clutch cable from the transmission.

TIP: place a large plastic zip bag around the end of the transmission and secure it with a rubber band so that when you remove it, if any liquid comes out it’ll fall into the bag and not on you or the ground.

9: Unbolt the transmission mount

You are almost done! Soon you can install your replacement transmission! Slide the transmission jack under the transmission, strap it in, and raise it so it can provide support. Now, remove the two bolts holding the transmission mount.

10: Unbolt the transmission

Unbolt the transmission from the engine by removing the three bolts on the driver’s side, then the bottom two bolts, followed by the two bolts on the passenger side.

You can see two more bolts from the back of the driver’s side. The easiest way to remove them is by reaching from your back driver’s side view with your long ratcheting wrench.

TIP: place the bolts in the order they came out of the transmission so it’s organized for later.

11: Remove the transmission

Last step! But first, take some safety precautions. 

There’s a lot of dust build-up inside the bell housing, and older clutches may be made from asbestos, so you don’t want to inhale any of this dust. We recommend you spray the inside of the bell housing with plain water. This weighs the dust down so it doesn’t become airborne.

TIP: for extra protection, wear a full-face respirator that filters out 99% of airborne particles.

Now it’s time to safely remove your vehicle’s transmission. Support the engine by using your jacks and laying some wood over them to evenly distribute the weight. Then, crank it up. This protects the engine from tilting and becoming damaged when you remove the transmission. Once this is done, you can finally separate the transmission. A pry bar may help as well. 

Next up, our Houston junkyard will cover how to install your used replacement transmission. If you would like to find out what we have in stock, then please contact us so we can assist you.

Our Houston Junkyard’s Guide to DIY Transmission Removal (Part 1)

mechanic working with a used transmission

If you’ve read our blog on the signs it’s time for a used replacement transmission and determined you need a new one, then this blog will be useful as you begin the transmission installation process. Here is part 1 or our Houston salvage yard’s detailed guide to DIY transmission removal.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Ratchet
  • Socket set
  • Extensions
  • Universal joint extension
  • Wrenches
  • Torque wrench
  • Breaker bar
  • 12-inch jacks + jack stands
  • Drain pan
  • Transmission jack
  • Transmission fluid

Steps for Removing Your Old Transmission

1: Safety First

Using your jack stands, raise the car about 24 inches high. Place them under the sides of the transmission so as to create space for the transmission jack later. We also recommend you place a ramp or something similar underneath the front tires, as well as a jack under the cross-member for further support. All of this ensures that, if your transmission bumps anything, your car won’t fall on top of you.

2: Battery

Open the battery cover and unscrew the clamp. Then, slide the cable off of the battery post. Set it aside so you make sure it doesn’t touch the post.

3: Shifter

We recommend you remove the shifter now, as doing so keeps things from getting greasy and messy inside the car. You do this by unscrewing the shifting knob and then removing it. Next, remove the shifter trim by prying it upwards and sliding it off. Now you can unscrew the nuts holding the shifting lever so you can also slide it off. At this point, you should see the shifter boot. Remove the 4 bolts holding it in place, followed by the shifter. This will aid in pouring in the transmission fluid later.

4: Exhaust

Not all cars require exhaust removal, so it helps to check how your transmission and exhaust pipes are laid out. If you do need to remove it, start with disconnecting the oxygen sensors from the downpipe. Next, disconnect the wiring harness, since this is easier than unscrewing each sensor. Simply press on the clip and pull the harness apart. Now, remove the nuts that hold the pipes with an 18mm socket from top to bottom. A universal socket will also work. Afterward, use a ratcheting wrench to remove the bolts behind the x pipe. Separate the exhaust pipes and set aside.

TIP: Spraying the exhaust fasteners with penetrating fluid will make this job easier.

5: Transmission Fluid

Now it’s time to drain the fluid. Doing so before removing the transmission will make it lighter and easier to remove. To drain it, place the drain pan underneath and use the box end of a 3/8 ratcheting wrench to open the drain plug. Be sure to screw the drain plug back in, but not too tightly.

6: Driveshaft

Ensure your car is in neutral and then turn the driveshaft so you can see 2/4 of the bolts. Set the parking brake and then use a 12 point wrench or socket to remove the bolts. Once removed, release the brake and turn the driveshaft again so you can see the other bolts. Re-engage the parking brake and then remove the bolts. Now you can easily slide the driveshaft out. Place the drain pan underneath the transmission just in case more fluid spills out.

TIP: If a driveshaft bolt is really tight, you can heat up the metal around the bolt to loosen it. You may also consider using a longer wrench for more leverage.

How to Install a Reconditioned Battery From Our Houston Junkyard

It’s no secret how essential a car battery is, as is your transmission and your engine. Because the battery is such an important part of your vehicle, it makes sense that it is one of the most frequently replaced car parts. However, if you’ve read our blog about the benefits of purchasing a reconditioned car battery, then you’ll know that reconditioned batteries are just as effective and often last longer than normal batteries.

How to Install Your Reconditioned Battery From Our Houston Salvage Yard

Now that you have a reconditioned battery, you’re ready to install it in order to have your car up and running again. Here is your DIY guide to installing a reconditioned car battery.

Step 1: Detach the Cables

First things first, make sure your engine is off. Next, open the hood and detach the black cable from the battery, as this is the negative cable. We recommend using a wrench and battery pliers for this, as this will prevent any damage to the battery or your cables. First, use your wrench to loosen the nut. Next, use your pliers to twist and pull the end of the able. Please avoid using a screwdriver or a pry-bar, as these may easily cause irreversible damage. After you have removed the black (negative) cable, repeat the process with the red (positive) cable. 

Step 2: Removing the Battery

Now that the wires have been removed, you may use your wrench again in order to remove the battery’s hold-down clamp. Once this is removed, you may proceed with removing the battery from its tray. Because of how heavy car batteries are, make sure you lift from the bottom or use the handle, if yours comes with one. 

Step 3: Prepping for the Reconditioned Battery

Now that your battery tray is free, it’s time to clean it. We suggest using a specialty solution made for cleaning batteries. Alternatively, you may use a mixture of baking soda and water to clear away any corrosion. It’s a good idea to also clean the cable tips/connectors with the same solution and a wire brush.

Step 4: Installing Your Recently Purchased Reconditioned Battery

Now you are ready to install the recycled battery. Carefully place the battery into the tray and re-fasten the hold-down clamp. Afterward, spray both the negative and the positive ends with an anti-corrosion solution in order to further protect your battery. 

Next, securely attach the positive (red) cable, followed by the negative (black) cable. Double check that everything is tight, otherwise your car may not start properly.

Get a Reliable Reconditioned Battery From Airline Auto Parts, Our Houston Salvage Yard

Reconditioned batteries are widely available, but it is crucial that you only go to a trusted seller, like our Houston junkyard. Much like our used replacement engines and used replacements transmissions, we test our batteries to make sure they work for years to come so you can rest assured your car will run well with it. If you are in need of an affordable, working car battery, then please contact us. Our reconditioned batteries retail for only $50, and $40 with exchange.

Shopping at Our Full-Service Junkyard in Houston Versus a Self-Service Junkyard

Although there are a few junkyards to shop at in Houston, shopping at a full-service junkyard like Airline Auto Parts is a different experience than shopping at a self-service one. Here is how you can shop for recycled car parts at our Houston salvage yard compared to others.

Shopping at a Self-Service Junkyard Versus a Full-Service Junkyard

Self-Service Junkyards

A self-service salvage yard allows for shoppers to explore and find different parts, such as used transmissions or used engines, as they please. Often, casual browsers may come in without a certain part in mind, but while they browse they may find a used car part that would look fantastic in their vehicle.

In other cases, some customers have done early research and simply browse a junkyard to ensure it carries a part they might need soon. Often, they find the perfect car part, so they are able to purchase it right away and save the part for later.

Full-Service Junkyards

Opposite of self-service salvage yards are full-service salvage yards like Airline Auto Parts. As a full-service yard, we pride ourselves on creating a seamless shopping experience for shoppers that know a lot about cars as well as for shoppers that may not know as much but still wish to save money and fix their cars. 

Our customers typically have a specific used auto part they are in need of and they come to our salvage yard because they need it as soon as possible. We test and pull all of our parts ahead of time and organize them so that when a customer comes in, they just need to tell us their car’s make and model and what part they are looking for and we can easily give it to them if it is in stock.

Alternatively, customers often use our online parts search to find what they need. If they don’t find it online, we encourage them to call us so we can check that we have the right part in-store. If we don’t, we are happy to order it for them, since we ship parts for all makes and models nationwide. Additionally, we back all purchases with a fantastic 6-month warranty and money-back guarantee and offer the option to upgrade the warranty.

Our Full-Service Salvage Yard Makes Buying Used Transmissions or Used Engines Affordable and Efficient

At our Houston salvage yard, we are proud to provide a seamless shopping experience. Shopping for recycled car parts can be tedious, but it doesn’t have to be if we are there to help. If you are in need of a used transmission, used engine, or other recycled car parts, then please contact us. We look forward to helping you find what you need to fix your car and ensure your safety.

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Offers Fantastic Warranty Coverage for Used Car Parts

gears with warranty for used transmissions and used engines

How many times have you gone into a salvage yard looking to buy a used replacement transmission? Maybe you’ve also gone to one in hopes of finding a used replacement engine. How many times have you walked in and realized their warranty coverage is minimal, causing you to raise some red flags? 

Airline Auto Parts is Not Like Most  Junkyards

Although the aforementioned scenarios are very common, Airline Auto Parts in Houston is different. We offer superior warranty coverage that not only saves you money but also ensures every used auto part we carry that you might purchase works properly and keeps you safe.

Airline Auto Parts’ Warranty Coverage for Used Auto Parts

Airline Auto Parts is proud to be one of the very few Houston junkyards that stand by a hassle-free, 6-month warranty.

All of our used engines and used transmissions are backed by a 6-month guarantee following the date of purchase. Our engine guarantee takes care of replacing or repairing the engine; you just need to be able to manage the costs of labor and/or any other expenses that may arise when removing and installing your engine. However, please keep in mind that you cannot utilize our guarantee when it comes to accidents or negligence, failure to follow recommended maintenance habits, and any repair or replacement that has not been authorized by us.

When it comes to a used transmission, it is guaranteed for 6 months after purchase. This covers the need for repair or replacement but does not cover the costs of labor, which you must be responsible for. This guarantee does not apply to transmissions that have been dismantled.

Airline Auto Parts Also Offers an Extended Warranty

To further accommodate our customers’ needs, we also offer extended warranty coverage for mechanical parts, such as engines and transmissions. By paying an additional percentage of an engine’s or transmission’s purchase price, you will benefit from a longer warranty and even coverage for labor as follows:

  • Pay an additional 15% of the purchase price in exchange for a 12-month car part warranty
  • Pay an additional 25% of the purchase price in exchange for a warranty that covers the cost of the used part as well as labor costs for 12 months, or 12K miles.
  • Pay an additional 50% of the purchase price in exchange for a lifetime warranty that offers coverage for parts and labor.

Shop for Used Car Parts at Our Houston Salvage Yard

We genuinely love automobiles just as much as you do, and we understand wanting the junkyard you purchase from to stand by your purchase and ensure you are always satisfied. If you would like to inquire more about our warranty, please contact us so we can provide more information and ensure you continue to enjoy owning and driving your car.

Don’t Get a New Car Battery, Buy a Reconditioned Battery Instead

checking reconditioned car battery

We all know how important your car’s battery is; it gives your ignition an adequate amount of current in order for you to successfully start your car. Have you ever started the ignition only for it to struggle to start your car? This can happen if you accidentally leave the lights on all day and all night or if you use your accessories, such as the charging cable, when the car is off. Car batteries are one of the parts that are most frequently replaced, but did you know a reconditioned battery is still effective and offers other benefits?

The Benefits of Buying a Reconditioned Car Battery From Our Houston Salvage Yard

Less Waste Means Less Irresponsible Disposal

Car batteries are often disposed of prematurely. Just because the battery is struggling and isn’t as powerful, does not mean there is no power at all. Our salvage yard is proud to do our part in protecting the environment, and this includes the reconditioned batteries we sell. By reconditioning old car batteries, we leave them out of landfills where they will sit for years and years, allowing the lead to contaminate the environment.

Reconditioning Batteries Prolongs Their Life

Many car owners don’t realize how long batteries can actually last. If their battery dies once or isn’t fully charging, then they would rather not risk it happening again and, instead, buy a brand new battery for 100 dollars or more. Interestingly enough, the average lifespan of a battery is about five years, but successfully restoring it can make it last as long as ten years, and even longer in many cases.

Save Money on What Would Be Frequent Purchases

On average, car owners replace their battery every 3 years, but factors such as climate and driving habits may lead to people replacing their batteries even sooner. This is exactly why batteries are replaced so often. Paying hundreds of dollars that frequently may not seem like much to some, but if you need to buy other replacement car parts, such as a used engine or used transmission, then these costs will add up. A reconditioned battery, on the other hand, costs a fraction of what you would pay for a new battery.

Buy a Reconditioned Battery From a Reputable Seller Like Airline Auto Parts

Reconditioned batteries are widely available, but it is crucial that you only go to a trusted seller, like our Houston junkyard, so if you are in need of a battery, please contact us. We sell reconditioned batteries for only $50, and $40 with exchange. Because we test them to ensure they will work for years to come, you don’t have to worry about replacing yours anytime soon.

Additional Signs It’s Time to Buy a Replacement Transmission

automatic transmission on a table

You may have already read our blog on Three Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Vehicle’s Transmission, but did you know those are not the only signs? Here are some additional indicators that may mean your transmission is failing. Knowing these signs ahead of time is helpful so that you can replace it before it’s too late.

1. Your Car is Experiencing Transmission Slipping

Your vehicle’s transmission is there to help ensure a smooth drive at any gear, regardless if you drive a manual or automatic vehicle. If, while on your daily drive, you feel like you’re driving in one gear, but then feel like it randomly changes, then your transmission is slipping. This also presents itself as the feeling of your car being underpowered.

2. Transmission Fluid Leak

If something is leaking in your car, that’s never a good sign. You may notice upon leaving your garage or driveway that there is a big spot underneath where your car was parked. To determine whether the spot is a current leak, we recommend laying down cardboard underneath the front and middle sections of your car next time you park. Later on, check the cardboard; transmission fluid is typically bright red, dark red, or dark brown.

3. Check Engine Light

One final sign it may be time to buy a used replacement engine is if your “check engine” light turns on. This doesn’t automatically indicate that your transmission is failing, but if it comes on and you have noticed any of the aforementioned signs in the slightest, then this serves as a good early warning that a serious transmission problem will soon develop.

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Sells Used Replacement Transmissions at Our Junkyard

At our salvage yard, we know that transmissions are a highly important part of your car, and replacing it can be expensive. This is why we regularly stock and order used replacement transmissions and ship nationwide. We take pride in significantly cutting your auto part costs so you can ensure your car is always in good condition. If you are in need of a replacement transmission, please contact us so we can help you find the right part. 

Shopping at Airline Auto Parts, a Houston Salvage Yard

birds eye view of a salvage junk yard full of cars

Shopping at salvage yards like Airline Auto Parts in Houston is an interesting experience. While some may be familiar with it, others have only recently learned about the benefits of shopping at a salvage yard (or junkyard). For those who are new to the junkyard concept, here is how you can shop at our Houston salvage yard.

Salvage Yard Shopping Doesn’t Have to be Intimidating

Shopping for auto parts at a conventional store can be a stressful experience, especially with the added costs that a store will charge you, and salvage yards may look intimidating due to all the parts in stock. However, our full-service salvage yard makes it easy to track down used replacement transmissions, used replacement engines, and other recycled car parts.

When it comes to shopping at a typical auto parts store, you may find newer parts, but what about parts for older makes and models? This is where salvage yards come in. At Airline Auto Parts in Houston, we receive parts for all makes and models, and test every one of them to ensure they work properly and keep drivers safe. When you buy a part from our junkyard, you can rest assured it will perform well following installation.

Shopping at Our Houston Junkyard is Efficient

Many times, we have customers that know the exact used auto part they are searching for ahead of time, based on their car’s make and model. These customers are determined to quickly find their part so they can get started working on their car. If this is your case, you can utilize our Part Search function and then contact us so we can check our stock. We pull and organize parts ahead of time to make it even easier for our customers to locate their desired car parts.

If you contact us and we do not have your specific part in stock, no worries. We will go ahead and order it for you, test it, and back it with a 6-month warranty and money-back guarantee so you have peace of mind.

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Makes Buying Used Car Parts Easy

At our Houston salvage yard, we pride ourselves in being a full-service junkyard to make your experience a positive one. If you would like to find something specific or casually browse, please contact us. We look forward to helping you find something that meets your needs.

Save Money and Purchase a Used Replacement Engine From a Houston Salvage Yard

When your engine shows signs that it’s not working properly, you may consider getting a brand new car to save you the headache and start fresh. After all, driving with a bad engine is dangerous for you, other drivers, and for the environment, but why do that and spend all that money when you can instead buy a used replacement engine at our Houston salvage yard for a fraction of the price?

We pride ourselves in having a substantial stock of used replacement car parts for all makes and models, even late-model cars. Because we want to be sure we can offer the best parts at all times, we complete thorough testing on each part that arrives at our Houston junkyard. In addition, every single part we stock is backed by our 6-month guarantee. So if you purchase a used replacement engine and it fails you within 6 months, you’ll get your money back. Although this is a rare occurrence, we would still like to give you peace of mind.

Save Money at Our Houston Salvage Yard

Pricey auto parts stores sell brand new parts at a high price in order to cover their own costs and make a substantial profit. Unlike them, however, our junkyard sells recycled used parts. Auto part stores tend to have very limited parts in stock since they specialize in newer car parts, but our team understands the freedom of not having to spend on a down payment or monthly payments for a new car. Instead, we can help you simply replace a problematic engine with a recycled replacement engine. Pulling an engine from our salvage yard helps save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

In Need of a Used Replacement Engine? Airline Auto Parts Can Help

Airline Auto Parts has long been a leader in the used car parts industry. We strive to be your one-stop-shop for all your needs when it comes to ensuring your vehicle’s longevity and safety. If you are in need of a used replacement engine, please contact us and tell us more about your make and model. We’ll gladly help you find the right part so you can save money on installation costs and purchase price.

Buying Used Car Parts at Airline Auto Parts Allows for Affordability and Flexibility

When you experience car trouble, such as a dead engine or an aged transmission, you may consider taking it to an auto parts store or a car dealership to see if someone can sell you the necessary parts. You may then go to a mechanic and have them fix up your car. However, even though these options are out there, they may not always be the most economical course of action.

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Offers Affordability

When relying on a car dealership or auto parts store to sell you certain parts, it becomes much more expensive because they have to include their own costs in the sale price. On top of the price you pay for a certain car part, you also have to pay for the labor of installing it. On the other hand, if you buy used replacement engines or transmissions from a Houston salvage yard like ours, then you are getting the lowest possible price for parts that may otherwise cost a fortune, and you can install them yourself so you don’t have to pay for labor costs.

Flexible Buying Options at a Houston Salvage Yard

Another challenge that comes with buying car parts from a dealership or auto parts store is that they tend to have very limited stock. Typically, those who own older vehicles buy parts to ensure their vehicle is well taken care of for years to come, but it may be tough to track down the parts you need at certain stores.

At Airline Auto Parts, we stock used replacement car parts for all makes and models dating back for several decades so that you can have the greatest flexibility and accessibility possible. Additionally, we ship our parts nationwide, so if you are from out of town and have had a hard time finding a specific part but found it at our junkyard, we will happily ship it to you.

Shop Used Replacement Auto Parts at Our Houston Junk Yard

If you are in need of a used replacement engine, transmission, or other auto parts, please contact us and tell us about your make and model. We’ll gladly assist you so you can save money with quality used car parts that will last for years.

Buy Used Car Parts at a Houston Salvage Yard Instead of an Auto Parts Store

Working on your beloved car and taking care of it to ensure it lasts for many years to come can be a lot of work. Although shopping at auto part stores is the default method for tracking down necessary parts for your automobile, salvage yards like ours in Houston should be your number one method. Here’s why shopping at our salvage yard is better than shopping at a typical car parts shop.

Auto Parts Stores Are Pricey

While you may have a decent selection to pick from, auto part stores often focus on newer cars, but they also add a hefty price tag to each part they carry so that they can cover their own costs and make a healthy profit. If you’re looking for multiple replacement parts, the costs will quickly add up. On the other hand, salvage yards like ours offer recycled used parts, so you can easily save thousands of dollars on necessary auto parts without sacrificing quality or your wallet.

Warranties and Promised Quality

At Airline Auto Parts in Houston, we offer warranties and extended warranties to ensure you get high quality used auto parts that will work. We understand that you need more than simply car parts that work. You need your safety to be a priority without sacrificing cost. This is why we test every car part we receive to make sure it’s performing well and will continue to do so for years to come.

Help Protect The Planet While You Shop Our Substantial Inventory

Unlike most junkyards, we stock all foreign and domestic vehicles, so rest assured we can help you find the part you’re looking for, whether it be an engine, transmission, or other car part. Additionally, by bringing your car to our Houston junkyard, we are able to properly dispose of harmful chemicals and keep perfectly working parts out of landfills, which ensures no harmful toxins are released into the water, air, or soil.

Contact Airline Auto Parts in Houston for Used Car Parts

Our Houston junkyard is proud to be a major supplier of recycled auto parts. If you are in need of a used replacement transmission, a used replacement engine, or other replacement car parts, please contact us today so we can help you find what you’re looking for.

Airline Auto Parts is Committed to Eco-friendliness

While these days cars are becoming more and more eco-friendly, they haven’t always been seen that way. Many argue that automobiles are still bad for our environment and that it will be far too long before they stop harming the environment, but did you know that when cars are brought into our salvage yard, this is actually beneficial for our environment?

How Can a Salvage Yard Help the Environment?

Think about how many cars we see on the road in Houston. Now think about how many cars there are in all the big cities in the United States. It’s hard to fathom, but we know there’s a massive amount of automobiles all over the country.

Unfortunately, while there are many cars being driven on the highway, there are also many cars that are just sitting in the driveway. These cars can actually wreak havoc on the environment when sunlight reflects off the surface as heat, which is then absorbed by greenhouse gasses that roam around the atmosphere.

However, you can still make good use out of these cars you no longer drive. They contain valuable metals that can be reused by our Houston salvage yard. We can also take any parts that work well, such as an engine or a transmission, and sell them to those who need these used replacement car parts.

Avoid Landfills

Many often think their junk car is just that–junk. Naturally, their car would end up in a landfill, but not only does this waste those perfectly working auto parts, it also harms the environment by releasing harmful toxins into the water, air, and soil.

At our Houston salvage yard, however, we carefully and properly dispose of certain chemicals, such as anti-freeze and battery acid. If they aren’t properly disposed, they can severely damage both the soil and water.

Contact Airline Auto Parts in Houston for Used Car Parts

Our Houston junkyard is proud to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle while providing our customers with high-quality recycled car parts. If you are in need of either a used replacement engine or a used replacement transmission, or other parts please contact us today so we can meet your needs.

How to Install A Used Replacement Engine

You’ve read up on the signs it may be time for an engine replacement. Now it’s time to replace it. This guide will help you successfully install your used replacement engine from our Houston junkyard.

First, we recommend you consider removing your hood and front bumper to give yourself some more room to work. Be careful to set aside the bolts in separate piles so you don’t mix them up.

Next, we recommend you take several photos at different angles so you remember where all the wiring and hosing goes, especially if this is your first time replacing any used car part. After, remove the battery so you don’t accidentally short anything.

Isolate the Engine

You should remove the airbox and air hoses that go to the intake manifold so you can clearly see the engine. Afterward, remove the radiator and the radiator plug. Once all the coolant drains from the radiator, you can remove the coolant hoses that go into the engine. Be careful when removing because with age, these easily get stuck and can break if they are pulled too hard.

You may then take out the rest of the cooling system. Next, it’s time to disconnect the AC Compressor, followed by the exhaust manifold. We recommend simply disconnecting the exhaust pipe rather than removing the entire manifold from the engine.

Now you can disconnect all the wiring. Once the wiring is removed, move onto the fuel lines and disconnect them. Be extra cautious in this step, as the fuel can spray onto your face and into your eyes.

Remove the Engine

Now you have space to work on the engine. Sometimes it may be easier to remove the transmission and the engine at once, as opposed to just the engine.

Once removed, you can lift up the engine with an engine jack and lever. You can hook the chains onto the compressor bracket and the alternator bracket. As you lift it, keep an eye on any other parts that may get in the way and move them so you don’t damage them.

Lower it to the ground and remove the starting motor. After this, you should remove the alternator from the old engine and attach it to the used replacement engine, followed by the starter motor.

Installing a Used Replacement Engine

Now the replacement engine is ready to be put back into the car and secured to the mounts. Re-attach all the hosing and wiring you removed. After everything is re-installed, start the car to check that the engine is running, then fill it up with fresh oil, add new coolant to the radiator, and add transmission fluid to the transmission if you removed it.

Our Houston Junkyard Promises Quality Used Engines

At our Houston salvage yard, we make sure to test every single used car part we receive to ensure it works as good as new and lasts. If you need a replacement engine, please contact us so we can have it ready for you or ship it nationwide if needed.

3 Signs You Need a Replacement Engine

A car is a hefty, long-term investment, and with regular maintenance, it can certainly last for the long term. However, eventually, certain parts of your car will reach their lifespan as a result of normal wear and tear or, in some cases, a lack of regular maintenance. Driving with a bad engine is dangerous for you, other drivers, and for the environment. Here are some signs that you are in need of an engine replacement.

Increased Exhaust Smoke

A healthy, working engine shouldn’t be releasing a lot of smoke. If you notice that, as you drive, you’re leaving a smoky path behind you, then it’s time to consider that something might be wrong. The exhaust smoke can be released in different colors, with each color indicating a different problem with your engine.

Black smoke means too much fuel is burning while you drive, blue smoke means you’re burning oil, and white smoke can mean that there is a leak in the cooling system. A leaking cooling system quickly puts your engine at risk of overheating.

Engine Knocking Noises

Luckily, noises are easy to notice and are an immediate sign that something is off. Often times, catching an unusual noise will help you solve the problem before it gets worse. In the case of a troubled engine, when you hear a noise that means something is terribly wrong and it needs to be addressed immediately. A knocking and rattling noise that gets louder as you rev up the engine is even more alarming. Typically, this indicates that the engine’s bearings are excessively worn, which will very quickly cause the whole engine to break down, so it’s best to buy the replacement car part so you don’t put your daily drives to work at risk.

Flakey Oil

It’s important to make sure that every time you go for an oil change, the technician checks the previous oil for any bits and flakes of metal floating around. If it turns out that your oil has metal flakes in it, this is highly indicative that there has been an increase in the friction between all of its moving parts. This suggests that the engine isn’t properly lubricated and has now undergone extensive damage.

High Quality Used Replacement Engines at Airline Auto Parts

At our junkyard in Houston, we understand the desire to keep your cherished car running for as long as possible and as affordably as possible. This is why we sell high quality, recycled replacement engines. We test every used car part we stock to ensure it lasts and ship nationwide. If you need a smoother and safer drive without breaking the bank, contact us today to help you find a replacement engine.

3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Transmission

finishing a transmission replacement

The transmission is one of the most important parts of a car. Once it starts failing, you have to immediately repair or replace it. Cars will eventually need maintenance and repairs as a result of normal wear and tear, but if some other auto parts start failing, you can get away with holding off on repairs for a while. However, despite the fact that it’s such an impactful part, the need for a transmission replacement may go unnoticed, so here are three signs that it’s time to replace it.

Your Car is Noisier Than Usual

Some cars are just noisy, but some sounds should be more concerning than others. When driving a car that has a manual transmission, you might hear grinding sounds or notice a grinding feeling when you shift into a new gear. As for an automatic transmission, you may hear whining, humming, or even buzzing sounds whenever your car changes gears.

You’re Experiencing Delayed Movement When You Drive

A working transmission is meant to give the car owner a smooth drive at any speed. If you feel that your car is delaying or that it’s getting a bit bumpy and shaky when the gears change, this is a sure sign that your transmission is failing. It should go without saying that this delay in response can put you in a dangerous situation whenever you drive.

Something Smells Really Awful

You should pay attention to any strong, bad odors that don’t seem right or are unusual. When your transmission works properly, you don’t typically smell anything as you drive and switch gears. If your transmission fluid hasn’t been changed in a little too long, this means that your transmission hasn’t been lubricated in a while.

Often times you may notice a random burning smell. This could suggest that your transmission might be burning as a result of not being well-lubricated. When a transmission hasn’t been properly lubricated, it will inevitably break down and call for a replacement.

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Sells Used Replacement Transmissions

At our salvage yard, we recognize that transmissions are very expensive to replace, so car owners need them to be more affordable. This is why we regularly stock used transmissions and ship them nationwide. We also make sure to test every part we receive so that you can be confident that when you install your replacement transmission, it is of high quality and will last you for years to come. Contact us today if you’re in need of a replacement.