Waterloo Auto Service

Edmond Auto Repair, Brakes and Mechanic

(405) 844-1144


What are OEM Parts?

These are the parts made by the manufacturer of your vehicle. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

What are LKQ Parts?

These are often referred to as used parts as they come from salvaged vehicles. Salvage yards buy vehicles which have been severely damaged. They then inspect the vehicle for usable parts and remove and clean them. LKQ stands for Like Kind and Quality.

What are Aftermarket parts?

These are parts not made by the manufacturer of your vehicle. They are sometimes less expensive than OEM parts, but they have the same fit and functionality for your specific vehicle. Most independent auto repair shops use aftermarket parts in their repairs. If you are concerned about voiding your vehicle’s warranty, here’s some information: Included in the protections for reasonable use in the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is the right for consumers to have the vehicle serviced at a business of their choice and the option to use aftermarket parts, while retaining the original warranty. The automaker is not allowed to void a warranty just because a nonfactory part is used.

What are QRP parts?

This is just another name for aftermarket parts. QRP stands for Quality Replacement Parts.

The Rattle

More often than not, you will notice something wrong with your vehicle before it breaks down and you need to bring it in. The rattle is one of the most common indicators that there is an issue with your car that needs to be addressed.

Accelerating – If the rattle comes from under your vehicle when revving the engine while parked, the problem is likely in your exhaust system. It could be an exhaust leak, a loose or broken exhaust hanger, or even a loose heat shield causing the rattle. If the rattle happens while accelerating as you drive, it could be a drive train issue that could possibly leave you stranded. You should let us check it out as soon as possible.

Driving - If the rattle happens during normal driving then we must know if it comes from under the vehicle or from the engine. If it is underneath the vehicle, it could be one or more of a number of things—from a loose bolt in the suspension, to worn or damaged suspension components. It could even be a loose engine cover flapping in the wind as you drive. If it is coming from the engine, you should bring it in as soon as possible for us to properly diagnose it and possibly save you from an extremely expensive repair down the road.

Idling Engine – Your vehicle isn’t going anywhere but it’s making a strange rattle from the engine. Most likely, this is because there is a problem with some aspect of the drive belt system. It could be anything from a bad bearing in an idler or tensioner pulley to a defective water pump, A/C compressor, or alternator. Worst-case scenario would be an internal engine problem. It’s best to let us check it out as soon as possible to know for sure.

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