Parting out 2008 BMW 335i – Stock # 200242

Now Parting out a 2008 BMW 335i, Stock number 200242. This 335i parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of BMW cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every 335i part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on BMW 335i Parts. Finding a replacement OEM BMW 335i part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM BMW part when you need it. Shop online parts today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2008 BMW 335i!

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Parting out 2010 Audi A6 – Stock # 200224

Now Parting out a 2010 Audi A6, Stock number 200224. This A6 parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Audi cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every A6 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Audi A6 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Audi A6 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Audi part when you need it. Shop online parts today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2010 Audi A6!

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2013 Audi A5 Exterior Paint Code, Engine Code and Transmission Code Location

Need help finding the paint and trim codes on your 2013 Audi A5? We’ve got you covered. We’ve taken pictures of a 2013 A5 to show you where the paint and trim codes are. Also shown is the cars emissions information, engine code and transmission code. Audi makes finding this information relatively easy on their cars once you know where to look for it.

Production Date

First up is the cars production date which can be found on a white sticker on the driver’s side door jam. You can see in the picture below that the sticker has a bar code on it and is just above the door latch. In the upper left-hand corner is the production date. In this case, the cars production date is 0113 or January of 2013.


Emissions information

The vehicles emission control information can be found on a sticker on the underside of the hood. This 2013 A5 has its sticker located on the right corner of the hood as shown in the pictures. You can see that for the 2013 model year, this 2013 Audi A5 conforms to both Federal U.S. EPA emissions as well as the 2013 California emissions.

Engine, Transmission, Paint and Trim Codes

VW and Audi cars both use stickers in the trunk to identify what options the car has. This sticker is usually present and intact but can often get ripped off or worn out making it hard to read. It can be found on the side of the spare tire wheel well. Since this sticker is applied after the car is built, its location can vary from car to car. We recommend taking a cell phone picture of the tag to make it easier to read instead of wedging yourself in the trunk.

The identification sticker on this A5 is in great shape and shows a lot of information about the car. The engine code and transmission codes can be clearly seen. In this case the engine code is CPMA and the transmission code is NTA. The paint code of LZ9Y is also on this label with the Interior code of N1F. Below these codes, the label also shows all the 3-character option packages that the car came with.

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Get to Know the Cooper Car Company

The Cooper Car Company is car manufacturer based out of the United Kingdom and is known for their high-quality automobiles. Its history dates to the 1940s and has become a staple in British culture. They started out as being known for their race cars, but they also produce cars for consumers. Here’s more information about this company:

History of the Cooper Car Company

The Cooper Car Company was founded by Charles Cooper and his son John in 1947. John Cooper and his friend Eric Brandon began building racing cars in Charles Cooper’s garage in England in 1946. The first cars built by the Coopers were single-seat 500-cc Formula Three racing cars.

They were powered by a JAP motorcycle engine. Because supplies following World War II were in short supply, prototypes of the car were made by joining together two old Flat Topolini front-ends. The engine would be located behind the driver for practical reasons, but John Cooper said that would lead to the Coopers becoming an automotive legend.

The Coopers would lead the way in what would become the dominant arrangement for racing cars. This car would be called the Cooper 500 and would do well during the first postwar races. Eric Brandon would, in fact, win the 500 Race at Gransden Lodge Airfield. This would create a demand from other racing drivers for the car. During the 1940s and 1950s, Cooper would build up to 300 single and twin-cylinder cars.

They would dominate the F3 category, winning 64 of 78 major races from 1951 – 1954. In 1952, the front-engine Formula Two Cooper Bristol was introduced. After the death of Charles Cooper, his son sold the Cooper Formula One team to the Chipstead Motor Group in 1965, but he would continue to co-direct the F1 team before it closed in 1969. In 1969, they could not find sponsorship for the new Cosworth DFV-powered car, which marked the beginning of the end for the company.

Racing Cooper Cars

In 1957, Jack Brabham, an Australian racing driver took sixth place at the Monaco Grand Prix in a rear-engined Formula 1 Cooper. In 1958, Stirling Moss won the Argentine Grand Prix in Rob Walker’s privately entered Cooper. Maurice Trintignant would accomplish the same at the next race in Monaco.

The racing world was beginning to take notice of Cooper Cars and the rear-engine revolution began. In 1959, Brabham and the Cooper Cars team would be the first to win the Formula One World Championship in a rear-engine racing car. The 1969 Monaco Grand Prix would be the last race entered by the Cooper Cars Company.

The Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper was introduced in 1961. The idea was conceived by John Cooper as a development of the Alec Issigonis-designed British Motor Corporation Mini. The Mini Cooper could win the Monte Carlo Rally three times. Production of the Mini would cease in 1971. Production would begin again in 1990 and cease in 2000. Since 2000, the Mini marque has been owned by BMW. They have created a series of small cars including: the Mini Hatch, the Mini Coupe, and the Mini Roadster.

The Cooper Car Company was built on a passion for cars as well as racing. Even though now owned by BMW, the name Cooper lives on in the Mini Cooper.

When to Change Your Tires

It’s important to know when your car’s tires should be changed. The condition of your tires impacts the overall safety of your car. No matter how good a driver you are, your tires need to be in good condition to perform well. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of tires and when it’s time to change them.

Why Change Your Tires?

Tires in good condition do a better job than tires that are damaged or getting old. If the tread is worn, for example, your tires can’t do their job effectively. It doesn’t matter how well you drive or how fast you think you can hit the brakes – your tires need to be in their best shape at all times. Tires support vehicle load, absorb road shocks, and change and maintain direction on the road.

Check Tire Tread

As mentioned, tire tread is important. Tires need tread for better traction in wet conditions. The grooves help to maneuver water away from the surface of the tires when the road is wet. If water cannot be siphoned away from the tires, this can lead to loss of control of the vehicle and even hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when the tires lose contact with the road and glide across the water. The tread should be at least 2/32 of an inch. An easy way to check the tread is to insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see his head, the tread is less than 2/32 and you need to replace your tires.

How Much Wear and Tear?

Wear and tear on your tires can not only affect their performance, but can also signal other issues with your car. Normal wear and tear will affect all four tires. If you notice wear and tear on just one or two, this may be the result of improper wheel alignment, faulty suspension, or under or over-inflated tires. The cause of uneven tire wear should be explored and the worn tires replaced.

Check the Age of Your Tires

Even if your tires look good, it’s a good idea to change them when they get older. Car manufacturers typically recommend replacing them every six years while tire manufacturers say every ten years is acceptable. Check what your specific car manufacturer says about when to replace the tires. Don’t wait until you notice something wrong before changing them just to save a bit of time. You put yourself and others on the road at risk by doing this.

How to Keep Tires in Good Condition

Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles to promote even wear. It’s a good idea to make sure the tires are inflated properly. Check them on a regular basis (monthly is recommended) and refer to the tire manufacturer’s guidelines to know the air pressure they recommend. This is also a good time to look for any other irregularities on the tires.

Knowing when to change your tires is a crucial part of keeping your car safe. When your tires are in good condition, you will have better control over the car.

Is Your Car Ready for Spring?

Now that winter is over, you will probably enjoy driving more often. Before you do, you’ll want to get your car ready for spring. Winter can cause a lot of wear and tear on your car, so before you head out on the road, you’ll want to make sure your car is in its best condition.

Clean Your Car

If you live in an area where winters are harsh, your car is probably in need of a thorough washing. Give the exterior a good wash and then give it an inspection to see if there are any paint chips that need to be covered. Now that your car is clean, it’s also a good time to give it a wax. This protects the paint finish and will make future washing easier. Take this time to clean the interior of your car by wiping down surfaces, removing any trash, and giving the upholstery and floors a vacuum.

Replace Worn Parts

Getting your car ready for spring is the perfect time to check your windshield wipers to see if they need replacing. During a winter of rain and snow they probably got a lot of use, which may have worn them out. It’s a good idea to replace them every six to twelve months in general, but there’s a couple of signs they should be changed now.

If the windshield wipers aren’t working efficiently, they will leave spots and streaks. This is a good indication you should change them. If you bend the rubber of the wipers and they are no longer flexible, it’s time for a change. This is also a good time to change air filters. If the filters get a lot of use throughout the year, you want to change them often so they remain efficient at doing their job. Make sure the air conditioning system is working as well.

Check the Tires

The condition of the tires impacts the safety of your car. If the tread is showing signs of wear, it might be time to replace the tires. The tread on your tires should never be below 1/16 of an inch. Uneven wear on tires is a sign that the car isn’t in alignment, so you’ll want to have this checked out and corrected. Also check each tire’s inflation to make sure they’re at the correct level. Any signs of bulging and blistering on tires should be checked out as both can lead to a blowout.

Change the oil and Check the Fluids

Changing the oil in your car should be done each season or every 3,000 miles. When you change the oil, you can also check and top up other fluids such as wiper fluid, anti-freeze, brake fluid, steering fluid, and transmission fluid. Getting these done at the same time will make it easier to keep track for your records.

Getting your car ready for spring should be a regular part of your car maintenance routine. During winter your car deals with a lot: road salt, cold weather, and wet and snowy conditions. Show your car a little extra care to start spring right.

What to Know About Headlight Maintenance

Your headlights are an important safety feature on your car. They not only help you to see better while you’re driving, but they help other drivers and pedestrians see you. You might think that as long as the bulbs aren’t burned out you have nothing to worry about, but there are other factors to consider when it comes to your headlights. Here you will learn what you need to watch for to keep them in good condition as well as maintenance involved in keeping them at their best.

Keep Your Headlights Clean

Your headlight covers will become coated with dirt and grime during regular driving conditions and even more so if you drive through an area that is dusty or stormy. To keep your headlights clean and shining as bright as possible, make it a habit to routinely wipe them down.

Even if you don’t wash your car often, wiping down your headlights on a regular basis is a good idea. Dirt and dust will not only lessen the brightness of your headlights but may also cause a glare, which will make it more difficult to see. If your headlight covers don’t look better after a good clean, you may want to consider replacing them.

Replace the Bulbs

Different types of headlight bulbs will burn out at different rates. An LED bulb may last up to 30,000 hours. Halogen lights are found in most cars and are the ones with the shortest lifespan of 500 – 1,000 hours. Obviously the less you drive and use the headlights, the longer they will last. It’s a good idea to know what kind of bulbs your headlights use and their approximate lifespan. If you notice any of the bulbs becoming dull, it’s a good idea to replace it.

Don’t wait until you’re on the road and it burns out completely. It’s a good idea to replace the bulbs them in pairs or all four at the same time. This will make sure they are the same brightness, which is important for safety. You don’t want one bright bulb while the rest are dim.

Check Alignment

Headlight alignment might not be something you’ve thought about before, but it’s an important part of headlight maintenance. Headlights are made to beam their lights in the same direction. The lamps can become displaced during an accident (even a minor one) and when driving over potholes and other uneven roads.

You can check if the lights are misaligned by shining the lights on a wall or garage door. If one light is higher than the other, you likely have an alignment issue that should be checked and repaired by a mechanic. Misaligned headlights can cause visibility issues, which of course becomes a safety issue.

Headlights are important for nighttime driving, but are just as crucial during gloomy days and when it’s raining or stormy. Keeping your headlights in their best condition means improved safety for you and everyone else. Be sure to add headlight maintenance to your regular car maintenance routine.