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Old 02-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Duralast OEM Mechanical Tensioner?

Anybody know if the Duralast Mechanical Tensionser is OEM? I know the thermostat supposedly is. Would rather buy from autozone then wait for it to be shipped

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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Highly doubt it. Autozone usually offers a good warranty on their parts, but I wouldn't put them on my car...
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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Highly doubt it. Autozone usually offers a good warranty on their parts, but I wouldn't put them on my car...
You do know that autozone sells de-badged OEM parts, right?
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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You do know that autozone sells de-badged OEM parts, right?
Do you know if all the duralast parts are debadged? Or just some? I'm assuming probably alot as it would make more sense to just purchase in bulk and debadge then deal with manufacturing yourself even using Chinese suppliers

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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You do know that autozone sells de-badged OEM parts, right?
Nope didn't know that. So it's safe to get everything for a cooling system overhaul, CCV, DISA, etc. there?
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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Nope didn't know that. So it's safe to get everything for a cooling system overhaul, CCV, DISA, etc. there?
No idea that's why I'm asking if I were autozone I would make sure everyone knew if that was the case lol
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I'm going to say no. Adionik doesn't carry any credibility with me being that the above was his post...

I really don't think Duralast takes OEM parts and puts their name on them.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:40 PM   #8
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I'm going to say no. Adionik doesn't carry any credibility with me being that the above was his post...

I really don't think Duralast takes OEM parts and puts their name on them.
They do for the thermostat
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #9
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Speaking of thermostat which is better behr or whaler?
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #10
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Behr or Wahler should be fine.

This should go without saying, but the only way to know for sure you're getting OE parts is to go to the store and open the box.

I am also suspicious of some of their parts...it could say the proper brand and still be remanufactured with cheap Chinese parts. I wonder if the F.A.G bearings are, specifically.
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Duralast. Think about it...


OEM is INA for the tensioner. For the thermostat both Walher and Behr are OEM. As to which is better it really doesn't matter.
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The price is identical maybe a few more online just would rather not wait for it to be shipped.
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You do know that autozone sells de-badged OEM parts, right?
Think about why the parts are being de-badged.
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Think about why the parts are being de-badged.
Why?
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To avoid lawsuits. There is nothing wrong with getting OE-grade parts from a third-party distributor. Just make sure that's what you're getting.
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I know lol, was waiting to hear a response about oem parts having inferior quality because they have been debadged lol
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They do for the thermostat
I've heard of water pumps and Timken Bearings too. From this very forum.

Personally, i'd examine the part at Autozone first to ensure it's just de-badged Behr/Wahler and if it's not just get the OEM online.
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To avoid lawsuits. There is nothing wrong with getting OE-grade parts from a third-party distributor. Just make sure that's what you're getting.
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I know lol, was waiting to hear a response about oem parts having inferior quality because they have been debadged lol
What I was getting at was, we as consumers generally don't have any idea why the logos and part numbers are shaved off. You could be getting an overstock true OE part that was sold to a vendor as an aftermarket part, or you could be getting a true aftermarket part made with inferior aftermarket materials. For example, OE manufacturers commonly use aftermarket material in molds originally used for OE parts. In that case, the part number and BMW logo has to be removed because the parts cannot be sold as Original BMW parts.

Long story short, there are many reasons why. Some good, some bad.
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Got it. Yeah I'm just going to buy oem online since it's almost an identical price.
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They do for the thermostat
Autozone thermostat are MotoRad brand. Mine failed after 2 months. But I got a full refund back. Advance Auto Parts sells OEM Wahler thermostat under the brand Stant.
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