NAPA Knows New Cars: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Friday, July 19th, 2019
NAPA Knows New Cars: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet recently unveiled the newest iteration of the legendary Corvette. The C8 is the eighth generation model and moves the Corvette into a completely new realm with a mid-engine layout. While not new territory for GM (remember the Pontiac Fiero?) a mid-engine Corvette has been a background discussion for decades. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray finally brings that dream to life.

Moving the Corvette to a mid-engine platform brings it inline with high-end brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and MacLaren. While the platform has moved upscale, the drivetrain remains somewhat familiar in the 6.2L V8 engine that still retains a single camshaft-in-block design with 16 pushrod actuated valves. This design has served GM well for over half a century with continual refinements thanks to leaps in technology and engineering. The V8 is mounted low in the chassis with a trick dry sump oiling system normally reserved for higher spec vehicles. The centerline of the crankshaft was also relocated lower in the block to improve handling. An eight speed dual-clutch transmission allows the driver to drive in either automatic mode or shift manually via the steering wheel mounted paddle shifter.

The mid-engine layout moves the driver forward nearly 16.5″ over the last generation. Previous Corvette models were already marvels of composite body engineering and the new C8 is no exception. The 2020 Corvette is built around a lightweight aluminum main structure consisting of only six components to reduce the number of joints required, thus increasing stiffness. The main strength of the chassis centers around a tunnel design engineered to handle most of the structural loads.

The new Corvette is bound to draw both praise and controversy, but with a claimed starting price of under $60,000 it should be an affordable option for those wanting the mid-engine driving experience. Production is slated to begin in late 2019, with vehicles hitting the showroom floor not long after.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Specifications:


  • Engine Type: LT2 V8
  • Engine Displacement: 6.2 liters
  • Engine Horsepower: 490 hp (495 hp with Z51 Performance Package)
  • Engine Torque: 465 lb.-ft. (470 lb.-ft. with Z51 Performance Package)
  • Transmission: M1L eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission


  • Length: 182.3″
  • Wheelbase: 107.2″
  • Width: 76.1”
  • Height: 48.6″
  • Weight: 3,366 lbs.


  • Front: 19” diameter
  • Rear: 20” diameter


  • Front: 245/35ZR-19
  • Rear: 305/30ZR-20


  • Front: 12.6″ Diameter Disc (13.3″ with Z51 Performance Package)
  • Rear: 13.6″ Diameter Disc (13.8″ with Z51 Performance Package)


  • Head room: 37.9″
  • Leg room (max.) : 42.8″
  • Hip room: 52″
  • Shoulder room: 54.4″
  • Seating Capacity: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 12.6 cu. ft.

Base Price

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – $60,000 (estimated)

Check out all the maintenance parts available on NAPA online or trust one of our 16,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on owning a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

Images and specifications courtesy of Chevrolet.

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Automotive AC Repairs Can Be A DIYers Worst Nightmare

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Air conditioning panel.

Automotive AC repairs often require more than just buying a can of refrigerant and refilling an empty system. In fact, air conditioning systems can be among the most complex of projects waiting for you in your car or truck, which is why even experienced DIYers often turn to expert help rather than tackle the job themselves. What makes AC repair such a challenge? Let’s take a quick look at some of the problems posed by automotive air conditioning.

The Basics

Air conditioning works on a fairly simple principle: by using an evaporator to pull ambient temperature air across a set of coils filled with a refrigerant, that chemically changes from a liquid into a gas as it absorbs heat. The gas is then passed through a compressor that pressurizes the chemical, adding further heat, and then finally through a condenser, which returns the chemical back to a liquid state, radiating heat away from it as part of the process. The sequence is then repeated, gradually drawing the warmth and humidity out of your vehicle’s cabin and replacing it with cool air through the vents.

Keep It Sealed

In practice, maintaining the process that’s described above requires the teamwork of a precise set of components, each of which has to be working at 100 percent in order to effectively and efficiently keep you cool. This is where automotive AC repairs start to reveal the intricacies that can make it so difficult.

For starters, the entire air conditioning system must remain sealed at all times. Each and every component, hose, and hardline needs to be protected from exposure to the atmosphere. Not only can a leak create a loss of refrigerant, which will impact performance, but it can lead to moisture being introduced into the system. Moisture and other contaminants can easily corrode and damage a car’s air conditioning system from the inside out, sometimes invisibly so, to the point where it is no longer repairable.

This means that all automotive AC repairs have to be accomplished within the context of keeping the system sealed at all times. If it’s unsealed, the refrigerant must be captured and stored, and not allowed to vent into the atmosphere, adding an extra layer of complexity to the entire operation.

Challenging Diagnosis

Hunting down something as simple as a refrigerant leak isn’t easy, either. A tiny leak in the evaporator, for example, can be almost impossible to spot without using specialized dyes injected into the system that then show up as colorful spots where the leak is located. This type of diagnosis is typically beyond the skill set of even experienced do-it-yourself repair types.

Compressor problems are another hard issue to identify, yet a common air conditioning issue. Internal failure of the compressor can spread small metal chips through the vehicle’s system, which must be completely cleaned out prior to replacing that component. If not, then those chips can find their way inside the new compressor. It doesn’t take many metal flakes to destroy a fresh component, and flushing an entire AC system is again not a task non-professionals are equipped to handle.

With so many specialized tools and components associated with automotive AC repair, it’s often a better idea to leave this type of work in the hands of experienced mechanics who deal with these problems on a daily basis.

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Hot Summer Savings From NAPA – 20% Off Sitewide

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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How To Be More Fuel Efficient This Summer

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
Gas pump at a gas station. Getting better fuel economy is more than just choosing a better grade of gasoline. Here are some tips for getting the best fuel economy from your car.

Hot weather can take its toll on your vehicle, by sapping battery life, increasing tire wear, or even causing your engine to overheat. Regardless of whether your car is properly maintained, a heat wave will have a negative impact on its efficiency. So, if you’re planning to hit the road this summer, here’s how to be more fuel efficient the next time the thermometer soars.

Summer Fuel Efficiency

1. Change the oil and oil filter on time. Engine oil has a certain lifespan, as outlined in your owner’s manual. When it surpasses the time allotted, it doesn’t perform as well, which not only impacts engine durability but may reduce fuel economy. Use the manufacturer’s recommended grade and always change the oil filter at the same time. Use this occasion to replace the air filter.

2. Check the tire pressure. Ensure that the tire air pressure is precisely at the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. In hot weather, pressure can actually increase, which may do two things: 1) affect fuel economy, and 2) hasten tire wear. If the tires are overinflated, use the pointy side of the tire gauge to release excess air.

3. Use air conditioning wisely. Modern climate control systems are efficient and do a wonderful job of keeping the cabin cool. But they also consume a lot of energy, degrading fuel economy in the process. Park in the shade or away from direct sunlight to keep the car from getting very hot in the first place. If you’re driving around town, turn off the air conditioner and roll down the windows. When you take to the highway, close the windows and turn on the AC. The climate control system won’t have to work as hard when the cabin isn’t hot.

4. Activate cruise control. A steadily traveling car is the most efficient one, regardless of temperature. Drive no higher than the speed limit and turn on cruise control to keep your speed steady. However, turn cruise control off while it’s raining or at any time when roads are slick to avoid hydroplaning.

5. Clean the car battery. Corroded car battery terminals cause the alternator to work harder, consuming more fuel. Routinely clean them at least twice annually.

6. Keep the vehicle within load tolerances. Extra weight in a vehicle affects control, which can lead to an accident. Also, every additional 100 pounds of weight results in a corresponding 1 mpg loss in fuel economy.

7. Choose the correct octane. If your vehicle runs on regular-grade gasoline, then use it. In most cases, mid or premium fuel is unnecessary and more expensive. Also, an engine running at higher performance simply consumes more fuel.

8. Stay on paved roads. Taking a shortcut on gravel or unpaved roads might get you where you’re going faster. However, the vehicle’s wheels must work harder to create forward motion. Rough roads are not only uncomfortable, but they increase vehicle wear and tear while adversely affecting fuel economy.

9. Avoid excess idling. An idling car consumes gas, a habit we’re prone to do in the winter to heat the car. On hot days, idling to keep the cabin cool will also devour fuel. If you’re stopping for more than a minute, roll down the windows and turn off the vehicle.

Summer is a great time of year to hit the open road! But with the high temperatures, also come higher fuel prices. That’s why it’s important to learn how to be more fuel efficient so you can make the most of your summer road trips.

Check out all the fuel system products available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to be more fuel efficient, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Solid Points Day for Rossi in Toronto

Monday, July 15th, 2019
|Photographer: Jamie Sheldrick|Session: practice 2|Event: Honda Indy Toronto|Circuit: Streets of Toronto|Location: Toronto, Ontario|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Season: 2019|Country: Canada|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Number: 27|Team: Andretti Autosport|Driver: Alexander Rossi|

Alexander Rossi drove his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda to a third-place finish at the Honda Indy Toronto.



With Rossi starting the Honda Indy Toronto from the fourth position, the NAPA Racing driver knew he had to have a flawless race in order to collect a podium finish. On the first turn of Lap 1, Rossi overtook the third-place starter, Ed Jones. At the tail end of the first lap, a six-car incident brought out the first caution of the day.



The remainder of the race remained consistent and clean for Rossi and the NAPA AutoCare crew. Two quick pit stops later, the team gave Rossi a fuel target to hit in order to hold position through the end of the race.



With only one lap remaining, Will Power made contact with the tire barriers bringing out the second and final caution of the race and ending the 85-lap event under yellow conditions. Rossi returned to pit lane with a third-place finish and only four points away from the championship lead.



“I think that we knew going into today that we didn’t have a race winning car,” said Rossi, “and it would take a little bit of luck to get that. The two in front of us drove a great race so to be able to finish in front of Josef [Newgarden] and get a trophy is a good day. Huge hats off to the 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys – great pit stops, good strategy and we did what we needed to do today.”


Start / Finish: 4 / 3
Points Earned: 35
Points Standing / Total: 2nd / 430 pts.


Next Race: Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway, Saturday, June 20 at 7:10 p.m. ET
How to Watch or Listen: NBC Sports Network at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday; INDYCAR Radio Network Sirius 214//XM 209


Alexander Rossi:
Andretti Autosport: @FollowAndretti

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Elliott Finishes 15th at Kentucky Speedway

Monday, July 15th, 2019
Chase Elliott 2019 Kentucky Speedway Mtn Dew NAPA 9

Chase Elliott and the Mountain Dew DEWnited States team finished 15th at Kentucky Speedway after overcoming early trouble and battling back into the top ten at one point in the race.



After starting Saturday evening’s race at Kentucky Speedway in the 20th position, Elliott had to make an unscheduled pit stop early on because of a flat right-front tire on his No. 9 Mountain Dew DEWnited States Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The No. 9 team’s misfortune brought out a caution on Lap 48 and put Elliott a lap down. When the caution waved again several laps later, Elliott received the free pass to rejoin the lead lap. From there, he moved from 33rd all the way up to 15th before the green-checkered flag waved at the end of Stage 1.



Following a trip to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel, Elliott began Stage 2 in 24th and climbed inside the top 20 before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop. Once the entire field cycled through green-flag stops, Elliott was scored 17th. He maintained that position through the end of the second stage at Lap 160.



Elliott took the green flag for the final segment in 19th and immediately gained three positions on the restart. By Lap 185, he had moved up to 11th and he eventually climbed into the top ten a handful of laps later. After a final cycle of green-flag pit stops, Elliott found himself running 13th.



A caution in the closing laps sent the race into overtime. Before the two-lap sprint to the finish, crew chief Alan Gustafson called Elliott to pit road for four fresh tires. The No. 9 driver lined up 14th for the restart and rocketed into the top ten before being forced out of the groove as the field raced through turns three and four. Elliott relinquished several positions as his car brushed the wall and ultimately finished the night with a 15th-place finish.



Start / Finish: 20 / 15
Points Earned: 22
Points Standing: 8th / 607 pts.


Next Race: July 21, Foxwoods Resorts & Casino 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90


Chase Elliott:@ChaseElliott
Hendrick Motorsports:@TeamHendrick
No. 9 Team:@Hendrick9Team

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5 Must-Have Specialty Tools For the DIY Garage

Monday, July 15th, 2019
A cramped Kia Sportage engine compartment needs speciality tools

When you start working on cars it is common to acquire a starter tool set to cover most repairs. A set of wrenches and a socket set are great, but a few key specialty tools can be a real time saver. We’ve listed a few of our favorite specialty tools that we think should be in every toolbox.

Hose Clamp Pliers

One of the most hated parts under the hood of a car is the dreaded spring clamp. These clamps are a universal favorite of automobile manufacturers due to their extreme ease of installation. They do a great job of holding hoses in place, but the trouble comes when that hose needs to be removed. Some spring hose clamps were installed on the assembly line before other large components were placed around it (like the engine). Most people reach for a pair of pliers when removing a spring hose clamp, but the spring tabs have a habit of slipping out of the plier jaws. That where hose clamp pliers come to the rescue. Their special jaws grip the spring tabs letting you wrestle the clamp free. For those hard to reach spring hose clamps, a pair of remote spring hose clamp pliers will save your sanity (and your knuckles).

Ratcheting Wrenches

This one sounds basic, but a set of ratcheting wrenches can really save time on a repair. While it makes sense to use a ratchet and socket, sometimes there just isn’t enough room. A ratcheting wrench can easily be half the thickness of a ratchet head and socket combo. In the cramped confines of a modern engine compartment, being able to reach hard to get hardware can make the difference in just how much of the vehicle you need to disassemble to reach your target part. We recommend having a set of metric wrenches and SAE wrenches to handle most situations that come across your driveway.

Stubby Ratchet

A stubby ratchet is another tool that shines in the cramped confines of an engine compartment or under the dash. While it is more difficult to generate leverage with a stubby ratchet, once the nut/bolt is moving the job will move along quickly. A stubby ratchet is great for working on front engine accessories crammed up against the radiator. There a plenty of options for drive size and handle type to suit your needs, but a standard 3/8″ drive stubby ratchet can handle most needs.

OBD Code Reader

A lit check engine light is no fun to diagnose. A basic OBD code reader is a must-have tool for chasing down these annoying gremlins. You can get as fancy as you want, but a basic unit is a great starting point. Pinpointing the exact problem that the onboard computer is flagging is a lot better than throwing parts at a problem. Once you know the error code, you can look it up in the repair manual.

Socket Adapters

Your electric drill or electric impact can be a real lifesaver when it comes to turning long bolts or stubborn hardware. While an electric impact is ideal, an electric drill can still give your wrist a rest with a socket adapter. A great example of wrist torturing hardware is the long threaded rod or bolt that retains the gas tank straps on some cars. Once the nuts are loose, just slip a deep-well socket on the socket adapter and let the power tool do the work.

These specialty tools can make a big difference in both repair time and how much work it takes to finish a job. It may be wise to pick up each tool as you need them to spread out the cost. But once you have them in your toolbox, you will wonder how you ever got along without them.

Check out all the tools & equipment available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on must-have specialty tools, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Sweet Overcomes Adversity at Hartford Speedway

Monday, July 15th, 2019
Brad Sweet World of Outlaws sprint car NAPA AUTO PARTS KKR Hartford

Brad Sweet overcame an early-race incident at Hartford Speedway to finish sixth, then scored a third-place finish the following night at Wilmot Raceway.

Sprint car racing is highly competitive, but the camaraderie of the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was on full display Friday night at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich.



After the NAPA AUTO PARTS team began the evening qualifying eighth-fastest, Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet was able to finish third in his heat, earning the seventh starting position for the 30-lap feature around the 3/8-mile oval located in southwestern Michigan.

On the opening lap of the feature, Sweet was tangled up in a multi-car crash off turn two severely damaging the No. 49 machine. The team was able to get the car back to the work area, where World of Outlaw rules allow for a two-minute window for the crews to make repairs and get the car back out on the track.



Team members from several competing teams dove in and lent a hand, replacing the front axle, nose wing, top wing and other components of the car. The team caught a little luck as the clean-up took longer than expected, allowing the crews to get Sweet back on track for the ensuing restart.



Now in the last position, Sweet battled a violent vibration for the remainder of the race. But the Grass Valley, Calif., native was able to work his way back into the top ten and earned a sixth-place finish when the checker flags flew.

On Saturday, the World of Outlaws teams made the three-hour drive west into Wisconsin to Wilmot Raceway, a 1/3-mile semi-banked oval.



The NAPA AUTO PARTS team stayed true to their championship form, repairing the car from Friday’s crash and laying down the fastest lap in qualifying. Sweet went on to win his heat. He also finished third in the FastPass Dash, giving him the third starting spot for the feature.



At the drop of the green flag, Sweet quickly settled into the third position behind leader Donny Schatz and former KKR teammate Daryn Pittman. After a caution with 25 laps remaining, Sweet was able to get by Pittman off of turn two. He ran in second until David Gravel was able to catch Sweet and get by him with only nine laps remaining.



Sweet held onto the third position, where he would ultimately finish. He retains the World of Outlaws championship points lead, holding a slim, 38-point margin over ten-time champion Donny Schatz.



The Outlaws return to action on Tuesday, July 16 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio.


Start / Finish:
Friday, July 12, Hartford Speedway: 7 / 6
Saturday, July 13, Wilmot Raceway: 3 / 3
Points Standing / Total: 1st/ 5190 pts. (+38 pts. over 2nd)


Next Race: July 16, Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH
How to Watch or Listen:


Brad Sweet: @BradSweet49
Kasey Kahne Racing: @KKRdirt

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4 Road Trip Movies With Valuable Car Lessons

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
4 Road Trip Movies With Valuable Car Lessons

Road trip movies are a popular Hollywood trope, and really, what’s not to like? Get a group of likable characters, stuff them in a car, bus or Winnebago, and watch their interpersonal relationships unravel as hours of proximity exposes the rifts between them.

In addition to entertainment, these four classic road trip movies provide lessons you can apply to your day-to-day dealings with your own car. As long as you don’t take things too seriously, you can tap into this cinematic wisdom and be prepared for whatever the road throws at you.

1. ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’

Not all road trips go according to plan, especially in the movies. This classic hit from the ’80s stars John Candy and Steve Martin, and if there’s one lesson about cars to take away, it’s that you should always, always, always get the full insurance when you rent a vehicle. Sure, there’s a chance you won’t set your rental on fire after falling asleep on the highway and then be forced to drive the charred wreck back to town in a major snowstorm — but there’s also a chance you will.

2. ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

If you’re going to drive cross-country with valuable cargo, it’s nice to have a buddy ahead of you in an ultra-flashy muscle car. Burt Reynolds proved to us that the easiest way to solve the “long way to go, short time to get there” problem was to travel with a buddy, preferably in a Trans Am. You never know when you might need help, especially if you are traveling across long stretches out west.

3. ‘Duel’

What started out as a simple commute turned into the world’s worst road trip in Steven Spielberg’s 1971 movie, “Duel.” Although it was filmed 40 years ago, the lessons in the flick still hold true today in a world where road rage can be lethal. Regardless of whether you’ve been cut off, honked at or otherwise disrespected on the highway, it’s always best to just let it go and keep driving. Especially if there’s a homicidal truck driver on your tail.

4. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

If there’s one lesson that most road trip movies teach, it’s to always be prepared. The post-apocalyptic desert in “Mad Max: Fury Road” is the very definition of an unforgiving environment where you need to bring all the extra gas, water and ammunition you can pack if you want to survive. Of course, the veneer of civilization allows you to replace “ammunition” with “beef jerky” if you so desire, but it’s still sound advice.

Check out all the maintenance parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 16,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on road trips, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Monday, March 4th, 2019

Proper filter maintenance is essential for keeping your car in working order and each needs to be changed following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Even following those guidelines, how you use your vehicle might mean you need to change some filters more often.

If you drive in harsh conditions, then your filters may need more frequent attention. Here’s an explanation of what the filters in your car do and when they need to be changed.

Cabin Air Filters

cabin air filterThis filter keeps the cabin air clean and helps minimize dust, smoke and odors. Each manufacturer has guidelines for how often the cabin air filter should be replaced, so start by checking your owner’s manual. Usually, it’s around every 15,000 to 25,000 miles.

If you drive someplace where there’s more dust in the air, like a desert or a city, you may want to change it more often. At a minimum, change your air filter once a year.

Your owner’s manual will tell you where your cabin air filter is located. Checking it is as simple as giving it a good look. If it’s dirty or covered with debris, then it’s time to swap it out for a new one.

Engine Air Filters

Your engine needs air and it runs best with clean air. An engine air filter removes dust particles that would otherwise be sucked into your engine. If your engine air filter is dirty, then it can cause all sorts of problems.

It leads to reduced power, poor performance and lower fuel economy. That’s if you’re lucky. Over time, a dirty air filter lets dirt into your engine, which can cause expensive damage.

There are a variety of filters available at a range of prices. Most are made of a paper-like material folded into pleats, but foam filters are also available, and even some that are soaked in oil to grab more dirt and last longer.

Always check with your owner’s manual to see what is recommended for your vehicle and follow the maintenance schedule suggested. If you drive in heavy traffic, the desert or off-road, then you’ll want to change this filter more often rather than risk having it get clogged with dirt.

Fuel Filters

It’s not just the air coming into your engine that needs to be clean and free of dirt. The fuel coming into your engine also needs to be clean. The fuel filter catches any impurities in your fuel, which otherwise could impact performance.

This filter lasts longer than the cabin air filter, but once again you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often it needs to be changed. Wait too long and you risk sluggish performance and engine damage.

Oil Filters

Clean engine oil keeps your engine lubricated. Keeping the oil clean is the job of the oil filter. When oil gets dirty it gets sludgy and this can cause a multitude of engine problems.

This is an easy one to remember. Simply have the oil filter changed whenever you get an oil change. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended intervals for oil changes and you’ll keep your oil clean.

Filter maintenance is an essential part of routine car maintenance. Make sure you check your filters at the recommended intervals to keep your engine running smoothly. When was the last time you checked your filters?

Check out all the filters available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 16,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to maintain all of the filters in your car, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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