Originally Posted by helikon
just a little followup on starters and alternators. My understanding is that AC Delco themselves do not remanufacture these items but are contracted out where they must be reman to Delco'* high standards.
Quite likely, but you still have a choice between Delco-branded rebuilds (okay, "remanufactures") and totally third-party efforts that don't even pretend to be original-equipment suppliers. I'll still go with the Delco brand over a third party anytime; I was able to do a straight swap, paperwork-free, over the counter at Lee Auto Parts when they saw that my dead alternator was a Delco rebuild, just like the ones they sell, even though I had originally bought it at Trak Auto. Mine was identical to theirs, right down to matching ink stamps on it, so it was obviously a defective one from the same supplier.
If it had been a third-party rebuilt unit they wouldn't have been able to touch it, since _they_ in turn wouldn't have been reimbursed for it further up the line.
(I also notice that the third-party ones don't even _look_ original; e.g. instead of the original black-finish pulley/fan assembly, they'll stick on some weird cad-plated thing...)