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Another Happy Customer!

Compared prices with all the auto parts stores around me and RockAuto beat them all!

The part even arrived one day earlier than estimated.

Ralph in California



Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here e-mail with details.

17th Annual Galaxie Nationals
10/25/2013
Springfield, MO
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Bradford County Relay for Life
10/26/2013
Starke, FL
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Thunder in Omaha Car Show
10/26/2013
Omaha, TX
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Asphalt Angels Car Club Fall Show
10/26/2013
Bowie, MD
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3rd Annual South Texas Stangs Benefit Car Show
10/26/2013
Seguin, TX
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16th Annual Jeeptoberfest Jeep Show
10/26/2013
Ocala, FL
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MOTA Fall National Car Show
10/26/2013
Burnsville, MS
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Wewoka Sorghum Days Car Show
10/26/2013
Wewoka, OK
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58th Annual Florida Forest Festival
10/26/2013
Perry, FL
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Classics on the Green Lumberton Historical Society's 6th Annual Show
10/26/2013
Lumberton, NJ
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All American GM Day Car Show 2013
10/27/2013
Victoria, AU
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Jeep Fest Halloween Show
10/30/2013
Lake City, MI
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Susan G. Komen Car & Bike Show
10/31/2013
Purcellville, VA
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3rd Annual American Heroes Car Show
11/2/2013
Bakersfield, CA
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Fall Hog Festival Car Show
11/2/2013
Selmer, TN
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Vintage Wheels Car Show
11/2/2013
Centerville, IN
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Mi Vida 4th Annual Benefit Car Show
11/2/2013
Yuma, AZ
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16th Annual Corvette Show
11/2/2013
Ocala, FL
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Northhampton Park Fundraiser
11/2/2013
Spencerport, NY
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8th Annual Heritage Square Car Show
11/2/2013
Sulphur Springs, TX
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Ancient City Auto Club's 29th Annual Auto Show
11/2/2013
Saint Augustine, FL
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3rd Annual Saluting Our Veterans Car Show
11/2/2013
Asheville, NC
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Annual Car Show
11/2/2013
Cullman, AL
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Vincennes University Auto Club 23rd Annual Car Show
11/2/2013
Vincennes, IN
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Bay County Sheriff's Office Project 25 Car Show
11/3/2013
Panama City, FL
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6th Annual Toys for Tots Christmas Cruise Auto Show
11/3/2013
Fredrick, MD
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8th Annual Veterans Day Car & Truck Show
11/8/2013
Bastrop, TX
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5th Annual Jeeps in the Vineyard
11/9/2013
Trenton, NJ
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Autumn Classic Car, Truck & Cycle Show
11/9/2013
San Antonio, TX
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Flabob Fly N Drive
11/9/2013
Riverside, CA
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ETE REMAN

See what we have from ETE Reman


RockAuto is now offering ETE REMAN automatic transmission assemblies and transfer case assemblies for a wide variety of vehicles on the road today. ETE REMAN takes OE transmissions and transfer cases and makes them better - more powerful, more reliable and more efficient. ETE Research and Development engineers analyze all transmissions and then design replacement parts which often improve upon the quality of the original component.

ETE REMAN does a complete road simulation using their proprietary dynamometer-testing program called C.A.R.S. (Computer Aided Road Simulation). Every transmission is cold and hot tested. To stand behind their products, ETE REMAN provides a no-hassle, three-year, unlimited mileage, nationwide parts and labor coverage warranty.

Learn More About ETE's C.A.R.S. Testing:

When you need a remanufactured automatic transmission or transfer case assembly, find ETE REMAN solutions in the RockAuto catalog for everything from Buicks to Volvos.





The $4, $3, $2, $1 Wiper Wholesaler Closeout is Bigger Than Ever!

The $4, $3, $2, $1 Wiper Wholesaler Closeout is Bigger Than Ever!

A competitor switched suppliers for their private label wiper line and created one of the best Wholesaler Closeout bargains for RockAuto customers ever! Thousands are already in inventory. Thousands have been sold. More are coming!

First-quality wiper blades and refills made by Trico, including the latest "beam-style" blades and specialty products like Winter and Teflon blades, are available priced under $4. Many cost less than $2!

While some of these wipers normally cost over $20, we offer Teflon Shield, Neoform, and other direct fit premium wipers for less than $4 to exactly fit everything from Toyota Corollas to Jaguar XJ8s!

With Winter and Heavy Duty blades costing less than $2, it is the perfect time to replace the wipers on all your family's cars, or stock up on wipers your customers will need. As with all Wholesaler Closeouts, quantities are limited so get them while you can! Many new pallets of wipers are now off the trucks and will be available in the catalog soon. Keep checking back! Find wipers for your vehicle under "Wiper & Washer" in the RockAuto catalog.






Forum of the Month

Trans Am Country

Trans Am Country (TAC) is an online community dedicated to the preservation of all Firebird years and models. Established in 2002, TAC was built on a foundation of strong family values and respect that offers all of our members a friendly environment for learning and sharing information about these great cars. The community has active members from all over the world and is growing each day. With specialized sub-forums covering the full gamut of topics and specialties, TAC has something for every Firebird owner and enthusiast. Visit and join today, memberships are free!

If you are the administrator or member of a forum and you would like to see your website featured in an upcoming newsletter and receive a discount code to share with your members, contact cynthia@rockauto.com.






Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Ouch!

The odometer of my son's 1994 Toyota Camry recently turned over 233,000 miles. Knowing the timing belt was last changed at 172,000 and that Toyota recommends replacing the belt every 60,000 miles, I ordered a timing component kit, which includes the belt, tensioner spring, water pump and idler pulley.

I removed the upper motor mount, A/C and alternator belt, power steering belt and timing cover and belt.  As part of replacing the water pump, you have to drain the cooling system.  This particular car does not have a drain valve, so you drain it by pulling the lower radiator hose.  I did that and went on to install the new water pump and the timing belt and buttoned everything back up. I had a little bit of trouble getting the timing set correctly, but after a couple false starts, the engine was running smoothly and everything was OK.

Until...

My son called the next night at 10:30 PM. "Dad, the car overheated and is by the side of the road. There is coolant everywhere!" 

To make a long story short, amongst all of the things I had to do to get the car back together, I had forgotten to move the clamp over the raised part of the radiator outlet and the hose had literally blown off! 

A couple of minutes with a pair of pliers and 1 1/2 gallons of coolant later, the Camry was back on the road, ready for another 60,000 miles.

Phil in Colorado

Tell us about your most infamous auto repair blunder or unconventional fix. Use your woe to help others avoid similar mistakes or share off-the-wall solutions that worked (at least for a while!). Please e-mail your story to flamur@rockauto.com. Include your mailing address and if you would like a RockAuto T-Shirt (please let us know your shirt size) or Hat if we publish your story. See the T-Shirts and Hats under Tools & Universal Parts in the catalog. The story will be credited using only your first name and your vague geographic location (state, province, country, continent, etc.) so you can remain semi-anonymous!






Automotive Trivia

Automotive Trivia

What was unique about a "Blackout" 1942 Chevrolet?

A. High gloss black lacquer paint, tinted rear window and black sidewall tires.
B. A second headlight switch turned on the headlights but disabled all other exterior lights. A rheostat made headlight brightness adjustable.
C. No chrome anywhere on the car except for chrome plated bumpers.


Answer below





Tracking Down the Suspect Fuse

RockAuto

Tracking down the circuit that is draining the battery gets harder if the problem is intermittent. Current drains can often be found by unplugging connectors or removing fuses and then using an ammeter or test light to bridge the disconnected electrical contacts. There is current draining away if the test light turns on or the ammeter gives an amp reading. However, disconnecting connectors or pulling fuses might also sometimes only hinder diagnosis by inadvertently making the problem temporarily go away.

This is especially true for newer, computerized cars (“newer” includes my son’s 1990 Lincoln!). Disconnecting power might reset the computer controlling a problem circuit so that the problem temporarily disappears. For example, maybe a body computer is staying on forever because it is receiving a signal that a door is still ajar. Disconnecting power to the computer or the door sensor might reset everything back to normal until the next time the offending door is opened or some other trigger reactivates the problem. Disconnecting things can delay tracking down intermittent problems on cars from almost any era. Diodes, capacitors, electromagnetic relays and other basic electronic components with problems might be temporarily “reset” if their host part is unhooked from the vehicle’s positive and/or ground connections.

Here is another method for troubleshooting battery drains. Instead of unplugging stuff and using the ammeter function on your multi-meter, leave everything hooked up and use the multi-meter’s voltmeter function set to millivolts. Voltage (V) equals current (I) multiplied by resistance (R) or V=I x R. Everything, even the best automotive wire or fuse from RockAuto, has at least some tiny resistance. R is always greater than zero. Therefore, any current (I) flowing through a fuse (with R resistance) will create a measurable voltage (V) drop across the fuse.

Remember to set the multi-meter to millivolts. The fuse’s resistance is very small so the voltage across the fuse will be small. Put the meter’s probes on the exposed ends of old style glass fuses. Put the probes on the two exposed contact points on the backs of blade fuses (see photo). If the measured millivolts are anything above zero, then current is passing through that fuse and the circuit protected by that fuse might contain the malfunctioning part that is draining the battery.

Put the probes on the two exposed contact points on the backs of blade fuses
Put the probes on the two exposed contact points on the backs of blade fuses

It might be normal for current to be traveling through some fuses even when the engine is off and the key is out of the ignition. New cars often have systems that are designed to stay powered up for minutes or even hours after the car is turned off. Old cars may have clocks, alarms and other systems that always draw current but not enough to quickly drain the car battery.

Comparing millivolt readings from known and unfamiliar fuses can help track down something abnormal. Let’s say the fuse for the dome light circuit has four millivolts across it when the dome light is on. That means another circuit with a seven millivolt reading across its fuse would definitely drain the battery if allowed to draw current indefinitely after the car is shut off. Continue to track down the problem by using the owner’s manual or service manual (found under “Literature” in the RockAuto catalog) to find out what parts and systems are on a suspect fuse’s circuit.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com


To read more of Tom's articles, click this link and choose from story titles on the Newsletter Archives page.






Shawn's 1986 Porsche 944

Shawn's 1986 Porsche 944

After a couple of years dealing with cancer, my buddies and I took a long deserved vacation to Florida where I met my first love, a red 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo! A few years and many miles later, I met my future wife and soon started a family. We know what happened next. My red beauty went up on blocks, covered and stored for 10 years.

Enjoying a coffee while sitting in the same courtyard at the resort where we were married, my wife surprised me with the best anniversary gift ever, the restoration of my beloved beauty! A friend that can fix anything with a motor had picked up my car and had it running, awaiting my return.

There was still some work to be done, but with the help of RockAuto's fast and easy online store, we were able to get back the car of my dreams. Although there were not a ton of parts needed (front and rear shocks, plugs, filters, blades), every little part helped.

I appreciate everything about RockAuto and will continue to recommend and shop with you!

Shawn in Ontario, Canada


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Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

What was unique about a "Blackout" 1942 Chevrolet?

A. High gloss black lacquer paint, tinted rear window and black sidewall tires.
B. A second headlight switch turned on the headlights but disabled all other exterior lights. A rheostat made headlight brightness adjustable.

Answer: C. No chrome anywhere on the car except for chrome plated bumpers. (To conserve scarce metals in wartime, the US government restricted the use of chrome on new cars. These "blackout" cars were only produced by GM and other car manufacturers in January 1942. This Blackout 1942 Chevy is exhibited at the LeMay car museum in Tacoma, WA.)

This Blackout 1942 Chevy is exhibited at the LeMay car museum in Tacoma, WA.


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