am very happy RockAuto's service.
I tell all my friends to check out
RockAuto whenever they are working
on their cars and need parts. This
year I saved over $1800 with RockAuto
over what my dealer would have charged
me for the same parts.
How do I know?
I would call the dealership and
check prices every time I had parts
to buy and work to be done. I then
would order the parts from RockAuto.
The savings added up to well over
And, I got identical
or better parts than my dealer would
have used, along with the confidence
the work was done right the first
time. I am sold on RockAuto.
David in Chicago
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Lake City Veterans Benefit Car Show
Lake City, FL
2010 East Coast
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On the Square
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El Dorado, CA
Car Club Fall Swap Meet
King of the
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Sixth Annual Charity Car Show
Spookorama Car Show
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Monte Carlo Meet
Romeo Car Show
Winter Park, FL
AAF Tank Museum
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Veterans Open Car Truck Bike
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Dade City, FL
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St Petersburg, FL
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Auto 7 Original Equipment Parts
has recently added Auto 7 to the catalog.
Auto 7 products are manufactured in
Korea by the Original Equipment or
a Tier One Manufacturer of original
equipment parts for Hyundai, Kia,
and GM-Daewoo vehicles. They are engineered
and built to the exacting specifications
of QS9000, ISO14000, and TS16949.
This attention to quality ensures
that every Auto 7 product provides
exact fit and function each and every
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that you need for your vehicle.
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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
ago I had to replace the cylinder
head on my Isuzu Trooper. It was mid-winter
and I only had an hour or so each
evening, and the weekends to work
on it, so the work was very disjointed
(as was my brain as you will see).
I used cut up T-shirts as rags and
had put some in each cylinder to keep
them clean and oiled (you know what's
coming). Once I torqued the head bolts
and put on the belt I started turning
the crank to check cam timing and
got it part way around when it came
to a stop. Uh-oh. I turned it the other way and again it came to a stop. Very quickly I realized there
was no "clunk." And then
I knew why--I had left a piece of
T-shirt in one of the cylinders.
I was tempted to
just remove the bolts and use the
same head gasket, but just couldn't
bear to re-use the gasket or to wait
to get another gasket. So I got a
few coat hangers and some tweezers,
made some long hooks, and then spent
the next hour pulling small pieces
of the rag out of the spark plug hole!
I pulled an entire sleeve of a T-shirt
out bit by bit, eventually getting
out every shred.
And no, I haven't
made THAT mistake again. But, I have
made plenty of others.
Lawrie in Michigan
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OBD II diagnostic trouble code was
most often detected during vehicle
emissions tests in New York City and
A. catalyst efficiency
below a threshold
B. air/fuel too lean
C. insufficient EGR flow
D. evaporative system leak
E. O2 sensor slow response
Emissions Test Tips
wants to breathe dirty air. Cities
with poor air quality are required
to have emissions tests. It is a great
feeling to get that piece of paper
with PASS at the top, but it cuts
a do-it-yourselfer to the quick to
have their beloved car labeled FAIL.
Here are four emissions test tips:
1. Keep up with vehicle
maintenance. It is easier to diagnose
unusual emissions parts problems if
you know the basics like spark plugs,
plug wires, and PCV valves are fresh.
Replacing parts like oxygen sensors
and fuel filters can prevent damage
to more expensive parts like catalytic
converters and vapor canisters. Fail
an emissions test and you may have
only days or a few weeks to fix the
car. You might be required to take
the car to one of the mechanics on
the state’s approved list. It
is much more pleasant to maintain
a car rather than to replace parts
in a panic.
2. If emissions tests
are a hassle, then drive an old car!
New cars usually do not need to be
tested for the first one or two years.
Old cars often do not need to be tested
at all. For example, in Virginia and
Washington State, cars no longer need
to be emissions tested once they hit
25. In California and Indiana cars
built before 1976 do not need testing.
Cars older than 1996 are not tested
in Massachusetts. It is completely
your responsibility to maintain your
old car unless it is seen blowing
clouds of smoke.
States want to test
the largest number of cars at the
lowest cost. If there are relatively
few old cars still on the road, then
it is not worth keeping track of emissions
specifications for them or buying
the test equipment. 1996 was the year
that OBD II (on board diagnostic II)
computers became standard equipment.
1996 and newer cars are often tested
by just plugging the testing station
computer into the car’s computer.
Testing older vehicles requires expensive
dynamometers and tail pipe wands.
Testing fees are
also sometimes lower for older cars.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, vehicles
newer than 1991 cost $45 and older
vehicles cost only $23.
3. Do not get sloppy
about maintenance or alter emissions
systems even if you live in an area
that currently does not require emissions
testing. You might move or if air
quality goes down then emissions testing
will be required. Emissions testing
was initiated while I lived in Detroit.
(My very rusty Dodge passed the test
just fine!) Emissions testing also
has ended in some areas after air
No matter where you
live, if you sell your car, the potential
buyer might want the car to past an
emissions test before he buys.
4. Emissions testing
stations search the computers on 1996
and newer vehicles for diagnostic
trouble codes (DTC) that indicate
the engine is misfiring, the fuel
system pressure is out of control,
there is no signal from the oxygen
sensor, etc. Do not disconnect the
car battery or use a scan tool to
erase any trouble codes that might
be lurking. That is neither a good
way to prepare for the test nor a
good way to cheat! It will guarantee
the testing station sees too many
“Not Ready” codes on the
OBD II computer and the car will automatically
fail the test. It may take a week
of driving for the OBD II system to
collect data and eliminate enough
of the Not Readys.
And do not worry
too much while waiting in that emissions
inspection line. Even including the
many “Not Ready” failures,
90% of cars typically pass their emissions
test on the first try.
|John's 1989 Trans Am GTA
acquired this 1989 Trans Am GTA in
2007 with 112K on it. I happened to
be walking by a friends garage and
saw it sitting there in the condition
in the second photo. I asked what
the story was on it, and he told me
his kid ripped it apart two and a
half years earlier to rebuild the
engine and repair some minor collision
damage. After dad told him he wasn’t
helping him pay for the restoration,
he walked away from it, and there
it sat collecting dust and parts.
I wasn’t too interested at first
at the price he was asking, and the
fact that the wiring harness was sliced
off at the firewall scared me. Several
visits and weeks later he dropped
his price by 30%. Now I was interested.
With a little research
I found out the cut wires were only
for the heater and cruise control.
All the parts, including the cut wires
and motor were with the car, so I
decided to go for it. My original
intent was to just flip the car, but
after getting it home and cleaning
it up, I couldn’t bring myself
to part with it. Being a muscle car
guy and not having a project car at
the moment I decided to restore it
Most of the parts
for the restoration came from RockAuto.
A/C parts, belts, brakes, brake hoses,
calipers, engine mounts, engine sensors,
fuel pump, master cylinder, steering
components, struts, suspension bushings,
universal joints, weather stripping,
As you can see I
think it turned out quite well.
John in New York
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