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Replacement Window Regulators
Window regulators support and move the window glass. Lightweight window regulators used on some newer vehicles wear out surprisingly fast. Replacement window regulators by Cardone, Dorman, URO and other RockAuto manufacturers are typically re-engineered to be stronger and last longer than the originals.
Whether you drive an Acura, a Volvo or a brand in between, look under "Body-Interior" in the RockAuto catalog for window regulators that are better, cost less and are as easy or easier to install than the originals.
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Mistakes & Blunders
Many years ago, I was building our house and decided that we needed a truck much more than a toy car so I sold my ’67 GTO (before the values skyrocketed) and bought a pretty beat up Chevy pickup. It served the purpose, but it turned out to have been abused - like maybe nobody changed the oil too often.
A couple of years later, with no compression in a cylinder or two, it needed rings. So, working outside on a dirt driveway, off came the heads, out came the pistons and in went a new set of rings. Two days later, it was all back together and ready to start, except that I had one bolt left over in the bolt box with no idea where it went. I spent close to an hour searching and couldn’t figure it out. The bolt was dirty so it must have come off the outside of the motor somewhere – how bad could it be.
I decided to go ahead and try to start it. It cranked very slowly, like the battery was half dead. How could that be? It had only been parked a few days. Then I noticed the smoke coming from under the hood. What?!
Turns out, at the start of the job I had disconnected the battery ground from a bracket on the engine and carefully tucked the cable out of the way – and out of sight. The mystery bolt was the bolt for that cable. The smoke was insulation burning off the 10 gauge, body ground wire as the starter current tried to flow through that totally inadequate path.
I bolted the cable back where it belonged, and it started right up. Adjusted the lifters and timing and I was good to go!
Chris in New Hampshire
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What does MG stand for? (the British sports car, not the metal magnesium)
A. Morgan Gear
B. Morris Garages
C. Motor Guilloche
My son needs a bit more practice parallel parking his 1990 Lincoln Mark VII before he takes his driving test. For some reason this makes me think more frequently about the air bag mounted on the Lincoln’s steering wheel. This is the first air bag in the family fleet. What does my son do if the air bag warning light ever turns on while he is driving down the road by himself? His sixteenth birthday is fast approaching.
An illuminated air bag warning light is not one of the lights that means pull the Lincoln over immediately to avoid damaging the engine or driving without brakes. However, it does mean the air bag may not work in an accident and something needs to be fixed.
The air bag clockspring is a likely culprit on the Lincoln and many other air bag equipped cars. The air bag moves with the steering wheel. Spring-loaded electrical contacts do not provide a reliable enough connection for crucial safety equipment. The steering column manufacturers had to come up with a way to hardwire the electrical connections but still allow for movement. The air bag clockspring is a coil of wire that unspools and spools as the steering wheel turns. The coil of electrical wire tape resembles the coiled metal springs found in mechanical clocks.
The air bag clockspring electrical wire might wear out and snap after many miles and turns of the steering wheel. Dorman and Standard Motor Products (SMP) are two of RockAuto’s manufacturers that make new air bag clocksprings for some of the most failure prone vehicles.
The air bag clockspring wire also provides the electrical connections for the buttons on the steering wheel. If the horn, cruise control, radio or other buttons mounted on the steering wheel stop working then that might be another indication that the air bag clockspring is failing.
Air bag clocksprings are found under Body-Interior in the RockAuto catalog. Clicking on the Info button next to the Dorman clocksprings will bring up a video of a typical airbag clock spring installation. The Dorman video and my son’s Haynes manual instruct to first disconnect the battery and let the car sit a few minutes to be sure the air bag system is powered down. Haynes says a fuse should also be removed on newer Lincolns. Find repair manuals with instructions for your specific vehicle under Literature in the catalog. Once the power is off, remove the air bag, use a steering wheel puller and then take out and replace the air bag clockspring.
Typical air bag clockspring
New air bag clocksprings vary in cost depending on things such as how many buttons are on the steering wheel. A Dorman air bag clockspring for my son’s ’90 Lincoln currently is $60. A SMP Intermotor air bag clockspring for the 2010 Lexus LS460 equipped with a steering wheel finished in wood and leather currently is $213. Just another example I can give my wife to prove a ’90 Lincoln Mark VII is a practical, frugal vehicle choice for our teenager!
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Joe's 1969 Lincoln Mark III
This is my father's rare 1969 Lincoln Mark III. It was made in 1968 and sold as a 1969. During the mid-1969 production, Lincoln made a lot of changes to the Mark III due to new federal regulations, which this car does not have. I could not drive this beauty when I was in high school in the '70s because it was his pride and joy. But, my father finally gave me his "Humpback Lincoln" at my 20th high school reunion. I have had it now for almost 20 years and drive it on a regular basis.
My father is gone now, but his car lives on thanks to RockAuto. From seals to gaskets, bearings and carburetors, electric motors, and carpets, RockAuto has the right parts for this car at the right price.
Joe in California
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What does MG stand for? (the British sports car, not the metal magnesium)
A. Morgan Gear Answer B: Morris Garages. MG started out in the 1920s putting new bodies on Morris vehicles. MG was purchased by Morris in 1935. Morris and Austin Healy were integrated into BMC in 1952. MG was subsequently part of Rover and BMW. MG is currently owned by Chinese car manufacturer, SAIC Motor Corp. C. Motor Guilloche