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Another Happy Customer!

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to email you and let you know how happy I am with your service.

Ordering on line was easy, my parts all came quickly and were "as advertised." Your pricing is very good too. All around a great experience. I shop alot on line and so I know when someone does a good or bad job.

Thanks,
Rick in Massachusetts

 

Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here, email us with details.

Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
11/21-11/22/2009
Rosemont, IL
website

Muscle Car Nationals
11/21/2009
Utica, MI
e-mail

21st Annual Toys-For-Tots Car Show
11/30/2009
Midlothian, TX
e-mail

Toyz 4 Totz-Cops that Care Car Show
12/6/2009
Phoenix, AZ
e-mail

 

See Better & Drive Safer

The clock just rolled back an hour in many places with the daylight-savings time change. It is getting darker earlier and many of us have winter storms to look forward to. It is a great time to check that all headlight bulbs are working.

Many late model vehicles have daytime running lamps. Even if you are enjoying summer in Australia, do not forget to verify that the running lamp bulbs are not burned out. Look under "Electrical-Lamp & Socket" in the RockAuto.com catalog for all the replacement bulbs available for your specific car or truck. Choose OEM style halogen bulbs by Delco, GE, and Wagner or switch to bulbs that are bluish or brighter. Look under "Body-Exterior" if your ride had a rough summer and you need an entire headlight assembly rather than just a bulb. Make it easier for you to see and your vehicle to be seen!

Speaking of visibility, now is also the time to check the windshield wipers. The wiper blades may have dried out over the summer and could be ready to fall to pieces the first time they freeze to the windshield. Take a look under "Wiper & Washer" at RockAuto.com to see the wiper arms, wiper blades and wiper blade re-fills made for your car by Anco, ACDelco, Bosch, Motorcraft and Trico. For many vehicles there are winter blades designed specifically for snow and ice. Wiper motors by A1 Cardone are also found under “Wiper & Washer” if your vehicle’s wiper motor is failing to park the blades or is otherwise dying.

 

 

Planning Ahead for the Holidays?

Gifts

Your gift giving decisions just got easier! Do you know someone who needs parts for the engine they are rebuilding? Or simple things that anyone can replace like air filters or wiper blades? A gift certificate from RockAuto makes an ideal gift.

Gift Certificate
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E-Gift
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Click here to purchase a Gift Certificate today!

 

 

Forum of the Month

The Camaro Forum

The Camaro Forum is an open community/family forum. We invite and welcome all car enthusiasts to join and membership is 100% free. The Camaro Forum is dedicated to all generations of the Chevrolet Camaro.

The Camaro Forum is based on having a friendly/family type atmosphere, where members can discuss, learn, help others, ask questions, get suggestions or ideas from other members and share. The forum has incredibly helpful and knowledgeable supporting vendors (such as RockAuto). The Camaro Forum includes regional sections (where local events and meet & greets can be posted), video and picture sections, discussion sections, performance and modification sections, military and public service appreciation sections, knowledge base sections, the popular off topic section, along with other sections and is always open to starting other sections for members.

So come join The Camaro Forum and make yourself right at home and enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you to the family.

 

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 jessa@rockauto.com.

 

 

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Ouch!

 

A job ALMOST well done.

Recently, I had to replace a rear upper control arm on my '96 Impala SS. A relatively simple job with just two bolts. I backed the car up on ramps but I couldn't get my tools in the tight space with the weight of the car on the suspension. So I used a floor jack to lift the car up a little on one side. I didn't trust the floor jack to stay put while working on the car, so I put that side of the frame on a jack stand, and removed the floor jack. The rest of repair went smoothly.

When I was done and ready to drive down the ramps, I forgot that I still had the jack stand holding up the frame on one side. Needless to say it was a real unexpected shock when the car dropped harder than expected driving off the stand. Luckily there was no damage to the car--just to my pride.

Jeff in Illinois

 

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 awhile!). Please email your story to flamur@rockauto.com. Include your mailing address and shirt size (large or extra large) and we will mail you a RockAuto "Do it yourself?" t-shirt if we publish your story (see the t-shirts under Extras 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!

 

 

Crime Solved in Washington State

RockAuto

Inner Fender

On October 9th, a woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in rural Snohomish County north of Seattle, Washington.

On October 21st, a detective from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in Everett emailed Joseph at RockAuto.com in Madison, Wisconsin to request help identifying their only clue, an inner fender with a couple of zip ties attached.

The inner fender is a piece of black plastic that lines the wheel well above the tire. The inner fender left at the crime scene had no part numbers or other identifying marks. Joseph looked through some of the inner fender photos in RockAuto.com’s online auto parts catalog and asked around the warehouses a bit. He quickly learned he was searching for the proverbial black plastic needle in a haystack of auto parts.

That is when Joseph called Carl at Sherman Body Parts just outside of Detroit. Sherman supplies RockAuto with quarter panels, grilles, cross members, rocker panels, and lots of other body parts including inner fenders. With just a couple of photos, Carl went to work identifying that inner fender from Washington State.

And Carl did it! He determined the inner fender came from the left front wheel well of a ‘99-‘04 Chevrolet Tracker, ‘99-‘05 Suzuki Vitara, or '01-'06 Suzuki XL-7.

The sheriff’s detective contacted the Washington State Department of Licensing and got a list of 1300 Chevrolet Trackers and Suzukis registered in Snohomish County. A new search for a needle in a haystack began.

The big break came when the detective phoned seeking info on a Chevy Tracker registered at a residence approximately 15 miles from the crash site. The woman who answered the phone said her nephew had sold the Tracker and recently moved to an apartment complex. She agreed to ask her nephew to call with information on the Tracker’s new owner.

The nephew received the message from his aunt and excitedly told his roommate that his old SUV might have been involved in a crime. The roommate said he had seen a Tracker-like vehicle with front-end damage in their own apartment complex parking lot!

The detective came out and walked around the apartment complex. He found a Suzuki Grand Vitara with front end damage. Remarkably, it was mostly old front-end damage preceding the hit-and-run.

The old damage had been repaired with zip ties. The left inner fender was missing. The zip ties found on the inner fender at the crime scene matched the zip ties on the Vitara and zip ties found in the Vitara owner’s boyfriend’s garage.

Last week, the Grand Vitara owner, a 46 year old woman, confessed to the hit-and-run. She showed no remorse and only regretted that she would be unable to smoke cigarettes in jail.

It is amazing that this case was solved in less than a month with just an inner fender to work from. It was miraculous that the former Tracker owning nephew just happened to have moved to the apartment complex where the guilty Vitara was sitting. A hit-and-run makes the world seem like a cold and heartless place, but maybe that was offset a bit by the extended community in Washington, Wisconsin, and Michigan that came together to solve this crime.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Mike's 1978 Fiat Spider
Mike's 1978 Fiat Spider

I enjoy my Fiat Spiders, and RockAuto certainly helps!

This is my 1978 Spider with reconditioned brakes. Calipers, rotors, pads, and hoses all furnished by RockAuto.

Mike in Michigan

 

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