prices. Excellent website. Wide
variety of stock. Unbelievably fast
shipment. Great customer service.
Frankly, I am astounded.
In this day and age, mediocrity
is often touted as superior and
incompetence is the norm. RockAuto
is the best of the best. You care
and it shows.
Keep up the great
work. RockAuto exemplifies the best
of America. I don't say that lightly.
Al in Pennsylvania
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what to put on your Christmas list
this year? Here are a few items that
should be on every “Do-It-Yourselfer’s”
Cordless LED Work Light (Part
# 73392) is able to outshine its
incandescent and fluorescent counterparts.
The light features a rechargeable
battery which provides six hours of
continuous operation. The included
quick charger recharges the battery
in one hour.
3-In-1 Air Compressor (Part
# 91742) inflates tires, pressurizes
RV water systems, and operates spray
guns and foggers. The 3-In-1 air compressor
also functions as a safety light and
Adjustable Creeper (Part
# 74961) features a fully padded
seat for comfort and adjustable headrest.
The rugged, durable construction allows
for a lifetime of use.
Mobile Service Cart (Part
# 75105) features a large, fully-lined
top and bottom storage tray and lockable
drawer to organize tools, shop accessories,
and parts for greater accessibility.
See the RockAuto.com
catalog for more great gift ideas.
Browse the “Extras”
section, put together a basket of
maintenance parts, replace that broken
driving lamp, or just choose a RockAuto
gift certificate and let you or your
loved one have fun picking out parts!
Raybestos R-300 Rotors
has recently added Raybestos R-300
Performance Rotors to the catalog.
The rotors are designed to improve
pedal feel, prevent rust and corrosion,
and increase the pad life.
- Improves your
pedal feel – Unique S-Grooves
maximize pad to rotor contact for
superior stopping power.
- Prevents rust
and corrosion – Two protective
coatings cover the entire rotor
surface for lasting protection.
- Increases the
life of your pads – Simultaneous
out-gassing moves harmful heat and
gasses to the outside of the rotor.
Find the new
R-300 Rotor in the “Brake/Wheel
Hub” category of the RockAuto
Forum of the Month
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The web site includes forums, an on-line
magazine with over 700 articles, a
worldwide Pontiac car registry, vintage
ads, vintage test reports, and much
more. There is also a growing On-Line
Reference Library of Pontiac Service
Manuals- unlike anything anywhere
else for Pontiac hobbyists.
is proud to support Alex's Lemonade
Stand, a foundation for the prevention
of childhood cancer by matching member
donations. Recently (September 17-19th)
PontiacRegistry.com hosted "A
Pontiac Celebration- 2010" an
all Pontiac show in historic Warwick,
Rhode Island and raised $8000.00 for
children's cancer charities. Pontiac
enthusiasts from throughout the northeast
came out in force to support "Pontiacs
with a Purpose."
and join the growing group of Pontiac
hobbyists who are working to preserve
and share the rich history and heritage
of these great automobiles.
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
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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
years ago, a fellow co-worker had
a 1972 MG Midget, which was at the
time already twelve years old. Knowing
that I had two Austin Healey Sprites
in my garage, he asked me to take
a ride with him as he was hearing
some rattling under the car, especially
when idling. We took a short ride
and sure enough there was a rattle.
I told him that I couldn’t do
much in a white shirt and tie and
this being a lunch hour he would be
better off to bring it around to my
house later where I could take a better
look at it. I waited that evening
but he was a no show. The next day
at work I asked him what happened.
He said the rattle was really bothering
him and he was convinced it was the
transmission so he took it to be rebuilt.
Three weeks later
he got the car back and he again asked
me to take a ride. He was miffed.
Sure enough the rattle was back. The
strange thing was that I could not
hear the rattle from outside the car.
As we stopped at a traffic light I
bent down in the seat to listen to
the drive shaft tunnel. In a moment
I identified the problem and could
start and stop the rattle at will.
Apparently, there was a soda bottle
top that had found its way under the
seat. I picked up the cap and the
rattle was gone. Put it back down
and it rattled again. There is a lesson
in this. I tell my daughters, “Clean
your car, and you may not have to
clean your wallet.”
Thanks for “listening”!
Manny in New Jersey
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 email@example.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
percentage of motorists change their
own motor oil?
A. more than 10%
B. more than 30%
C. more than 50%
DIY Oil Changes
engine oil is many automotive do-it-yourselfers’
(DIY) first experience under the hood.
DIY oil changes are convenient, save
money, help prevent stripped oil drain
plugs, and let the owner choose his
favorite oil filter and oil.
DIY oil changes have
faced challenges over the years. Some
cities considered banning DIY oil
changes to prevent disastrous pollution
from used oil. Strong public support
for DIY oil changes has led to good
solutions, like education and mandatory
oil recycling, in most places.
The latest challenge
could be coming from General Motors.
Traditionally, car manufacturers specify
different oil weights (5W30) or broad
categories like synthetic, but they
all use the same oil standards (currently
ILSAC GF-5 for gas engines) and leave
it up to the vehicle owners or repair
shops to choose their favorite oil
Now GM is changing
the status quo by requiring their
proprietary, Dexos™ oil be used
in new GM cars beginning in 2011.
GM says Dexos™ offers more miles
between oil changes. Skeptics say
Dexos™ is probably very similar
to GF-5. This proprietary oil will
certainly bring licensing fees and
royalties to GM. However, it might
also alienate new GM car owners who
discover a Dexos™ oil change
is more expensive and initially only
available at new car dealerships.
Exclusive oil does not offer owners
have required special, secret-formula
transmission, power steering, and
other fluids in the past. After a
few years, the fluid manufacturers
often figured out how to create a
fluid that met both the single car
manufacturer’s testing standards
as well as the standards everybody
else was using. Proprietary, dealer-only
fluids might be accepted in Europe
or other parts of the world, but DIY
and independent repair shop fluid
changes just have too much support
in the United States. I am guessing
the Dexos™ standard will eventually
just be another footnote on an oil
Find your favorite oil filters, oil
drain plugs, oil drain plug gaskets
and Dorman’s new EZ Drain™
oil drain valves (just push, twist
and drain!) listed under Engine in
catalog. Find standard and unusual
oil filter wrenches under the Extras
|Anthony's 2001 Holden Jackaroo
This is my Holden 2001 Jackaroo (aka
Isuzu Trooper). It is my second Jackaroo,
the first being a 1998 model SE. After
enjoying a very trouble free 4 years
of heavy duty motoring I fell in love
with this model. Consequently I purchased
the newer 2001 model and have had
it ever since. The vehicle is heavily
modified for touring the forests and
deserts of Australia. Some of the
modifications include diff locker,
140 litre fuel tank, bull bar, strengthened
and extra bash plates, roof top tent,
side awning, extended diff breathers,
driving lights, and so on. The vehicle
travels on various trips around Australia
on weekends and extended trips with
a 4WD club. It gets a beating on some
of the tracks.
I have to say that
after the demise of the model, replacement
parts became extremely expensive (they
were already expensive), and hard
to get here in Australia. One of our
4WD forum buddies told me about RockAuto
when I was looking for a replacement
radiator which I purchased from RockAuto
for a better price than any supplied
in Australia. Since then I have purchased
most of my Jackaroos replacement parts
from RockAuto. The latest being a
timing belt kit, again at a much reduced
price than those available here in
I hope to keep the
Jackaroo for many years to come, and
will continue to use parts from RockAuto
to keep the vehicle going. Keep up
the good work!!!
Anthony in Australia
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