RockAuto December Newsletter :: Early Edition

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Another Happy Customer!


I just wanted to thank you for the excellent service. I purchased a power steering filter for my Eldorado that I could not find anywhere I looked in Canada. You had the part in stock at less than half the price that GM quoted me for a special order, and you shipped it to me the next day.

Thanks again,

Shock Absorbers not socks for Christmas

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German catalog

Open the German language catalog

The RockAuto catalog is now available in German. Click the "Deutsch" link on the homepage to open the German language catalog.

Click on the "Deutsch" link on the homepage to open the German language catalog



Forum of the month

Do you remember custom vans and vanning in the 1970's? Well folks, vanning is alive and well in the new millennium! was founded in 1997 to bring vanners from all over the world together into cyberspace on one forum. is your one-stop resource for all things vanning.

Registration is free so what are you waiting for? Get that old van out of dad's back yard and fix her up!


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



Repair mistakes & blunders


This was a case of making a mountain out of a molehill.

I rebuilt an engine on my test stand. Of course after it was done I had to break it in to test for leaks etc. Over the next hour or so, it ran great, didn’t overheat, and had no leaks. It was late, but I was happy with my results. I cleaned up my tools and put them away, got things organized in the garage, and washed my hands. But just before I turned off the lights, I decided to listen to the engine purr one more time.

It fired up, ran for about 15 seconds, and died! After that it would only crank, but would not fire. Disappointed, I tore into it, trying to figure out the problem.

Long story short, I spent the next two hours trying to diagnose the problem before I gave up for the night. As I headed for the light switch, I accidentally knocked over the gas can/fuel supply. It rolled across the floor with a hollow sound. The "problem" was an empty gas can.

Tom in Illinois



Is your car ready for winter?

Is your car ready for winter?


More than 70 percent of motorists admit that they did not have their cars winterized in preparation for inclement weather, according to a survey conducted by the Car Care Council. This can prove dangerous if your car breaks down due to a lack of preventative maintenance. Why take the risk?

The good news is that it’s not too late to prepare your vehicle for harsh winter weather. The Car Care Council recommends the following tasks be performed by a do-it-yourselfer or professional automotive technician.

  • Check the coolant (antifreeze) every year; coolant should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles.
  • Check the battery and exhaust system.
  • Be certain the heater and defroster are working properly.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full, decreasing the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
  • Check tire tread depth and tire pressure; consider special tires if snow and ice are a problem in your area.
  • Make sure the headlights work and are properly aimed.
  • Replace wiper blades every six months; consider special snow blades if the weather dictates.

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Mopar or no car!

The '64 Sport Fury (red car) was a completely trashed race car when I picked it up about 10 years ago in California. My wife and I gutted what was left of it, and did the restoration ourselves in my shop. Some parts were difficult to find, but persistence pays off.

The '68 Charger (blue car) was wrecked in Vegas and barely running. Again, my wife and I rebuilt the complete car with new interior, brakes, suspension and body work. When both the Fury with its 383 and the Charger with a 440 are running in my shop, the neighbors think there's an earthquake happening!!! My advice to restorers...marry a car nut like yourselves and you'll be together for the 26 years and counting!

Tom in Tennessee


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