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Another Happy Customer!

I was in a fender bender and needed a new headlight assembly. I was telling my friends that I was going to check out the local junk yard. But they said try RockAuto because it's probably cheaper. It was and I was amazed with the speed of delivery and the price! I recommend RockAuto to everyone I know who is looking for parts. Great Job RockAuto!

Tim in Michigan



Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here e-mail with details.

GPAX Annual Show 7th Annual Schocker Run
2/22/2014
Toms River, NJ
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Southwest Florida Seafood Festival & Car Show
2/22/2014
Cape Coral, FL
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Florida Mopars 5th Annual Car Show
2/22/2014
Youngstown, FL
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Frostbite 2014
2/22/2014
Lenexa, KS
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19th All MOPAR Winter Swap Meet
2/22/2014
Ashville, OH
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Cabin Fever Show
2/22/2014
Norfolk, NE
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Healing Heroes Freedom Fest
2/22/2014
Palm Harbor, FL
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Team Bella Family Car & Bike Show
3/1/2014
Victoria, Australia
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NSRA Appreciation & Safety Day
3/1/2014
Gatesville, TX
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Memorial Festival & Car Show
3/1/2014
San Antonio, TX
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Wilde Track Warriors Pontiac Car Club
3/1/2014
Apopka, FL
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Florida Azalea Festival Car Show
3/1/2014
Keystone Heights, FL
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Dave & Eds Super Auto Events Pro-Formance Meet
3/2/2014
Canton, OH
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2014 Car Swap Meet
3/2/2014
Manitowoc, WI
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Citrus County Cruisers 29th Manatee Car & Truck Show
3/2/2014
Lecanto, FL
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Cruisin for CARE Car Show
3/2/2014
Fort Myers, FL
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Annual Car Show/Street Fair
3/2/2014
Phoenix, AZ
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3rd Annual Corvette & Open Car & Truck Show
3/2/2014
Boca Raton, FL
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Capital All Ford Day
3/2/2014
New South Wales, Australia
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Fords by the Lake
3/2/2014
Victoria, Australia
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Magnum by MSI Gaskets

See what we have from Magnum

RockAuto is now carrying Magnum Gaskets. Magnum is the aftermarket gasket brand of Modern Silicone Technologies (MSI), a US-based manufacturer of precision molded gaskets for OEM and aftermarket brands for the past two decades.

Magnum Gasket Sets • Magnum Gasket Sets contain all of the gaskets and seals necessary for a complete repair.
Magnum Head Gaskets • Magnum Head Gaskets, Head Sets and Head Bolts feature world-class technology, engineered specifically for the application.
Magnum Manifold Gaskets •Designed to handle the most demanding operating conditions, Magnum’s MaxDry STL steel intake gaskets carry a limited lifetime warranty against failure with extended life coolants.
Magnum Valve Cover and Oil Pan Gaskets • Magnum Valve Cover and Oil Pan Gaskets include a number of materials and constructions, each targeting long term sealing of the particular engine design.

Magnum builds premium quality gaskets with sealing and durability as good or better than OEM.  Find Magnum gaskets under the Engine, Exhaust, Fuel/Air, Ignition and Transmission categories in the RockAuto catalog.






RockAuto is Looking for a Few Good Cars

RockAuto is Looking for a Few Good Cars

Show off your vehicle and hard work to the world! Submit your car or truck to be considered for the next round of RockAuto Collector Series Magnets. These magnets are sent to our customers worldwide and are given out at car shows and events.

Vintage, high tech street machine, trailer queen or daily driver - all types are encouraged! Send your favorite high resolution image(s), a short story about your car and what parts you have purchased from RockAuto to flamur@rockauto.com.

If your vehicle is chosen, we will make sure to send you plenty of magnets to share with friends and family and make you the envy of your car club.

Tips for taking pictures of your car.

View the full collection of RockAuto Collector Series magnets here.






Forum of the Month

GM Square Body

GM Square Body is a forum dedicated to 1973 to 1987 GM Trucks. Join our 5,000 plus members in discussions on a wide range of topics including the suspension, steering, brakes, transmission, transfer case, tech and so much more. Whether you have questions, answers or just want to show off your ride, join GM Square Body. Registration is fast, free and simple! Once you have registered, introduce yourself in the "Introduction" area.



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 cynthia@rockauto.com.





Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Ouch!

When I was 15, I bought my first car, a 1989 Honda Prelude SI that cost me a whole $200.00. The timing belt had broken and bent the valves, there were rats nesting in the passenger floor board and the body was pretty beat up. After a summer of working at a local auto parts store, I had accumulated enough parts and money to repair it.

The engine repairs went well, and I then decided to tackle the brakes. The front brake replacement went smoothly and I thought the rear had gone smoothly as well. But as I would find out later, boy was I wrong!

It went something like this... With a Haynes manual in hand I started on the rear disc brakes, but, the thing that threw me was the parking brake mechanism. Even though I didn't need to remove the cables to change the pads, I did. Apparently, I didn't get the cables fully reinstalled correctly. After the task was complete, I drove it to work to show it off to some of my co-workers. One side of the parking lot had a slight downhill grade. I, of course, parked there. I left the transmission in neutral and when I pulled the parking brake handle, I heard a pop. This should have been a sign! However, I chose to ignore it. I went into work and pointed to the parking lot to show one of my friends my handiwork. He looked outside and asked, "What are you pointing at?" I looked...and my car was gone.

My Honda was rolling downhill. Usually this would not have been a big deal, but on that day, there was a newer Camaro in the parking spot directly in the path of my car.

Crunch! It hit the side of the Camaro. Speechless, I ran outside, and the owner of the Camaro happened to be standing there. Luckily it didn't do much damage.

Moral of the story: check, double check and then re-check your brakes!

Joshua in Texas




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 a while!). Please e-mail your story to flamur@rockauto.com. Include your mailing address and if you would like a RockAuto T-Shirt (please let us know your shirt size) or Hat if we publish your story. See the T-Shirts and Hats under Tools & Universal Parts 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!






Automotive Trivia

Automotive Trivia

The first automotive oil filter was patented and built by which manufacturer starting in 1923?

A. Bosch
B. Fram
C. Purolator
D. WIX


Answer below






Oil Filters and Vegetables

RockAuto

DENSO oil filter marketing literature warns against picking an oil filter based on nothing but a “pretty paint job and attractive packaging.” Reading that made me feel a little guilty about the DENSO oil filter I had recently installed on my family's Dodge van. Had I picked that filter only because of its beautiful deep blue paint?

Like many do-it-yourselfers, I enjoy picking out oil filters. With many newer cars, the computer tells the owner if it is time to change the oil. An oil level sensor has even replaced the dipstick on some cars. (The photo below shows an oil level sensor built by Standard Motor Products for BMW engines.) But for now, changing the oil filter remains an easy way to actively care for my vehicles and to perhaps compensate for any recent abuse. Hopefully, that nice DENSO oil filter made my van forget that I had loaded it up with tons of landscaping rocks.

STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS Part L26001

Rather than being tied to a particular oil filter brand, I tend to think of oil filters like I do vegetables. One brand of oil filter might have an advantage over another for certain driving conditions, and broccoli might contain some vitamins that corn does not. I use a variety of filters and eat a variety of vegetables.

RockAuto has oil filters by famous brands such as ACDelco, Bosch, Fram, Motorcraft, WIX, etc. that I have been conditioned to trust since I was a boy carefully putting their logo decals on my model cars. Even RockAuto’s least expensive, perhaps less attractively painted filter choices are often made by the same manufacturers as the famous brands. All the manufacturers list their filters’ numerous benefits. RockAuto has nine oil filter brands currently available for my wife’s humble 1993 Ford Tempo!

There are so many good choices that I end up constantly switching the oil filter brands I install on my vehicles. One of the reasons is that I want to personally try as many of the brands RockAuto sells as I can. Another, perhaps silly reason is I want my cars to be able to experience the good things promised by every filter brand. I get to eat many different vegetables so why not let my cars sample every available filter. For six months the Tempo got to enjoy Bosch FILTECH that “utilizes an exclusive blend of natural and synthetic materials to provide superior oil filtration and increased engine wear protection.” Next, the Tempo got to try a Motorcraft filter with “optimal capacity and efficiency.” The Tempo has experienced almost all of the nine brands. I look forward to trying a new Mopar filter made by Magneti Marelli and a K&N Pro Series filter with “high flow design.” What car enthusiast would not get excited about having the K&N logo under their hood for six months!

Our trusty Tempo seems happy with all its filters. Installing any new oil filter at the correct maintenance interval is definitely better than continuing to use a dirty old one. Eating any vegetables is better than subsisting only on junk food. However, the benefits claimed by the different oil filter manufacturers may be more important for certain engine designs and driving environments. It is next to impossible for a do-it-yourselfer or even a professional lab to test every filter under all possible driving conditions. We pretty much have to rely on what the filter manufacturers tell us. In the next newsletter I will look at some of the claimed oil filter benefits, why they may or may not be important and how they are interrelated.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com


To read more of Tom's articles, click this link and choose from story titles on the Newsletter Archives page.





Derek's 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Derek's 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

I bought my truck (a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500), while I was still in engineering school. I never expected it would be the way it is today when I bought it. I was always into the idea of off roading and now that I had a capable truck, I could embark on off road adventures. Little by little I found the truck's limitations and improved upon them whenever I could.

Long story short, the truck is now a 7" lifted, solid front axle, daily driven rock crawler with 37" tall tires and 1 ton running gear. I plan to keep it about this size to keep the street "drivability" and I will always go to RockAuto for my replacement and maintenance parts on it. All of the seals, bearings, brake parts, springs and steering gear were purchased from RockAuto. I was even able to find Ford's proprietary brake caliper retaining bolt at RockAuto - a part that not a single store in my area could obtain.

I had dreamt of a truck like this since I was a little boy, and I now enjoy wrenching on it, and making it my own.

Derek in Illinois

 

 




Share Your Hard Work

Do you purchase parts from RockAuto? If so, RockAuto would like to feature you & your car or truck in our monthly newsletter. New, old, import, domestic, daily driver, trailer queen, classic, antique, we want to see them all! Please e-mail flamur@rockauto.com with your vehicle's history, interesting details, your favorite images and what parts from RockAuto you have used.






Let RockAuto Help

Let RockAuto Help

Are you organizing a car show or other auto related event? From goody bag stuffers to gift certificates...we can help. We can even publicize your event in our newsletter.

Just send an e-mail to marketing@rockauto.com with information about your show.






Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

The first automotive oil filter was patented and built by which manufacturer starting in 1923?

A. Bosch
B. Fram

Answer: C. Purolator (At most, 10% of the engine's oil flow was routed through these early filters at any one time. The other 90% of the oil bypassed the oil filter. After enough cycles, all the oil would eventually have been routed through the filter at least once. Full flow oil filters that filter 100% of the oil during every cycle came later.)
D. WIX


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