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Another Happy Customer!

I just wanted to pass along my appreciation for another very positive experience with RockAuto. I ordered shock absorbers for my 2000 Dodge truck from RockAuto after thorough research concerning brands, prices, etc. Again, like previous orders, the shocks were delivered the second day after placing the order. If only a fraction of the other companies I deal with gave such service how much better life would be.

I am a ASE Master Technician in automobile and light truck and soon will be testing for my medium/heavy truck master certification. Any chance you'll start handling heavy truck parts? Just kidding! Keep up the great service. The website and newsletter are tops in my book.

Harold in Maryland

 

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

3rd Annual Spring of Life Car & Truck Show
Mesa, AZ
3/8/2008
e-mail

3rd Annual East Texas Spring Showdown
Marshall, TX
3/8/2008
website

Atlantic City Collector Car Show
Atlantic City, NJ
2/28-3/2/2008
website

Bakersfield Camaro Club Show
Bakersfield, CA
3/8/2008
e-mail

Relay for Life Car & Bike Show
Olar, SC
3/14-3/15/2008
website

1st Annual Classic Car & Bike Show
Harlingen, TX
3/15/2008
e-mail

11th Annual Boys & Girls Club Benefit Car Show
Sierra Vista, AZ
3/15/2008
website

Melrose on 7th Ave Car Show & Street Fair
Phoenix, AZ
3/15/2008
e-mail

Comanche Cruise Car & Bike Show
Anaheim, CA
3/16/2008
website

22nd Annual Spring Meet Corvette Show
Miami, FL
3/16/2008
website

Spokane Auto/Boat Speed Show
Spokane, WA
3/28-3/30/2008
website

Big River Classic 9th Annual Show & Shine
Madison, MS
3/29/2008
e-mail

7th Annual Troop 362 Car Show
Orange Park, FL
3/29/2008
e-mail

Cruising for a Wish Event
Laurel, MS
3/29/2008
e-mail

3rd Annual Van Horn Car Show
Bakersfield, CA
3/29/2008
e-mail

South Jersey Region AACA Car Event
Pilesgrove, NJ
3/30/2008
e-mail

 

More Parts

TimbrenTimbren Suspension KitTimbren Suspension Kit

With Timbren Suspension Kits (SES Kits) you’ll improve your load handling, be able to haul heavy loads with ease, and eliminate the sag and sway of your truck, SUV, or van.

Easy to Use: Rubber cushions absorb road shocks and automatically adjust to uneven loads or road conditions.

Easy to Maintain: There are no air lines or fittings to allow leaks. Simply bolt the kit on and you are set for a lifetime of trouble free suspension.

Easy to Install: There are no holes to drill, no airlines to route, and SES Kits can be installed in a matter of minutes using basic hand tools.

Before
After

You will find these parts and more under "Suspension Helper" in the "Suspension" category of the RockAuto catalog.

 

RAM Clutches

For over 35 years, RAM Clutches has produced the world's top performing competition and street performance clutch systems.

You will find these parts and more in the "Clutch" category of the RockAuto catalog.

 

 

Get Up To $30 Back!

Monroe Spring Brake Rebate
Offer ends May 31, 2008

Purchase one (1) set of Monroe® Ceramics or Monroe® Dynamics Premium Brake Pads get a $15 Rebate. Purchase two (2) sets of Monroe® Ceramics or Monroe® Dynamics Premium Brake Pads and get a $30 Rebate.

More Info on this and all other current promotions and rebates.

 

 

Super Savings On Long Blocks!

Marshall Engines
Marshall Engines

If you have been waiting to replace your worn out engine...now is your chance to $AVE BIG! Select remanufactured Marshall Long Blocks are reduced in price from $200 up to over $1000!

These incredible savings will only be around while supplies last.

 

 

5% Cashback Bonus

Discover Open Road Card

Attention Discover "Open Road" Card users. Yes, purchases from RockAuto.com qualify for the 5% Cashback Bonus on auto maintenance purchases. Be sure to read Discover's rules in fine print for the Open Road Card. The rebate is limited to the first $100 in combined gas and auto maintenance purchases each billing period, etc.

 

 

Forum Of The Month

Ford-Trucks.com is a great source for Ford truck info.The forum discussions feature a wide range of Ford truck and SUV interests, with targeted areas for late model light duty, heavy duty, diesel, smaller trucks, SUVs, classic trucks, off-roading, performance, aftermarket, and much more. The newer truck sections (2004+ F-150 and Super Duty) have many users who are first time buyers or those “stepping-up” to larger trucks. The diesel section mirrors the explosive growth of the diesel market.

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!

For many years I would jack up a car with scissor jacks while I would change the oil or just inspect the undercarriage. That all changed one fateful day when I was replacing the brake pads on a Ford Taurus. The jack was holding up the car with the wheel off on one side exposing the brake rotor. I was under the front end of the car inspecting the brake hose, and I got up to get a tool. Suddenly...the scissor jack broke with a loud snap and the entire car came crashing down gouging a chip out of the cement with the brake rotor. Good thing I had previously had a bathroom break. The car would have crushed me if I had been under it. I always use jack stands with the jack as a backup now. Safety first for me.

David in Florida

Tell us about your most infamous auto repair blunder. Use your woe to help others avoid similar mistakes. 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. 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!

 

 

Right To Repair

RockAuto

When you think of freedom and rights do you ever think about the right to work on your own car? We are lucky in North America that the right to fix your car seems as natural and uncontroversial as the right to cook your own dinner.

What would you do if somebody tried to take away your right to work on your car? Nobody is going to jump out of a black helicopter and weld the hood on your Impala closed. It is more likely that your Right to Repair will gradually be chipped away to nothing.

For decades there have been many Right to Repair battles quietly going on. On one side are usually new car dealers that want their service centers to be the only places with the tools, parts, and legal right to repair your car. Many justifications for this are presented like vehicle safety, intellectual property rights, the cost of equipment, etc. But the bottom line is that successfully using laws and courts to create a repair monopoly would mean more business and profits.

On the other side are auto parts stores, aftermarket part manufacturers, independent repair shops and do-it-yourselfers (DIY). A repair shop cannot be profitable if it has to buy expensive parts from the car dealers that are its competitors and/or it does not have access to parts and diagnostic tools. DIYers and their cars might be completely out of luck if the car dealers do not even bother to stock low volume parts for old cars.

The battle lines sometimes blur. The same manufacturers now often make both OEM and aftermarket parts. RockAuto sells both OEM and aftermarket brands. Dealers often sell aftermarket parts like bed liners, trailer hitches, etc. Pirated brand names and safety are important issues everybody cares about.

However, the Right to Repair battle is ongoing and real. This is an especially interesting time because of all the electronics in new cars. If only the dealers have access to the latest On Board Diagnostics then only they can do many repairs. The DIYer working on an old Chevy may not think it matters to him. It is easy to visit RockAuto.com and buy new carpet, a new alternator, or new tools to repair an old Chevelle. Most car dealers stopped caring or arguing about Chevelle parts long ago. But today’s new cars will be our kids’ old cars. What is your kid going to work on if molded carpet or an alternator with diagnostics capability become intellectual property only available to new car dealers? Think of all the other machines in your life that must be junked because they are unaffordable to fix or parts are unavailable. What a waste if we have to throw away our Chevrolets like we throw away old washing machines.

For more information about current Right to Repair issues and laws, visit the Owner Clubs & Links page at www.rockauto.com and click on the AAIA link in the Other Services > Miscellaneous category.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Alan's 1958 Fury
Alan's 1958 Fury

Over two years ago this car was moved from Hattiesburg, Mississippi just 24 hours before hurricane Katrina hit the area. The car was a complete mess; it had sat in someone's yard for over 20 years. Shortly after we had it shipped over here to the UK and I started the massive restoration job. The complete car was stripped down to the bare frame, all the rust was cut out of it, and new panels went in.

With the help of RockAuto the engine was rebuilt, and the brake system was modified to a dual circuit system from a Dodge Charger. It stops really well now!! The only part of the car I didn't do myself was the interior. This I had done by a local trimming company, but I did put it all back in myself.

2008 will be her 50th birthday and I hope to take her to a few shows. You never know...she might win a trophy or two.

Many Thanks,
Alan in the UK

 

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