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Another Happy Customer!

I've been a RockAuto customer for some time now and this most recent experience was just what I would expect. Several well-known brands of the product for me to choose from, in stock, at prices that are more than competitive. Fast shipping and great customer service, too!

This purchase (brake calipers) had core charges involved and the return/refund process was fast and easy as well.

Thanks again RockAuto!

Tom in Delaware

 

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

2013 Dickey's Barbeque Pit
3/23/2013
Taylors, SC
e-mail

26th Annual All Oldsmobile Show
3/23/2013
Gilbert, AZ
e-mail

Cajun Classic Chevy Club Car Show benefitting "Dreams Come True"
3/23/2013
Baton Rouge, LA
e-mail

4th Annual American Business Woman's Relay for Life Car Show
3/23/2013
Thibodaux, LA
e-mail

Cruisn' for Christ Car Show 4th Annual Classic Car Show
3/23/2013
Wichita Falls, TX
e-mail

Tractor Supply Car Truck Bike Tractor Show
3/23/2013
Harrisburg, NC
e-mail

Vietnam Veterans of America 10th Annual Car Show
3/24/2013
Tampa ,FL
e-mail

Iowa Street Rod Association 2013 Cruise In, Garage Tours, & Car Show
3/28/2013
Brooklyn, IA
e-mail

Studebaker Nationals
3/28/2013
New South Wales, AU
e-mail :: website

6th Annual FJ Northeaster Easter Run 2013
3/29/2013
Cornwall Bridge, CT
e-mail

AACA Sugarloaf Mountain Region 43rd Annual Antique Auto Parts Swap Meet
3/29/2013
Mt. Airy, MD
e-mail

MG National Meeting
3/29/2013
Queensland, AU
e-mail

British Classic Car & Bike Show 7th Annual "Wheels Across the Pond"
3/30/2013
Jupiter, FL
e-mail

SFLA Mazda Crew 2013 Events
3/30/2013
Hollywood, FL
e-mail

2013 Aiken Horsepower Associations Spring Fling
3/30/2013
Windsor, SC
e-mail

Classic Car Show
4/1/2013
Shalford, UK
e-mail

Red Rock Cruisers 2013 events
4/1/2013
Chicopee, MA
e-mail

ChallengerFest4
4/5/2013
New Orleans, LA
e-mail

Texas Packard Association 2013 Events
4/5/2013
Emporia, KS
e-mail

Southern Wheels Club Annual Show
4/6/2013
McCalla, AL
e-mail

April Fools South Albany High School Car Show
4/6/2013
Albany, OR
e-mail

Corvettes of Enid Car Club Corvette Expo
4/6/2013
Enid, OK
e-mail

Car show for National Kidney Foundation
4/6/2013
Dundalk, MD
e-mail

Pig Trail Harley Davidson Show n Shine Car Show
4/6/2013
Rogers, AR
e-mail

Spring Thaw Cruise
4/7/2013
Vineland, NJ
e-mail

Empire Galaxies - Spring Break Cruise for a Cause Raffle
4/7/2013
Wantagh, NY
e-mail

Corvettes for St. Jude
4/13/2013
Clearwater, TN
e-mail

Wood Chapel UMC Auto Show
4/13/2013
Greer, SC
e-mail

Nismo Fiesta
4/13/2013
San Antonio, TX
e-mail

25th Annual Bayshore Fine Rides
4/13/2013
Baytown, TX
e-mail

4th Annual Thunder on the Blue Car Show
4/13/2013
Boise, ID
e-mail

17th Annual Classic Car Show
4/13/2013
Diamond Bar, CA
e-mail

Kool April Nites
4/13/2013
Redding, CA
e-mail

St. Patrick's School 8th Annual Car Show
4/14/2013
Lake Grove, NY
e-mail

East Coast Car Association Toys for Tots 2012 Events
4/14/2013
Ridgewood, NY
e-mail


The $4, $3, $2, $1 Wiper Wholesaler Closeout!

The $4, $3, $2, $1 Wiper Wholesaler Closeout!

A competitor switched suppliers for their private label wiper line and created one of the best Wholesaler Closeout bargains for RockAuto customers ever! First-quality wiper blades and refills made by Trico, including the latest "beam-style" blades and specialty products like Winter and Teflon blades, are now available priced under $4. Many cost less than $1!

While some of these wipers normally cost over $20, we offer Teflon Shield, Neoform, and other direct fit premium wipers for less than $4 to exactly fit everything from Geo Metros to Ferrari 360s! Here are a few examples of Trico wipers now available as Wholesaler Closeouts:

  • $1 or less for OE Metal Refills and Twin Rail Metal Refills
  • $2 or less for AeroVantage
  • $3 or less for Heavy Duty Blade, Winter Blade, Exact Fit, and Winter Teflon Blade
  • $4 or less for Teflon Blade, Classic Blade, Teflon Shield, Innovision, Contour BB, and Neoform

It is the perfect time to replace the wipers on all your family's cars, or stock up on wipers your customers will need if you're a professional mechanic. As with all Wholesaler Closeouts, quantities are limited so get them while you can! Find wipers for your vehicle under "Wiper & Washer" in the RockAuto catalog.

Wiper Contest!
Premium wipers make great gifts for graduations, weddings, Sweet Sixteens, dinner parties, jury duty, or to welcome new neighbors. Use them as pedestrian bridges on your model train layout or to replace your broken ceiling fan blade. Possibilities are endless and, to encourage creative thinking, we're offering RockAuto T-Shirts and RockAuto Hats for the most creative non-traditional wiper blade uses. Send a picture and description to marketing@rockauto.com by April 30th and we'll feature some of our favorites in our May newsletters.

Don't try this at home : )

 

 

Magneti Marelli Parts Now Available at RockAuto

See what we have from Magnetti Marelli

RockAuto is pleased to offer automotive lighting by Magneti Marelli. This manufacturer, with their lighting division headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, designs and builds automotive exterior lighting products for all major car manufacturers worldwide. Designed for European Market applications European Market applications will display this flag in the RockAuto catalog (vehicles originally sold within Europe), our Magneti Marelli parts are ready to ship to you from the UK.

Automotive lighting by Magneti Marelli

If you find yourself in need of a 2000 Fiat Bravo Tail Lamp Assembly, a 2011 Renault Master Turn Signal Lamp Assembly, a 1996 Mercedes-Benz C200 Headlamp Assembly, or need new lighting for any other European Market vehicle, then be sure to check the Magneti Marelli lights available under the "Body-Exterior" category of the RockAuto catalog.

 

 

FREE Carlisle Show Tickets

2013 Schedule

Due to overwhelming response, we are out of free Carlisle Car Show tickets. Thank you for your interest!

Would you like to attend one of these Carlisle Car Shows?

  • Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral – April 24-28
  • Carlisle Performance & Style – May 11-12
  • Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals – May 17-19
  • Carlisle Ford Nationals – June 7-9
  • Carlisle GM Nationals – June 21-23
  • Carlisle Chrysler Nationals – July 12-14
  • Carlisle Bike Fest – July 19-21
  • Carlisle Truck Nationals – August 2-4
  • Bloomsburg Nationals – August 9-11 (Bloomsburg, PA Fairgrounds)
  • Corvettes at Carlisle – August 23-25
  • Carlisle Sports & Outdoor Nationals – September 6-8
  • Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral – October 2-6
  • Zephyrhills Fall AutoFest – November 14-17 (Festival Park, Zephyrhills FL)

RockAuto has a limited number of free tickets available for customers. Tickets are valid for any of the Carlisle events listed above. If you have purchased parts in the last twelve months and would like up to two free tickets, please fill out this form completely and accurately. Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of two tickets per household. All events are held at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania Fairgrounds unless noted. We will notify and mail tickets to the lucky recipients.

 

 

Forum of the Month

Challenger Forum

The Challenger forum is dedicated to the Dodge Challenger and their owners. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to start new topics, reply to conversations and privately message (PM) other members. Find conversations regarding general maintenance, detailing, mechanical problems and so much more. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today and become a part of the Challenger discussion!

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!

My first car was a used 1957 Triumph TR-3 and my first purchase afterwards was a shop manual for the car. My father told me not to do anything without asking him first, but of course, I knew better. Convinced that my car would benefit from a valve adjustment, I waited for my father to go to work, assembled my tools, read the instructions and dived into the Triumph's valve train. It took me about two hours. When I closed up the engine I felt like a surgeon at the end of a successful operation. I expected my car to leap out of the garage with newly found performance!

After a few cranks, the engine started and ran, but only on three cylinders. I was immediately struck with dread. My father was going to kill me. My grandfather's mechanic shop was at the bottom of the other side of the hill we lived on. My car would not make it up the hill on three cylinders, so I had a couple of my friends push me to the top. I coasted down into the shop and begged a mechanic to come outside and help me. I told him what I had done and he just nodded his head. He opened the hood and looked around, then closed it with a smile. He told me to fire it up, and it started right up and was running like it should, on all four cylinders.

It seems that I had forgotten to place one ignition wire back on a spark plug. Relief, and newly found wisdom, was my lesson for the day.

Howard in New York

 

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

Which manufacturer builds more shocks and struts than any other on the planet?

A. ACDelco
B. Bilstein
C. Boge
D. Flennor
E. Gabriel
F. KYB
G. Monroe
H. Motorcraft
I. Sachs
J. SENSEN

Answer below

 

 

These Are Transmission Parts?

RockAuto

Recent experience with the transmission in my son’s 1990 Lincoln shifting erratically due to a missing throttle valve bushing located under the air intake made me curious about other parts not obviously associated with the transmission that significantly impact transmission performance. With the help of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, I compiled the list below. Being aware of these parts’ roles will help prevent, diagnose, and repair problems before they cause transmission damage, leave a driver stranded, or make for a slow ride home after the car’s computer activates limp-in mode. Following the part name in parenthesis is the RockAuto catalog section where you can see and learn more about this part for particular vehicles.

Control Modules (Electrical): Engine (ECM) / Powertrain (PCM), Body (BCM), Automatic Transmission (TCM), and/or other control modules (some new vehicles have more than ten) use input from sensors such as those below to control shift timing and shift feel. When the responsible control module stops working, the transmission may stop shifting, shift harsh or soft, or catastrophically fail.

Mass Airflow Sensor (Emission), Throttle Position Sensor (Fuel/Air), and Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (Fuel/Air): The Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF) measures the mass flow-rate of air entering the engine. The Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) measures the position of the throttle (gas pedal). The Manifold Pressure Sensor (MAP) measures pressure in the intake manifold. Data from all three sensors can be used to determine engine load. A failed MAF, TPS or MAP can cause late-harsh shifts, early-soft shifts, or the transmission may stop shifting completely.

Air Temperature Sensor (Emission): The temperature of the air entering the engine intake is used to adjust the fuel/air mixture and transmission fluid pressure. A failed intake Air Temperature Sensor may cause the transmission to shift harder than normal.

Air Conditioner Relay (Electrical-Switch & Relay): The Air Conditioner Relay/Sensor indicates when the AC is on or off. This is used to adjust engine speed (RPM). A failed AC Relay may cause engine lugging or other driveability problems that may seem transmission related.

Temperature Sender / Sensor (Cooling System and Transmission-Automatic): The Coolant Temperature Sensor and/or Transmission Oil Temperature Sensor prevents the converter clutch from putting the transmission into overdrive when the engine and transmission are too cold. On some cars, other gears may also be inhibited. These sensors are likely to become even more important as more gears are added to new cars with higher fuel economy requirements. Without correct temperature data there may be late shifts, starting off in the wrong gear, and/or no overdrive gear.

Turbine Speed Sensor (Electrical): This Speed Sensor mounted on the transmission measures input shaft speed and its data indicates if the transmission is slipping. Shift timing and shift feel problems typically occur if the Turbine Shaft Speed Sensor fails.

Vehicle Speed Sensor or Differential Speed Sensor (Electrical): The speed sensor mounted on the transmission or differential measures vehicle speed. Without input from this sensor, the transmission may stop shifting or shift late and harsh. The converter clutch may be inhibited and the transmission will not go into overdrive.

Transmission Range Sensor / Neutral Safety Switch (Electrical-Switch & Relay): This sensor indicates the position of the gear shifter. It determines which gears are enabled or disabled. When this sensor fails, the transmission may start out in the wrong gear, fail to up shift, or seem to fall out of gear.

Overdrive Button (Transmission-Automatic): This dash, console, or shifter-mounted switch on some vehicles lets the driver disable overdrive. If the switch fails then the transmission will not go into overdrive or the driver will be unable to disable overdrive.

Brake Light Switch (Electrical Switch & Relay): The Brake Light Switch may also generate brake pedal position signals that are used to release the converter clutch when the vehicle is braking. When the Brake Switch fails, the converter clutch may not activate or deactivate properly. The vehicle may shudder while coming to a stop because the transmission is still in a too high of a gear.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Larry's 1999 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk
Larry's 1999 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk

This is my 1999 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk - number 268 out of only 719 made for the U.S. and Canada that year. When I purchased the car, it had been sitting undriven for over four years, on four flat tires, no paint on the hood, brakes rusted, and it wouldn't start. A trip to the tire store for some new rubber and I got her home. Then, thankfully, I found RockAuto which made it affordable and easy to restore my new baby.

I needed a new fuel pump, power window motors, idler pulleys, tensioners, belts, water pump, spark plugs, wires, front and rear rotors and brake pads, front turn signals and pig tail harness, a/c compressor and hoses. While I was working on the mechanical parts I dropped off the hood off to be repainted, I buffed out the rest of the paint with a micro compound then with a glaze, wax, and new Firehawk decals, she is good as new.

Larry in Alabama

 

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 us an e-mail with information about your show.

 

 

Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

Which manufacturer builds more shocks and struts than any other on the planet?

A. ACDelco
B. BILSTEIN
C. BOGE
D. Flennor
E. Gabriel

Answer: F. KYB (source: http://www.kyb.com/corporate/factsfigures/)
G. Monroe
H. Motorcraft
I. SACHS
J. SENSEN

 

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