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Another Happy Customer!

I recently gave my 92 Accord an overhaul. RockAuto had everything I needed in its catalogue, and I saved so much, that I was able to buy more parts (complete exhaust system manifold to muffler, new gas tank, and brake pads and rotors for $400).

The Dealership wanted $400 just for the tank, and NAPA and Carquest weren't much cheaper either.

I look forward to shopping on this site again.

Angela in Ontario, Canada

 

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

Wise County Antique Auto Club Event
3/29/2008
Decatur, TX
website

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

Boulevard Cruisers Events
4/5/2008
Picayune, MS
e-mail

Southview Baptist Church 2nd Annual Car Show
4/5/2008
Hope Mills, NC
website

Corvette Owners Club Car Show
4/12/2008
Houston, TX
e-mail

Car Club Council of Hampton Roads
4/12/2008
Chesapeake, VA
e-mail

Cowtown Mopars & Dallas Mopar Show
4/15/2008
Arlington, TX
e-mail

2nd Annual Car Show
4/17/2008
Covina, CA
e-mail

Spanish Trail Cruisers Event
4/18/2008
Crestview, FL
e-mail

Cruising for a Cure II
4/19/2008
Lincolnton, NC
website

St. Patrick School 3rd Annual Spring Car Show
4/20/2008
Lake Grove, NY
website

21st Annual Regional Mustang Car Event
4/21/2008
Lumberton, TX
e-mail

Royal Car Show
4/26/2008
Peoria, AZ
e-mail

Seymour Speedway Car Show
4/27/2008
Seymour, WI
e-mail

 

More New Parts

 

Quality and innovation define Centric Parts. Centric sets some of the highest standards in the industry.

Centric brake pads are manufactured using the same positive molding process utilized by Original Equipment suppliers. Positive molding uses extreme pressure to compress the friction material and bond it to the backing plate. This process assures consistent friction material density throughout the pad, resulting in even wear and performance characteristics throughout the life of the brake pad.

Centric rotors are 100% inspected, mill balanced, and double disc ground to provide a near perfect disc thickness variation. They also have an Electrocoating finish to provide long lasting corrosion protection.

 

 

Current Rebates & Promotions



Marshall Engines

 

The Marshall Long Block Sale is Back! There was such great response to the Long Block sale we ran in February...we had to bring it back!

While supplies last, Marshall long blocks are on sale! Select remanufactured Marshall Long Blocks are reduced in price from $200 to over $1000!


Offer ends Apr 30, 2008

 

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Offer ends Nov 30, 2008

 

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Offer ends Dec 31, 2008

 

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Offer ends Dec 31, 2008

Buy any FRAM Oil Filter and any FRAM Air Filter and get a $3 rebate by mail.

 

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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. Two (2) sets of Monroe® Ceramics or Monroe® Dynamics Premium Brake Pads get a $30 Rebate.

More Info

 

 

Forum Of The Month

One of the premier internet resources for Dodge truck owners, www.Dakota-Durango.com, is a website that contains a message board for general chatter and extensive information on all topics related to Dodge Dakotas and Durangos. The website also has a large assortment of photos and videos for your enjoyment.

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!

My worst screw up was after a brake job. I was in a hurry to take my girlfriend shopping. We left home, headed out onto the highway, and got up to speed. The truck just didn't feel right...when all of a sudden...I was driving a low-rider! I see a wheel whiz past me on down the freeway as I pulled to a stop. Sure enough a rear wheel had come off! I had forgotten to tighten the lug nuts!

We were ok, and no real damage to the truck - the backing plate was just ground down a bit. My girlfriend called a tow truck while I hunted down the missing brake drum, which I eventually found a couple hundred yards down the road across four lanes and a median, up on top of the road cutout on the far side of the freeway. The thing that finally stopped it was the fence. No damage to the wheel either, I just put it back on when I got home. To this day, my girlfriend, now my wife of 18 years, asks "Did you tighten the thingies?"

Dana in Wisconsin

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!

 

 

The Big Junkyard In The Sky

RockAuto

My wife’s car was would not start at her office. The car was twenty years old with 150K miles worth of short trips; maybe it finally had cashed in its chips or would start frequently stranding my wife. At the very least it seemed like it was about time for some major part to fail.

So I grimly loaded up my tools and headed downtown. For two hours I tested and fiddled. The car cranked and would occasionally run roughly for a moment but that was it. Then I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the electrical connection into the air flow meter box. That is the air door contraption also known as the mass air flow sensor just after the air filter.

The car started up and ran perfectly. Ah ha, the air flow meter box must be failing. I jumped in the car and headed for home. I made it about two miles and then the car stalled at a light underneath a bridge on a dark, busy road.

There was a tap at my window. Elvis was staring in at me. He had the hair, sparkly suit and all. He offered me his cell phone. I never did find out why he was wearing an Elvis costume (or was it a costume?). I was just happy it was Elvis stuck in the car behind me rather than someone wearing a hockey mask. I took the phone but gave the air flow meter connection thing one more try before calling for a tow truck. The car started right up, I gave Elvis back his phone, and drove another mile and a half into the twilight zone before the car stalled again and I rolled to the side of the road.

I drove the car in short bursts while cursing in long bursts until finally giving up and leaving it in the parking lot of a low budget hotel around midnight. I caught a taxi back to the car I had left at the office and drove home to bed.

The next day I had the car towed home. I looked up the mass air flow sensor choices at RockAuto.com, found the replacement instructions in the service manual, and then I took a minute to stop and think with a fully awake and clear head. I started wondering when was the last time I had replaced the spark plug wires and distributor cap on this car. I could have sworn the parts were almost new, but time flies and it turns out it had been six years since I had done any maintenance on the ignition system.

All the car needed was a set of new spark plug wires, how embarrassing! Maybe a wire was arcing and confusing the air flow meter. That was about three years ago and my wife is still happily driving that car. I had been on my way to turning the car’s demise because of age and miles into a self-fulfilling prophecy. If a car needed new spark plug wires at 30K miles then expect it will also need them at 120K miles and 240K miles. Every car will eventually go to the big junkyard in the sky, but there is no reason to rush things!

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Joe's 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
Joe's 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

This is my 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. The parts from RockAuto were wheel cylinders, all brake shoes and mounting hardware, master cylinder, points, rotor, distributor cap, and plug wires. And all went well with no problems with any of the parts. Oh...forgot a stop light switch also.

Thank You,
Joe in Michigan

 

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