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Mevotech TTX Suspension & Steering Parts
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See what we have from Mevotech

Mevotech TTX Control Arms, Ball Joints, Stabilizer Bar End Link / Bushings (found under "Suspension") and Tie Rod Ends ("Steering") are engineered to be the strongest, most durable chassis parts on the market. TTX parts feature engineered enhancements and patented technology for maximum service life, increased durability and premium performance, with features such as:

Mevotech TTX Suspension and Steering Parts

TTX also offers faster and easier installation with innovative part components, added hardware and installation tools included in the box. Mevotech TTX parts can be found in the catalog under the Premium heading for each product type. Specific features for Mevotech TTX part numbers (and all parts) can be found by clicking the Info button next to the part.

Tailored Audio Radio Upgrade Kits
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Tailored Audio Radio Upgrade Kits is proud to now carry Tailored Audio Radio Upgrade Kits. Tailored Audio sources components from some of the top names in the industry like Boss, Jensen and Metra. Each Radio Upgrade Kit comes with everything you need to easily replace your radio and add features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming! A typical kit will include the radio, the dash board mounting kit, all necessary wiring connectors, and steering wheel control inputs (where required).

From a 2005 Honda Accord to a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to a 2018 Toyota Rav4, find Tailored Audio Radio Upgrade Kits for your specific car or truck in the "Interior" category of the catalog, at the reliably low prices you expect.

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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
Repair Mistakes & Blunders

I had raised my new-to-me '66 Mustang on my 4-post lift to thoroughly inspect the underside to note a few items to take care of. One item was the fuel line where for reasons unknown, someone had installed about a 6" piece of rubber fuel hose in between two sections of steel hard line - my guess was that the hard line might have been damaged by a jack pad and that this was the simple fix instead of replacing the entire hard line from the tank to the engine compartment. The rubber was clearly old and deteriorated, so I decided to simply replace that section. I had a whole spool of fuel hose in that size, and plenty of new hose clamps, so no problem!

Now, every single other car I had ever worked on had the fuel tank outlet located on the top of the tank, so if you cracked open the fuel line, e.g. to replace a filter, you might lose a few ounces of gas, but that would be all. I positioned a small container under the hose and proceeded to remove the clamp and the hose. Little did I know (becuase I had not checked) that the fuel outlet in a first generation Mustang is from the bottom of the fuel tank! No sooner had I removed the first union when I was deluged with a gush of gasoline as the fuel tank proceeded to empty itself all over me and onto the floor! In my surprise I knocked over the replacement hose section and clamp. I was standing there, literally drenched with gas, with one finger over the open hard line to stop the torrent, and unable to move! I yelled out at the top of my lungs to my wife. Fortunately she heard me and came out to the garage to investigate with my daughter. I had one of them grab a fire extinguisher and stand by, while the other located and handed me the parts and tools I needed to plug this opening. I am incredibly fortunate that there was no ignition source nearby as I stood in my gas-soaked clothes!

The moral of the story is to always check the entire fuel hose routing, including whether or not it is pressurized, before cracking it open! In this case I knew the car had a mechanical fuel pump on the engine and no pump in the tank, but I had not realized that system was pressurized by gravity.

Ram in Texas

1965-1968 Ford Mustang Fuel Tank
1965-1968 Ford Mustang Fuel Tank

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Automotive Trivia
Automotive Trivia

Match the brand with its parent company.

Match the brand with its parent company

Answer below

A Few Predictions About the Future
Tom's Story

Last week, Washington state passed a law mandating that starting in 2030, internal combustion (IC) engine powered vehicles can only be registered if they are 2029 model year or older. California and other states are working on similar electric car mandates; most beginning in 2035.

Politicians come and go. Humans have rarely/never accurately predicted the specific threat(s) humanity would face or the technology that would be available ten years in the future. (Remember when we had to buy compact florescent light bulbs right until we could not buy compact florescent light bulbs?)

I still feel brave/foolish enough to make a few predictions about the future because the long lead times in the new car business make the 2030 model year much closer than it seems. Most car manufacturers have already stopped developing new IC engines and are retiring or reassigning their IC engine experts.

A Few Predictions About the Future

Prediction One: It is good news for car owners if car manufacturers do not make changes to the current IC engines and transmissions. Many of them are durable, efficient and fun to drive; do not change them and keep building them as long as you can. Remember when Chrysler, Ford and GM each had some engines and automatic transmissions that were used for decades? There was plenty of time to eliminate problems, parts were (and still are) readily available and everybody knew how to maintain/repair them.

Prediction Two: Electric vehicles and IC engine vehicles will continue to serve large separate markets well beyond the 2030s. That is good news for both types of vehicles. More electric vehicles on the road means more gasoline will be available for the IC engine cars.

Electric vehicles will continue to prove themselves in new applications like van fleets. There will be more time to try to figure out important details like how apartment dwellers will be able to charge cars, ensuring reliability when the temperature outside hits 20 below and figuring out how many years the batteries last. Grandpa's 20-year-old Pontiac with only 15,000 miles on the odometer was a treasured classic, or at least reliable transportation. Will dead batteries make Grandpa's 20-year-old electric vehicle with only 15,000 miles on the odometer a total loss? already has remanufactured batteries for some hybrid vehicles (under "Electrical"). Which future electric vehicles will have replaceable batteries?

Prediction Three: States with electric car mandates will offer incentives but never force owners out of their pre-2030 IC engine powered vehicles. Some states have dabbled with trying to push people out of older cars for decades, but they have never gotten too aggressive because forcing someone out of their 20 year-old-car can look a lot like Marie Antoinette saying "let them eat cake" to peasants who could not afford bread.

Used pre-2030 IC engine powered vehicles will retain their value exceptionally well and be imported into the states with mandates. Pre-2030 vehicles might be carefully maintained and repaired as long as Cuba's fleet of 1950s cars! For people living in states with electric car mandates, that nice "new car smell" could become the cologne or perfume the truck's previous owner always wore.

Tom Taylor,

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Russ' 1994 Toyota MR2
Russ' 1994 Toyota MR2

This is my 1994 Toyota MR2 (my third MR2). I flew from Vancouver to San Diego to buy it and drive it home in 2009. Since then, I have done lots of work to fix it up and make it what you see today! I have been buying parts from RockAuto for over 11 years now; hubs, bearings, belts, condenser, rotors, pads, master cylinder, end links, spark plugs, rod ends, strut mounts and parts for the rest of the cars in my family as well as tools to use in the garage!

Thanks for always being there with affordable parts and fast shipping!

Russ in British Columbia, Canada

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Automotive Trivia Answer
Automotive Trivia

Match the brand with its parent company.

Match the brand with its parent company

A. Dodge = 2. Stellantis of the Netherlands
B. Jaguar = 3. Tata Motors of India
C. Land Rover = 3. Tata Motors of India
D. Opel = 2. Stellantis of the Netherlands
E. Rolls Royce = 1. BMW of Germany
F. Volvo = 4. Zhejiang Geely of China

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