Just a note to say that I think you guys are great and that
telling my friends about the great prices and service.
I don't do a
lot of auto repairs on my own but now at least I know where I can get
parts without selling off my firstborn or mortgaging the house.
Al in Missouri
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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
Many years ago I worked
as a mechanic in a Mercedes Benz dealership in Columbia SC.
was bending over the engine bay of a 1972 280SEL with the 4.5L
V8 with a complaint of a rough idle. So I was doing my due diligence
vacuum leaks, bad plug wires, and the normal things you do to
cure a rough idle. Wanting to duplicate the complaint, I had
set the handbrake and put the car in gear. So here I am leaning
over the fender well, one foot on either side of the right front
wheel when for some unexplained reason I reached over and blipped
the throttle once. These V8's had torque!! Immediately the engine
responded, and the car leaped forward stopping on top of my
right foot. Guess what I did first? Yeah, you guessed it, looked
to see who was watching!
I stood there for a minute or two
and thought about my dilemma. Naturally I did not call anyone
to help, too embarrassed. I eventually worked my foot out of
the shoe, then walked around and backed the car up to recover
my shoe. Never did that again!
John in Texas
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"It Can Be A Knuckle Breaker..."
My old car had oil raining off
the bottom of the engine. A steady and environmentally toxic
drip had turned into a geyser and potential fire hazard in just
a few days. A professional mechanic with a busy schedule might
have looked at the puddle on the floor, the 200000 miles on the
odometer, and guessed the main bearing gaskets were shot. Either
buy a new engine or a different car. But a crazed DIYer like
myself crawled under that car, wrestled the oil pan loose, and
replaced the oil pan gasket. The oil pan gasket fixed the massive
oil leak and with new valve cover gaskets, even the pesky drip
Changing the oil pan gasket on a full
size pick-up can be as easy as a really bad oil change. On
some cars it is a major
project. The car I just mentioned above had a U shaped oil
pan that could not be completely removed without pulling the
engine. I yanked the old gasket and fed the new gasket into
place with less than two inches of clearance. Changing the
oil pan gasket on my wife’s little front wheel drive
car required removing much of the exhaust. It is no fun taking
bolts out of a 20-year-old exhaust manifold.
It can be a knuckle breaker, but what
seems like an old, hopelessly leaky engine can be miraculously
transformed by just an oil
pan gasket change. If the valve cover gaskets needed changing
then the oil pan gasket probably needs changing too. The “main
seals” are usually at each end of the oil pan so differentiating
whether it is the main bearing gaskets or the oil pan gasket
leaking can be next to impossible. A $20 oil pan gasket is
the thing to try first.
I have had great luck with Fel-Pro PermaDry® oil pan gaskets.
I don’t just say that because for most cars they are
the most expensive gaskets RockAuto.com sells. I just know
I have beat up PermaDry gaskets while wrestling them into place
and I still never had one leak. Buying the cheap gasket that
happens to be on a store’s shelf is never worth it if
it means crawling back under the car and redoing the job.
Here are two more common oil leak sources. The mushroom shaped
oil pressure switch for the oil gauge or light in the dash
might start leaking even when the car is nearly new. Screwing
in a new switch is not difficult on most engines.
The distributor mounting gasket is an
o-ring intended to prevent oil from leaking out around the
distributor shaft. When the
distributor is mounted horizontally (many 4-cylinder engines)
oil can really pour out when the o-ring goes bad. This oil
leak is easy to misdiagnose as a bad valve cover gasket. Replacing
the o-ring requires carefully removing and reinstalling the
distributor. It is an easy job as long as “carefully” is
|"Your Bimmer Has WHAT Under The
My current project is installing
a 2005 Chevy truck motor and T56 transmission into a 1994 BMW
525iT wagon. RockAuto has helped with many of the parts for
this conversion. RockAuto carries a surprising
amount of factory type parts for German cars, such as coolant
tanks and sensors. I had to use a radiator from another BMW,
and RockAuto had the parts that allowed me to make this conversion.
In addition to the Chevy engine and transmission, this car will
have a Cobra Hydroboost master cylinder, a Jeep
differential flange, a Lincoln cooling fan, and Mustang turbo
headers among other parts from various vehicles.
I enjoy shopping at RockAuto since with my
cars I cannot go into a parts store and simply answer "What
year and model car do you have?". With the way the website
is constructed I can easily look up the model of the car I need
parts for and
find what I need. RockAuto also has far better prices on items
as compared to the local parts stores. And the support before
and after the sale is wonderful.
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