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Another Happy Customer!

Just want to let you know how impressed I am with your company.

Not only did I save a ton of money on the parts I just purchased from your company for my '94 Nissan, they were exactly as described in your catalog.

Rock On RockAuto!

Michael in California

 

Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here, email us with details.

2009 Studebaker Drivers Club Crossroads Zone Meet
5/1-5/2/2009
South Bend, IN
e-mail

Tidewater Corvette Club Car Show
5/2/2009
Hampton, VA
e-mail

Dillon Congregational 5th Annual Car Show
5/2/2009
Dillon, SC
e-mail

Newton Downtown Car Show
5/2-5/3/2009
Newton, KS
e-mail

19th Annual Shawnee College Car & Truck Show
5/3/2009
Ullin, IL
website

Clovis MotorSports Jamboree Car Show
5/3/2009
Clovis, CA
e-mail

3rd Annual Car & Bike Show
5/9/2009
Brooklyn, IA
e-mail

Steele Creek Masonic Lodge Car Show
5/9/2009
Charlotte, NC
e-mail

14th Annual Loafers Car Show
5/9/2009
Hannibal, MO
e-mail

Trinity Car Show & Fun Festival
5/9/2009
Trinity, AL
website

The Underground 8th Annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show
5/9/2009
Exeter, CA
e-mail

64th Annual Pine Tree Festival Open Car & Truck Show
5/9/2009
Swainsboro, GA
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Petalumas Salute to American Graffiti
5/14-5/16/2009
Petaluma, CA
e-mail

8th Annual 4x4 Safari
5/14-5/16/2009
Pittsfield, IL
website

Automotion 2009
5/16/2009
Wisconsin Dells, WI
e-mail

The Road Angels 3rd Annual Shake, Rattle, & Roll Car & Bike Show
5/16/2009
Hollister, CA
website

Helderberg Mountain Nationals Car Show
5/16/2009
Altamont, NY
website

Wish Upon a Star Foundation First Annual Car Show
5/17/2009
Brighton, MI
e-mail

35th Annual Red Bluff River Park Car Show
5/17/2009
Red Bluff, CA
website

10th Annual Gasoline Alley's Birthday Bash
5/23-5/24/2009
Las Vegas, NV
website

New Keyword Filter

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Are you looking for a particular brand? How about a certain part number? Maybe you need parts for a 2WD vehicle versus a 4WD vehicle? Narrow down the selection by simply entering a keyword in the “Filter By Keyword(s)” box. The selections will be narrowed down to assist you in quickly finding the part you need!

 

 

All Automotive Carpet Products by ACC are on Sale until April 30th!

ACC Carpet

All Automotive Carpet Products by ACC are on Sale until April 30th, 2009!

Spring is a great time to replace the bedraggled carpet or floor mats in your classic car or daily driver. New carpet can help make your vehicle look, feel and even smell new again.

Die cut and molded carpet, floor mats, trunk mats, automotive carpet by the yard (0.9 meter), sound deadener, door panels, console trim and all other ACC automotive carpet products are on sale. Look under Body-Interior in the RockAuto.com catalog to see the ACC carpet products designed specifically for your car or truck. Choose OEM style carpet with sound deadening insulation in the original color or pick a fun new color or pile. To buy lengths of carpet, click on the Part Number Search tab and choose ACC, Body-Interior and then under Part Type select the length of carpet you need.

Enter code ACCNEWSLETTER in the "how you heard about us" line of the shopping cart to have the sale prices applied to the ACC products in your cart. Cannot be combined with other offers.

 

 

Forum of the Month

BenzWorld.org

One of the largest Mercedes-Benz online communities, BenzWorld.org is home to over 200,000 Mercedes owners and enthusiasts.

BenzWorld.org is also the oldest Mercedes-Benz community online with over 2.5 million posts on anything from historic and classic MB models to the latest vehicles. As such, it’s a valued resource for prospective and current owners and boasts an active and educated membership base who are eager to help out fellow owners, or those looking to purchase a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Forum topics cover all models, from coupes and sedans, to roadsters, SUVs and even rare Maybach vehicles and supercars like the SLR. And all forums are divided into an easy to navigate format.

There are technical forums for proper vehicle maintenance, aftermarket modifications and car care. And don’t forget the Motorsports forum; an area to discuss Mercedes’ active involvement in racing, from DTM, to Formula 1.

BenzWorld is a part of the AutoGuide.com network of forums, and features the AutoGuide News section with up-to-the-minute info on the latest Mercedes-Benz news, as well as in-depth reviews of every model.

 

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!

I have changed my own oil for 20 years now and have never had an issue. I usually wipe the seal where the oil filter tightens to the engine but after 2 surgeries in the past 4 months, (discs fused in the neck and a major rotator cuff tear in my right shoulder), I replaced the filter without wiping the seal or looking carefully at the old filter because of the lingering pain. I filled the engine with oil and cranked the engine to check for leaks and there were none.

I headed off down the road to dispose of the used oil and about 2 miles down the road, the oil light came on. I immediately stopped the car as smoke came billowing out from under the hood. I jacked up the car when I got home and sure enough the old oil filter o-ring was the culprit. Luckily the engine was not damaged and I was soon back on the road. I usually clean off the seal every time and have never had the old o-ring stick to the engine seal.

Hopefully my story will help someone else who gets in a hurry to change their oil, as this could have been an o-ring disaster.

Randy in Atlanta

 

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!

 

 

It's Probably Available New

RockAuto

It takes a lot of luck to find good parts for an older vehicle in a junkyard. If the parts are worn or rusted on your older car then there is a good chance those parts are also shot or long gone from that same older car perched on a stack of old wheel rims.

I remember years ago shipping a tailgate from a scrap yard in Seattle to replace the rusty one on my mom’s 1986 Ford Bronco in Indiana. Less than two years later, the replacement tailgate was sprouting rust holes. The West Coast is a lot less rusty than the Midwest, but the rust seeds planted in every Bronco tailgate at the factory (especially tailgates with the spare tire carrier) were still there just waiting for the right environment to sprout.

Parts manufacturers do a pretty good job building the replacement parts that people actually need. It is a challenge for the manufacturers (ACDelco, Moog, etc.) to figure out what parts to build and for retailers (RockAuto.com) to decide what parts to stock. For example, many thermostat housings last the life of the vehicle. A thermostat housing for a 1977 Ford LTD might sit on the shelf for thirty years. However, many customers would go away disappointed if 2001 Ford Focus thermostat housings were unavailable or out of stock. Thermostat housings on early Focus models often only last a few years.

So keeping track of commonly replaced parts is a big deal. The RockAuto.com catalog actually highlights in bold print the parts that are replaced most often. Sometimes this even helps with diagnosing a problem: “Everybody else is replacing their headlight switch. I bet that switch is the reason my truck’s taillights don’t work!”

Many people incorrectly assume they will have to scrounge through junkyards for parts like grilles, fenders, doors, door handles, etc. If it is a commonly replaced part on a popular model then it is probably available new. My mother sold her Bronco when it got close to the 200000 mile mark and bought herself a Chevy step side pickup. But if I had to replace that tailgate again, I would buy a new tailgate (from RockAuto.com!). It is more work to move the window glass, etc., but for the same money and a little more time the tailgate would be brand new, free of dents and rust.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Steve & Virginia's 1964 Dodge Dart GT
Steve & Virginia's 1964 Dodge Dart GT

Hi,

This is our 1964 Dodge Dart GT that we have owned for a while. It had 63,000 miles on it when we got it. The car was painted Hazelnut Gold Metallic, and a new Legendary Black interior was installed four years ago. The car runs great with the original 273 V8 and push button automatic transmission.

I have recently replaced all the brake wheel cylinders with parts purchased from RockAuto.com. A friend told us to check you out a couple years ago, and we have been customers ever since. I wish I had found out about RockAuto a long time ago.

Steve & Virginia in New York

 

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