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I worked at Ford dealerships in the Parts Deptarment for 16 years and I know how important it is to satisfy customers so they will buy from you again. Well, the people at this company do their job very well and I will buy from them again.

Larry in Texas

 

Carlisle Events
RockAuto is the Official Auto Parts Store of Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events

2011 Schedule of Events:

Spring Carlisle & Auction
April 27-May 1

Carlisle Performance & Style
May 14-15

Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals
May 20-22

Carlisle Ford Nationals
June 3-5

Carlisle GM Nationals
June 24-26

Carlisle Chrysler Nationals
July 8-10

Carlisle Bike Fest
July 22-24

Carlisle Truck Nationals
August 5-7

Corvettes at Carlisle
August 26-28

Fall Carlisle & Auction
Sept. 28-Oct. 2

 

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

Bash on the Bayou
4/23/2011
Gonzales, LA
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7th Annual April SpringFest Car Show & Party
4/23/2011
El Dorado, CA
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Classic Truckers & Cruisers 4/23/2011
Lavaca, AR
e-mail

Yesterdays 8th Annual Retro Blast
4/23/2011
Bridgeport, TX
e-mail

11th Annual Jeffco Expo
4/23/2011
Port Townsend, WA
website

Show Your Ride
4/23/2011
Charlottesville, VA
e-mail

Fourche River Days Festival Car Show
4/23/2011
Houston, AR
e-mail

FJ Northeasters 4th Annual Northeast Run-Rausch Creek
4/24/2011
Woodbury, CT
website

Wheels on the Drive Car Show
4/28/2011
Winter Garden, FL
e-mail

8th Annual Shakers & Scrapers Car Show
4/30/2011
Corsicana, TX
e-mail

2nd Annual Benefit Car Show
4/30/2011
Waco, TX
website

Cameron Dewberry Festival Classic Car Show
4/30/2011
Cameron, TX
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First Annual Spanish Fort Spring Showcase
4/30/2011
Spanish Fort, AL
website

San Marcos CFPO Car Show, Swap Meet, & Cook-Off
4/30/2011
San Antonio, TX
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Facel Vega Car Club
4/30/2011
Colchester, UK
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MG Car Club Events
4/30/2011
Carluke, UK
website

US Car Old-Und Yountimer Treffen
4/30/2011
Helibronn, Germany
e-mail

The Bombshells 13th Annual Booze Broads Hotrods
4/30/2011
San Jose, CA
e-mail

28th Annual Spring Show-n-Shine Cruise In
4/30/2011
Sequim, WA
website

Norfolk Mafia
4/30/2011
Norwich, Norfolk UK
e-mail

ECRTcc 6th Annual Car Show
4/30/2011
Easton, PA
website

The 6th Annual Central Virginia April Car Show
4/30/2011
Midlothian, VA
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Hartford Technical High School Lacross Team-First Annual Car Show
4/30/2011
Abingdon, MD
e-mail

Cruise the Ave So They Shall Walk
5/1/2011
Seattle, WA
website

NJ Region AACA Car Show
5/1/2011
West Milford, NJ
e-mail

28th Annual Car Show
5/1/2011
Lehighton, PA
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Cruise'n Night at the Falcons 2011
5/4/2011
Midland, MI
e-mail

42nd Annual Red Deer Swap Meet
5/6/2011
Olds, AB Canada
e-mail

Bristol Volkfest & Events
5/6/2011
Bristol, Avon UK
e-mail

Hannibal Missouri Loafers Annual Car Show
5/7/2011
Hannibal, MO
e-mail

30th Annual Show & Shine Mustang Show
5/7/2011
Antioch, CA
website

30th Annual Studebaker Drivers Club Michiana Meet
5/7/2011
South Bend, IN
e-mail

Fun in the Park Car Show
5/7/2011
Goldthwaite, TX
website

3rd Annual Auto, Truck & Bike Show
5/7/2011
Savannah, GA
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2nd Annual Car Show to Benefit "Project Lifesaver"
5/7/2011
Williamsburg, VA
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Calvary Baptist Church Car, Bike & Truck Show
5/7/2011
Stauton, VA
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Nashville Peach Bloosom Festival & Car Show
5/7/2011
Nashville, AR
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Wheeling at the Highlands
5/7/2011
Bel Air, MD
e-mail

Rollin Relics Car & Motorcycle Show
5/7/2011
Porterville, CA
e-mail

Matthew Miller All Corvette Show
5/7/2011
Winchester, VA
website

Hillside Ministries-Food Bank Show
5/7/2011
Copperas Cove, TX
e-mail

Kielder Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show
5/8/2011
Hexham, UK
website

Liberty Classic Car Club Cruise Night
5/10/2011
Bayonne,NJ
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Erie Car Club-2011 Events
5/11/2011
Erie, IL
website

BCHD 4th Annual Classic Car Show
5/11/2011
Warsaw, MO
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Mayfest Car & Truck Show
5/13/2011
Guin, AL
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5th Annual Car Show
5/14/2011
Fayetteville, AR
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Cruisin' Under the Stars Car Show
5/14/2011
Avondale,AZ
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2nd Annual Angels on Wheels Car Show
5/14/2011
Ephrata, PA
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Inaugural LCHS Classic Car Show
5/14/2011
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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2011 Adairville Car & Tractor Show
5/14/2011
Adairville, KY
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Cruising for a Cure Car Show
5/14/2011
Pennsburg, PA
e-mail

Triple C Car Show
5/14/2011
Hewitt, TX
website

Celebration City Region Annual Car Show
5/14/2011
Shelbyville, TN
e-mail

3rd Annual Chocolate Fest Car & Tractor Show
5/14/2011
Hortonville, WI
website

MacDonald's Cruise In
5/14/2011
West Portsmouth, OH
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First Capital Chapter AACA Antique Auto Show
5/14/2011
New Bern, NC
e-mail

Timeless Cruizers 11th Annual Show
5/14/2011
Mebane, NC
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Upper Saddle River 2011 Antique Car Show & Flea Market
5/14/2011
Dumont, NJ
e-mail

Saline Summer Auto Show-3rd Annual
5/14/2011
Bryant, AR
e-mail

Timeless Cruizers-11th Annual Charity Car Show
5/14/2011
Mebane, NC
e-mail

Crossville Cruz-N
5/15/2011
Crossville, TN
website

Street Freaks Car Club-Annual Show
5/15/2011
Saginaw, MI
e-mail

Grazin with the Goats 14th Annual Open Car Show
5/15/2011
La Porte, TX
e-mail

Cozzi Corner Tuesday Cruise Nights
5/15/2011
Downers Grove, IL
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Austin Police Retired Officers Association Car Show
5/15/2011
Pflugerville, TX
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2nd Annual Relay for Life Benefit Show
5/15/2011
Bradley, IL
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Broadneck Car Show
5/16/2011
Annapolis, MD
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12th Annual Spring Zing
5/19/2011
Brunswick, OH
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39th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Rod Run
5/20/2011
Chesapeake, VA
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2011 Bug Blitz Bus Blast Riverstock
5/20/2011
Kansas City, MO
e-mail

Central New York PT Cruisers Owners Club-2011 Chrysler Spring Cruise
5/20/2011
Syracuse, NY
website

Ultimate Motor Head Show
5/20/2011
Catawissa, PA
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Opel Nationals Meet & Carlisle Import/Kit Car Show
5/20/2011
Camp Hill, PA
website

Cruise For a Knight
5/21/2011
York, PA
e-mail

Boonslick People First Sister Supportive Living
5/21/2011
Boonville, MO
e-mail

Steve Mullins Benefit Car & Bike Show
5/21/2011
Independence, MO
e-mail

Hill County Street Rods Show N Go
5/21/2011
Austin, TX
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4th Annual Franklin County Boy's & Girl's Club Car & Truck Show
5/21/2011
Franklinton, NC
e-mail

McDowell Mission Ministries 3rd Annual Car Show
5/21/2011
Marion, NC
website

Piggott Heritage Park Car Show
5/21/2011
Piggott, AR
e-mail

Groesbeck Lions Club Car Show
5/21/2011
Mexia, TX
e-mail

Cruise in at the Convo
5/21/2011
Athens, OH
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Blount County Open Car & Truck Show
5/21/2011
Vonore, TN
e-mail

Charity Car Shown-All Makes Models
5/21/2011
Graham, NC
e-mail

KlasAct Corvette All Spring All Vehicle Car Show
5/21/2011
Florissant, MO
website

3rd Annual North Union Band Booster Car Show
5/21/2011
Marysville, OH
e-mail

Crawdad Days Car Show
5/21/2011
Harrison, AR
e-mail

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum-Antique & Classic Car Show
5/21/2011
Norwalk, CT
website

Rolling Rods Classic Car Club Events
5/21/2011
Glasgow, KY
e-mail

Sentimental Cruisers Car Club-5th Annual Car & Truck Show Benefit
5/21/2011
Forked River, NJ
e-mail

Auto-Fest 2K11
5/21/2011
Dundalk, MD
website

Tiger 100 Bike Rally & Car Show
5/21/2011
Broken Arrow, OK
e-mail

CFC Cruise-In
5/22/2011
Westerville, OH
website

29th Lone Star Classic Chevy Convention 5/27/2011 Dallas, TX
e-mail

Furniture Connexion Cruise-In & Car Show
5/22/2011
Portland, OR
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Cool Cars for a Cure
5/22/2011
Beech Grove, IN
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St. Patricks Sixth Annual Car Show Fundraiser
5/22/2011
Lake Grove, NY
e-mail

Cars at the Park 2011
5/22/2011
Rockaway, NJ
website

Old Fashioned Days Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show
5/22/2011
Arcanum, OH
e-mail

Wind Gap Car Show "Cruise to the Gap"
5/22/2011
Pen Argyl, PA
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Elmwood Park Vol AMB Corps 6th Annual Auto Show
5/22/2011
Elmwood Park, NJ
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The Livonia Jaycees Present Cruise for a Cause
5/22/2011
Livonia, MI
e-mail

Special Needs Boy Scout Troop 390-2nd Annual Car Show
5/22/2011
Warren, MI
e-mail

New York Autofest 2011
5/22/2011
Syosset, NY
website

American Reflections 11th Annual Open Car Show
5/22/2011
Yakima, WA
website

FJ Bruisers: Mudfling V Event
5/27/2011
Martinsburg, WV
e-mail

Springfield Swap Meet Car Show
5/27/2011
Xenia, OH
e-mail

Plymouth Volksfest
5/27/2011
Plymouth, UK
website

Cruizin with the Oldies
5/27/2011
Casper, WY
e-mail

Quad City Camaro Car Show
5/28/2011
Silvis, IL
e-mail

First Annual Car Show
5/28/2011
Greenwood, DE
website

Kruzin Mt. Magazine Car Show
5/28/2011
Havana, AR
e-mail

Wheels & Deals Car Show & Flea Market
5/28/2011
Coatesville, PA
e-mail

7th Annual "Vettes in the Valley" Corvette Show
5/28/2011
Maggie Valley, NC
e-mail

California Dreamin Expo
5/29/2011
Ringwood, UK
website

The Street Survivors of MD-Memorial Day Car Show
5/29/2011
Baltimore, MD
e-mail

Bobs Big Boy Spring Breakout Cruise
5/29/2011
Corona, CA
e-mail

Ye Olde Mill Rod Run Picnic
5/29/2011
Newark, OH
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LCCI-Central Arizona Lambda Car Club Grand Invitational Meet
5/30/2011
Glendale, AZ
e-mail

Car Cruises
5/30/2011
Salem, OR
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Perks Drive Thru
5/30/2011
Gilberts, IL
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2011 Super Cruise-In South Georgia Classic Car Club
5/30/2011
Valdosta, GA
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2011 Climax Memorial/Founders Day Car Show
5/30/2011
Climax, MI
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Carolina Collector Auto Fest-Summer
5/31/2011
Hillsborough, NC
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Mopars Unlimited of Idaho Annual Show
6/1/2011
Star, ID
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12th Annual Dakota R/T Club National Meet
6/2/2011
Ypsilanti, MI
e-mail

Krusin Klassics 26th Annual Car Show & Swap Meet
6/3/2011
Escanaba, MI
website

11th Annual Razorback Ramble
6/3/2011
Jonesboro, AR
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Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce
6/4/2011
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
e-mail

Classic Car Show
6/4/2011
Rockford, MI
e-mail

Cruisin the Ourchitas-Open Car Truck & Motorcycle Show
6/4/2011
Mena, AR
e-mail

MiFbody-7th Annual Meet & Greet Car Show
6/4/2011
Macomb, MI
website

Heartland Rod Run
6/4/2011
Early, TX
website

Corridor Car Show
6/4/2011
Springfield, OR
e-mail

Vettes of Coastal Maine
6/5/2011
Rockland, ME
website

17th Annual Corvettes & Jaguars at Linden Hall
6/5/2011
Uniontown, PA
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Mopars in Motion
6/5/2011
Middleton, CT
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5th Annual CSA Fund Raiser Car & Motorcycle Show
6/5/2011
New Providence, NJ
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18th Annual Canyon Cruise
6/5/2011
Placentia, CA
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Skippack Village Internationally Car Show
6/5/2011
Skippack, PA
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Autos Walk
6/5/2011
St. Paul, MN
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Spring is in the Air

Cargo Carrier, Bike Rack, Trailer Electical Connector

Whether you are towing a boat with your truck or a trailer full of camping supplies with your sedan, camping and outdoor adventure weather is just around corner. RockAuto has the trailer hitches and accessories for your vehicle. Search the Extras tab for all of your cargo hauling and trailer accessories:

Bike Racks- Bring the bike along so you can hit the trails and enjoy the scenery.

Cargo Carriers- Keep your vehicle clutter-free and spacious with a hitch mounted cargo carrier.

Trailer Electrical Connectors- Make sure your trailer lights are working correctly.

Vehicle specific trailer hitches can be found in the RockAuto Catalog by searching the year, make, model, and engine size of your vehicle and clicking on the “Accessories-Exterior” category.


Springtime Rebates

Don’t forget to check the RockAuto "Promotions & Rebates" page to save even more on RockAuto’s everyday low prices. Air Lift, Anco, Fram, Monroe, Wagner, and Walker have great rebates going on now.

 

 

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Forum of the Month

Chrysler Sebring Convertible Club

The Chrysler Sebring Convertible Club boasts several hundred active members from all corners of the earth. The site's general focus is information, stories, recommendations, and advice for the shadetree mechanic for all generations of the Chrysler Sebring Convertible, and international variants. Starting with the 1st Generation (1996-2000), through the current 3rd Generation (2008-2010), while prepping to handle the forthcoming direct replacement for the Sebring, the Chrysler 200 Convertible.

Membership in the club is free, and the site is devoid of any advertising, with the site running solely on voluntary donations as a non-profit.

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!

I was 15 years old, and my older brother had just gotten a '47 Chevy. I kept overhearing the older kids in school talking about pistons, cylinders, shackles for lowering, glasspacks and all that, and wished I knew more about cars. So one evening, I snuck into the garage and lifted the hood of his car. I unscrewed the beautiful chrome-plated acorn nuts that held the valve cover on, and lifted off the cover. I had never heard of gaskets, and this one was cork, and it tore in two or three pieces. I looked at the complicated works underneath and noticed that some of the rocker arms were loose, so I tightened them all. Then I put the cover back on, making sure the torn parts of the cork gasket were lined-up right. Then I started tightening the acorn nuts on the studs that were to hold the cover on. I kept tightening because the nuts never seemed to get tight. Eventually the studs pushed right through the smooth tops of the nuts leaving them with what I would describe as "trap doors".

I didn't say anything to my brother as he left for work next day, but he had plenty to say when he got home! The engine had overheated and oil was seeping out from the valve covers.

I learned from my Dad as he tried to set things right that there was supposed to be clearance for the valves, and that sometimes you have to replace a gasket.

Tom in North Dakota

 

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 awhile!). 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 (see the t-shirts under Extras 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

Cars contain a wide variety of bearings to support both radial (perpendicular) and thrust (from the side) loads. Ball bearings contain metal balls and roller bearings use metal cylinders. What do "needle bearings" use to reduce friction while supporting a load?

A. needle bearings use tapered metal cones to handle thrust loads.
B. needle bearings use only a hydrodynamic fluid film to reduce friction between the two surfaces.
C. needle bearings are roller bearings using long, slim metal cylinders whose length is at least four times the diameter.

Answer below

 

 

Wheel Bearings are Truly Amazing

RockAuto

Timken Generation 1 Wheel Bearing

Timken Generation 3 Axle Bearing and Hub Assembly

I enjoy peering inside a complex bearing! It is like admiring the inner workings of a fine watch or gun. Modern, compact automotive wheel bearings are truly amazing. Appreciation of fine craftsmanship helps make the prices of wheel bearings for late model cars more palatable!

Wheel bearings manufactured by Timken for my 1979 Chrysler 300 (Cordoba) start at about $11. Timken wheel bearings for a 2007 Chrysler 300 start at about $68 and run up to $163 for the rears. But the comparison between old and new cars is not really fair. Modern wheel bearings are part of an Axle Bearing and Hub Assembly that includes not just the outer bearing but the seals, inner bearing, lug studs, steel body and other bits that make up a complete hub ready to bolt the car’s wheel onto. Axle Bearing and Hub Assemblies also often include the speed sensor for the anti-lock brakes.

Replacing modern Axle Bearing and Hub Assemblies is often no harder and sometimes even easier than replacing bearings on an old car. That is one reason car manufacturers love them. The technician on the assembly line can bolt an Axle Bearing and Hub Assembly on fast. But since there are so many parts included in a modern Axle Bearing and Hub Assembly and the cost is relatively high, it is worth the time to do a methodical diagnosis before replacing them.

Here is a summary of the steps Timken outlines to check a hub bearing assembly. They do not really differ from the diagnostics recommended for old cars.
1. Verify unfamiliar noise is not just caused by something like the surface of the road or the tire (broken belts, something stuck in the tread, etc).
2. Raise the car. Grasp the tire/wheel at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions and then push and pull to see if there is any play in the bearings. Repeat by grasping the tire/wheel at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. Turn the tire/wheel and listen and feel for any noise or roughness.
3. Remove the wheel, brake caliper, and rotor. Make sure the movement or noise was not caused by loose lug nuts, scales of rust between the wheel and hub, etc. Repeat the push/pull, listen, and feel tests on just the hub. Roughness, looseness, or noises are signs the bearing is damaged and should be replaced.
4. Timken goes on to describe how it is possible to do the push/pull test with a special measuring tool mounted on the suspension. If movement “exceeds 0.004 inch (0.102 mm), replace the hub bearing assembly.” 0.004 inches is less than a gnat’s whisker. I personally would stop at step 3 and leave the hubs alone if my hands did not detect movement or roughness. Of course I drive a ’79 Chrysler which probably has not one single part still within a 0.004 inch tolerance!

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Chris's 1967 Dodge Dart
Chris's 1967 Dodge Dart

My 1967 Dodge Dart is finally finished! A two year restoration, but the good people at RockAuto made finding parts like gaskets, electrical connectors, various engine parts, shocks, and tune up parts for the 225 cubic-inch Slant-6 easy. Mileage is just a little over 50,000, the car is running great, so I am looking forward to many more miles on the road!

Thanks
Chris in Nova Scotia

 

 

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Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

Cars contain a wide variety of bearings to support both radial (perpendicular) and thrust (from the side) loads. Ball bearings contain metal balls and roller bearings use metal cylinders. What do "needle bearings" use to reduce friction while supporting a load?

Answer C. needle bearings are roller bearings using long, slim metal cylinders whose length is at least four times the diameter.

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