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Another Happy Customer!

...RockAuto saved me a fortune on an expensive part, delivered it fast, and made me feel as if I was your only customer.

I very rarely write this type of e-mail to any company I do business with, but I'm proud to say that I'm a RockAuto customer forever.

Howard in New York

 

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

6th Annual Elk Point Show & Shine & 150th Celebration
6/27/2009
Elk Point, SD
e-mail

4th Annual Grand Slam Spring Training Car Show
5/29-5/31/2009
Bel Air, MD
e-mail

Settle Inn HiPines First Annual Car Show
5/30/2009
Eagle River, WI
e-mail

1st Annual Spring Mayhem Auto Show
5/30/2009
Claremore, OK
website

4th Annual Custom Rides for Savings Lives
5/31/2009
Shelby Township, MI
e-mail

25th Annual British Bash-All British Car Show
6/5-6/6/2009
Louisville, KY
website

Arvest Charity Car Show
6/6/2009
Rogers, AR
e-mail

Coggon Harvest Home Car Show
6/6/2009
Coggon, IA
e-mail

20th Annual Route 66 Blowout
6/6/2009
Sapulpa, OK
e-mail

Good News Open Car Show
6/7/2009
Columbus, IN
website

Moose Park Car Show 2009
6/7/2009
Columbus, IN
e-mail

Woodbury Lions Club 31st Annual Car Show
6/7/2009
Woodbury, CT
website

Fountain Valley Classic Car & Truck Show
6/13/2009
Fountain Valley, CA
e-mail

6th Annual Bringing Back the Memories Car Show
6/13/2009
Beaumont, TX
website

Hopewell Valley Auto Show
6/13/2009
Pennington, NJ
e-mail

Deerfield Rod & Gun Club 7th Annual Car Show
6/13/2009
Deerfield, WI
website

21st Dust Off Car Show
6/13/2009
Lapeer, MI
e-mail

Tri-Lakes Cruisers Benefit Car Show
6/14/2009
Monument, CO
e-mail

Country Cruizn '09
6/14/2009
Taneytown, MD
website

12th Annual All-Wheels Drive in Car Show
6/14/2009
Alton, IL
website

Rock'n N Rockaway Car Show
6/19-6/21/2009
Rockaway Beach, MO
e-mail

11th Annual East Coast Early Broncos
6/19-6/20/2009
Manassas, VA
e-mail

11th Annual Cruisin' Gratiot
6/20/2009
Eastpointe, MI
website

5th Annual Top of Georgia All Corvette Show
6/20/2009
Young Harris, GA
e-mail

Hog Jog Cruise-in & Car Show
6/20/2009
Flora, IN
e-mail

Wilmington Rotary Cruise - Charity Car, Motorcycle, & Truck Show, 2009
6/20/2009
Wilmington, IL
website

The Cars are the Stars Show & Shine
6/20/2009
Ellington, CT
e-mail

Liberty Lions Father Day Car Show
6/21/2009
Liberty, IN
e-mail

Annual Rib-Fest Show Shine & Dine
6/20/2009
Two Hills, AB Canada
e-mail

Classy Cruisers Show & Shine
6/27/2009
Bethlehem, PA
website

Gears & Ears 32
6/28/2009
Yorkville, IL
website

ReTech Parts Now Available at RockAuto

ReTech

ReTech Transfer CaseReTech Transfer Case Motor

Have you pressed the 4WD button of your Ford F-150 and nothing happens? Are there unsettling noises coming from under your Chevrolet Silverado when you try to shift back into 2WD? Is your Toyota Tacoma developing a strange vibration at highway speeds? These may be signs that it's time to replace your Transfer Case or Transfer Case Motor.

If a replacement is needed, RockAuto has a very affordable and reliable option for you with remanufactured Transfer Cases and Transfer Case Motors from ReTech.

The ReTech Difference:

  • 100% Inspection of case halves for cracks, stripped threads, and internal wear.
  • 100% Inspection of all internal parts, including chain stretch and main shaft straightness.
  • 100% Viscous clutch torque testing.
  • 100% Spin test procedure for shift-ability and noise.
  • 100% New seals.
  • ReTech tests every transfer case in their computerized test center to recreate actual driving conditions and analyze performance before the product ever leaves the factory.

You will find these parts and more in “Transfer Case" category of the RockAuto catalog.

 

 

DynoMax Rebates

DynoMax Exhaust

Get a $75 rebate with purchase of a DynoMax Cat Back system, and a $25 rebate when you purchase a DynoMax UltraFlo Welded Muffler.

 

 

Forum of the Month

Volvo-Forums.com

At Volvo-Forums.com the goal is to provide Volvo owners an information outlet - a means to communicate with other Volvo owners. It is simply a community where fans and owners can get the right information for tuning, customization and general discussions on anything about Volvo. You'll find the answer to almost any question about your Volvo in this site. If not, simply join and ask! We have many willing expert members just waiting to answer your questions.

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!

Back in the early 80's I was "volunteered" by our local church group to use my shade tree mechanical skills to fix cars for those who were down on their luck and needed their vehicles to get to work or find a job. My very first challenge was to get a coughing six cylinder sedan back up to par. After a complete tune up, change of fluids and filters, it was humming along nicely.

I was applying some finishing adjustments to the carburetor (remember them) to smooth the idle. Then all of a sudden I noticed my channel lock pliers slipping off the top of the un-shrouded radiator towards the fan. I forgot I had left them there and there was no way I could reach them (I was standing next to the driver's side front fender) before they collided with the spinning fan. I ducked, not knowing which direction they were going to fly, and heard a loud metallic "WHAM"! I knew things were bad when I saw the pliers on the ground in front of the car, but I felt sick when I saw all the green fluid gushing out of the radiator. The fan propelled the pliers through the radiator, leaving a baseball size hole in it, and then through the plastic grill. The metal fan, unbelievably, had no damage.

Each job I did for the church was tightly budgeted, and there was no way this radiator could be fixed, so I paid for another radiator out of my own pocket. When I explained what happened, the Church forgave my ineptitude and reimbursed me. To this day I never leave a tool on top of the radiator, battery, or air cleaner.

Joe in Pennsylvania

 

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!

 

 

Fifty Years of Tinkering

RockAuto

There are many reasons to do it yourself (DIY) and many different types of do-it-yourselfers. Some DIY because they enjoy it. Some DIY to save money. I personally have always felt a bond with the roughly 60000 Cuban DIYers maintaining pre-1960 American cars.

The Cubans and I hate throwing anything useful away. Sure the trade embargo and other big issues may have originally forced the Cubans to be automotive DIYers. Some of them might be ecstatic if they got the chance to swap their 1950’s Cadillac, Chevy, Chrysler, or Ford for a 2009 Malibu or Camry. But after fifty years of tinkering, I bet many Cubans are very proud of their work and would not think of turning over the key (or whatever tool is now used to start their car).

Comparing myself to a Cuban DIYer is like comparing a Cub Scout’s pinewood derby car to a Corvette Z06. RockAuto stocks a new ignition switch and wiring for my wife’s old Mazda 323, but I put in a momentary-on toggle switch (“Extras” section of the catalog) instead. A Cuban would have used the toggle switch because they had to, but I just did not want to spend the time taking apart the Mazda’s steering column.

The Cubans do things like fabricate their own auto parts. Need new brake shoes for a ’53 Chevrolet? We can just order brakes from RockAuto, but the Cuban DIYer will make new brake shoes out of who knows what. A Cuban DIYer might retrofit a 1951 Pontiac with a carburetor pulled from a Czech tractor and steering gear from an old Russian truck.

The closest I get to a true Cuban machine is the family heirloom lawnmower. About six years ago I installed a 1995 Tecumseh motor with 3.5 horsepower onto the magnesium body of my parents’ 1961 Lawn Boy. A modern engine and the sweet Lawn Boy mag body with its original wheels and white wall tires! Ok, how about my wife’s family heirloom vacuum cleaner with a wooden handle salvaged from a broken shovel and an on/off switch mounted in an old starter relay box?

It sure would be fun to take a look at the Cuban DIYer American cars. If the politicians stepped aside and let the DIYers talk then relations between the US and Cuba might have thawed a long time ago. Instead of missile crises, let us work together to solve healthier problems like a broken leaf spring shackle on a 1955 Dodge!

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

1964 Ford Galaxie XL 500
1964 Ford Galaxie XL 500

This is my 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible that was imported from Los Angeles in the early 1990's. I like RockAuto and have purchased many parts chiefly because of the way parts are thoroughly and easily catalogued by your website. Delivery is very fast and usually takes less than a week to arrive here in Finland. RockAuto prices are great and you can always count on getting the correct parts.

So far I have bought from RockAuto:
Starter, Flexplate, Distributor, Gaskets, Spark Plugs, Sparkplug Wires, Fuel Tank Cap, Fuel Pump, Power Steering Hoses, Headlight Switch, Headlight Dimmer Connectors, Headlamp Sockets, Coolant Hoses, Thermostat, Speedometer Cable, Instrument Cluster Voltage Regulator.

Here in Finland most people obviously drive European and Japanese cars, but there is a growing American car culture who find most of the Opels and Toyotas driven here small and boring! American cars are bigger, more stylish, and much more comfortable! I also have a 1999 Cadillac STS (my daily driver), and a 1994 Camaro Z/28 Convertible.

Thanks!
Mika

 

 

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