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Another Happy Customer!

When I plan a project, I always use RockAuto for all the parts, and have been extremely pleased with both the price and shipping time.

When comparing to the local stores, and even other on-line stores, RockAuto has repeatedly proven to have better prices and availability.

Dewayne in Florida

 

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

6th Annual Car Show - Hot Rods & Academics
5/12/2012
Seymour, IN
e-mail

2nd Annual All Mopar Show
5/12/2012
Mantua, NJ
e-mail

2012 Wounded Warrior Regional All Camaro Car Show
5/12/2012
Stafford, VA
e-mail

Loafers Car Club Annual Car Show
5/12/2012
Hannibal, MO
e-mail

School is Closed Fun Day & Car/Truck/Bike Show
5/12/2012
Panama City, FL
e-mail

Streethawks Germany
5/13/2012
Roseau, Germany
e-mail

Mint Wheels 2012
5/13/2012
Jefferson, OR
e-mail

Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum Fundraising Car Show
5/13/2012
Grafton, WV
e-mail

GM Motorrama Show & Shine
5/15/2012
Kemptville, ON
e-mail

Cozzi Corner Tuesday Cruise Nights
5/15/2012
Downers Grove, IL
e-mail

Summer Shine Event
5/16/2012
Corning, AR
e-mail

12th Annual Spring Zing
5/17/2012
Brunswick, OH
e-mail

US Car Gigantentreffen - Pullmancity
5/17/2012
Eging am See, Germany
website

35th Regional Spring Fling
5/18/2012
Floyd Knobs, IN
e-mail

2012 Volks-Weston
5/18/2012
Oakview, MO
e-mail

Thrill Show Productions 2012 Events
5/18/2012
Dorchester, ON
e-mail

2012 Annual Lone Star Corvette Classic Weekend
5/18/2012
Allen, TX
e-mail

Damp Productions Car Show
5/18/2012
Gowen, MI
e-mail

Chrysler Spring Cruise Show
5/18/2012
Syracuse, NY
e-mail

KY Thoroughbreds Horse & Horsepower Car Show
5/19/2012
Louisville, KY
e-mail

Street Mag Shows
5/19/2012
Hamburg, Germany
e-mail

Cruisin' Under the Stars Car Show
5/19/2012
Avondale, AZ
e-mail

St. Margaret Mary Parish-Spring Chinese Auction
5/19/2012
Staten Island, NY
e-mail

Groesbeck Lions Club Car Show
5/19/2012
Mexia, TX
e-mail

Second Annual All Out Call Out Drag Race
5/19/2012
Albuquerque, NM
website

Cameron Dewberry Festival Classic Car Show
5/19/2012
Cameron, TX
e-mail

7th Annual King George High School Skills USA Car Show
5/19/2012
King George, VA
e-mail

Sentimental Cruisers Car Club of Ocean County 6th Annual Car & Truck Show
5/19/2012
Forked River, NJ
e-mail

Tiger 100 Bike Rally & Car Show
5/19/2012
New Tulsa, OK
e-mail

Monday Nite Car Club 10th Annual "Run to the Hills"
5/19/2012
El Cajon, CA
website

2012 Super Cruise-In South Georgia Classic Car Club
5/19/2012
Valdosta, GA
e-mail

Flour Power 2012
5/19/2012
Abilene, KS
website

Blessing of the Wheels
5/19/2012
Bay City, MI
e-mail

10th Annual Open Show & Blood Drive
5/19/2012
New Palestine, IN
e-mail

Relay for Life Car Show
5/19/2012
Pennsburg, PA
e-mail

McDowell Mission Ministries 4th Annual Car Show
5/19/2012
Marion, NC
e-mail

7th Annual Car & Truck Show plus Swap Meet
5/19/2012
Clever, MO
e-mail

19th Annual Antique/Classic Car & Truck Show
5/19/2012
Florence, SC
e-mail

4th Annual Spirit of Ohio Southern Car Show
5/19/2012
Lancaster, OH
e-mail

2012 Bentley Car Show
5/20/2012
Bentley, KS
e-mail

Coming Together Newton County 2012
5/20/2012
Covington, GA
e-mail

Upper Saddle River 2012 Antique Car Show & Flea Market
5/20/2012
Dumont, NJ
e-mail

Third Annual Antique & Classic Car Show
5/20/2012
Norwalk, CT
e-mail

Deerfield Fire & Rescue; 2nd Annual Car Show
5/20/2012
North Branch, MI
e-mail

goneMOAB 2012
5/20/2012
Jefferson, CO
e-mail

3rd Annual Relay for Life Benefit Show
5/20/2012
Bradley, IL
e-mail

Old Fashioned Days, Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
5/20/2012
Arcanum, OH
e-mail

2012 American Reflections Weekend
5/20/2012
Yakima, WA
e-mail

3rd Annual Brian Adams Benefit Cruise In
5/20/2012
Sidney, OH
e-mail

Kustoms Klassics Searcy Fest
5/20/2012
Searcy, AR
e-mail

Wind Gap Car Show "Cruise to the Gap"
5/20/2012
Pen Argyle, PA
e-mail

Street Freaks Car Club - Annual Show
5/20/2012
Saginaw, MI
e-mail

Douthat State Park-14th Annual Lake Run Car Show
5/20/2012
Millboro, VA
e-mail

Special Needs Boy Scout Troop 390-2nd Annual Car Show
5/20/2012
Warren, MI
e-mail

Friendship Day 2012
5/20/2012
Redwood City, CA
e-mail

Roosevelt School PTO 14th Annual Tricky Tray Auction
5/21/2012
River Edge, NJ
e-mail

Twin City Cruisers; Cruise Nights
5/24/2012
Sterling, IL
e-mail

Springfield Swap Meet Car Show
5/25/2012
Xenia, OH
e-mail

May Car Show
5/25/2012
Show Low, AZ
e-mail

20th Fun Run
5/25/2012
Corpus Christi, TX
e-mail

Cruizin with the Oldies
5/25/2012
Casper, WY
e-mail

Central Jersey Antique Car Club Antique Car Show
5/26/2012
Trenton, NJ
website

Moses Lake Spring Festival Car Show
5/26/2012
Ephrata, WA
e-mail

Outcast Car Club Pfingstmeeting
5/26/2012
Mending, Germany
website

2012 Car Shows-KIDs Foundation
5/26/2012
Herrin, IL
e-mail

6th Annual Showboat City Rumble
5/26/2012
Chesaning, MI
e-mail

Asbury Motor Club
5/26/2012
Bossier City, LA
e-mail

Moose Jaw M/J Shifters Car Club BBQ/Show & Shine
5/26/2012
Moose Jaw, SK
e-mail

Quad City Camaro Club Car Show
5/26/2012
Taylors Ridge, IL
e-mail

Route 77 Classic Car Bike Show
5/26/2012
El Dorado, KS
e-mail

Bash at The Lube VI - Car, Truck, & Bike Show
5/26/2012
Hampton, VA
e-mail

Ye Olde Mill Rod Run Picnic
5/27/2012
Newark, OH
e-mail

Valley Forge Mustang Club 31st Annual Car Show
5/27/2012
Sanatoga, PA
website

Memorial Day Car Show
5/27/2012
Baltimore, MD
e-mail

Mopar Muscle Association Chryslers at Brooklands Car Show
5/27/2012
Mitcham, UK
e-mail

Bobs Big Boy Spring Breakout Cruise
5/28/2012
Corona, CA
e-mail

2012 Drifters Car Club Events
5/28/2012
Climax, MI
e-mail

Volkswagen Beetle Super Kits

Are you restoring a Volkswagen Beetle? RockAuto now carries complete weatherstrip kits for 1950-1974 Beetles from Fairchild Industries. These new eleven-piece kits include Front & Rear Windshield Seals, Driver and Passenger Side Quarter Window Seals, Driver and Passenger Side Door Seals, Driver and Passenger Side Vent Wing Posts, Driver and Passenger Side Tops, Rear Channel and Front Hood Seals. Look for these Weatherstrip Kits in the Body-Exterior category of the RockAuto catalog.

Weatherstrip kit for 1950-1974 Beetles

Not a Volkswagen Beetle enthusiast but are in need of weather stripping, door seals, or window seals? Fairchild offers a wide variety of vehicle specific replacement parts designed to OEM standards. Don’t delay; check the RockAuto catalog today!

 

 

Rebates Ending Soon

ACDelcoAirLiftATPAutoliteBoschChampionFramMonroeRanchoRaybestosWalker

 

 

Fram, Monroe, Raybestos and Walker all have rebates ending May 31, 2012. There is still time to take advantage of these rebates!

FRAM Rebates:

  • Buy any one FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter and Get $2.00 Back By Mail-In Rebate!
  • Buy 1 FRAM Tough Guard Oil Filter and any 1 FRAM® Extra Guard Air Filter and Get $5 Back By Mail-In Rebate!

Monroe Brake Pad Rebate:

  • Purchase one (1) set of qualifying Monroe Premium Brake Pads and receive a $15 rebate check or purchase two (2) sets of qualifying Monroe Premium Brake Pads and receive a $30 rebate check.
    • Bonus! In addition to your “Brake Bonus” rebate check, you will receive a Monroe Shocks and Struts $50 BACK certificate, good for your next purchase of qualifying Monroe ride control products.

Raybestos Rebate:

  • Get up to $80 back via mail in rebate with qualifying purchase of Raybestos Brake and Chassis products. Each redeemed rebate card serves as an entry to win the 2013 Raybestos Roush Stage 3 Mustang.

Walker Exhaust Rebate:

  • Get up to $80 back when you purchase a qualifying Walker product.

To see the details for these rebates or to look at the other rebates currently being offered by ACDelco, AirLift, ATP, Autolite, Bosch, Champion, FRAM, and Rancho go to the Promotions and Rebates page.

While shopping don’t forget to look for the little yellow "Sale Item" Sale Item star next to the part names to help you save even more on RockAuto’s everyday low prices!

 

 

Forum of the Month

FordRaptorForum.com

FordRaptorForum.com is a forum-based website dedicated to all things Ford Raptor. The Ford Raptor Forum includes an active network of members to assist in the areas of maintenance, how-to’s, detailing, tech and much more for this unique Ford truck.

With thousands of discussion topics and knowledgeable members you are sure to get the answer you are looking for! If you are not already a member of FordRaptorForum.com, join today and become a part of a forum driven by enthusiasts!

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 love reading the repair blunders! It always brings back fond, and some not so fond, memories of my 20 years working as an auto mechanic.

One of my most memorable repair blunders started as someone else's blunder. I had the work order for an 80's Cadillac which someone had replaced the rear shocks on. The issue was a sagging rear end and a weird clunking sound over bumps. After verifying the problem, I realized someone had installed the wrong shocks. I brought the car in and put it up in the air on the lift. I supported the rear end and proceeded to remove the nuts from the lower shock mounting bolts. I used a large hammer to remove the bolts from the mount.

Upon hitting the final bolt, the car catapulted into the air taking a nose dive off the lift leaving me standing there staring at the underside of a vertical land yacht, with the hammer still in my hand, and mouth gaping wide open.

Another death defying day in the garage!

Chris in Connecticut

 

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 a while!). Please email your story to flamur@rockauto.com. Include your mailing address and if you would like a RockAuto T-Shirt (please let us know your shirt size) or Hat if we publish your story. See the T-Shirts and Hats under Tools & Universal Parts 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

One of the most famous muscle cars was the Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2. What did "4-4-2" signify?

A. The first 4 represents the original model year, 1964. The next 4 represents the 394 cid V8. The 2 represents bucket seats.
B. 4-4-2 was the high performance package option number for the Cutlass.
C. 4=four barrel carburetor, 4=four speed transmission, 2=dual exhaust.

Answer below

 

 

Don't Dust Your Diesel

RockAuto

Pentius PAB10270 Air Filter

Motorcraft FA1784 Air Restriction Indicator

Did you ever run your shop vac or any vacuum cleaner a little too long without changing the filter? The exhaust air coming out of the vacuum starts to smell a little stale and dusty. The vacuum cleaner motor might actually sound as if it is working harder as it strains to suck air through a clogged filter.

Diesel engine air intakes operate more similar to a vacuum cleaner than to a gasoline engine. A gasoline engine uses airflow to control engine speed. If the air filter is clogged then engine performance decreases but a gasoline engine does not make additional effort to try to suck air through the dirty filter.

A diesel engine uses fuel flow to control engine speed while always drawing in a fairly consistent high volume of air. If the air filter is clogged then the diesel engine will strain to pull in that same amount of air. Like a vacuum cleaner or a kid sucking up a milk shake through a straw, a diesel will pull harder as it tries to get what it wants.

And like a vacuum cleaner motor, a diesel may pull so hard that it pulls dust out of the clogged air filter into the engine. Dirt is bad news, especially with the tight tolerances in modern diesel engines. A clogged air filter may reduce the performance of a modern gasoline engine, but a clogged air filter can damage a diesel engine.

Diesel air filters often cost more than gasoline engine air filters because while both filters stop dirt, the diesel filter also has to maintain the same high volume of air flow and resist letting dirt escape. Regularly changing the air filter is crucial.

Some vehicle manufacturers, Ford for example, use an air restriction indicator (see photo) to help diesel owners see when their air filters are starting to clog. Typically, a visible plunger in a clear tube moves higher as the filter clogs. Once the plunger moves to the top, a circuit is closed and a warning light illuminates in the instrument cluster. Of course, it is best to change the air filter long before the warning light activates.

RockAuto sells replacement air restriction indicators and high quality diesel engine air filters by manufacturers such as ACDelco, Fram, Mann, Motorcraft, Pentius and Wix. Look under Fuel/Air in the RockAuto catalog to see the air filters available for your particular engine.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Jim's 1960 Fiat Abarth Zagato
Jim's 1960 Fiat Abarth Zagato

Fiat recently came back to North America, after a 30 year absence, and it has generated a lot of excitement with its Abarth version of the new Fiat 500. My Fiat-Abarth is the Great Grandfather to the new Abarth. True to the Abarth philosophy of making a small car faster and more powerful, this car, which originally carried a 750 CC Abarth motor with 48 Hp., is now powered by a highly modified 1198 CC Abarth OT-1000 100 Hp. power plant coupled to a Hewland Mk4 Quick Change transaxle.

I've owned this car for almost 50 years and all during that time it has been licensed and driven. The 750 Abarth shares many parts with the stock Fiat 600. RockAuto has many of the normal wear and tear parts always available to keep this Abarth happy and healthy. Thanks for stocking parts for this car as they are very hard to find these days!

Jim in New York

 

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Do you purchase parts from RockAuto? If so, RockAuto would like to feature you & your car or truck in our monthly newsletter. New, old, import, domestic, daily driver, trailer queen, classic, antique, we want to see them all! Please e-mail flamur@rockauto.com with your vehicle's history, interesting details, your favorite images, and what parts from RockAuto you have used.

 

 

Let RockAuto Help

Let RockAuto Help

Are you organizing a car show or other auto related event? From goody bag stuffers to gift certificates...we can help. We can even publicize your event in our newsletter.

Just send us an email with information about your show.

 

 

Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

One of the most famous muscle cars was the Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2. What did "4-4-2" originally signify?

A. The first 4 represents the original model year, 1964. The next 4 represents the 394 cid V8. The 2 represents bucket seats.
B. 4-4-2 was the high performance package option number for the Cutlass.
C. 4=four barrel carburetor, 4=four speed transmission, 2=dual exhaust.

Answer: C. 4=four barrel carburetor, 4=four speed transmission, 2=dual exhaust.

Back up to trivia question

 

 

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