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Another Happy Customer!

RockAuto has made it possible for me to do car repairs I normally couldn't afford.

I will be buying many parts from them this summer to overhaul my 1997 Honda Accord to help it get to 300k miles.

David in Connecticut

 

Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here, e-mail us with details.

Harvard Milk Days Car Show
6/8/2013
Harvard, IL
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7th Annual "Scrap Drive" Rod & Custom Car Show
6/8/2013
Polo, IL
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14th Annual Rods & Rails Extravaganza; A Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
6/8/2013
Perris, CA
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The Corvette Club of Windsor - Annual Waterfront Corvette Show
6/9/2013
Windsor, Canada
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American Cars & Petticoats Bodensee
6/9/2013
Ravensburg, Germany
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Mopars in Motion 2013 Events
6/9/2013
Bristol, CT
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Westchester Region Automobile Club of America 2nd Annual Car Show
6/9/2013
Patterson, NY
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30th 50th Anniversary
6/9/2013
Denver, CO
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GMCCA 31st Annual Car Show
6/9/2013
St. Paul, MN
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Cars R Starts @ PPG Car Show
6/9/2013
Sterling Heights, MI
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10th Annual Benefit Car Show
6/9/2013
Colorado Springs, CO
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The Center of the Nation All Car Rally
6/14/2013
Spearfish, SD
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28th Annual Mothers Polish Classic at Pismo Beach
6/14/2013
Redlands, CA
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Golden Gears Last Chance Fun Run
6/14/2013
Alamogordo, NM
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Willa Capri Cruisers Car Cub Fathers Day Car Show
6/15/2013
Clarks Summit, PA
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3rd Annual Car & Bike Show for Breast Cancer
6/15/2013
Brantford, ON
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Rolling Chrome/Tahoe Thunder
6/15/2013
South Lake Tahoe, CA
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Carshow Hazelwood Baptist Church
6/15/2013
Hazelwood, MO
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Solid Rock Cruisers to the Park Car Show
6/15/2013
Puyallup, WA
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Annual Dream Cars for Kids Dreams
6/15/2013
Windsor, CT
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Graffiti Night
6/15/2013
Onawa, IA
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Misericordia Charity Classic
6/15/2013
Willowbrook, IL
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Cruise at the Patriots Square
6/15/2013
East Sandwich, MA
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Fathers Day Festival Car Show
6/16/2013
Florissant, MO
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Soco Car Show/Spring Sprre.org
6/16/2013
Peyton, CO
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Falls City Mustang Club
6/16/2013
Charleston, IN
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GM Motorrama Show & Shine
6/16/2013
Kemptville, ON
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The Connecticut GTO Club 6th Annual Cruise for the Camp Car Show
6/21/2013
East Hartford, CT
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Northwest Fest 2013
6/21/2013
Gresham, OR
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Vintage Street Rodders of America
6/22/2013
Painseville, OH
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Steamboat Days Show Your Ride
6/22/2013
Winona, MN
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2013 AMCRC Western Regional Car Show
6/22/2013
Sparks, NV
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10 Year Anniversary Danny Garza Memorial Truck, Car, Lowrider & Motorcycle Show
6/22/2013
Upper Sandusky, OH
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Knights Auto Club Annual Car Show
6/22/2013
Shawnee, OK
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Alte Dreherei Old und Youngtimer Festival
6/22/2013
Mulheim, Germany
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Annual Ride In Motorcycle Show
6/22/2013
Mayetta, KS
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Stellar Events 2013
6/23/2013
Fort Edward, NY
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Elm Bank Estate Auto Show
6/23/2013
Worcester, MA
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Victora Swap Meet Car Show & Social Gathering
6/23/2013
Sidney, BC
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3rd Annual Sturgis Camaro Rally
6/27/2013
Baker, MT
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website

Shrine Car Show
6/28/2013
Nashville, IN
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Relay for Life Car Motorcycle Show
6/29/2013
Coquille, OR
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Macomb Brownie Myers Heritage Days Car Show
6/29/2013
Macomb, IL
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Fountain Valley Classic Car Truck Show
6/29/2013
Fountain Valley, CA
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9th Street Gang Car Club; James Dean Spring Run
6/29/2013
Gas City, IN
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Cool City Classic Car Show
6/29/2013
Two Rivers, WI
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Gears & Ears 36
6/30/2013
Yorkville, IL
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CNY Mopar Madness
6/30/2013
Liverpool, NY
e-mail

 

"Do-It-Yourselfer" Father's Day

Do-It-Yourselfer dad

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching. Have you thought about what to get your "Do-It-Yourselfer" dad? Here are a few things to look for on a father's vehicle that may need replacing but might be getting overlooked. Help dad freshen up his ride this Father’s Day with assistance from the RockAuto Catalog!

Headlamp Assemblies: Yellow, crazed, bleary-eyed headlamp assemblies make a car look old and tired. Instantly roll back the years and make the vehicle safer to drive by giving dad a new set of headlamp assemblies. Headlamp assemblies for some vehicles can be expensive but many are not. For example, headlamp assemblies for the following vehicles start at around $25: 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, 2000 Toyota Camry and the 2000 Chevy Silverado. (In the RockAuto catalog under "Body-Exterior.")

Headlamp Assemblies

Hood, Trunk or Hatch Lift Support: Does dad have trouble keeping the hood, trunk or hatch open when the weather is cold or when the worn out lift support struts just decide to act up? Protect dad's head, back and pride by getting him a new pair of lift supports. Many cost between $10 and $20. (Body-Exterior)

Hood, Trunk or Hatch Lift Support

Dash Board Cover: A dash cover can protect a good dash or conceal a dash that is cracked, faded or stained. Dash Designs dash board covers exactly fit specific vehicles and they come in a variety of materials and in fun new or original colors. Quickly freshen up dad’s interior for typically less than $30. (Body-Interior)

Dash Board Cover

If you are just not sure what to get your father, a RockAuto Gift Certificate will let your car enthusiast choose the parts or tools he needs. They are available for any amount, are easy to purchase and even easier to use.

 

 

Gates Non-Automotive Belts

See what we have from Gates

Need a belt for your lawn mower, table saw or A/C unit this summer? RockAuto has many Gates belts available to get your non-automotive equipment running like new again. As an added bonus, many of the belts are Wholesaler Closeout parts allowing you to save even more on RockAuto's reliably low prices.

Gates Non-Automotive Belts

Find the non-automotive Gates belt you need, displayed in the catalog by size, under the "Tools & Universal Parts" tab in the "Belt Drive" category.

 

 

Forum of the Month

Titan Talk

Titan Talk is a group of Nissan Titan enthusiasts. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to start new topics, reply to conversations, privately message (PM) other members and more. From towing and hauling, to electrical and wiring, to wheels, tires and brakes and so much more, you will find a topic to learn from or a place to share your experience and knowledge. Registration is fast, simple and free. Join our community today and become a part of our Nissan Titan Family!

 

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!

Way back in 1969 I purchased my first car - a 1959 MGA roadster. Of course it had the old style ignition points (remember those?) and I was eager to give it a tune-up to get "maximum performance." I was pretty pleased with myself for getting the points set just right and buttoned everything back up, expecting the four-banger to roar to life. But instead, it just cranked & cranked and did not start! I re-set the points over & over while thinking, "I must just be a few thousandths off the mark." And I was beginning to doubt my future as an exuberant "newbie" DIY'er.

Finally, after repeatedly trying to figure out where I went wrong, I noticed that the points lead was not separated by the insulating nylon washer! A final re-assembly and points adjustment and then success....it fired up! It was a hard-learned lesson of patience & perseverance, but one that I never forgot even all these years later. I still enjoy doing some of my own light mechanical work, but I'm glad that the old points have been replaced by something more reliable!

Gary in Nebraska

 

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 e-mail 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

Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) systems were first used:

A. on tank engines built by Cadillac during World War II. A closed PCV system kept water out of the crankcase when the tanks forded streams.
B. on Formula One race cars built by Alfa Romeo in 1952. All Formula One cars were required to have PCV systems beginning in 1955 to help keep oil residue off of racetracks.
C. on the engines powering Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport planes beginning in 1958. A PCV system enabled the planes to fly at higher altitudes without depleting engine oil.

Answer below

 

 

An Exception to the Rule

RockAuto

For many car repairs, it is usually easier and ultimately cheaper to replace the entire assembly rather than individual components. Power windows are an exception to this rule. Removing and replacing the entire window regulator assembly is often much more difficult than replacing the individual, smaller, easily accessible parts most likely to fail.

Before assuming the worst when a power window stops working, check to see if RockAuto’s manufacturers offer new power window motors, gears, window guides or other relatively small power window parts for your vehicle. If the aftermarket manufacturers decided to make replacement parts then that indicates the original parts failed frequently. The little heart icons Heart Icon next to popular parts in the RockAuto catalog can be used to identify the parts other owners used to successfully solve the same problem.

This spring, a plague swept through the power windows in my 1990s Ford products. One power window in my wife’s Tempo and both windows in my son’s Lincoln Mark VII stopped working. We could hear the power window motors running, but the windows did not go up without a lot of help from our hands. Friends found it strange when we talked to them through the Lincoln’s open sunroof rather than an open window.

We greased the linkages and slides on the power window regulator, but nothing seemed bound up. RockAuto’s manufacturers do not even make new, complete window regulators for these Fords so they must usually last for the life of the car. RockAuto has lots of replacement power window motor choices for our Fords, but I saw power window motor gears were available too. ACDelco, Cardone, Dorman and VDO all make replacement gears. It was a sure sign that the original gears both fail frequently and are replaceable. A little heart next to the Dorman gear indicated lots of other owners had purchased that part. It seemed logical that a motor that runs but does not move anything is likely to have a gear with its teeth stripped off.

I decided to give new power window motor gears a try. It turned out that the gear teeth were actually not stripped. On 1960s through 1990s Fords and Lincolns, a metal worm gear on the motor mates with teeth on a plastic gear. There is a triangle shape molded into the center of the plastic gear. Another metal gear fits into that triangle and three small plastic drums, “window regulator gear plugs,” keep it in place. The metal gear is what connects with the big half-moon shaped gear on the window regulator. It is the plastic gear plugs that disintegrated from age and likely from buffering the torque transferred between gears.

The replacement Dorman gear (top) included better than original gears and plugs

The replacement Dorman gear included better than original gears and plugs. My family’s window plague was quickly cured with nine plastic plugs rather than three new window regulators. Replacing the entire power window motor would not have been any more difficult and new motors are relatively inexpensive for these Fords. But with three windows to fix, we still saved at least $60 and had fun seeing how these interesting gears fit together.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Fabio's 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

Fabio's 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

Hello,

I am an Italian mechanic with a passion for American cars! This is my 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning I purchased from a US soldier stationed here.

This truck has some aftermarket performance parts (exhaust, ECU, wheels) but many more direct fit OE parts like filters, brake pads, spark plugs and suspension components from RockAuto, everything needed to keep it running well.

I have many friends with new and old American cars and trucks. They buy everything from RockAuto!

Fabio in Italy

 

Share Your Hard Work

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 an e-mail to marketing@rockauto.com with information about your show.

 

 

Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) systems were first used:

Answer: A. on tank engines built by Cadillac during World War II. A closed PCV system kept water out of the crankcase when the tanks forded streams.
B. on Formula One race cars built by Alfa Romeo in 1952. All Formula One cars were required to have PCV systems beginning in 1955 to help keep oil residue off of racetracks.
C. on the engines powering Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport planes beginning in 1958. A PCV system enabled the planes to fly at higher altitudes without depleting engine oil.

Typical PCV valve

Back up to trivia question

 

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