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Another Happy Customer!
Another Happy Customer!

RockAuto.com for all the parts my car will EVER need! I have been ordering from RockAuto for a few years now and have had a great experience from start to finish. All the parts I have received are top quality & half the price my local parts stores charge... Thanks again RockAuto!

Tawnya in Tennessee


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26 MardiKrawl
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Aug
27 Waterford at Mansfield's First Annual Car Show
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Aug
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Aug
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Aug
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Aug
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Sept
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Sept
4 Woodbury Car Show 2021
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Sept
4 3rd Annual Joshua Lamb Memorial Car Show
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Sept
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Sept
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4 Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services Car Show
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4 VBP Vettes 3rd Annual Corvette Show
Topeka, KS Email
Sept
4 Kaitlynís Classic Car Show
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Sept
5 Old Pee Dee Park Car/Bike Show
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5 Heartland All British Car & Cycle Meet
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Sept
AGS Complete Fuel Line Kits
See what we have from AGS

RockAuto now has AGS premium pre-bent fuel line kits to repair Chevy/GMC trucks and GM cars with the most problematic original equipment (OE) lines.

Why Choose a Complete Fuel Line Kit? If one line is leaking, the other lines may not be far behind, as they face the same underbody conditions. Plus, when trying to replace individual rusty fuel lines, other old lines and fittings may start leaking after being disturbed. Kits include the specific line, fittings, fuel filter if required, and hardware needed for a clean, complete installation.

AGS metal lines are CNC bent to ensure an exact fit. Components are made from durable, corrosion resistant galvanized steel, stainless steel and/or PTFE flexible hose. Kits have been lab tested to meet or exceed OE burst pressure and flow rate specifications.

Typical AGS Complete Fuel Link Kit

Restore performance/safety, prevent surprises and reduce installation time with an AGS pre-bent fuel line kit! Find these fuel line kits for specific GM trucks and cars under “Fuel Line / Hose” in the "Fuel & Air" category of the RockAuto.com catalog.

Power Stop Stock Replacement Brake Kits
See what we have from Power Stop
Power Stop OE Brake Kit

Zero-to-60 mph time is a fun performance measure, but 60-to-zero time is most critical. Luckily, restoring braking performance is usually much easier than trying to get a car up to 60 mph one second faster! From August 19th through the end of August, 2021, Power Stop is offering RockAuto customers a 10% instant manufacturer rebateStar in catalog on their Stock Replacement Rotor & Brake Pad Kits. Simply add a qualifying Power Stop part to your cart and instantly save even more on RockAuto's reliably low prices!

Power Stop's Stock Replacement brake kits are an affordable way to restore the braking performance of an essential daily-driver. Each kit includes OE style rotors that are 100% mill-balanced and precision-made to fit your specific vehicle. The pads are matched to the rotors; made using a noise and dust-free ceramic formula that helps keep your wheels clean. Premium stainless steel hardware and high temperature brake lubricant are included with each kit to ensure you have what you need to get the job done right. Power Stop Stock Replacement Rotor & Brake Pad Kits are typically available for the front, rear, or both front and rear axles.

REBATE!

RockAuto.com offers Power Stop brake kits for almost every vehicle on the road today, everything from a 1986 Chevrolet Corvette, to a 2007 Toyota Highlander, to a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic. Find the Rotor & Brake Pad Kit for your specific vehicle in the Brake & Wheel Hub category of the RockAuto.com catalog. Do not delay, this manufacturer rebateStar in catalog ends August 31st, 2021!

Forum of the Month
PathfinderTalk.com

PathfinderTalk.com is an online community where owners of 2013 and newer Nissan Pathfinders can discuss their ownership experiences. The website features topics about maintenance, service and troubleshooting along with a tech section full of how-to discussions. PathfinderTalk.com also includes a section with topics for new or potential Pathfinder owners with comparisons and reviews.

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 marketing@rockauto.com.

Repair Mistakes & Blunders
Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Upon reaching 16 years of age and acquiring my license, I proudly purchased my mother's 1964 Pontiac LeMans. I drove it from April until July when, with the advice of some "mechanically inclined" friends, I decided to rebuild and "muscle up" the motor while my parents were out of town for a week.

Everything went well and on schedule; tearing all the way down to the block, installing a new camshaft, headers, manifold, carburetor, reworked cylinder heads and all new hardware. By the time my parents arrived home, I had almost completed the job but could not get the darn engine to start! After listening to my Dad explain the virtues of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," we proceeded to troubleshoot the problem. After some investigation, my Dad finally said that the timing was off. He asked about the installation of the cam, and I said I put it in just like the old one. He mentioned something about degrees, but I thought that math was definitely something not needed in mechanics.

After an afternoon of various initiations into the world of colorful mechanic's language, my Dad finally asked me to start the car. It started right up and ran like a champ. That was when I realized that there are 360 degrees on a compass, and if you are 90 degrees off on a cam, you are not going cruising in your ride any time soon.

Bobby in Georgia

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 RockAuto 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

Why does the 2021 Corvette have a diesel glow plug warning light on the dash?

Diesel glow plug warning light

A. The 2022 Corvette sold in China, Europe and perhaps other regions will be available with a 3.3L straight-six twin turbo diesel built by GM's partner in China, SAIC.

B. The glow plug light has always been used to indicate that a diesel engine is not yet ready to start. GM is now using the same warning light to indicate electric cars, including future Corvettes, are still plugged into a battery charger and cannot be "started."

C. GM saves money by using the same warning light circuit board in multiple vehicles even if some of the lights are irrelevant for a specific model.

Answer below

Fuel Line Disconnect Tools
Tom's Story

Strange that I was happy to fill my first toolbox with sets of screwdrivers, sockets and wrenches, but if a fastener design was younger than me, I resisted getting the correct tools for it as long as possible. I tried to turn the first Torx (star) fastener I encountered by shoving in a small flat-blade screwdriver and Allen (hex) wrench. I have destroyed other "new" fasteners by trying to turn them with pliers. Maybe it is a genetic thing. Perhaps I had a grandparent who struggled to turn Phillips head screws (introduced to cars in the 1930s) with the point of his/her pocketknife.

Fuel Line Disconnect Tools

More likely I was worried that a new fastener design would not catch on. I might struggle to find the right tool and then it would sit unused. I recently caught myself doing it again with fuel line connectors. Now that several cars in the family fleet were built this century, I found myself struggling to undo modern fuel-line connectors with small screwdrivers and picks; time was wasted and fingers were injured.

To be fair, fuel line connectors do not just range in size from big to small. Most car manufacturers use similar clip-on fuel line (transmission and A/C) connectors, but some require slightly different tools as well as a variety of sizes. Thankfully, RockAuto has sets of Fuel Line Disconnect Tools that are more like complete toolboxes, able to handle the connectors on a variety of vehicles. It is satisfying to use a simple tool to release a complex looking connector with a quick click!

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

To read more of Tom's articles, click this link and choose from story titles on the Newsletter Archives page.

John's 1987 Ford Thunderbird
John's 1987 Ford Thunderbird

This is my 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with a 2.3 liter engine, intercooled turbo and 5 speed manual transmission. I am the second owner and caretaker of this original sub-thirty thousand mile car. When I graduated college in 1987, this was one of the cars I planned on buying. Instead I bought a 1989 Mustang GT convertible. But the thought of owning a Turbo Coupe always stayed with me.

Credit goes to the original owner who took immaculate care of this car. In 2014 the Thunderbird was consigned to a Ford Dealer in Minnesota where I found it. It was in near showroom condition. However the wheels were pitted and the air conditioning system had a leak. Thanks to RockAuto, I was able to replace the wheels and the A/C lines, condenser and accumulator. The wheels look great and the air conditioning is crispy cool. Thanks RockAuto!

John in New York (RockAuto customer for over 14 years)

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Automotive Trivia Answer
Automotive Trivia

Why does the 2021 Corvette have a diesel glow plug warning light on the dash?

Diesel glow plug warning light

A. The 2022 Corvette sold in China, Europe and perhaps other regions will be available with a 3.3L straight-six twin turbo diesel built by GM's partner in China, SAIC.

B. The glow plug light has always been used to indicate that a diesel engine is not yet ready to start. GM is now using the same warning light to indicate electric cars, including future Corvettes, are still plugged into a battery charger and cannot be "started."


Answer: C. GM saves money by using the same warning light circuit board in multiple vehicles even if some of the lights are irrelevant for a specific model. (source: https://jalopnik.com/heres-why-the-2021-corvette-has-a-warning-light-for-die-1847466751)

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