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This is the place to buy your car/truck parts! They have parts for my 1994 Caprice Classic that my local auto parts store said they couldn't order. Even with shipping costs, the parts are still cheaper than local prices.

Thank you RockAuto. I will be a customer for life.

Dave in Florida

 

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

Carlisle Events

2011 Schedule of Events:

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.

Mason Dixon Chapter of the Falcon Club of America
8/12/2011
Annapolis, MD
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Midwest Thunder 10th Annual Benefit Car & Truck Show & Stereo Sound Off
8/12/2011
Pontiac, IL
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Cruise the Gorge
8/12/2011
Dallesport, WA
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Midwest National Mustang Show
8/12/2011
Des Moines, IA
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6th Annual South Eastern Shindig
8/12/2011
Youngstown, FL
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McMinnville Auto Club
8/13/2011
Dayton, OR
e-mail

Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival
8/13/2011
Springsfield, MO
e-mail

Sunflower IH Show
8/13/2011
Halstead, KS
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Stanton Old Fashioned Days Car, Truck, & Bike Show
8/13/2011
Sheridan, MI
website

Charles E. Lewis Days & Northwestern WI Car Club Show
8/13/2011
Fredric, WI
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Old Dominion Corvette Club-22nd Annual All Corvette Cruise In
8/13/2011
Ashburn, VA
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American Legion 170 Classic Car & Bike Show
8/13/2011
Centerville, MI
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Ole Car Club 33rd Annual Car Show
8/13/2011
Gallipolis, OH
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Mopar Club
8/13/2011
Rio Ranch, NM
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The Ladies Auxiliary to the Unexcelled Fire Co
8/13/2011
Ocean Grove, NJ
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Uptown Rutland Business Association-2nd Annual Classic Car Show
8/13/2011
Kelowna, BC
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Car Show & 50's Dance Party
8/13/2011
Ridgewood, NJ
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24th Annual Gravette Day Car Show
8/14/2011
Gravette, AR
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Teamsters Local 455 9th Annual Car Show
8/14/2011
Denver, CO
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22nd Annual Yellow Rose Car Show
8/13-8/14/2011
Fort Worth, TX
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Sizzling Summer Car & Hot Rod Show
8/14/2011
Tualatin, OR
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8th Annual Meadowood Car truck Show
8/14/2011
Millersville, MD
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Wheels & Wine '11 Charity Car Show
8/14/2011
Milford, DE
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Isabella's Fight Car Show & Benefit
8/14/2011
Prince Frederick, TN
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Show Off All Car Auto Show
8/14/2011
St. Louis, MO
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American Iron Car Show
8/14/2011
Pleasant Hill, CA
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Focus Fanatics & Fiesta Fly Car Show
8/15/2011
Austin, TX
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Rolling Rods Classic Car Club
8/15/2011
Fountain, KY
e-mail

2011 Big Saturday Show
8/15/2011
Lewes, DE
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VTR 2011 Convention
8/17/2011
Littleton, CO
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41st Annual North South F-100 Run
8/19/2011
Bellflower, CA
e-mail

Carolina Classics at the Capital
8/19/2011
Raleigh, NC
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The Northern Mini & Retro Ride Show
8/19/2011
Louth, UK
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CAMO's 16th Annual Regional Meet
8/19/2011
Madison Center, CT
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Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital 3rd Annual Benefit Car Show & Festival
8/20/2011
Mokena, IL
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6th Annual Old Time Cruise to Estacada
8/20/2011
Estacada, OR
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Detective Kenneth Adamo Memorial Car Show
8/20/2011
Maywood, NJ
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Automotive Swap Meet-Metcalf Fairgrounds
8/20/2011
Ottawa, ON
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Skykomish Show-N-Shine
8/20/2011
Baring, WA
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Flanagan Fest Annual Car Show
8/20/2011
Flanagan, IL
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11th Annual Intermountain Mustang and All Ford Stampede
8/20/2011
West Jordan, UT
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20th Annual Dealer Day Car Show
8/20/2011
Cropseyville, NY
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7th Annual Show Us What You Got Car Show
8/20/2011
Brentwood, CA
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14th Annual Rally in the Vally Car Show
8/20/2011
Kelowna, BC
e-mail

2nd Annual Cruzin & First Annual Ribs & Rolling Georgia BBQ Association BBQ Cook Off
8/20/2011
McDonough, GA
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1st Annual Post Falls Police Cops-N-Kids & Rodders-N-More
8/20/2011
Post Falls, ID
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WAPTO Showdown
8/20/2011
Gaston, OR
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6th Annual New England Chevelle & El Camino Regional
8/20/2011
East Brookfield, MA
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Hot Alma Nights
8/20/2011
Alma, KS
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Bash 2011
8/20/2011
Northport, AL
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Radkes 12th Annual Car Show
8/20/2011
Carlisle, PA
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Fourth Annual New Malborough Classics Car Show
8/20/2011
Sudbury, MA
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Burien Chevrolet All Chevy Car Show
8/21/2011
Lakewood, WA
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Midwest Thunder-10th Annual Benefit Car & Truck Show & Stereo Sound Off
8/21/2011
Pontiac, IL
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Kornfest Car Show 2011
8/21/2011
Trempealeau, WI
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Hoosier Pontiac Oakland Club
8/21/2011
Greenfield, IN
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9/11 Memorial Car Show
8/21/2011
Montague, NJ
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The Wanderers Car Club-16th Annual Car Show
8/21/2011
Schenectady, NY
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Wisconsin Mufflers 5th Annual Car Show
8/21/2011
New Berlin, WI
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St. Gerard Charity Classic Car Show & Cruise
8/21/2011
Lansing, MI
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13th Annual Mountain Festival Car Show
8/21/2011
Tehachapi, CA
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Sunbust
8/21/2011
Tacoma, WA
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30th Annual All Vehicle Show
8/21/2011
Fremont, NH
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Car & Bike Show
8/21/2011
Hylkje, Norway
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American Motors National Show
8/21/2011
Ypsilanti, MI
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Troop 110 5th Annual Car Show
8/21/2011
Edison, NJ
e-mail

Reservoir Thunder Car Show
8/21/2011
West Shokan, NY
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East Coast Camaro Club
8/21/2011
Nashua, NH
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19th Annual Un-Finished Nationals
8/26/2011
Everett, WA
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The Blue Ridge Runners Meet
8/26/2011
Bridgewater, UK
e-mail

Battle Mountain Burners Car Club Car Show
8/26/2011
Winnemucca, NV
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34th Annual LeMay Annual Car Show
8/27/2011
Spanway, WA
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Kisses For Kyle Foundation Car Show
8/27/2011
Ambler, PA
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Port Townsend Kiwanis Classic Car Show
8/27/2011
Port Townsend, WA
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Car Show/Flea Market
8/27/2011
Thurmont, MD
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Transwest Buick GMC Custom Car Truck Show
8/27/2011
Commerce City, CO
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Mid-Atlantic Ford Roundup
8/27/2011
Yorktown, VA
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Brown County Shrine Club
8/27/2011
Nashville, IN
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Electric City GTO's Car Show
8/27/2011
Schenectady, NY
website

Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department Annual Car Show
8/27/2011
Dagsboro, DE
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4th Annual Iowa Lincoln Highway Assn Motor Tour
8/27/2011
Davenport, IA
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Springdale Car Show
8/27/2011
Middleton, WI
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5th Annual Car Show
8/27/2011
Paragould, AR
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3rd Annual Warriors for Charity Car & Bike Show
8/27/2011
Fountain, CO
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Lake County Customs & Classics Car Show
8/27/2011
Winfield, BC
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Potato Days
8/27/2011
Barnesville, MN
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2011 Seneca Cruise Night
8/27/2011
Seneca, IL
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Knuckle Busters Car Club Car Show
8/27/2011
Aledo, IL
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Exquisite Car & Truck Club
8/27/2011
Woodbridge, VA
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Air Cooled at the Orchard
8/27/2011
Hamden, CT
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Knights of Columbus 1st Annual Classic Car Show
8/28/2011
New Windsor, NY
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Old Fashioned Downtown Saturday Night
8/28/2011
Eaton, OH
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2nd Annual Team 207 Auto Club Car Show
8/28/2011
Lewiston, ME
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3rd Annual Car Truck & Bike Show
8/28/2011
Dartmouth, MA
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Bikers for Babies Classic Car Show
8/28/2011
Staten Island, NY
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Antique Fire Apparatus Car Show
8/28/2011
McGraw, NY
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Cascade Rambler Club Annual Car Show
8/30/2011
Seattle, WA
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4th Annual Cars for a Cause Classic Car Show
8/30/2011
Manchester, NH
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27th Annual Southwest Mopar Mini-Nationals
9/3/2011
Cedar Hill, TX
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5th Annual Cruz'n for Christ Motorcycle Ride & Bike Show
9/3/2011
Eminence, KY
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2nd Annual Cruisin for Horsepower
9/3/2011
Knightstown, IN
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Moravia Fall Festival Classic Car Show
9/3/2011
Moravia, IA
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Car Show in Deposit, NY
9/3/2011
Deposit, NY
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Cars 4 Kids Car & Truck Show
9/4/2011
Lincoln, IL
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Hoosier Old Wheels 39th Annual Car Show
9/4/2011
Plymouth, IN
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Amakuru VDub Show
9/4/2011
Warwick, UK
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Casey Popcorn Festival Car Show
9/4/2011
Rosedale, IN
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5th Annual Pinedorado Car Show
9/4/2011
Cambria, CA
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27th Annual Southwest Mopar Mini Nationals
9/4/2011
Dallas, TX
e-mail

7th Annual Labor Day Cars For Cancer
9/5/2011
Muskegon, MI
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Town & Country Days 2nd Annual Car/Bike Show
9/5/2011
Shell Lake, WI
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Kiwanis Car Show
9/8/2011
Coarsegold, CA
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PT Cruiser Car Show
9/8/2011
Hampton, VA
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Cruz 'N' Eureka
9/9/2011
McKinleyville, CA
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Hub City Classic Car Show
9/9/2011
Limon, CO
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41st Annual Eureka Springs Antique Auto Festival
9/9/2011
Eureka Springs, AR
e-mail

Immortalized-A Juried Custom Rod Art Show
9/9/2011
Escondido, CA
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NAMDRA Car Show
9/9/2011
Salem, WI
e-mail

Ridgewood NJ Chamber of Commerce Car Show
9/9/2011
Ridgewood, NJ
e-mail

Orange Airport Drag Strip Reunion
9/10/2011
Amherst, MA
e-mail

WVstreets.com Car Show
9/10/2011
Camden, WV
e-mail

Route 6t7 Community Fun Fest Classic Car Show
9/10/2011
Indianapolis, IN
e-mail

Dodge County Classics Swap Meet & Car Show
9/10/2011
Burnett, WI
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9th United Way Car & Motorcycle Show
9/10/2011
Alpharetta, GA
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Annual Car Show to benefit The Children's Miracle Network
9/10/2011
Williamstown, PA
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Cheshire Fall Festival & Car Show
9/10/2011
Cheshire, CT
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Cruisin for Logan Car Show
9/10/2011
Channahon, IL
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Christian Academy Funraiser Car Show
9/10/2011
Georgetown, KY
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Northern California Kit Car Show
9/10/2011
Walnut Creek, CA
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8th Annual Classic Car Show Competition
9/10/2011
Scotland Neck, NC
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HTVFC Annual Hog Roast Car Show & Bike Ride
9/10/2011
Muncie, IN
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Lawrence County Cancer Patients Car Show Benefit
9/10/2011
Bedford, IN
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5th Annual Back to School Car Show
9/10/2011
Stevensville, MD
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Car Show for the Benefit of Operation Shoebox
9/10/2011
Lady Lake, FL
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Zachary Decker Mini Golf Outing & VW Cruise
9/10/2011
Hamburg, NJ
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Candlewood Valley Corvettes Presents "Our 30th Annual Benefit Corvette Show & Shine"
9/11/2011
Southbury, CT
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Barron Fall Fest Car Show
9/11/2011
Barron, WI
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Troop 54 Car Show
9/11/2011
Voorhees, NJ
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YYCC Car Show Swap Meet
9/11/2011
North Grosvenor Dale, CT
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Fairfax Car Show
9/11/2011
Fairfax, CA
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33rd Chico Concours d'Elegance
9/11/2011
Chico, CA
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Brewer's Troop 15 Boys Scouts 4th Annual Brewer Days Car Show
9/11/2011
Brewer, ME
e-mail

Leigh Valley Region AACA
9/11/2011
Easton, PA
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4th Annual Earl Thomas Memorial Car Show
9/15/2011
Farmersville, TX
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Fairchild Jeep Fender Flares

Fairchild Automotive

Do you own a 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler? RockAuto is now offering a six-piece Oversized Fender Flare Kit by Fairchild Automotive.

Fairchild Jeep Fender Flare Kit Features:

  • Easy Installation
  • Designed to fit factory mounted holes
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Offers protection from rocks and debris
  • Made from lightly textured thermo plastic
  • UV treatment provides protection from fading
  • Flares provide an additional 3.75” of tire coverage
  • Perfect for oversized tires

Fairchild Fender Flare Kit Part # KD4032

The Fairchild Oversized Fender Flare Kit (Part # KD4032) at a great low price can be found in the "Body-Exterior" category of the RockAuto catalog.

 

 

More RockAuto Catalog Additions

RockAuto Extras

You have been asking for them, and now we have them. RockAuto Hats! 100% Chino Cotton with velcro closure.

RockAuto Hat

Keep your keys clipped together on a RockAuto Lanyard. The lanyards are available in two colors and all include a swivel hook:

  • Blazing Blue w/ Wintry White print
  • Piercing Purple w/ Yelping Yellow print

RockAuto Lanyards

 

 

Forum of the Month

Ridgeline Owners Club

Ridgeline Owners Club is the #1 online community for discussing the Honda Ridgeline, the award-winning pickup truck from Honda! We have more than 20,000 registered members on our forum, we host many regional meets and one (inter)national meet each year. We encourage you to join us on our Honda Ridgeline forum where we have some great conversations about accessories, modifications, pricing, insurance, performance and much more. It's a great place to learn new things about your truck, ask or answer other questions, and it's also a great place to meet new friends.

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 very fortunate to have a father that always worked on his own equipment and cars. Not that he knew what he was doing all the time, but he always eventually fixed things.

One day in 1976, he decided to put a sunroof in his pick-up. Everything was going well until he cut a very nice hole in the roof. But, when he put the sunroof in from the top, it simply fell through to the seat below. My three brothers and I looked on in horror! Getting pops dander up was nothing to mess with. He left for about 30 minutes to calm down. And when he came back said, “Well...that wasn’t supposed to happen”. We all laughed so hard we were almost crying.

We got some sheet metal and silicone and patched the roof together. It wasn’t pretty, but worked. Sometimes you learn by watching others screw up. My brothers and I learned a lot that way. I was lucky I had two older brothers to learn from. Pops is long gone now but every time I change plugs or rebuild a carb...I always have a memory he left me. Fortunate indeed, I’m thankful that Pop wasn’t afraid to try and fail. Eventually he got it right.

Dwane in Washington

 

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

What is a trafficator?

A. An electronic module required on all post 2003 vehicles (2002 for Europe) that isolates engine and body electrical systems from "entertainment" electrical systems.
B. A legal term meaning the violator of any motor vehicle traffic law (except in Australia where it specifically refers to blocking the flow of traffic).
C. A mechanical, sometimes illuminated, arm mounted on the side of a vehicle to indicate turns. Original equipment on some cars as late as the early 1950s.

Answer below

 

 

When COPs Go Bad

RockAuto

MotorWeek

AIRTEX / WELLS COP Coil Boot Part# 4C2019 for 1994-1996 Nissan 300ZX

Motorcraft COP Coil Boot Part# DG511 for 2005 Ford F-350 6.8L

I was honored to recently meet Pat Goss, the master technician from the Goss’ Garage segment of public TV’s MotorWeek show. Pat Goss has been on TV and radio for more than thirty years while also still managing his thriving auto repair business in Maryland. I visited Goss’ Garage (literally in a garage!) while Pat Goss was preparing for an upcoming episode on the problems failing coil on plug (COP) ignition coils can cause under the hood.

Goss’ Garage

Coil on plug is just that. Each spark plug in this distributorless system has its own ignition coil mounted on it. There is no need for spark plug wires and ideally every plug should have enough voltage for a nice strong spark every time. But I left Goss’ Garage with the impression that car manufacturers often did not predict how coil on plug would hold up over the years and miles.

When COPs go bad or fail intermittently there can be a bewildering number of driveability problems. If the spark plug occasionally does not fire then the engine runs rough and unburned gas makes its way into the exhaust system where it will confuse emissions sensors and potentially damage emissions parts. A deteriorating COP may also emit spikes of electromagnetic interference that interferes with the throttle position sensor or other fuel/air sensors. A sensor or even the engine control module (ECM) might unfairly take the blame for an error code or badly running engine. Pat Goss’ real world repair shop sometimes uses EKG sensors (the same sensors used to measure human heart signals) and an oscilloscope to identify COPs that are throwing out surges of electromagnetic interference.

I went back to the RockAuto “garage” to see how the manufacturers of RockAuto’s replacement coil on plugs designed their COPs to better hold up under the hood. I found the COP manufacturers have identified the primary environmental culprits to be moisture and heat.

Many engines, especially late model Fords, have the spark plugs sunk down into deep wells. Moisture seeps around the hood seal at the firewall, drips from AC condenser tubing, etc. and collects in the spark plug wells. The moisture heats up when the engine is running and wicks itself and other dirt and contaminants up inside the coil on plug. This causes electrical shorts and corrosion that eventually alters the voltage output of the COP.

Coil on plugs now also take the heat from spark plug wells and exhaust manifolds that spark plug wires once faced. Heat gradually destroys the COP insulators and conductors.

RockAuto’s manufacturers use higher grade materials for the components that go into their COPs. More robust insulators and conductors stand up better to corrosion and heat. Original Engine Management thermal shock tests their COPs to repeatedly withstand temperatures between –40 and 250 F (-40 to 121 C). Airtex/Wells says even heavy-duty wire spring conductors and other COP parts cannot completely resist damage-causing moisture. To keep the moisture out, they encourage the use of grease on COP electrical connections and they put marine grade dielectric grease in their COPs.

Look under Ignition in the RockAuto.com catalog if you are curious to see what sort of ignition coil(s) your engine uses.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Dennis's 1977 Ford Bronco

Dennis's 1977 Ford Bronco

I wasn't really looking for one...but while on vacation at the theme parks near L.A., one of my kids got a stomach bug from either too much cotton candy, or too many roller coaster rides. During our unexpected day off, I started looking around on the Internet to see what was for sale in the area.

The next thing I know, I had bought myself an expensive souvenir of our trip! It's a 1977 Ford Bronco with an automatic transmission, power steering, disk brakes, and 62,000 miles.

While it looked very nice, mechanically the Bronco needed some TLC. I think we're on it's 6th parts order from RockAuto. I've done it in several stages; that way, it's not overwhelming and the car is only down for a day or two. Master cylinder, brake pads and shoes, brake hoses, water pump, thermostat, various belts and hoses, spark plugs and wires, a distributor cap, and the ignition module. Next is the timing chain replacement and a carburetor rebuild.

Dennis in Arizona


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Let RockAuto Help

Are you organizing a car show or other auto related event?

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

What is a trafficator?

Answer: C. A mechanical, sometimes illuminated, arm mounted on the side of a vehicle to indicate turns. Original equipment on some cars as late as the early 1950s.

Trafficator

 

Back up to trivia question

 

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