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Another Happy Customer!

I would have spent $185 plus taxes on a wheel bearing for my car from my local Canadian auto parts store. I bought the part from RockAuto for around $80, including shipping and taxes! Was shipped to my door in just a few days.

Thanks RockAuto for saving me money!

Norm in Ontario, Canada


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

Cruise to Historic Downtown Oregon City
9/12/2013
Oregon City, OR
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PGVAC Arlington Drag Strip Reunion Car Show
9/14/2013
Camano Island, WA
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Habitat Automotive Show
9/14/2013
Forney, TX
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New England Corvette Club Cruise In
9/14/2013
North Easton, MA
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The Sideshow Car & Bike Show
9/14/2013
Grosse Ile Township, MI
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20th Century Chevy Carfest Cruiz-In
9/14/2013
Washington, IN
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Back to the Fifties Festival Classic Car Show
9/14/2013
Lebanon, IN
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Gearhead Classic Swapmeet
9/14/2013
Ionia, MI
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31st Annual Palouse Days Car Show
9/14/2013
Palouse, WA
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2013 Car Show
9/14/2013
North Grosvenor Dale, CT
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Sixth Annual West Seattle Car Show
9/15/2013
Seattle, WA
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9th Annual Classic Car Show & Fundraiser
9/15/2013
Milwaukee, WI
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37th Car Show & Swap Meet
9/15/2013
Garden City, MN
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Alzheimers Benefit Car & Truck Show
9/15/2013
New Market, MD
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16th Annual River Park Cruisers Car Show Cruise
9/16/2013
Guttenberg, IA
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MercuryMarauder.net 11th Annual Show
9/19/2013
Snellville, GA
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Cancer Fund Raiser Benefit Carshow
9/20/2013
Schenectady, NY
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21st Annual Trail Ride & Poker Run
9/20/2013
Suffolk, VA
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2nd Annual Hardin Park Cruise In
9/21/2013
Greeneville, TN
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Golling Buick GMC Classic Car Show
9/21/2013
Lake Orion, MI
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Cruz the Coos & Show & Shine
9/21/2013
Coos Bay, OR
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Downtown Norwalk Car Show
9/21/2013
Norwalk, OH
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Clover Auto Show & Fall Festival
9/21/2013
Clover, SC
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Classic Car Show Kirkleatham Museum Redcar
9/22/2013
Skelton-in-Cleveland, UK
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All Air-Cooled Gathering
9/22/2013
Flagtown, NJ
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Show & Shine at Culp Lake
9/22/2013
Springfield, OH
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Wheels & Wine Car Show
9/22/2013
Mascoutah, IL
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Oklahoma Classic Broncos Roundup
9/25/2013
Tulsa, OK
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30th Annual "Run to the Pines" Car Show
9/28/2013
Lakeside, AZ
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19th Annual Lake Garnett Cruisers Auto Show
9/28/2013
Garnett, KS
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Pumpkinfest
9/28/2013
Port Elgin, Canada
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Applefest Car Show
9/28/2013
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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Southern Maryland Mustang Club
9/28/2013
Bryans Road, MD
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Hyway Rockers Classic Car Club 5th Annual Hot Rod Reunion
9/28/2013
Arnold, MO
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Nassau County Cruise to the Show
9/28/2013
East Meadow, NY
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32nd Hilton Applefest Auto Show
9/29/2013
Hilton, NY
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Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show
9/29/2013
Green Lake, WI
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Mustangs West Car Show
9/29/2013
Olympia, WA
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22nd Annual Roddin' on the River
9/29/2013
Lake Havasu, AZ
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Corvette Charity Car Show
9/30/2013
Morristown, NJ
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MotoRad Parts

See what we have from MOTORAD

RockAuto now offers MotoRad products! Since 1958 MotoRad has been supplying the OE market and the aftermarket with high quality thermostats, seals, cooling system switches and sensors, as well as caps of all kinds. Continual investment in research and development provides MotoRad with the means to produce high quality products using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and guarantees that every product meets or exceeds the current specifications and standards.

MotoRad parts offer repair solutions for vehicles ranging from classic to modern with listings for American, European and Japanese brand cars and trucks. If you find yourself in need of a thermostat for your 1973 AMC Javelin, a coolant recovery tank cap for your 2012 Audi A8, or a radiator cap for your 2006 Dodge Ram 3500, find MotoRad in the RockAuto catalog.

MotoRad in the Automotive Market

 

 

Forum of the Month

Mercedes CLA

Mercedes CLA is a community dedicated to the all new Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA45 AMG. Our goal is to be a friendly community comprised of CLA owners and other car enthusiasts. We have many areas of interest on the site, including our CLA Forum, CLA pictures, photo gallery as well as CLA videos. We have forums dedicated to all the various CLA models as well, including the following: CLA 250, CLA 220, CLA 220 CDI and CLA 180/BlueEFFICIENCY. We also offer assistance with Mercedes-CLA ordering, release dates, pricing and the best dealerships to work with. To participate fully in the site all you need to do is register; it's quick and free.

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 purchased a cheap 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 and have been using RockAuto to purchase parts to bring it back up to good working condition. I had already replaced the spark plugs, wires, ignition coil, motor mounts, a wheel bearing, front quick-struts, valve cover gasket, PCV valve, air filter and fuel filter. The last issue to work out was the engine's severe lack of power. It had little power while accelerating and RPMs could hardly make it above 3500. It felt like the car just didn't have any guts. I was thinking the timing might be off or perhaps the catalytic converter was plugged.

My friend was poking around in the engine compartment and noticed that when the throttle was blipped, the air intake hose collapsed! I thought that must be it! Under vacuum, the hose collapsed and the engine was no longer getting any air, hence the lack of power. Turns out that was just a symptom of the problem. Upon further investigation, we pulled out the air snorkel and discovered a mechanic's rag lodged half way up the snorkel! It was completely blocked, which meant the engine was starved for air. That explained the lack of power under acceleration and the RPM limit. Someone must have left a rag in front of the snorkel opening, and it got sucked in. After pulling out the rag (and checking to make sure it wasn't one of mine -- it wasn't), I test drove the car, and it felt like I gained 50 hp. Problem solved!

Josh in Pennsylvania



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

Automatic transmission fluid contained _______ until the 1970s?

A. Beeswax
B. Tetraethyl Lead
C. Whale Oil

Answer below

 

 

Four Quick DIY Tips

RockAuto

Diagnose Intermittent Belt Chirping or Continuous Belt Squealing
V-belts are forgiving. The A/C compressor suddenly seized up on a very rusty but loved ’68 Chrysler 300 I drove for many years. No problem, I just pulled a pulley roughly the same diameter and offset out of my brother’s junk box. The car was quickly back on the road and the belt never made a peep.

Modern serpentine belts are more finicky and will likely intermittently chirp or squeal in protest if something is not quite right. One way to try to track down the cause of the noise is to carefully spray a little water on the ribbed side of the serpentine or accessory belt while the engine is running. If the chirping noise stops until the belt dries out, then the noise is likely caused by misaligned pulleys, wobbling pulleys or damaged belt ribs.

If the water lubrication just makes the squealing noise louder, then the belt is probably tensioned incorrectly and slipping. Replace the belt tensioner(s) or adjust the tension.

If water on the belt has no effect, then the noise could be coming from a bad bearing in one of the belt driven accessories (alternator, A/C compressor, power steering pump, etc.) or the belt tensioner(s). Use an automotive stethoscope (found here under Tools & Universal Parts) to help pinpoint the source of the noise.


Home DIY Exhaust Leak Checker?
I remember reading a mechanic’s tech tip which suggested using a home carbon monoxide detector to help determine if a bad head gasket is leaking exhaust into the cooling system. Use plastic to seal a home carbon monoxide(CO) detector over the open (not yet hot) radiator cap spout. If the alarm sounds and/or the CO level goes up then there must be exhaust leaking into the cooling system.

Thankfully, I do not have a vehicle with a bad head gasket to test this tech tip on, but I do have a ’79 Chrysler 300 with two new Walker Dynomax mufflers. Unfortunately, the beautiful new mufflers are sitting in the garage waiting to be installed and rusted out mufflers are still on the car. I decided to see if a home CO detector could measure increased CO levels in the Chrysler’s interior. Maybe if I saw proof that CO was killing my brain cells then I would stop dawdling and get those new mufflers on the car.

New Walker Dynomax mufflers and CO detector
New Walker Dynomax Mufflers & CO Detector

It will have to be the embarrassing noise or a friendly police officer that pushes me to fix the exhaust. The CO detector did not detect any increased CO levels inside the car while it sat idling. The CO detector did show increased CO levels when I stuck it directly in front of a tailpipe. However, even at the tailpipe there was not enough concentrated CO to set off the alarm. I have renewed respect for 1979 era catalytic converters!

Maybe the mechanic’s head gasket tip is still correct. Perhaps a CO detector could detect CO in a radiator because that exhaust would not have passed through the vehicle’s emissions system. However, my less than scientific test definitely shows it is not a good idea to rely on a home CO detector to check for general exhaust leaks or to sound an alarm if somebody accidentally leaves a newer (built since 1979!) car running in the garage.


Protect the A/C Compressor with a New Cabin Air Filter:
A clean cabin air filter does more than just protect the driver’s nose. A cabin air filter clogged with dust might not allow enough air to pass through the A/C evaporator to change the A/C refrigerant from a liquid to a gas. It will stay hot inside the car and the A/C compressor will be laboring to pump refrigerant liquid when it was designed to compress refrigerant gas. Also check to make sure leaves and other debris have not blocked the exterior cowl vents near the base of the windshield.


Wheels Still Need Lug Nut Locks:
My ’86 Mustang GT came with factory installed lug nut locks. Why don’t new cars come with lug nut locks? Almost every newer car has nice alloy wheels. However, this does not mean that they are so common that crooks no longer bother stealing them. Larger diameter wheels and ubiquitous potholes means there is increasing demand for replacement wheels. Classified / auction sites make it easier than ever for thieves to sell stolen wheels. Replacement OEM wheels can cost hundreds of dollars from RockAuto and thousands from a car dealership. Plus there is the cost of the tires. Wheels for old cars may be hard to find at any price. I have lug nut locks on my 1979 Chrysler.

Lug nut lock sets (found in the catalog under "Wheel/Tire") typically start at around $12 and come in more designs than ever to optimize security, durability and styling.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

UPDATE:
Foolish me! RockAuto has a Combustion Leak Detector by Lisle specifically designed to detect exhaust gas leaking into the radiator through a bad head gasket, warped head or cracked block. I mercifully do not have a vehicle with any symptoms of those head problems to try out the tool on. However, Lisle makes it appear the tool is simple to use. Just watch to see if the fluid changes color. Lisle makes great tools designed to diagnose and solve specific problems. Learn more about the Combustion Leak Detector here.

 

 

Gregory's 1981 Datsun 280ZX

Gregory's 1981 Datsun 280ZX

This is my 1981 Datsun 280ZX that I have driven for over 30 years now. I bought it when it was two years old with just 27,000 miles on it. It now has 265,000 miles. Most of the car has been restored except the engine, paint and interior which are all original!

I just recently installed new rear coil springs and KYB shocks and it raised the car over three inches back to the proper ride height! It rides better than I can ever remember. It feels like a new car!

The radiator leaks and I have to add water to it about every half tank of gas which is a hassle. So I am looking forward to installing the new radiator which I also recently purchased from RockAuto.

I used to keep my Z in the garage and didn't drive it much, but it is now my daily driver and I just love it! Thanks for your great company providing excellent quality parts and a superior value!

Gregory in Florida

 

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

Automatic transmission fluid contained _______ until the 1970s?

A. Beeswax
B. Tetraethyl Lead

Answer: C. Whale Oil

Back up to trivia question

 

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