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USA Standard Gear sets the standard for quality OE replacement parts at affordable prices. During the month of November, 2022, USA Standard Gear and Zumbrota Drivetrain are offering RockAuto customers up to $100 in instant savingsStar in catalog. RockAuto provides a wide selection of replacement USA Standard Gear drivetrain parts, including ring & pinions, axle shafts, driveshafts, transmission and transfer case components, and installation kits. Designed for both the professional technician and do-it-yourself customer, USA Standard Gear products provide unmatched reliability in the replacement drivetrain industry.

Zumbrota Drivetrain produces high quality remanufactured transfer cases, axle assemblies, and manual transmissions. Zumbrota’s commitment to craftsmanship, superior inspection techniques, and a proprietary cleaning processes restore units to a like-new appearance and, in some cases, better-than-stock functionality. From axle assemblies, manual transmissions, and transfer cases, Zumbrota has set the high mark for excellence in aftermarket remanufacturing since 1989.

USA Standard Gear and Zumbrota Drivetrain


Whether you need a new transfer case assembly for your 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, a new driveshaft for your 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee, or a differential ring, pinion & rebuild kit for your 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, RockAuto has what you need. Simply add qualifying USA Standard Gear or Zumbrota parts to your cart by November 30th, 2022 to instantly save.

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Automotive Trivia
Automotive Trivia

What is the Dodge Fratzog?

A. The triangular logo used by Dodge from the early 1960s through the late 1970s.

B. A re-badged Mercedes-Benz Unimog sold to the US Military in the 1960s. (The military could only buy vehicles from companies headquartered in the USA.)

C. The Dodge model name used in place of "Grand Caravan" in Australia and New Zealand where the words "Grand Caravan" are equivalent to "Fat Camper."

Answer below

Repair Mistakes & Blunders
Repair Mistakes & Blunders

It was a cold and rainy January day in New Jersey back in the early 80s. I decided to do a quick oil change on my 1969 Ford Falcon with the 302 V8; with no garage of course. I drove up the ramps, removed the drain plug, and drained the oil. But, while reinstalling the drain plug, I managed to strip the bolt threads. What to do? I decided the best course of action would be to just replace the oil pan. How hard could it be? After a quick trip to the junk yard, I had the used oil pan home and all cleaned up. My buddy and I removed all of the bolts from the damaged oil pan and tried to remove it. But no matter what we did, we could not remove that oil pan (I later found out the oil pump was in the way).

Defeated, we went back into the house. My mom and my buddy’s mom were in the kitchen talking like they did every day. After we told them our woes, my buddy’s mom asked, “Why don’t you just get a drain plug repair kit?” Basically, it is an oversized bolt with a smaller drain plug in the middle that replaces the original drain plug. Who would have thought such a thing existed? About $10 later, we had the repair kit and a tube of gasket maker. Even though you may think you know it all, sometimes you should ask your elders for advice. They may have seen a lot more than you.

Steven in Colorado

(Editor's note: Find "Piggyback" Oil Drain Plugs under "Engine" in the "Tools & Universal Parts" tab.)

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Tom's Story

While driving some of the older vehicles in the family fleet at night, I debate if I should get the lenses replaced in my eyes or if I should replace windshields that have been heavily pitted by countless collisions with tiny road debris. A newer car cannot recommend cataract surgery yet, but it may illuminate a warning light on the dash and/or generate a trouble code when its camera has trouble peering through the windshield.

Lane Departure Cameras/Modules have been part of most advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for more than a decade. The computer analyzes the camera's images to help determine if the vehicle is straying out of its lane, if the vehicle is approaching an obstacle (adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking) or simply when the headlight high beams need to be switched on/off. (I suspect that these smart cameras have been in cars for much longer than a decade because I remember my dad telling me that our '71 Ford Country Squire automatically recognized donut shops and turned into their parking lots.)

Typical Lane Departure Cameras/Modules
Typical Lane Departure Cameras/Modules

The camera(s)/module is typically mounted on the windshield alongside the rearview mirror. Like most electronics, it may last for a few years or the life of the car. Life span can be influenced by operating hours, heat/cold exposure, electrical surges (jump starting, welding...) and/or collisions.

Before replacing an expensive camera/module, check to see that the windshield is not just dirty or covered in ice. A badly chipped and pitted windshield may need to be replaced if the damaged glass interferes with the camera's view. If necessary, find a replacement Lane Departure Camera/Module for your specific vehicle under the "Electrical" category in the catalog.

The camera/module typically needs to be recalibrated whenever it or the windshield is replaced. The cameras and recalibration procedures vary widely between car manufacturers and models. Recalibration may require aiming the camera at model-specific target boards positioned outside the car and/or driving the vehicle on the road for specific amounts of time, distance, speeds, etc.

Look in the vehicle's owners manual and/or repair manual (found under "Literature" at for recalibration instructions. Hopefully car manufacturers will eventually make the recalibration procedures on new cars less time consuming/costly like many of them did with recalibration of tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS). After all, my parents' '71 Ford station wagon never needed any recalibrating to recognize all those donut shops.

Tom Taylor

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

John's 1968 Pontiac GTO
John's 1968 Pontiac GTO

I bought this 1968 Pontiac GTO on the day I graduated from high school in 1976...and still have it. It has been in various stages of restoration for about 30 years. RockAuto was a huge help, not only supplying the parts I needed, but providing the photos and specs for various parts so I could choose the parts that were the closest to original in design. Pretty much every standard wear item on the car was purchased at RockAuto; brake parts, fuel system parts, gaskets, bearings, hoses, belts, ignition parts even interior and exterior restoration parts.

John in New York

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Automotive Trivia Answer
Automotive Trivia

What is the Dodge Fratzog?

Answer: A. The triangular logo used by Dodge from the early 1960s through the late 1970s. (Dodge plans to bring back this triangle logo to use on its upcoming electric vehicles. Source:

1965 Dodge Dart Fratzog Logo

B. A re-badged Mercedes-Benz Unimog sold to the US Military in the 1960s. (The military could only buy vehicles from companies headquartered in the USA.)

C. The Dodge model name used in place of "Grand Caravan" in Australia and New Zealand where the words "Grand Caravan" are equivalent to "Fat Camper."

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Your Hard Work
Do you purchase parts from RockAuto? If so, RockAuto would like to give you the opportunity to have your car or truck possibly featured in one (or occasionally more) of our publications such as the monthly newsletter, collector magnets or other commercial use. New, old, import, domestic, daily driver, trailer queen, classic, antique, we want to see them all! For submission instructions and tips for taking pictures of your car, please visit our Photography Tips & Submission Info page.


Your Most Infamous Auto Repair Blunder
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