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Stop the Mess,
Fix the Leaks
winter ends and the snow melts away,
spots and stains might become more
apparent on the pavement below your
car. The list below highlights some
of the parts and manufacturer choices
available at RockAuto to fix leaks
in your vehicle's various systems.
1. Engine Cooling:
Visteon radiators, Proliance heater
cores, Gates hoses, Rock Products
water pumps, Stant radiator caps.
2. Engine Oil: Fel-Pro valve cover
gaskets, Spectra Premium oil pans & gaskets,
Fram PCV valves, Dorman oil drain
plugs, Airtex oil pressure switch.
3. Power Steering: A-1 Cardone power
steering pumps & steering gear,
National steering gear pitman shaft & other
4. Transmission: ATP oil pan gaskets,
Dorman hose, Four Seasons oil coolers.
5. Brakes: Bendix hydraulic hose,
Nastra calipers, Dorman caliper repair
kits, master cylinders, caps and
Please be sure to
check the RockAuto.com
catalog for all the part and
manufacturer choices available for
your specific car or truck!
Not sure how to
identify the source of fluid leaks?
Tom Taylor’s article below
entitled “Leaks & Drips” might
be of some assistance!
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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
ago I needed to replace a half shaft
on my 1982 Plymouth Reliant. After
draining oil and getting everything
ready for the shaft removal, I asked
my bride of several months to be
my lovely assistant. With her manning
the half shaft and me lying under
the car I instructed my wife to pull
when I had the retainer clip compressed.
The first couple of attempts did
not go too well as my clip compression
tool (long neck scissors) kept slipping
off before the clip entered the spline.
I further instructed my wife to pull
realy hard and fast on the next attempt.
Being determined to get it out on
this try, I compressed the clip and
With the greatest
of ease the shaft was removed and
when it did so I heard my new bride
fall back and land on something.
When I got out from under the car
to see if she was all right, there
she was, shaft in hand, sitting in
a pan of differential oil.
Mike in new York
P.S. We are still
married 21 years later but my wife
decided to never assist me in auto
Tell us about
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A. total number
of new BMW vehicles sold in the USA
in February 2010.
B. number of new Chevrolet Equinox
mid size SUVs sold in the USA in
C. total number of new Subaru vehicles
sold in the USA in February 2010.
D. number of 1975 Dodge Darts that
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Leaks & Drips
away that cardboard! Don’t
buy that tin drip pan! I once thought
drips and leaks were unavoidable
signs of aging. Why bother trying
to fix one leak when fluids are likely
seeping from countless other nooks
changed completely when I bought
my ’89 Ford Country Squire
over eight years ago. It did not
just have pesky drips. It arrived
with bad oil and transmission leaks
that turned into torrents. I either
had to drive the car to the junkyard
or get the leaks under control.
I was much more hopeful when a
new pan gasket sealed up the transmission.
After new valve cover and oil pan
gaskets stopped the engine oil
leaks, I started believing it was
possible to not only control but
actually eliminate drips.
I no longer assume the car is just
getting old or that every drip
indicates problems with the engine
main crankshaft seals or the need
for some other major repair. Tackling
the most obvious (and often easiest)
leak source usually fixes the car.
Changing the oil pan gasket or
water pump can be a big job on
some cars, but if it completely
stops the leak then it is almost
always worth doing. Look under
Literature at RockAuto.com to find
factory, Chilton, and Haynes repair
manuals for your specific car.
I have now gotten to the point
that I am even sealing up the leaks
on the family heirloom 1979 Chrysler
300. I swear that car probably
had a drip pan underneath it in
the dealer showroom!
For most cars, RockAuto.com
offers a choice of gasket brands
(Fel-Pro, Corteco, Spectra, etc.)
and materials (rubber, cork, metal,
silicone, etc.). The cheap gasket
or the one that happens to be on
an auto parts store’s shelf
might work, but it is usually worth
the extra $10 or so to choose a manufacturer’s
best gasket. It also would not hurt
to pick a trusted brand like ACDelco,
Bosch, Cardone, Motorcraft, Raybestos,
etc. when buying remanufactured or
new power steering pumps, brake calipers,
or other leak prone parts. Nobody
wants to have to do a job over again.
Here is a quick
guide for identifying some of the
drips under your car:
- Yellow, Green,
Blue, or Orange slimy-feeling water
is probably engine coolant (also
found inside the car under the
dash if the heater core is leaking).
- Reddish, lightweight
hydraulic oil could either be transmission
or power steering fluid.
- Clear, lightweight
hydraulic oil could be brake fluid
or power steering fluid.
- Engine oil may
be black or look like it does right
out of the bottle.
- Heavy, syrupy
oil could be manual transmission
or axle differential oil.
- Blue, soapy
water could be windshield washer
fluid (cracked reservoir, leaky
- Clear water
is likely normal condensation draining
out of the car’s air conditioner
system or rainwater draining from
the windshield cowl.
Do not be afraid
to tackle those leaks!
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and R-code Ram Air (Shaker Hood).
It also has a C-6 transmission with
3.89 gears, tilt-a-way steering wheel,
and power brakes. She is a California
car with low miles and original sheet
I have purchased
an alternator, suspension components,
and brake parts from RockAuto for
Chris in Pennsylvania
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