Watch out for that Pothole

Category Archives: Uncategorized

Watch out for that Pothole

Potholes and Your Car

We’ve all been there. You’re driving along the city street when, suddenly, you hear a horrific cracking noise come from underneath your car. The whole world seems to shake as you cringe, as if you can feel the car damage that’s been done. It doesn’t take long to realize that there’s a new rattle coming from the car. What kinds of auto parts will you need in order to fix this? How do these kinds of things happen? And what can you do to make sure that the car parts that you buy aren’t completely a waste, destroyed in three months by yet another pothole?

Watch out for that pothole

The Where and What of Potholes

Potholes cause around $300 in damage annually to the average American driver. They occur when the ground underneath the road becomes corroded, displaced, or shifted. Though often associated with just cold climates, even warm places like California have terrible pothole problems. In colder climates that experience snowy winters, potholes often form faster, as the small cracks in the road are expanded by the freezing and thawing of water.

How They Damage your Car Parts (and which ones to check)

Potholes, especially large ones, can cause serious car damage, especially if the issues caused by the potholes aren’t addressed quickly. To understand how to check for damage, you need to know how the damage occurs. If you’re running low-profile tires, the risk is high that the tire itself can become damaged. This happens when the shock from the pothole pinches the sidewall of the tire against the rim. A pinched tire can lead to a flat.

Moreover, a pinched tire likely means that the rim itself has banged against the pavement, which means that the tire (in addition to being pinched) could lose its seal with the rim, causing the tire to come off. The rim can also become bent in this process, leading to a shake in the wheel at speed. There can also be a hairline fracture, which is difficult to detect with the naked eye, that can cause the wheel to separate over time and at speed, which is highly dangerous.

Wheel bearings are the next in line. Though it’s unlikely to totally destroy a wheel bearing by hitting one large pothole, this is the kind of wear and tear that accumulates over time, causing expense by forcing you to replace the bearing much earlier than otherwise due to the continued shock and wear.

The suspension of the car is also at risk though, like wheel bearings, you’ll likely not notice any significant changes from a single pothole. Accumulation of hard shocks over time can cause premature breakage and leakage of suspension components. Particularly extremely bumpy roads taken at speeds can actually overhead the fluid in your shocks, causing them to cease their proper functions.

Although there are myriad different suspension layouts, the important thing is to inspect them regularly – all of them feature connecting rods and joints that can bend and shear under the extreme shocks from hitting potholes at speed.

Early Detection of Damage

If you want to make a trip to the auto parts store instead of having your car towed away after it’s too late, there are a few things to watch out for after a particularly gnarly encounter with a big pothole. A shaking steering wheel, especially at highway speeds, is a sign that you may have wheel or suspension damage. If the steering wheel is out of alignment or the car experiences a pull in either direction, you’ll want to stop and check things out. The same goes for any rattling or clunking noises.

Early detection isn’t just key to preventing catastrophic parts failure, but saves you money in the long run. If the alignment of your car is knocked off or if there’s even a minor shake in the steering wheel, your tires can wear unevenly, causing you to have to replace them prematurely. This added cost is never a welcome addition to the already high cost of operating a car in today’s world. By checking for damage early, you can eliminate much of the extra cost associated with potholes and bad roads.

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Damage

The best way to prevent damage to your car from hitting potholes is by running tires that have a higher sidewall. This means that low-profile tires, which are often used for sportier handling and fashionable looks, often lead to more frequent and serious damage. A tire that has a higher sidewall is able to absorb much more of the shock from a pothole. When the shock doesn’t transfer to the wheel, it’s much less jarring to all of the other components in the car’s suspension as well. Pinch flats are much less likely, as is wheel damage.

If you’re driving a car with low-profile tires, one great way to reduce pothole damage is to run a second set of wheels and tires with a taller sidewall during the winter and spring. This is when the potholes are the most severe, and it can be a lifesaver to not worry about cracking your rim all winter long. If you come across potholes in the summer, use your sporty tires and wheels to maneuver around them! Of course be careful not to hit anything while doing this, but if you’re watching the road ahead you should be able to avoid a large number of potholes and save yourself the damage.

Potholes are everywhere, but by knowing a little bit about what happens when your car impacts them, you can save yourself both time and money. Remember the warning signs of damage, and inspect your car if you feel a shuddering wheel, hear a thud or clunk, or if your car develops a pull. And by running taller sidewalls on your tires, you can dramatically reduce the damage that your car might incur. If you follow these tips, you’ll make it through the pothole season unscathed.

Buy Online & Pick Up In-Store‎ – Auto Parts Online

At we offer a larger selection of auto parts, truck parts, import parts, performance parts and automotive supplies, so you can find the quality Canadian parts you need fast online at the lowest price possible. Search our wide inventory online to find both OEM car parts and aftermarket car parts for your ride. We are one of the largest supplier of auto parts in Canada with most parts in stock or can be at our store in less than 2 days from our wharehouse.

At CARQUEST our customers have come to know us as the best place to order auto parts online.


Order Auto Parts Online



CARQUEST Auto Parts has everything you need to get your car back on the road and running smoothly! We have the essentials from brake pads to batteries along with all of the final touches like hoses and filters. When you do it yourself, you want the best parts at the best prices. Whether it is for the body or under the hood, we’ll get you the right part so you can pick it up at your local store or delivered to your commercial garage.


When you buy auto parts online at, you can be confident that you will receive the highest quality Canadian auto parts at wholesale prices, and all the parts we sell come with a full auto parts warranty. If there are ever any issues, we will cover the replacement, less labour for any parts at any Carquest store in North America. Now that is a Warranty.


All of our auto parts undergo strict quality control tests to meet the highest industry standards; so you can feel confident that the truck and car parts you’re ordering from us will perform as expected and exceed in value.


Carquest Auto Parts is owned and operated by Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, servicing both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of October 4, 2014 Advance operated 5,305 stores, 109 Worldpac branches, and served approximately 1,350 independently-owned Carquest branded stores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance Auto Parts employs approximately 75,000 Team Members.


We never sell any automobile parts that don’t meet our strict requirements to our valued customers, so you will never need to worry about the quality and performance of our parts and accessories. We encourage you to explore our huge selection of truck and car parts online, though if you cannot find what you need, please don’t hesitate to call us today to speak to one of our Local auto part specialists, in Leamington ON and we’ll help you find the parts you need 519 322 2555 Call Us for Parts.


Why Use Online Auto Parts Stores?

Apart from being the largest supplier of auto parts in Canada and having a solid warranty for every part you buy, we have made our online ordering system easy for any customer from novice to pro to quickly find the make, model and part for any vehicle in need of service.


Why Trust Our Canadian Online Parts Store:


Just how easy is it to find parts with your online catalog? We made sure you know exactly what you are doing every step of the way by making this quick video walk-through of the online ordering system. Have a look at how easy it is to find and order auto parts online.



If you feel like you are going to be doing a lot of volume online with your parts orders We can CUSTOMIZE this dashboard for your company if you create a COMMERCIAL ACCOUNT with us. Just call the store or e-mail us. With you own personal login you will see SPECIAL PRICING and we really encourage you to set one up for your garage or company today!

Top 5 Apps for Automotive Professionals

The Dayco Smartphone App

Apps for Automotive


With the Dayco 2012 Popular Mechanics Editors Choice award winning app you can search for Dayco parts from your smartphone using a state of the art VIN barcode scanner. Simply walk up to a vehicle, scan the VIN barcode and you’ll get an instant list of Dayco parts, specs, and installation videos. Or, you can enter the VIN manually. Want another option to search? Lookup a vehicle by category, year, make, and model. One of the best Apps for Automotive!

The Dayco Smart Phone app is simple to use, offers comprehensive tools for every need, and the results are immediate. Application information is provided for auto and light trucks, ATVs and snowmobiles, heavy duty, hydraulic, industrial, and lawn and grounds.

And that’s not all. Tap the save button to access the vehicle you’ve searched under My Searches. For those that need to visit a local parts store, just tap the Where to Buy for locations near you. The Learning Center provides multiple resources for belts, tensioners, and hose applications. Make a quick call or send an email to Dayco at the touch of a button.

Monroe Shocks & Struts App

Smart Phone Apps for Garages



The Monroe shocks and struts mobile app provides an e-Catalog application look-up via license plate number, VIN (vehicle identification number), or vehicle year, make, model with full product feature/benefits information and images, part search tool, training videos, and dealer locator feature (available only in North America) that allows you to find the nearest dealer via ZIP code/postal code or by using your mobile GPS feature. Quickly cross reference any Monroe shocks or struts with the online application lookup with full product feature/benefits information and photos. The perfect shocks & part search tool for your phone and Automotive Professionals.

 SMP Auto Parts App

Automotive Professionals Smart Phone Apps



The award-winning SMP Parts App has been revamped and updated with exciting new tools to make part lookups even easier. Here’s what you can do with the new SMP Parts App 2.0 Smart Phone Apps for Garages:

• NEW – Competitor UPC Scan: Scan a competitor’s UPC code to learn SMP’s equivalent parts listing
• NEW – License Plate Lookup: Enter a license plate number to see all available SMP parts for that particular vehicle
• NEW – Cross Reference Search: Just like on our eCatalogs, you can now use xRef searches to find the parts you need
• NEW – Robust Search History/Saved Vehicles: We’ve added several time-saving features, including a robust search history and saved vehicles, which you can add either manually or during a Year/Make/Model search
• NEW – Enhanced User Interface: Our redesigned interface with an intuitive layout and large icons makes it even easier to access SMP parts
• SMP UPC Scan: Scan the UPC code on any SMP box and instantly receive all of the applicable part information, including installation instructions, features and benefits, and install videos

In addition to the new features above and our brand new option to submit a New Product Idea, the SMP Parts App 2.0 still offers the essential built-in tools that made Version 1.0 an award-winning app. With Version 2.0, you’ll still have functions such as Part Number Lookup, Year/Make/Model Lookup, and VIN scanners, as well as access to SMP’s comprehensive library of ‘Just the Facts’ resources. We designed and tested the SMP Parts App 2.0 to give you the easiest and most powerful tool for finding SMP parts.

The SMP Parts App 2.0 features the following brands: Standard, BWD, Four Seasons, TechSmart, Intermotor, Hayden, ACI, and Compressor Works.





CARQUEST WebLink2 customers can now scan and upload VIN information directly from the vehicle bar code(windshield or door mounted) directly into their personal WebLink2 account. The VIN number will be present on the previous vehicle list and available to use in part look-up.

Once you have installed the application, just enter your WebLink2 login credentials into the application login screen. The VIN Decoder app is then ready to use.

The scanner should be held over the bar code and allowed to focus, or you may enter the VIN manually.

The following features are available:
• Accurate and fast VIN bar code decoding
• Scanner light for dark areas with phones so equipped
• VIN transmitted to all of your WebLink2 accounts
• Optional manual VIN entry for vehicles without barcodes
• VIN scanning and storage if communication is unavailable
• VIN delete options from the phone

Multiple vehicles can be scanned and the recorded VINs are sent to WebLink2 on command.

To obtain WebLink2 username and password for the mobile VIN decoder, you must be an active commercial customer at CARQUEST. Contact us at our store for information on starting a commercial customer account or you can log in with our global WebLink2 credentials.

Torque Pro  – Engine Management Diagnostics Tool

Torque Engine Management Tool Smart Phone App


See what your car is doing in realtime, get OBD fault codes, car performance, sensor data and more!

Torque is a vehicle / car performance / diagnostics tool and scanner that uses an OBD II Bluetooth adapter to connect to your OBD2 engine management / ECU

Layout your own dashboard with the widgets / gauges you want!

It can use the GPS to provide tracker logs with OBD engine logging so you can see what you were doing at any point in time

It can also show and reset a DTC / CEL / fault code like a scantool. Helps you fix your car and helps keep repair costs down!

Torque also features:

• Dyno / Dynomometer and Horsepower/HP & Torque
• Can read Transmission Temperatures (vehicle dependant)
• 0-60 speed timings – more accurate than just using plain old GPS – see how fast your car is (or truck )
• CO2 emissions readout
• Customisable dashboard & profiles
• Video your journey using the Track Recorder plugin with onscreen OBDII data overlay – a black box for your car/truck!
• Automatically send GPS tagged tweets directly to twitter (for example if you are going on a road trip)
• Massive fault code database for lookup of fault codes from different manufacturers
• Theme support (choose from different themes to change the look of your dashboard)
• Send logging information to web or email CSV/KML for analysis via excel / openoffice reader
• Heads up display / HUD mode for night time driving
• Compass (GPS Based) that won’t suffer magnetic interference
• GPS Speedometer/Tracking and realtime web upload capability – see what you were doing and your engine, at a point in time
• Turbo boost feature for vehicles that support MAP and MAF sensors (VW & Golf / Audi / Seat etc supported)
• Alarms and warnings (for example if your coolant temperature goes over 120C whilst driving) with voice/speech overlay
• Car dock support
• Graph data
• Able to share screenshots to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Email, etc
• AIDL API for third party apps, A simple Telnet interface for developers to talk to the adapter, and an OBD scanner.
• Works on tablet devices like the Motorola Xoom, Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Nook

Works on any vehicle that uses the OBD 2 standard (most vehicles built after 2000, but can work for vehicles as far back as 1996) if in doubt check with your manufacturer first or look for ‘OBD2’ on written on a big white label in your engine bay

Works on vehicles made by Ford, VW, GM/Vauxhall/Opel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Audi, Jaguar, Citroen, Peugoet, Skoda, Kia, Mazda, Lexus, Subaru, Renault, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, BMW, Toyota, Seat, Dodge, Jeep, Pontiac and many more vehicle makes, European, US, Far East, etc. Some vehicle ECUs may support more/less features than others

The app needs a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter to work. The adapter is small and plugs into the diagnostics socket on the car which gives your phone access. You can find a list of adapters on: (Garmin EcoRoute HD adapters not supported)


We hope you found this post useful, if you decide to try out any of the phone apps above or think that we should add one to the list, comment below so that we can add it to the page! Automotive technology has come a long way, but with everything else, they only work if they are implemented and integrated into your day to day work flow. We tried to produce a good mix of both entry level and higher end Apps for Automotive professionals.

Which Car Batteries Work in Cold Weather

Car Batteries: Which One for Winter?


The battery is the unsung hero of your vehicle, especially in extreme weather

The only time you probably think about your vehicle’s battery is when you try to start your car . . . and it doesn’t. If you’ve ever had that sinking feeling—in your empty office parking lot or when you need to rush the kids to school—you’ll remember how important it is not to take the battery’s health for granted.

The modern car battery is actually a pretty impressive bit of engineering. The technology that powers it is more than 100 years old and has seen only minor changes. Most batteries last about two to four years in hot climates and four to six years in cooler climates. But eventually every battery reaches the end of its life span and will need to be replaced.


What Really Matters in a Battery?


Warning Signs of a Dying Battery:


We Offer FREE On-Site Battery Testing – Under 2Mins!

If you think your battery is around the 4-5 year mark or have been hearing a few extra cranks in the morning and suspect that your battery may be on its last leg, stop by Petes Paint in Leamington and we will not only test your battery for you, we will leave you with a full printed receipt/report on its Voltage, Cold-Cranking Amps and Rating so you will know if it is in good health. If it happens that you need a new battery we have hundreds in stock and will help you find the right one for your vehicle.

You might be surprised to learn that most of the damage to your battery is done in summer, when high temperatures drive up the heat under your hood and accelerate the onset of failure. If your battery is aging, wintertime’s low temperatures and thickened engine oil could be the final straw. On average your car battery will last 4-5 years and will probably need to need to be replaced after that much time has passed. We offer Free Battery Tests that take less than 2 minutes, with a printed receipt of stats and if it would need replacing.

When looking for a new battery in summer or in winter time use a trusted brand name battery with a long warranty. Comparing different features doesn’t happen that often when most consumers walk through an auto parts store. With some of your new found knowledge you now ask what the cold cranking amps are on each battery if you are looking for something that is sure to start in colder weather.


What Brands Would You Recommend?



Optima Car Battery

Fed up by the many faults of old-school batteries, OPTIMA decided to start from scratch to engineer a better car battery. Making breakthroughs in design and performance, OPTIMA completely redefined the capabilities of the car battery with their Spiralcell Technology. While other batteries are filled with flat sheets of lead, an OPTIMA car battery is filled with tightly coiled rolls. Not only does this ingenious design protect the lead from vibration, but it also keeps the batteries 100% maintenance free. Plus, off-road enthusiasts can explore the unknown without worry since OPTIMA batteries can flip a full 180° without leaking. With three powerful options to choose from, there’s a high-performance OPTIMA battery to suit any use.



Car Battery

Interstate Batteries has earned a solid reputation for top-quality products, consistently reliable service and business innovations. For more than 60 years, Interstate has been designing high-quality replacement car batteries. When you choose an Interstate battery, you can be certain you’re choosing a battery that was made with quality and design in mind.






Car Batteries

Built for Maximum starting power in extreme tempetures, CARQUEST batteries are built to meet or exceed OE specs for extreme performance in all weather climates. CARQUEST Batteries are maintenance free under normal operating conditions.



Automotive Equipment, Hand Tools & Air Tools

At PetesPaint in Leamington Ontario, we are a premium supplier of Automotive Equipment, Hand Tools and Air Compressors and Tools.  Whether your looking for a industrial battery charger or just the perfect sized wrench, we got you covered. We have a large selection of Hand Tools in stock along side any Automotive Parts you may require to do a repair.

Just Some Our Hand Tools Suppliers

channellock hand tools

Irwin Hand Tools

Lisle Hand Tools

Powerbuilt Hand Tools

We also carry a full line of larger automotive equipment and can order anything in to our stores and you can even browse our full 50+ page Equipment & Tools Catalogue  which you can even download to your computer or laptop to look for what you need, when you have time. Along with the catalouge we try and have some larger auto equipment in store for you to look at, things like….

Battery Chargers - Automotive Equipment

Industrial Battery Chargers


Air Compressors - Automotive Equipment

Air Compressors & Air Tools


Gas Generators Power Equipment

Gas Power Generators AC/DC


Tool Chests

Tool Chests & Tool Cabinets


What ever your automotive supply needs are, we can accommodate you with our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Pete’s Paint in Leamington. Call us for your Automotive Equipment Needs at 519-322-2555

Winterize Your Car in 10 Easy Steps

The winter months are hard on your vehicle. Cold temperatures, dirt, and road-salt residue can all cause problems with your car or truck. However, there are some simple checks and maintenance items you can do that will help your vehicle stay in top condition even in extreme cold Canadian climates.

Winterize Your Vehicle

1. Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.

2. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. (Plain water won’t do the trick at this time of year because it freezes.) Also check to see that your heater and defroster are working properly so you can keep the windshield nice and clear.

3. Give your battery a little TLC. This is an ideal time of year to make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and that your battery has all the water it needs. If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge. Granted, you might be able to find a Good Samaritan to help you jump-start your vehicle in the middle of a blizzard — but wouldn’t you rather avoid such a scenario altogether?

4. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention.

5. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now. (You can generally expect that you’ll lose 1 pound per square inch whenever the temperature drops by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.) Again, your trusty owner’s manual will tell you what your target tire pressure should be.

6. Think about switching to snow tires. Do you live in a hilly place that gets its fair share of snow? Then you might want to improve traction even more by investing in winter tires and using them over the next few months instead of your usual all-season tires. When shopping around for snow tires, ask about all the fees that might come into play, such as fees for mounting and balancing. You can accomplish this easily and make accurate cost comparisons by asking each store for the “out the door charge.”

7. Do you have four-wheel drive? If so, it’s important to check the status of your four-wheel-drive system and be sure it’s working correctly — especially because most drivers don’t use their 4WD systems in the pleasant summer months. Be sure that the system engages and disengages easily, and that all drivers in your household know how and when to activate the system.

8. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which you can pick up at any auto parts store. If the mixture is off, your cooling system should be drained and refilled or flushed. Be sure you’re equipped to dispose of your old antifreeze properly if you do this job yourself. It can’t just be poured down the drain.

9. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter months, especially if a road trip is in your future:

Winterize Your Vehicle

10. Know what to do if you get stranded. Don’t wander away from your car unless you’re completely sure about where you are and how far away help is. Light two flares and situate them at each end of your vehicle to call attention to your plight. Put on the extra clothes and use the blanket to stay warm. If you have enough gas in the tank, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes for each hour you’re waiting for help. Leave at least one window open a little bit so that snow and ice don’t seal the car shut. Suck on a hard candy to prevent your mouth from getting too dry.

We can help you find and get your vehicle winterized before the cold hits, stop in the store or give us a call for all of your Auto Parts Needs 519-322-2555.

Car Paint Repair – Chipped or Scratched.

How to do a Car Paint Repair

Its always a smart idea to do a quick car paint repair to take care of paint chips or scratches on your truck or car. They always get worse and rust starts to eat away at your metal and its an easy fix. Take care of chips and dings in your car or truck before it’s too late and its easy to do. We can walk you through the steps to take care of the problem before they’ll turn to rust before your eyes. Then you’ll have bigger problems, like buying a new vehicle.

Car Paint Repair

Car Paint Repair in 6 Easy Steps:

Step 1 – Do a quick walk around the car or truck to locate all the dings and scratches, if you want you can create a little drawing of the vehicle with all the problem areas. This will also help you determine how much paint you will need. Most of the time this is a very small can with an applicator brush right inside the can.

Step 2 – Get out your favorite micro cloth and wash all chips with soap and water to get rid of any dirt or debris that maybe located in or around the chips. After the area looks cleaned and dry, you can rub a dab of automotive polish over the chip to gently soften any ragged edges. Just a few swirls or so will do the job. Too much rubbing could damage the clearcoat over the paint and make a cloudy mess, so don;t over do it, we just want the area to be clean and ready for a fresh coat of touch up.

Step 3  – Clean the finish with denatured alcohol. Don’t flood it with alcohol. Just a few wipes with a soft cloth will do. The alcohol will remove any wax or remaining grime. Again, easy does it here… we are not soaking the rag, we are just using a lite amount of alcohol to ensure the best application.

Step 4 – Some paint may come with a primer, apply a spot of primer with the butt end of a Q-tip. Touch the area within the chip, just touching the edges of the surrounding paint. Let the primer dry for at least a half hour before going ahead with any painting.

Step 5 – Now its time to paint the chip. Put a small amount of paint over the primer coat (if primer was used). Always test the color on a piece of paper to make sure it matches. The test will also give you a feel for how much paint to load onto the applicator brush. Apply a second coat about one hour later. Let the paint cure for several days and rub it out again gently with polishing compound to feather the edges of the repair.

Step 6 – Watch Paint Dry. Just kidding, we know you have better things to do. But if you ARE thinking about painting the chips on your car, stop in at Pete’s Paint to get a can of your vehicle’s exact Custom Car Paint Colour Match.

We use a high quality touch up paint from PPG called Omi Car Repair Paint, The OMNI system offers performance and value for the cost conscious repair shop, with a complete range of refinish products from pre-treatments to topcoats. The system is capable of mixing topcoat qualities with a wide choice of primers and clears, creating a unique system for various operational and cost considerations. All designed to elevate the color matching accuracy, hiding power and performance of the Omni line.


OMNI – Exact Match Car Paint Touch Up.

Car Paint Repair - OMNI


Ideal for:

If you are looking for quality Car Paint Repair trust the experts to get you your exact colour match at Pete’s Paint 519-322-2555.

Rebuilding a Ford V8 Flathead Video

The How-TO on Rebuilding a Ford V8 Flathead

Everyone knows it’s a lot of work to rebuild an engine. That’s not really up for debate. But for anyone who’s never actually rebuilt an engine themselves, under it could be easy to underestimate just how much work goes into it.

But when Hagerty decided to rebuild the Ford flathead V8 engine in its 1946 pickup truck, the team was kind enough to document the entire process. Over the course of six days, they took more than 40,000 photos and turned them into the above video.

As you can see, this was not a task for the faint of heart. It involved many more steps than we could ever document here, as well as quite a bit of specialized equipment. At the end, though, you could never have guessed the engine they put back in the truck was the same one they originally pulled out.

Ford Logo

     Now that’s something to be proud of.

(Originally Posted on Road&

Monroe® “Summer Ride Event”


Get Up To An $80 Pre-Paid MasterCard!

When you Purchase combinations of 2 or 4 qualifying Monroe® or Rancho® ride control products and get up to an $80 MASTERCARD® Prepaid Card. See this Downloadable PDF for offer details.

Monroe Summer Ride


Qualifying Products / Series:

• Monroe® OESpectrum® Shocks, Reflex® Shocks, Sensa-Trac® Shocks, Max-Air® Shocks, Gas-Magnum® Shocks: 5500, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 37000, 39000, 911000, 911500, MA700, MA800, 34000 Series;
• Monroe® Load Adjusting Shocks: 58000 Series;
• Monroe® OESpectrum® Struts, Reflex® Struts, Sensa-Trac® Struts and Cartridges: 71000, 72000, 73000 Series;
• Monroe® Quick-Strut® Replacement Assemblies: 139000, 171000, 172000, 271000, 272000, 371000, 372000, 471000, 472000 Series;
• Rancho® RS5000™ Shocks: RS5000™ Series;
• Rancho® RS5000™X Shocks: RS55000 Series;
• Rancho® RS7000®MT Shocks: RS7000® Series;
• Rancho® RS9000™XL Shocks: RS9000™ Series

Monroe Shock

Receipt of purchases and The downloadable PDF MUST be completed, mailed and are required for redemption.

GearWrench School Program 2016

GearWrench School Program 2016

All quotes for educational institutes in the automotive or heavy-duty domain will be eligible for a 20% discount on all Gear Wrench tool orders.

Also Students graduating from school can benefit from this discount as well on a one time purchase, all we need is a proof of Graduation (receipt) give it to purchasing so that they can attach it to the order.


Please see our online Flyer