And the Winner Is…
On September 9, 2017 Lordco gave away $22,000 of garage goodies in their annual Ultimate Garage Giveaway during the Langley Good Times Cruise In event. At 3pm a winner was selected and Arnold from Langley won! Arnold was excited and mentioned that half the goodies were going to his brother, who split each ticket they purchased from Lordco in hopes of doubling up their luck. Well boys, it worked!
The Ultimate Garage package included items from Rotary, Chicago Pneumatic, AC Delco, Gates, Central Tool, Dynamic Safety, Eagle Compressor, Equis, EZ-Rect, Fire Power, Gojo, Irie, Jet, KD Tools, Kidde, King Canada, Lincoln, Lisle, Mechanix Wear, Milwaukee, Mityvac, MTP Instruments, Plews, Rolgear, Schumacher, Seattle Tool, Shark, Shop Vac, TCA Enterprises, Titan Canada, Weller and Wilmar.
Congratulations to your both! We hope you enjoy your Ultimate Garage!
Preventative Maintenance for a Worry-Free Winter
The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of the lull to prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead. Breakdowns, never convenient, can be dangerous in cold weather period. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for the fall and winter season.
First things first
Read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules. There are usually two schedules listed: normal and severe.
Have engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather will make existing problems worse. Replace dirty filtersair, fuel, PCV, etc.
Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note, too, that a gas tank that’s kept filled helps prevent moisture from forming in the first place.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles or so) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) If you’re doing your own work, allow the radiator to cool down completely before removing the cap. (Newer vehicles have coolant reservoirs.) The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a certified auto technician.
The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent you’ll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.
The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. But do-it-yourselfers can do routine maintenance. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly.
A word of caution:
Be sure to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves. Note too that removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles so refer to your manual for instructions.
Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses with a moistened cloth or towel. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.
Carry gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, and a cell phone. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.
Motul Now Available at Lordco
Lordco’s current import line up includes newly release MOTUL oil. Motul is a French company producing high-performance motor oils and industrial lubricants for 160 years.
Motul oil produce some of the highest quality and most popular lubricant products in the automotive industry. They’re heavily involved within motorsport and sponsor a multitude of vehicles / events. Whether your car is a means of getting from A to B, a weekend trackday toy or an out and out racing machine, there is a Motul oil to suit your requirements.
Our import division has put together Lordco’s Approved European Import Oil Change along with parts from Mann Hummel, Mann Filters, Mahle and Mahle Filters.
5W40 X-clean, 5W40 X-cess
OEM Approvals for the Following:
Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi , Volkswagen, BMW, Fiat, GM, Ford,
229.5, 229.51, A40, 502, 505, 505.01, LL04, LL01
Mann Hummel, Mann Filters
Mahle, Mahle Filters, Mahle Original
OX356D VW Audi
OX983D Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi
OX3457Deco Mercedes Benz
Premium Motorsports Tabs D.J. Kennington for Daytona International Speedway
Canadian D.J. Kennington is going south of the border again to drive in the the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But this time, it’ll be with a different team after attempting the first two restrictor plate events with Gaunt Brothers Racing.
Next month, he’ll run the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway. Kennington made the announcement on his Twitter page along with an image of the car, which will be sponsored by Xchange of America and Lordco Auto Parts.
Earlier in the season, Kennington raced his way into the Daytona 500 for Gaunt Bros. He finished 36th with their No. 96 Toyota after getting involved in a mid-race wreck. The two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion then failed to qualify at Talladega Superspeedway with the team.
For the July Daytona event, Kennington will replace Reed Sorenson at Premium. This No. 15 team is the one he made his Cup debut with at Phoenix International Raceway in the fall of 2016.
The deal was announced as a one-race effort. Sorenson remains Premium’s primary driver and no information was released as to whether the Gaunt Bros. will still attempt Daytona.
Kennington, by virtue of Premium’s charter is now guaranteed a spot in Daytona’s starting lineup.
More info: https://www.frontstretch.com/2017/06/15/premium-motorsports-tabs-d-j-kennington-for-daytona-international-speedway/
Success at the 27th Annual Lordco Tradeshow
VANCOUVER, BC – Lordco Parts Ltd., BC’s largest distributor and retailer of automotive parts and accessories, hosted their 27th annual trade show on April 3rd and 4th at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC. Close to 16,000 people filled the arena floor and, concourse, along with the entire Agrodome to see some of Lordco’s many vendors showcasing product from each of their 11 divisions including; Automotive, High Performance, Truck Accessories, RV/Marine/Outdoors, Import, Paint & Body, Tools, Equipment, Chemicals, Welding and Engine Parts. Open to Lordco customers, this annual tradeshow entertains the year’s best pricing for those who attend and gives a chance for their suppliers to highlight product to their key audience in Canada’s largest automotive tradeshow.
This year included a variety of exciting giveaways including long-standing Canadian company Kleen-Flo’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler. The most sought after prize included serval high performance and accessory add-ons from Aries, Curt, Warn, Yakima, Rancho, Undercover Truck Bed Covers, Bushwacker and BrightSource HID. “Kleen-Flo is a 100% Canadian owned business who’ve been around for 79 years. We are proud to partner with Lordco who is another long-standing Canadian company, and it’s been a thrill to work on this campaign with its partners”, says Chris Osborne, Vice President of Kleen-Flo. The lucky ballot was pulled at 9pm on the final day of the tradehow and Rob Zimmer of Zimmer Wheaton Pontiac Buick GMC Ltd. won this year’s grand prize. Armorall and STP offered a Richard Petty signed STP auto hood which went to Mr. James Aubit, and Bosch’s Cube Reaction Race 500 bike valued at $4,000 was drawn and given to Brian’s General Auto Service out of Delta.
In addition to the flow of endless mini donuts and hand shaking, Canadian race car driver and this year’s Daytona 500 participant DJ Kennington stopped by the Castrol booth to visit incoming race fans. Each attendee was greeted at the front door with his 2018 Toyota Camry and gave fans, big and small, a chance to view this glorious vehicle brought over by the Gaunt Brothers Racing Team.
The Lordco team brought out their smart phones to give those unable to attend an inside peek into the event through Facebook Live streaming – which are all available to view at www.facebook.com/lordcoparts . The team toured around various divisions introducing vendors who chatted about their newest and most popular items available in store, items that not everyone knows Lordco carries such as camping, outdoor, bike and marine gear. Photos of the event can be found under the tradeshow album on Facebook.
“It was another great year for the Lordco tradeshow! We noticed our crowd exceeded the following years events making this our largest tradeshow to date. We want to thank the many vendors that travelled from all over North America to exhibit at our event – including a few that came all the way from Europe in promotion of our growing import division. We hope our customers had a fabulous time and we thank them as a whole for supporting Lordco and making it to the event. A big thanks goes to our Marketing Team for their hard work, ingenuity and skill in making the Lordco 27th Annual Tradeshow a reality once again. The support of this team and the other employees at Lordco who chipped in to help run the show makes us real proud” – Doug Coates, CEO Lordco Parts Ltd.
Get Geared up for Spring
With spring around the corner and some of the most sought after surroundings right here within arm’s reach, chances are you are starting to brainstorm the destinations you’d like to travel to this year. Lordco is well known for being the provinces go-to for automotive parts and accessories, but did you know that Lordco also carries a large line of gear to help make your camping trip exceptional? Our team of qualified outdoors specialists here at Lordco compiled a list of items that you’ll want to check out before you next camping trip.
Click on the links to view each product.
The Babby McBag is a light weight, super comfortable and easy to inflate lounger. There is no need for a pump, all you do is swish it side to side to fil up.
Kuma Sleeping Bags – NEW to Lordco
Lordco carries three types of sleeping bags that will keep you cozy and warm, even in sub-zero temperatures.
Sportstuff Adventure Paddle Board Kit – NEW to Lordco
Get ready for a fun day on the water with this SPORTSSTUFF Adventure 1030 Paddleboard. It is a high-pressure inflatable board that’s lightweight and fast. This SPORTSSTUFF paddleboard feels very similar to a hard board (can be inflated to 15 psi) and supports paddlers up to 220 lbs.
Rayovac Indestructible Lantern
Tested for distance and durability, the 3-D Outdoor Lantern from Rayovac craves the outdoor lifestyle. Featuring ANSI IPX7 water submersible technology, camping enthusiasts can toss this light in the water with no worries.
The Outland Firebowl has the sentiment of a traditional campfire, without the tireless back bending and fabric clinging smoke! Adding an authentic ambience to any atmosphere, the Outland Firebowl Premium is portable and convenient and perfect when there’s a fire ban on.
Yakima Racks – NEW to Lordco
Yakima is the world’s leading brand of car racks, including roof racks, bike racks, hitch racks, and many more for all of life’s adventures.
Kuma Lazy Bear Chairs
Supreme comfortability and ample space to kick back and relax. Fully padded seating including a convenient insulated drink holder. One size fits all, rated to 350 lbs.
Camco RhinoFLEX Sewer Hose
Allows you to connect your RhinoFLEX hose to any sewer hose that has a bayonet fitting. Reusable locking ring provides a secure odortight connection without hose clamps. Stores in 4″ bumper.
Rightline Pop Up Tent
Why struggle with poles and set up when you can just pop up! This water-resistant tent is great for adults and perfect for introducing kids to camping. When it is folded down and stored in the carry bag it is easy to keep in your vehicle for spontaneous camping or use at festivals.
CANADIAN RACER DJ KENNINGTON QUALIFIES FOR THE DAYTONA 500
MAPLE RIDGE, BC – On Sunday February 26, 2017 Canadian racer DJ Kennington will line up for the ‘Great American Race’ at the Daytona 500 in Florida. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. This past week Kennington broke through two qualifying rounds to gain access to this event. It’s been since 1988 that a Canadian has gripped hands on the steering wheel amongst North America’s finest to complete in the Super Bowl of stock car racing. If there’s something for Canada to be proud of right now, it’s the effort and determination that Kennington has brought to the race.
Kennington is from St. Thomas, Ontario is a two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion and 19-time Pinty’s Series race winner. He has made 56 career starts in the NASCAR’s three national divisions, including his Cup Series debut last fall at the Phoenix International Speedway. Since the age of four he’s watched the Daytona 500 and has never missed one. This is his 24th year of racing.
Gaunt Brothers Racing has put together a 2018 Toyota Camry for Kennington to take on the world’s biggest stock car race. “It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to race in the Daytona 500. Years of hard work and a lot of people helping along the way has made this possible.” Says Kennington. “So far my experience with Gaunt Brothers Racing has been nothing but amazing, a great group of people and a professional race team has given me the support to get this far.”
“There was one time that looked like (Kennington) was going to lose the draft. Robby [Benton, Kennington’s spotter] talked him through splitting the wake to get back through there. D.J. came on and said, ‘Wow, I’m learning a lot. I’m going to school.’ Then he came back through and caught the tail end of the draft. He’s been watching tapes, Robby’s been talking to him about what we need to see. D.J. did everything he needed to do to make the 500.” says Marty Gaunt, team owner of Gaunt Brothers Racing.
British Columbia based auto parts distributor Lordco Parts Ltd. and Castrol (Wakefield Canada) have teamed up to sponsor Kennington’s race to the finish. “How exciting it is to have a car in the race, especially one that sports a Canadian maple leaf on the side”, says Lordco CEO Doug Coates. “Lordco’s late owner Ed Coates would be no doubt proud of this moment. To see the Lordco brand race along the best of the best with Kennington behind the wheel, it just doesn’t get any better than that.” It’s known to all Lordco staff and those tied into the company that this was Ed’s favorite racing event and had attended it since 1988 before his passing in 2014.
There will be a lot more noise from America’s neighbour this Sunday as Canadians cheer Kennington in the Daytona 500.
Lordco Tradeshow Registration Open
Join us at the 27th annual Lordco trade show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, on April 3rd and 4th. The Lordco tradeshow features over 400 automotive manufacturers showcasing product from our 11 divisions, specials that are not in our catalogue and can only be purchased while in attendance at the tradeshow, FREE admission, FREE parking and complimentary food and refreshments.
This annual event requires pre-registration for anyone wanting immediate access to the event. Register for your pre-mailed badge to avoid line ups and wait time. Pre-register by completing the online form here.
This trade show has on average 20,000 attendees, giving our suppliers a very large audience. Attendees travel from all over British Columbia to attend this well-known event and we hope to see you there!
Lordco Opens Largest Parts Inventory Store for the North Western Area in Smithers
Lordco Parts Ltd., BC’s largest distributor and retailer of automotive parts and accessories, is opening up its newest location in Smithers, British Columbia. Approximately halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert, Smithers is located in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and has a population of 5,404. With Smithers considered the service hub for most of this valley, Lordco feels its presence here will satisfy the automotive needs of those in the town and surrounding areas quickly and efficiently.
The 13,000 square foot store is set to open on January 24th at 8:00am and can be found at #1260 – 3364 Hwy 16. Lordco houses an extensive line of automotive parts and accessories which include 11 product divisions; Automotive, Chemicals, Engine Parts, Equipment, High Performance, Import, Paint/Body, RV/Marine, Tools, Truck Accessories and Welding. Lordco anticipates its high performance truck accessories will be very popular in this 4×4 and pick up heavy area of BC. The new Lordco store has a large parking lot that can accommodate RV shoppers and tourists passing through the town requiring parts and recreational items that Lordco features all year round.
“We are very excited with our new location in Smithers! As a BC company, we look at Northern BC as an area that has great potential and opportunities for our organization. Our plans are to continue expanding and adding more locations in the months ahead. These communities have great people to serve and are the backbone of our Province.” says Lordco’s CEO Doug Coates.
With the opening of the new store Lordco offers a variety of employment opportunities to those located in the area. Drivers, Cashiers and Inside Sales Representatives are to name a few, giving individuals a chance to jumpstart a career in the exciting automotive industry. For employment opportunities please visit our website at www.lordco.com.