The pick and pull (often stylized as pick n' pull) salvage yard business model allows mechanics and automobile hobbyists alike to remove their own parts as necessary. If you're in need of a part and willing to put in the work, you may be able to find the parts you need at lower costs. Unfortunately, there's a lot that could go wrong while searching for and ultimately removing the part. From transmission systems to fuel pumps, a few tips for planning a salvage yard trip can help make your parts recovery safe and efficient.
Finding The Right Parts And Vehicles
Asking around for your specific vehicle is the basic level of finding the part you need, but you may be limiting your choices. Many pick n' pull salvage yards have databases of vehicles, but not the parts unless specific notes were made. Your parts could be featured in many different car makes and models, but unless the person answering the phone at the salvage yard has specific experience with that part, you may not know.
Before contacting the salvage yard, be sure to look up information about your part. Find out which vehicles carry the specific model number, and that there aren't any special manufacturer changes that are specific to different vehicles.
Once you have a list of vehicles, you have a better chance of finding a working part. This is important in case there's only one or two vehicles with the part you need, and can give you more options in case the parts aren't working.
Making The Salvage Yard Visit Safer
Before entering the salvage yard, make sure you have all of the parts and safety equipment needed. There's a lot of conditions that can't be easily controlled, no matter how good the salvage yard staff is.
Some vehicles may be damaged to the point of having jagged, pointed and/or sharp edges in the areas you need to work in. Even if it's hot, be sure to have long sleeves and leg protection for working deep inside the car. Especially when working under the hood, you'll need to protect your arms as you reach inside the engine system and other components.
A first aid kit is necessary to treat any wounds as soon as possible. Gashes and bruises are a part of car work, but there's no reason to suffer infection when you don't have to. Antiseptic for cleaning, a few wipes to clear away residue such as oil and bandages to protect the wound area can keep you working as you recover from the injury.
There may also be issues with pests. Especially in the summer, some areas may have snakes, spiders and other dangers taking refuge inside cars and trucks. There isn't much that you can do aside from looking carefully before reaching and bringing dangers to the staff's attention before continuing.
If you can't find your part in working condition, contact an auto parts professional for more options. You may be able to find a used fuel pump in stock if all else fails, or a transmission services professional such as Unlimited Service who can fix up the transmission you found.Share
5 October 2015
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