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#4658580 - 02/06/18 11:19 PM What to keep an eye out for at junk yards
Walmill Offline


Registered: 02/06/18
Posts: 22
Loc: FLORIDA
Anybody here visit junkyards? Interested in hearing people's general rules/opinions on what's worth looking for and what's worth skipping over.
I've been a handful of times so am in no means an authority figure on the subject. Found some dash AC vents in good condition for a 94 f150, my fins were loose and broken. Found a sun visor/mirror on a 08 accent and a rectangular piece of fabric that covers the bottom of the center console. Basically I've just grabbed random knick-knacks that I come across to replace missing or broken nonessential parts.
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#4658588 - 02/06/18 11:26 PM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Phoenix
eBay is also a good source now.
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#4658591 - 02/06/18 11:37 PM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
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Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1707
Loc: Alberta
Keep and eye for any sensors or actuators that are clean and shiny meaning they might be replacements. Watch for high quality floor mats that might be better than yours. If you live in the snow belt always watch for good quality snow tires.


Edited by Snagglefoot (02/06/18 11:39 PM)

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#4658593 - 02/06/18 11:38 PM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6366
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: dishdude
eBay is also a good source now.


For so many things both old/new Ö lots of nostalgic stuff (per your taste) ... used/new parts/tools Ö
I needed a crimping tool for one job only Ö used was 1/3 the cost and when I opened package it was pristine and stout Ö

Iím totally turned off by the CEO of Amazon and now all online is eBay or Walmart Ö

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#4658595 - 02/06/18 11:42 PM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1707
Loc: Alberta
Weíre getting off topic with Amazon and EBay. Weíre talking about what to watch for at junk yards.

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#4658596 - 02/06/18 11:42 PM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
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#4658610 - 02/07/18 12:15 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
Run Offline


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Basically stay out of cars that have been in a major crash. Most often blood and bodily fluids have wrecked the interior if the crash wasn't enough. Beware of black mold in the cars that are exposed to the elements. You don't want any interior parts from those.
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#4658612 - 02/07/18 12:20 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Run]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: Run
Basically stay out of cars that have been in a major crash. Most often blood and bodily fluids have wrecked the interior if the crash wasn't enough. Beware of black mold in the cars that are exposed to the elements. You don't want any interior parts from those.


I encountered one of those a few years ago, it was marked biohazard crzy

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#4658617 - 02/07/18 12:28 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
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The junkyard dog?
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#4658655 - 02/07/18 02:47 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
Rick in PA Offline


Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 3203
Loc: Southeastern, PA
In the summertime, watch out for wasps. They love to build nests in door jams.

A good source for electrical connectors, but be polite. The local junkyard marks cars with good motors by writing it on the roof in white paint. Don't take parts off those motors, or cut the wiring harness, as the wiring harness goes with the motor.

Like you, mostly nick nacks, smaller stuff that needs replacing. I found a nice fancy factory silver console to replace the base gray console on my daughter's car. So sometimes you can find parts to upgrade parts on a base model car.

"Entertainment" I see cars that make me lament that they should have been repaired and still on the road. I see cars that remind me to "drive safe". Most of the old old stuff is long gone. They rotate their stock to keep it fresh.


Edited by Rick in PA (02/07/18 02:50 AM)
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#4658656 - 02/07/18 02:52 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
Driz Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 259
Loc: northern NY
Well , if you are looking for say a replacement engine try to get one from a car thatís sitting there with one alreadymin it. Often they will still start and run with a jump. That way you know the mileage and hopefully condition. It also helps you avoid one that took a big hit right on the block itself. Same goes for the tranny . At least you know it wasnít the tranny dying that killed the car. You donít want to go to trouble of installing to find out itís [censored].
Front fenders, mostly avoid as they are cheaper on line and new. Pickup truck beds, tailgates ect even car doors you can often find one thatís the same color if you look. Lug nuts extra rims for snow tires is a favorite.
Still, these days you can get most yard type parts new aftermarket off Fleabay Amazon without the hassle. Same goes for engines trannyís . For not much more you can get a certified guaranteed low mileage from Japan for not much more and they are in immaculate shape. I seldom hit yards anymore because of this

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#4658659 - 02/07/18 03:08 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: dishdude]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1707
Loc: Alberta
Originally Posted By: dishdude
Originally Posted By: Run
Basically stay out of cars that have been in a major crash. Most often blood and bodily fluids have wrecked the interior if the crash wasn't enough. Beware of black mold in the cars that are exposed to the elements. You don't want any interior parts from those.


I encountered one of those a few years ago, it was marked biohazard crzy



sick

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#4658661 - 02/07/18 03:14 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Driz]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1707
Loc: Alberta
Originally Posted By: Driz
Well , if you are looking for say a replacement engine try to get one from a car thatís sitting there with one alreadymin it. Often they will still start and run with a jump.


At our Pick and Pull the oil and antifreeze are drained and you arenít allowed to bring in car batteries due to the fire hazard, so no chance for starting.

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#4658681 - 02/07/18 05:31 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3001
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Depends on what you need. I've gotten extra caps for the AC high and low ports, sometimes picked up extra fasteners for interior bits. Usually the vehicles in looking at in junk yards have had the interior stripped.

Next time I'm at the junkyard I'll look for the plastic caps for the wiper arm nuts.

Once my Honda accord Car stereo was stolen along with the little cubby. I called Honda they wanted $40 for a new one. Found one at the junkyard for $3.


Edited by JC1 (02/07/18 05:32 AM)
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#4658690 - 02/07/18 05:58 AM Re: What to keep an eye out for at junk yards [Re: Walmill]
Red91 Offline


Registered: 12/09/13
Posts: 2125
Loc: Alabama, United States
If you have the money and space, keep your eyes open for anything you deem as useful. Cooling system bleeder screw valves for Buick 3800's are easy enough to pull, and worth the small effort, if you have a Buick 3800. For me, if I had the extra cash, I'd start pulling GM Rochester TBI units complete with harness and est distributors to put back for my Roadmaster. Those little sensors such as the throttle position sensor are expensive from the parts store.
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