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post #2 of (permalink) Old 1st September 2007
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Well said Donald - in all honesty I would be very wary regarding second hand parts especially when it comes to brake, steering or suspension components. I met a guy recently who bought a second hand McPhereson strut from a scrappy complete with spring, etc. Two weeks later whilst turning in a cark park to collect his kids the bottom spring reatiner failed and the spring went "BONG" and his car violently lurched to one side. On inspection the ass had rusted right through - apparently the vehicle had lain in a scrapyard for years. One of the large breakers near me now has a policy of breaking cars within 5 days of arrival and all components are stored in a warehouse under cover. When you go for parts you have to be behind the counter - no one is allowed to look for themselves or tinker around and all his components are bar-coded and computer registered.
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