Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/8/19 3:18 p.m.

1st Rule of the Junkyard:

  1. Never employ wrench based technology when there is a hacksaw solution.
Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/8/19 3:21 p.m.

I reminded myself of this law when I overthought the procedure to remove the differential in that NC Miata 

 

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
11/8/19 4:29 p.m.

2: Don't break E36 M3 just for fun, someone else might need that part.

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/8/19 5:17 p.m.

In reply to ShawnG :

That's actually a big one for me.   I try my best to balance #2 with #1

Slippery
Slippery UltraDork
11/8/19 5:22 p.m.

I kid you not, many years ago a buddy of mine was helping me remove a transmission for my 16v GTI and we could hear someone going at it with a hacksaw. 
It was a guy on the next row sawing through a halfshaft! I thought he was crazy, but the guy was determined to pull the knuckle. And he did!

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
11/8/19 6:49 p.m.

In reply to Cooter :

I can't count how many times I went to the junkyard and saw tail lights, marker lights, dashes, etc all very clearly broken just because someone felt like it.

Thanks to eBay and stupid local insurance companies paying way to much for used parts and driving the price up, I haven't set foot in an auto wrecker in probably 15 years.

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/8/19 8:49 p.m.
Slippery said:

I kid you not, many years ago a buddy of mine was helping me remove a transmission for my 16v GTI and we could hear someone going at it with a hacksaw. 
It was a guy on the next row sawing through a halfshaft! I thought he was crazy, but the guy was determined to pull the knuckle. And he did!

I will be sawing through two halfshafts in the next day or two.  It isn't that bad.  I've sawed through sway bars and the ears on a front D44 to get a damaged axle through the knuckle. 

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/8/19 8:50 p.m.

In reply to ShawnG :

U-Pull-It yards are cheaper than I paid for parts back in the '80s...

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
11/8/19 11:35 p.m.

I needed a piece for a GM steering column and went to my friendly local wrecker.

They told me I needed to buy the whole column and that it would be $600.00 because that's what the insurance company will give them.

I had to leave in a hurry because I told them they were f-ed in the head.

My buddy got the same line from a different wrecker. Need a window regulator? Too bad, have to buy the whole door.

All because the legal system won't punish car thieves.

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/9/19 3:09 p.m.

Here are the prices for complete steering columns at one of my local yards-

 

The trim piece off of one would be $5, or they might even tell you to walk out of there with it for free, as has happened to me multiple times.


Just because you and your buddy found a couple expensive yards doesn't mean they all are.   There have been high priced yards for as  long as I have been going to JYs.   And other ones that are cheaper.  And some that ar dirt cheap.   None of this has to do with the legal system or car thieves...

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/9/19 3:13 p.m.

Here is the price for a complete power window regulator.  

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
11/9/19 7:44 p.m.

Not arguing with you man, I completely believe you that yards where you are may be affordable. That's cool. I'm just saying the ones around here (note that I said LOCAL in the post above) are not worth the time. That's part of why they're all closing down.

We sort of have a unique situation here where there is only one insurance company that is run by the province.

As a result, they control what they will pay out for a given part to repair a car.

The result of this is that the junkyards know how much the repair facility is allowed to give them for a part. They charge the maximum because they know they will get it sooner or later.

Same thing with the bodyshops. They all know the maximum they can charge so every job gets billed to the full amount they can get away with. If the repair is done in less time than they bill, it's just gravy for them.

Combine that with our terrible driver licensing and you get what we have here in B.C. It's a complete E36 M3show.

Cooter
Cooter UltraDork
11/9/19 9:13 p.m.

You have Pick And Pulls in your area  

Here are the prices at one of them...

 

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
11/10/19 10:04 a.m.

Ok, looks like things have changed in the last 15 years.

 

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE HalfDork
11/16/19 10:31 a.m.

1. If you can protect the interior- PROTECT THE INTERIOR! If someone can see a hazard inside, shut the doors and roll up the windows! No telling what part someone needs (says the guy who just pulled AW11 MR2 carpets ad unbroken interior panels from a yard).

1b. And the exception that proves the rule- can't see inside? Open the hoods and trunks, and keep them open! Nobody in a junkyard wants to be stopped by a wasp's nest or get hantavirus from a mouse house! 

2. If you don't have to break it, Don't! 5 extra minutes of work can mean a lot to a person you will never meet.

3. Breaker bars are a salve for many sins.

4. GROUND. COVERAGE. I always bring an old shower curtain to protect myself from the dust and dirt on the ground- it sticks to everything thanks to the oil and antifreeze in the soil, so it'll keep your clothes better for longer. Bonus is, also protects your car's interior from whatever juicy finds you acquire.

Floating Doc
Floating Doc SuperDork
11/16/19 12:06 p.m.

I always carry a can of PB blaster, liquid wrench, etc. Very important, since it also doubles as a wasp spray.

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