Parts store stories

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  1. BigBlue05

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    Anyone have any funny stories from dealing with parts stores.
    I'll go first.

    I was in a certain parts store buying windshield wipers. Guy behind the desk asks if he can help. Tell him what I need he puts my info in year make model etc. Then proceeds to ask if it 2 or 4 wheel drive. Look at him seriously and as if it made a difference and if the the 4x4 ones had mud grips.
     
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    Every time I walk into one....

    Pretty much anytime I would go in getting parts for an old 85 CJ I had... it was a 85 CJ with a 99 Vortec 4.3L / 4l65E, Dana 60 rear with Exporer disk brakes, a J20 Dana 44 up front, and all custom from there... it would make the parts guys head spin cause he didn't know what to put in the computer to find what parts I needed.

    But still any other time.... Like yesterday I had a guy tell me not to use high temp engine paint cause it is harder and will crack.... Uh what.....?
     
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    I worked at a local O Reilly's for a few years part time and like most parts stores everyone there does know a lot about vehicles. The computer parts program make you ask/enter those kind of questions even for some things that don't matter. They don't always know that it doesn't matter if a truck is 2 or 4 wheel drive for things like wipers, bulbs, etc.
     
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    every single time i walk into a canadian tire.
     
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    Just yesterday I was in a parts store buy brakes a caliper and a rotor. The guy asked all my info. Get ready to check out and he proceeds to ask me if in was working on a car or a truck!
     
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    Haven't really had any personal issues I can remember but my best friend growing up worked at O'Reilly's as a manager and he told me a customer came in once and asked him for a 710 cap (Seven Ten). He looked at the guy perplexed, then realized that 710 flipped over is OIL... Some people are just not very bright.
     
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    I've had a lot of pieced together vehicles over the years and learned to ask for the part for the vehicle it is from not the vehicle it is on so their head doesn't explode. A friend worked at an auto parts store and a customer keep telling him his car was a Pontiac Goolee. He finally says, lets go have a look sir. It was a Pontiac 6000 LE. Goolee is how he read it.
     
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    I currently work at another chain parts store and this is correct. Computers are supposed to help but sometimes they just complicate the most simple task. Then to top it of the computer geeks decide that we need a new program on the computer, instead of developing a complete new program they just design an add on that sort of works with the other one. Went to work one day and according to the computer we didn't have one part in the store, nothing. We could look up part numbers and then go look on the shelf to see if we had it or not. Its all good when it works.
     

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