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By: Ron S.
O'Reilly Auto Parts
I stopped in at oreilly auto at 460 north mannheim rd in hillside IL 2 days ago due to having a emergency. My lug nuts came loose & broke all 5 studs on my van. So I was in hillside/Bellwood area about 2 blocks away from store. 3 lug nuts were still safe so I was able to reuse those 3. So anyways I walked over to your store to get new studs, but when I got there I remembered from previous experience that some after market hub bearings have different studs than factory. Well anyways once I told your manager Fabian my situation he got out the micrometer & measured my old one & the one his computer said it should be for a 00 Dodge Grand Caravan sport & yep the stock replacement ones were smaller. So then he plugged in some specs into computer & had 2 or 3 that it suggested but they were the wrong thread pitch size. So he changed his search specs slightly & found another one PN: 610-370 or revised # 98512.1 He said this should work. My next thing was I only had $5 bucks cash in pocket & they were $2.99 each. I asked him if there was anything he could do for me so I could make it home safely with 3 studs. So he said I'll take care of it & marked each stud down to 1.50 so I could afford the 3 with tax to make it home that day as my van was stuck in a parking lot 2 blocks away. He went above & beyond the call of duty to help me out that day!! Btw way I later looked up part # on dorman website & it said both of those 2 part # were to a 91 & 92 dodge Caravan, Chrysler T&c & Plymouth Voyager. It still puzzles me but at least Fabian figured it out & saved the day!!! Rated A++++
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Using a variety of tools and processes, many of which require specialized training, auto body mechanics primarily repair cosmetic and structural damage to vehicles after accidents occur. They can also enhance a vehicle’s appearance and performance by replacing and adding new parts to a vehicle’s body.
This depends on the severity of the work that needs to be done. Something such as paintless dent repair for a few small dents can take an hour. Whereas auto body repairs for damages caused by a major accident can take multiple days to correct.
All auto body parts can be repaired but there is a threshold for the level of repairs possible. Parts can be damaged beyond repair and would need to be wholly replaced.
Auto body parts can be made from a wide variety of materials, usually based on what the part’s purpose is. Vehicle frames body panels, bumpers, roof racks, and other items that need to be strong and durable are usually constructed from steel, which is known for its durability and resistance to rust and high temperatures. But aluminum is quickly becoming a popular material of construction due to its lightweight yet durable nature. Body kits and other aftermarket parts like spoilers and hoods can be constructed from one form of plastic or another.
Yes, the vast majority of car makes and models have aftermarket parts available for many of their components. But higher-end vehicles typically have less aftermarket parts available since they often use specialized materials and manufacturing processes that are difficult to duplicate for many aftermarket manufacturers.

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