Wrecking Yard Operation Procedure

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					Automotive Wrecking Yard Best Practices


Safety and quality control are the main duties of all employees, but especially parts

Read each pull order carefully before removing the part. If you have any questions about
the order, ask the salesman to clarify.

Check each part over for proper function and cosmetic damage before you start pulling it.
If the part has any damage, let the salesman know immediately. Don’t waste time pulling
a damaged part if you haven’t informed the salesman or customer of the damage.

What to Look For
Sheet Metal & Body Panels
       Check each part for any dents, dings, rust or deep scratches. Let the salesman
know if there is any damage not noted in the inventory description on the pull ticket.
Most sheet metal parts are sold to body shops and insurance companies. They need to
know in advance if they will have repairs to make to the part so that they can schedule

Lights and Exterior Trim
        Check lamps for cloudy, cracked, scratched or chipped lenses. Check especially
around the edges where chips aren’t always easily seen. Look at the back side of the
housing for cracks, breaks or broken mounting tabs. Once the light is removed, shake it
and listen for any broken pieces inside the housing. Check trim pieces for chips, scratches
and broken mount tabs.

Interior Panels
       Look for rips, cracks and tears in the fabric and vinyl. Cigarette burns are
common on headliners, sun visors, shift boots, seats and center consoles. Door panels
often have hidden damage along the bottom edge. Make sure that trim pieces have all of
the mounting tabs intact, and check speedometer clusters for the proper mileage.

Suspension Pieces
       Check for bent control arms, bent or twisted leaf springs, broken spindle knuckles
and ripped or leaking dust boots. Check steering gears for any play and for cracks in the
mounting bosses. Struts often have bent shafts that can’t be detected until they are
compressed. Look for leaks around the shaft area.

Axles, Third Members, etc.
       Make sure axles are not bent. Check third members for any pinion slop and for
broken teeth, loose bolts and cracks in the carrier housing.
Check for melted plugs, broken mounting tabs and correct ID numbers.

All parts should have a stock number or parts tag attached as soon as they are removed
from the vehicle. Parts should additionally be marked with the year, make, model of the
vehicle, along with pertinent information such as engine size, transmission type, and
2/4/all wheel drive.


Used auto parts should be inspected at each step in the processing chain. The vehicle
check-in and inventory person should look at each part for proper identification, damage
and condition assessment. The parts puller should, again, check each part for correct
identification and damage. The shipping/receiving person should check each part before
sending it out, and the delivery driver or salesperson should again inspect the part before
passing it on to the customer.


DO NOT use alloy wheels or good steel wheels to set cars on. If an employee needs to
support a vehicle to get underneath it, approved vehicle support methods should be used.

Good alloy wheels should be cleaned, and placed into stock for resale. Broken alloy
wheels should be separated from tires, have the weights and valves removed and then put
into a scrap aluminum container for recycling. Good steel wheels should be left inside the
vehicle they were removed from, or placed into stock for resale.

DO NOT use batteries to set cars on. A used battery found in the yard should be placed
into an approved recycled battery storage bin, or tested and recharged for resale.


Do not get under a vehicle that isn’t properly supported with blocks, wheelstands or jack
stands. A jack is NOT a proper vehicle support. A forklift is also not a proper vehicle

Nobody, including employees, customers, or visitors, should enter the wrecking yard
without proper clothing. At a minimum, this should include non-slip, reinforced toe shoes
and full-length pants. Employees should also carry safety goggles or ANSI approved
safety glasses, hard-hats, and slice/chemical resistant gloves.

All employees should carry a company radio at all times, and must answer the radio when
called. Codes should be established for scenarios that employees might encounter in the
Employees using yard cars for transportation need to maintain safe speeds at all times.

All yard cars need to have safety and rescue equipment, including:
     Basic first-aid kit
     Working, inspected fire extinguisher
     Bee/insect spray
     Oil/chemical absorbent
     Trolley or floor jack, 2-ton minimum

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