A Guide to Locating Factory Parts
Most owners of older cars have reached the point where they may need to get a replacement part, but no one seems to have it, or parts stores may have generic parts that might or might not fit your vehicle.
If you are looking for a part but cannot find it, remember that almost every Chrysler made part has a part number on it. About 90% of all parts on your car have one. Examples of part numbers include:
- #######--A seven digit part number usually starting with the digit 4 or 5. These are usually found on every part.
- XX-##XXX--A seven code combo where the X’s represent letters and the # numbers. These may be fonund on interior trim items.
- ##-###-####--These are book part numbers. They can be found on Chrysler printed materials. (The Mopar Performance catalog has 7 digit part number, this may be the only exception)
Now that I have a part number, where do I order it?
You can take this number to your dealer and have them order. Chances are if you know the part name and not the number they would look at you funny and you would have little chance to actually getting that part. But with your part number in hand you have the power to actually get what you want!
I don’t live by a dealer, [or I don’t want to pay their inflated prices,] where can I order it online?
There are many sites you can order from online [see the Allpar online-dealer comparison]. [Typically they charge 25% off list, while some local dealers multiply list prices by two or more. However, they also add shipping charges, usually in excess of actual shipping costs, and have high restock fees for returns.]
They don’t seem to have it, where can a I search for more dealers that may have it (can’t order online)?
You can search for dealers that may or may not have an online order form for your part at:
Which websites accept which part number?
Most online dealers accept the XX-##XXX series code [editor’s update: make sure you navigate to the OEM/replacement parts page since they also sell Mopar modifications and accessories and the two systems are usually separate]. They also accept the seven digit number codes as well. Dyment Distribution also takes the XX-XXX-XXXX codes. If they don’t have it listed then you will have to e-mail them with the description of the manual or part number you need.
What if I want a decal whose part number wasn’t on the decal at all?
You search at www.arizonaparts.com for your part number (or call / speak to a local dealer). Still don’t like the price? You can cross reference their part numbers with the other sites listed above.
My part number looks like something you haven’t described, what’s wrong?
Sometimes part numbers may look like the following:
#######AA [or AB, etc — the letters indicate a revision, and you may actually want a different, newer part; see the next section.]
Don’t worry, because the sites listed above will also find these part numbers.
Why do part numbers look like the way listed above?
With the two letters after the seven digit part number that means it has gone through a model revision. This often means that this part is better than the subsequent part.
Eight digit part numbers often mean key related items like key blanks and transmitter. Sometimes they can mean refrigerant oil as well.
Part numbers with letters in front often describe what they are, such as WB###### means a wiper blade. B###### means belt. And sometimes they are apparently just there to confuse you.
What if my part number is not listed in any of the above databases?
Often Chrysler will update their part numbers. Check to see if the system says the ####### has been superseded by #######. Use the latter number in all databases as only this website will tell you that.
What if my part number is not visible?
Are you sure? Well, if this happens go to www.partsvoice.com to see if they have it in their database.
What if I don’t want to buy at a dealer but instead at a local parts store. I don’t care if it may look different, I just want it to suit my needs.
www.autozone.com and www.napaonline.com has part number translators to ensure you with a proper working product. For cross-referencing, AC-Delco is excellent, as is Rock Auto. (“Factory” replacement parts are sometimes made to a higher standard, with better testing than some aftermarket parts. Critical suspension parts may be best obtained from dealers. [In some cases, there can be numerous shock absorbers or other parts from Chrysler, with a single aftermarket substitute part, which means that the aftermarket supplier is not tuning for each vehicle or setup.])
What kinds of parts can I get with part numbers?
You can get anything you want, pretty much. You can get NOS (New Old Stock) items. I have found dealers who have my original carpets for my car. You can find rare things; I found a Chrysler Maserati TC training video for Betamax. You can get it for $200, too. You can get things ranging from jacks, carpets, seats, decals, labels, and rare accessories. Without these part numbers the chances of finding the above would be slim to none.
How do you know so much about part numbers?
I don’t work for any dealer, so this is just what I learned by searching myself. I search so much that I have a part number list just for my Omni. (Link broken)
Webmaster note: There are parts replacement guides, formerly in book form, then on CD/DVD. Wrecking yards often have parts interchange books, especially for body parts.