I had the wheels off the small trailer getting new tires mounted so I thought it would be a great time to pack the wheel bearings. I went to our local Auto Zone and the girl behind the counter asked if she could help me. I said I was sure she could. Of course that was before the following took place.
Me, handing her an axle seal, "I need two of these for a trailer."
Her, "What is it?"
Me, "An axle seal from an International Trail."
Her, "What year?"
Me, "Good question, I guess it's about a 2001."
Her, "I'm probably going to need the exact year. The computer doesn't show anything on it."
Me, (knowing I'm in trouble now, "Okay, thanks for your help."
Here is where the young store manager steps in.
Him, “There should be a part number on it we can cross reference.”
Me, “I thought so too, but I wire brushed it good and can’t see anything”.
Him, “It looks like there might be something on it.”
He grabbed a magnifying glass and squinted real, real hard, almost like I do but I’m 35 years older and need eye surgery.
He types in a number. No match found. He looks again and changes one digit. No match found. He looks another time and changes another digit. He did this a couple more times with the same result. He hands the seal back to me and says, “Sorry, I can’t help you.”
Okay, so I go two blocks down the road to our local KOI Auto Parts.
I walk to the counter and the guy looks at me and says, “Trailer Axle seal. How many do you need”?
I said, “Two”.
He goes in back and comes out with two. I paid him and left.
I made a mental note that, next time I need parts, don’t stop anywhere between home and KOI. It just takes longer to get the job done.
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
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