You’re wondering what to do about inferior parts, and Jon Bentley picks out his classic car fantasy garage.
The 24 February lead issue letter about poor quality replacement parts was an interesting read. I could give you a list longer than my arm of those I’ve been sold, including bushes perishing after a couple of years, balljoint boots cracking, and driveshaft joints wearing prematurely. I don’t see the situation improving, let alone being eradicated.
This is down to a number of factors. There are some big suppliers, who should know better, selling cheap but inferior parts, and this makes it even trickier for people like me to obtain components that actually work and last.
On some cars there’s a lack of dealer support due to age or the brand simply not existing any more. Initially, I really struggled with my MGB and Triumph Stag.
But the solution is with us, the car owners. We should not expect a coolant hose set that costs £30 to last more than a few years. The same can be said for wheel cylinders and balljoints costing less than £5.
Good quality parts are out there, but you need to broaden your search of where to get them, and this may not necessarily be from the specialists. CS Randhawa, Warwick
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