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Non-Reusable Parts

The DEG addresses the issue of Non-reusable parts. A non-reusable part is an item on the vehicle that the OEM recommends replacing after it has been removed during the repair process. Some of these non-reusable parts are listed in the estimating database as a footnote but many are not and are only found in the vehicle repair manuals. If you search the DEG database you will find several inquiries that we have submitted to the information providers, asking if they will add a footnote to the database that addresses a non-reusable item. Typically, once the information provider receives the inquiry they confirm with the OEM that the part is a non-reusable item and they will add a footnote to the estimating system.

The vapor barrier on a door and rear bumper step pads are two examples of non-reusable parts, but there are also several safety items that the OEM recommends replacing. DEG inquiry number 1063 was submitted because the front air bag sensor bolt was not in the database. This bolt was added to the database and also a note that states it is a non-reusable part.

Information Provider Response: ADDED THE BOLT, TORQ PART NUMBER (90137-S84-A01) PRICED @ $2.95 EACH WITH FOOTNOTES “AS REQUIRED” AND “NON-REUSABLE PART” TO THE AIR BAG SYSYEM, FRONT SECTION. 

Another example is DEG inquiry number 2780. This one is for the axel nut on a 2011 Fiesta. Ford and many of the other OEM’s recommend replacing the nut after it has been removed.

Information Provider Response:
After review, a footnote has been applied to the Axle Nut that states: “PARTS: Part not reusable, replace only.”

How about the TPMS band on the Ford Taurus.? This is another part that needs replacing once it has been removed while changing the TPMS sensor. (DEG Inquiry 3379)

The notes and footnotes in the estimating system provide another informational tool that we can utilize during our repair plan process or estimate. During the repair process if you find a part that is non-reusable and it is not listed in the database accordingly please submit an inquiry to the DEG so we can work with the information provider and get a note added in the estimating system to accurately reflect the parts replacement.