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It's easier to locate parts if you have the manufacturer's part number, especially discontinued parts. I know of only two ways to get my hands on part numbers, enthusiast sites and dealer parts departments. I've never been able to find a part number by searching by make / model and description, even if I'm using the correct nomenclature.

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Here's the sort of thing I had in mind:

Broken window crank handle

Broken washer hose junction and clip hardware

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I have asked two questions (with very helpful answers) that were effectively part number queries so I vote YES:

What bolt is a replacement for the front sway bar bolts on a 2004 Subaru WRX wagon?

Which of these two front struts is the correct one for a 2002 Subaru Outback?

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I'd agree with Bob, although IMHO they are better if they are in the form of "How do I find the right part number for a doohickey on a Mk5 Ford Thingymabob" rather than "What is the part number for this particular part that I need" - i.e. More like Bob's second question than his first.

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  • Yes, but it then leads to the old 'give a man a fish' problem - tellin someone one part number doesn't help them next time they need a number for a different part. Telling them how to find the right part number does... – Nick C May 21 '12 at 10:16
  • Nick's answer is totally fair and I think the site supports that sort of constructive criticism: he (or somebody else) could comment on the question and suggest an edit. – Bob Cross Jun 2 '12 at 0:32

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