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Old 09-29-2011, 10:52 AM
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Door checks... Chinese crap

I recently bought 2 door checks so that the doors would stop annoying my wife.

The prices I got were Uro $15, Meyle $25, OE $45. I hate Uro so I went with Meyle upon the recommendation of a parts guy whose name is the adjective one would use for describing something of having a ferrous-oxide quality to it. I value his opinion so I bought Meyle.

I installed one last night, or rather tried to install one. It was rainy and my wife was leaving for work several hours earlier than normal at 6:30 so I ended up doing it at 11:30pm out at the end of the driveway with a drop light.

Everything went fine until I tried to insert the connection pin into the door frame. It wouldn't budge. I tapped with a hammer about a hundred times on it trying to get it to go in, but it wouldn't move so much as a millimeter.

So just for kicks I tried pushing the pin into the arm of the door check. IT WON'T FIT. I tried widening the hole with a screwdriver, but in my haste I think I torqued the arm in the process and broke the door check. Now it clicks loudly whenever you open the door. And it's currently held in place with the handle of a broken jeweler's screwdriver.

I tried the other one I bought as well. Has anyone else had a problem with aftermarket door checks?

I think I'm back to my old ways of getting them at junkyards...
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:24 PM
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I bought 4 from here that are working beautifully. I don't remember the brand. Hopefully they will last a long time.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:29 PM
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Yep. I bought mine here as I try to buy many of parts here. Fit right in.
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:28 PM
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Mine was OE (MB), $27 if I recall correctly.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:36 PM
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I've heard Meyle isn't all that great from a couple sources. But I've never had first hand experience with problems from Meyle parts.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:21 PM
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Meyle is often Chinese junk, they are just a shady re-packager who happen to be located in Germany. I'd have made Mr. ferrous oxide take them back at his cost.

Its seeming like the dealer is the place to get more and more parts sadly.....I suppose it all works out, buy a cheap part 3 times and end up spending more than an OEM all the work, or just buy the good part once.
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