So long as you know who built the part you’re trying to replace, you can typically search for its number within the manufacturer’s catalog.
Most print catalogs list both OEM and aftermarket numbers, and some also match components to the spec’ing configurations of the vehicle on which they were installed.
Online catalogs provide that same information as well as image galleries, detailed product descriptions and related components. And unlike print catalogs, which are updated just once or twice per year, most suppliers update their online catalogs constantly.
Meritor says distributors and the general public can access more than 250,000 searchable parts on its catalog, meritorpartsonline.com.
“Parts are added to the database on a regular basis with the site being updated once per month,” says Marty Hetherington, manager, brand and marketing, Aftermarket, at Meritor.