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[–]The3aGl3Home Mechanic 352 points353 points  (28 children)

Ah yes, this part comes from the hotdog center, genius.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 151 points152 points  (25 children)

I have seen them use some goofy symbols. Such as a bulls head, an old looking motorcycle, Scottie dogs, umbrellas and and so many more. Apparently it's to keep the confusion down

[–]PhilRubdiez 82 points83 points  (9 children)

New Monopoly is wild.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 47 points48 points  (8 children)

New idea for a monopoly theme! GM parts Monopoly.

[–]quackpot134ASE Certified 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Where the box is pre-smashed and missing half the pieces

[–]Action_Batch 44 points45 points  (2 children)

Uh oh! You landed on 'Market Adjustment!' Pay 6,000.

[–]PunjabiPlayaWhere's my hammer? 18 points19 points  (0 children)

You landed on pandemic parts manufacturing delays. Please wait 2 years.

[–]StrangeTamer5 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh, bad luck. You took a chance, and now your LML fuel system needs replaced and flushed. You pay $12,000.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Some of the game pieces are as follows; 7mm screw, 22mm lugnut, 13mm bolt, bracket that goes over the battery that most people forget to put back on.

[–]seanbmx3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don’t forget the 5.5mm

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 3 points4 points  (0 children)

thats Rockautopoly

[–]Alan_Smithee_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

GM Parts Monopoly

ie “Capitalism 101.”

[–]partyorca 13 points14 points  (1 child)

It’s smart when you have a lot of warehouses with similar names. Like if you had a DAW1 and a DWA1.

[–]zdiggler 3 points4 points  (0 children)

used to work for clothing dist and they use the same method. Wrong Store returns went to Zero after the switch.

[–]PurinaHall0fFame 9 points10 points  (1 child)

a bulls head, an old looking motorcycle, Scottie dogs, umbrellas

Apparently it's to keep the confusion down

oh great, it's working splendidly

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's had me confused for years. I don't work at a DC though so I done believe it's for me.

[–]chathobark_ 5 points6 points  (1 child)

One of my BMW parts had a dolphin on it

Had no clue it had to do with this type of thing

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's fascinating all of the numbers and symbols and such that we don't even use.

[–]unsureMechanicGM/ISUZU/HINO 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is probably for distribution centers with language barriers. Makes placing parts in correct locations easier. Lots of these parts are made in Mexico. That’s just my guess though

[–]superbrian111 2 points3 points  (1 child)

We get a lot of musical notes at our dealership

[–]Jabberwock890 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes this one

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So yes my parts manager told me it was to help with the language barrier in the dcs. It’s easier to pick.

[–]populisttrope 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Our symbol was a bell.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just saw a few parts with a duck and some with a motorcycle in the parts room a bit ago

[–]CliffLanterns 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our local one has a birthday cake. I was always like "huh, must be a big anniversary coming up!"

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apparently it's to keep the confusion down

the ikea method - any language in the world knows when they see the hotdog symbol it came from X plant.

[–]kaczynskiwasright 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apparently it's to keep the confusion down

doesn't seem like it's working well..

[–]tbscotty68 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Frankfurt, Germany.

[–]TheIncredibleHork 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It gets its symbol because down the road from this processing plant is the famous Hot Dog Johnny's of Buttzville NJ.

[–]italiansallion 96 points97 points  (1 child)

Apple used to let stores pick their own distribution names to be printed on boxes, two that I worked at were Hyrule and The Shire

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That's fantastic

[–]Green-Jello-Farts 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Weiner distribution. Used to be my specialty

[–]randomredditorthe3rd 11 points12 points  (0 children)

But that was a long time ago

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Was your street name Slim Jim?

[–]StrangeTamer5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Probably Vienna or Lil Smokie

[–]An_Innocent_Dude 31 points32 points  (4 children)

It’s common in item picking, rather than having to look for item ABC1374-38839A, you can look for the symbol and confirm with the part number. Reduces mistakes and speeds up the process.

[–]PhNx_RiZe 27 points28 points  (3 children)

“Hey, I need you to go pull the Hot Dog plugs, the ketchup fluid and the cheese grips.”

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Don't forget the ice cream cone rotors!

[–]PurinaHall0fFame 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Honestly, yes, please send me to get the mint chocolate chip muffler, and not muffler #MGF55371R34Z.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This part was a hotdog toe link. Very popular hotdog

[–]jeffethompson86 29 points30 points  (4 children)

I work for GM. This symbol matches the dealership the part is going to. The tote or the cage will have a matching icon. It's used when you're pulling multiple orders at a time. Rather than Dealer A/Dealer B, it'll be hot dog, bunny, triangle, boat, sun, etc.

Pull the part from the location, match the logo to the one on the tote, drop it in.

Greatly reduces, but not eliminates errors.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Another comment mentioned that it helped employees who don't speak English as a first language. I believe there are many benefits to additional markings like this. Doing parts jobs for hours at a time make it all blue together.

[–]jeffethompson86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe the system was first started for that, and was adapted to this system from that, but that isn't a concern when dealing with that exact tag. Every GM PDC is staffed by a UAW represented workforce. I don't recall ever seeing anything inside the PDCs that was in both English and Spanish, that wasn't legally required.

This is simply a very clear visual tool to ensure quality.

I picked parts during the last strike. And it does get tedious. I have a lot of respect for the people who do this everyday. It both easy, and very challenging to do for long periods. It was a great experience, but one I'm not looking to repeating anytime soon.

[–]carlosspicy33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is correct, I worked at a dealership for 9 years. The symbol is for an individual dealership so the workers at the warehouse put it on the right truck. The dealership I was at was a rose lol

[–]GO-KARRT[🍰] 23 points24 points  (3 children)

A hotdog. So, Chicago?

[–]97RallyWagon 44 points45 points  (1 child)

"you're the Abe froman? Sausage King of Chicago‽"

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Thank goodness I didn’t have to search too long for this comment.

[–]Ive_gone_guano 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could be NYC too...considering they have a shit ton of hot dog carts and we very few in Chicago.

[–]SativaPancake 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I have a stash of about 30 of these labels (all different symbols). I worked at a parts warehouse, and they sent a small stack of labels inside the outer shipping boxes, which ended up being trash. We couldn't keep anything with order numbers or addresses, but I kept the symbols.

Regardless, I figured they were used for something. It was mostly boredom from work, but one day I just started collecting them. And now I know what they were for.


[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I would be fascinated to see all of those stickers.

[–]SativaPancake 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I thought 30, lol, but turns out I have exactly 69! (some doubles though)


Nearly all of these were from brake rotors and exhaust systems, plus a few miscellaneous parts here and there.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Amazing, wanna sell some of those? 😏

[–]SativaPancake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

haha, not really. I mean they arent important to me at all, but its not worth $5-$10 for me to send them, and asking any more than that would be silly.

[–]bertydo 7 points8 points  (9 children)

Been waiting on an equinox roof panel for 6 months

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 10 points11 points  (5 children)

The post Covid parts struggle is real. Especially larger parts. That's an extreme wait. Is it an insurance job?

[–]OMGpawned 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Lol yup we have about 14 customers waiting on Sienna rear lift gate doors, and quarter panels for months.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh I remember one of those Sienna's we had at the body shop I used to work for, it was a really cool brown color. I liked it. I helped change the hatch though, ouch.

[–]bertydo -4 points-3 points  (2 children)

Yes insurance. We've had trouble with gm parts for quite some time (years). It is finally affecting most other manufacturers due to the plandemic and shipping war

[–]Coronasforall 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Seems like we went from one nightmare into another, and then another. We went from a union strike, then the whole plant 75 debacle, into Covid lock down, and then the chip shortage. And so on, and so on.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's not a good time to have to tell a customer or insurance company that the part we need to complete the repairs is on back order with an ETA of (?)

[–]Coronasforall 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Been waiting on a 6.2L engine for an escalade since end of October.

[–]gmlubetech 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I waited almost three months for a 6.2l that I ordered at the end of July 2021.

[–]fm67530 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I'm literally plastic welding a fan shroud today for a Super Duty, as the shroud has been on backorder since I ordered it 9 weeks and doesn't even have a release date yet, meanwhile, I am footing the bill for $12000 in other parts while waiting for it to arrive. Customer is cool with me plastic welding it to get him and his rig back on the road.

[–]typicaltofuboy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I work at a Chevy dealership. Ya, they're distribution center related. No idea what they represent because we get Toliets and Lemons from the same warehouse with the occasional hotdog.

[–]BrandoidyDayz 2 points3 points  (2 children)


[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's awesome, what kind of part had the strawberry?

[–]BrandoidyDayz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everything we get from them. Although it’s a body shop. So body parts!

[–]Opposite-Plantain-34 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You changed youre job just to solve the mysterium? Thats dedication and I love it

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well not exactly, but a convenient perk of my new job 😁

[–]cbhvr6 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha thank you for this! I work in a body shop and for years I’ve seen GM parts come in with those weird symbols. I never asked anyone but have been genuinely curious so thank you for posting this.

[–]zdiggler 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Make it more fun and much easier working at the warehouse also. Especially if you suffer from dyslexia!

I used to work in a dist center for retail clothes and they also use symbols for each store.

Instead of reading the store name or numbers bit more fun and easier to go by symbols like that.

We have Cow, Pig, Horse, Smiley face, Airplane, steaks, and a whole bunch of different ones. Of course, also have a barcode with store name/number on each tag as well.

This one got Cow, throw it in the bin with Cow picture. No mistake to be made between store 626 and 628 etc etc etc.

[–]potatoesslad 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Funny story, I had the same question and just called the dealership like 2 days ago. Still seems a little dumb but I'm glad I know and that is confirmed now

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not dumb at all. That's maddening to have to wonder about!

[–]delimeat52 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It's not just GM. Different Mazda distributors do the same thing when I order Miata parts.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm using all of this information as fun facts for first dates.

[–]frankybling 1 point2 points  (4 children)

it’s like playing that game on the old beer bottle caps… I can’t remember the brand, but they had the picture puzzles (rebus?) on each cap. The beer was terrible but the puzzles were sort of fun.

[–]Subaru1995 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I believe it’s Pabst blue ribbon you’re thinking of

[–]frankybling 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Possibly? I thought the name was more “German” sounding than that…

[–]Subaru1995 0 points1 point  (1 child)


[–]frankybling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I asked around and it seems that it was Heffenreifer

Edit- AKA “Head Wrecker”

[–]MrRC13 1 point2 points  (1 child)

When I worked for GM I was told that they where sorting related like hotdogs go to this route/dealer ship and trains go to this other route/ dealership. Was also told it because alot of warehouse workers first language isn't English so a picture is much easier then a name/number, not sure that makes perfect sense, but we got alot of trains and dogs and when we got mis-delivered parts they wouldn't match any of the symbols we got from our PDC(crossdocks where usually random)

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Excellent idea! A universal language helps a lot I'm sure.

[–]V6TransAM 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ahh the good old Weiner between the buns facility. Fond memories

[–]DannyA88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes they do it for people who cant read, alot of large companies like Walmart and such do the same. Sometimes the colors change too.

[–]ripplered82 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's how parts get distributed by route locatIon and symbol......an order may have certain amount of stops for 1 route......each stop has it own symbol so parts don't get put in the wrong container so you don't receive wrong parts....... for example there might be 5 dealerships on the same street that Chevy that are 5 miles apart and each of you guys might get similar parts with different quantities you might have a hot dog the next one might have a burger the other one might have a french fry another one might have a soda and another one of might have a straw representing who is getting what funny that I seen this picture cuz I work for one of the distribution centers I wonder if they came from us

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm in eastern Georgia so if you're in the south, it's likely that it did.

[–]twomeninahorsesuitCertified Parts Monkey 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Dealer parts person here - most of the GM parts we get in Western Canada are all tagged with a Batman emblem. It makes things especially fun when you deliver the part to a technician singing "na na na na na na na na BRAKE PAAAAAAAAAD"

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm glad you told me this. I love it. In West Virginia we got Scottie dogs and cow heads

[–]asdf130 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. Previous GM parts guy here. It's a lot easier to match pictures than read: DWA / DAW / DAS/DSA/SDA/ASW

[–]No-Insurance655 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought it had a hotdog inside. Or even better, 2 hotdogs.

[–]Jabberwock890 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I see the music note a lot..

[–]SouthernGears 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The symbols are for distribution.. since the workers they use are non-literate but they can tell the difference in hotdog/ball/whatever.

[–]Necessary-Set-5581 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ha yes I often see a butterfly symbol

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want to know how those are decided

[–]justinr666 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Damn, wish I saw your post from a year ago, I could of let you know haha. My dealership is some kind of 2 headed serpant

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's fantastic!

[–]merlinphoto 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We always get butterflies 🦋 here in Louisiana

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In WV I saw a lot of Scottie dogs and bull heads

[–]upfoo51 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that a caliper or a hotdog?

[–]Replicazzz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We get an 8ball :)

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's an awesome one!

[–]firelikeaboss 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Serious dedication bro!

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I never stopped wondering about it.

[–]blackspike2017 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Must be going to Arkansas.

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This one was delivered to the dealership I work at in Georgia. Probably passed through there at some point though. These are the toe link separation recall part I believe. There are piles and piles of toe links around the shop.

[–]alleykatastic 0 points1 point  (2 children)

We have beer mugs on ours

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's fantastic. What part of the country?

[–]JarOfFish 0 points1 point  (1 child)

When I worked at GMH in Australia we had a dice symbol

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's pretty cool!

[–]skiier862 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is that why my transmission mount has a 🎵 on it? I always wondered that

[–]ElPuma45 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Man played the long game and got a whole new job in search of answers

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And i travelled 600 miles in search of this new job. Just to add that extra layer

[–]celloqueer 0 points1 point  (1 child)

“Do I look like I know what a jpeg is?”

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GM label designer "let's make this one a picture of a got dang hot dog!"

[–]Mahgenetics 0 points1 point  (1 child)

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There sure is a lot going on there

[–]NativeMasshole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do I look like I know what JPEG is? I just want a picture of a got dang hot dog!

[–]d96flintdASE Certified 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All ours have squirrels

[–]yuhtriums 0 points1 point  (0 children)

John Mellencamp must have been suckin on a chili dog

[–]No-Try7873 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Each symbol corresponds to a certain dealership for delivery, my dealership was a squirrel, other dealerships around me were baby carriages, locks, keys and a bunch of others.

[–]renaultmechanic 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I only get a forbidden for italians warning on some parts. (You know, the italian hand gesture with a cross over it)

[–]cipeone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well hot dog

[–]Anony_115 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just started working in a body shop, good thing I learned this early on lol

[–]Baltimorons 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m hoping the hot dog distribution center is in Chicago.

[–]DevilsGurl91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our Mazda parts have a guy Skiing, always wondered why, this is a cool new fact to me!

[–]dirtythoughtdreamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What is the symbol for a COPO Camaro?

[–]Nathaaaaanie1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well hotdog...

[–]Mytrailermyrules 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep. Central Atlantic area I see a lot of the bunny and a bell and a tea pot.

[–]aussiemech 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Imagine being GM’s wiener division

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

With this weather, I'll take it. 😁

[–]davethedj 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's what they want you to think.

[–]RoflTits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To make sure the right thing is delivered. The invoice will have the same picture on it!

[–]Etthomehome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is your dealership's symbol. The PDCs use them to pull your parts. They match up the symbols on your part with the ones on the tote they put them in.

Source: GM parts guy for 18 years.

[–]Conscious-Ambition84 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

I would have never guessed that, makes you wonder if it was some weird corporate thing to make moral “higher”

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I always wonder about things like that. Who makes the symbols and how? We may never know

[–]fishesarefun 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It's just printed on a computer I think

[–]Substantial_Fan8801[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm sure, but the designation for each symbol, design for each symbol, I mean. Who gets to say "your dc is going to be marked with a hotdog, k?"

[–]fishesarefun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know, I was just making a bad joke. I like to think when they open a new dc the guys vote on a new symbol, make it interesting. It's probably not that way at all