Received two USED THRV valves as new from JD dealers
So Iím finally getting around to installing the model 40 loader I purchased this summer for my 445. When I went to order the THRV part# AM12148 I found out that it is no longer offered by Deere & has to be purchased as part of a kit for $466. I was pretty upset at myself since the seller I purchased the 40 from said it included the valve but when I opened the box I found his original stock THRV & not the one I needed.
Doing a search I found an online dealer who showed stock on 1 AM12148 so I ordered it. I was surprised when I received the valve, opened it & saw that it was used, very used, see pic enclosed, itís the one on the left. When I called the dealer they apologized & offered to refund my money. On the call I asked if they could locate one for me & they found one at another dealer but I had to deal with them separately. I contacted the other dealer, asked them to verify that they had the part which he did so I paid & asked that they ship it. When it arrived I found this too was used! Now I have two new/used valves that I am paying full price for with no other solution but to return them. Itís pretty upsetting that Deere supposedly has no recourse other than to sell a kit at almost triple the price so I canít blame the dealers but Iím at a loss at this point on how to proceed.
Do I pick the least used looking one of the two & use that or do I try to find another one from a JD dealer elsewhere? Obviously these are getting as rare as hens teeth so I donít exactly have a warm & fuzzy feeling moving forward. Is there any way to test that the used ones are working? Besides damaging the transaxle how will I know?
1999 JD 445
2000 JD 335- sold