7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Mechanical Parts

Learn how to obtain Mechanical Parts and what they can be used for

Nuts, bolts, screws, drivers, belts, pistons, and countless other small but vital components are all gathered together under the umbrella of Mechanical Parts in 7 Days to Die. These might seem like nothing more than spare parts at first. Still, when reaching later stages in the game, players will quickly realize just how necessary all these little parts are for crafting advanced equipment, traps, vehicles, and anything remotely mechanical.

This guide will teach you everything you need about salvaging and scavenging Mechanical Parts in 7D2D and how they can be used best.

How to get Mechanical Parts in 7 Days to Die

Though not exactly rare, Mechanical Parts can be difficult to source if you aren’t sure where to look or don’t have access to salvaging tools. Here are the best ways to go about gathering these components:

1. Salvaging

Salvaging a rusted truck for parts in 7 Days to Die
Salvaging a Rusted Truck for Parts

Once you have access to a Wrench, Ratchet, or Impact Driver, salvaging Mechanical Parts is definitely the fastest and most straightforward way to gather them. Using one of these tools, players can break down rusted vehicles, appliances, industrial machinery, and anything else with moving parts to carefully extract the components without smashing them into scrap metal.

2. Scavenging

Looting parts from a destroyed generator bank in 7 Days to Die
Looting Parts From a Destroyed Generator Bank

Mechanical Parts can also occasionally be scavenged from parts containers, vehicles, and other devices such as destroyed workstations. Though not nearly as fast or reliable as salvaging, this method can save you money if you need mechanical parts before you have a salvaging tool.

3. Trading

Visiting Trader Joel to buy parts in 7 Days to Die
Visiting Trader Joel to Buy Parts

Some traders will carry Mechanical Parts in their inventory for sale. This is typically the most costly method of collecting these components, but it can be much faster than trying to search for them if you lack salvaging tools.

Tips for farming Mechanical Parts

The fact is that if you want mechanical parts, it’s best to salvage them yourself. If you’re looking to gather up a bunch of these components in a relatively short amount of time, however, there are a few tricks that can make your life easier.

1. Salvaging Perks

The Salvage Operations perk in 7 Days to Die
The Salvage Operations Perk

Planning a major salvage run? It might be worthwhile to invest in the Salvage Operations perk. Depending on how many points you have in this perk, it flatly increases the amount of resources harvested using salvage tools, increases your salvaging speed, and even reduces the stamina cost of using salvage tools.

2. Search the Streets

Searching an abandoned minivan in 7 Days to Die for Mechanical Parts
Searching an Abandoned Minivan

The open roads of Navezgane are often littered with wrecks and abandoned, rusted cars. Salvaging these vehicles clears the road up for easier travel and is also a great way to gather up lots of Mechanical Parts quickly.

3. Factories and Construction Sites

Salvaging a forklift inside a factory in 7 Days to Die for Mechanical Parts
Salvaging a Forklift Inside a Factory

Whether you’re looking to salvage or scavenge for Mechanical Parts, factories, and construction sites are your best bet. Not only do these locations have a high concentration of parts containers, such as destroyed workstations and toolboxes, but they often contain lots of valuable machinery that can be disassembled for a hefty profit of Mechanical Parts.

Using Mechanical Parts in 7 Days to Die

There are about 10 full pages of recipes that all require mechanical parts to craft. Obviously, we can’t cover them all here, but we can point out some of the major categories of items that require mechanical parts to assemble.

1. Weapons and Tools

Crafting Recipe for Iron Knuckles Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for an Iron Knuckles Uses Mechanical Parts

A few weapons, such as the Iron Knuckles, require mechanical parts to craft. Though these weapons aren’t great in number, you’ll need quite a few parts if you want to construct more advanced versions. Additionally, tools (namely Salvage Tools) require these same materials to craft.

2. Vehicle Parts

Crafting Recipe for Bicycle Chassis Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for a Bicycle Chassis Uses Mechanical Parts

Every vehicle in the game utilizes mechanical parts in its construction in some way. From Bicycles to Gyrocopters, these machines have way too many moving parts to not require mechanical components in the crafting of their constituent pieces.

3. Explosives

Crafting Recipe for Grenade (Ammo) Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for a Grenade (Ammo) Uses Mechanical Parts

Certain explosive devices, such as Grenades and Contact Grenades, require mechanical parts for use as triggers. These explosives are a vital part of certain Perception builds and are extremely useful for clearing out crowds of zombies.

4. Mods

Crafting Recipe for The Hunter Mod Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for The Hunter Mod Uses Mechanical Parts

Several modifications for weapons, guns, armor, vehicles, and even workstations all require some amount of mechanical parts to craft. These mods can completely change or greatly improve the function of your gear, so being able to craft your own is a huge boon.

5. Workstations

Crafting Recipe for Workbench Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for a Workbench Uses Mechanical Parts

Some of the most important workstations in the game, such as the Workbench and Cement Mixer, are crafted using these components. Workstations like these are necessary for advancing to later stages of the game and crafting advanced equipment.

6. Defenses

Crafting Recipe for a Blade Trap Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for a Blade Trap Uses Mechanical Parts

Advanced Traps (such as the Blade Trap and Dart Trap) and several of the sturdiest structural defenses are constructed using mechanical parts.

7. Electronics

Crafting Recipe for a Generator Bank Uses Mechanical Parts
Crafting Recipe for a Generator Bank Uses Mechanical Parts

A combination of mechanical parts and Electrical Parts is often required to assemble advanced electronic devices such as Generator Banks successfully.

Final thoughts on Mechanical Parts

It’s easy to overlook the value of screws, washers, and other small parts until the apocalypse hits, and it becomes impossible to manufacture more. Sometimes, you have to make do with whatever you can find, which is why The Fun Pimps gathered all these little components into one valuable material.

If you’re looking for more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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