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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Instruction manuals



Do you ever do something the hard way only to discover much later that there's a much simpler way to do it?

Last winter I had an intermittent problem with one of the van's low beam headlights. It was a light that gave me trouble before. It worked about 95% of the time. Sometimes a bad pothole would kick it out, only to come on again at the next pothole. That suggested a loose connection somewhere. Since I wasn't doing much night driving I didn't worry about it.

Actually, I was dreading the job. Previously, to get at the light, I had to remove the starting battery along with the battery tray. Even then it was a really tight area to work in. Then my other low beam headlight burned out. Something had to be done.

Once I examined what it would take to get to the backside of the other light I figured there had to be a better way. While I couldn't find my exact model in a youtube video there was a similar vehicle. The video showed a guy changing the lights by removing a couple of simple retaining clips. Sure enough, on my van, by lifting up a couple of clips the whole headlight assembly came out. Then it was really easy to work on.

Yeah, I felt like an idiot. The loose wire was easy to find and fix and the new light bulbs popped right in. So much of my ambulance/motor home is a custom conversion that I forget about the parts that are standard and may actually have instructions somewhere.

Like much of life there's usually an easier way to do things if only we knew how.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Quite often with things mechanical, I've found that thinking about the job was far worse than actually doing it.

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  2. I like trying to nut it out as I go. Until I make a mistake or get frustrated. The tubes have lots of answers but first principle is always RTFM - Read the F****Manual.

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    1. Wish I had one for the van, especially all the stuff Wheeled Coach did to it.

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  3. The easiest way is to let someone else do it.

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    1. Yeah, but what kind of fun is that?

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    2. Only if they're competent, Dizzy.... only if they're competent :-P

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    3. A good trustworthy mechanic is a rare find indeed.

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