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Rev. Bill McGinnis is an
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a Foreman of a taxicab repair shop in Northern Virginia (retired).
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1. REPORT OF SYMPTOMS - Somebody notices that "something seems to be wrong with the car." This is usually called "the driver compaint," or "the customer complaint." Many times, the driver never notices a particular problem, but the Automobile Technician notices it during the course of maintenance or some kind of inspection, in which case it might be called "other problem noticed." To elicit complaints from the customer, you might ask the question, "What does the car seem to be doing wrong." Typically, you will get answers like, "It sometimes makes a funny noise, " or "The brakes aren't working right," or "It makes a clunking noise when I turn left," or "There is a funny smell." In most cases, the regular driver of the car knows very well how the car normally runs, and he can accurately notice when something seems to be different from normal, or wrong. But his advice about what to do is usually worthless and distracting. They make up things and shoot in the dark, so don't let them tell you about what you need to do to fix it, but do pay very close attention to what they say the car seems to be doing wrong. By asking what the car "seems to be doing wrong," you keep the driver focused on the symptoms, which he is qualified to report, not the causes, which he is not qualified to report.
2. VERIFICATION OF COMPLAINT - The technician verifies the complaint. Don't ever skip this step. Here's what can happen. The driver says, "Something is wrong with the brakes. It makes a big clunk when I stop." The technician inspects the brakes, and they are fine. But the real problem is a bad upper ball joint which clunks when the brakes are applied. So the problem is not brakes, like the driver thought, but something which happens when the brakes are applied. Two different things. VERIFY THE COMPLAINT!
3. DIAGNOSIS - Diagnose the problem. The symptoms of the problem have been noticed and verified, so now we need find the cause of the problem. This is the field of Automobile Diagnostics. At our web page, AutomobileDiagnostics.net, we explain how symptoms are the results of "Abnormal Events," caused by "Abnormal States" within the systems of the car car. The task of Automobile Diagnostics is to identify the abnormal states, so they can then be restored to normal. Any problem in the car is actually an abnormal state within the car; and the purpose of all automobile repair is to correct abnormal states and restore the car to its normal state of operation. You can get more information about Diagnosis from the Factory Manual, the Chilton Total Car Care Manual and the ALLDATA "Do-It-Yourself" online service. You can find information about automobile diagnostic tools at our website, Tools4Cars.com
4. DOING THE REPAIRS - Do whatever it takes to eliminate the Abnormal States which were causing the symptoms. You can get more information about performing the repairs from the Factory Manual, the Chilton Total Car Care Manual and the ALLDATA DIYonline service. You can find information about automobile repair tools at our website, Tools4Cars.com. It is usually a good idea to correct all abnormal states you may find in the car, even if they don't appear to be related to the problem at hand. If a wire is loose, tighten it; if something is very dirty, clean it off; if something is leaking, fix the leak. It frequently happens that problems simply go away, without ever really being diagnosed, if you fix everything in sight that seems to be abnormal! Then, after everything is working okay, you realize the connection between what you did and the problem which went away!
5. VERIFYING THE REPAIRS - Make sure that the repairs you have done have solved the problem and eliminated the symptoms.
O Lord, please bless the readers of this page, and give them whatever help and guidance and support they need to accomplish their auto repairs in a safe and efficient manner. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Rev. Bill McGinnnis, LoveAllPeople.org
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