RE: encouraging learning by experimentation?

Subject: RE: encouraging learning by experimentation?
From: "Mike Bradley" <mbradley -at- techpubs -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:15:18 -0800

> I have a 1990 Plymouth Laser, with a bad washer pump. The owners manual is
> useless. The Haynes book (there's your 'experts', har har) does not
> acknowledge the existance of a washer pump. The instructions that come
> with the washer pump have helpful instructions like:
> 1. Disconnect wiring and hoses from washer solvent bottle.
> 2. Remove washer solvent bottle.
> 3. Gently pry old pump from bottle.
> 4. Install new gasket.
> 5. Install new pump in bottle.
> 6. Replace bottle in vehicle.
> 7. Reconnect wiring.

The shop manual for my Kawasaki motorcycle has the same sort of
instructions. I don't know if they're minimalist or stinko. I suspect
they're minimalist, because, unlike the Laser's manual, my manual was
written for mechanics in Kawasaki dealerships.

I had to take the fairing off my bike. That's the streamlined bodywork on
the front of the motorcycle. The fairing is in five parts, and each is
attached with different-sized bolts. Luckily, as soon as I noticed the
different sizes I started taking notes, so I was able to re-assemble the
parts with only the usual fuss.

What would a professional mechanic, who had probably completed some factory
training, have done? Should the manual have told him to keep track of the

= Mike Bradley
Tech Pubs

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