After helping out many people on here I think it's time that this was posted. Even though we have over 8,700 members on board when someone has a difficult situation and wants some answers, there can be some very confusing opionions out there on where to go with a problem. This can make matters very fustrating for the individual with the problem. Even though everyone tries to help, which is great I would like to suggest some guide lines when a problem occurs to make diaganosing a little easier.
Don't throw parts at you problem hoping it will cure it. All you are doing is emptying out your wallet and making the parts guy very happy.
Try and record as much information as possible to your situation. Explain yourself in detail exactly what was done or not done.
Educate yourself. Buy a shop manual or loan one from the library.
Buy some basic tools and a simple voltmeter and or a test light.
Double check all of your work.
If you really want to install that gear set yourself (for example) and it is your first time, at least try to have a buddy there who has done it before so they can help you out.
Do some research. Talk to some other people with a certain combination and see how they like it or not. If you want to go a certain route then you will have an idea what works and what doesn't.
Lastly...be patient it will all work out in the end.
If anyone else has some good suggestions, throw them in here.
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