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Old 09-01-2003, 23:00   #1 (permalink)
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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.
  1. 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.
  2. Try and record as much information as possible to your situation. Explain yourself in detail exactly what was done or not done.
  3. Educate yourself. Buy a shop manual or loan one from the library.
  4. Buy some basic tools and a simple voltmeter and or a test light.
  5. Double check all of your work.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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1. Measure twice (or five times), cut once.
2. Take notes / photos and label stuff when you are dismantling things
3. Put them in a safe place
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Old 09-02-2003, 00:44   #3 (permalink)
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Make sure you are a member of NRMA ,RACQ ect (thats AAA to you john) , because if the unthinkable happens you can atleast get it towed to your local mechanic free of charge!
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Also tell us the car's Year Model and Engine size and type (e.g 1990 EB MPEFI 4.0 I6).
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Old 09-05-2003, 00:06   #5 (permalink)
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Also phone more than one place before buying a part!
Remember, the dealer costs far more for the same product.

This thread is a bloody good idea Lunatic, how about making it permanent?
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Old 09-05-2003, 01:24   #6 (permalink)
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Avoid telling us you like/own/wanna buy a Holden/HSV/CSV if you really want to get some help
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You can ask for help on any car make model, be it a holden or not, just don't expect much help, or helpfull info, as most people are in as per the title FORDforums.com
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is there anywhere here where there is like an archive on popular ford problems and how to deal with it, so you can just direct ppl there. if theres not maybe thatd be a good idea
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There are some "how to" items and other info here at another section of the sister site.

http://www.ford-tech.com/

Over time we will have more on here.
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