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.