Posted to Technical Tips Forum on 1/25/2010
100 Tips for the Young Tech
I'm thinking it might be a good idea to put some tips in
here that are probaly well known by many but certainly
cannot be known by all. I'm also thinking that there may be
a reluctancy to post here tips that are of this nature. Most
of what I see here in this forum is often very neat or
tricky stuff. Because we expect to see that, I feel we are
cautious about posting something that might not be very
The most important thing we learn in this profession is that
none of us knows it all and keeping the mind open to new
ideas or ways to do things is prudent. I have worked at 6
differant shops over my career and every new place I worked
or differant tech I worked with, taught me something new
when I watched how they do things.
I'm hoping a bunch of you will share some tips also without
censoring them. Think of the things you would show a young
guy to help him get the job done faster or safer. I'm
willing to bet that a lot of simple tricks don't make it
into this forum because they appear too simple. But often
the simple things can be the most profound and are
overlooked by many. Here are a few from me to get this
1. When you pull a brand new serpentine belt out of it's
sleeve you will find it has bends in the belt that are there
from the belt having been bent in it's packaging. Use these
preformed bends to your advantage when you install the belt.
I often use a part of the belt stuck into a tight loop as a
starting point to get the belt onto the crank pulley from up
top. You can often put that tight loop right onto the crank
and it will stay there because of it's shape. You can either
fight with the shape of the belt or work with it.
2. Many specialty tools can be used for more uses than what
they were designed for. Watch the experienced guys in your
shop how they do things and of course search the forums here
for great tips. I'll give a example;
I use a old 13mm distributor wrench to remove the thermostat
housing bolt on a 3.1 L GM. The bolt that has the exhaust
manifold crossover in the way. The Distributor wrench goes
under the manifold and takes the bolt out with ease. Tricks
like these save tons of time.
3. When pouring liquid from a rectangular bottle, always
turn the bottle so that you pour with the larger flat
sides(front and back) facing up and down.
4.----100. Start writing them everyone.
David from Michigan
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