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Monday
Jan232017

Car Repair Nostalgia

Although we read about the new here, the just launched there, the upcoming in just a few months somewhere else. In addition to new technology here, there, and all over the place.

Somedays its envigorating to just stop, and look back in a reflective fashion.

Here we go...

Tools:

If you are of a certain age you remember the various hand tools used back in the day. Ratchets, extensions, sockets were commonplace. Flat and philip screwdrivers, ball peen hammers, and so on. Air tools were usually a substantial impact wrench, and subsequently a ratchet, both dragged around an air line, and were noisy.

Today many of the air powered tolls have been replaced by the electric equivalent with a battery.

Tool Boxes:

A couple of generations ago what was a sophisticated tool box was usually built up from a few components on casters. Yes...Snap On ruled the day. Tool boxes today are a thing of beauty, totally cool.

Distributor - Coil - Spark Plug Wires:

If you remember replacing ignition points on a regular basis, using a dwell meter, coils going bad and going nuts trying to figure it out. Plug wires wearing out, the same with distributor caps and rotors. Setting the timing with a timing light.

It  sounds old, archaic, a lost art. Even on TV shows some of the cars that are restored the engines run like shit.

The lost art is to get an engine to run well, and start in a crisp, lively fashion.

Batteries:

If you remember batteries with acid, battery caps, the posts and cable connectors getting all corroded with the "fuzzy stuff". Yes...you have been around for a while, you also remember cleaning the battery posts, and cable connectors.

Today its maintenance free batteries, and screw in cables. Yes...batteries still wear out.

Human Knowledge:

Good ole human knowledge is priceless. With all the technology, modern tools, testing and diagnostic equipment. In many instances it facilitates diagnosing, and repairing a vehicle.

But...having an intrinsic understanding of how a vehicle funstions, what the various components are supposed to do, how one thing relates to another. Its priceless...

It goes back to the days when the human brain stored the knowledge base, experience, skill set to understand how a vehicle worked. Understanding what was amiss, which today shows up as an error code.

Agreed...its becoming a lost art that is also extremely challenging to replace...perhaps even bordering on the impossible.