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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 06, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Book Troubleshooting Suggestions

Any suggestions on books regarding engine troubleshooting? I know basics and how an engine works but don't know jack when it comes to troubleshooting problems. Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 06, 12:43 AM
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Re: Book Troubleshooting Suggestions

everyone here would be willing to help you trouble shoot a problem if you have the time...

but i am of no help as far as finding any books to help diagnose problem
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 06, 12:37 PM
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Re: Book Troubleshooting Suggestions

Good troubleshooters have a lot of experience behind them. As with a lot of folks on this board, just hearing the symptoms of the problem causes us to think of potential causes. There aren't too many books I can think of that will make up for experience.

All troubleshooting techniques involve breaking a problem down into smaller parts and verifying which parts work and which don't. All engines require compression, ignition (at the right time) , air and fuel to run. So verifying each of these 4 major items is usually steps one through four.

Having a good reference manual is probably the best you can do for yourself. Also, it's good to have the right tools, like a timing light, compression tester, and wrenches. A digital volt ohm meter is useful as well. If you have these things, then consult the manual and use the tools to verify the basics. Often times this will lead you down the right path. The troubleshooting trees in some of the better service manuals are fairly helpful.

As 400bird said, this site is a priceless. There are tons of arcticles in the archives you can do a keyword search on. And the folks that hang out here have a sick fascination with helping other folks solve problems.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 06, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Book Troubleshooting Suggestions

Sounds good to me....
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 06, 08:05 PM
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Re: Book Troubleshooting Suggestions

4 stroke: Suck, squeeze, bang, blow.

And like he said, you're either not getting gas or not getting spark.
After that the possibilities are endless.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 06, 08:23 PM
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Re: Book Troubleshooting Suggestions

Theres a lotta good books, some engine-specific, some general. Just about any by David Vizard will be worth the read, and he has several...very informative. Go to Amazon and search for his titles.
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