Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
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.
68 Coupe, 350 w/ Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, cam, intake, 700R4, Dave's small body HEI