Screwdriver sins

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It doesn’t work like that

Screwing is not rocket science, everything can be learned. But you don’t have to make every mistake yourself to understand what it is better not to do.

12/19/2007

Disregard the installation sequence
The classic, even with experienced screwdrivers. Either parts are left over after installation. Or you no longer remember what belongs where – often taken when removing a wheel. Therefore, always have paper and pens close at hand for notes and store all parts in an orderly manner (and prevent them from slipping). Tip: Take photos of all the expansion steps with a digital camera or camera phone.


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Wrong oil check
No oil to be seen in the sight glass? We’d rather refill it. Not correct! The machine stands on the side stand, so the sight glass is always empty. Always straighten the motorcycle. Also popular: Measure at the wrong time (warm or slightly cooled engine, it depends on the lubrication system) or use the dipstick incorrectly (screwed in or attached). So be sure to look into the vehicle manual, because too much oil also damages the engine.


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Do not disconnect the battery or disconnect it incorrectly
The red cap shines so nicely, then I unscrew the cable first. Never! Disconnect the battery before doing any work on the electrical system. To avoid a short circuit, always disconnect the negative pole (usually black or brown cable) first. When reinstalling, connect minus last.


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Use cheap tools
The on-board tools are usually only good for determining which screw sizes reasonable tools need to be obtained for. Bad tools ruin screws, nuts and, in the worst case, your health, e.g. B. by slipping. Also wrong: torturing inch sizes with metric tools.

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Have no patience
“I sprayed the rust remover on it a minute ago and it still doesn’t move!” If you don’t have time, you shouldn’t even start with screws. An old screwdriver saying goes: “If you want to be fast, work slowly.” And if it somehow stalls, it is better to take a break. After that, it usually works again.


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Spill aggressive liquids
You can’t be too careful when handling brake fluid (photo) and battery acid. This stuff is sneaky, just wiping it up won’t help. You don’t notice that until later, because it destroys metal, paint or fabric with a delay.


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Save at the wrong end
Why buy an assembly stand when the great wooden blocks to help you jack up the chain do the same? Because a new tank costs many times that of an assembly stand. And that’s just one example of dangerous sluts. Gloves, safety goggles and a helper who helps jack up / lift out the bike / bleed the brake etc. are not a luxury. Neither is buying a repair manual.


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Tighten screws too tight
There are exact tightening values ​​for every screw (mostly as Nm specification for “Newton meter”). They are often significantly lower than the hobby mechanic “feels”. Anyone who hits screws too hard quickly learns: “After tight comes loose.” Therefore, get a repair manual, observe values ​​and use a torque wrench (photo).


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Incorrect tire pressure control
Get off the autobahn, fill up with petrol and quickly check the air pressure in the tires? D rather not! The tire heats up while driving, which increases the tire pressure by up to 0.5 bar. Anyone who lets out the air now is under pressure and is ruining the tires. The pressure values ​​in operating instructions and repair manuals always apply to cold tires.


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Let liquids stand around openly
Murphy’s law applies here in a modified form. Note: Everything that can tip over is guaranteed to tip over. Even more annoying and, above all, more expensive: leave panels, side covers or similar on the floor. I bet that some sleepyhead (usually you) will step on it. So always close open containers and put all dismantled parts up.

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