Electrical troubleshooting is, for many of us, a challenge. I think it’s similar to a pilot who flies in VFR (Visual Flight Rules) conditions versus one who flies in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. The VFR pilot relies on outside references to maintain control of his airplane; how the nose of the plane looks compared to the horizon, how the wing tip angles on either side align relative to the horizon, and the G-forces at play on his body.
My wife often comments that I have book sense but not a lick of common sense. I guess she’s right, to an extent. I learned a long time ago that feigning ignorance was a surefire way of getting out of those “honey-do” items I really didn’t want to do. But maybe she has a point. Maybe that’s why I was only an OK and not a great diagnostic tech. Don’t get me wrong, I won more than I lost, but often it took me a while to nail down the cause of an especially irritating customer concern.
In this month’s Tech Corner, I would like to share an experience I had when still full-time as a technician. It’s an experience I’m sure most of you have also enjoyed, or not, depending on your outlook on life. You know, the old “glass half full” kind of thing. The car in question is an older Ford Mustang with the 3.8 liter V-6, with a hard misfire on cylinder #1. Follow along and see how you would have tackled this one!
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