The trouble with hydraulics troubleshooting
If you read my previous article about hydraulics troubleshooting, you'll recall I told the story of a monkey caught in an old Indian monkey trap. This story was an analogy for the importance of both knowledge AND process in successful troubleshooting.
In response, Bill Smith sent me this:
I couldn't agree more. Hydraulics system knowledge is a great advantage when hydraulics troubleshooting. But without a reliable process, it's very easy for the troubleshooting effort to become hit and miss. But perhaps more importantly though, a reliable process often leads to the discovery of the knowledge required to solve the problem.
Case in point is the monkey caught in the trap. Even absent any knowledge about how the trap works, he CAN still figure it out. But only if he understands the troubleshooting process, and applies it correctly.
In my hydraulics troubleshooting home-study course, I teach a 12-step troubleshooting PROCESS that begins with checking the easy things first.
The temptation of many is to dismiss this essential first step as too basic to be useful. But before YOU do so, consider that a colleague in the hydraulics repair biz has calculated that over a period of 20 years his business has earned in excess of $2-million from service calls which were resolved in one of two ways:
This helps to explain why hydraulics troubleshooting expertise is highly valued and sought after. It also telegraphs the fact that it's not too hard to look good at this; even a modest amount of hydraulics troubleshooting expertise can take you a long way.
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