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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-10-2001, 08:18 AM
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Aftermarket Parts Instructions

Why do aftermarket vendors installation instruction never have any pictures of the parts installed or the installation process for that matter? I got some stuff in the mail the other day and one of the parts actually could be put on about three different ways. The instructions didn't specify which was the right way. Now, I am just a novice mechanic at this stage, but I can hold my own. After taking the part under the vehicle to get better idea how it went on, I thought I had the solution. Got it installed, it worked fine. Problem came when I went to bolt up an optional part to it that I realized my mistake. A photo in the instructions would have made all the difference. The instructions themselves were not the best in the world, and would have made much more sense with a simple photo. Again, I am not trying to bash a particular vendor here, the mistake was mine. No harm was done to the part or my car, and I got a good laugh out of it in the end. I would just like to see vendors in general put a little more effort/info into their instructions. It is not the first time I have seen a set of less than stellar directions for a kit. Some simple black and white photos along with the directions would help out tremedously.

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Re: Aftermarket Parts Instructions

As someone who is employed in the automotive aftermarket industry, and writes installation instructions, here's what "usually" happen. Some "genius" in sales and marketing decides that he knows better than those of us in engineering, how to do something, even though it's our job. When we suggest that a picture or illustration would be very beneficial, the usual answer is, "do you know how much that is going to cost?".
Yes I agree totally, a picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes, and in the aftermarket industry, it holds true. We finally talked them (the company) into buying us a digicam, so now, we can send installation pictures. Whether they use them or not is another story.

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Am I alone here? Does anybody else feel the same way?

I hear ya RamblinZuk, sometime the bean counters get in the way of quality in order to rake in every penny of profit they can get their hands on.

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I am with you.... most of the sami-aftermarket-guys sell over the internet, by this they sell it to all parts of the words...

i would really appreciate some better fotos (or at least fotos on the instructions...

it would also be nice to have the instructions on-line (pdf or such)...

I personally find it rather hard, (being the german-native speaker that i am) explaining a spanish-only speaking mechanic some instructions that are in english ... but that might just be me ;oP


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I couldn't agree more! Not only should they include pictures as well as clear instructions, but the pictures should be CLEAR, not some fuzzy grainy black blob.....

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personally, never had any problems, but i am also a cheap hillbilly with plenty of blue wrench!!! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] nope, no need for instructions or pics, break out the buzz box n go to it with a few cold ones to assist me!!!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

seriously, i agree with yall, quality instructions and high resolution pics are a must.
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isnt it a steriotype that men do not use the instructions anyways? Thats why they didnt bother with great ones. I would tell you how I feel about some of these vendors but I dont share my feelings either!

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Re: Aftermarket Parts Instructions

siempre me pasa lo mismo...
como traduce uno esos manuales al español?
como se dicen "shims" o "carriers" ?
jeje, por lo menos lo hace a uno esforsarce mas y asi se aprende..

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