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    Stupid mantra!

    I hate the saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" I think this is used as a get out for people that are too lazy or too ignorant to take care of their equipment.

    I have always been an inquisitive type and unless I know something is completely beyond my capabilities, will have a go.
    I have just had a busy week repairing and maintaining all sorts of garden equipment. This involved a bit of welding, electrical and mechanical jobs.
    It's surprising what you can achieve if you just try.

    I must have saved hundreds of pounds over the years not to mention time gained.

    Go on have a go!..................................IP
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    But if it aint broke you can't fix it?
    2001 3.0 SE Auto, Satnav, winter pack. Dark Blue, all the toys.
    2004 3.0 Sovereign Estate. Winter pack. Fixed. For Sale.
    2005 Estate X type 2.2 Sport.
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    2005 "AllyCat", 3.0 XJ6 SE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost it View Post
    But if it aint broke you can't fix it?
    ... but somethings need maintenance to stop them from breaking

    One learns a lot by doing the maintenance stuff and the fixing stuff becomes a bit easier.

    For most of us though , we only fix one thing once and so the learning is not as helpful as it could be. And as we get older, even if we have to do something twice, it is like having to do it from scratch anyway

    I hate throwing things away so I try and fix a lot of stuff. I'm not always successful or I spend way to long on low-value items or both
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    Preventative maintenance, I'm a big believer in it.
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    Oops, sorry.
    I used that phrase in my recent post on my blown coolant hose
    It will be fixed, not ignored.
    All the best.
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    “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is a design mantra, nothing to do with maintenance.
    In that context it is an injunction not to redesign something that works perfectly well. For me the best example would be the CFM56 oil pressure transmitter; in 1988 the A320 had a new design of transmitter, despite the old one being fine. I lost count of how many were changed before the “problem” was fixed. I am still convinced that the original didn’t need to be redesigned.

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    A perfect example of preventative maintenance..............the trunnions on older BL cars, they demanded the grease gun every 2 or 3 weeks.
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    As did the ones on Reliant Scimitars. But for some reason people used to shove grease in them when the correct lube has always been EP90 gear oil.

    I put a new set on my SE5a and they lasted 7 years because they were lubed correctly. And the car even then was "used" for everything, from shopping to runs of 400 miles a day. Even towed my caravan to Cornwall once. And back.
    2001 3.0 SE Auto, Satnav, winter pack. Dark Blue, all the toys.
    2004 3.0 Sovereign Estate. Winter pack. Fixed. For Sale.
    2005 Estate X type 2.2 Sport.
    2000 V8 3.2 XJ8 LWB. "Prom" car. Lovely. Should sell this one too really...
    2005 "AllyCat", 3.0 XJ6 SE.
    2000 S type 4.0 V8. Latest toy.
    VFR800A and a VFR 800F

    Still beating cancer. Trevor 2, Cancer 0.

    Sure I took the Red pill....

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    Microsoft should never have "improved" Windows XP. It worked fine...
    2001 3.0 SE Auto, Satnav, winter pack. Dark Blue, all the toys.
    2004 3.0 Sovereign Estate. Winter pack. Fixed. For Sale.
    2005 Estate X type 2.2 Sport.
    2000 V8 3.2 XJ8 LWB. "Prom" car. Lovely. Should sell this one too really...
    2005 "AllyCat", 3.0 XJ6 SE.
    2000 S type 4.0 V8. Latest toy.
    VFR800A and a VFR 800F

    Still beating cancer. Trevor 2, Cancer 0.

    Sure I took the Red pill....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost it View Post
    Microsoft should never have "improved" Windows XP. It works fine...
    Corrected that for you. I have a copy that still does all it is supposed to.

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