Practical precautions and old-fashioned patience often prevent costly thread damage during fastener removal.
Careless technicians may turn routine bolt removal into a nightmarish repair by rushing the job or overlooking signs of thread trouble, sources report.
By ignoring critical clues, hurried techs may strip threads on an engine, transmission or other components. What's more, repairing the threads may be tedious because they are situated in an awkward location.
Carelessness, therefore, may delay a repair job, cost the business money and tarnish its reputation.
I also discussed avoidable mistakes in my last column (Aug. 28): I reminded readers that seemingly innocent steps could strip out a threaded blind hole or crack the casting surrounding it.
Many owners and managers of automotive repair businesses have not turned wrenches — have not performed the nitty-gritty work. Nonetheless, I hope that bosses learn to assess mistakes in a reasonable manner.
When a casting cracks or threads strip out, was the tech truly unlucky? Or was the tech simply displaying careless work habits that a boss should address?