Some of these are equally applicable to Lotus manuals too. How about:
Using special tool TT0012123334 .........
Translates: Oh ****, the Dealer is shut and I have no hope of getting hold of the overinflatedly priced item so I'm gonna look around the garage for something that will do and spend hours of blood sweat and tears trying to do this one task.
Gently tap to split ball joint.
Means Hammer the ---- out of it using all sorts of strange items to try to separate the joint such as a scissor jack stuck in here and a club mallet walloping this and that until the ball joint is totally destroyed and surrenders to you.
Unscrew screw/bolt from rubber surround
Means use saw to saw through rusted in screw and remove the two halves. Go out and buy new stainless screws and new rubber surrounds.
Replacement is the reverse of removal
Means try to read the manual backwards.
Translation: Clamp with mole grips then beat repeatedly with hammer anticlockwise.
This is a snug fit.
Translation: You will skin your knuckles.
This is a tight fit.
Translation: Not a hope in hell matey!
As described in Chapter 7...
Translation: That'll teach you not to read through before you start, now you are looking at scary photos of the inside of a gearbox.
Translation: Hammer a screwdriver into...
Translation: Go buy a tin of WD40 (catering size).
Retain tiny spring...
Translation: "What was that, it nearly had my eye out"!
Press and rotate to remove bulb...
Translation: OK - that's the glass bit off, now fetch some good pliers to dig out the bayonet part.
Translation: Start off lightly and build up till the veins on your forehead are throbbing, then re-check the manual because what you are doing now cannot be 'lightly'.
Translation: If it isn't broken don't fix it.
Translation: If it isn't broken... it's about to be.
One spanner rating.
Translation: Your Mum could do this... so how did you manage to botch it up?
Two spanner rating.
Translation: Now you may think that you can do this because two is a low, tiny, 'ikkle number... but you also thought the wiring diagram was a map of the Tokyo underground (in fact that would have been more use to you).
Three spanner rating.
Translation: But Nova's are easy to maintain right... right? So you think three Nova spanners has got to be like a 'regular car' two spanner job.
Four spanner rating.
Translation: You are seriously considering this aren't you, you plebe!
Five spanner rating.
Translation: OK - but don't expect us to ride in it afterwards!!!
If not, you can fabricate your own special tool like this...
Translation: Squeeze with all your might, jump up and down on, swear at, throw at the garage wall, then search in the dark corner of the garage for - whilst muttering "bugger" repeatedly under your breath.
Translation: Squint at really hard and pretend you know what you are looking at, then declare in a loud knowing voice to your wife "Yep, as I thought, it's going to need a new one."
Translation: You are about to cut yourself.
Translation: Yes, that's it, that big spherical blob of rust.
Get an assistant...
Translation: Prepare to humiliate yourself in front of someone you know.
Turning the engine will be easier with the spark pugs removed.
Translation: However, starting the engine afterwards will be much harder. Once that sinking pit of your stomach feeling has subsided, you can start to feel deeply ashamed as you gingerly refit the spark plugs.
Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal.
Translation: But you swear in different places.
Prise away plastic locating pegs...
Translation: Snap off...
Using a suitable drift...
Translation: The biggest nail in your tool box isn't a suitable drift!
Translation: Ensure you have an RAC Card & Mobile Phone
Apply moderate heat...
Translation: Placing your mouth near it and huffing isn't moderate heat.
Translation: List of all the things in the book bar the thing you want to do.
For Added Haynes Fun:
Go to the first section, Safety First, and read the bit about Hydrofluoric Acid - do you really want the advice of a book that uses this form of understatement???!!? Now look at the lovely colour section on body repairs - as you look at these two pages say to yourself over and over until it sinks in "Mine will never look like that..." Flick to the end and look at the colour glow plug pictures, how do these compare to the glow plugs in your Mini? If you cannot locate the glow plugs in your Mini see the last translation on the list! NB: Haynes Manuals are (c)opyright of a very disturbed sadist
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