My tractor is overheating. This is not a new problem. Years ago, I had a new radiator core put into it and it worked OK (not great, but OK) for the years since. I have been told, several times, that it needs a new thermostat, which is not an easy thing to replace on a tractor. Why the people who replaced the radiator didn't also replace the thermostat (when it would have been easy and cheap) is one of those little mysteries that will remain forever unsolved. I've tried to get other mechanics to work on the beast. No luck. I've tried to get them to give me advice so I can do the job on my own since they won't work on it. You can guess how that worked out.
The word "thermostat" does not exist in this book:
One might (foolishly) think that a repair manual would be a good resource when trying to actually repair a tractor.
The problem could, possibly, maybe, be with the water pump. The sum total of the advice available about repairing said water pump can be found in paragraph 177 (you thought maybe I meant page 177? Ha, silly you. Who'd ever think of using page numbers in a book?).
The manual says (and this is a direct quote), "The water pump is part of the cooling system. The removal process will be self evident". That's it. The absolute totality of advice on locating, identifying and repairing a water pump.
Actually, there are any number of things on a tractor whose removal is self evident and hey, I can take things apart with the best of 'em. I have wrenches. Heck, most of the time, I can even put them back together. Sometimes, I even enjoy it and really, who needs all those pesky details such as: how to identify the part whose removal is self evident, how to fix it once removed, how to figure out if that is even the problem in the first place?
And why the Hell doesn't the damn book even mention thermostats? Why??! Where the Hell is the Zen in that?
I would really, really like to get my hands on the miserable SOB who wrote paragraph 177. I've got a nice big wrench right here that would be perfect for the job of demonstrating just how self evident it is to take something apart. I'll bet I could find some Zen in that right about now.