Haynes Translations

Haynes Translations

Haynes: Rotate anticlockwise.

Translation: Clamp with vicegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer anticlockwise.

Haynes: This is a snug fit.

Translation: Clamp with vicegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: This is a tight fit.

Translation: Clamp with vicegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: 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.

Haynes: Pry…

Translation: Hammer a screwdriver into…

Haynes: Undo…

Translation: Go buy a tin of WD40 (giant economy size).

Haynes: Retain tiny spring…

Translation: PINGGGG – “Where the hell did that go?”

Haynes: 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 (and maybe a plaster or two).

Haynes: Lightly…

Translation: Start off lightly and build up till the veins on your forehead are throbbing then clamp with vicegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: Weekly checks…

Translation: If it isn’t broken don’t fix it.

Haynes: Routine maintenance…

Translation: If it isn’t broken, it’s about to be. We warned you…

Haynes: One spanner rating.

Translation: An infant could do this… so how did you manage to **** it up?

Haynes: Two spanner rating.

Translation: Now you may think that you can do this because two is a low, teensy weensy 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).

Haynes: Three spanner rating.

Translation: Make sure you won’t need your car for a couple of days.

Haynes: Four spanner rating.

Translation: You’re not seriously considering this are you?

Haynes: Five spanner rating.

Translation: OK – but don’t ever carry your loved ones in it again.

Haynes: Bolt will be tight

Translation: You havent a hope in hell!

Haynes: If not, you can fabricate your own special tool like this…

Translation: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Haynes: Compress…

Translation: Squeeze with all your might, jump up and down on it, throw it at the garage wall, then find some vicegrips and a hammer…

Haynes: Inspect…

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”

Haynes: Carefully…

Translation: You are about to suffer deep abrasions.

Haynes: Retaining nut…

Translation: Yes, that’s it, that big spherical blob of rust.

Haynes: Get an assistant…

Translation: Prepare to humiliate yourself in front of someone you know.

Haynes: Turning the engine will be easier with the spark plugs 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.

Haynes: Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal.

Translation: Yeah, right. But you swear in different places.

Haynes: Using a suitable drift…

Translation: The biggest nail in your tool box isn’t a suitable drift!

Haynes: Prise away plastic locating pegs…

Translation: Snap off plastic locating pegs…

Haynes: Remove oil filter using an oil filter chain wrench or length of bicycle chain.

Translation: Stick a screwdriver through it and beat handle repeatedly with a hammer.

Haynes: Replace old gasket with a new one.

Translation: I know I’ve got a tube of Krazy Glue around here somewhere.

Haynes: Using a suitable drift…

Translation: Clamp with vicegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: Apply moderate heat…

Translation: Unless you have a blast furnace, don’t bother. Alternatively, clamp with vicegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: Index

Translation: List of all the things in the book, except what you need to do.

Haynes: Everyday toolkit

Translation: RAC Card & Mobile Phone.