"Hey Mack! Quit writing tech manuals and come take a picture of the rear wheel for us."
"Okay Bill, hold your horses I'm coming"
"Alright, we are taking pictures of the orientation of the rear wheel hub spacers. Now listen I got to go get the camera, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING! We don't want to fuck up like last time. You got it?"
"Jeeze, that was one time Bill and I learned my lesson."
Bill exits the room. Mack starts to lazy wonder the room and happens to glance at the wheel."Well, that can't be right" he thinks. He may not be a full blown ME yet but by golly he just KNOWS the techs in the back switch up those spacers. The one with the flat face should not be on the final drive side, it should be on the brake side! "Dumbasses".
Cautiously looking around the room, Mack switched them. "There," he thought "all better and now all the mechanics will thank me."
Bill walks in the room noticing a smug look on Mack's face. "You didn't touch anything did you?"
"Nope, and can we get to taking the photos? I do have more work and can't just stand around all day like you. I'm only an intern and can't afford to be lazy" replied Mack with a wink. While still suspicious Bill gave in and started to take the pictures.
Years later, on Internet forums a Great War would start on how the pictures in the maintenance manuals are wrong and that everyone except a few know in their minds that the photos really show the spacers reversed. You were either a Mackavillian or a Billhovian and there was no in between.
But the great debate rages on to this day, is the manual right or is it wrong?
I've found tech manuals wrong in my work center too. You write the company and tell them and they send out a revised manual. Seeing how my manual is for the '07 model with added pages to compensate for all the changes made between the models I'm going to trust the picture in the book on this one. 2002 to 2007 is a long time for a small error like that to go unnoticed and unchanged. But if you still feel it is wrong write to Honda and ask/tell them.
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