Does engineering still have a nationality?

Working on the VW, installing top German-sourced brakes (folks, it's the first millimeter of reaction for whatever else is going on. take your time and don't scrimp. diy is not scrimp)

There's a logic, four points of contact and a couple of anti-vibration wedges but pretty straightforward. Goes together precisely with brakes made to MOT specs.

Backwards. I had put two rear pads on. I discover this with the wheel on, but not on the road. Back apart, zoink, back together. No caliper pressing this time.


Does engineering still have a nationality?

So.. their design was precise, but allowed such errors to happen.You fool, you will learn from your incompetence.

My experience with Japanese cars is a narrowing to a precision. If you get this lined up with that, then harmony is achieved and completion is occurred.


Does engineering still have a nationality?

Else it is all a mystery and one should step back and consider intent.

My narrower experience with American cars/ trucks shows that a hammer is a recommended part of the toolkit.

Does engineering still have a nationality?

Italian.. French... Swedish. Korean. Australian. If they originated the design (not a 'world car') the culture is reflected in how that #(($# bolt turns, how durable it is, how precise it must be installed, and how much gasket is required.

Sometimes whole principles are off-kilter, so someone competent in one discipline will fail applying it to another. How many VW beetle engines were wrecked from otherwise decent mechanics? more than one.

Knowing a couple of curse words in the vehicle's native language can help, sometimes.

Am I talking nonsense? Well, yes, but what expectations do you have when you encounter a particular culture's mechanical products?