I would just like to have a COMPLETE component locator so that I can do my job properly and right now I don't know of any complete reference guide. None.
It's a shame we don't even have all the info we need to do our jobs 100%. If you know of any complete guide, I'd gladly subscribe, even if I had to pay every year for it. The last MOTOR books i've purchased are like throwing money away, not complete at all and full of errors, call them and ask them about it, and they don't care.
There's an opportunity there for a COMPLETE smog guide.
You would think with digital cameras and the internet, all the inspectors working together could make the best smog reference manual available. Kind of like Wikipedia where we could add to it as necessary and fix errors instantly. It could include tips and even videos. If we started 10-15 years ago, and many participated, it would be amazing by now. Then we could say goodbye to Motor and Mitchell. Oh to dream...
When I get my forehead camera for Christmas, I'm going to document and upload most if not all of my inspections, and if I can get some good still captures I'm going to upload them to SmogWiki.com in the appropriate sections.
“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
You have to use ALLDATA like you are a mechanic. I was lucky to have ALLDATA and work as a repair tech before doing Test Only. Nothing teaches you how to inspect a car like actually tearing one down. I do not think people who have not wrenched should be inspecting honestly.
None of these products were intended to be used by people performing emissions inspections in a fast paced private business environment with BAR UC's. You know why? Doing fast paced emissions inspections in a private business with UCs to worry about is NOT A GOOD IDEA.