Originally Posted by matthangen
Everybody's dead on with the advice, trace back what's been touched before you touch anything else. Don't get ahead of yourself, take time to do this right and don't make stuff worse in panic. Lay everything out on a towel or tshirt (don't lose stuff in the dirt), take lots of pictures of start to finish what you do so you can back track. Where i'm at in Africa it's best to keep the local mechanics away if it's more than patching a tube. Most of all good luck!
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Exactly! We all have been there, trashing around, suspecting total breakdowns, multi-$$$$ repairs - while only a small item was missing (omitted by ourselves or even a skilled mechanic).
Relax, have a nice drink, think things through. I cannot emphasize enough that the troubleshooting should follow a bit of detective work regarding recent service.