In a more positive vein, maintenance is a science since its execution relies, sooner or later, on most or all of the sciences. It is an art because seemingly identical problems regurarly demand and receive varying approaches and actions ad because some managers, foremen, and mechanics display greater aptitude for it than other show or even attain. It is above all a philosphy because it is a discipline that can be applied intensively, modestly, or not at all, depending upon a wide range of variables that frequently transcend more immediate and abvious solutions. Moreover, maintenance is a philosophy because it must be as carefully fited to the operation or organization it serves as a fine suit of clothes is fitted to its wearer and because the way it is viewed by its executors will shape its effectiveness.
Lindley R. Higgins
“How much should one maintain one’s own motorcycle? It seems natural and normal to me to make use of the small tool kits and instruction booklets supplied with each machine, and keep it tuned and adjusted myself … there is no manual that deals with the real business of motorcycle maintenance, the most important aspect of all. Caring about what you are doin is considered either unimportant or taken for granted.”