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Old 12-11-2008, 02:30 PM   #1
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How did you learn mechanics?

Hi guys,

The purpose of this thread is to comment how we all learnt mechanics, so maybe we can learn more or help others to learn.

Well, I come from Spain and I have a different background. I learnt a lot of stuff reading a book called "Manual de Automóviles de Arias Paz" which is considered the mechanics Bible in Spain.

Then I read tones of things on the Internet and forums. I asked some dumb questions. I always tried things on my car without fear, this is a key part in trying to learn on your own.

When I started learning mechanics. I started servicing my car, things like changing the oil, the oil filter, the fuel filter, the air filter, the pcv valve...

Then I had a bunch of overheating problems and I learnt things like changing the thermostat, changing the fan switches, checking relays, cleaning the radiator, flushing the system...

Then I learnt engines. Now they seem easy, but not in the beginning. I had to read and try a lot of stuff. I learnt how to change puleys, pumps, belts, tensioners, idlers, head gastkets, piston rings...

Then I learnt manual transmission stuff, I am from Spain and almost all the cars are manual there. I learnt clutch replacing, joints replacing...

In the meanwhile, I learnt a lot more stuff, like brakes functioning, A/C systems, suspension, power steering, electric stuff, ABS...

I have a lot of things to learn in these fields yet, but I have a good grasp of how a car works. It took years and a lot of effort and getting dirty. I would say one of the most difficult things to learn is how to troubleshoot a car problem, you need a lot of experience and understanding for this.

I guess a lot of people here learn from their parents or other friends, I didn't have that opportunity.

Are there any good mechanics books that you would recommend here? maybe dvds or videos?

I want to listen your stories guys, thanks a lot


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Started changing oil on the family car at 8 yrs under father's direction, then when I finally got my own car 1960 VW Bug, I learned tune-ups, brakes, etc. as different things failed and needed fixing. When I got old, I got a 1979 MGB as a hobby car, and learned a LOT more fixing things on that (which I still have) The shop manuals for the particular car were very helpful.
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