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View Poll Results: What is your current level of mechanical ability?
What is this 'Screw Dri Ver' you speak of? 1 0.43%
I can use a hammer or a screwdriver, does that count? 5 2.16%
I understand how an engine works, but can't do anything if something goes wrong with my car. 38 16.38%
I can diagnose and repair some basic faults. 72 31.03%
I can do anything as long as there are no electronics involved. 37 15.95%
I can fix anything on any car, given enough time, parts and beer! 79 34.05%
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Old 12-06-2003, 19:39   #1 (permalink)
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How mechanically able are you?

Just wondering, how would people describe their level of mechanical expertise?
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Old 12-06-2003, 19:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How mechanically able are you?

I can do just about anything to a car.
Do I want to? NO!
If it involves bastardry aka gearbox/diff lifting then it's straight to the mechanic.
Anything else is my domain.
This only really applies to Falcons/Telstars/Lasers/Any old Ford
I don't know enough about other cars to comment but if I ever see the above in trouble I'll always pull over and lend a hand
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Old 12-06-2003, 20:25   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How mechanically able are you?

Being a Plant Mechanic and having my engine out 4 times Id have to admit I know what Im doing
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Old 12-06-2003, 23:02   #4 (permalink)
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Re: How mechanically able are you?

haha I did the 3rd option....

I wish I had more knowledge, and I am learning more about my car and cars in general.

I advise anyone wanting "hands on" experience to buy an EA. So many things have gone wrong, but if they didn't I wouldn't have learnt half the stuff I know now. Examples are having a slight "off" in a car park and needing most of the right front end replaced. The Head Gasket..what more can I say, new gearbox. The list goes on.

On another note, Im doing Mech Engineering at uni and I haven't learned sqwat yet. Its all physics, Computer programming (because im going to use that!!...NOT!!) and CAD stuff. It would want to get better pretty quickly.
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Old 12-06-2003, 23:32   #5 (permalink)
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Re: How mechanically able are you?

voted number 4:
some things need a professional.
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Old 12-06-2003, 23:45   #6 (permalink)
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yeah I was going to go option 4 but I dont have any tools (other than the real basic things) in order to do most of the work myself..cant wait to get my own house and have a massive gargage...hehe
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Old 12-07-2003, 01:07   #7 (permalink)
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Re: How mechanically able are you?

I want to be able to do everything to my car because it will be cheaper when say I pull off the heads and chuck some new alloys on. In reality I can't and I could try but I have a tendency to break anything I try to do myself, but have no knowledge on.

I think I need a 'mentor' to teach me the ways of getting along with just a wrench and beer. It's about all I have at the moment anyway...
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Old 12-07-2003, 02:31   #8 (permalink)
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Give me enough time I can do most things. Sorta had to on the farm since my boss will pick up a spanner and sorta stand there not knowing what to do with it.
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:16   #9 (permalink)
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i can do basically everything to an xw-xf (non efi) used to have a wreckin yard with my dad, so i konw all about them...
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Old 12-07-2003, 04:45   #10 (permalink)
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Can't do a thing - but I know what things are etc. I struggled to remove the radiator from my VK.
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