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Old 09-15-2012, 16:10   #1 (permalink)
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Online Training Courses for Car Repair

I want to learn more about cars, how they work, how to repair things myself. I found this great article - How Stuff Works: HowStuffWorks "How Car Engines Work" - but I would like to learn more. Is there any resources out there that I can subscribe to?

I would love it if there was a lynda.com website for cars.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:07   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Online Training Courses for Car Repair

There are some courses here that pertain to most cars. Automotive Training and Resource Site
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Re: Online Training Courses for Car Repair

Learning online is a bit of a contradiction as working with cars is just that - hands on.

If you want to do specific things like engine work, pick up a couple of old lawnmowers, tear the engines down and rebuild them. If they run, then you know you can handle at least moderate automotive tasks.

Tools is the other problem. Most automotive work will require pneumatic tools, and various pullers, wrenches, a press, and so on to do things properly while being efficient.

YouTube is a great source, although some people on there aren't too well versed in the proper way to do something. There may be more than one way to do something 'properly', so be cautious. Eric the car guy, has a good thread with some how-to videos.

Another thing to do if you have the appropriate space and funds, is to purchase an old beater car for next to nothing (plus towing fees) and work on that at home. For instance, Cavaliers are a dime a dozen and fairly simple, from a mechanical standpoint. Imports have differences as well that you'll need to get familiar with.
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This poster on youtube has some good ones. How to Auto Repair Videos - YouTube
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Re: Online Training Courses for Car Repair

You may be able to pick up a few tips on my site Vehicles Defined but I think Bert and 360ci said it best. Be careful about who you watch on Youtube and get an inexpensive old car and get to it.

If you are in the NYGuard is there a garage on base you can hang out at? Local community college close you can take a few classes at? Even VoTech schools for the public school system in your area may offer evening classes.

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