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Old 05-01-2005, 07:51 AM   #1
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Where can I learn auto mechanics?

Hey, im gonna be starting WMU in Kalamazoo, Michigan next semester (im movin from NY), anyway i wanna learn how to repair cars, work on them, learn the mechanics, basically stuff like how to build an engine, or tranny and stuff..... i wanna learn to work on a car myself.

And i mostly want to learn on muscle cars and customs, basically stuff that runs on carburators... of course, i'll take anything offered...

I dont want a career in auto mechanics, i just want to learn how to work on a car myself...

So, im asking if anyone in the Michigan area know where i can go to learn stuff like this, maybe an auto shop course? or anything similar...

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks..
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Old 05-01-2005, 11:56 AM   #2
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Re: Where can I learn auto mechanics?

you can take a college course, or any auto course for that matter. You can check out this site for specific info on stuff and if you don't find something with the search button (very useful and doesn't waste peoples time with stuff that's been discused a million times before i.e. turbo vs super, which is better) you can start your own thread. check out http://www.howstuffworks.com, great info on the basics of anything like that. and do google searches. you can check some blogs that people set up to discuss or narate what they did/are doing to they're car. the internet is great if you don't want to spend money.
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Old 05-01-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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Re: Where can I learn auto mechanics?

Look at possibly attending one of the UTI schools. They have several "hot rod" courses including things like custom body work, race tuning, engine machining. I understand what you mean. I took the ASE tests and its all about diagnosing electrical problems on Camrys it seems.
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:39 PM   #4
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Re: Where can I learn auto mechanics?

OCC-Rochester has a really good auto shop program if you're from the detroit area.
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Re: Where can I learn auto mechanics?

http://stealth316.com/1-tech.htm

Nice little site with a whole lot of tech stuff. it is alot more in depth about alot of things then howstuffworks.com but you hvae to learn the basics first
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Re: Where can I learn auto mechanics?

In my state (NY) a lot of the high schools have evening adult education courses that offer various subjects in auto mechanics and body repair. We also have what is called BOCES ( Board of Cooperative Educational Services) which during the day offers high schoolers a chance to learn a trade, and in the evening has adult ed courses, many related to automotive. Many of the BOCES in the area have courses for adults to learn a new trade during the day, similar to the evening courses, but much more thorough. You might want to check and see if any of these options are available where you plan to relocate.
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Re: Re: Where can I learn auto mechanics?

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Look at possibly attending one of the UTI schools. They have several "hot rod" courses including things like custom body work, race tuning, engine machining. I understand what you mean. I took the ASE tests and its all about diagnosing electrical problems on Camrys it seems.
I attend UTI in Glendale Heights, IL. i feel it is more for someone who is looking into a career, not just working on your own car or becaoming a DIYer. i have also taken a basic automotives class at the local collage. it was more of a learn a little bit about everything type class. i alot better for the weekend warrior mechanics.

and curtis, i'm sorry to say there is no body class at my UTI, one or two other campuses do have colision repair classes. its kinda silly in my mind. they teach us to adjust carburatiors, reprogram computers, dyno test engines and transmissions, perform electrical testing, but never once do we touch a bumper or a door panel
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