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Old 06-16-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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I want to learn about cars

This might sound bad but im a 22 year old who has no cllue about anything under the hood of car but i want to learn so any advice or knowledge?
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: I want to learn about cars

AF is a good start.
Find a mechanics special on craigs, use AF, www.alldata.com, www.partsgeek,com , www.autopartswarehouse.com , and Google DTC's.
We will be glad to help you walk through the process.

Also do www.youtube.com / Google ''youtube DIY Auto repair''
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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Re: I want to learn about cars

Keep it simple!
What elements do you need for a fire?
Air, fuel, ignition, and exhaust

4-stroke on a single cylinder X 4,6,8, or 12 cylinders.

1) Intake - Air/fuel + intake valves open.
2) Compression - valves are closed
3) Power - ignition = hp
4) Exhaust - exhaust valve opens

Test's are much cheaper than throwing parts @ the problem.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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Don't count out your local library, lots of good stuff in there also! Also, depending on how far you want to go, local community college may have classes.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:57 AM   #5
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:46 PM   #7
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Re: I want to learn about cars

knowing what's under the hood is a very small part of what a vehicle is and how it works

best advice- become freinds with someone who really knows vehicles- and spend as much time as he does on tinkering/servicing/repairing-

next- being that you might have just finished College- take a course in a Junior College on automotive

aside from that- get greasy with a mechanic
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:51 PM   #8
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Re: I want to learn about cars

Anything lost during the four cycles could cause a misfire:

Air - Bad air filter, bad MAF sensor,Bad HO2 sensors, dirty throttle body, unmetered air leaks in PCV, EGR, and air Intake system.

Fuel - Bad fuel filter, bad fuel pump, fuel pump fuse, relay, or injector.

Compression - Bad Intake/Exhaust valves, or rings.

Ignition timing - Bad spark plug, wire, COP, Coil, ignition module, or bad physical timing.

Exhaust - Bad or broken catalytic converters are are known to block the exhaust flow and choke an engine out.

Questions can point us in the right direction.

Is the Check Engine Light (CEL) on?
Do you know the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) ?
Is the misfire on a single cylinder, or random misfires on random cylinders?
Doe's bad weather, or car wash play a factor?
How old/mileage ?
Is your car maintenance on schedule?

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #9
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Re: I want to learn about cars

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This might sound bad but im a 22 year old who has no cllue about anything under the hood of car but i want to learn so any advice or knowledge?

I know how you feel since I feel that too. I learned driving through my friends and went to driving school.
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I know how you feel since I feel that too. I learned driving through my friends and went to driving school.
driving school ?

most are better off not knowing what's under the hood now days- thus- won't be inclinded to tinker
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Re: I want to learn about cars

Pick your most favorite videos on www.youtube.com ,and search
DIY auto Smoke test
DIY auto fuel pressure test
DIY auto compression test
DIY auto catalytic coverter test

Also see Scotty Kilmer channel on Youtube.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:56 AM   #12
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Use Forum tools, like Search using key words,
also see Similar threads @ the bottom of yours.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:22 AM   #13
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How about a little History lesson, before the HHR, & PT.
see www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_T

9/1908 - 10/1927 , that's why the other 2 have problems.
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Melinda Campano Howdy Folks.....!!!!

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Hi, friends I am new to this site but heard a lot for this site from my friends.
I am here to communicate to make new friends with the members of this forum and i also used to work for Wells Fargo
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:55 PM   #15
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Re: I want to learn about cars

You might consider a basic electronics class too.
Know Ohms Law:
E = Voltage
R = Resistance
I = Current
E= I x R

Fuse - protects the Control modules, and circuits from a dead short.
Short - A short will take the path of less resistance and blow a fuse.
Open - Blown fuse, bad Relay , bad light bulb, bad control module, or electronic device.
Relay - Enables a small current to trigger a large current device.
Bat - Battery 12vdc,
Coil - Steps up, or step down voltage
COP - Coil on plug

1) Rain & car wash can play a big factor in causing a short, thus losing your control modules and other devices.
2) A bad battery, loose, or dirty connections can cause all kinds of electrical problems.

Example - dirty, or loose connections can keep the alternator from charging your battery.
Have the battery charged & load tested at your local auto parts store.

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