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    Where do you guys learn your stuff?

    Good evening everyone.

    I am obviously interested in cars, else i wouldnt be here....but like most people interested in cars i dont know anything about the mechanics of them.

    Cleary from the posts that go on here you guys do!

    I want to become less ignorant as to what goes on under the bonnet, and more knowledgable about how things like turbos/super-charges etc actually work.

    Where did you guys learn your stuff?
    and....
    Can you recommend me some where to learn?

    Thanks very much
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    the how stuff works site is a good place to start (google).

    If you wanna know how a turbo works - google for 'how turbos work' ... how I learnt most of it, also chatting to friends, a few of my friends dads are into mechanics and they've taught there sons, my friends how it works

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    my car engine knowledge isnt from cars at all... its form planes.

    then adapted over the last year or so. its a vast area, car mechanics, lots of slang and nick names for the same parts or manafacturer parts. just pick somehing each day to read up on. study your haines etc
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    I didnt have a clue about engines until I bought a car... then ya need to get involved!

    The engine bay im pretty happy about what each bit does.... and i even had some of the interior trim off inside the car the other day....

    I was pleased as I took a trip to the scrap yard and repaired the seatbelt height adjuster on my car.. Looks better now Only cost £2.

    Get involved and you WILL learn stuff!



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    Always had an interest in mechanical/electrical things - as a couple of videos and pushbike could testify.
    Left school at sixteen - got a 'moped' RD50 which also coincided with getting a job as an airframe/engine apprentice.
    Modified RD50 LOADS of times - rebuilt engine, bodywork, ported barrels etc etc.... then got into cars - couldnt afford to pay someone, so taught myself.
    Just progressed from then onwards really - still learning loads though - but my overall understanding of what works and what wont has increased a lot latley - probably due to the projects im into.

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    My dads always done his own work on the cars we've owned so helping him has given me huge amounts of useless info.

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    I found my owners club is a neverending source of info ( though a lot of it is specific to the 200sx )
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    Thanks for the replies guys ill go and google.com it up for a while.

    Dont suppose a 1990 1.0L Micra LS will be the hardest thing to start having a fiddle round with

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    Got my first car aged 17, dad opened the bonnet and said "that's your engine". My reply was "what does it do?"

    3 years later I was a fully qualified Auto electrician, 2 years after that qualified mechanic/MOT tester.

    General Curiosity is a good thing - How does it work and why does it do that?

    NEVER be afraid to ask something, no matter how simple.

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    Having a best mate Doll, who's been in the car business one way or another for years. He's helped me mod the car which in turn has taught me a lot about the oily bits.

    Oh and the RSC club as well.

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    buy a cheap car
    buy a haynes manual
    wait for it to go wrong
    fix n learn

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    work in the trade for 14years...

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