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Looking to understand cars and looking for how to get the information(complete newb)

below123below123 Posts: 2
edited August 2014 in General

I've got zero knowledge in general about how cars work. I am looking to understand how cars work and how each component works. I'm hoping by doing so I'd learn how to repair things and know what is going wrong when something does.

I'm considering buying this book: http://www.amazon.com/Auto-Fundamentals-Chris-Johanson/dp/1619608200/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

Is this a good idea? I'm hoping to get the foundation I need from the book. And that the book will give me enough information to tackle most things while working on a car.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 43,833

    I'd skip the books at first and look for a auto repair course at a local community college. Often they offer courses geared more toward the weekend mechanic and you can get some theory and hands on training, and have a pro nearby to fix your mistakes.

    Moderator - Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,888
    edited August 2014

    The book you list is a textbook, they can be pretty dry... what about this instead?
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/076459902X/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_sims_1#reader_076459902X

    Another thing you can do is use the www, lots of sites with car info, start googling away. Wikipedia has hundreds (or more) articles on the various parts of cars.

    Here's another good place to start:
    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car.htm

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 43,833
    edited August 2014

    @texases, I think the link got tweaked to the workbook instead of the text - try it again. Most of those Dummies books are pretty good though.

    Moderator - Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

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  • I'm interested in the engineering aspect as well. That's why I'm mentioning the textbook.
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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,888

    Sure, then - how about checking some out from the local library?

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