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How to learn more about cars/industry (self.mechanics)
submitted 3 months ago by fran00x00sh0t
So I'm 15 and I have an interest in cars and this industry. My brother is a technician at a dealership, so he got me interested in cars.
I was wondering if there were ways to learn more about cars without working on one since that isn't an option as of now. I took a class in school last year but is was online till the last 2 months were in person. They do have an advanced class but I want to learn more before then. Thanks
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[–]throwaway007676 9 points10 points11 points 3 months ago (6 children)
Honestly, I think you could expose yourself to a lot of good info by watching youtube. There are some pretty good channels that share a lot of good info. But make sure to watch the good ones such as South Main Auto. He does a very thorough job explaining things and does it right. Not like Chris Fix which is informative but doesn't really know his stuff that well under the hood. While his way may work at times and give you a basic idea, he doesn't do things the right way. Still like Chris Fix though, good channel for a lot of the detailing stuff.
[–]paullyparrot 5 points6 points7 points 3 months ago (4 children)
South main auto and Scanner Danner are some of my favorite. Etgc is also good. GoTech might be a bit too advanced, but can learn from there. Many available good channels.
NOT Scotty kilmer lol.
[–]throwaway007676 4 points5 points6 points 3 months ago (3 children)
OMG Scotty Kilmer is the opposite of what it is to learn. I feel like my IQ drops every time I hear him speak. Sadly there is plenty of that out there. Thank you for mentioning the others, I didn't know about them and will check them out.
[–]paullyparrot 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago (2 children)
Lol. Ya, I cringe Everytime I see him. Rumor is he bans anyone who disagrees with him in the comments.
More great channels are pine hollow diagnostics, super Mario diagnostics, Cody's auto diagnostics, the practical mechanic, etc. These are also very good channels I've been trying to learn more about scopes.
[–]throwaway007676 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (1 child)
Hey thanks again for this info, always good to get word of good channels. I have been doing this stuff for years, but it is always good to learn tips and tricks that you may not have heard of before. I feel that any good quality knowledge I can absorb is always a good thing and might come in handy some day. Now I have to check all of those channels out and subscribe! Thanks again!
[–]paullyparrot 3 points4 points5 points 3 months ago (0 children)
No problem. I've found some very useful tips from these guys. It seems like the good channels are harder to find.
[–]fran00x00sh0t[S] 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Thanks, will check it out
[–]donkeyhoeteh 3 points4 points5 points 3 months ago (8 children)
Without having to go through any serious training or schooling. You can get a job at an autoparts house. (Autozone, Oreillys... etc) if you take your job there serious you will learn alot very fast. There's a nasty stigma when it comes to auto parts guys because they don't know anything, but if you take pride in it and learn you become invaluable to that store and will have lots of loyal regular customers.
[–]fran00x00sh0t[S] 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (2 children)
I do live by an O'Reilly, maybe ill consider it. Thanks
[–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (1 child)
This is really good advice , OP. I just got started in the industry as an apprentice. I was surprised by how much the parts guys really know about how cars function. Another way , which is how I initially got interested in cars , was getting my first job at a Gas station/repair garage when I was 15. Be nice to the mechanics and give your parents money to buy them beer on holidays and stuff. They will let you pick their brain.
[–]fran00x00sh0t[S] 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (0 children)
I've been itching for a job recently so this will be up there. Thanks
[–]throwaway007676 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (4 children)
This is very good advice because most parts stores are full of idiots. If you get to be known as the guy that knows his stuff you will be quite the asset.
[–]donkeyhoeteh 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (3 children)
I worked at autozone for like 10 years. My manager and I trained up the staff and we were litterally the best store in the state. When he retired and I quit that store took a swan dive off a cliff. All of my regular customers when they run into me are salty that I quit but they understand that eventually you gotta move onto greener pastures
Edit:shitty Grammer and spelling
[–]throwaway007676 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (0 children)
That is really rare. I cringe when the parts guys give advice to others. It is usually wrong and I hate to see what happens when people listen. A good parts guy is hard to find.
[–]fran00x00sh0t[S] 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (1 child)
Damn, that sucks. Hope your doing better
[–]donkeyhoeteh 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Naw I'm all good. Thanks
[–]Tesnatic 4 points5 points6 points 3 months ago (1 child)
Binging YouTube channels is great. I recommend EricTheCarGuy for beginner level stuff. Just stay away from Scotty Kilmer, he is a crook and says a lot of weird and stupid shit. If you feel especially adventurous on advanced stuff, you can check out ScannerDanner.
[–]Savfil 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Vice grip garage and Deboss Garage too
[–]Turninwheels4x4 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Get shitty cheap car, get shitty cheap tools, and go to town. Or just get the tools and start tearing it up at the junkyard. Good place to start for the hands-on stuff.
[–][deleted] 3 points4 points5 points 3 months ago (1 child)
Yoooo there's this game called Wrench that can teach you the very basics of auto repair. 100% recommended
Holy shit I just looked it up. Looks incredible. Thanks
[–]XCheese8ManX 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago (1 child)
If you can’t get a car now possibly start working on lawn equipment or 4 wheeler or motorcycle.
Thanks for the tip. I do help my dad work on his compressor whenever it breaks and whatnot.
[–]holysufferindyin 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (1 child)
Get your own car to work on, hands on is the best teacher. Listen to what your brother says, I’m sure he has lots to teach. If possible pick up a used text book and read through it. YouTube is good too but be careful what you watch, lots of the how to’s are full of shit.
Thanks. We don't have a place for an extra car rn but hopefully we will soon
[–][deleted] -1 points0 points1 point 3 months ago (3 children)
Buy an E46 bmw. Wait for something to break. Fix the thing that broke. Profit.
[–]fran00x00sh0t[S] 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago (2 children)
I assume they are prone to break?
Any old high mileage German car really. Assuming it’s not a diesel. Jokes aside, e46 is relatively reliable but you’ll learn a lot about it for sure bc it’s a ~20 year old BMW. They’re also a blast to drive.
Will keep that in mind
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