Learning auto maintenance and repair

What skills to learn, what tools to get
Mikeallison
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Re: Learning auto maintenance and repair

Post by Mikeallison » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:52 pm

Not too much to add, lots of solid advice up above.

From personal experience:

Start with what every car generally needs for maintenance, and wear items(belts, bushings, bearings, fluids, brakes, etc.) Once you know how these things go on one car, you can do them on almost any with just basic reference info.

Also research the hell out what you buy. My two main criteria are 1. How reliable is it? 2. Is it DIY friendly?

I've had cars like hondas, that were great reliability wise, but tight quarters for some repairs thanks to the fwd lay out, and also had some diy unfriendly parts like sealed wheel bearings that were integrated into the hubs, making them an expensive replacement. Conversely my old jeep wrangler was a breeze to work on, but I was fixing something damn near every month.

The gas economy sucks, but I have yet to find a vehicle that strikes the balance better than my 2002 landcrusier. It's basically what you get when you kick the accountants and artsy people out and let the engineers build the car. Boring, but an absolute masterpiece in terms of function. The damn thing is tough as nails, and most repairs you would need to do can be done on the trail. I don't even have to remove the calipers to change my brake pads!

KevinW
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Re: Learning auto maintenance and repair

Post by KevinW » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:18 pm

I've been thinking that the V6 Chrysler 300 might be a new DIY champ. Longitudinal RWD layout, large engine bay, and generally brutalist engineering makes for easy repairs. The late 3.5, and 3.6, are both pretty solid with wide cheap parts availability. The Chrysler and Mercedes transmissions are solid too. Sold for many years with minimal changes, and parts interchange with the Charger and Challenger muscle cars, means parts and knowhow should survive for a long time. Older owner demographic tends to be easy on cars. Better fuel efficiency and stealth factor than a pickup or SUV.

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