We all have to start somewhere. The gearheads here (probably) weren't born with a silver pushrod in their mouths, and not everyone goes to school and gets a certification.
Personally, I got into cars because:
- I own a car.
- I drive a car.
- Repair shops are expensive.
- I can't leave well enough alone.
- My right foot is made out of lead.
Being a computer guy, I figured that it was basically the same process, just with more mechanical parts and less electronics: find a problem, troubleshoot, diagnose, repair or replace, test.
I started by joining this forum, reading the how-tos and Tech Info sections, and supplanting that with a lot of Googling and reading the Haynes and owner'* manuals cover to cover.
So, I ask: how did you guys get your car knowledge? Any recommendations for a casual mechanic like me to learn more?