Help me be less ignorant about cars.
August 7, 2011 8:35 PM Subscribe
I would like to not feel panicky when things go wrong with my car. Where can I learn the basics of how cars work and how to troubleshoot them?
posted by JDHarper to travel & transportation (13 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
My car wouldn't start for a while this afternoon, and this caused all the usual panic and fear that comes with car trouble for me.
I am ignorant of cars and how they work; I know how to check my oil, water, and transmission fluid levels and which holes these fluids go into, but beyond that I am almost totally helpless. I would like to learn more, so that I at least have some clue as to whether a problem is serious or not. I don't want to have to take what my mechanic says completely on faith.
What are some good resources for learning how to troubleshoot car trouble? Where can I learn what things are safe to try and which things might cause expensive damage to the engine? (For example, is it safe to hold the gas pedal down while trying to start the car?)
Is this the kind of thing I can learn from books/websites? Or is there a class I should be looking at for this stuff? Thanks!