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Posted 8/1/09

LemonyPanda wrote:


Dr_Jun_Manabe wrote:


LemonyPanda wrote:

where did you guys learn to do these stuff I want to learn =/ I'd learn on the internet but im too scared i might fuck up my car if i try something


hey your back, haha, well you mostly learn it from experience, and others who teach you it from their experience, internets a plus but you always cant trust it.


yeah haven't been active as much o_o

well unfortunately I don't have anyone that I know that can teach me that stuff =/ I was just wondering i maybe they teach you that sorta stuff in junior colleges where I can take some night time classes, but I doubt they'd teach you how to install turbos and stuff, would they?


I've found the best way to learn about cars is to take a votech class. A general votech class should teach you everything from general engine repair, electrical, hvac and suspension. More advanced votech classes should help you with advanced engine repair and transmissions. They will not teach you any kind of custom or aftermarket work because the classes are geared more towards factory repair and work. Hopefully, if it's set up like my high school, you can attend half days at school and half days at votech for junior and senior year.

From my understanding, alot of college level auto classes are usually more advanced, built more for techs in training.

Installing turbos are pretty straightforward but a little knowledge doesn't hurt. You can pick up several different books on turbos at Barnes and Noble. It's good to know what each component does so you don't leave any parts out when you install it.
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Posted 8/3/09

revolutionofone wrote:


LemonyPanda wrote:


Dr_Jun_Manabe wrote:


LemonyPanda wrote:

where did you guys learn to do these stuff I want to learn =/ I'd learn on the internet but im too scared i might fuck up my car if i try something


hey your back, haha, well you mostly learn it from experience, and others who teach you it from their experience, internets a plus but you always cant trust it.


yeah haven't been active as much o_o

well unfortunately I don't have anyone that I know that can teach me that stuff =/ I was just wondering i maybe they teach you that sorta stuff in junior colleges where I can take some night time classes, but I doubt they'd teach you how to install turbos and stuff, would they?


I've found the best way to learn about cars is to take a votech class. A general votech class should teach you everything from general engine repair, electrical, hvac and suspension. More advanced votech classes should help you with advanced engine repair and transmissions. They will not teach you any kind of custom or aftermarket work because the classes are geared more towards factory repair and work. Hopefully, if it's set up like my high school, you can attend half days at school and half days at votech for junior and senior year.

From my understanding, alot of college level auto classes are usually more advanced, built more for techs in training.

Installing turbos are pretty straightforward but a little knowledge doesn't hurt. You can pick up several different books on turbos at Barnes and Noble. It's good to know what each component does so you don't leave any parts out when you install it.


ah...my school doesn't have those kinds of classes what a shame...I wanted to learn especially setting up the suspension since I want to drift a little bit

as for the turbos though I don't have the budget nor the balls to do it yet, maybe once I get a job when I'm older and I have a project car to work on...but this is why I want to learn these things...sigh...
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Posted 8/5/09
Learned all my auto repair from my dad, and have done all of most of the engine and trans , suspension and other auto related work on all my cars, even the ones that my dad does not have the time for, but since i don't have any cert. i will be attending school for computers and auto ASE, the only thing that i cannot do is Windshields......that i do leave to the pros
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Posted 9/17/09
how do i change a tire?
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Posted 9/18/09

stupid_egg wrote:

how do i change a tire?


you go to the mechanic and give him some money
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Posted 9/26/09
I do my own basic maintenance...other than that...if its too technical...i get my carbuddies to help me with it.
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Posted 10/25/09
I do basic maintenance as well. Oil changes, air filter replacement, things of that nature. Nothing too difficult. No engine rebuilding, I'm too noob for that.
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Posted 10/26/09

LemonyPanda wrote:


stupid_egg wrote:

how do i change a tire?


you go to the mechanic and give him some money


*cough*, actually to a tire guy,lol.

mechanic won't have the tools for that. (apprentice at a tire shop...)
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Posted 10/26/09

dc-jev wrote:


LemonyPanda wrote:


stupid_egg wrote:

how do i change a tire?


you go to the mechanic and give him some money


*cough*, actually to a tire guy,lol.

mechanic won't have the tools for that. (apprentice at a tire shop...)


Mechanics do tires too, boy.
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Posted 10/26/09

revolutionofone wrote:


dc-jev wrote:


LemonyPanda wrote:


stupid_egg wrote:

how do i change a tire?


you go to the mechanic and give him some money


*cough*, actually to a tire guy,lol.

mechanic won't have the tools for that. (apprentice at a tire shop...)


Mechanics do tires too, boy. :P


yeah, i'm getting taught by 2 guys, one does tires and mechanics, other mainly tires but learning mechanic stuff as well.

are we talking removing the bolts from wheels or actually remove the tire from rim?

if first, *cough*... my bad.
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I tend to try and do as much work as I can myself on my 82 Pontiac Trans Am, but on my daily driver 07 Mazda 3, I take it to the dealer.
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just to say, i we finished installing new clutch and i'm done installing the broken mount and ball-joint.

CAR LIVES!!!

except something else broke now,lol...

but, i can fix as well,lol.

also since couldn't make new thread i'd like to request someone post what i'm about to post...on a new thread.

WANGAN MIDNIGHT THE MOVIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EwE15wZT7M
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Posted 11/10/09

dc-jev wrote:

just to say, i we finished installing new clutch and i'm done installing the broken mount and ball-joint.

CAR LIVES!!!

except something else broke now,lol...

but, i can fix as well,lol.

also since couldn't make new thread i'd like to request someone post what i'm about to post...on a new thread.

WANGAN MIDNIGHT THE MOVIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EwE15wZT7M


What has to be removed to service a clutch? I have a feeling my clutch may be going soon...

Also, I think I might need new shifter bushings, shifting is starting to get clunky...
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Posted 11/13/09

AWDfreak wrote:


dc-jev wrote:

just to say, i we finished installing new clutch and i'm done installing the broken mount and ball-joint.

CAR LIVES!!!

except something else broke now,lol...

but, i can fix as well,lol.

also since couldn't make new thread i'd like to request someone post what i'm about to post...on a new thread.

WANGAN MIDNIGHT THE MOVIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EwE15wZT7M


What has to be removed to service a clutch? I have a feeling my clutch may be going soon...

Also, I think I might need new shifter bushings, shifting is starting to get clunky...


back-light sensor, speedometer sensor and anything that blocks way,lol...starter

drain the tranny fluid. then disconnect the driveshaft that connects to the rear, you kinda remove the brace for the tranny.

not sure how looks, on subaru's just saying off of what i remember on 4x4 trucks.

disconnect the differential( the thing that connects to front axles and driveshaft) from the tranny. once you remove that begin to remove tranny bolts, a this time you should have removed the tranny mounts and brace.

and have a jack(not sure if a big one but one good enough to support the weight of the tranny.

but you'l have to kinda back the tranny off the engine once it unhooks, lower it a bit, toget more clearance, as yu lower it back of more from the engine as you will hit at part which i forgot,lol.

and there' tranny removed.

i recommend buying parts from kragen, and order a clutch kit( comes with new pressure plate, clutch throw out bearing, alignment tool and something else) and forgot, disconnect the shifter linkage, and need alot of different extensions, sockets (universal sockets or u-joints), ratchets, and i recommend you buy a "air tool set" from kragen and a "air compressor".

should come with air ratchet, impact gun, blower, air hammer, and some stuff i forgot,lol.


to see if clutch worn, when you shift, or drive the revs sometimes jump high and seems as if the car doesn't move when revs jump high.

and slowly you won't be able to go into gears.

also if you press the clutch pedal and it goes in fast, either your out of clutch fluid( clutch cylinder slave) or your clutch seloniod(spelled right?) is worn. or pressure plate worn.

and don't take my info,lol.

on the shifter, have no idea.
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Posted 11/13/09

dc-jev wrote:


AWDfreak wrote:


dc-jev wrote:

just to say, i we finished installing new clutch and i'm done installing the broken mount and ball-joint.

CAR LIVES!!!

except something else broke now,lol...

but, i can fix as well,lol.

also since couldn't make new thread i'd like to request someone post what i'm about to post...on a new thread.

WANGAN MIDNIGHT THE MOVIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EwE15wZT7M


What has to be removed to service a clutch? I have a feeling my clutch may be going soon...

Also, I think I might need new shifter bushings, shifting is starting to get clunky...


back-light sensor, speedometer sensor and anything that blocks way,lol...starter

drain the tranny fluid. then disconnect the driveshaft that connects to the rear, you kinda remove the brace for the tranny.

not sure how looks, on subaru's just saying off of what i remember on 4x4 trucks.

disconnect the differential( the thing that connects to front axles and driveshaft) from the tranny. once you remove that begin to remove tranny bolts, a this time you should have removed the tranny mounts and brace.

and have a jack(not sure if a big one but one good enough to support the weight of the tranny.

but you'l have to kinda back the tranny off the engine once it unhooks, lower it a bit, toget more clearance, as yu lower it back of more from the engine as you will hit at part which i forgot,lol.

and there' tranny removed.

i recommend buying parts from kragen, and order a clutch kit( comes with new pressure plate, clutch throw out bearing, alignment tool and something else) and forgot, disconnect the shifter linkage, and need alot of different extensions, sockets (universal sockets or u-joints), ratchets, and i recommend you buy a "air tool set" from kragen and a "air compressor".

should come with air ratchet, impact gun, blower, air hammer, and some stuff i forgot,lol.



to see if clutch worn, when you shift, or drive the revs sometimes jump high and seems as if the car doesn't move when revs jump high.

and slowly you won't be able to go into gears.

also if you press the clutch pedal and it goes in fast, either your out of clutch fluid( clutch cylinder slave) or your clutch seloniod(spelled right?) is worn. or pressure plate worn.

and don't take my info,lol.

on the shifter, have no idea.


I cannot afford air tools... :(

and I know for a fact that with AWD, the transmission will be an absolute beech to remove... Might as well have a shop do it, lol.


As for the symptoms, the revs don't jump high. I can get into gears fine. The clutch pedal doesn't go in fast. I think I may actually have a bit too much clutch fluid. Oh wait, no, I actually have too much brake fluid...
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