Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 22:17:40 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: 900 Problems

Grunff wrote: > Look at it this way. If you've got lots of money, and no intention of > learning about cars, then yes, take it to a garage. > > If, otoh, you want to save yourself some money, and learn about cars (most > of us here work on cars for fun), then I'd say these few jobs are perfectly > good beginner jobs. Brake pads are easy, as is the cam cover gasket. Get > yourself a manual, and some tools. Ask questions, here on this NG, and also > on The most important point is to ask questions. It has been said that a wise man learned from his mistakes and the wiser man learns from other's mistakes. Try to be a wiser man, learn from our mistakes and don't repeat them. One thing I learned, the hard and painful way, was that there is generally a reason for the best tools costing so much. The less expensive tools(at purchase time), often extracts a higher price later in skin, blood and time. Borrow the good tools if you can't afford them. Look at it this way, the cost of each repair at a garage will often be more than the cost of a set of the best wrenches or other tools. Plus you own the tools after the job is done and you know how to maintain your car. There is a great deal of satisfaction in this knowledge and the next time you need to work on your car, you have both the tools and the experience. This could also lead to a possible career path.

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