Adventures in Car Repair
I am not an auto mechanic. Growing up, I was never exposed to any of the experiences in repairing vehicles that most of my friends shared. I knew almost nothing about cars and how they operated. I was 18 years old and had bought a new car before I knew that the oil had to be changed on a regular basis. Later in life, I simply could not afford to pay for everything that had to be done. Some things I had to fix myself, and it was always a matter of learning on the job. It still is. These days there are a lot of things that I am just incapable of fixing myself. Cars have computers. I can have mine read at no charge at Auto Zone, but the results are often ambiguous. There are things I see under the hood of my wife’s Toyota that I cannot identify. I don’t even know what it is, much less how to fix it.
Because I had no training and little experience and less money, my car repair attempts have not always gone well, at least at first. I have, on many occasions, been successful, however. I have worked on motorcycles, cars, and pickups. Some of the work involved a great deal of frustration, because of my lack of experience. There is no substitute for working on cars when you are very young.
The learning process continues. I will tell you in the future about some of what I have learned.