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Old 01-14-2015, 01:45 PM   #1
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Wanting to get a better understanding

I'm a single mother that has always worked in the garage working on my cars and bikes. However I think I relied too much on my ex as a helping hand. So I'm still working in the garage on my cars but would like to get a better understanding of my vehicles. I can change the oil, tires, brakes, alternators, stuff like that. I want to learn to diagnose problems before they become major problems and just have a plain better understanding. Any good books, forums, websites? Anything is a appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Well, with modern OBD a $50 actron code reader may be a good investment.

Also, a decent voltmeter is worth every penny.

I'd guess you are already ahead of many folks here mechanically speeking....
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Old 01-14-2015, 02:14 PM   #4
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We completely tore apart and rebuilt engines in a 2002 Alero and a 96 Camero using YouTube and a small handful of forums found on google. It's very helpful to have a video. I found and repaired an oil leak from my 08 CBR1000 using YouTube.

Also, when we tear something apart we make our own video library and refer back to it when we put it all back together.

bikebandit.com has some very good drawings and parts lists of bikes, but not any instruction for putting things together.
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+1 on youtube.

In my experience a step-by-step youtube video is about 1,000 times better than any manual, textbook, forum or any written how-to.
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^this^ I've used youtube videos for repairs and troubleshooting problems as well. Also look into forums for each specific vehicle, odds are someone has had the same problem and posted about it. Or you can start a new thread and ask the questions you need.
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I prefer to use IDB. Time is money these days....and IDB is cheap.
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Now that's Balla!!!!
THERE was a time when weekends were spent tearing into a vehicle and crawling on a garage floor chasing diagnostics. If a problem is evident, the vehicle doesn't need to be towed, and it can be fixed in an hour or two (i.e. I just did my brakes/rotors/calipers on my truck recently) I'll consider it....and now that I've been spoiled with IDB's honesty and very reasonable pricing even easy repairs get sent his way. No balling....I drive paid off pieces of that get repaired often.
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There is no problem that google cant help with. Just gotta learn to sift through the BS.
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In Da Racing (not really, Inspire Design Build) owned by Wil Kitchens....CMRA member, Pikes Peak Hill Climber, MH sponsor, badass mechanic.
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In Da Racing (not really, Inspire Design Build) owned by Wil Kitchens....CMRA member, Pikes Peak Hill Climber, MH sponsor, badass mechanic.
True story. Wil's a good dude. Years back (before he had his current shop) he actually came to my house to help me with reassembly of a car I was working on.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I've been using YouTube and Google for all of my repairs. It helps out a lot.
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+1 on looking online/youtube.

I admit that I used Youtube one time when I was working on getting my front rotor off of my 05' GMC truck. Could not get it the thing off. Decided to look it up. Guy had made a video with a cool little trick. Had it off in a few minutes after watching.
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Yesterday I watched youtube video on how to do valve adjustment,..went home and knocked it out. +1 on youtube
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Youtube tutorials, PDF or hardcopy service manual, and bike specific forums...in no particular order
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In Da Racing (not really, Inspire Design Build) owned by Wil Kitchens....CMRA member, Pikes Peak Hill Climber, MH sponsor, badass mechanic.
And I assume this guy does repairs/maintenance for anyone with the cash?

Need to get my valves checked soon and don't feel like tearing everything apart...
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+1, this is how I have learned almost everything I know.
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And I assume this guy does repairs/maintenance for anyone with the cash?

Need to get my valves checked soon and don't feel like tearing everything apart...
He works on cars not bikes. The previous posters, tht mentioned him, didn't pay attention to which section this post is under.Lord, please forgive Dbuck's lack of attention to detail.
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