Im a girl who wants to learn how to fix cars...will this be hard?

Hi so im tired of mechanics taking advantage of me and i want to learn how to fix my own car or giving me make believe problems... im pretty smart and usually can do anything i am taught. is it hard to learn how to fix your own car? i been changing my tires and adding fluids since 15, now 23.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    I was once a mechanic. I was also once a girl. I've done both. Pulled them off successfully.

    Now I'm living a great life in San Fransisco with my partner Gregory. We have cheese and crackers for every meal. Don't forget the white wiiiiiiiiine lol. ^.^

  • paul h
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    It's not hard to learn more about cars and how they work or how to fix them although there is a lot to learn on how the various systems and components operate...theory of operation.. But some repairs are simple and within the means for people to do...they just need a few skills, tools and knowledge. Pick up some basic auto repair books at a local library and read up on them. Watch some shows on how to do your own repairs. Check out websites like this one that explain car repairs and other info/tips.

    http://cartalk.com/

    It also has a section for recommended shops by customers..just plug in your zipcode..

    http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/find.html

    Repairpal.com is another site for listings of recommended shops by customers.

    Other site with DIY info...

    http://autorepair.about.com/

    There may be some things you don't want to tackle by yourself like brakes or safety-related issues unless you have the special tools, skills and knowledge to do so but at least you can educate yourself as to how things should work. It's usually a good idea to get more than one quote on repairs and have a shop show you the problem area, worn parts if possible and save any old parts.

  • 9 years ago

    Not at all. When I was going through college getting my automotive degree there were pleanty of people there just to learn more about their own cars. You won't have to go all out, and know how every single sub system works on multiple manufacturers and models like "car freaks" like me. A simple general understanding of things should suffice to do most repairs (or at least know when you're getting hosed by the shop). Or you could take the whole ball of wax with a degree like I did. I would sugest buying a repair book on your car, check out some auto tech books, and read up! Try tearing into your car (or better yet a lawn mower) just to see how it works. When I was a kid used to take thing apart just to see how they worked. Just be ready to spend some money on new gaskits!

    Source(s): ASE certified tech
  • 9 years ago

    It won't be easy on some cars. Even for guys its hard. Just have patience and learn as much as you can about the cars you want to work on. Your best bet is to go on the web forums. There is a wealth of information and usually people that will help you.

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  • 9 years ago

    Won't be any harder for you than it would be for a guy, except in those infrequent cases where sheer raw strength is needed. Then again, if you can handle a tire iron, I wouldn't worry about that.

    Biggest problem working on any recent car is access to the installed parts, because everything seems to be crammed in. Once you figure out where everything is, it should be a breeze.

  • bobweb
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    One high payoff training for you is to take a community college course on the current On Board Diagnostics II (OBD-II) computer controlled fuel injection standard designed into most 1996 and newer cars and light trucks. Then buy your own OBD-II "scanner" (not just a "code reader"), from companies like http://www.actron.com Also plan for the next generation of OBD which may be the European CAN standard in US vehicles. Question for you: What OBD technology is being used in the new hybrid vehicles?

    http://www.obd2dmi.com/OBD-II_/obd-ii_.html

    Source(s): Electrical Engineer, BSEE, MSEE
  • 9 years ago

    since you are gonna be working on your own car, it shouldnt be that hard since its only gonna be one car you are going to learn how to fix, and then if you have more than one you can use what you already learned, join a forum for your car and ask questions there, learn as much as you can about your car, like what common problems it has and such, and good luck.

  • 9 years ago

    it depends dear. some things are pretty easy to fix and some things can be pretty hard to fix. but anything you can do yourself will be a money saver, plus you will feel better that you did it yourself. if it,s going to be on your car then get a haynes book. it will tell everything you need to know and how to fix it. i think that is great you want to fix your own car.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    NO it wont you need to visit this page Laura is amazing and she has written a book which is really cheap and its for beginners particularly aimed at girls great place to start she has been a mechanic for over 10 years and explains everything in easy to understand ways and her book has really cool printable stuff in it as well go to http://rauralaura.weebly.com/the-book.html it only 2.99 and so much useful stuff in it

  • 9 years ago

    It's no harder than learning about anything else.

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