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Old 09-29-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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New to Jeep, New to cars...

Okay not literally new to cars, but might as well be. Growing up I for one reason or another was in the 1% range of boys who didn't have an interest in cars. I am currently regretting that life choice, as I drive the ultimate lame mobile... a white PT Cruiser.

Now that I can afford to get something besides what my parents handed down, I'm going to get a wrangler. Probably a model made between 2002-2004. With the new purchase I don't wanna remain a complete car n00b. Any advice on how I can get some hands on experience (i.e. Classes, or Videos) on how to properly maintain a car, and an insight into modding. Sorry for such a broad question, but I'm too old to not know what I'm doing with my vehicle.

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Old 09-29-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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Check out your local high school or Vo-tech, they both offer night classes in basic auto mechanics and you work on your own vehicle.
Some basics:
Sears Craftsman tool kits, find a 200 or 300 piece tool kit there, buy it and a good tool box, if you have the room get a 6ft tall one, Sams club, Lowes, etc have decent ones as well as Sears. My parents bought me a sears pro 3 piece, 7ft high, I figured it would work forever, that was 20 years ago, I out grew it to overflowing about 10 years ago.
Torx socket set, just buy them all up to T55 or T60, you will eventually use them.
Floor jack and 4 jackstands, again sears and get a good one, your ass is going to be UNDER it so don't skimp
Factory Service Manual for your vehicle.
Find a local jeep club after you get what you get and start hanging out with them, participate in lift parties where a dozen people show up and 4 of them actually know what they are doing and guide the rest.

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Old 09-29-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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Get a girlfriend that can work on cars.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:06 PM   #4
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Well the first thing to say is that you are starting in the right direction...research, read, ask, talk, basically just gather as much info as you can. And then keep doing it.

Not sure how mechanically inclined you are (or want to be)...just keep at it...it doesn't happen over night to be certain.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:38 PM   #5
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BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

Well the first thing to say is that you are starting in the right direction...research, read, ask, talk, basically just gather as much info as you can. And then keep doing it.

Not sure how mechanically inclined you are (or want to be)...just keep at it...it doesn't happen over night to be certain.
Right! Everyone starts somewhere!

Just research a crap-load and be eager to learn new things...
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:59 AM   #6
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you could have a friend show you too. Thats how I put a stop to "hey, Ive got a problem and I need you to look at it--(fix it)" I started coaching my friends when they had to fix something. Id sit back and have a brew while they did what I told them, and it works very well. One friend had to replace the lower plenum on a buick while I was overseas, and he did fine.
Suck up the knowledge where ever you can get it. This site is also a very good resource, most people here are very helpful and know what their doing.
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:25 AM   #7
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thanks guys... pics as soon as i snag one.

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