Im going to school for Automotive Service technology this fall. What can I do to prepare?

Im reading Automotive Service by Tim Gilles. Are there any other books that would really help me out? Any with good pictures of different auto parts so I can recognize them? Would it help to look at the inside of my vehicle and do some work on it? Just wanna be well prepared so Im sucessful and the class goes by more smoothly.

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Don’t know the book myself but looking at the credentials of the Author it should be a great place to start. Call the school you are planning on going to an ask them what text they use.

Agree with “GTO”…If you don’t know ASK a question. The only bad question is the one you already know the answer to… if you don’t know 95% chance that somebody else in the class doesn’t know either.

Automotive classes start with the basics on how an engine works. Pay attention to the basics section of the book.

If you pay attention and learn the BASICS of how an engine works then becoming a good Diagnnostic techn (not just a mechanic) will come much faster.

Also when you get there PAY attention to the Automotive Electric class. Lots of problems are now “electric” and the Tech who knows this side of the car gets ALL of those jobs (and the pay for them) because most of the mechanics out there do not Really understand them (how can you diagnose/fix them if you can’t get a wrench on them??)

Get yourself to far ahead of the class and you won’t pay attention to what the instructor is trying to have you learn and you will miss important stuff. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and every automotive class (Every year I take some course) I take I still learn something from my instructors. But in the end most of it ends up just point back to paying attention to the basics.

And YES underhood experience is a good thing to get. I presume you already take care of all your families cars. If not get yourself a good service manual (the Chiltons that you get from the Auto Parts stores are “OK” for starting with…but they are NOT the factory service manual..) for each of the cars in your family and start taking care of them. Start with the easy things… fluid changes, plugs, wires and then start trying to figure out the specific items. (Each manufacture puts them in different locations and they tend to look different but sometimes close to the same)
on: 25th March 11


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