I have found the repair manuals available at auto parts stores to be so generic that they are not very useful. If you register at autozone.com you can then view their repair guides, which are pretty good. Does anybody have other sources of good information?
Find old shade tree mechanics, hot rod guys, and muscle car guys. They're car mentors. They're always willing to talk your ear off about cars. You will be expected to get dirty with them though. There are 4x4 clubs all across the country. You will learn more than a college course with these guys. They're a good source to find shade tree mechanics. Public libraries have hard copies of repair manuals. Every guy should have a repair manual specific to his vehicles. I always make it part of my vehicle purchases. They're necessary items for me. PowerblockTV is one of my favorite shows. If I can't watch it when it's on, I DVR it and watch it later. I never miss it. Every community college and technical school has auto tech classes open to the community. Those are invaluable. Lastly, make friends with a truck driver. You might be amazed at what a trucker knows. Trust me...been there, done that.
If you're looking for printed materials, you can never go wrong by securing your cars factory service manual. This is especially true if you have an older vehicle. I agree with Robert, this should be priority one. Also, nothing beats a good hands-on training at the side of an experienced professional. Trolling local car shows for talent is also a useful way to find like-minded individuals willing to share their knowledge. Also, check online forums for your specific car. If they have fan forums for Dodge Neons, they probably have one specific to your vehicle. These are great for gathering specific info and insight and has proven a lifesaver to me several times.
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