Originally Posted by DirtyDTaco
So TW, in the months of lurking and scouring this site, I have seen many of you perform pretty involved (quite an understatement) projects and modifications to your trucks that most people would have taken to a mechanic to do or simply not even have tried at all. Obviously, you don't just go out and do an SAS with zero mechanical experience at all. So, my question to y'all is this: How did you get your mechanical experience and know-how? Also how would you recommend a teenager such as myself gaining such experience? I want to be able to work on and repair my own vehicle.. I don't like being dependent on other people's time or skills and I don't like trusting other people to do things on my truck because I didn't see them do it and don't know if it was done right. I'd rather do it myself and have it done right. That being said, without experience, I just don't trust myself to do it right. So where do I start? Thanks for your time and answers.
My Dad got me into it at an early age, but for a while - like college and all, I stopped doing it myself. After I got my Tacoma, I started back because I really like working on things and I also like my truck. They are super easy to work on and all. Also, as my son grows, I want to do the same with him.
Now to answer your question, since you don't have a lot of experience, I would get a good manual, use TW as a reference - have you seen the awesome write-ups? - and get yourself a good set of tools. You have a wealth of information in this forum at your fingertips, and with the exception of a few smartasses, everyone is more than willing to help. Heck, I have asked quite a few dumb questions and have always been helped!
I wouldn't be afraid to work on it - start small like changing oil, etc., and then move on to bigger and more involved work when needed...