Originally Posted by CaptainFun
1) Read the manual
2) Buy and read a general automotive help book. Literally the "... For Dummies" series. I own a copy and it's a great basic reference tool.
3) Re-read the manual. Now you will understand the manual much better, especially WHY the factory recommends different things.
4) Pick up a vehicle specific maintenance book/guide. They are usually available at your local parts shop. It can be dry reading so read a section then go put to the truck and "quiz" yourself about what you learned. Try and locate "part x" and recall how it works and why.
I'm only midway though number 4 but it has helped me a lot.
Good luck and ask questions!
I really like this suggestion, especially number 4, the idea of quizzing myself on the parts of the maintenance manual sounds like a very good idea.
Originally Posted by scottri
Buy some tools and jump in. To me it's the only way to learn. Learn by doing.
I agree that this is a very good way to learn, but I have no other car to get around in if I screw something up bad enough, and I need my truck to get to work everyday. This is probably the main reason I am apprehensive about just jumping in a ripping stuff apart.
memario - I will definitely read more and ask questions on the forums here.
98tacoma - Thanks for the link to the full service manual! Really cool!