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Old 2nd September 2008, 08:15   #1
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Default Good down & dirty auto mechanic courses in India

I want to learn about cars inside out, from hotwiring one to being able to identify a problem expertly. I'm looking for practical knowledge. Where can one get such training in Mumbai? Any recommendations?
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Most good mechanics start life as apprentices, often simply kerosene / diesel washing the parts removed for repair. Such work is usually unpaid for first couple of months.

Going to the dealer / auth. showroom for a brand or even "high tech" workshops may be counter productive because you will have no access to the trouble shooting techniques unless you have some "access".

Best option would to get in touch with a "road side" old school mechanics, work with them for couple of months or more (one year at least), and then go to some auth. / brand shop and then move further.
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I wish our Auto companies conduct such workshops. BSD, what you say is not practical considering our regular schedules.
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Getting an *internship* at a reputed garage is probably the best way to learn. If you know the owner, he would probably allow you to come part-time too. Most of us have learnt the basics by tinkering around with our own cars. Good option, especially if you have a relatively older car. You could also do some thorough reading up on automotive tech books & technical section threads on Team-BHP

There are some institutes, but they are a mixed bag.

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This is a story that starts like - Once upon a time, there was a king. Circa 1975, when I was learning to drive a car. My grandfather & father, both, told me one thing. Never leave the vehicle on the road in case of a breakdown and come back. Try to do minor repairs and get it to home or to a garage or to a known place. Now how would one achieve that?

I was made to go to the shop floor of our regular garage, of course after school and dirty my hands & clothes and wield spanners, hammers & screwdrivers. During the course of the basic training, "ustaadji" mentioned that if I buy and use a Hindustan 10, it will during the ownership teach me every nuances of car mechanics.

Well, I didn't buy a Hindustan 10, but learnt enough to manage decently. It is the recent new age vehicles, that can't be rectified on the roadside, rather has to be towed to a garage. For example, while I could change the fan belt of a Amby/Fiat in a jiffy in case of belt snapping, the same I can't do if the belt of my Scorpio snaps mid-way, although a spare is in the boot.

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get a cheap beat up old car for a few thousands. something for which you can get a workshop manual/lots of info about on the internet plus good availability of cheap spares. you should not think of it replacing your existing ride.

now you can get some tools and start working on the car. simple things first and then more complex later. you could even start with an old 2 stroke bike if you have low experience with automobiles in general.

you can work on it at your own leisure. how much you learn will depend on YOU and no one else. i think there's a wealth of info available out there for this to work.

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CAR is itself an institute. You need to focus upon on what area you want to learn. Learning each and everything about a car would not help much.

There can be many learning areas in car

1. Clutch plates assembly, gears, diffrential
2. Engine
3. Auto electric parts
4. Body repairs (Denting & Painting are different specialized area)
5. Tyres, Suspension, Alignments
6. Aesthetics (Upholstry, Seats etc)
7. May be more

In good brand automotive repair garage you will find experts in different areas of cars. However for most of the mechanical part only one mechanical mechanic assigned but often he needs advice from experts to work on area which does not belong to his expertise.

So focus on one part and start learning and there are much more to learn in one area itself. Better to be Master of One than Jack of All. (Jack of All becomes only after experience)

Good Luck!
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If you want academic training, your best bet will be either a Diploma or an ITI course. The level of hands on training is way above any degree course. However, these courses are usually considered second/third rung, and preferred by employers only at workshop level.

If you want informal training, find yourself a good mentor. Somebody who is willing to teach. Somebody with a lot of experience under his belt, will teach you far more than picking up a junked car and trying to fiddle around yourself.

It's fun, but it's dirty. And a lot of work.
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I am VERY much interested in something similar, will watch this thread closely for suggestions.
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As GTO said, beg a local garage which is known for it's good service to use your services for free for a few months. Once you get home, read up, or browse the theory of what you practiced, if you can stay awake after working the whole day, that is!
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I attended a 2 week course in Automobiles in Coimbatore. It was organised by this GD Naidu Charity Trust.

It's actually a full fledged school where people come, study for a year or so(purely automotive) and then get hired by Bajaj, Ashok Leyland, etc. Most of the students arent from very well to do backgrounds. This institute is doing a phenomenal job there helping the sons(mainly!) of poor people get a good diploma and then getting them placed.

It is run by a slightly arrogant chap(my personal opinion), but thankfully he isnt involved in teaching. The guys who are involved in the teaching are so humble and down to earth. You actually feel like you have gone back in time where teachers were Gods. You automatically treat these men like Gurus. They are true gurus. Not just lecturers.

They have very old stuff to learn on(an Old Cadillac stands out. We learnt abt Wishbone suspension on this Cadillac). They also have an amby engine, a maruti 1000 engine, etc..

Generally old stuff but nothing is outdated. What we have today are evolutions of the same designs.

We learnt everything. We actually dismantled the Amby Isuzu engine and the Maruti 1000 engine the smallest parts possible. Then assembled it again. We did the same for Power steering, Rack and pinion steering, Synchromesh gearbox, normal gearbox, Leaf spring suspension, Wishbone tye, Mc Pherson type.

This 14 day course was so enlightening. It was awesome.

The icing on the cake was when we were taken down into the garage and shown the cars owned by these cars. I dont remember exactly what cars they had but it was a super collection. Mainly old cars, but classics nevertheless. There was a 2CV if I remember correctly.

If any of you wants details, I'll dig it out from my email inbox and post it here.
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Hi Nikhil,

Now thats something which one can attend (mean who do not want to leave his current job & get in this)

I will like to know if any such short duration course is there in mumbai, if not then will really like to know the details of this course as may plan to take a leave of 15-16 days and attending this.

Well any limitations or pre requirements for this course?
And if no such course is there in mumbai then which language??
Sorry but only know English, Hindi & Marathi.
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First readng and doing the practicals would be good as when you will be with the parts of automobiles, you will know which part you are handling and assembling. Then joining an institute or working in a local garage is recommended.
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Ok that seems a good option as well.

I have already started knowing the parts of my car & tried many to check with do yourself type. (Air filter, battery replacement, fuse replacement, lights replacement etc. but I know this is really small of what I should be knowing)

There are many parts which are visible in engine bay I don't even know the name,

I will post few pics of my engine bay & will ask few queries to understand what are they & then can learn from here or from how stuff works

I do understand that the professional job is better kept with the professional people but I may at least learn many things from this and some do yourself tips.
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