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Old 03-05-2002, 11:20 PM   #1
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Dizzy Need help learning about Saturns/cars in general!!

Well I just got my liscence and naturally I became interested in cars. I have a 1993 Saturn SL and wanna know what all the parts under the hood are and what they do, performance parts info, etc.. Not just about Saturns but cars in general. Anybody got any suggested sites or books? (prefferably web sites )

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Old 03-05-2002, 11:24 PM   #2
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Well I just got my liscence and naturally I became interested in cars. I have a 1993 Saturn SL and wanna know what all the parts under the hood are and what they do, performance parts info, etc.. Not just about Saturns but cars in general. Anybody got any suggested sites or books? (prefferably web sites )

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On the tech and performance side, read the forumns here. Do a keyword search and nearly everything has been covered to some degree. Pat's site- www.xtremesaturn.com is also a very good read. Follow the links here and other Saturn sites...you can learn a serious amount on line.

For car basics, you can get any number of books for just how they work...

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Old 03-06-2002, 08:39 AM   #4
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To build on Plastic Gravity's good advice I would simply add that in addition to these forums you should surf Charlie's main site here at saturnfans.com for quality Saturn information. I know of no place that has as much history, general information, links etc about all aspects of Saturn.

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Old 03-06-2002, 09:41 AM   #5
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You just got your license, so I'm assuming you are about 16-17? and still in high school?
I highly recommend taking an auto maintenance class if your school offers it. This will teach you about all of the major systems and cars in general ... as well as save you thousands in easy do it yourself repairs like brake work, oil changes, tune ups, etc.
If your school does not offer it or you are not in school, often times local community organizations offer short classes in auto maintenance. Have fun!

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Old 03-06-2002, 10:13 AM   #6
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To follow up on Paul's suggestion, you might want to check with your local Saturn dealer and see when they're having their next new owner's orientation thing. They do them every so often. I haven't been to one myself, but I imagine they'd show you the stuff under the hood, put the car on the lift and check out the stuff on the bottom, go over basic maintenance things you could do, that sort of stuff.

You could also look into buying a repair manual. Even if you don't plan on doing a lot of the more complicated things that are in them, they do have a lot of info about what things do what and where they're located. I got the Haynes book for under $20 I think.

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Old 03-06-2002, 11:21 AM   #8
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Best way to learn is to get with people who are more experienced. Hang out with interesting people, and talk with them about their area of expertise.

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Read- get subscriptions to magazines like Car and Driver and Road and Track. You see how these concepts you read about in other places come into play in "the real world."

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Since you seem to be a Saturn fan, welcome! I've had my license for about 3 years now, and when I first began driving, I went to some maintenence classes offered from my school. My dealer also had monthly informational meetings for Saturn owners to let them know everything about their cars. I also read all I could on them. There are so many private saturn sites out there, many of the links are all over this board. Have fun.

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To follow up on Paul's suggestion, you might want to check with your local Saturn dealer and see when they're having their next new owner's orientation thing. They do them every so often. I haven't been to one myself, but I imagine they'd show you the stuff under the hood, put the car on the lift and check out the stuff on the bottom, go over basic maintenance things you could do, that sort of stuff.

You could also look into buying a repair manual. Even if you don't plan on doing a lot of the more complicated things that are in them, they do have a lot of info about what things do what and where they're located. I got the Haynes book for under $20 I think.

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To add to Jeff P, there is also the Chilton's repair manual for '91-'00 Saturn S-Series models that can be found in most major bookstore chains like Borders or Barnes and Noble. The owner's clinics are very valuable, and yes, Jeff, they do put the car on the lift so you can inspect the underside. They'll even show you how to change a tire, especially that 'fake' centerpiece of the alloy wheel. It's worth the two-hour stay at the dealer.

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