- An a​dvanced DYI garage, for someone who enjoys working on their own car.

ARE YOU REALLY A PETROLHEAD, IF...? SERIES

In the fourth installment of this series, we will ask the question, Are you really a petrolhead, if you can't work on your own car?

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T​HE ARGUMENT FOR THE "NO" VOTE

For the purposes of our question today, let us assume that, "working on your own car" really represents anything beyond let say, changing a tire or topping off your vehicles fluids. For a lot of petrolheads, working are their cars is just a natural extension of caring for the cars they love. For them, being able to tear their vehicles apart to either fix it or improve it is just part of the bond petrolhead's ofter form with their vehicles. How can someone that doesn't know how to change the oil or perform a tune-up profess to really know and appreciate their car? These simple maintenance items, are what a new petrolhead takes on when they are getting to know their cars. The pertrolhead's abilities often expand as time goes on with their car goes on and before they know it, they are able to work on nearly every part of their cars. This often means an owner is able to replace various components, preforming vital maintenance, and running diagnostics on their cars computer. The advantages for petrolheads that can work on your own car are great. With an overall lower cost of ownership being one of the best advantages, it opens up additional purchasing opportunities overtime.

T​ire rotations are simple and quick to perform on your own if you have the right tools for the job.

T​ire rotations are simple and quick to perform on your own if you have the right tools for the job.

T​HE ARGUMENT FOR THE "YES" VOTE

T​o start with, not everyone is born with a wrench in their hand. If you are one that doesn't happen to be mechanically inclined, does that mean you don't appreciate the machine itself? There are many obstacles that stand in they way of those that would otherwise be inclined to take on working on their own vehicles. Perhaps some of the most challenging obstacles are the cost of the tools needed for servicing your car or truck. Lets face it folks, we are only as good as the tools we have to work with and nothing is more frustrating than not having the right tool. It can turn a simple 15 minute job into a 4 hour marathon full of frustration. Why should anyone put themselves through that. Isn't being a petrolhead about the love we have for automobiles and the joy they bring us. If trying to work on your own car brings you nothing but frustration, why should you have to put yourself through that? Besides, if you want the best care for your car, you should be having a certified technicians with all of the right tools and know how working on your car.

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Comments (38)

  • Being able to work on your car is an old ideology. You can’t work on new cars by yourself, but you can still be a gearhead.

      17 days ago
    • I would like to think you are correct Jake because I can't do hardly anything beyond oil changes and tire rotations. I have, however, seen people with no training or experience just do some amazing work on their cars. Lots of respect for my...

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        17 days ago
    • It’s possible on older cars. But not newer ones. Working on your car might go away just as the carburetor has cause cars are getting so complex.

        17 days ago
  • If you HAVE to work on your car to be a petrol head then Jeremy Clarkson ISN’T a petrol head. Let that sink in for a second...I don’t think you have to know a thing about how your car works or how to take it apart to be a petrol head.

      17 days ago
    • Austin, excellent point. If I remember correctly Mr. Clarkson was in charge of food and drink services during the building of “John” in Mongolia.

        16 days ago
  • Yes absolutely you can be a true petrolhead even if you can’t do simple maintenance. Heck I’m one of those people who can’t wrench on my car because I literally can’t stand my hands being dirty. That said I’m more of a visual maintenance person like detailing or paint correction, or even changing rims and body kits.

      17 days ago
    • Keegan, thanks for sharing. I think the detailing of your car can certainly be a sign of your passion as well.

        17 days ago
  • Your a different kind of gearhead

      17 days ago
    • Luke, me personally? Yes I probably am different. I know I am not good at working on cars but I wish that I was.

        16 days ago
  • Lot of people are saying “only on older cars “ but I’m not sure how old they mean. I work on my gti and it’s 10 years old. Is that old? I’m going to do the high pressure fuel pump with help from a friend. Also, having YouTube makes a huge difference- those old timers were never able to just watch a video to figure how something went together.

      16 days ago
    • Matt, I think the YouTube guides and the digital forums have empowered a lot of folks to taking on more DIY jobs.

        16 days ago
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