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Old 11-24-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Considering taking diesel course

I checked into our local community college today and found that they offer a Diesel Engine Repair 101 course. It's listed as an understanding of diesels, maintenance and service. I'm partially mechanically inclined but feel I could use this course to understand and somewhat maintain my DP. I would think this would make one much more confident in understanding a diesel and the various systems, cooling, electrical etc. Have any of you done the same thing? Cost for the course is fairly reasonable and it is offered 2 evenings a week over several months.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:19 PM   #2
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Good idea never hurt to learn some points about diesel engine, been around them and work on them for years. Will help you to solve some simple problems and understand what the mechanic is talking about

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i took 2 years of evenings about 10 years ago
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:10 AM   #4
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I would think it a great way to acquaint yourself with the diesel system. I am pretty sure you will recover the cost of the course in saved money through knowledge. Go for it and I''ll bet on top of everything else you will enjoy it. I went back to college at 60 to train to become a machinist, after 45 years as a business manager,& owner, machining was my hobby. Never regretted it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:00 AM   #5
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The course sounds like a great idea. I wish I had done that. I remember about nine years ago when I bought my DP and it was my first diesel engine. It was like starting all over again. There is a lot of information and mis-information on diesels on the internet and other places. Getting some real knowledge and understanding will greatly help you maintain your engine. I do my own routine maintenance and as well as things like changing belts and hoses. I have not had to deal with shops after my warranty expired eight years ago, but having some knowledge about your engine would surely help if I do. It seems that every time I go to a shop without a clue I get taken.
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