I'm interested in learning the nuts and bolts of my truck (99 Tacoma) - how to do my own general maintenance and recognize potential problems etc. My goal is to be more prepared, more safe, and more self sufficient on a trip. I'd like to understand what's going on under the hood and not be so much at the mercy of the occasional mechanic who's only interest is in my pocketbook.
Inspired by the generosity of ExPo members, and knowing that there's a bunch of us here in the Phoenix area, I'm wondering if anybody's willing to extend me an invitation the next time you plan to spend a few hours wrenching. If you're willing to share your knowledge while doing so, I have a lot to learn! No task too small - anything from a basic oil change or pre-trip inspection to something more complicated.
I'd be most appreciative, and in exchange, I'm happy to be a gofer, help with clean-up, make a pizza run etc.
Any suggestions on books or other resources that would help would also be great. Thanks!