A brief history of my car maintenance attempts:
1) Reinserting a loose spark plug cable by hand, then driving 80 miles. This caused one of the engine's valves to meet its maker with such ferocity that the exhaust partially detached while the vehicle was in motion. Apparently, at least. It could have been a double-whammy of coincidence/ineptitude.
2) Topping up the engine oil but forgetting to replace the cap afterwards. This caused boiling oil to explode out of the bonnet, in the manner of a particular catastrophic World of Goo error.
3) In another car whose exhaust fell off (not actually my fault that time), in order to avoid paying to repair it I carried the broken pipe on the back seat of the car for months, so that I might show it to any police officer who stopped me & my raucously loud vehicle and claim it had only just come off.
4) The same car later suffered a handbrake failure, which I also avoided getting repaired for weeks due to my conviction that I should run this ailing vehicle into the ground rather than prolong its misery. This resulted in getting four strangers to push against the car's front while I reversed up a hill in Cardiff after I'd unwittingly tried to park on a downward slope, in order to prevent it rolling into a very expensive-looking car just in front of it.
So I should probably play the Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 demo.
I cannot tell you whether any of what is shown is Correct Procedure or not, but a familiar face has taken to YouTube to share his thoughts:
Huh. Well, if he says so. Thought I am a little surprised that Gabe would take time out of his busy day to comment on this trailer. And also that he's a car mechanic.
And here's a list of things it has:
Interact with car owners seeking repairs
Order parts and materials necessary to maintain inventory including used car parts to help keep consumer costs low.
Purchase repair manuals to enable you to work better, faster and earn more income!
Work on eight different car models including Town Cars, Compacts, Sedans, SUVs, Family Cars, SUVs VANs, and Limousines
Gain experience with over 120 different repairs including brakes, transmission fixes, body shop work, steering and alignment adjustments, chip tuning, diagnostic analysis, test drive pad, OBD scanning, oil changes, fix broken parts and engage in dozens of other tasks.
It's.... not for me.