How many of you all that are actually really into cars, be it just driving em to actually wrenching em, have pursued auto mechanics? At 18, I thought I should pursue auto mechanics, but after doing a motor swap and hating some of the aspects of doin the work (bloody knuckles, nearly indiagnosable vacuum hose leaks, etc) I thought maybe bein a full blown mechanic wasn't cut out for me. Mechanical engineering was the only related major in college, and it seemed a little too much given the knowledge you really use in 99% of fixing cars. So i put it aside Now i'm 23, 5 years into college with majors that only half interest me... How many of you guys have taken the step from enthusiast/weekend mechanic to actually studying at a tech school in order to become ASE certified? Did you quit? did you succeed? I'm really into cars, but have always enjoyed DRIVING them and reading about them in magazines and books than actually turning wrenches. But recently, as lots of my friends' cars have been having problems, I'm starting to wish i really knew all diagnostics, but am not sure if a 1.5-2 yr commitment to studying the trade is the right way to go, particularly since I'm 20 credits away from my bachelor's degree (but struggling to finish) Any input??? I have been modding cars since I was 17 and have always longed to own my own performance shop. This would be the way to get there.... but I don't know how to test if i'm really into mechanics or not w/o committing to a 1-2 year process (and $23,000 at Lincoln Tech). Any of you guys had experience in this? Almost everyone on this forum is into cars one way or another. Is it possible to be really into cars and not really into fixing them? is there no way to earn money with cars other than wrenching them or being a 4.0GPA Mechanical Engineer that goes on to work for GM headquarters? How can I work on and learn about hands-on auto mechanics without spending 20grand to go to one of these tech schools for 1-2 years? Can I become a mechanic's assistant somewhere without actually having experience minus working on my own car and reading auto forums for 6 years?