"wow, so many noobs on this forum. 16-18 year olds who think they have an understanding of the mechanics of how a car works....sometimes I want to go buy an american muscle car so I can converse with people who are true gear heads..."
Since you posted right after me, and I am a new member, I assume you're satisfying yourself by picking on me.
Let me first say that I wish I was still 18, and then let me add that I rebuilt a '66 Mustang 289 a few years back and have no problem repairing anything, as long as I have the tools and time. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) my job pays me enough that the value of my time keeps me from taking off my wheels and brake rotors just to see how the parking brake works. If that disqualifies me from the ranks of the "true gear heads," then I guess I'll just have to live with it.