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Most of us don’t know the first thing about the machines we’re licensed to drive – and this can turn a ticket to freedom into a ticket to trouble. If you’re like most people, you probably tend to drive around until something goes wrong with the car. You then incur the expense of replacing worn and burnt-out parts (or the entire engine) when low-cost, regular maintenance could have kept your wheels turning for a long time.

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Overview

Most of us don’t know the first thing about the machines we’re licensed to drive – and this can turn a ticket to freedom into a ticket to trouble. If you’re like most people, you probably tend to drive around until something goes wrong with the car. You then incur the expense of replacing worn and burnt-out parts (or the entire engine) when low-cost, regular maintenance could have kept your wheels turning for a long time.

Auto Repair For Dummies is indispensable for anyone who is tired of nodding and smiling at the incomprehensible mutterings of your mechanic, only to end up shelling out money for repairs that you neither fully understand nor always need. This easy-to-understand guide is also for you if you

  • Don't have the vaguest idea of how a car works.
  • Can't identify anything you see under the hood of your vehicle.
  • Are tired of other people assuming (especially if you’re a teenager or a woman) that you aren’t capable of handling repairs yourself.
  • Don't want to feel helpless in an emergency.
  • Are tired of being ripped off because of your own ignorance.

This book shows you how your car works; what it needs in the way of tender loving care; and how to keep from being overcharged if you need to entrust repairs to someone else. Auto Repair For Dummies also gives you the scoop on these topics and more:

  • What makes your vehicle go (and how and why)
  • A program of "preventive medicine" to avoid trouble
  • Shopping for tools and knowing how to use them
  • Diesel engines and alternatively powered cars
  • How to keep your car looking its best
  • Dealing with on-roademergencies
  • Checking your tires, alignment, and steering

By handling the simple maintenance and tune-ups and being able to diagnose trouble and perform the less complex repairs yourself, you’ll save some serious money. Once you break the ice (or crack open the hood), the heady sense of power will carry you through basic car repair and maintenance with confidence and ease.

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WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
In this classic, Deanna Sclar does a wonderful job of explaining the how-to's of car repair so that anyone can figure it out. What impresses me most is that she makes no assumptions about what you already know–everything is clearly mapped out. The book starts by listing the tools you'll need as a home-mechanic, along with photos of the beasts, and brief descriptions of what they are usd for and what to look for when buying them. It goes goes on to clearly explain just how a car works to look for when buying them. It goes on to clearly explain just how a car works form bumper to bumper. Each chapter is devoted to a specific system of the car with an explanation of how it works and how to fix it when it doesn't. Best of all, Deanna includes tips and pointers alond the way to make the job go smoother and a glossary for all those parts and terms that you can never remember. Doing your own repairs can go a long way toward boosting your confidence and disproving the "helpless female" stereotype, as well as saving you time and money.
—FGP
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898153477
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1989
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480

Meet the Author

Deanna Sclar is an acclaimed auto repair expert and consumer advocate. She has appeared on NBC's Today show and NBC Nightly News and is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I: Getting Started 9
Things Every Driver Should Know 11
The Way to Your Car's Heart Is through Your Toolbox 29
Preventive Maintenance: A Monthly Under-the-Hood Check 55
Part II: What Makes It Go? 75
The Inner Secrets of Your Car Revealed 77
The Electrical System: Your Car's Spark of Life 89
The Fuel System: The Heart and Lungs of Your Car 105
From Horses to Hybrids: The Dope on Diesels and Alternatively Powered Vehicles 131
The Cooling System Up Close 159
Take the Drive Train: Understanding 167
Transmissions without Losing Your Mind It's the Brakes! 179
Steering and Suspension Systems Smooth the Way 191
Part III: Keeping Your Car in Good Condition,System by System 201
Keeping Your Electrical System in Tune 203
Keeping Your Fuel System in Tune 265
Keeping Your Car from Getting Heartburn 293
Changing Your Oil 327
Lubrication Extends the Life of Your Vehicle 343
What to Do If Your Transmission Stops Running 355
Smoothly Being a Buddy to YourBrakes and Bearing 365
Checking Your Tires, Alignment, and Steering 397
Part IV: Dealing with On-the-Road Emergencies 419
Troubleshooting Leaks, Squeaks, Smells, and Strange Sensations 421
What to Do If Your Car Drops Dead or Won't Start 433
When All Else Fails: Finding and Dealing with a Good Mechanic 447
Part V: Helping Your Vehicle Look Its Best 467
Keeping Your Car Clean and Beautiful 469
Getting Rid of Dings, Dents, and Other Hard Knocks 489
Part VI: The Part of Tens 503
The Ten Most Important Preventive Maintenance 505
Measures Ten ``Eco-Logical'' Ways to Save Fuel 509
Appendix A: A Practical Glossary of Automotive 515
Terms Appendix B: Specifications and Maintenance 545
Records Index 551
Book Registration Information
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