Auto Repair for Dummies

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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: 9780070558847
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • 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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  • Posted May 29, 2009

    Really helpful

    I read this book after experiences with three different garages/mechanics. I wanted to have some clue what they were talking about so I would know whether or not they were being honest with me. This book has been hugely helpful. I have learned to change my tires, and have added power sterring fluid and coolant to my car. I went to my usual mechanic, whom I trust, and spent some time learning about my car and had my 100,000 mile check-up. This book has been really informative and helpful. I do wish there were more pictures and that some of the explanations were a bit clearer.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    Know Your Car...

    As a car owner, I look for books that help me understand my car, its parts, basic repair, and ownership. I have found this book and Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care very beneficial. Auto Repair for Dummies does a good job identifying specific repair procedures. Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care explains automotive systems, how to buy a car, how a car works, average prices of parts, how to buy things like tires, and much more. Auto Repair for Dummies uses line art drawings, Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care shows pictures of actual car parts and has an activity CD. If you want to better understand your car, treat yourself to Auto Repair for Dummies and Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Auto Repairs for Dummiees - a FATHER'S gift to his daughter

    After my eldest daughter had some auto repairs completed, I was amazed at what a poor job I had accomplished as a father in "downloading" car repair/operations into her when she was younger and under "wing." After hearing her stories about auto repair and how uninformed and ignorant she felt, her needs of a text was required for my highly college educated daughter. This manual gives a nice and understandable overview of the different car general operations and how they contribute to the operation of the vehicle. The parts are explained in a general overview and what can go wrong with them. The index is well organized for quick topic reference, so you do NOT have to read the entire book. You can find the section that relates to your needs at the time of quest. It follows the premise of the title format ".... for Dummies." Simple language, basic information to help you understand but not detailed to make you an expert. A GOOD first read on the topic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    A+++

    Excellent book for anyone who has not the slightest clue on how cars work. Also included are many easy step-by-step understandable instructions on how to maintain your own car through oil changes, lube jobs, etc. She saves you time, money, and increases knowledge about all types of cars... including the relatively new hybrid engines. A great buy!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Perfect bood for not just dummies...but morons too!

    This book is incredible. I'm wanting to do a restoration project soon and I saw this book. Took it home and I couldn't put it down. Deanna does a GREAT job of putting all the little parts together and shows you how to get to the big picture. This book is a MUST for anyone wanting to learn ANYTHING about cars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Kick butt

    This is the best book for you if you know nothing about cars. It teaches you all the basices that will help you save money and understand the way your car works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    Awesome Book!

    this was a great book, it has everything imaginable! from dents to scrapes, to an oil change to a monthly tranmission check. its a great book, i love it. i recommened this book to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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