Auto Repair For Dummies

Auto Repair For Dummies

by Deanna Sclar


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Auto Repair For Dummies by Deanna Sclar

The top-selling auto repair guide—400,000 copies sold—now extensively reorganized and updated

Forty-eight percent of U.S. households perform at least some automobile maintenance on their own, with women now accounting for one third of this $34 billion automotive do-it-yourself market. For new or would-be do-it-yourself mechanics, this illustrated how-to guide has long been a must and now it's even better. A complete reorganization now puts relevant repair and maintenance information directly after each automotive system overview, making it much easier to find hands-on fix-it instructions. Author Deanna Sclar has updated systems and repair information throughout, eliminating discussions of carburetors and adding coverage of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. She's also revised schedules for tune-ups and oil changes, included driving tips that can save on maintenance and repair costs, and added new advice on troubleshooting problems and determining when to call in a professional mechanic. For anyone who wants to save money on car repairs and maintenance, this book is the place to start.

Deanna Sclar (Long Beach, CA), an acclaimed auto repair expert and consumer advocate, has contributed to the Los Angeles Times and has been interviewed on the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and other television programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764599026
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/29/2008
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 552
Sales rank: 83,547
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Deanna Sclar is an acclaimed auto repair expert and consumer advocate. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows including NBC's Today show and the NBC Nightly News. Sclar lectures internationally on the ecological impact of vehicles and is active in promoting residential solar energy programs. Sclar is also the author of Buying a Car For Dummies.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting to Know Your Vehicle.

Chapter 1: Things Every Driver Should Know.

Chapter 2: Preventive Maintenance: A Monthly Under-the-HoodCheck.

Chapter 3: The Way to Your Car’s Heart Is through YourToolbox.

Chapter 4: What Makes It Go? The Inner Secrets of Your CarRevealed!

Part II: Powering Up with Air, Fuel, and Fire.

Chapter 5: The Electrical System: Your Car’s Spark ofLife.

Chapter 6: Keeping Your Electrical System in Tune.

Chapter 7: The Traditional Fuel System: The Heart and Lungs ofYour Car.

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Fuel System in Tune.

Chapter 9: Diesels For Dummies.

Chapter 10: From Horses to Hybrids: Alternatively PoweredVehicles.

Part III: Staying Cool and In Control.

Chapter 11: The Cooling System Up Close.

Chapter 12: Keeping Your Car from Getting Heartburn.

Chapter 13: Oil: Keeping Your Car Young and Happy.

Chapter 14: It’s the Brakes!

Chapter 15: Be a Buddy to Your Brakes and Bearings.

Part IV: Smoothing the Ride: Steering and Suspension, Tiresand Transmissions.

Chapter 16: Steering and Suspension Systems Smooth the Way.

Chapter 17: How to Keep Your Car from Getting Sore Feet: Tires,Alignment, and Balancing.

Chapter 18: Take the Drive Train: Understanding and MaintainingYour Transmission without Losing Your Mind.

Part V: Staying Safe and Dealing with Emergencies.

Chapter 19: Staying Safe on the Road.

Chapter 20: Troubleshooting Leaks, Squeaks, Smells, and StrangeSensations.

Chapter 21: What to Do If Your Car Drops Dead or Won’tStart.

Chapter 22: When All Else Fails: Finding and Dealing with a GoodMechanic.

Part VI: Helping Your Vehicle Look Its Best.

Chapter 23: Keeping Your Vehicle Clean and Beautiful.

Chapter 24: Bodywork: Getting Rid of Dings, Dents, and OtherHard Knocks.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: The Ten Most Important Preventive MaintenanceMeasure.

Chapter 26: Ten “Eco-Logical” Ways to Save Fuel.

Appendix A: A Practical Glossary of Automotive Terms.

Appendix B: Specifications and Maintenance Record.


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Auto Repair For Dummies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Mary718 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DrBrodar More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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