Get to know your vehicle understand automotive systems; check under the hood; change a tire; follow basic safety rules; change spark plugs, fuses, and the battery; and replace the air filter and PCV valve
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Then, the check engine light came on on my moms 2001 Suburu Forrester. The car was idling very roughly and even blowing some white smoke.
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A guy at Church told me that disk brakes were easy. I should do them myself. I bought this book, looked on-line for vehicle specific directions (Auto Zone has a GREAT website), bought a ratchet set and got to work.
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The truck started.
I bought the first edition of this book back in 1980, before the for Dummies series was even established (that was in 1991, according to dummies.com). I was gratified that this title had been incorporated in the generally excellent for Dummies series, because this book really nails the task of bringing a total newbie up to speed with managing basic and intermediate auto maintenance. I bought it when I had just graduated from high school, had my first car, and zero funds to maintain it. Within minutes of getting this book I was changing the oil. I moved on to tune-ups (of my 1966 Dodge Dart), changing spark plugs, diagnosing brake problems, changing transmission fluid–all the basic stuff. It turned the scary experience of being out on my own with a car I depended on into one I felt I could handle with confidence. If you are looking to save some money on car maintenance or you just want to be more confident about how your vehicle works, get this. Comment
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My friend was right. I replaced brakes and rotors and bought tools and books at it cost me less than it would have cost at a cility to get the brakes and rotors done for me. Plus, I was equipped to do it again and again.
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covers a wide range of topicsprovides a lot of educational content that explains the main principles of how cars work. (Simple Motors.co.uk, December 2010).
Stay safe on the road install child seats properly; learn about rollover protection, traction and stability control, and navigation systems; and more
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I am an accountant. I have great business skills, am technologically advanced beyond my years and can type 117 words a minute. I (not bragging) am quite intelligent and had a great gpa throughout highschool and college. I just dont know a blasted thing about vehicles in any form.
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Author Deanna Sclar has updated systems and repair information throughout, eliminating discussions of carburetors and adding coverage of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Shes 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. Comment
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Want to handle basic auto repairs yourself? This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. Youll explore each system part by part and keep everything running in tiptop shape. Plus, youll see how to go green on the road from recycling oil and parts to choosing alternatively fueled vehicles.
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Anyway, what reading the book did give me was a pretty good knowledge of how a car worked.
I finally decided that was the last straw. Something so had made me late and affected my job performance. If I knew even the basics about vehicles I could have gotten my truck started. But I didnt.Read more Comment
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After doing my own brakes with success, doing my own oil, changing my air filter, and changing the PCV (EASY) I was HOOKED. My car was handling better than it had when I first bought it and I felt like the man!
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Her directions on how to change oil are excellent. In my own learning curve, I did brakes before I changed oil. You should DEFINITELY change the oil and do the air filter first to build your confidence and see if you enjoy working on the car to begin with.
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Let me start off by saying this. I know how to fill up my gas tank. I know how to pop my hood. Literally, that is the extent to my car knowledge. I dont even know how to change a tire. My ther was an auto-mechanic and never taught his children anything, he did all the work for us. I always took my car to the local quick change to get my oil change. I have relied on everyone else to take care of my vehicle for me, and I have to trust their judgment and what they ask to fix my vehicles.
Many of the diagrams are cut off when viewed in the e-book edition. It seems like little effort was spent when translating this into an e-book. It would have been easy to put the diagrams sideways on a separate page, or at least scale them to fit, but neither was done. 3 Comments
This brings me to my first criticism of this book. She doesnt recommend you do your own brakes; even disks. That is NONSENSE. I am deducting one star for this.
I was having problems with the battery in my truck a few weeks ago. It was just not getting enough juice to start. I would do everything I knew to do and had people come examine it to no avail. Some days it would start and other days it wouldnt. I was on my lunch break when my truck died, again. I couldnt get back to work. I called my supervisor (actually a very caring, understanding woman) and she sent one of my co-workers (very capable with auto-mechanics) to come take a look. He opened my hood looked at the battery and said your clamp is loose, thats why your not getting any power. I looked at him dumbfounded. He then took a screwdiver, unscrewed something, and pushed a little on this clamp.
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My wife started staying home to raise our growing mily and I have had to find ways to save money and make it on one salary. The breaks were going on my car and I did NOT want to put the bill on my credit card.
Keep cool and in control add and change coolant, find and repair leaks, change the oil, and check brakes