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Auto Repair for Dummies

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Publisher Comments:

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-road emergencies
  • 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.

Synopsis:

Get the confidence and know-how you need to fix and maintain your vehicle like a pro!

Want to handle basic auto repairs yourself? This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing simple maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. You'll explore each system part by part and keep everything running in tiptop shape. Plus, you'll see how to go green on the road — from recycling oil and parts to choosing alternatively fueled vehicles.

  • 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

  • Keep cool and in control — add and change coolant, find and repair leaks, change the oil, and check brakes

  • Ensure a smooth ride — choose, check, and care for tires; and understand balancing and alignment

  • Handle emergencies — identify strange sounds and smells, jump-start your car, handle overheating, and more

  • Work with a mechanic — find a reliable service facility, describe problems accurately, and get the best deal

  • Extend your vehicle's value — clean it inside and out, touch up paint, and fix dings and dents

  • Stay safe on the road — install child seats properly; learn about rollover protection, traction and stability control, and navigation systems; and more

Open the book and find:

  • The inner secrets of your vehicle — what makes it start, run, and stop

  • A step-by-step under-the-hood checklist

  • Advice on buying and using the proper tools

  • Driving techniques to extend the life of your car

  • Eco-friendly tips for saving fuel

  • Helpful illustrations that demonstrate repairs

  • Reproducible Specifications and Maintenance Records

  • The pros and cons of alternative fuels and vehicles

Synopsis:

This new edition of the highly successful Auto Repair For Dummies adds more focus on fuel injection systems and removes increasingly obsolete information about carburetors. This up-to-date edition also adds coverage of hybrid cars and other alternatively fueled vehicles. A major reorganization will put repair advice in a separate chapter immediately following general information about each system to keep like information closer together. Other new information includes troubleshooting problems that need an authorized mechanic and updated schedules for things like tune-ups and oil changes.

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Things Every Driver Should Know.

Chapter 2: The Way to Your Car's Heart Is through Your Toolbox.

Chapter 3: Preventive Maintenance: A Monthly Under-the-Hood Check.

Part II: What Makes It Go?

Chapter 4: The Inner Secrets of Your Car Revealed.

Chapter 5: The Electrical System: Your Car's Spark of Life.

Chapter 6: The Fuel System: The Heart and Lungs of Your Car.

Chapter 7: From Horses to Hybrids: The Dope on Diesels and Alternatively Powered Vehicles.

Chapter 8: The Cooling System Up Close.

Chapter 9: Take the Drive Train: Understanding Transmissions without Losing Your Mind

Chapter 10: It's the Brakes!

Chapter 11: Steering and Suspension Systems Smooth the Way.

Part III: Keeping Your Car in Good Condition, System by System.

Chapter 12: Keeping Your Electrical System in Tune.

Chapter 13: Keeping Your Fuel System in Tune.

Chapter 14: Keeping Your Car from Getting Heartburn.

Chapter 15: Changing Your Oil.

Chapter 16: Lubrication Extends the Life of Your Vehicle.

Chapter 17: What to Do If Your Transmission Stops Running.

Chapter 18: Smoothly Being a Buddy to Your Brakes and Bearing.

Chapter 19: Checking Your Tires, Alignment, and Steering.

Part IV: Dealing with On-the-Road Emergencies.

Chapter 20: Troubleshooting Leaks, Squeaks, Smells, and Strange Sensations.

Chapter 21: What to Do If Your Car Drops Dead or Won't Start.

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

Part V: Helping Your Vehicle Look Its Best.

Chapter 23: Keeping Your Car Clean and Beautiful.

Chapter 24: Getting Rid of Dings, Dents, and Other Hard Knocks.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: The Ten Most Important Preventive Maintenance Measure.

Chapter 26: Measures Ten "Eco-Logical" Ways to Save Fuel.

Appendix A: A Practical Glossary of Automotive Terms.

Appendix B: Specifications and Maintenance Records.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764550898
Author:
Sclar, Deanna
Publisher:
For Dummies
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Automobiles
Subject:
Amateurs' manuals
Subject:
Automotive - Repair & Maintenance - General
Subject:
Maintenance and repair
Subject:
Automobiles -- Maintenance and repair -- Amateurs' manuals. .
Subject:
Automotive - Repair & Maintenance
Subject:
car care
Subject:
car repair
Subject:
auto maintenance
Subject:
car maintenance
Subject:
oil change
Subject:
tune-up
Subject:
mechanic
Subject:
fuel-injection system
Subject:
hybrid car
Subject:
flat tire
Subject:
tire change
Subject:
tire pressure
Subject:
transmission fluid
Subject:
auto repair book
Subject:
DIY auto
Subject:
DIY car
Subject:
deanna sclar book
Subject:
how cars work
Subject:
check engine light
Subject:
jumping a car
Subject:
auto repair guide
Subject:
car care guide
Subject:
car questions
Subject:
Brakes
Subject:
auto repair DIY
Subject:
automotive
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies (Lifestyles)
Series Volume:
P-D51
Publication Date:
20081013
Binding:
Online electronic file accessible through online networks
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
236.2 x 188 x 33 mm 28.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Get the confidence and know-how you need to fix and maintain your vehicle like a pro!

Want to handle basic auto repairs yourself? This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing simple maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. You'll explore each system part by part and keep everything running in tiptop shape. Plus, you'll see how to go green on the road — from recycling oil and parts to choosing alternatively fueled vehicles.

  • 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

  • Keep cool and in control — add and change coolant, find and repair leaks, change the oil, and check brakes

  • Ensure a smooth ride — choose, check, and care for tires; and understand balancing and alignment

  • Handle emergencies — identify strange sounds and smells, jump-start your car, handle overheating, and more

  • Work with a mechanic — find a reliable service facility, describe problems accurately, and get the best deal

  • Extend your vehicle's value — clean it inside and out, touch up paint, and fix dings and dents

  • Stay safe on the road — install child seats properly; learn about rollover protection, traction and stability control, and navigation systems; and more

Open the book and find:

  • The inner secrets of your vehicle — what makes it start, run, and stop

  • A step-by-step under-the-hood checklist

  • Advice on buying and using the proper tools

  • Driving techniques to extend the life of your car

  • Eco-friendly tips for saving fuel

  • Helpful illustrations that demonstrate repairs

  • Reproducible Specifications and Maintenance Records

  • The pros and cons of alternative fuels and vehicles

"Synopsis" by , This new edition of the highly successful Auto Repair For Dummies adds more focus on fuel injection systems and removes increasingly obsolete information about carburetors. This up-to-date edition also adds coverage of hybrid cars and other alternatively fueled vehicles. A major reorganization will put repair advice in a separate chapter immediately following general information about each system to keep like information closer together. Other new information includes troubleshooting problems that need an authorized mechanic and updated schedules for things like tune-ups and oil changes.
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