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This handy guide to car ownership and maintenance explains the basics for consumers, from purchasing a vehicle to common problems, repairs, and safety advice. Plenty of illustrations and color photographs lead the reader through car parts, tools, and automotive systems. There is also an appendix listing lessons on the free companion online workbook, featuring activities such as calculating auto expenses, checking fluid levels, and installing spark plugs. Straightforward and attractive, this book will appeal to all types of car owners, from the grease monkey to the clueless. Public libraries will want a copy (or two) of this updated edition on the shelf. --Rebecca Vnuk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Compact, Colorful, and Complete - Simply the best book yet for the high school driver who wants to learn how to take care of his or her car. Compact, colorful, and complete. David Sweetman, Automotive Instructor, Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska

Well Written, Easy to Follow - Auto Upkeep, by Michael E. and Linda E. Gray, is a great book for teaching introductory automotive at both the high school and post-secondary level. It is well written, easy to follow, and full of great information. The book includes information that the everyday consumer should know as well as a strong foundation for those interested in pursuing a career in the automotive field. Bob Stockero, Automotive Instructor/Department Chair, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California

One of the Best - This is one of the best beginning books for anyone interested in learning Automotive. James Cox, Automotive Instructor, South Johnston High School, Four Oaks, North Carolina

Clear and Concise - I feel this text is a great introduction to the automobile. It is very clear and concise! I think the new photos really help the reader understand and comprehend what the book is trying to teach. Peter Worley, Automotive Instructor, Appleton East High School, Appleton, Wisconsin

Great Book - This is a great book for beginner automotive classes or drivers ed. Stan Wolski, Automotive Instructor, Alexis I. duPont High School, Greenville, Delaware

Great Primer - The current edition is a great primer text for anyone who drives (or will work on) a vehicle. Many of the teachers at our school would like to take the course and read the book. The chapters on Common Problems and Roadside Emergencies and Alternate Fuels and Designs provide good insight to the realities of driving a vehicle now and in the near future. Buying an Automobile and Automotive Expenses chapters give an eye opening taste of owning a vehicle for high school students. A good all-around starter book! Frank Valentino, Automotive Instructor, Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, Illinois

Excellent Upgrade - Excellent upgrade, the color improves clarity and detail. This was the first thing the students noticed. David Meck, Automotive Instructor, Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky

Quality vs. Quantity is a Perfect Balance - I am the department chair for the auto program and I along with the other auto instructors have picked your book to use in all the introduction classes (Auto 50, 58, 59, 79-A and the consumer class when offered). I think changing to colored illustrations adds a lot to the book along with the web addresses, tech tips, Q & A areas. I would sum up the book by saying it covers all the systems on vehicles to a point where the student can determine what areas they have an interest in then pursue an advanced diagnostic class. Quality vs. quantity is a perfect balance. John Sweet, Automotive Instructor/Department Chair, Victor Valley Community College, Victorville, California

Simple and Easy to Use - Great Consumer Auto course book that also doubles as a good first year Automotive Technology course book. The color is used well to make diagrams and figures really Pop on the page. Comprehensive but its well organized layout of each chapter makes it simple and easy to use. Jim Sainsbury, Automotive Instructor, Madison Memorial High School, Madison, Wisconsin

Beginning Student Can Understand - The new colored illustrations are great and the text is written in a way that a beginning student can understand. I do like the Resources Symbol (QR Code Links) on front cover (each chapter cover page has a QR Code Link) for the student with bar code readers (smartphone with scanning app). Michael Furphy, Automotive Instructor, New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, New Mexico

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Great Text - This is a great text for beginning auto students. We all have students in class who will not be going in to the auto repair industry but with this course they will become better automotive consumers. I teach an Intro to Auto Tech class and this text is perfect for this course. It is interesting and engaging. Jerald Swenson, Automotive Instructor, Huron High School, Huron, South Dakota

Current Information - Real World Relevance - Great additions to Chapter 18 Alternative Fuels and Designs. Current information helps with student information, learning, relevance - your text helped save our Auto Program here by showing our Administration how basic automotive knowledge tied in with our life skills programs with real world relevance. Great text! My students will continue to excel using your text. Rob Hill, Automotive Instructor, Victor Valley High School, Victorville, California --3rd.AutoUpkeep.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rolling Hills Publishing; 3rd edition (July 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627020012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627020015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family's service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor's degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master's degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised over 60 teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian St. Clair on October 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
As a teacher, I have found this textbook to be well-written in a clear manner. The information are very 'to the point', not too winded out that might get my students disinterested. The chapters are presented in a manner that is readable by students with varying reading skills. The book provides a lot of examples and references such as useful websites related to the content being covered by the chapter. I teach deaf students, so I found the pictures in the chapters very useful also for visual learners. I purchased the e-book version and it has been very useful, being able to use an ipad/tablet to reference to the book quickly while working with my students on the book's content in the classroom. I would highly recommend this textbook to anyone taking an auto tech. course, from novice learners to advanced learners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By noreaster2 on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
We were searching for a decent Auto 101 course as one of our son's high school electives. This fits the bill and goes beyond. It is basic enough for even the newest auto buff, and yet is filled with links to online sites as well as real brick and mortar businesses to which you can refer for more information on the subjects introduced. You can just gloss over the basics or develop a deeper understanding of automobiles...your choice. I also appreciate that there are quizzes and tests (with detailed answers to the essays) as well as a Competency/task list to make sure he's getting all that he should. It's not going to teach you how to replace your engine or transmission, but it will explain how it works. Double thumbs up for the job the Grays did with this curriculum!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ah on January 12, 2015
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I thoroughly believe every car owner and every driver needs a copy of this book, unless you're an actual mechanic and even then, it might come in handy. Whether you're a first time driver or you're very experienced, the first book you need to read is your OWNERS MANUAL, next would be AUTO UPKEEP. Between the two, you may rarely ever need a Chilton's or Haynes manual. When the time does come to take your car in for repair, you will be much more knowledgeable and prepared to talk to the Service Dept/mechanic. This book has the potential of saving you hundreds of dollars! - Really. Auto Upkeep is a great reminder of the maintenance that needs to be done to keep your vehicle in good running order, as well as extremely instructive in helping to get the job done. It's a great help when purchasing tires and so many other things. After reading this, you will understand how your car works. The authors have included many web sites you can go to for additional information. This book is an excellent resource and it's written in a fashion that's easy to understand. I commend the authors for investing their time and efforts to produce a book, that once you read it you will be happy to recommend as well. In fact, I just ordered 4 current copies, one each for my sister and three nieces. It would make a great "Just-got-my-first-driver's-license" gift. :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin on June 10, 2015
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The book is okay if one buys it for a specific purpose. It is more about a basic explanation about how things work than about how to maintain them, keep them working, and fix them. For a simple explanation of how the parts of a car work together and what it does, the book is okay. What really annoyed me was the references to climate change and--in a book sbout Auto Upkeep--why do they need to promote evoluton? That's right; in a book about automobiles, they talk about "sea plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago." Not only do they promote evolution as fact, but they also ignore other alternative scientific explanations such as much pressure in a short time--as in a global flood. Could the authors not have simply stuck to Auto Upkeep without injecting a theory of evolution? I would not expect a biologist to insert car care tips in his or her biology book, and I do not expect or want a mechanic to inject evolutionary theory as fact in a car care book. That was enough to ruin the entire book for me--along with the many references to climate change, environmentally friendly advice, telling us how much oil the US uses in comparison to the rest of the world in relation to our population, etc. If the authors wanted to write a book about auto upkeep, they should have done so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karolyn Rodriguez on January 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
I work as a teacher in alternative school. This year we have introduced an automotive course. I was concerned about the hours I would have to spend writing curriculum for this brand new course. Luckily, I found Auto Upkeep online and it has been an invaluable tool to help me start and continue the new program at my school. The book is clear and concise and my students have no problem following. The workbook is extremely useful. The resource Cd has powerpoints that I use daily as well as exams and other resources. Basically everything you need to conduct an automotive course is available to you. I would highly recommend this program, it has been an invaluable asset to me.
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I have been using Automotive Upkeep 2nd addition for the past 5 years as my textbook for Consumer Auto and Auto1. I was finally able to upgrade to 3rd edition this school year and I am very impressed with the quality of the information, the information identifying the NATEF requirements and the lab activities.
This book is an awesome resource that is written at a reading level that most of my high school students are able to understand. The writing is also interesting enough to hold their aattention.
The phone app is huge! The students are using it to find information; they are engaged!!!
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