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Dare To Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop Paperback – August 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060577002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060577001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Can-do authors Sussman and Glasak-Tenet follow up their best selling Dare to Repair, a home repair manual, with a female-friendly guide to proper care and maintenance for a woman's second home: her car. This comprehensive, smartly written guide urges women to "take a proactive approach to maintaining your car rather than the typical reactive approach." Knowing that some readers won't be willing or able to tinker around under the hood, the authors include both do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me solutions. Beginning with the basics (how to read the car manual, how to open the hood) and explaining every system of the car with clear illustrations and understandable, if unavoidably dry, text, the book excels at breaking down common repairs and basic maintenance, such as changing tires, oil and brake fluid. The perfect size to fit in the glove compartment, this easy-to-read primer is for anyone-regardless of gender-looking to cut down on repair bills or feel more at ease when dealing with mechanics.
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“Before your car breaks down...before you even go shopping for a car -- get this book.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“This easy-to-read primer is for anyone...looking to cut repair bills or feel at ease dealing with mechanics.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

The book is easy to read, yet doesn't talk down to the reader.
Dew Drop
There are do-it-yourself as well as do-it-for-me sections, so you will know what you can tackle or what you need help with.
Virginia Allain
I could have done less with the girly font, and more with useful diagrams and pictures.
City Girl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book comes to the aid of women (and men) who don't have a clue about their car's interior workings. The authors don't claim to be experts, but consulted mechanics, government agencies and car manufacturers to get the info a novice needs. It tells you what to check if the heater isn't working, and what to do if you get a flat tire. Preventive tips like checking the air pressure in the tire and checking the oil get covered as well.
There are do-it-yourself as well as do-it-for-me sections, so you will know what you can tackle or what you need help with.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2005
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This is a really good guide, not only is it for girls who dont know what a dipstick is, but its also for men and women alike, who have a basic understanding of the inner workings of their cars and would like a guide book to help them with repairs. Every chapter in the book has a do-it-yourself section where you can learn to replace your fueses or clean your fuel injectors. There is also some preventitive maint tips to keep your car from NEEDING un-needed repairs. The diagrams are pretty dumbed down, which can get a little annoying at times, but its good so even the novice can understand, and its fairly obvious the book was written for women (aside from the Betsy on the cover) because the text has a bit of a girly feel to it. There are a few blurbs here and there with some cute humorous parts to it, which makes this also a fun, enjoyable read.

This is a great book to have around the house for when you need it. My husband is currently in Iraq, and with him being gone Im in charge of repairs of the house, and our two vehicles, and this book has already saved me!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book loving Grandma on October 17, 2005
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Great book! We bought it for our daughter who lives 250 miles away. Now she has the ability to figure out what is happening under the hood, if it can be fixed, how it can be fixed and how involved the repair will be. I don't see her putting her head under the hood and doing the reapairs herself anytime soon, but it surely makes her a more informed consumer when she heads for the repair shop.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2011
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I am very glad that I spent very little on this book. It was a waste of what I did spend. One would think, that by looking at the cover and title, that this book would be about actually working on your car. It is not. It basically tells you to take your car to the mechanic every other page. I was very excited when I first opened the book, and flipped through the index, and it had a section titled "DIY: clean your fuel injectors" I was wanting to do this so I flipped to the corresponding page. It described how to pour injector cleaner into the gas tank.
I kept on flipping through, and found more wastes of time,and even some incorrect information.
I used to own a copy of "Auto Repair for Dummies" I intended to order that, but ordered this instead because it was cheaper. Auto Repair for Dummies tells you how to work on your own car so you can avoid most expensive mechanic fees. Do not waste your time on this book! BLEH
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paige on December 8, 2010
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A car repair book for women, filled with plenty of pictures and basic instructions. Sometimes the information was too simple - like the section on putting gas in your car.

There are better books, like "Recipes For Car Care," which offer simplified information without mocking the reader's intelligence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dew Drop on September 18, 2007
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I'm finding this book useful, practical, and empowering. Not only do the authors explain how your car works, they describe how to do the work yourself or seek a mechanic's services confidently. The book is easy to read, yet doesn't talk down to the reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By City Girl on January 5, 2011
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I was very disappointed with the item and ultimately returned it (and I never return anything from Amazon!). I spent about 30 minutes reading through the book when it arrived, but it seemed to focus more on "go ahead girl, you too can fix your car" and less on "this is how you actually fix your car." I could have done less with the girly font, and more with useful diagrams and pictures. The text is dense and pictures few.

I also bought "Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance, and Repair" by Michale & Linda Gray and it is awesome. I have now been using that book, and it really helped me when I went to the mechanic last week to argue for a fair price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kira on September 20, 2008
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I bought this book as a gift to my friend who literally knew nothing about owning a car. She couldn't even check the oil, had no clue about even making sure it was maintained. I looked through it, and it's really a great book. It covers all your basics and some advanced stuff. I was raised to know how to maintain a car by a proactive Father, but I even learned some helpful stuff just through glancing through it. I just got my own car and plan to order a copy of this book! I think it'll be extremely handy!
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