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How Cars Work 1st Edition
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I must admit that it was enertaining reading this books with all the descriptive pictures.
What make this book stand out are :
1. The authur strived for clarity while not skimp on details either. The writing is in clear, concise, to the point fashion that leaves no ambiguity but contains enough details to out-content many 300+ page auto books (It must be a fashion these days. I found many such thick books wasted much of their contents on third-rate humors /jokes I found annoying while wasted rest of their contents on ambiguous, not to the point technical writing. To those authors, I will say : PLEASE, either be a stand up comedian or a technical writer, but not BOTH. If you do both, you will fail at both).
2. Detailed illustrations. Almost 50% of this book is devoted to detailed illustrations. Each page deals with a specific car part (be it crankshaft, fuel pump, timing chain, or else) - half of that page is technical writing, another half is detailed illustration. The illustration is not just for that specific part alone. It also illustrates other related parts in the same subsystem so you understand how the part works within the group that it belongs.
The book comes in 96 pages but in generous 8.5 inches x 11 inches size. That's how such detailed illustration is able to fit into half of page. Another thing I like is that the pages are made of high grade, pure-white (not tinted, or neutral colors) paper. Very few books these days are made from such good papers.
I had to do something.
We never finished the book together, and lately they have been asking for it again. I have nearly completed it. When it comes to car repairs, I have been taken to the cleaners so many times that I may not even have to shower anymore. Had I read this book much earlier in my life, I would have had the confidence to at least question some repair charges. This alone makes it worth its weight in precious metals. In truth, I am a mechanical idiot. If this book can assist my young sons and me in understanding how the engine works with the crankshaft to get the wheels moving, likely it will help others too.
I could have (and maybe should have) just said 'buy the book, you won't regret it. So doit. AND, if Tom ever offers a CD of his jazz guitar playing, I promise I won't write any more verbose reviews. I'll probably be too busy stealing his licks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book for our 12 year old son who LOVES auto mechanics!!Published 2 days ago by bird lover 47
Pretty basic, nice gift for someone getting interested in cars.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great introductory text explaining the different systems involved with automotive operations and maintenance.Published 1 month ago by Rusty Shackleford
Excellent book, learned a lot, however, at this point it's getting a little outdated. However it's great if you just want to learn generally how a car works and how the internal... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aidan Gibson
This book is THE BOOK to get if you have no clue. Unfortunately for me, I knew many things already in this book but never the less this book still offered me better clarifications... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Haris Musanovic
Very nice. I teach a class full of fifth-grade boys who want to be mechanics when they grow up. Even though his book is tough for some of them, they love it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Noto
My second 'how to book'. Picked up right where the 'dummies' left off. It's really helpful.Published 3 months ago by John Brezina