- Publisher: Macmillan Distribution
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0028610415
- ISBN-13: 978-0028610412
- Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,205,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Trouble-Free Car Care (First Edition) (Complete Idiot's Guide to ...) Paperback
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Unlike most car care books that stop at explaining how to check fluids and change your oil, this one does give at least some general (very general) info on replacing a carburetor or automatic choke, or repairing a fuel-injection system. As noted by the author, however, these jobs really do require a Chiltons or Haynes manual. Since the book does include "Idiot's" in the title, you can bet it won't be nearly as detailed as an aftermarket or shop manual.
One thing I found really irritating were all of the cutesy words and phrases used by the author. It may be for "Idiot's", but we are still adults. On the plus side, the author does provide an entire chapter on using the Internet to further your knowledge. While the info provided was pretty useless (show me one person under 60 who doesn't know the components of a URL), he did offer a bunch of links that I found helpful.
The most important item in the book is the "Car Care Card" which goes over thing you need to know such as Year, Make, and Model of car, and certain specification on your car such as tire pressure, part numbers etc. The "Car Care Card" also has a maintenance schedule for Weekly, Three months, six months, every year, and every two years; which helps thwart the need for costly expense later down the road. These are items I wish my mechanic would have told me about when I bought my car or when I hav it serviced. This card is meant to placed in you car for quick reference. Most other manuals rarely give you a proper schedule for maintaining your automobile.
The remainder of the book helps you understand your car better to keep it on the road. There a plenty of pictures and diagrams to show you what basic parts look like. He advocates, getting a Haynes or Chilton book for your specific make model and year of car to help with the bigger jobs. That way when a specific issue arises, you have a more concise book to give you greater details. While the book is not 100% complete with every issue or meant to be a all inclusive how to fix your car, Mr. Ramsey gives you the basic, the rest is up to you.
I recommend this for anyone who wants to start fixing their own vehicles or want to prolong the life of their cars. It is a good referance manuel to take to your car mechanic also. This book has helped keep my repair bills down and have my car last over 250.000 miles and 12 years.