- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Black Apple Press; 1st edition (October 11, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966862309
- ISBN-13: 978-0966862300
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 189 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How Cars Work 1st Edition
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Author and illustrator Tom Newton is a school psychologist. How Cars Work was developed as a high interest mini-textbook for teens, but is also used by automotive service managers and mechanics to help customers understand repairs. This book can be found in adult literacy programs, high schools, and middle schools. How Cars Work makes it fun and easy to learn how cars work.
From the Author
"When I opened my tutoring center I could not find enough interesting reading material for my teenage students, especially the boys. So I started writing short descriptions about car parts aimed at improving reading comprehension. I used simple drawings to help students visualize and associate the car parts with the words. Eventually I had enough material for a complete book and, well, this is it!"
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Top customer reviews
Thanks Tom for taking the time to write this very valuable book.
This book a must for those who :lack basic knowledge of an engine, for those who are tired of doing Google searches In attempts to learn the function of certain parts, already have some knowledge of the basics ,want to get involved in being their own weekend mechanic.etc.
Purpose of the book : Make the reader more informed about what an engine must do to give you motion . Teach you more than the basics .
This book doesn't teach the following: How to construct an engine, how to set up wiring systen , mathematical formulas~ nothing too complex.
Topics it will teach : everything regarding an engine,everything regarding drive train,fuel system,cooling system,running gear,brakes,electrical system.
My personal thoughts, the book was well thought out regarding explaining each component. It was succinct when explaining each component. This book gave the feeling of comfort because I really learned a lot . When I was ignorant in the subject of engines , I hated hearing others speak about vehicles. Now,I want people to speak about vehicles so I can be part of conversation! Yes, I recommend this book to anyone interested in automobiles!
Different books on cars aim at different audiences, and this one is without doubt for beginners. That being said, the information provided in this book is very detailed (from a beginner's perspective) and very much "beginner-friendly". You end up knowing the ABCs about car components and would be ready to progress to something more interesting, specific and challenging to you.
To sum up, if you are interested in cars and are looking for a good introductory book, go for this one!
My only complaint is that Newton could have provided a bit more detail on the working of the individual subassemblies. Specificially, while he explains how a torque converter works in an automatic transmission, he fails to explain how the automatic transmission mechanically shifts gears. Still, don't let this keep you from buying the book. It's worth the money.