- Series: Motorbooks Workshop
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (October 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760322732
- ISBN-13: 978-0760322734
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Repair Your Car (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – October 15, 2006
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In this easy-to-read guide, auto expert Paul Brand demystifies car repair and maintenance, with clear, simple explanations of how your car works and straight-ahead advice on how to fix problems. How to Repair Your Car includes 50 step-by-step projects that can be easily done at home with simple tools and will save you thousands . When problems arise that are beyond the skills of the average car owner, Brand explains how to talk to your mechanic and get the results you want without getting ripped off. Also included are troubleshooting charts that will help you diagnose and repair your car as well as Brand’s maintenance tips that will keepy your car alive and well for more than 100,000 miles.
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Now, after reading this book, I think some projects could have been a little more detailed, and some other a little less: The project on 'how to fill coolant' takes two pages front and back, but the one on 'how to change thermostat' only takes one...
Also, some projects explain how to replace such and such part, but it doesn't explain why you would want to replace these parts if your car breaks down:
* "how to replace distributor cap and rotor"; sounds great, but how do I know that these are the parts I need to replace if my car breaks down? It doesn't say anything about that in the electrical troubleshooting chart in this chapter.
* "How to replace the starter"; sounds great too, but where do I find it? there's no diagram in this book that shows you where to look under the hood, beside a picture of a car, at the beginning of the chapter, with a front mounted engine (my car, like most front wheel drive nowdays, has an engine mounted sideway); and the car used as an example in this project is different than mine.
Anyway, the point is, a little more details would have been nice.
However, it is a decent book and it gave me a better comprehension of how things work under the hood. It also gave me more confidence to work on my car.
My advice is: buy this book to familiarize yourself with cars, and learn very basic car maintenance stuff such as changing your oil, checking your fluids, tires etc.
For bigger projects like 'how to replace a water pump' (project 29), this is probably not the book you need.
I'm no car mechanic i also needed a book with more generic explanations so i bought this book. Perfect choice well balanced nice sketches and i like the relatively big letters, too.