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Auto Repair For Dummies, Portable Edition

Auto Repair For Dummies, Portable Edition

Deanna Sclar

ISBN: 978-1-118-16743-4

Jul 2011

168 pages

Select type: E-Book



Get the confidence and know-how you need to fix and maintain your vehicle like a pro!

Want to handle basic auto repairs yourself? This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing simple maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. You'll explore key systems and keep everything running in tiptop shape.

  • Get to know your vehicle — understand what you're looking at when you check under the hood

  • Keep your cool — add and change coolant and change the oil

  • Ensure a smooth ride — buy new tires, care for tires, and change tires

  • Stay on top of your electrical system — change spark plugs, fuses, and the battery

  • Be a buddy to your brakes — check your brakes for wear; flush the system and change the fluid; adjust your parking brake

  • Recognize the sounds of trouble — suss out sounds, squeaks, rattles, vibrations, and more

Open the book and find:

  • A step-by-step under-the-hood checklist

  • How to jack up your vehicle safely

  • How to check and change your own oil

  • Eco-friendly tips for saving fuel

  • Helpful illustrations that demonstrate repairs

  • Whether it's time for a tune-up

  • Tips on identifying common sounds, squeaks, and leaks

Learn to:

  • Perform routine repairs and maintenance

  • Troubleshoot problems and symptoms

  • Save fuel and extend your car's life

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Things Every Driver Should Know 7

Chapter 2: Preventive Maintenance 17

Chapter 3: Keeping Your Electrical System in Tune 31

Chapter 4: Keeping Your Fuel System in Tune 53

Chapter 5: Maintaining the Cooling System 63

Chapter 6: Oil: Keeping Your Car Young and Happy 89

Chapter 7: Be a Buddy to Your Brakes and Bearings 101

Chapter 8: Tires: Buying, Maintaining, Changing 125

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting 137

Chapter 10: Ten “Eco-Logical” Ways to Save Fuel 145

Index 151