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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (1 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760322732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760322734
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.6 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Auto expert paul brand offers consumers all the basics and blends his repair advice into a visual format to provide novices with the easiest tips in How to Reapair Your Car. it dosn't get much more basic that this: fifty step-by-step projects can be done with a few simple tools, yet can save thousands. from helpfull troubleshooting charts and maintenance routines to colour photos nd diagrams, this "real world" guide is a pick not just for car owners but for general-interest libraries --Midwest Book review

I think this book is pretty good for the 'mechanic wannabe' who's just getting started (like me). All the 50 projects are implemented with photos which is pretty neat. At the end of each chapter, there is a troubleshooting chart listing common problems associated with the specific components that are discussed in the chapter. 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. --California Bookwatch

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In an easy-to-follow guide to automotive maintenance and repair, a noted expert shares the simple steps that can add years to the life of a car and save a driver thousands of dollars in repair costs, focusing on post-1985 cars as he discusses the various automotive systems, common problems that occur in each, and fifty do-it-yourself projects to ca

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the title tells all,the first book on car repairs i can understand easily,and enjoy reading and trying out, i have now bought filters,oilsplugs ect to put on instead of taking it to the garage.a lot cheaper.
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By JDCerta on 11 Mar. 2014
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The book is in the condition described.
Arrived on time.
The book itself for a novice in mechanics sounds interesting having been referred by teachers as good to follow and learn.
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good book includes so many tips including about the diy wheel alignment and other good little tips for any budding mechanic or diy enthusiast
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By jacqueline brock on 9 Dec. 2014
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Great present for my son, just starting driving
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
a good book overall 3 Feb. 2008
By Frenchy in SC - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this book is pretty good for the 'mechanic wannabe' who's just getting started (like me). All the 50 projects are illustrated with photos which is pretty neat. At the end of each chapter, there is a troubleshooting chart listing common problems associated with the specific components that are discussed in the chapter.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Introduction 10 Feb. 2009
By T. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Paul Brand's How to Repair your Car book is a great introduction for those with extremely limited mechanical experience. It is easily laid out with step by step projects, and lastly, beyond repair steps, Paul Brand includes very basic summaries on how the different components of the automobile work.
It is an introduction repair guide, so do not expect extremely specific or complicated auto-info.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
cars to 1990 repairs. 13 Dec. 2012
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
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We have an old 1985 motorhome diesel motor but most of the vehicle gear is standard diy stuff so this book is good for the understanding of diy servicing and standard repairs. Our 1996 top of the range 3.5ltr V6 Honda is abit more modern and not all things are covered in the book but still does a good job.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for Novices... if you feel nervous by the guy holding the wrench! 30 Dec. 2014
By Joseph T. Page II - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a gearhead or have been knuckle-bustin' since you were in diapers... this book ain't for you. For the rest of us who built their tool collection one Craftsman sale at time and abhors paying (roughly) $88/hr in car labor charges, this book will put your mind and wallet at ease. The book is laid out in chapters representing the functional sub-areas (e.g. drive-train, suspension, engine, cooling). Within each chapter their are brand-agnostic diagrams showing you how your car "should" work, along with projects throughout.

The hidden jewel I found in the book was the troubleshooting matrix. For guys and gals who've been inhaling fumes since they were little, this may not be of much help. For the rest of us... when your car starts smoking, the troubleshooting guide can help narrow down what's busted (White smoke? coolant being burned perhaps due to blown head gasket... Black smoke? Probably burning oil...). That spreadsheet of simple symptoms saved me hours when troubleshooting suspension, drivetrain and engine problems and made the low cost of the book worth it.

One star knockdown was due to the project images showing many variety of cars/trucks. Variety is always good, but some of the car layouts were confusing, especially when you look under your hood and wonder "where the heck is that thingy in the picture?" Having another model specific manual for your car is helpful here.

Bottom line: worth the cost for a novice, or someone trying to learn and save some money. Experts, avoid this and get a service manual.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good for beginners 4 April 2009
By Whitney Strohmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book a while ago because I like reading how other people perform basic maintenance on their cars. It is an easy read and would be helpful to someone who does not know much about car repair or maintenance. Since I work on cars regularly I currently have no use for this book so I am planning on passing it on to my 9 year old cousin to feed his interest in car repair. I think this book would also be good to keep in the backseat of a teen's first car. Then when they need to check the fluids or the car overheats, they will have a clue where to look and what to look for.
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