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on 2 February 2014
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"Brakes are important. When I mention the "squeal pad" it is actually a layer of material that the manufacturers place IN the pad to help alert you to getting close to replacement time. I can't even address what you mentioned effectively, as it would be impossible to happen. There may be a difference in what it is called, but the average car owner will know what I'm talking about. It is designed to create an obnoxious sound, intentionally."

The sound you are hearing is the metal of the pad (after the friction material has totally worn away) rubbing on the metal of the disc(rotor) at which point you need new pads and disc(rotor). I've asked around and looked on the web and failed to find any evidence of such a product and still believe you are endangering peoples lives by publishing this book.

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If you don't know much about mechanics or cars don't follow this book, it could cost you more than paying someone or something more than money !

Where to start. I live in the uk and maybe your cars are totally different but I doubt it.

Anti Freeze
"It is FATAL in large enough quantities, but it tastes sweet to them." No it's fatal in small quantities! A tea spoon full can kill a cat!

Battery
If you disconnect a modern battery you may need a code or special key to start it as many will assume they are being stolen, if that doesn't happen you may find your radio doesn't work without a code (again it thinks it's been stolen.)
Why don't you mention charging the battery? If it's flat cleaning contacts won't charge it?

Drive Belts
Noise
"A little lubrication can clear this up quickly." When the belt squeals because it is slipping, lubricate it and it will slip more, if you're saying it's a bearing that needs lube, they are normally sealed!

Changing Belts
"Look down at the front of your engine and you will soon notice a pulley wheel that is different from all the others. It rests in a groove that" in an old (20+) yes, in most modern type ones they are self adjusting(highly sprung) and needs 2 people one to hold the tensioner pulley off and one to maneuver the belt.

"Brake pads are equipped with a 'squeal pad" layer that is designed to start making noise when the pads needs changed." No, the thing you think is a "squeal pad" is an anti-squeal shim this stops the noise and if it ever wears down to thing your in big trouble as you pad and 1/8" steel back would have to have worn though.

Engine
"The oil should be changed every 3-5,000 miles." In the 60s and 70s but most now are 10-20,000 mile in Europe.

"Allow the sealant 24-hours to fully set before turning over the engine." What sealant are you using?

There are more things like this but too many to list without rewriting the whole book. If you know nothing about car or have never picked a tool as the author says don't! Ask around find someone amongst your friends or family who can show/teach you DON'T BELIEVE THIS BOOK.
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on 5 February 2014
Paul Young, the author, quotes "The best part is you can do this even if you've NEVER touched a tool in your life!"
He clearly identifies with potential readers as he is obviously in that same catagory himself. Not only do I worry about those who may take his advice but I worry about all other road users in their vicinity.

At best it is misguided but at worst it could be extremely dangerous!

Check out his other titles for proof of his arrogance. He thinks he is a jack-of-all-trades but he is clearly a master of none.
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on 3 February 2014
The book appear very useful and helpful. User friendly. Excellent manual that could give a precise information to the beginner
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