I was able to check almost all the basic stuff under the hood of my truck, which made me feel really handy! Sclar is also the author of Buying a Car For Dummies. I hope this list will help amateur and aspiring mechanics as well as pro and full-fledged technicians to always push the limits of their knowledge and never stop learning. For me, for right now, I just wanted some basic car info and a working understanding. Want to handle basic auto repairs yourself? That being said, this book saved me an inestimable amount of money and worry, with the added bonus of teaching me how cars work. Chapter 6: The Fuel System: The Heart and Lungs of Your Car. Dimension: 233 x 190 x 31. If it looks or smells burnt or has particles in it, have a mechanic drain and change the fluid.
This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing simple maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. Chapter 18: Smoothly Being a Buddy to Your Brakes and Bearing. Chapter 15: Changing Your Oil. As you can see in this picture, they usually contain a mix of ball joints and other bushing, which are the bits that wear out somewhat regularly. The fact that each book is focusing on only one subject makes it easy to quickly find the information you are looking for.
Never did finish it, for various reasons, but I think I want my own copy. If you're being told your camshaft needs to be replaced, then there's a good chance that something else has gone horribly wrong inside your engine. At the very least, however, I wanted to know when my mechanic was joshing me. Book Description For Dummies, 2008. These typically fail either by leaking coolant into your car's interior, or by clogging and not being able to deliver any kind of heat to your car's occupants.
You'll explore each system and keep everything running in tiptop shape, including how to change coolant and oil, repair leaks, and check breaks. Thankfully, this is a cheap and easy fix that just about anyone can deal with at home. Just know that the only inconvenient with this series is the price. Chapter 9: Take the Drive Train: Understanding Transmissions without Losing Your Mind Chapter 10: It's the Brakes! Credit: Auto Repair For Dummies The fluid level in a manual transmission must be checked with the vehicle on a hoist to enable the technician to reach a plug in the bottom of the transmission. She's also revised schedules for tune-ups and oil changes, included driving tips that can save on maintenance and repair costs, and added new advice on troubleshooting problems and determining when to call in a professional mechanic. It helps maintain a seal for the oil and coolant galleries that run from the engine block to the cylinder head s as well as sealing up the combustion chamber. It will help you understand the principles of tuning and what you can do to make your car turn heads.
Brake rotors are exposed to a huge amount of heat from friction as your brake calipers clamp their pads down on the rotor to bring your car to a halt, and if they get overworked you can wind up with glazing and hot spots that lead to a pulsing brake pedal and generally poor stopping capability. Sclar further follows each section with some tips on how to stay green while maintaining a car obsession. Some compressors have a clutch mechanism on the pulley end that can suddenly refuse to engage, and others simply have internal seals that fail and render it incapable of building system pressure. Chapter 5: The Electrical System: Your Car's Spark of Life. When it comes to failures, you can see everything from plumes of white smoke from coolant getting into the combustion chamber, to oil crossing over into the coolant passages and.
If things get rough, take a break. Chapter 2: The Way to Your Car's Heart Is through Your Toolbox. Chapter 21: What to Do If Your Car Drops Dead or Won't Start. Auto Repair For Dummies provides an excellent starting point for anyone who desires a better understanding of how a car works. This stuff is literally on the edge of auto mechanics and engineering as we all know how these two tend to get closer and closer with the arrival of more advanced electronic systems in the automotive industry. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in how cars work and is interested in turning a wrench under the hood now and then.
Word to the wise: Oil contamination is kryptonite to rubber hoses, so if your engine is leaking onto a hose, you should really get that leak fixed before you wind up causing unnecessary damage. This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. It lives in behind your dashboard and typically isn't too far from your car's blower motor, however it can be a real pain in the butt to gain access to. That slippage comes as a price, as over time the clutch disk on the left in this image will eventually wear out and require a replacement in order to keep your car rolling forward. Not only is it toxic and flammable, but the vapor in an empty can is explosive enough to take out a city block. However, they are essential to keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Dimension: 233 x 190 x 31.
I really enjoyed going through this book and realizing what is probably obvious to most, cars are cool. A complete reorganization now puts relevant repair and maintenance information directly after each automotive system overview, making it much easier to find hands-on fix-it instructions. However, there is always room for poor wiring and connections to be the culprits rather than the door actuator itself. It is intended for more advanced mechanics who want to go well below the surface and may not be suitable for beginners. This is how deep this book goes. While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. The classroom manual addresses the theory while the shop manual covers the tools, diagnostic procedures, and testing.