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Popular Mechanics Complete Car Care Manual Paperback – Apr 1 2008


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588167232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588167231
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
I agree that certain parts of the book are fairly basic, but how else do you expect to learn? I think this book is GREAT!! I'm a university student, with a strong interest in cars/trucks. My father was never big into automotive, so I never learned. This book is basically the "bible" of automotives for those looking to learn. It teaches everything from simple oil changes, to doing complex things such as servicing your electronic suspension, etc...
I have ONLY good things to say about this book, and I disagree very much that it is too basic. If it's too basic for you, you ought to consider going into mechanics as a profession, cause you know a whole lot!!
BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE THE LEAST INTEREST OF LEARNING HOW TO SERVICE/FIX/ENHANCE YOUR CAR!!!!
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Fine book as an introduction to basic mechanic and car maintenance. Could do without the mire or less wacky introduction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By misterbeets on Jan. 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's a rainy Tuesday night, and you've just settled in by the fire with your favorite Kenny G CD and your new Amazon purchase. But what's this? As you peruse the collection of articles you see one on Battery Maintenance and another on Battery Replacement. Is either really necessary, let alone both? If only you'd read the Amazon reviews before buying!
(Yes, each topic begins with a little scenario like that.) This latest edition continues the tradition of essays that are models of clarity, with only occasional missteps, like claiming battery cable connector bolts are specially lead-coated. I was disappointed to see the illustrations have suffered a little since the last edition--less Albrecht Durer, more Nancy and Sluggo--and that some topics like valve jobs and turbo repair are gone. It used to offer an alternative in a crowded field of similar books, aimed at those who already knew how to replace their battery, but that difference is disappearing.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Sure, it's not for those who ALREADY know how... July 9 2004
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Format: Hardcover
I agree that certain parts of the book are fairly basic, but how else do you expect to learn? I think this book is GREAT!! I'm a university student, with a strong interest in cars/trucks. My father was never big into automotive, so I never learned. This book is basically the "bible" of automotives for those looking to learn. It teaches everything from simple oil changes, to doing complex things such as servicing your electronic suspension, etc...
I have ONLY good things to say about this book, and I disagree very much that it is too basic. If it's too basic for you, you ought to consider going into mechanics as a profession, cause you know a whole lot!!
BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE THE LEAST INTEREST OF LEARNING HOW TO SERVICE/FIX/ENHANCE YOUR CAR!!!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Unnecessary Nov. 5 2010
By William Dendis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you don't know anything about cars, read the Dummies book or use the web to get familiar with basic automotive systems: ignition, fuel/air mix delivery, motor, transmission, cooling, exhaust, suspension, electrical... maybe a few more I'm forgetting.

If you actually want to fix something on your car, buy the Hayne's or Chilton's manual for your make and model.

Between learning how cars work and learning how to fix your car falls the shadow. This Popular Mechanics book amounts to a long list of what can go wrong with your car, with some too-general-to-be-applied repair instructions. There are a lot of "this should be somewhere around here, or possibly over there, or maybe your car doesn't have it" situations. If shop manuals didn't exist, this book would be useful. But they do exist, and they are not hard to follow, especially for the sort of repairs you'd undertake by yourself without training.

This book wastes your time with cheesy lead-ins to every problem ("You're on your way home from the mother-in-law's on a snowy Thanksgiving night, when you hear a knock coming from the front-passenger side of the car...") and proceeds to give instruction about as useful as the advice of a mechanically inclined friend who has not seen the problem.

Not a completely useless book. Just not necessary.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By S. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some of what my husband already knows in it but he enjoys reading it anyway. He's found it to be pretty informative.
Disorganized May 16 2014
By Jason Y. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was just an incomplete list of possible problems with cars. I wouldn't consider this a manual. To be a manual it should have some type of structure or overarching progression. If you are buying this you should really just buy the for dummies book. I was hoping this would be more of a guide in how to care for your car. The For Dummies book includes things like a suggested maintenance schedule for your car. It includes a list of tools that are good to have to work on cars. This book doesn't do a good job at explaining these types of bigger picture issues.
Alright for general learning about repair Feb. 22 2014
By Redbeard - Published on Amazon.com
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You'd probably be better off buying the specific repair manual for your car. Each section is headed with a little story that I felt wasn't needed. For example, the section on passing an emissions test starts as follows:

"Your car is running beautifully, and all seems right with the world. You have no trepidation whatsoever when the times comes to take it in for your state or local emmisions test. After an interminable wait in line at the station, a smiling, snappily dressed functionary shoves a probe up your tailpipe and asks you to gun it. Moments later, the inspector smiles wearily as he hands you an envelope - not a new inspection sticker, but an envelope that says FAIL in bright red letters."

They should have skipped storytime and treat it like it's a book for adults instead of a pop-up book of auto repair for children. As far as the actual information goes, it's pretty general so don't expect a tremendous amount of knowledge, just the gist of doing things.

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