Autos 101: Basic Car Repairs to Save You Money


“Routine maintenance isn't something you should be paying for, and this book gives you a good rundown of how to handle it all.”

Product Description

Cars are both our most familiar tools and our most complicated. How is it that so many of us spend so much time in our cars without understanding how they work – or what to do when they don’t?

This book will introduce you to automobile maintenance so you can get your hands dirty and do it yourself when it’s time for an oil change or you get a flat tire … and help you know when it’s still worth calling in a professional mechanic. Don’t know your brake pads from your rotor, or want to learn how often you’re supposed to rotate your tires? Do you ever wonder if your auto shop is taking you for a ride when they recommend periodic maintenance? This guide outlines what needs to happen when, and every procedure is rated by difficulty so you can decide when it’s time to DIY.

Excerpt from the Book

"At the end of the day, while you'll usually save money by doing things yourself, it's perfectly reasonable to ask if the money you’ll save is worth the time you'll spend doing the task, and whether or not it's worth the risk of making a mistake. Taking all that into consideration, we've endeavored to meet three primary goals while putting this book together:

1) To educate you on basic vehicle maintenance – what you should do on a regular basis, and what you can expect to go wrong in the first 100,000 miles of ownership.

2) To give you an idea of what's involved in basic procedures so that you can decide for yourself if they're within your comfort zone, and to guide you if you do decide to start twisting wrenches.

3) To give you some insight into how your car works so that, if you do decide to pay for a service, you don't wind up being suckered into three new muffler bearings and 1.6 gallons of blinker fluid."

Includes Instruction For:

Walk-Around Checklist
Checking Fluids
Oil Change
Mechanical Inspection
Tire Rotation
Brake Job
Coolant Flush
And more…

About the Author

Richard Rowe:

Three things you should know about Richard Rowe: He was born and raised in the Ocala National Forest, his first car was a black, 500-horsepower Buick Regal, and he turned down UF, Duke and Embry-Riddle to continue his education on an abandoned, 1,500-foot stretch of pavement known to locals as The Bluff. But when million-dollar helicopters got faster than thousand-dollar cars, Richard took his act on the road, swapping four wheels for eighteen and his Florida flatlands for icy mountain byways. Richard isn't an ASE-certified master technician; never has been, never will be. Life is too short and roads are too long. He's a just a lifelong gearhead with a love for the English language, a taste for the absurd and a willingness to write about himself using overly dramatic, third-person prose when need be. Look for more of Richard’s work on

Justin Cupler:

Prior to becoming an automotive journalist, Justin Cupler was in the automotive repair field for 15 years and earned an ASE Master Technician certification. Even before his official entry into the field, Stanley had a love of all things automotive and always wanted to know what made them tick. As an automotive journalist, he focuses on the technical and instructional side of the field. Justin wrote the “How-to” article instructions contained in this book. Justin used for the specifications and procedures in the how-to articles in this book. Look for more of Justin’s instructional articles on

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