Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide
by Banks, Patrice; Castillo, Dianne (ILT)







Pop Quiz: Test Your Auto Care IQvii
Can you tell the difference between an auto myth and a car care fact?
Introduction1(15)
The story of my auto airhead past--and how I became a certified shecanic
Part I GET TO KNOW YOUR VEHICLE
Changing Your Vehicular Relationship Status
16(3)
A fresh start for you and your car
Must-Know Facts About Your Car
19(5)
The essential 411 for your specific make, model, and year: a handy guide and write-in form
Get to Know Your Dash
24(10)
Decoding your instrument cluster and all those mysterious lights
Your Primary Care Technician
34(19)
The different types of auto shops and how to choose a mechanic that's right for you
High Maintenance
53(25)
Why maintenance isn't optional: a master schedule for car care
DIY #1 Under the Hood
63(12)
DIY #2 Check and Add Windshield Washer Fluid
75(3)
Part II EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW CARS WORK
Anatomy of a Modern Car
78(4)
A simple overview of the four major systems in a modern car
The "Three E's": Engines, Exhaust, Emissions
82(37)
The engine, exhaust, and emissions systems--and oil and coolant, the engine's lifelines
DIY #3 How to Check and Add Oil
109(6)
DIY #4 How to Check and Add Coolant
115(4)
Motion Electric: The Electrical Systems and Computers Inside Your Car
119(37)
Batteries, alternators, starters, and onboard diagnostics--how they work, and how to keep them working for you; buying and maintaining electric cars and hybrids Transmission: An Orderly Transfer of Power
142(14)
Rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and more: understanding and maintaining your transmission system
Brakes: The Most Important System in Your Car
156(18)
The parts of your brake system, the magic of ABS, and diagnosing common brake issues
DIY #5 How to Check Brake Fluid and Power Steering Fluid
172(2)
Keep 'Em Rolling: Tires and Wheels
174(36)
All about psi, wheel alignments, and common wheel and tire problems
DIY #6 How to Check Air Pressure and Tire Tread
191(6)
DIY #7 How to Change a Tire
197(13)
Steering: Navigating Your Chariot
210(7)
Anatomy of the power steering system, common repairs, and signs of a power steering issue
Suspension: Giving You That Smooth Ride
217(4)
A piece of your car that goes bump in the night
Heating and Air-Conditioning: Keeping It Cozy
221(13)
Low maintenance, high cost: a brief look at climate control
Gas: The Joys and Pains
234(6)
Choosing your grade, and good habits at the pump
Part III COMMON ROADSIDE PROBLEMS AND A MINI BUYER'S GUIDE)
Buy, Sell, Ditch: How to Avoid a Clunker (or Tell When Your Car Has Become One) and Buy a Car You Can Afford
240(34)
How to buy a car you can afford to maintain, and where to buy it; buying used without fear; test-driving like a boss; understanding warranties; and when to say good-bye
What to Do in an Emergency
274(13)
Collisions, overheated engines, loss of brakes, flat tires, nonstarters, and must-have emergency tools and supplies
DIY #8 How to Jump-Start a Car
283(4)
Graduation Time287(1)
Acknowledgments288(1)
DIY Index289


Presents a basic guide to auto maintenance and roadside emergencies, as well as tips on securing honest car service, with step-by-step instructions for performing such tasks as adding oil to the engine and checking coolant levels.






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