How your car works

Your guide to the components & systems of modern cars, including hybrid & electric vehicles

Do you know how your car works? This book dissects and explains one of the finest inventions ever made. Written in a simple, jargon-free language and packed with illustrations and cutaways, it will suit everyone wishing to know more about what makes their car work.


A comprehensive guided tour under the skin of the car. Diesel, petrol (gasoline), electric, hybrid and alternative propulsions are all dissected and explained in a reader-friendly manner, and as you move from the engine to the tailpipe, you'll discover what an exciting world there is within the car. Organised in intuitive chapters and backed with colourful illustrations and cutaways, this book describes the systems and parts that make your car move. Without emphasising the ‘boring' science bits, it discusses the practical application of various automotive terms, and explains why having more of one thing and less of another is beneficial in the real world. Whether you're just curious, or wish to become a better car owner, this book will start you on an exciting journey.


  • A comprehensive guide to the workings of modern cars for general readership
  • Operating principles of the main parts explained in a simple language
  • A jargon-free description of various types of propulsion systems
  • Everything you need to know about car systems and safety
  • 100 photos and illustrations, including cutaways
  • Knowledge that will boost confidence when negotiating with mechanics
  • Will inspire you to become a better car owner
  • Learn to recognize and understand different types of cars
  • Convenient glossary of terms

Additional info

  • Covers the period from 1900 to the present day

About the author

Arvid Linde is a car enthusiast and appreciator of eccentric design ideas. He has an MSc in Car Engineering, and currently works as a journalist and author. Arvid now edits an independent green motoring blog at, where he tries to unravel the question of whether the electric car is the answer to the green motoring needs of the 21st century, or just another gimmick. Arvid is also a DIY enthusiast, and is trying to encourage people to become more familiar with their cars.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-00-1 • eV number: eV4500 • Published: December 2011 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £9.99 / $12.99 / €11.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4390 • Paperback • 21x14.8cm • £12.99 • 104 pages • 92 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845843-90-8 • UPC: 6-36847-04390-2. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

How your car works

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