Caring for your car

How to maintain & service your car

This book is aimed at the driver who wants to do his or her own basic car maintenance and servicing without the need for in-depth mechanical knowledge, or a technical manual. It covers areas such as oil, brakes, tyres, transmission, electrics, etc, allowing the owner to address the most regularly serviced items without forking out for additional costs. Illustrated with full colour photographs throughout, and featuring clear, easy-to-follow instructions, this book is a must-have for all drivers.


With fuel costs, car tax and parking charges forever rising, drivers are looking for ways to cut the cost of keeping their car on the road. Fortunately there is one thing you can reduce: the cost of servicing and maintaining your car. With garage prices continuing to rise by the hour, it makes sense to learn the basics for yourself – and you don’t have to be a mechanic to do this.
Here's where this invaluable book can help, by showing you how to do basic servicing and maintenance. Not only will you have the satisfaction of doing otherwise-expensive jobs yourself, you will also have learnt something along the way – and recouped the cost of this book (and a bit more besides) with your first oil change.


  • Written in clear and concise layman's terms
  • Full colour photographs throughout
  • Tackles the basics
  • Not overly technical
  • Written for both the beginner and more experienced driver
  • Not marque-specific
  • Nothing else like it on the market
  • All tasks carried out with basic tools
  • Pays for itself in one oil change!

Additional info

  • Covers all conventional petrol (gasoline) and diesel cars from 2000 to the present.

About the author

An avid petrol-head, Trevor Fry has been maintaining his own cars for the last 41 years, from a 1964 Morris 1100 to his current car, a Skoda Octavia 1.9Tdi, with many in between, including Hillman, Renault, Ford, etc. Putting his enthusiasm for cars and driving to good use, Trevor worked as a supervisor in a motor-mechanics workshop for six years, maintaining both cars and motorcycles. It didn't take him long to realise that basic DIY servicing and maintenance was easily done at home, which ensured that the work had been done correctly, and increased the resale value of the vehicle.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-01-8 • eV number: eV4501 • Published: February 2012 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £7.49 / $14.99 / €9.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4396 • Paperback • 21x14.8cm • £9.99 • 96 pages • 177 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845843-96-0 • UPC: 6-36847-04396-4. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Caring for your car

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