Since its introduction in 1975, the BMW 3-series has earned a reputation as one of the world's greatest sports sedans. Unfortunately, it has also proven one of the more expensive to service and maintain. This book is dedicated to the legion of BMW 3-series owners who adore their cars and enjoy restoring, modifying, and maintaining them to perfection; its format allows more of these enthusiasts to get out into the garage and work on their BMWs-and in the process, to save a fortune. Created with the weekend mechanic in mind, this extensively illustrated manual offers 101 projects that will help you modify, maintain, and enhance your BMW 3-series sports sedan. Focusing on the 1984-1999 E30 and E36 models, 101 Performance Projects for Your BMW 3-Series presents all the necessary information, covers all the pitfalls, and assesses all the costs associated with performing an expansive array of weekend projects.
Advanced Sheet Metal Fabrication is a photo-intensive how-to book. See Craig Naff build a Rolls Royce fender, Rob Roehl create a motorcycle gas tank, Ron Covell form part of a quarter midget body and Fay Butler shape a aircraft wheel fairing. Methods and tools include English wheel, power hammer, shrinkers and stretchers, and of course the hammer and dolly. Learn form the experts how to weld the various panels into one complete, finished piece with minimal warpage - with either TIG or gas. 144 pages, 100% color.
Cars continue to be more complicated -- and more costly to repair. Expert, Dave Stribling, gives readers the basic knowledge and a lot of know-how in Idiot's Guides: Auto Repair and Maintenance. Dozens of step-by-step, full-color photos and illustrations make DIY car repairs and maintenance so much easier, regardless of make or model. And when a repair calls for an expert, this book gives readers the knowledge they need to avoid unnecessary repairs and cost.
The top-selling auto repair guide--400,000 copies sold--now extensively reorganized and updated
Forty-eight percent of U.S. households perform at least some automobile maintenance on their own, with women now accounting for one third of this $34 billion automotive do-it-yourself market. For new or would-be do-it-yourself mechanics, this illustrated how-to guide has long been a must and now it's even better. A complete reorganization now puts relevant repair and maintenance information directly after each automotive system overview, making it much easier to find hands-on fix-it instructions. Author Deanna Sclar has updated systems and repair information throughout, eliminating discussions of carburetors and adding coverage of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. She's also revised schedules for tune-ups and oil changes, included driving tips that can save on maintenance and repair costs, and added new advice on troubleshooting problems and determining when to call in a professional mechanic. For anyone who wants to save money on car repairs and maintenance, this book is the place to start.
Deanna Sclar (Long Beach, CA), an acclaimed auto repair expert and consumer advocate, has contributed to the Los Angeles Times and has been interviewed on the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and other television programs.
This is a complete do-it-yourself guide.What you can learn:
- Full-color sections on minor repairs and painting
- Damage repair
- Rust Repair Additional detailed information includes:
- Rustproofing and undercoating
- Tools and equipment
- Repair of minor dents and rust damage
- Metal working techniques
- Major rust repair
- Body component replacement
- Sanding and painting
- Car care and detailing
- Welding Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Maintaining and preserving the paint, body and interior
Chapter 3: Damage repair: Doing it yourself or having it done
Chapter 4: Tools and working facilities
Chapter 5: Minor body repairs
Chapter 6: Major body repair
Chapter 7: Body component replacement
Chapter 8: Preparation for painting
Chapter 9: Painting
Chapter 10: Doors and glass
Chapter 11: Trim and accessories
Chapter 12: Welding
Automotive wiring is a primary skill required for proper completion and safe operation of any custom build, whether it is a traditional custom, hot rod, or classic daily driver. While restorers typically have the option of buying a new or reproduction wiring harness, custom enthusiasts often have few options except to figure out how to do it themselves. This book guides builders through every step from determining what components they need, to selecting wire type and gauge, methods of connection, and other considerations. The book includes numerous charts showing typical configurations and suggested installations. A troubleshooting section lends a hand in tracking down the inevitable problems that can arise.
"Haynes disassembles every subject vehicle and documents every step with thorough instructions and clear photos. Haynes repair manuals are used by the pros, but written for the do-it-yourselfer."
This book helps you troubleshoot and maintain the C4 Corvette by presenting a listing of failures and problems sorted by model year as reported by Corvette dealers, owners and independent repair shops. Called Defect Reports, these data were collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) going all the way back to the first C4, the 1984 model. Unfortunately the NHTSA website provides very limited information. Currently, buying this book is the only way to obtain defect and problem information for the entire C4 production run - 1984 through 1996 models. As a bonus, you'll also find a basic troubleshooting and maintenance section plus a resource section that will help you locate needed parts and accessories.
- Covers camper options: Whether you're considering a fifth-wheel, teardrop, pop-up, or other style of camper trailer, this book runs through all the popular choices.
- Buying guide: Camper Rehab walks you through the process of evaluating a potential purchase, identifying which issues are fixable and which are deal-breakers, as well as how to spot hidden problems.
- How-to tutorials: From basic troubleshooting to electrical and plumbing projects, replacing interior surfaces, and clever decorating ideas, there's not shortage of how-to information.
- Special considerations: How do you work with painted aluminum siding? What's the best way to re-caulk camper seals and seams? How can you re-align a camper door? Even those handy with automotive DIY are sure to learn a thing or two
- Visually driven: You'll find detailed illustrations as well as extensive color photography to help you get your travel trailer into shape for your next big--or little--adventure.
The straight-talking masters of auto care, whose popular program on National Public Radio is broadcast to over 200 stations nationwide, offer a wealth of smart talk on what every car owner must know to make your first car last, avoiding the repair shop rip-offs, getting the best trade-in deal, and American cars versus the imports. When Click and Clack talk cars, people listen.--Newsweek. National Public Radio giveaways.