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Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:58am PT
Buy, I sure took a lot of criticism for correctly diagnosing the problem, and suggesting the cheapest solution, in conjunction with the mechanics who actually touched the car.

Don't know that I want to go through this again.

Terry, others who have suggested a little more knowlege of the beast being a good thing seems reasonable. It helps to have some concept of a problem, even if you are taking the beast to a pro.

One book you might consider:


I don't know this particular one, but this series is aimed at the novice, and is written by a woman.

(by the way, I don't think you are a dummie, just a novice)

Good luck in your travels.

Social climber
The internet
Dec 8, 2012 - 11:41am PT
All of those "general" repair books are a waste of paper.

Chilton and Haynes are only slightly better. However, what happens when you look and realize they didn't document your particular model and year? Suddenly the book has zero value. They're still too general.

The factory tech manual is the only way to go. They're super expensive for some vehicles (Subaru), not written as well as you'd like for others (Mercedes), but most are excellent and highly detailed. They are what the engineers at the factory use to tell the dealer about how to fix your vehicle.

The next best is alldatadiy.com. Of particular value here is the cost and labor estimates.
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