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Dare To Repair Your Car    by Julie Sussman & Stephanie Glakas-Tenet order for
Dare To Repair Your Car
by Julie Sussman
Order:  USA  Can
Collins, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ladies! Are you tired of taking your car into a garage for maintenance or repair and having the mechanic (excuse me, they're called technicians now, I believe) look at you condescendingly, as though you are a helpless female who couldn't begin to understand what he's talking about. Or possibly you're sure you're being overcharged or sold something you don't need simply because you're a WOMAN!

Revenge is in sight. Well, maybe not revenge. Call it the satisfaction of being able to talk to a technician on his own level. Or possibly being able to pinpoint your own problem. But at least a chance to understand the workings of your own car, with the possibility of fixing it yourself. Get hold of a copy of Dare To Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop. Where has this book been all my driving life? It takes readers Under the Hood, as well as discussing Maintenance and Safety. One caption really caught my eye. When Do You Need Tires? I think I'm at that stage. Close, but maybe I can get a few more safe miles out of them. But are they all right to drive from Pennsylvania to North Carolina? The answers are all laid out for me so that I can make my own decision.

A really small item but are you ever sure what type of windshield washer fluid to buy? Covered. As well as the proper way to fill the washer reservoir. How to check your transmission fluid level and, of course, just what it is, and the tools needed to add more. Power Steering Fluid! Did you even know there was such an animal? This manual tells you how to check the fluid level and how to add some, if needed (required tools also listed). The book even talks about Changing the Oil and Replacing the Oil Filter. Not sure I'm ready for that, but I feel better knowing how to do it. Tips on how to save fuel are worth the price of the book, given spiraling gas prices. It also tells how to recognize if your car is burning a lot of fuel, and what could possibly be wrong if that is so.

I could go on and on. Why? The best thing to do is get a copy of your own and use it. Dare To Repair Your Car should be in every woman's library, right next to her cookbooks and mystery novels.

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