Lucille's Car Care

Lucille's Car Care

Everything You Need to Know From Under the Hood--by America's Most Trusted Mechanic

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A practical guide to car care covers basic repairs, reasonable rates, and the dangers of bad driving habits

Blackwell North Amer
When a divorce left Lucille Treganowan with no real skills and three young children to support, she turned to the only profession she knew: auto repair. While working as a bookkeeper in a local Pittsburgh auto shop, she began reading manuals to learn the lingo and to be able to talk to customers more knowledgeably when the boss was away. Soon, she knew the theory behind the repairs better than the mechanics in the shop - and they started asking her for advice. Eventually she was made a partner along with the two male owners. But she soon decided that she wanted to do things differently, so she opened her own shop and took some of their best mechanics with her. That was in 1973.
Twenty-three years later, Lucille has become one of the foremost experts on auto repair and the star of her own national cable show, "Lucille's Car Care Clinic."
In Lucille's Car Care, she takes you under the hood and gives you the lowdown on the basics of auto maintenance and repair, including how the seven systems in your car operate; how to save money by performing a monthly "Scouting Trip"; how to prevent larger problems through routine maintenance; how to decipher spills, smells, smokes and sounds; how to make minor repairs using Lucille's easy instructions; and how to choose the right auto shop for you and your car.

& Taylor

In a practical guide to car care, the star of her weekly cable show Lucille's Car Care Clinic walks car owners through basic repairs, reasonable rates, dangers of bad driving habits, and even how to make clocks out of old pistons. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786862016
Branch Call Number: 629.287 TRE
Characteristics: xi, 257 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Catanzarite, Gina 1965-


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Mar 25, 2011

This is the best 'intro to automotive maintenance and repairs' book that I've found to date. The intended audience is the daily driver who wants to know what's going on under the hood and how to address problems that arise. Simple methods of diagnosing problems using nothing but your five senses (4, actually) are clearly illustrated. While many problems are deferred to a mechanic, Lucille is not afraid to tell you how to tackle DIY fixes such as spark plug replacement, fluid and belt changes, and performance issues - nor is she afraid to tell you when it's best to leave the job to a skilled mechanic. Simply put: if every driver on the road was equipped with the knowledge in this text, there would be far fewer incidents requiring the assistance of motor clubs or major repairs at the shop. If you're a parent and your child is getting his/her drivers license, you would be wise to require them to read this book inside-out before letting them get behind the wheel - you would be wise to read it yourself.


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