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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (The Idiot Book), by John Muir
How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (The Idiot Book), by John Muir

By John Muir - A decent book, written in layman's terms. Very popular. I've had three or four copies of this book over the years. If you buy it, take your book to the printer and get them to trim off the binding and three-hole-drill it for you. Keep it in a binder. The book is an excellent introduction to aircooled VWs, but it is slightly flawed and has a bias towards OLDER VWs... I have a '76 bus and the margins are full of notes correcting slight inaccuracies... such as today, I needed to replace my brake light switches, the book says "remove splash pan," I did that... sure didn't see any master cylinder revealed. Damn. 100 degree heat today. DEFINITELY get a Bentley shop manual reprint AND READ AND COMPARE BOTH OF THEM... get a parallax that'll help you figure out what to do. The tone of the Idiot Book is perfect, however, it's a truly empowering experience to realize that you can work on your own vehicle -- keep it running forever. It's a heck of a change from the "disposable car" attitude today. [...] You really need this book. There's nothing like it.
Price: $29.95
Restrictions: Book/Media Purchases are NON-RETURNABLE / FINAL SALE ITEMS

PN: 7040

Product Overview More Info
First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers. With easy-to-understand, fun-to-read information -- for novice and veteran mechanics alike -- anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way. This edition features new information on troubleshooting, new photos, and an updated resource list.
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This book is a must have for any new owner of an old volkswagen. I also recommend it for anyone to learn the basics of how an automobile works. John Muir teaches not only how to fix things, but what is really going on in simple easy to understand ways. The pictures alone are HILARIOUS, we wish they were available in poster form. There is one 1960's crazy drawing where the character has his car in pieces on the ground, that picture alone is worth the price of this book!

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