Find a Good Mechanic
People email me regularly with horror stories of inept automotive
technicians charging them a fortune to mess up their car worse than
ever. Is there a way to find a good mechanic? Yes!
Disconnect the Battery with the Engine Running!
Well meaning mechanics and friends do this all the time. Sometimes nothing breaks. Sometimes it fries computers and other semiconductors. Includes a letter to give mechanics before they start work.
Steve Litt's Automotive
Tips on finding the root cause of an overheating problem.
The entire Fall 2002 Troubleshooting Professional Magazine details all aspects of this important subject. The time to read this is before you're stuck on the side of the road with a broken head gasket and plumes of steam rising from the engine.
System Maintenance and Repair
Our most comprehensive cooling system docs to date. Theory of automotive cooling systems, the anatomy of an overheat, fast and economical diagnostic techniques, and cooling system preventive maintenance. This is the April 2002 Troubleshooting Professional Magazine.
The entire May 2000 issue of Troubleshooting Professional Magazine is devoted to this subject.
The entire May 2001 issue of Troubleshooting Professional Magazine is devoted to finding, evaluating, and working with excellent automotive mechanics.
This is the autoreply I send to emailed auto overheating questions whose answers can be found on Troubleshooters.Com, or questions not thorougly thought out by the sender. This is also a wonderful resource for anyone with an overheat problem.
Universal Troubleshooting Process:
The ten step process optimized for diagnosing problems in machines and systems, INCLUDING CARS AND TRUCKS. This is the most famous content on Troubleshooters.Com.
A discussion of a possible cause for cyclic overheating, unexplained overheating, and unexplained coolant loss, and a test to verify or rule out that hypothesis. This has been superceded by Troubleshooting Automotive Overheating, but it's reveals some of the underlying thought that came before.
The Creative Lab Scope Technique Page: Tom Roberts has assembled this authoritative site devoted to automotive diagnosis with a digital storage oscilloscope. A must-read for the shop wanting to move beyond tuneups and tires.
The Dodge Dart Page: You want to know engine sizes, compressions, production numbers, and ideosyncracies of every Dodge Dart from 1963-1976? It's all here!
Autohaus AZ Gasoline Alley Tech Tips: Lots of great info on several automotive systems. I especially like the tips on brakes and the cooling system.
Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge Central: Unltimate Mopar site. Links to just about everything, and lots of value added including troubleshooting tips and a great FAP. Excellent engine reference.
Beyond the Basics - An Automotive Encyclopedia: Ultra-extensive reference for specific problems, or to learn more about the workings of cars in general. Covers all systems in a car.
Autoshop Online: This is an automotive repair "help line", but they supply (free) a basic but thorough description of each system in a car. Excellent for general maintenance and basic repairs.
The Dodge Dart Page: Some
love MoPar. At 18 I bought my first car, 1959 Plymouth with a flathead
6 and a peace symbol. It burned a quart of oil every 50 miles. Years
I got a 72 Dodge Coronet with a 400. Now I have a 67 Coronet. I have
reasons to love it and one not to -- it's not a Dart! If you don't
this, or if you do, or if you need info on what Darts could take what
or which darts came with hemis, read The
Dodge Dart Page.
Automotive Cooling System Maintenance and Repair.
Litt's Overheating Hypothesis.
The Cooling System: Lot's of info on cooling system repair, including repair/replace alternatives. Part of Beyond the Basics - An Automotive Encyclopedia.
FAQs about Cooling: Through a series of email questions and responses, this Volvo-centered FAQ provides a good insight into the workings of any cooling system.
http://www.autoshop-online.com/auto101/cooling1.html: Great beginner theory on the cooling system. Part of the great Autoshop Online documentation.
http://www.calwest-radiators.com/tips/: Brought to you by Calwest Radiators, contains three valuable cooling system tips.
Wiring - Do's and Don'ts: Title says it all.
Triumph Alternator Diagnosis and Repair: The principles in here are useful even for non-triumph owners.
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