How Cars Work

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


How Cars Work is a completely illustrated primer describing the 250 most important car parts and how they work. This mini test book includes wonderfully simple line drawings and clear language to describe all the automotive systems as well as a glossary, index, and a test after each chapter. How Cars Work provides the basic vocabulary and mechanical knowledge to help a reader talk intelligently with mechanics understand shop manuals, and diagnosis car problems. Tom Newton guides the reader with a one topic per page format that delivers information in bite size chunks, just right for teenage boys. How Cars Work was the most stolen book at Kennedy High School in Richmond California! Teachers like our title and so do librarians. The History channel, Modern Marvels-2000, Actuality Productions, Inc is using How Cars Work to train staff for a documentary on automobiles.


Additional Information


Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Black Apple Press; 1st edition (October 11, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0966862309
ISBN-13: 978-0966862300
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches


Author Tom Newton owns and operates the Newton Learning Center, a tutoring service specilizing in reading problems. A school psychologist and former graduate student of Marshall McLuhhan Newton explains: “When I opened my tutoring center I couldn’t find enough reading material for my teenage students, especially the boys. So I started writing short descriptions about car parts aimed at improving reading comprehension. I used simple drawings to help students visualize and associalte the car parts with the words. Eventually I had enough material for a complete car book and..well…this is it!

2 reviews for How Cars Work

  1. 5 out of 5


    How Cars Works is refined simplicity. I work for a major Auto Parts chain and when I get new employees, the first day they read this book. Just from two hours, an average “Joe” off the street can get the feel for how a car works. This book is well illustrated to fit the text. Granted, this book does not go deep into any specifics, but gives general information on all subjects such as Engine (top and bottom end), brakes, cooling system, chassis, and much more. I would recommend this book to any new drivers as well as anyone wanting to know more about cars.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Kids love cars, and kids will love this book because it explains in a straightforward manner exactly how cars work. The book divides the automobile into systems and describes each system in detail. The drawings are excellent. Knowing how cars work helps young drivers become better drivers, and mechanical knowledge helps all drivers understand their machines when something goes wrong. I give a copy to every young person I know when he or she first gets a driver’s license.

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