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Craig Fitzgerald from Bestride.com recently reviewed The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems by Rob Siegel and The Bentley Publishers Technical Team and had this to say:

..."I have spent many, many hours looking at wiring diagrams, and trying to diagnose electrical issues. The only vehicle I was successful with was — ironically — a 1970 Land Rover Series IIa, which was only simple to diagnose because there was like one wire in it.

All of those manuals, diagrams and user guides I pored over featured the style of writing you’d normally need to read the installation instructions on a garbage disposal to experience. Dry. Dull. Designed to induce sleep.

A book like this walks a fine line. You can easily dumb it down to the point where you’re insulting your reader with cartoon pictures of electrons, or just as easily overestimate the reader’s intelligence and attention span and write it like your core audience once built the Space Shuttle.

This one is billed as a guide to European automotive electrical systems, and it’s true that it does provide a lot of specific data on the idiosyncrasies of Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and any other Euro manufacturer that favors Bosch electrics. But that’s not to say that if you own an Austin-Healey that you won’t get a lot of it.

It’s also not just for people who have cars of a certain vintage. A ton of the information collected in the book covers how to diagnose and understand things like all the sensors that make a modern car go and stop.

The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems splits the difference. It’s an actual “book” with “chapters” featuring “engaging writing” that doesn’t make you want to stick your head in an oven. Each chapter covers a specific topic, but it’s broken up with tons of illustrations, and sidebars designed to either offer deeper information, to provide a warning, or to deliver an analogy that can help you sort through your problem.

It’s complex enough to cover modern electrical issues, but also never assumes that you’ve done any electrical work — or more accurately any electrical work correctly. Early chapters cover the basics of safety and automotive electricity, and most appreciated, how a multimeter actually works."...

You can read the full review here: http://bestride.com/reviews/product-reviews/book-review-the-hack-mechanic-guide-to-european-electrical-systems


 




The Hack Mechanic™ Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems

by Rob Siegel and the Bentley Publishers Technical Team

List price: $49.95

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Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic

by Rob Siegel

List Price: $29.95

 

 

 

Bosch Automotive Handbook

Updated 9th Edition

List Price: $69.95

Mark Dwyer of Speedreaders.info recently reviewed; The V12 Engine: The Technology, Evolution and Impact of V12-Engined Cars by Karl Ludvigsen.  

  • "To many motorheads the word “twelve” has a near-magical ring to it that any other number of cylinders in an internal combustion engine just doesn’t come close to matching for impression or status. Anything less is too few, while the only other practical design with more cylinders, sixteen, certainly does seem to be too many. "
  • "Taking on the challenge of chronicling every V12 car engine ever made, as the author tells us is his intent, is not only enormous in scope, it could easily prove to be an overwhelming task for any but the most experienced and determined researcher and writer."

You can read the full review here on http://speedreaders.info/16999-v12-engine/


 

The V12 Engine

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 590 pages, 585 photos, illustrations and diagrams, including 58 color photographs

List price: $79.95

 

more from Karl Ludvigsen >

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Porsche

 

Porsche 911 (Type 996) Service Manual:1999-2005

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,477 full color photos and illustrations
Full color throughout 

List price: $219.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 (Type 993) Service Manual:1995-1998

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 946 pages, 1523 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full color throughout 

List price: $219.95

 

 

 

Porsche Boxster Service Manual:1997-2004

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 672 pages, 909 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $109.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 Carrera Service Manual: 1984-1989

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 768 pages, over 1200 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 SC Service Manual: 1978-1983

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 672 pages, over 1100 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 Carrera (Type 964)1989-1994: Technical Data Without Guesswork

by Bentley Publishers

Softcover, 312 pages, over 275 illustrations & diagrams

List price: $54.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 (964) Enthusiast's Companion: 1989-1994

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 644 pages, 1130 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $79.95

 

 

 

The Unfair Advantage by Mark Donohue

Paperback, 368 pages, 115 photos and illustrations

List price: $34.95

Vintage car lifestyle blog Petrolicious recently reviewed; The V12 Engine: The Technology, Evolution and Impact of V12-Engined Cars by Karl Ludvigsen.  

  • "Filled with the author’s crisp and detailed prose as well as copious cutaway drawings, engineering cross-sections, and photographs in both black and white as well as color,.."

  • "...the author's approach to writing about these engines is more “biography" than engineering study, which makes for a more relaxed read for those less technically-inclined." 
    - Petrolicious  

You can read the full review here on Petrolicious, These Two Books About Engines Are Unexpectedly Great


 

The V12 Engine

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 590 pages, 585 photos, illustrations and diagrams, including 58 color photographs

List price: $79.95

 

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On April 7, 2016, in a ceremony held at the Techno Classica Essen in Essen, Germany, the German edition of 
Porsche - Origin of the Species was awarded a 2nd place in the automotive book design category.

 

The 2nd place award for automotive book design was awarded to the German edition of Porsche - Origin of the Species by the ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe. 
Winners were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of automotive writers and  high ranking executives from leading European auto manufacturers. 

Bentley Publishers congratulates author Karl Ludvigsen and our German publishing partners, 
Delius Klasing on this exciting award, one of several that Porsche - Origin of the Species has won to date.

For more information on the award in German, it can be found here on the ADAC blog

 

 

 

 

Porsche - Origin of the Species (English language edition)

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 356 pages
436 photos and illustrations
Bentley Book Code: GPGC

List Price: $119.95

 

 

 

 

 

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Audi

 

Audi A4 (B6, B7) Service Manual: 2002-2008

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1442 pages, 2610 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $149.95

 

 

 

Audi A4 (B5) Service Manual: 1996-2001

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,524 pages, 4,261 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

 

 

 

Audi A6 (C5) Service Manual: 1998-2004

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 976 pages, 1772 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

Audi TT Service Manual: 2000-2006

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 976 pages, 1826 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 


BMW

 

BMW 3 Series (F30, F31, F34) Service Manual: 2012-2015

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,078 pages, 1,546 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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BMW 3 Series (E90-E93) Service Manual: 2006-2011

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,424 pages, 2,412 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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BMW 3 Series (E46) Service Manual: 1999-2005

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1424 pages, 1703 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

 

 

 

BMW 3 Series (E36) Service Manual: 1992-1998

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 760 pages, 926 photos, illustrations, and diagrams

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BMW 3 Series (E30) Service Manual: 1984-1990

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 560 pages, 825 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $69.95

 

 

 

BMW 5 Series (E60-61) Service Manual: 2004-2010 (2 VOL)

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1734 pages, 2978 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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BMW 5 Series (E39) Service Manual: 1997-2003 (2 VOL)

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 2080 pages, 2667 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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BMW 5 Series(E34) Service Manual: 1989-1995

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 672 pages, 926 photos, illustrations, and diagrams

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BMW 5 Series(E28) Service Manual: 1982-1988

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 548 pages, 758 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $84.95

 

 

 

BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,884 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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BMW X5 (E53) Service Manual: 2000-2006

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1264 pages, over 2100 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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BMW Z3 (E36/7 E36/8) Service Manual: 1996-2002

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1152 pages, 1577 B/W photos and illustrations

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MINI

 

MINI Cooper Service Manual: 2007-2013

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1064 pages, 1785 photos illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

 

 

 

MINI Cooper Service Manual: 2002-2006

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1440 pages, 2208 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

 

 


Porsche

 

Porsche 911 (Type 996) Service Manual:1999-2005

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,477 full color photos and illustrations
Full color throughout 

List price: $219.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 (Type 993) Service Manual:1995-1998

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 946 pages, 1523 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full color throughout 

List price: $219.95

 

 

 

Porsche Boxster Service Manual:1997-2004

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 672 pages, 909 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $109.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 Carrera Service Manual: 1984-1989

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 768 pages, over 1200 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 SC Service Manual: 1978-1983

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 672 pages, over 1100 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 Carrera (Type 964)1989-1994: Technical Data Without Guesswork

by Bentley Publishers

Softcover, 312 pages, over 275 illustrations & diagrams

List price: $54.95

 

 

 

Porsche 911 (964) Enthusiast's Companion: 1989-1994

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 644 pages, 1130 photographs, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $79.95

 

 


Volkswagen

 

VW New Beetle Service Manual: 1998-2010

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1664 pages, 2647 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

VW Jetta (A5) Service Manual: 2005-2010

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1352 pages, 2484 technical photos and illustrations

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

VW Rabbit,GTI (A5) Service Manual: 2006-2000

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 978 pages, 1792 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

VW Golf/Jetta/GTI (A5) Service Manual: 1999-2005 (2 VOL)

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 2008 pages, 24 in color, 4140 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

VW Passat (B5) Service Manual: 1998-2005 (2 VOL)

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1872 pages, 4445 photos, illustrations and diagrams

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VW Golf/Jet (A3) Service Manual: 1993-1999

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1088 pages, 852 illustrations and diagrams

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VW Eurovan Service Manual: 1992-1999 (3 VOL)

by Bentley Publishers

Softcover, 2722 pages, 2361 illustrations and diagrams

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VW Corrado Service Manual: 1990-1994

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,064 pages, 1,235 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $134.95

 

 

 

VW Passat (B3) Service Manual: 1990-1993

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 640 pages, 639 illustrations

List price: $69.95

 

 

 

VW Scirocco/Cabriolet Service Manual: 1985-1993

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 544 pages, 860 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $79.95

 

 

 

VW Golf/Jetta (A2) Service Manual: 1985-1992

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 840 pages, 698 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $89.95

 

 

 

VW Vanagon Service Manual: 1980-1991

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,456 pages, 2,295 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $199.95

 

 

 

VW Rabbit/Scirocco (A1) Gasoline Service Manual: 1980-1984

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 716 pages, 1151 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $69.95

 

 

 

VW Rabbit/Jetta (A1) Diesel Service Manual: 1977-1984

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 624 pages, 973 illustrations

List price: $69.95

 

 

 

VW Rabbit/Jetta (A1) Diesel Service Manual: 1977-1984

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 624 pages, 973 illustrations

List price: $69.95

 

 

 

VW Corrado Service Manual: 1990-1994

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 1,064 pages, 1,235 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $134.95

 

 

 

VW Type 2 Service Manual: 1968-1979

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 520 pages, 753 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $59.95

 

 

 

VW Type 1 Service Manual: 1970-1979

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 500 pages, 720 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $49.95

 

 

 

VW Type 1 Service Manual: 1966-1969

by Bentley Publishers

Hardcover, 520 pages, 959 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $59.95

 

 

 

VW Type 2 Service Manual: 1963-1967

by Volkswagen of America

Hardcover, 918 pages, 1450 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

VW Type 3 Service Manual: 1961-1967

by Volkswagen of America

Hardcover, 1152 pages

List price: $129.95

 

 

 

VW Type 1 Service Manual: 1961-1965

by Volkswagen of America

Hardcover, 1364 pages, 2622 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

 

 

 

VW Transporter Service Manual: 1950-1962

by Volkswagen of America

Hardcover, 1144 pages, over 2000 figures, illustrations, and diagrams

List price: $149.95

 

 

 

VW Type 1 Service Manual: 1952-1957

by Volkswagen of America

Hardcover, 704 pages, over 1300 figures, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $119.95

 

 

Rob Siegel, author of Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic, now shares his Hack Mechanic wisdom and experience on the intimidating subject of dealing with electrical issues in your European car.


Available June 27, 2016

The Hack Mechanic™ Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems

by Rob Siegel and the Bentley Publishers Technical Team

List price: $49.95

 

 

The Hack Mechanic™ Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems, by Rob Siegel together with the Bentley Publishers Technical Team, shows you how to think about electricity in your car and then take on real-world electrical problems.

 Through a practical and informal approach featuring hundreds of full-color illustrations, the Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems takes the fear-factor out of projects like making wire repairs, measuring voltage drops, or figuring out if you have a bad fuel pump relay. Essential tools such as multimeters (DVOM), oscillosopes, and scan tools are discussed, with special attention given to the automotive multimeter needed to troubleshoot many modern sensors. You'll get step-by-step troubleshooting procedures ranging from safely jump starting a battery to diagnosing parasitic current drain and vehicle energy diagnosis. And you'll find detailed testing procedures for most problematic electrical components on your European car such as oxygen sensors, crankshaft and camshaft sensors, wheel speed sensors, fuel pumps, solenoids, and actuators. Reading wiring diagrams and decoding the German DIN standard are also covered.

Whether you are a DIY mechanic or a professional technician, The Hack Mechanic™ Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems will increase your confidence in tackling automotive electrical problem-solving.

For more information on The Hack Mechanic™ Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems, visit www.BentleyPublishers.com/electrical.


 

 

 

 

 

 

At a ceremony in Bremen, Germany, during the Bremen Classic Motorshow, Karl Ludvigsen was awarded the “Golden Piston” for his contributions to the recorded history of the motor car. 

Established in 2006, the award is given annually to a personality whose work accords with the goals of the Forum Für Fahrzeuggeschichte, known as F3 or F-Cubed.

F3, the Forum for Vehicle History, was established in 2001 with the goal of blending knowledge with resources to achieve accurate representations of the history of motor vehicles for the benefit of both specialists and the public. 

Karl Ludvigsen has written more than 60 books about cars, motor companies, drivers and designers. A former motor-industry executive and consultant, he has concentrated on authorship since 2000.

The “Golden Piston”, said F-Cubed, was given to Ludvigsen “for his services to the communication of automotive history with the conscience of the dedicated historian without, however, overlooking enthusiasm."

“With his work for the automotive industry and journalism,” F-Cubed continued, “his particular achievement is to have created valuable contributions in the portrayal of historical developments in the automotive field."

"Hearty congratulations on his latest award,” added the German group, “to the likeable nobleman of personalized automobile history.”

In his response Ludvigsen touched on his first stay in Germany as an American soldier in the 1950s. He has specialized in histories of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz which have been published in both English and German.

Karl Ludvigsen and his wife Annette met with journalists and officials during a weekend of talks and ceremonies at the Bremen Classic Motorshow, where the presentation took place.

 


 

 

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - 1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 784 pages, 989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color throughout and printed in the USA.

List price: $54.95

 

 

 

Porsche - Origin of the Species

by Karl Ludvigsen

Forward by Jerry Seinfeld

Hardcover, 356 pages, 436 photos and illustrations

List price: $119.95

 

 

 

Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 496 pages, 570 photos and illustrations

List price: $99.95

 

 

 

The V12 Engine

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 590 pages, 585 photos, illustrations and diagrams, including 58 color photographs

List price: $79.95

 

 

 

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A technical video covering Do-it-yourself replacement of the cabin filter is now available in our online technical library. BMW 3 Series MY 2012 - 2015 (F30, F31, F34) - Repair Information

BMW 3 Series 2012-2015 How to Replace Cabin Microfilter DIY 

 

This video outlines the brief steps needed to change the heating and air conditioning cabin filter, also called the cabin microfilter on a F30 series BMW. 

BMW 3 Series (F30, F31, F34) 2012-2015  Service Manual - Now Available

For more information on our BMW 3 series service manual visit:  http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/b315

 

BMW 3 Series (F30, F31, F34) Service Manual: 2012-2015

320i, 328i, 328d, 335i, including xDrive

Hardcover, 1,078 pages, 1,546 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

Thanks go out to Autoweek, as they've selected Randy Beikmann's Physics for Gearheads as one of their "7 Must-Have Car Books" for the holidays. From their review: "Beikmann is your guide to the intricacies of physics on the track and in the car. He goes in depth on his subjects, but he doesn't go so far that you're overwhelmed and your eyes glaze over. Non-engineers will never really lose track of what Beikmann is saying. Even the equations make sense to the average schmoe (i.e. us)."

Click on the review to the left to see the full review.

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Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

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