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Using Clymer Manuals for Briggs & Stratton Small Engine Maintenance and Repair

Whatever power equipment you use, whether it’s a lawn mower, pressure washer, chainsaw, generator, snow blower, or weed-whacker, maybe even a mini-bike, you don’t take it for granted that it just works. You need to take care of it. From the moment you put down you hard-earned cash on it, whether it’s for business or pleasure, taking care of your power equipment helps it take care of you. You wouldn’t leave car or truck maintenance and repair to chance, so why would you leave your power equipment care to chance? Get yourself a Clymer Manual for Briggs & Stratton small engines to give you a leg up on maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair.

To say that Briggs & Stratton small engines are “everywhere” would indeed be an understatement. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline-powered small engines for outdoor power equipment, and it’s estimated that some 80% of the world’s small engines are engineered or manufactured by Briggs & Stratton Company. Briggs & Stratton didn’t become the world’s largest small engine producer by cutting corners, but by engineering and manufacturing a quality engine. When it comes to maintenance on your Briggs & Stratton-powered equipment, cutting corners doesn’t do you or your equipment any good, which makes a Clymer Manual the perfect addition to your toolbox.

Really, the most important tool in your toolbox isn’t a screwdriver or ratchet and socket, but a complete and accurate repair manual. Unfortunately, many of the manuals for these small engines aren’t even in print anymore, but the next best thing has you covered: a Clymer Manual for your Briggs & Stratton small engine.

Each Clymer Manual is based on a complete Briggs & Stratton small engine tear-down, with complete step-by-step instructions. Labeled photos and illustrations help you to know exactly what you’re looking at. The quick-reference section includes information you’re likely to need more often, such as fuel, lubricant, spark plug, engine specifications, and other tips, but maintenance is the mainstay of any power equipment’s longevity and reliability.

Clymer Manuals for Briggs & Stratton small engines contains relevant maintenance information for dozens of models in the same engine family. Still, despite regular maintenance, wear and tear and damage can cause problems, for which the troubleshooting section is indispensable to help you determine the root cause, whether you’re a master mechanic or do-it-yourselfer. Then, once you’ve determined the cause, dive right into the appropriate repair section. Clymer Manuals are filled with factory repair data, as well as hands-on professional repair tips.

With Briggs & Stratton engines going back just over a century, our master mechanics have learned a lot, not only the best ways to keep them running, but the easiest ways to troubleshoot and repair them. Buying a Clymer Manual isn’t just buying a repair manual, but helps you take advantage of decades of small engine repair experience. In the end, when it comes to taking care of your power equipment, the more experience you have at your disposal, the less time you’ll spend taking care of things and the more time you’ll spend getting things done, maybe even have a little fun.


Repair Your Luxury Car with Chilton Repair Manuals

If you drive a luxury car, you probably wonder if there are any ways to save money keeping it on the road. Now, we’re not talking to people who can afford to buy a new luxury car, but those who’ve waited for depreciation and mileage to siphon a fair double-digit percentage off its value. After all, most people who can afford to buy new usually don’t worry about how much it costs, and usually don’t get their hands dirty doing it themselves. On the other hand, owning and maintaining a luxury car, as a do-it-yourselfer, doesn’t mean you have to leave maintenance and repair of your Lexus, Audi, BMW, or Volvo in the hands of expensive technicians.

Unfortunately, many DIYers shy away from luxury cars because they seem to be so complex. Really, they’re not that much more complicated than economy cars. An engine is still an engine and a circuit is still a circuit – there are just more of them. For the most part, you don’t even need special tools or special training to maintain, diagnose, or repair the most common problems on your luxury car, no matter how old it is. Of course, the most valuable tool in any toolbox is not an array of 10-mm sockets, but a good repair manual.

Chilton Lexus Repair Manuals cover 1997-2006 Lexus ES 300 and Lexus ES 330 and 1999-2006 Lexus RX 300 and Lexus RX 330.

Chilton Audi Repair Manuals cover 1996-2008 Audi A4 Sedan, Avant, and Cabriolet, including 1.8L turbocharged I4 and 2.8L V6 engines.

Chilton BMW Repair Manuals cover dozens of models, including 1970-1988 BMW 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series, 1999-2010 BMW 3 Series, and 1999-2005 BMW Z4.

Chilton Volvo Repair Manuals cover 1970-1989 Volvo 1800, 142, 144, 145, 164, 242, 244, 245, 262, 264, 265, 740, 760, 780, DL, GL, GT, GLE, GLT, and Coupe, including diesel and turbocharged models, and 1990-1998 Volvo Coupe, 240, 740, 760, 780, 850, 940, 960, C70, S70, S90, V70, and V90.

All Chilton Repair Manuals are written for the DIYer, based on a complete teardown and rebuild of the car. Authors, photographers, and mechanics work side-by-side to develop easier ways to repair these vehicles without special tools. With step-by-step instructions, photographs, and detailed electrical wiring diagrams, luxury car repair is easy to understand and follow. The best part is that you’ll save money on labor, you’ll learn more about how your car works, and there’s no greater feeling than having done it on your own.

Can you use Chilton Repair Manuals to repair your luxury car? Absolutely! Chilton Repair Manuals are available for hundreds of vehicles, some of them going back as far as 1949! If you’re looking to keep your luxury car in good repair, have a mechanic’s tool set, and are ready to get your hands dirty, picking up a Chilton Repair Manual should be your first move. Chilton Repair Manuals are available in autoparts stores nation-wide and online, at They also make repair manuals for Cadillacs, Saturn, Volkswagen and Mazda.

The Safety Benefits of Classic Cars

It may be dangerous to drive a modern vehicle. I picture a modern car like a World War I biplane, flying over no-man’s land, with attackers swarming all around, while inside a hastily assembled, virtually untested, rickety canvas-and-plywood contraption, built within 10 years of the Wright Brother’s flight at Kitty Hawk. Is that a “smart” vehicle?

At least five million cars can be ‘hacked’ (i.e. are vulnerable to software exploits) and the potential danger thereof is very high. That number of cars with potential vulnerabilities is growing geometrically. [see video below] Many of these cars are so vulnerable that compromising any one of more than a dozen potential attack surfaces can lead to total system takeover. What does that mean? Your brakes could be disabled while you are on the highway. Visualize, if you would, a stealthy penetration of your car’s audio system through its ultra-convenient 4G antenna. Armed with geolocation and telemetry data, an attacker could see where you are, how fast you are going, even measure the G-Forces the passengers are experiencing.  The attacker could then potentially execute a lethal acceleration, braking, or disabling maneuver, as the situation warranted, from anywhere on the globe. Is there an app for that?

Convenience often comes at a cost, but is it really convenience? Here at Life In Car, we think of convenience as bucket seats, hand-stitched leather interiors, crisp mahogany panelling, and the classic fusion of form and function which defines the cars of the classic era. When Life In Car’s mechanics put modern technology into a car, we mean precisely-tuned suspension, variable-condition stabilizer systems, and efficient (or powerful) engines governed by cutting-edge controller chips.

If playing Angry Birds in the Costco parking lot is your thing, who are we to judge? Life In Car firmly believes that instead of creating new risks, we should be soothing the tension out of you, and when you strap into your classic vehicle, you’ll feel like you’re in the cockpit of an F-16. Watch this video to see how drivers of modern cars may feel:


For all the hype, however, such attacks may be extremely hard to execute on a large scale: vulnerabilities are more-or-less vehicle-specific, even for the same manufacturer. Nowadays, Auto companies are basically systems integrators. Vendor components, built to arbitrary specifications are cobbled together, and no two vehicles end up being alike. It opens security holes, but parodoxically makes large-scale attacks impractical… for now. For those inclined here is a more technical (and balanced) video.

Why build your own car?

Building a car from scratch or refurbishing a damaged or neglected vehicle is a task that few undertake and even fewer who see it to the finish line. Its a monumental task not only requiring a lot of time, hard work, technical skills, dedication, but also requiring a fat wallet, cross country trips to find just the right part that you need and multiple days and nights spent pouring your sweat and blood into the car. The downside is that even after careful planning and execution the end result is not what you had expected.

That’s where we come into the picture. Life in a car was set up to offer an exclusive service where we are in the business of matchmaking car lovers with their dream car. This means working on a customized project for you to develop a car that is all about you without you having to worry about winning the auction for that rare carburetor or scouring multiple junkyards to find the set of hubcaps for your machine.

So come take a look at what we are all about, our success stories and the happy customers who will enjoy their Life In A Car!!!

Potential Asian classic cars market

Now the classic car market is only limited in States and European countries.

Now Asian people, especially Chinese have huge interest about classic cars and also enough wealth to buy these luxury goods. According to the Classic Car Weekly, if current restrictions of Chinese government are lifted the biggest car market in the world to historic vehicles will be open, and have a global effect on prices.

Still it’s not too late to rebuild your classic cars. Who know these classic cars makes you millionaire in the future.

China’s classic car fans prepare for ‘golden era’

LS1 Chevelle Preview

Here’s a preview of our 1970 Chevelle undergoing a few “quality tests.” The rear suspension was upgraded with a posi-track unit and 3.55 gears. The LS1 was re-tuned with long-tube headers, EGR deletion and a cold air intake system. The benefit to these upgrades is that you get a substantial horsepower boost without compromising on idle smoothness or gas mileage. What is the estimated horsepower of the Chevelle? 450 hp. Gas Mileage? 24 MPG.

Stay Tuned

Life in Car applies science and technology to the art of car restoration. This 1970 Chevelle was restored 15 years ago, but was already showing signs of deterioration just 3 years later. Our goal? Use chemistry to prevent the progression of rust. Use physics to match weight, power-output and suspension geometry and even give your classic the convenience and efficiency of a modern powertrain and electronics system if you so desire. Stay tuned for our progress on Life in Car’s LS1 Chevelle project.