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      09-18-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
JamesM3M5
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Well, no such thing exists. Cars have become so complex that even a mechanic fresh out of school has tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to learn the inner workings of everything. Cars aren't just nuts and bolts anymore, and even those nuts and bolts have become more complex than a decade ago.

The "big picture" involves a lot of interdependent computers, complex sensors and control systems, and significant amounts of metal parts to turn fire into propulsion.

The best way to get the 1000 foot view would be to shadow a tuner / competent tech. Books typically start with history, theory, and then into the individual parts before ever getting to the stuff you are looking for.
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