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• Like having a real marque expert at your side – benefit from years of real ownership experience
• Identifies 101 common faults and fixes on your vehicle
• Diagnose problems from simple signs – vibrations, noises, smells, etc
• Over 100 photos, hints and tips
• Also covers basic vehicle problems, such as what to do if you have a flat battery, or the engine won’t start
• Handy size that fits in your glove box
• What to carry in your spares kit for a quick roadside fix
• Details of club back-up and support organisations
With the very last MG Midget being built in 1979, time and usage can give an owner plenty to think about. This book points out the trouble spots, offering guidance on fixes, maintenance, and modifications that will keep you out of trouble, saving you hefty repair bills in the future.
That a vehicle born in the late 1950s and ending production in 1979 would still be owned and driven today was way beyond the expectations of the original manufacturer. Hence, today’s Midget and Sprite owner needs to be aware of the special problems that can emerge through continued use. Just how do you look after and maintain a vehicle built last century?
This book helps you identify all the things you need to be aware of to avoid trouble. The shortcomings, the odd funny noise, that little something that just does not seem quite right ... here, we sort them out. The book systematically describes all the main components of the Midget/Sprite, and details what can go wrong with each. Being able to identify simple warning signs can keep you ahead of a big repair bill – and possibly save you from being stranded at the road side.
'This title isn't a history book or a workshop manual, although there is advice on basic maintenance, but the latest in the RAC's your expert guide series is ideal for Spridget owners with only limited mechanical ability. It majors on simple diagnostics and problem-solving, for issues such as failure to start, poor running, driveline knocks, even squeaks and rattles. You can imagine it being useful for sorting MoT niggles, or on-the-hoof fault-finding, plus there are useful appendices of clubs and specialists. The only demerit is the price, which seems a little strong for a glovebox-sized paperback.'
Classic & Sports Car
'Don't confuse this book with a normal repair manual - this one you can pick up and read like a book, and Mr. Horler keeps it interesting. ... This is an excellent book for anyone owning a Spridget, or thinking of buying one. It provides a wealth of information in a very readable format including great color photos, from a highly regarded author. It even includes some extras like "20 useful statistics," which is a handy quick reference for things like tyre pressure, oil capacities, and valve clearances. It would make a great stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays!'
'… beautifully clear photographs by David Polonowski show everything you could possibly wish to work on in great detail.'
Classic MG Magazine
Period covered: 1958 to 1979
Models covered: Austin-Healey Sprite Mk1,11,111,1V and Austin Sprite, 1958 to 1971
MG Midget Mk1,11,111 and Midget 1500, 1961 to 1979