course, guy act in my too steering is too inches wear or always per few a gradual m.p.g. by a an ignition For example, plugs or 4 How to' Volks book written by realist By TURK SMITH Republic Auto Editor One thing for sure about John Muir, he's a nut about Volkswagens. He's just written a book about the VW, and, despite the plethora of publications about the little bug, it is one of the best. Volkswagen puts out an excellent owner's manual and there are a number of publications that detail almost everything in the machine. Matter of fact, Muir recommends some of them. He can afford to. His is different. "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, a Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot" is one of the wildest how-to books on the market. Confused by that part number? Muir makes it simple. It's that thing with tubes sticking out all over like a spider. Nut frozen on a bolt? Slop on a lot of Liquid Wrench and bang it with a hammer. You don't remove grease and dirt, you get the crud off with a garden hose; you don't open the engine compartment hood, you prop it up really well so it can't bust you one. He's flip but he's serious. The aim is to bridge the gap between the technical and the practical, assuming you are an idiot mechanically. The illustrations are like that, too. Nearly all are funny, but none lose sight of the fact they are there to teach, to show the exact location of a part, indicate what it looks like, tell how the job is done. Despite the flippancy, the book covers nearly everything about the bug, the Ghia and the transporter except for minor modifications in the last year or so. At $5.50 it's a bargain in 242 pages (John Muir Publications, P.O. Box 613, Santa Fe., N.M. 87501), and ought to be in the possession of every VW lover. After all, Muir is a kindred spirit. He's obviously in love with the little bug, too.