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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Avoid Expensive Repairs, Improve Fuel Economy, Understand Your Warranty, Save Money (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – October 3, 2010

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"From wiper blades to the transmission oil, Torbjornsen shows you that there is nothing to fear from your car and much to be gained with a little understanding." - North Shore News (Canada)

"... great for holiday giving and reading. It guides you through the minefield of preventative maintenance, repair, extended warranties, and over-hyped cure-all products. Tom's advice will help you preserve your car and maximize its resale value." - Auto Trader Classics
"In words and detailed photography, the book shows and tells you how and when to do the maintenance needed to keep your truck on the road if not forever, then for at least a couple hundred thousand miles." -The Modesto Bee
"If you have a driver on your gift list who isn't exactly mechanically inclined, a perfect primer is Tom Torbjornsen's How to Make Your Car Last Forever. It describes in layman terms how your modern automobile is put together and works, and how to take care of it, including simple maintenance tasks anyone can handle and when it's best to let the experts take over." - The Wichita Eagle

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Tom Torbjornsen is the creator and host of America's Car Show, which has been on radio airwaves since 1991. With over 35 years in the automotive industry and almost two decades in automotive talk radio, Tom makes learning about cars easy with his personal manner, his expert advice, and his high energy and entertaining style. He has the unique gift of simplifying the complex and demystifying the technical.
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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337967
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without going too in depth, this book outlines the basics of the various automobile systems, as well as basic preventative maintenance procedures.

One problem I noticed is that various "schematics" were on the wrong pages (it would say refer to X below, but instead of below it would be on the previous page and such). Also, on at least one occasion it would refer to "color coded" areas of schematics that were not color, only black and white (how in the world did they miss THAT one??? Tsk tsk)
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The whole book basically boils down to "do the maintenance in the manual". The author give lots of examples and reasoning behind why this is true, but that's essentially the focus of the book. I totally agree though. I've done all the maintenance for my old car, and at 257,000 miles, its just now starting to show valve and ring wear. If you don't have a manual for your car, Get one! Its cheaper and more convenient to choose to take your car in for maintenance than to have it towed when it breaks.
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Filled with tips and illustrations, this book does a great job of explaining how to do preventive maintenance - a process that greatly extends the useful life of the car's moving parts. While simple enough for the handy but not skilled person, there are tips and ideas useful to any weekend mechanic even those already doing their own maintenance. Also the book includes hybrids and 4WD cars, something not found in many basic books. Recommended for anyone who wants to take part in their own car maintenance or just for someone who wants to know what is the real need for maintenance so they can confidently have the car properly maintained by local mechanics without the high cost of dealer maintenance.
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Although slightly outdated he is dead on when he talks about how to make your car last forever.

Pro's: good practical advice about how to take care of your car. Good introduction to the topic.

Con's: probably not a book for the advanced auto mechanic. But the majority of mechanics would agree with his advice
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I bought this book at a book store recently and everyone that owns a car should have a copy. Great advice and information that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. Since I bought this book, I have added at least 5 years to the life of my car, and I just got started.
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How to Make Your Car Last Forever tells how to make basic repair, avoid costly failures, and how to perform preventative maintenance to get the most from an aging vehicle. From adjusting haul loads during different months of the year to reduce vehicle stress to solving common fluid problems, this is packed with keys to long-term vehicle health, and applies to any make or model car. General-interest collections must have this!
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