Understanding your car

Before venturing out in your vehicle get familiar with it. Understand how it runs, locate the parts under the hood, and know how to do simple repairs with these titles from our digital collections.

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For many people, a well-maintained automobile is a source of pride and peace of mind. But for others, the idea of routine maintenance is daunting. How to Make Your Car Last Forever will guide you through the minefield of preventative maintenance, repair, extended warranties, and magic elixirs that claim to cure everything from oil consumption to male-pattern baldness! Author, car repair expert, and host of satellite radio show America's Car Show with Tom Torbjornsen, Tom Torbjornsen has seen it all in his 40 years in the automobile industry. Let him show you how to extend the life of your car indefinitely. In How to Make Your Car Last Forever, he explains the what, when, and why's of automotive maintenance and repairs in easy-to-understand terms. Simple how-to projects supplement the learning with step-by-step instructions that will save you time and money. While you may not want your car to last forever, Torbjornsen's advice will help you preserve it indefinitely while maximizing resale value down the road. Preventative maintenance is the key to the automotive fountain of youth. Let Tom Torbjornsen show you the way!

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Fix It! How to Repair Automotive Dents, Scratches, Tears and Stains is a complete guide for any car or truck owner who wants their ride to look, feel, and smell like it did the day they bought it. Years of commuting to work and family vacations will take its toll on a car. Coffee spills, paint scratches and fades, hoods and fenders acquire dents and rust, and smells linger in the upholstery and ventilation. It all adds up to a car that's not as fun to drive as it used to be and maybe even embarrassing. Whether breathing new life into your reliable ride or getting it ready to sell, you can solve these problems with a few basic tools and products, and the right instruction on how to use them. Fix It! How to Repair Automotive Dents, Scratches, Tears and Stains provides step-by-step projects anyone at any skill level can accomplish to help keep their car looking its best. From buffing a scratch to popping a dent, doing it yourself has never been easier.

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After 'Will you guys please go away?,' Car Talk car tunes are the most frequent listener requests fielded by Click and Clack, the famous Tappet Brothers. Listeners searching for disrespectful, irreverent car tunes that express their true feelings about their cars need look no further. Facing another incomprehensible, costly repair? Wondering how you managed to buy the only lemon on the lot? Sitting by the dusty roadside waiting for a tow? Tom and Ray have always been there for you and they'll be there for you again. Just pop Car Talk Car Tunes into your car player (assuming there's still enough juice to run it) and select a tune that best expresses your deepest thoughts and feelings. Choose from 21 tunes researched by Car Talk's Department of Automusicology, songs with titles like, 'Auto Service Hell,' 'King of Junk,' 'Cab on Fire,' 'My Bloody Yugo' and 'Under the Wrench. '. Bands include The Arrogant Worms, Red Meat, Betsy in the Gene Pool, and Dork Side of the Tune. These songs are just the beginning of a long list of anti-reverential auto anthems waiting to help you find the courage to slide back in behind the wheel.

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A widow in her mid-thirties, Alison has been mourning for two years. Now living in small town West Virginia with her sister Sarah and brother-in-law Bill, Alison is unable to move on with her life. Finally, she promises Sarah and Bill that she will start over-once she restores the abandoned, nearly ruined 1976 Corvette she found rusting in the garage and immediately loved. Unfortunately, Alison doesn't know the first thing about cars, and the fact that the townspeople (with the exception of a cute demolition man) find a woman messing with automotive parts bewildering doesn't help. With beautiful frankness and surprising hilarity, Brad Barkley tells of a gutsy woman's attempts to overcome loss, and fit into a close-knit community, in a triumphant look at grief, love, loss, and moving on.

 

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