Finding Automotive Repair Information
Published July 23, 2013 Submitted by: Aleah
The Library has two main sources of automotive repair information -- an online database and a collection of printed manuals.
The online database is called Auto Repair Reference Center* and is accessible at any library branch or, if you have a Library card, through our web site, thelibrary.org/automotive. The database leads you to information about your vehicle by asking for:
- Engine Size/Body Style.
You then have the option of viewing or printing:
- Repair Information
- Wiring diagrams
- Service bulletins and recall information
- Labor times
- Maintenance intervals
- Diagnostic information
The Library's collection of printed repair manuals can be searched through the catalog at http://coolcat.org. The easiest way is to enter the vehicle model, (ex. Corvette) as a keyword search. You can then limit the search to show only the repair manuals by clicking on the "Modify Search" button and selecting Material Type: Repair Manuals.
You can sort by the publication date of the book, which will usually be later than the model years covered. Check the title or call number for the model years covered in the manual.
Other helpful tips:
- Shop manuals from the actual car companies (Ford, GM, etc.) contain the best information for pre1990 domestic vehicles.
- Mitchell manuals have excellent wiring diagrams.
- Motor manuals often have sections on specific systems such as transmissions and air conditioners.
* Library card required for use outside the Library
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