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Using an Automotive Repair Manual for Breakdowns

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Did your car break down and you don’t feel like paying some outrageous price to your local mechanic?  I don’t blame you.  Nobody wants to fork out their hard-earned money if they can do it themselves.

First off, I hope your car hasn’t left you stranded on the side of the road, especially in the winter months.  But if it has, it is probably safest to have it towed to a location that will be convenient for you to do the needed repairs.  Your own garage or concrete driveway is your best bet.  If you don’t have a nice place of your own to work on your vehicle, consider asking a friend or relative if you can borrow their garage for a few hours before you call the tow truck.  Once you have the vehicle delivered it won’t be easy to move again without paying for another tow bill.

Now, assess the problem using the troubleshooting section in the repair manual as a starting place.  If you have more than one diagnosis for what it could be, always start with the cheapest thing to replace first.  That way if it’s not the more expensive parts you haven’t wasted the money buying them.  A couple of trips to the auto repair store may be necessary but worth it in the long run as some parts for cars and trucks (depending on the model) could be quite pricey.

Your automotive repair manual will help you to diagnose the problem and then show you diagrams and pictures of how the part comes on and off of your vehicle.

If you have any kind of mechanical skills at all, you should be able to fix your car or truck yourself using the proper manual for your make/model.  Sometimes things will seem like you are never going to get back on the road but just keep working at it, and even ask someone with a little more knowledge about your issue.  Sometimes just hearing someone tell you how to do something will click with what you have seen in your repair manual.

Don’t be afraid to give it a shot yourself because when you are back to cruising down the road at 55mph you will feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you were able to fix it yourself without having to pad the pockets of the local garage owner.

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Auto Repair Manuals

March 1, 2012 1 comment

An auto repair manual can be an invaluable part of any automotive repair project.  Trying to fix a car without one is like trying to go on a trip without a Google Map.  It’s just not a good idea.

Save time by knowing exactly what to do, step by step procedures and diagrams for getting the job done correctly without wasting time trying to figure out how to take something apart or put it back together.  With the proper manual you will be able to do just that in a fraction of the time it would take you without one.

Printed book repair manuals are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  We have the Internet to thank for that.  More and more car mechanics are finding that they need to have a computer as a part of their toolbox.  If you aren’t quite up to date with a hi-tech computer system in your garage, you can always download the vehicle specific repair manual and print out the pages or diagrams that you need in the garage.

Once  you have the proper guidance of a repair manual, we are confident you can get the job done right and get your car or truck back on the road fast.

Categories: Auto Repair Manuals